Working Mom TV Storylines: End of Season Wrap Up.
However, in the cases of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Brothers & Sisters," some of those mother-centric storylines disappeared as the seasons progressed, while "What About Brian" and "Desperate Housewives" propelled new working parent stories forward, and "Medium" and "Old Christine" touched on work-related stories intermittently. So, as we approach the hype of the season finale madness, Mommy Track'd decided to check in on where some working mom storylines are on your favorite TV shows.
Grey's Anatomy: Miranda, Miranda, Miranda.
This show's first few episodes had the most compellingly honest portrayals of working motherhood on television in the character of Dr. Miranda Bailey. Bailey - who recently had a baby - struggled with insecurity about how work would affect her child, as well as whether her male colleagues would think she'd lost her edge because she'd joined the mommy set. In powerhouse November episodes, Bailey vigorously defended her surgical career while still taking time to croon a lullaby into the phone to her son.
In one of those episodes, Bailey, Callie Torres and Addison Shepherd discussed having children and the impact of parenthood on one's career. When Torres glibly said she wanted a dozen kids, Bailey responded by saying, "One's enough, unless you plan to put away your scalpel." Meredith Grey - who, while growing up, felt like a nuisance to her high-powered surgeon mother - embodied the role of the child of a career mom, remarking, "People who want to have high-powered careers, I get that. But they should think twice about having kids." Later in that same episode, a hard-charging attorney gave voice to the other side of the coin, tearfully saying, "I'm no good at the mom stuff. I'm good at my job."
And after such a substantive build-up, "Grey's" virtually ignored the working mom storyline and dropped nearly all references to Bailey's kid in 2007.
Desperate Housewives: Lynette Made a Choice.