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Season 5 | Episode 6 | “Reflections of the Past” | Aired Oct 15, 2014

Last week our couples faced the “human lie detector,” and it made for some very uncomfortable exchanges for a few folks. Sure, it made some things perfectly clear—for example, Dick really needed to tell his story. But it made other things much more complicated—like, Treach has little patience left for Cicely’s suspicions. It also brought other issues to light, such as the possibility that Juan Pablo might not be the real problem in their relationship after all.

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.17.02 PMWe left off on a very tense note. This week, we pick up at (almost) the exact same moment—with a little backtracking thrown in for good measure. We get the full reaction of the group, which is a mix of shock, sadness, and compassion. Even Juan Pablo tears up. Say what you want about Dick’s past reality TV experience, but I don’t feel lied to watching this scene.

The group is very supportive and offers an outpouring of emotional confidence. Cicely is especially moved since she and Dick have formed a particularly close friendship, and the group session ends on a positive note. However, all the warm fuzzies I was feeling while the cast hugged it out quickly went turned to disappointment as Deena tells the producers, “In a way I was, like, relieved because I thought he had, like, cancer or something.” I guess HIV is better than cancer, Deena?

Now that Dick’s secret is out and his weight has been lifted, the mood in the house is a lot lighter and more amicable … until Cicely starts in again about the Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.18.33 PMresults of the “human lie detector.” She’s re-mad about the whole thing, and the longer she stays angry, the worse Treach feels about it. Treach feels saddled by the label of Mr. OPP and trapped by the person he used to be. As he and Dick reflect on his shady past, it becomes obvious how tortured Treach is by Cicely’s mistrust.

Just as soon I feel comfortable trusting the couples’ emotional maturity, Juan Pablo and Nikki have the “I love you” versus “Te amo” debate … again. I don’t get it, readers. Someone explain to me why it makes such a difference to him. I just can’t see why this man is splitting semantic hairs with this woman! Why can’t she see that he just isn’t that into her?

mainimageJenna gives an astute summation of the JP/Nikki situation (aside from the mean-spirited name-calling and belittling hand gestures) when she saying in her interview, “What he’s trying to convey to you, you dense f*ck, is that he doesn’t love you.” I happen to agree with Jenna here. I mean, come on. Nikki is the only one who doesn’t see it, and I feel a little bad for her. She’s very preoccupied with being embarrassed, but little does she know how silly she looks for not recognizing what’s right in front of her (or NOT in front of her at all).

Later, as Steph, Jenna, and John rehash the Juan Pablo/Nikki “I love you” riddle, they come to the conclusion that JP doesn’t really love her (duh!) and that he’s only trying to appease her so he can continue to “get the p*ssy,” because, according to Jenna, she must “have a rainbow in her pants.”

Dr. Jenn brings them in to discuss the couples’ power dynamics. The couples jot down who they think has the power in the relationship, and Dr. Jenn starts with Treach and Cicely. Of course, Cicely feels like Treach has the power, but Treach feels like no one really does. This leads to an angry rant from Cicely in which she dredges up years-old lies and transgressions. Dr. Jenn suggests Treach acknowledge the pain he’s caused. And he does. And I love him for it. Thank goodness Cicely accepts his apology, or else I might have to vote her off the island.

Dr. Jenn suggests Jenna and John discuss their power issues in a one-on-one, and I think Dr. Jenn should include the weird poolside conversation between John and Jenna about sideboobs and armpits. John, in the world’s most charming exhibition of naïve irony, tells Jenna he doesn’t like when other men look at Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.22.05 PMher. Naturally, an argument starts because Jenna doesn’t like his opinions about her cut-up T-shirts, jealousy, or how much boob is acceptable to show. Man, she’s exhausting merely to watch; I can only imagine the mental stamina it takes to deal with her on a day-to-day basis.

Jenna meets with Dr. Jenn in the one-on-one, and Jenna opens up about the sexual abuse in her past. She admits to being raped as a teenager, then recounts another incident in which most of the story is bleeped out. What is painfully obvious is that Jenna is a very damaged individual, broken in Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.22.25 PMabout a million different ways.

While Jenna is in with Dr. Jenn, some of the other castmates start to hypothesize about what her deal is. Dick thinks there might be some substance abuse involved in her antics, while Nikki insightfully comments that Jenna is just a caricature of herself (although she says “’character’ of herself” instead), and all the drama is just a wall she puts up. Treach takes up for her, once again securing his place as my favorite.

Jenna and John are again sequestered in their room, and Jenna lays a trap for him when she decides to ask for what she wants, distorting Dr. Jenn’s earlier advice. Jenna pushes and pushes for a reaction, and when John reacts, she flinches in the super-dramatic way that she does. He storms off and leaves Jenna to fall apart, per usual—and to misuse the word “literally.”

Which theory seems more likely to explain Jenna’s behaviors? Can we forgive her?

Couples Therapy airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. 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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