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Season 5 | Episode 10 | “Fighting ’Till the End” | Aired Nov 10, 2014

I am the first to admit what a giant crybaby I am; I am unashamed about my emotional tendencies. However, this season of Couples Therapy has given me the feels in ways I did not expect. Who knew I was going to develop a giant crush on Treach, or cry with Jenna Jameson, or root for Juan Pablo? It’s been a crazy season, and tonight’s finale did not disappoint.

The episode picks up just after Dr. Jenn tells Jenna where her mother’s grave is located. Jenna is processing through all the feelings and it’s painful to watch. John is there to comfort her, but this seems like such a private moment between the two. Jenna and John set out with Dr. Jenn to Las Vegas to visit the cemetery, and the emotional tension is thick as they arrive.
Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.47.33 AMJenna has been a caricature of herself through so much of this season, but in the moments in which she is kneeling in front of her mother’s grave, she’s just about as human as a person can be. I watched through tears as Jenna talked directly to her mother, and I felt her relief when it was over.

Juan Pablo and Nikki are back at the house, true-lovin’ it: snuggling and hugging, lying in bed. They both feel really positive about their relationship, and it’s agonizing to watch because I know what is going to happen. In fact, every scene with them in this episode rings so false, especially the end (more on that later).

While cartoon birds are flying around JP and Nikki, things get real over in Treach and Cicely’s room. CicelyScreen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.49.31 AM gets a call from home and has to break some upsetting news to Treach. He flies into a rage, triggering Cicely’s fears and anxieties about his temper. He becomes more and more agitated and aggressive, and you can tell Cicely feels threatened by his hostility.

Cicely calls Dr. Jenn for advice, and Dr. Jenn speaks with Treach herself. Treach thinks Cicely has asked him to move out, and he has gone down the rabbit hole of accusations and fury. He won’t back down from what he thinks he heard, even when Cicely denies saying it, and Dr. Jenn asks them to go to separate rooms for a bit. Once apart, Cicely starts to reflect on the consequences of his aggression and tells the producers she thinks the relationship is over.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.51.16 AMTension between these two are high when Dr. Jenn calls them all to an outing on a boat to celebrate the end of their time in therapy. Dr. Jenn pulls Treach and Cicely aside while the rest of the couples start the party. Dr. Jenn tells Treach that the tape doesn’t really reveal Cicely saying the things he thought she did, but Treach doesn’t back down. He gets angrier and angrier, and Cicely uses this incident as evidence that her concerns are valid. Cicely tries to end the relationship, but Dr. Jenn asks them to wait to make that decision until they aren’t so angry.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.50.27 AMI started to think the fancy cocktails and luxury yacht would help them smooth over their anger, but when they return to the group Cicely is talking a lot of trash to Jenna and John (in low tones, mind you). Treach, on the other hand, doesn’t seem as ready to end the relationship and gives an extremely bleak toast at dinner that evening. Cicely’s words were pleading and plaintive, but Treach’s felt like a goodbye. It is a weird vibe at the table during their exchange, and the rest of the cast just listen in confusion.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.52.21 AMEach couple says some really heartfelt things to their partner, and it offers just the right amount of sweetness to the closure. Juan Pablo drops a surprise when it’s his turn: He pulls out a ring box with a non-engagement ring meant to wear on the (appropriately enough) middle finger. This scene, more so than the one I mentioned above, stings a little, knowing they’ve already broken up. I wonder where that ring is now.

John has a surprise of his own when he shows Jenna a video he made of himself looking pensive, musing on the top of a rock. The video turned out to be just a preface to a proposal and a subsequent “yes” from Jenna. He really is a good guy, and even though she went off the rails a few times this season, I agree with Cicely: Jenna deserves a happy ending.

With everyone else squared away, feeling fine with all the closure they got on the boat, Dr. Jenn holds another session Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.52.01 AMwith Cicely and Treach. Cicely wants to feel safe, Treach wants to feel validated, and Dr. Jenn is trying to figure out a way they can stay together and get what they want. Treach delivers the most earnest plea for Cicely to stay, and I think I heard panties flying off all across this country. Either he is really persuasive or he is one hell of a husband.

So, that’s it, folks. Season 5 ends without anyone breaking up (except Steph and Dick, who might not have been together in the first place), and Dr. Jenn wants us to remember: “When you believe in love, anything is possible.” Are y’all buying that?

What were some of your favorite moments from this season? Who’s your favorite couple now, after 10 episodes?

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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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