Polly wants to be the mother she never had, but because of the mother she did have, she doesn’t know how and needs her mom’s support. She’s trying to figure things out… things like, how she can support her daughter, Natalie, when she dropped out of college to marry her Natalie’s father because he looked like Jeff Bridges and she’s always been attracted to people who look like famous people? Until then, she’s working in a high-end organic grocery store. ... Read more »
Elaine, Polly’s mom, loves life. Charming, enthusiastically supportive, outrageous, earthy and adventurous... Elaine can never say no to herself. She’s quit smoking but “sometimes she wants a cigarette so badly, she has one.” Polly wouldn’t describe her as a bad mother, but other people would. For instance, for quite some time Polly’s after school program consisted of hanging out with an old hog vendor named, “John the hot dog man ... Read more »
Natalie, Polly and Julian's daughter, is getting the best qualities from each of the dysfunctional adults in her life. She has her mom’s sense of humor and acceptance of others, her dad’s musical and French speaking abilities, she builds stuff with Max and tries weird new things with Elaine. Even though the situation is nontraditional, she's thriving. ... Read more »
Max is a failed actor, a successful comedy club owner, and a committed stepfather and grandfather. His hobbies include building things and hurting himself in the process, exercising in his jeans or underwear, (depending on the weather) and writing a crime novel with major S&M undertones (dungeons, nipple clamps) that is super uncomfortable to hear about. A health nut, he nonetheless has many health problems (heart murmur, testicular cancer, high cholesterol); and the fact that Elaine d ... Read more »
Julian, Polly’s ex husband is a great father who works part-time as a “whatever he can put together this month.” He’s constantly around the house, mostly because he wants to see his daughter, but also because he misses being part of the family.
Even though he doesn’t pay his bills unless they are in a red envelope, Julian’s the best person to turn to in an emergency. He has everything anyone could need in a life or death situation: cipro, stu ... Read more »
Jenn is an early 20's, single, half latina hipster who is friends with and works with Polly. She dates a lot, pierces herself a lot, but does not work a lot. Polly likes to think of herself as Jenn's mentor; Jenn sees Polly as a cautionary tale. ... Read more »