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Season 6 | Episode 4 | “Gene Therapy” | Aired Oct 21, 2015

There’s a lot less therapy on this season of Couples Therapy and a lot more drama. This week’s episode is no different, and might as well be called “The Joe Budden Show,” which is odd since he didn’t show his face even once.

Almost half of the episode was spent on Joe’s absence from the house, and Kaylin’s subsequent departure. As the producers teased last week, Joe had to return to New York to turn himself in for a failure-to-appear charge associated with a domestic violence situation.

As Dr. Jenn delivers the news, everyone rushes to their own conclusions. Neil wants to give Joe the benefit of the doubt, while Janice immediately makes it about her and her past. Because: Janice. The whole Joe situation is a powder keg that’s just waiting to explode the couples’ opinions all over each other.

Instead of dealing with the news in the way Dr. Jenn wants, all the couples scatter to their respective corners and jump on the internet for all the juicy gossip, and they totally believe every word of it. Since the pictures were blurred and fuzzy (to protect the innocent?), we can’t really tell what they reveal—aside from a few hazy pictures of a bare stomach with a belly ring. Apparently, however, they are pretty incriminating, because there are a lot of shocked expressions and disbelieving murmurs.

As is Dr. Jenn’s way, she pulls them all into a group session to scold them, but every single one of them misses the point. While Dr. Jenn asks them to process Joe’s news among themselves and within the group (instead of on TMZ), what they heard was, “Air your grievances out loud to other members of the group.”

This little bit of miscommunication leads to beef between Jacklyn and Janice. Janice, by the way, is possibly the loudest, most controlling person I’ve ever seen. Even her posture has a predatory feel. Whenever she’s confronted with something she doesn’t like or agree with, she lashes out with such fervor and melodrama that it comes across as cartoonish.

In fact, she’s the most vocal about Joe and his alleged charges of domestic violence. Janice says she grew up in a violent household—so, of course, she’s taking this whole thing very personally. Because everything is always about Janice, no matter what.

Jaclyn, who is the most reserved of the group, is having a really hard time breathing in a room in which Janice has sucked up all the air, and she’s kinda mad at Scott for not sticking up for her. The confrontation between Jaclyn and Janice was pretty mild by reality-TV standards, but Scott just sat there, wide-eyed and mute like a church mouse, while Hurricane Janice gained strength every time Jaclyn managed to get a word in. He could’ve piped up a little.

It was during this same group session that Dr. Jenn brought in an expert on “DNA predictive elements for relationships” to test the couples’ compatibility using DNA taken from a saliva sample. Although I don’t know if I agree with Scott’s assessment of the process as “science fiction” or that “it’s as legit as the theory of evolution,” I am skeptical that this is a credible means by which to measure compatibility.

The expert, using the saliva that the cast donated, measured the biological, psychological, and hormonal components and came up with a percentage of compatibility. And here’s where I just can’t help but be skeptical.

Maybe if Janice and Rocky hadn’t scored the highest, coming in at a respectable 85 percent compatible, or maybe if Jaclyn and Scott hadn’t scored the lowest (25 percent compatible), I’d be more likely to believe there is something to this. This feels a little contrived, even for VH1.

The other couples fared pretty well in the DNA-compatibility activity. Ang and Neil came in at 80 percent compatible, and Carmen and Adrian came in at 78 percent. The results reveal a very obvious fact: They are a very affectionate couple (like we haven’t already noticed they can’t keep their hands off each other).

Next week, Kaylin and Joe come back, and Janice has already vowed to be “on patrol” to keep an eye on him. Is that necessary?

What do you guys make of Joe’s legal sitch?

Couples Therapy airs Wednesdays at 10/9C 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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