Mary Knows Best, Season 1, Episode 1, premiered on SYFY Thursday night, which stars Angels on Call radio host and psychic medium Mary Occhino. She lives on Long Island and is the matriarch of a close-knit Italian family. Season 1, Episode 1 of Mary Knows Best introduced the main characters. And it also showed that mom likes to meddle in her children’s lives, often to the chagrin of the kids, especially her daughter.
The Season 1, Episode 1 premiere of Mary Knows Best Shows Mary Occhino Interfering in Her Daughter’s Love Life via Angels on Call
The show starts out at the Sirius XM Radio station in New York City. She’s taking calls from listeners who want to know about their lives and people they’re involved with. Occhino’s engineer Christina gets predictions about her own life, including about future sicknesses.
Later, Mary Occhino goes shopping with Jackie, who complains that mom uses her gift too much, like telling a complete stranger in the store about her deceased father, which amazed the survivor. She’s often stopped in public, but Mary gladly shares some personal prediction or recent happening involving that person. At the cleaners, Occhino tries to set up a date for her daughter with a good-looking man, which doesn’t go over too well. Mom and daughter also argue over cooking at home for a family get-together on the Season 1, Episode 1 premiere of Mary Knows Best.
Mary’s son Chris embraces his gift but is considered the eccentric of the family. He’s also very intelligent, and is responsible for two off-Broadway plays coming about. He’s rehearses his future seminar presentations with various people on Season 1, Episode 1 of Mary Knows Best. Taylor is Chris’ son who helps take up air time with a boring shopping trip with his father, who later jumps on the kid for not having clean enough hands during meal preparation.
Uncle Charlie is Occhino’s brother and considered the best friend of the psychic medium. He used to be ratted out to their mother when they were kids. He was the strong male figure for Mary’s kids, who raised them as a single mother. Heading to a deli, they spot a classic car and Mary identifies the seller to the buyer while admiring the purchase.
Carl is Mary’s son and while he’s amused at Mary’s readings, he’s a skeptic. He still has her along as she reads the energy of some houses he’s interested in potentially buying. One house built in the mid-1800s, according to the psychic medium, has a history of death and of being used as an Underground Railroad station, etc. Carl goes to a historic society to try to disprove mom, but it backfires, because the official there affirms her assertions.
Throughout the program, Mary Occhino is shown to be taking calls, including from a lot of single men, which gives her an idea to set up her daughter via her show. When Jackie finds out second hand about this from a listener, she’s pissed. At the hair salon, mom and daughter argue about it, causing Jackie to leave before her service is completed. Later, on the radio, Mary hypocritically admonishes parents with, “Don’t allow your passions to become theirs. Allow your children to follow their dreams (even as she’s interfering in Jackie’s love life).” Afterwards, daughter tells mom to stop interfering, even though the psychic medium just wants her daughter to find a special love.
Most of the Characters on Mary Knows Best, Season 1, Episode 1 Haven’t Been Too Engaging
As Mary Knows Best comes to a conclusion at another family get together, brothers Chris and Carl squabble over the meal preparation, but make up in the end. Then Chris is shown beginning his “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” seminar in front of numerous people, which gets lots of hand claps before Mary takes another call on Angels on Call to end the Season 1, Episode 1 premiere.
What a shock that it’s taken this long to come up with a reality show about a psychic and her family. Mary is an interesting person because she can tell people things about themselves and is very sociable. But Occhino’s children, at least via the Season 1, Episode 1 premiere of Mary Knows Best, are not that engaging for television in the way they were presented. Since I’m not a psychic medium, I can’t predict if the kids of Mary Knows Best will become more interesting as future episodes air. Will this show ever show the psychic medium making a wrong prediction? Who can predict that?
“It’s a Family Affair”, Mary Knows Best, July 15, 2010, SYFY