At only 20 minutes per episode, the story moves apace amid the languid richesse of the ‘70s Hollywood housewives it focuses on. Alicia Silverstone’s character, Bonnie, discovers her husband Steve has been cheating on her. She takes the kids, runs him out of their John Lautner-style pad, and then has to figure out how she’s going to pay the bills when the home goes into foreclosure. Her only marketable skills are typing and picking out a pair of cute heels. Even as a comedy, it’s hard not to clock the rampant misogyny rife during that time period. “When we were together, you never had to worry about anything!” Steve snaps at Bonnie in the midst of their separation.
Kathleen, Suvari’s character, is Bonnie’s best friend. She’s atypical for the time period in that she starts her own company (albeit with daddy’s seed investment) together with her boyfriend, Greg, whom she doesn’t realize is gay. There may be a joke somewhere in there, but the pair, she tells me, are based on a real-life couple. The fact that Greg has to remain in the closet is just another example of the lack of social progress in the ‘70s.