|Portrayed by Lynne Marie Stewart|
|Family|| Charlie Kelly (son)|
Jack Kelly (brother)
|Relationship||Frank Reynolds (ex-lover)|
| Images of Bonnie Kelly|
Bonnie Kelly Quotes
Bonnie Kelly is Charlie Kelly's mom.
Quite neurotic and emotional, she is prone to dramatic episodes. ("Charlie Got Molested") She seems to harbor many irrational fears: she won't let Mrs. Mac bring her dog when she moves in because she is afraid dogs will "eat her face", and she says she doesn't go to the supermarket because "shopping carts are dangerous." She also has an extreme form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She has to flip light switches three times and spin or else Charlie will die. ("Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down")
Her brother Jack Kelly is implied to be a pedophile who would sneak into Charlie's room as a kid. Jack rents a room from Bonnie as of Season 5 but by Season 6 he has moved out and Mrs. Mac moves in as Bonnie's roommate. ("Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down")
Presumably Bonnie also has a daughter. Charlie's sister is briefly mentioned and seen in the background at Charlie's intervention in "Charlie Got Molested" but every episode since then has implied that Charlie is an only child.
She had a one-night stand with Frank Reynolds 30 years ago, possibly making him Charlie's biological father. Frank insisted she abort the baby, which she did. But the abortion didn't "take", and Charlie was born three months later. ("The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby")
When Charlie was a child, men dressed up as Santa would go upstairs to "cheer" his mother up, as Charlie puts it. This convinced Mac that Charlie's mom was a prostitute. ("A Very Sunny Christmas")
When Dennis and Dee assume Charlie was molested by a gym teacher, they tell Mrs. Kelly, who breaks down in hysterics. She helps them hold an intervention for Charlie, complete with a doll where she instructed Charlie to point where he was hurt. Since he wasn't actually molested, he had to pretend so the McPoyles brothers didn't angered. ("Charlie Got Molested")
To get back at Charlie, Dennis attempts to bang Mrs. Kelly, but she rejects him because she says she is not attracted to him. ("Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom")
Frank tells Charlie that he is going on a date with someone he had a one-night stand with about 30 years previously. The date turns out to be with Mrs. Kelly, and since the date would have taken place around the time he was conceived, Charlie comes to the conclusion that Frank must be his biological father. ("Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad")
Charlie continues to try to figure out if Frank is his father. Frank tells him he took Bonnie to get an abortion after she told him she was pregnant, but later Mrs. Kelly tells Charlie that while that's true, he survived the abortion. ("The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby")
Mrs. Kelly later reconnected with Frank, enjoying his harsh treatment and becoming his "bang-maid," but she quickly transferred her affections to the luring Luther McDonald after meeting him at a dinner party thrown by Charlie and Mac. ("Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender")
Mrs. Kelly is at Charlie and Mac's "funeral" (which they are watching from the heating ducts.) Mrs. Kelly cries through it, but Mac is bothered that his mother "watched a whole episode of Mama's Family then fell asleep." ("Mac and Charlie Die (Part 2)")
After he loses his job at Paddy's, and Frank informs him that he has sublet their apartment so he can no longer live there, Charlie asks Mrs. Kelly if he can move back in. She tells him she's already rented the room to his uncle Jack, but if he wants to share the room with Uncle Jack, that's fine with her. Uncle Jack likes the idea—probably a bit too much. Charlie doesn't, so he leaves, and ends up sleeping in a box by the river. ("The Great Recession")
Dee hosts a bachelorette party for The Waitress, which she hopes will drive her away from her fiancé, Brad Fisher, who Dee wants to start dating. Part of the plan is to have Mrs. Kelly there, so that she will get very drunk and make a scene about Charlie being hurt. It works too well: she gets very, very drunk, blurts out "Everyone's trying to take my Charlie girl!", and she throws her drink in Dee's face. The Waitress and Brad leave, Dee's plan apparently thwarted. ("The Waitress is Getting Married")
Charlie and Mac go to visit Mrs. Kelly for Christmas, which leads Charlie to reminisce about Christmases of old, when a parade of Santa's would come "cheer up" Mrs. Kelly and bring Charlie presents. Mac tells him that sounds like his mother was a prostitute. Charlie does not take the news well, and takes it out on a Santa at the mall ("Did you fuck my mom, Santa?") ("A Very Sunny Christmas")
After Uncle Jack moves out, Mrs. Kelly constantly calls Charlie asking him to do things for her, such as vacuum the ceiling. When Mrs. Mac burns down her house, Charlie and Mac, with assistance from Dennis, decide it would be good for them to move in together. It doesn't go smoothly at first: Mrs. Kelly is offended by Mrs. Mac's smell, and her smoking, and Mrs. Mac is offended by Mrs. Kelly's obsessive-compulsive need to turn off all the lights in the house three times, which wakes her up. In the end, though, they bond over their shared racism towards the Muslims who live next door. ("Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down")
Mrs. Kelly tells Charlie that she has lung cancer, probably from Mrs. Mac's smoking. She says she needs $4,200 to get treatment from a "Dr. Jinx". The Gang hosts a "beef and beer" at Paddy's to raise the money, and as part of that, they ask her to give a speech about her cancer. They also put a bald cap on her and Artemis paints lesions and sores on her face to make her look sicker. Mrs. Kelly objects to the graphic nature of the speech, and immediately after giving it, she says she can't continue the act, and admits that she and Mrs. Mac ran over a statue of the Virgin Mary at their church, and she told Charlie she had cancer to get the money to pay for having it fixed. ("Charlie's Mom Has Cancer")
- Season One: "Charlie Got Molested"
- Season Two: "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom", "Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad"
- Season Three: "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby", "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender"
- Season Four: "Mac and Charlie Die (Part 2)"
- Season Five: "The Great Recession", "The Waitress Is Getting Married", "A Very Sunny Christmas"
- Season Six: "Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down"
- Season Eight: "Charlie's Mom Has Cancer"
- Along with the Waitress and Artemis, Mrs. Kelly is the only recurring character who has appeared in the first six seasons of the show in a row.
- There is some evidence that Mrs. Kelly was a prostitute, at least during the Christmas special.
- She learned from her son how to simulate cancer to get what you want. ("Charlie's Mom Has Cancer")