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Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Decision Time” | Aired Oct 29, 2014

Juan Pablo and Nikki’s relationship seems to be gaining momentum toward a breakup, and if you believe the tabloids, it’s already over. We have the unique viewing experience that audiences rarely get—to see the train wreck happen in slow motion. Even with Jenna’s breakthrough last week, a good bit of buzz was about the general yuckiness between JP and Nikki and Jenna is stirring up trouble among the other castmates because of it.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 1.54.31 PMThis week, Couples Therapy picks back up with JP and Nikki’s fight in their room. Unlike last week, Juan Pablo brings up the fantasy suite (from their time on The Bachelor) and makes it seem like the fight has to do with what went down between him and the three ladies, one of whom was Nikki’s friend Andi. I don’t know, y’all. I’m not buying it. It seems like JP is fighting about one thing and Nikki is fighting about another. It’s maddening to watch. Can you imagine how they must feel?

Juan Pablo doesn’t come to Nikki’s defense when Cicely won’t mind her own business, and it’s not really fair to see Nikki thrown under the bus that way, especially by her boyfriend. John speaks out about the pattern we’ve all been noticing the whole time, and Jenna is set to just “sit back and watch the implosion.” Dick and John exit the situation when the gossip gets a little too menacing, and Dick seeks Nikki out. He’s on her side, although at this point, he might be the only one.

Dick warns Nikki to stay away from Cicely since she’s “worked up,” and Nikki blames Jenna for repeating what she overheard. Dick and Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 1.57.07 PMNikki’s heart-to-heart plants a seed in Nikki, and it seems like she is starting to acknowledge how screwed up things are between her and JP.

Treach has the first one-on-one with Dr. Jenn this week, and the topic turns to Treach’s father. They discuss his father’s absence, and Treach admits he hasn’t seen his dad in more than 30 years. He doesn’t even know if the man is dead or alive. In fact, the last time Treach ran into him, his father didn’t even recognize him. Treach’s pain is too much for me, and seeing him admit to his own shortcomings as a father is both hard to hear and endearing. Dr. Jenn wants to invite his father for a session and he Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 1.56.01 PMagrees, but I just hate to see Mr. OPP go through such an emotional struggle. I’m selfish, I know.

Now that Cicely and Treach have made some breakthroughs in their relationship, Cicely has plenty of time to act like a real jerk. She and Jenna team up to confront Nikki, but Jenna talks Cicely down from “wilding out.” Of course, Nikki over hears them on her way to her session with Dr. Jenn. Nikki recounts the situation by the pool with Cicely and it leads her to a realization about her feelings for Juan Pablo.

Nikki breaks down and starts to explore the reality that he just might not be making her happy. I’ve been hard on Nikki in the past, butScreen Shot 2014-10-29 at 1.56.56 PM her vulnerability is hard to turn against. Every person who has ever gone through a breakup can sympathize with how she’s feeling. With Dr. Jenn’s coaxing, she decides to have a hard conversation with JP about her newly realized feelings.

The next morning, Nikki wakes up feeling worse than before, so Juan Pablo tries to arrange a meeting with Dr. Jenn. The other couples sit around talking a lot of trash about Nikki—well, really just Cicely. Dick takes up for her and takes a little heat for doing so. Cicely is not being very sisterly to Nikki and it seems apparent that Nikki’s popularity (or lack thereof) is really getting in the way of her progress.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 1.57.34 PMWhen Dr. Jenn does find Nikki in the kitchen, Nikki breaks down. Dr. Jenn encourages her to have a talk with Cicely to clear the air, but it doesn’t really go that well. Cicely thinks Nikki tattled to Dr. Jenn; she is so openly rude and hostile to Nikki that I feel terrible for her. Even when Cicely comes around and apologizes, I still don’t want to forgive her.

Nikki is trying to communicate her feelings to Juan Pablo, but I think he thinks this fight is still about Andi. Nikki struggles to make her feelings known to JP, but he is quick to flip it around on her and tell her he doesn’t feel “acknowledged.” Sigh.

Juan Pablo demands an emergency session with Dr. Jenn, and Nikki lays it on the line. She wants him to be real about his feelings and he’s too busy being indignant about being called fake to get to the matter at hand. Dr. Jenn asks them if they want to continue to work on their relationship, and they both say yes. I’m reluctant to celebrate, since I do, in fact, read tabloids.

After all this romantic dreck with Nikki and JP, we make a hard left turn into Treach’s reunion with his dad, Kent. Dr. Jenn hopes seeingScreen Shot 2014-10-29 at 2.03.34 PM his dad will provide some much-needed healing, but the session doesn’t really go that way. When they first see each other, they hug, but as they get into it, Kent is not quite giving him the answers he seeks. Kent is not really taking any responsibility for leaving, nor is he apologizing for how much he hurt Treach. Kent doesn’t seem like he is sorry; that rejection is too much for Treach, and he leaves the session unfinished.

I hope Treach gives his dad another chance, just for his own sake. Am I wrong about this?

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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