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'Couples Therapy': Jenna does therapy

Season 5 | Episode 2 | “Death Trap” | Aired Sept 17, 2014

When last we left our couples on the mend, they were settling into the house with the others, meeting with Dr. Jenn, and getting to know each other a little over booze and awkward humor. Even though the season 5 folks were getting along pretty well (with the other castmates, not their spouses, that is), we were still waiting on another couple to arrive.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.16.38 AMWe pick up moments after the fight between Treach and Cicely, where we find Treach angrily muttering to himself and complaining to Dick about her smothering nature. Treach feels controlled by Cicely, and he thinks Cicely wants to be his assistant merely so she can keep track of him. Treach vows not to speak to her until their session, but they must go to the group session first.

In the group session, called the “process group,” the couples have to assess their worst moments together. Much to my delight, we get to the juiciest moments first, and we see Cicely air her beef  about Treach’s cheating. He admits to seeing other women when they were broken up, but Cicely disagrees. Dr. Jenn actually utters the words “Be tender with her heart” to Treach, and I’ll admit I had to stifle a laugh when Treach, rap god, nodded his head in sincerity.

Juan Pablo and Nikki are up next in the group, and they complain about the paparazzi, which is growing very wearying. Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.16.49 AMI’m not as interested in the famous-people problems. I want to hear about the nitty-gritty, and if they don’t get to it soon, they won’t get my vote for most interesting couple—not by a long shot.

Deena and Chris, who are the current placeholders for sweetest couple, start their moment off strong when Deena admits to an anxiety disorder that prevented her from work on Jersey Shore. They are such a bundle of cuteness, and their problems revolve around trying to figure out how to make each other happy. Collective “aww” starts now.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.17.39 AMDick has to follow the cutest couple ever by jumping right in with talk of his and Steph’s breakup. She immediately breaks down talking about having a baby, and he meets her tears by shutting down the baby talk unilaterally. Dick starts to show his argument style, and Dr. Jenn doesn’t miss a beat in calling him out. She warns him about shutting Steph down when she shares her feelings. He doesn’t like it, but too bad, so sad—because group is over right in time to meet the newcomers (if you’ll pardon the expression).

As soon as the other couples are casting bets about who will be next up the hill, we see former porn legend Jenna Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.20.29 AMJameson and her boyfriend, John Wood, MMA coach and all-around sweet guy. As if we needed it, Jenna spends a few minutes introducing herself over clips of some of her movies. We aren’t supposed to forget that Jenna was a porn star—ever.

She and John met because their spouses were sleeping together, and leaned on each other as friends. Commiserating over hearts, the two started to click, until they started to fight, and that’s what landed them here, for our entertainment, on Couples Therapy. They’ve only been together for three months, but they are here to see if their relationship can go distance.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.18.24 AMWhen they arrive at the house, the men can’t contain their sheer giddiness and the women can’t hide their skepticism. The look on Steph’s face could have been the alternate DVD cover for Mean Girls, and it’s a good thing there wasn’t a thought bubble over Juan Pablo’s head. Jenna and John act like good sports when meeting the group, but Jenna quickly turns into a bratty diva when she’s shown her room. John seems to be long suffering of this sort of drama, Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.23.51 AMand I get the sense that if Jenna is not happy, nobody is. Deena agrees with me, but generously calls Jenna “vocal” and “sassy” instead … but her tears over the gray paint are winning any points from me.

Dr. Jenn leaves Jenna and John to settle in, and focuses her attention on a one-on-one session with Cicely and Treach. Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.15.43 AMCicely is singing the same tune of distrust and infidelity, but Treach is denying it. He seems willing to come to terms with her about admitting he withheld information, but she jumps to some pretty wild places. Dr. Jenn stops her in her tracks and sort of takes Treach’s side. She’s a smart lady.

Some of my favorite segments are when the couples are sitting around interacting with each other, and I find the most interesting moments stem from them shrinking each other. Jenna goes at Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.13.58 AMNikki and Juan Pablo pretty hard, asking tough questions and being critical of The Bachelor institution. The exchange brings up some questions about Juan Pablo and Nikki’s relationship, and Jenna is not impressed. In fact, she is a little hostile.

This comes up in their one-on-one session with Dr. Jenn as well. Jenna does most of the talking in the session, but Dr. Jenn has her say about Jenna’s stubbornness and unwillingness to see another side. John is quiet, but you can tell he won’t be pushed around. I am already crushing pretty hard on this guy. Any guy with the confidence to be with a legendary porn star has my respect.

John has her number, though, so when she starts to pitch a fit about her nonworking toilet, he tries to offer her some Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.23.30 AMperspective about her behavior. Dr. Jenn tries to talk Jenna down, but when she suggests that Jenna’s behavior might be about the therapy process instead of the circumstances, Jenna gets hostile again. She takes it out on John, and I’m weary just watching Jenna go after him.

Do you think Jenna’s presence is good for the group? Who’s the bigger jerk—Jenna or Dick?

Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on VH1.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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