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'Couples Therapy' recap: Triggers and secrets

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Called Out” | Aired Oct 1, 2014

It’s a big night for the couples in therapy, and tonight there are some bombshells a-dropping and walls a-crumbling.  Last week’s Nikki drama about cameras and privacy fuels this week’s Jenna drama, and Evel Dick and Stephanie share a secret that none of us saw coming (unless you  checked Twitter today; then you totally already knew).

drjennWe pick up with Dr. Jenn calling an emergency meeting to address Jenna’s disparaging advice to Nikki to “tell the producers to s*ck a c*ck.” Dr. Jenn is concerned that Jenna is getting in the way of Nikki’s process, and confronts Nikki using an overtly scolding tone. When she turns her attention to Jenna, Jenna, predictably, becomes defensive and hostile. Everybody feels like they’ve gotten a big “f*ck you” from everybody else, and all Dr. Jenn wants is to facilitate the therapy process.

Dr. Jenn persuades Nikki to open up, step out of her comfort zone, and stop being such a whiny baby about things that don’t matter (I’m paraphrasing here). Nikki gets emotional, Juan Pablo gets emotional, and Dr. Jenn is damn convincing when it comes to calling celebrities out on their crap. She is so savvy with their egos that I will forgive her for using the phrase, “You’renikki still waiting on the final rose.”

After the meeting, Deena and Cicely rehash the intense group session, and Treach jokes about Jenna’s propensity to explode, suggesting nobody offer her a match. In a demonstration of pure brilliance in editing, we cut directly to Jenna and John in their room, discussing the confrontation in group. True to form, Jenna blows it way out of proportion and acts like a total jenna_johnnarcissist, while John does his best Job impression and offers her endless emotional support. Even though he does what she wants him to, he is admittedly weary of her histrionics.

Dr. Jenn catches wind of Jenna’s ongoing fit and checks in with her. Jenna admits the “yelling” triggered memories of her past abuse and melts into an emotional puddle when Dr. Jenn presses her a little. Dr. Jenn ends the impromptu session with reassurance, and Jenna says she’s over it and even agrees to hug it out. But the jeann_drjennhug is a lie, and Jenna isn’t really over it at all.

Later, the men bond over a little commiseration, and they all admit they are surprised at the intensity of the process. Dick becomes fidgety and cagey. He reveals in the interview that he has something he wants to confess, and is feeling uncomfortable the longer he goes without telling. (If you can’t wait until the end of this recap, just check Twitter for the big reveal).

deena_nikkiThe ladies, on the other hand, bond over a little backbiting and gossip, and start to discuss Nikki’s constant bitching. Conveniently enough, Nikki enters the room at about the time Deena says she would say these things to Nikki’s face. Deena, Steph, and Dick try to participate in a little real talk, but Nikki is resistant and plays the celebrity victim.  Nikki is not gaining any fans in the Couples Therapy house, and I don’t think she will have to worry about any of them coming up to her while she’s eating dinner to ask for a pic.

The next morning, John wakes up to Jenna’s emotional instability; immediately tipped off to her mood by her “woman huff.” Jenna turns her anger on John, telling him he should have known she wasn’t over her feelings. He, like me, is baffled at the speed and ferocity of her mood swings.

That same morning, Dick and Steph are discussing whether or not to reveal their “personal issue” in front ofdick_steph the cameras. The fact is, Dick is HIV-positive, and confesses that this is the reason he had to leave Big Brother 13. He’s ready to come clean and stop lying, but for reasons I can’t really sort out, Steph doesn’t want Dick to share his secret. She is terribly cryptic in her one-on-one with Dr. Jenn, speaking in awkward euphemisms and vague language. She and Dr. Jenn dance around each other about it, and Dr. Jenn has to go straight to the source to figure it out.

When Dr. Jenn and Dick sit down for their one-on-one, he takes forever to get to the telling. He finally comes out with it, and Dr. Jenn seems sympathetic yet unfazed. Dick tells her the story of discovering his diagnosis six episodes into his season after submitting to all the medical testing. Say what you want, but that is a brutal way to get that kind of news.

He also admits that he hasn’t had sex since his diagnosis, and stayed in the relationship as long as he did because he thought it was the last relationship he would ever have. It’s a surreal moment in this scene, seeing Evel Dick be so vulnerable and real. I admire him for the courage to tell the truth. Even though I’m proud of Dick for revealing his heart, I don’t see this boding well for him and Steph in the future.

juanpabloThe couples gather around the fire after their long, emotional day, and Nikki and Juan Pablo start to argue about their issues. Nikki needs security and Juan Pablo isn’t as set in his ways as Nikki is. I wish I had a dollar for every time Nikki said the words “plan” or “feel safe.” They talk in circles for a while, and Nikki dismisses Juan Pablo outright. For once, I want to warn him to run in the opposite direction. There is enough frustration to go around, and the episode ends on an unresolved note.

Which couple do we think are going to make it? Who are the safe bets?

Couples Therapy airs on VH1 Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.

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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