“Episode 30” of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman has drama to say the least. First and foremost, Mary, Tom, and Heather discuss weed in regards to a joint which Heather brought home from school. Also, Charlie and Loretta must deal with false Christians posing as God’s servants. As well, May Olinski, the woman Tom fooled around with, attempts suicide when she takes all the pills in her house. This broadcast and it’s story lines make lots of statements of life in the 70s.
Well, it’s morning in the Hartman house, and Heather wants to read the newspaper at breakfast.
“When you guys decide, can I have another piece of the paper,” she tells her dad, Tom.
However, Heather has one thing on her mind, so she asks her parents a question. At the breakfast table, Heather says, “What did you do? Smoke the joint you took away from me yesterday?”
Apparantly, Heather gets an answer to her question, which prompts her to ask her parents a second question. She says: “Doesn’t she know that it’s bad for her brain? It can ruin it.”
That being said, Heather isn’t surprised by the answer of her parents.
“Why not. All the parents of all the kids I know smoke them,” Heather says of her parents who smoked her only joint.
At this point, Tom talks about the evils of weed. “And you didn’t finish your lecture about the evils of marijuana,” Tom tells Mary.
Meantime, back at Charlie’s house, Loretta is begging God.
“Oh Lord please hurry. I don’t think I can take this much longer,” Loretta pleads as she sits in her wheelchair alone.
At this point, Loretta feels useless as hell. She tells Charlie: “Charlie, hon, I swear to pete that you are the best cook that ever came down the pike. Honey I’d let you do all the cooking in this family even after I get out of this wheelchair… Why wouldn’t I? Having you wait on me hand and foot.” Loretta feels bad because she can’t do anything in a wheelchair.
In regards to truly evil people, in this broadcast, Charlie’s and Loretta’s hopes are crushed by fake religious healers posing as God’s servants. Charlie says: “Oh, I was afraid you might be down in the mouth on account of Dorelda Doremus and and all.” Loretta adds: “Oh, you mean not being able to raise me up. Oh shoot, they don’t make me know what for.”
That being said, the bad news isn’t finished when Loretta and Charlie get news from the foreclosure company.
“The friendly realtor company always gives me their foreclosure business,” says a realtor who offers Charlie money for his home.
Meanwhile, if things couldn’t get any worse for Mary Hartman, May shows up at her house. “May! If your looking for Tom he’s not here. I don’t mean to sound inhospitable, but you’re not welcome in my house,” says a mad looking Mary.
However, May feels terrible and just wants to talk to Mary. “I don’t think all the buffrens in the world could cure what I am suffering from,” May cries.
Because May looks so terrible, Mary wonders what the problem is. “Could there be some other reason why you’re heart sick?” Mary inquires.
May has lots of problems. For example, May goes through them: “Oh yeah, a million of them. I guess it’s my whole life. I mean it’s so empty, barren, and lonely. My hair can’t take a rinse anymore. I had these two lousy marriages, a rotten job, and everyone is talking about me.” May is having a bad life.
If things weren’t bad enough in May’s life, May attempts suicide.
“I can’t have him. I can’t have anything. Nothing, see that’s why I took the pills,” says May about her overdose for not getting to have Tom.
May comes out and speaks her mind. “Don’t be afraid to say the word. The word is suicide,” say a slumped over May.
Because someone talked to May in her moment of pain and confusion, she now considers them friends. “I don’t understand something. You took my husband. You slept with my husband, and we’re your only real friends?” Mary says.
It should be said that May’s friends sleep with her, which is weird. “He cared enough to sleep to me and you cared enough to talk to me,” says a lonely confused May.
Needless to say, Mary picks up on May’s loneliness.
“May is lonely and she came to visit Mary,” Mary moans while hugging May.
Afterward, Dr. Furman comes to check on May at Mary’s request. “I just want you to know she’s going to be alright, but her frame of mind is very poor. She shouldn’t be left alone. She just might try that again,” Dr. Furman says.
Soon, Tom arrives home and finds out about May. “Suicide? May? Here?” says a surprised Tom.
It’s at this point that Tom finds out that he’s responsible for May. “May is not our responsibility,” says Tom to Mary because he wants to get rid of her.
Briefly, this broadcast had me going. I enjoyed the part about the weed lecture at morning breakfast. Also, May taking pills and attempting suicide was crazy. Finally, don’t trust false Christians posing as true Christians. This episode was good.