That’s a lot of mother lovin’.
TLC’s reality series “sMothered,” co-produced by The Post and now in its second season, follows several mothers and daughters across the country with outrageously close bonds.
Season 2 features three returning pairs from Season 1 — yes, the bathwater-sharing pair Sunhe and Angelica are back — as well as three new pairs that get even more off-the-wall.
Two of the six pairs are not featured in the first episode (Dawn and Cher of “My Super Sweet Sixteen” fame, returning from Season 1, and Laurie and Sarah, who are new to Season 2), but they’ll appear in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, here’s a recap of Season 2’s first episode “What Mom Wants, Mom Gets,” which airs Sundays (May 24) at 10 p.m. Spoilers ahead!
Mary & Brittani
By far the most outrageous new pair, the Florida-based Mary, 55, and her daughter Brittani, 19, stole this episode. Their story opens by showing them showering together — yes, you read that right, while Brittani is a grown adult woman.
“I love her and I don’t see anything wrong with it,” says Mary. Soon, the main conflict in their story becomes clear: Mary’s husband, Frank, who owns a tailor shop.
Frank and Brittani don’t get along. This is partly because, it’s revealed, Frank and Mary are not legally married. After the ceremony, she tore up their marriage license and flushed it down the toilet, because he cheated on her at his bachelor party.
Brittani knows that Frank hurt her mom, which is why she dislikes him, but she doesn’t know exactly what he did. Uh-oh. “If Brittani knew what he did to me, she would have killed him,” Mary tells the camera. Well, telling a national TV audience sure isn’t a way to keep it secret!
This is sure to be a point of tension throughout their story.
Marcia & Alena
We also meet new duo Marcia, 68, and Alena, 21. Alena, who was adopted from Siberia, has a rare enzyme disorder that has stunted her growth and causes her to require special enzyme treatments on a weekly basis. This has forged a tight bond between the pair … but that’s not the most unusual part of their story. Every morning, Marcia wakes Alena up by licking her face.
“I love it when my momma licks me, it makes me feel closer to her because we’re doing something funny and out of the ordinary,” Alena says on-screen.
This practice came about, they explain, because Alena wanted a puppy when she was younger, and since Marcia didn’t allow her to have one, she “became,” the puppy. Right.
Sunhe & Angelica
Las Vegas-based pair Sunhe, 52, and her daughter Angelica, 32, were Season 1’s most outrageous duo, frequently sharing a bed and even bathwater. When the first episode of Season 2 catches up with them, Angelica’s relationship with her fiancé, Jason, is still a wedge between them.
Jason, 40, isn’t fully divorced from his first wife, which Sunhe has a problem with. Angelica is avoiding her mom because of this — but not for long.
“I don’t want to share Angelica with anyone, and I’m not giving up until she comes back to me,” says Sunhe on-screen. Sunhe then tracks her phone and crashes Angelica and Jason’s date at a nail salon. Yikes.
Kathy & Cristina
Chicago-based Kathy, 61, and her daughter Cristina, 35, are also returning from Season 1. They say they are “each other’s husbands.”
Needless to say, this doesn’t fly with their real husbands.
When we catch up to them in Season 2, the duo is closer than ever. They already live on the same street, five houses apart. But since Cristina is getting renovation work done on her house, Kathy suggests that Cristina’s family (which includes three young kids and her husband) move in with her. Cristina agrees. But getting her husband, Carlo, 36, onboard is another story.
“I know that my relationship with my mom does get on my husband’s nerves,” Cristina tells the camera.
Looks like Carlo will be an issue going forward in Season 2.
“sMothered” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on TLC.
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