In five years of reality TV, I’ve written show blogs in some strange places — this is not the first one I’ve written on a plane but perhaps the first one written on a day of FIVE airports! Am headed to Tulsa, via Houston, then Nashville via Atlanta…I’m road warrior mama today. Simon is working from home and taking care of our two chums, and his thoughts on this week’s episode are here.
Watching last night’s episode, I ran the gamut from disappointment to resignation, then surprise. Since Couples Therapy is a 24/7 show, we were aware that Krista came for a session and that Todd and Monica and Nik and Shayne went on dates, but didn’t see what happened. Let me amend that; I heard an earful about Nik and Shayne’s date but nothing about the others.
Although we lived through it once, it was still disappointing to see that upon Doug and Courtney’s return they took absolutely no responsibility for their part in the drama in the house. Their persecution complex was solidly in place, despite everyone’s monumental effort to welcome them back.
One of the things I love about Simon is his idealism, his hope for and expectation of the best from everyone. He didn’t get that from the return tribunal — I call it that because that’s what it felt like. It’s rare that I see him speechless, but this was one of those occasions. He just couldn’t believe that Doug and Courtney took no responsibility for their actions, and that Courtney’s hyper-sexualized behavior continued despite her wearing more clothing — clearly the clothing didn’t fix the issue. He got flustered and chose to opt out, while Doug, who had been subtly needling Simon for 3 weeks straight, looked as smug as a cat with feathers hanging out of its mouth. I stayed behind to tell him so, and he still didn’t get it. I don’t think he ever will.
Seeing Courtney’s mom Krista in a one on one with Dr. Jenn was a major clue to Courtney’s past and present behavior. I don’t think that will ever be fixed, either. But, if their marriage ultimately does not work out, maybe there’s a chance for Doug and Krista.
Todd and Monica were a joy to watch — first Todd’s growing realization that he wants more from life than the player ride as Too Short, then their growing affection. The gondola ride was a beautiful moment for them and I just found myself shouting “I hope this sticks!!!”
On the other hand, I felt so sad for both Shayne and Nik. The date was a disaster… and I think there’s more to come. One thing I wish Shayne could have remembered is that the extra-curricular dates are put together by the producers, certainly based on cast input but it usually gets put it together on the fly. It looked great to me and I wish Shayne could have made the best of it and at least tried to enjoy herself. By way of foreshadowing, our two dates were a complete surprise and we had a great time.
Well, it’s the end of my blog for this week and I’ve gotten as far as Houston. Miles to go before I sleep!