In the Couples Therapy house it is the morning after the Strawberry Massacre. Almost immediately, I realize why Abby is being such a bitch. This whole FF and Liz sideshow is drawing the ire of Joe Francis off of her and on to another target, so she is happy to join forces with Joe and be on the same side. I also imagine that Joe is telling the truth when it comes to FF and Liz not smelling particularly pleasant. When you are as depressed as Liz and FF are, showering is not a priority. Liz rarely leaves the bed. That said, Joe’s constant classist comments about Liz and FF are very telling about how Joe judges the importance of others, and it is all about money. It is also interesting that he assumes FF and Liz live below the poverty line somewhere.
Dr. Jenn meets with FF one on one, mostly because there is no talking to Liz, and everyone else in the house is pissed off. FF is giving a surprisingly intelligent account of what happened the night before. He is aware that Joe had a lot of pent up animosity toward him. He acknowledges he got defensive. He is giving a pretty insightful account of the cause of both parties behavior. FF is saying he is willing to be the bigger man. He doesn’t want to leave the house with issues between any of the others.
Dr. Jenn meets with FF. Joe says he didn’t even want to be in the room with FF’s bad energy. He called FF “trash” and “a joke.” Joe says he is dedicated to the therapy and FF is robbing him of the experience. He says if he wanted to be around “people like that” he would go down to the homeless shelter, like he does on Thanksgiving and serve them a meal. Instead of saying, “Wow Joe, you really are a douchebag!” she says, “I hear how angry you are.” Joe drones on about himself. Dr. Jenn asks him, “If you and Abby were to have a baby, how would you want to announce it? Would it be meaningful to you? Would you want to be allowed the dignity to announce it when you were ready, on your terms?” Joe doesn’t get the correlation at all. He says that FF was using the pregnancy as an excuse for all of their terrible behavior in the house. Dr. Jenn asks if Joe feels like he instigated anything. He says that he will acknowledge his role, but if he had to do it again he would do the same thing. Then he begins his dramatic acting, he tears up and says this is the most dramatic thing they have been through as a couple, blah blah blah. Dr. Jenn is not buying this. She tells Joe that FF wants to apologize to Joe. FOR WHAT? Joe acted like the asshole. All he had to do was have a glass of champagne and a strawberry and be done with it. Joe, sensing he is maintaining the upper hand says he doesn’t want to accept his apology. So, the group therapy is tabled until the next day.
Tyler has a one-on-one with Dr. Mike about his relationship with his father. Tyler says he has less anxiety when his father was in jail. Tyler feels responsible for his father, in a life or death way. Tyler is worried that his dad is going to die. Caitlyn comes to comfort him, but it doesn’t seem like he is very receptive to her comfort.
Both shrinks want to meet with FF and Joe to resolve their issues. Joe insists that Abby be in on the meeting. How manly of him. FF walks over to Joe and holds out his hand to shake hands. Joe almost doesn’t take it and then says, “Well what do you have to say?” Dr. Jenn says that FF wanted to make amends and FF responds with “yes, as long as the feeling was mutual.” He mentions the negative energy coming off of Joe. FF says he did not draw first blood in the situation. Somehow, Joe hears an apology in what FF said. He says he will reciprocate the apology that I didn’t even hear, maybe it was edited on the condition that FF “can behave.” Joe seems to think that screaming at a pregnant women and his wife dumping her celebratory strawberries (aren’t strawberries usually sort of BEFORE the baby making even starts?) is exemplary behavior. Somehow they hug it out. In a talking head, FF says he knows Joe’s apology was insincere.
The group topic is sex. Tyler wants sex more than Caitlynn. Dustin only wants it when Heather wants it. Because Dustin did porn, he doesn’t want meaningless sex with Heather. Chingy says that when he doesn’t want sex she immediately thinks something is wrong. Oh wait, hold up, these two don’t even live together, they are in a nice house sharing a bed for three weeks and Chingy says he is working on his patience to see if he can go three weeks without it? Don’t they live in different towns? Girlfriend, he has promised his number one girl he will not do you in the house and he will be dumping you shortly. AND his number one lives in LA where you live so one of you has to go. How dumb are you? The counselors fail to point this out. I would put money on it. Oddly, they do not show Joe and Abby discussing their sex lives.
Next there was an outdoor aggression release activity. While Tyler half-heartedly beats a car with a baseball bat while mumbling to his father, Joe Francis tells Chingy’s soon to be ex-girlfriend that “they don’t want to do it because it will be on The Soup!” Always giving a performance, that Joe. When Dr. Jenn asks Joe to go, he says “they” don’t want to do it because they don’t like violence. When Dr. Jenn provides Joe with the definition of violence, he says that when it comes to anger there is an intellectual divide. That only dumb people get angry. While I agree that there is an intellectual divide regarding anger, I believe the phrase is “ignorance is bliss” and then there is the practical application of being around lots of stupid people, like Joe, who don’t realize they are stupid. Things like that drive people to anger. Then Chingy’s soon to be dumped girlfriend rats him out about The Soup comment and Joe blatantly lies and says that she was telling HIM that. Then Joe uses the childhood abuse story to get out of participating which irritates me to no end. Then he makes Abby participate (after first telling her she could not). The amazing thing was the things she said to that scale she took the sledgehammer to were EXACTLY what she needs to say to Joe. This was actually probably the most helpful thing anyone has done. Until Liz. She went batshit on some dishes while screaming at FF for all the stupid shows and women while she was pregnant
Next Week: Joe goes in on Heather, because preying on the weakest person in the room is his forte. He continues to project his low self-esteem on everyone else. Caitlynn’s mother shows up looking surprisingly sober. Abby talks about all the damage her eating disorder has done to her body and how she is afraid she will die. Joe tries to go through the motions of someone who has sympathy for others.