On the Life in Pieces episode “Hair Recital Rainbow Mom,” patriarch John (James Brolin) does something drastic to his hair which upsets the whole Short family. Meanwhile Jen, Greg and Lark attend an over-the-top birthday party for a child and Matt (Thomas Sadoski) finally meets Colleen’s (Angelique Cabral) mother Mia – who’s a firecracker just like Colleen.
Mia is portrayed by Mercedes Ruehl. The native New Yorker is best known for her roles in the films Heartburn (Eve), The Secret of My Succe$s (Sheila), Big (Tom Hanks’ mother, Mrs. Baskin), Married to the Mob (Connie Russo), The Fisher King (Anne), and Last Action Hero (Irene Madigan). Ruehl is also recognized for her roles on the TV shows Frasier (Frasier’s new station manager, Kate Costas) and Entourage (Vince’s mom, Rita Chase), among others. Life in Pieces airs Thursdays at 8:30pm on CBS.