This season on Couples Therapy, there’s a lot of drama in the house thanks to the incredibly diverse and occasionally divisive personalities that have been cast. One couple, reality veterans Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord, have offered to review and recap each episode of the season to tell us the truth about the way things really were and what they think of the therapy process. This week, Alex weighs in.
I’m trying to think of a witty opening line welcoming our amazing followers to a new show and network, but I didn’t sleep last night and I’ve got nothing, so let’s just get to it…
I don’t think Simon or I knew what to expect from this experience; both of us came in with skepticism and a whole Kevlar suit of self-protection. I’ll let him speak for himself though on his own blog and give you my thoughts.
The day we arrived in the house, another Housewives divorce had been announced. For the previous four years we’d been dealing with shadow personalities created for us in an editing suite based on a collage of soundbites pulled at random. Was it really us? Yes and no…timing and context can really change meaning. There was enough “no” to stress us out to a breaking point. We had to turn our professional lives and careers completely inside out, and we started taking it out on each other. In an effort to protect each other and our children from the aftermath, we were taking bigger and bigger bites out of each other, and you can only do that for so long before you bleed to death. What we have is truly worth fighting for — I want to spend as many years as I have left with my best friend, Simon. Hence, therapy. Yes, it’s on TV. So what? If TV helped us make the mess, why not let TV help clean it up?
This week we met most of the other couples, and during that first meeting I didn’t know whether to laugh, run or light myself on fire. Nik had explained to us what he’d done with the pomegranate juice, and that altercation played out exactly as he described. We bonded with them and with Tiny and JoJo immediately and had jumped into a deep conversation right off the bat, when the Hutchisons arrived. It was interesting to hear Courtney say “Let’s start some drama” as they walked over. We hadn’t heard that. Doubly interesting to hear Doug ask Shayne why she wasn’t putting on a show. Yes, we were being filmed, but this experience was not supposed to be about putting on a show. I was about to get up and walk away when the fight broke out, and the mom in me launched in between Nik and Doug — we have two rambunctious boys who try to annihilate each other regularly, and these two were just a little taller. Plus I figured neither of them would hit a girl.
Someone on Twitter asked me where the boys were; they were at summer camp and our former nanny moved into our house with her son while we were in California. Being away from them was rough, but as I hope you will see, it was worth it.
Thanks for watching, and if you saw the preview of my ever-so-graceful wipeout exiting the hot tub, I had a towel from our home line, which is available this week only online! http://bit.ly/AlexTowels
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See you next week!