Find out why Punky stayed in a grocery store parking lot when he was only 7 years old.
The revival of Peacock’s “Punky Brewster” answered a question that has been nagging fans of the original series for 33 years: What happened to the precocious child’s mother?
The original series revolved around a 7-year-old orphan who was found squatting in a Chicago apartment building with her dog Brandon after her mother abandoned her in the parking lot of a grocery store. She eventually moved in with adoptive father Henry, who lived in the building she was hiding in, made friends, and lived a relatively happy life, but her mother’s whereabouts or the reason for leaving her daughter drugged and dry was never revealed in the program. four season race.
Fortunately, that’s a situation the rebooted series, which follows a now-adult Punky raising her own children in that same apartment, decided to explore. While Soleil Moon’s character Frye received an unexpected call from her mother Susan (played by Sharon Lawrence) in the season premiere, the two don’t come face to face until the very end.
Susan first meets Izzy, the foster girl Brewster took under her wing, at an 80s-themed block party during the penultimate episode. At the event, Izzy dresses exactly like little Punky, sporting the character’s signature pigtails, sun clips, and sleeveless vest. “Wow, you look like someone I used to know,” Susan told the young woman, who told a suspicious Punky everything.
The two eventually decided to meet at a coffee shop, but Susan seemed to rescue before entering. Punky, suspecting it was his mother, followed her, only to end up attending an AA meeting during which Susan revealed that she had been sober for five years and also filled in some blanks.
“I had never been five years before, so I finally feel strong enough to make peace with the person who most deserves an apology, my daughter, whom I abandoned,” he explained to the rest of the group. “She was seven years old and in 15 minutes we will meet again for the first time since then. God, I’m afraid. But I’m here to support myself because I’m so bad that I want to be strong for her.”
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The two talked more about the past when they actually sat down together, and Punky said he forgot what his mother was like, as she became “more and more blurry” with each passing year.
“I know there is no excuse for what I did,” Susan said, before Punky asked her to try to give him one.
“I know you think I was taking care of you, but the truth is that you were the one taking care of me,” Susan told her daughter. “I was out of control, I was nervous, I didn’t care about myself, but I did care about you and I couldn’t risk that you wouldn’t make it either.”
“So you left me?” Punky asked, to which Susan shook her head. “I am not asking you to forgive me,” she told her daughter, who said, “Good … because I forgave you a long time ago.”
The two started crying, before realizing that they had matching sun tattoos. Punky then gave her mother a letter she wrote after giving birth to her first child, in which she tried to imagine how her mother would feel about letting her son go. In the note, she also said how grateful she was to have met Henry and her best friend Cherie and how her life turned out.
“It’s about how grateful I am. I have a good life and I’m fine,” she told Susan, who responded, “I’m so glad you had a good life, whether I’m in it or not.”
Punky asked if she wanted to be a part of her life, before Susan asked her if that was something her daughter would even want. “I don’t need a mother, I had one, his name was Henry,” he replied, “but I could use a friend.”
The season ended when Punky told her best friend that she was eager to get to know Susan better, and Cherie made it clear that she would not “make it easy for that woman” for what she did.
Season 1 of “Punky Brewster” is now airing on Peacock.
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