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'Couples Therapy' recap: Juan Pablo knows women

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Under the Microscope” | Aired Sept 24, 2014

Last week was the Jenna show on Couples Therapy, and just as soon as we thought we’d seen every side to Jenna Jameson, she showed us something brand new—and wholly unlikable. This week Dr. Jenn tries to go deeper with the couples, and their representatives vacate to reveal who these folks are when they aren’t acting like who they think we want them to be.

We pick up exactly where we left off: Jenna being mad at John for accusing her of being condescending, all the while being terribly condescending. It’s been hours, John is exhausted, and Jenna is still at it. You have to hand it to John for his patience; after all that, he never lost his temper. He’s probably received less of a beating inside the octagon.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 11.48.47 AMThe next morning, Jenna wakes up feeling out of sorts and regrets her  crappy attitude from the night before.  Juan Pablo complains about how different Jenna looks now, without her boobs and with the addition of her tattoos. Nikki, on the other hand, complains about the omnipresent cameras. I guess she didn’t realize that the reality show she signed up for was going to be on television. Poor Nikki.

Dr. Jenn convenes the group and jumps right in on the subject of cheating. She introduces the topics of fidelity and trust, and Dr. Jenn calls on Jenna to go first. Jenna feels targeted by the women of the world because, according to her, when “you get a little bit of fame, or a lot of fame, it seems to me that women try to f*ck your man, and there’s no way of stopping it.” That’s a tragic history for a woman who claims to have all the power. I think we are beginning to see why Jenna is the way she is.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 11.46.18 AMWhen the talk turns to social media, the men are singing a very different tune. Treach feels flattered that his followers compliment him, while Cicely feels threatened by the attention. Juan Pablo, however, has a much more relaxed opinion about what gets around on social media. He and Nikki share a story about a trip to Vegas. Her side of the story paints Juan Pablo in a pretty douchey light, and it doesn’t help when Dick leaps to his defense. Juan Pablo digs his own grave by saying men are just more logical than women and then gets shushed. Now everybody thinks they are both jerks and possibly misogynists.

Once Dr. Jenn dismisses them, they are free to have a good day, and that’s when the trouble starts. Nikki is overwhelmed at the feelings that surfaced during the group session, and her anger bubbles to the surface. Instead of taking it out on Juan Pablo, like she should, she turns her frustration on the cameras. Stephanie finds her pretty annoying, and we get to see why as she pouts and pitches a fit about being cooped up and feeling exposed.

Tensions are high as they rehash the events of the group session. It turns into a debate between the sexes as Treach and John try to take up for all men. Cicely and Treach are so far down the rabbit hole of distrust and fear that it’s hard to tell where the truth starts and the paranoia stops. Jenna intervenes and tells Treach that his tone is too hostile, but Cicely doesn’t speak up there; she waits until later to agree with Jenna’s accusations.

The couples spend time on their own, and Deena admits her fears about Chris’ trips to Atlantic City. Of allScreen Shot 2014-09-24 at 11.46.47 AM the couples in therapy, Deena and Chris have the least serious problems. Chris calls Deena out on telling her version of the truth, but it doesn’t cause a fight until Cicely stokes those fires with her own issues of insecurity and mistrust. Deena (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) is probably the most self-aware and well-adjusted woman there.

Nikki is feeling the pressure of the intensity of the situation and makes a scene in front of the producers and crew. For once, I’m on Juan Pablo’s side as the camera catches Nikki acting bratty. Dr. Jenn sits down with Juan Pablo to try to get to the bottom of the tension. She offers some advice about how to help Juan Pablo “get it” with Nikki. I hope it works, because it’s gonna be a really long season if we have to listen to Nikki constantly fuss about cameras.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 11.46.36 AMNikki gets called in to Dr. Jenn’s office for her tantrums earlier in the day. Dr. Jenn confronts her about her nasty behavior, but Nikki holds fast to her complaints about privacy and security. Dr. Jenn is the celebrity-whisperer and helps Nikki get to some real self-reflection. Good work on both their parts.

As the episode winds down, the group is split down the middle: women in one group and men in the other. The men are skeptical about the ladies forming an alliance, but have a good time commiserating about the mysteries of the feminine mind. Meanwhile, in the ladies’ group, Nikki continues to complain about the cameras (I’m even tired of typing it by now), and the other ladies grow weary of the same song. Jenna gives some pretty explicit advice about how to deal with the cameras, and this only fuels Nikki’s beef.

Dr. Jenn is mad, and she won’t let Nikki and Jenna go unchecked. It’s Dr. Jenn’s turn to drop an f-bomb, Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 11.49.51 AMand she’s mad that Jenna would try to influence Nikki to resist the process. There were so many bleeps during that scene that it was hard to follow what was being said. Here’s the gist: Dr. Jenn is mad, Jenna is mad, Nikki is mad, and the rest of the group is dumbstruck. We don’t get to see the entire exchange between Dr. Jenn and Jenna. That’s for next week. Whose side are you on?

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

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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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