This season on Couples Therapy, Dr. Jenn Berman helps the entertainment industry’s most infamous couples break through the drama associated with living in the public sphere. Together, they examine the complicated dynamics that relationships face, while working together, as a group, to learn from one another and leave with the tools needed for long term success. Any group therapy scenario is prone to drama, but even more so when celebrities are involved. Check out the five most dramatic moments of this week’s episode!
1. This week we learn that since Courtney is a minor she legally cannot sleep in the Couples Therapy house. She and Doug may be married, but due to California child labor laws she can only be on camera a “limited number of hours per day.” Courtney and Doug haven’t slept apart at all during the almost year and half they’ve been married. This is just “another crazy thing that we have to deal with due to the age difference,” according to Courtney. The most dramatic part of this scene is when they show Doug lying alone in bed juxtaposed with the other couples cuddling and kissing before falling asleep.
2. Dr. Jenn asks each couple to share their “darkest moment” of their relationship in group therapy so she can determine how much work they need. All the couples, except JoJo and Tiny, can identify one moment that stands out to them as a low point. It seems like they have more of a low plateau that stems from JoJo’s drinking problem. One moment which Tiny identified as destructive to their relationship was a time JoJo had gone to the hospital for a drinking-related problem and upon his release, he asked her to take him to the liquor store. His request made her angry and she responded in a not-so-nice way by telling him that he is going to “die a drunk.” In a surprising turn of events (at least for a reality show,) JoJo admits that he “was being a selfish son of a b*tch.” Even though he has a problem with alcohol, it seems like JoJo really respects Tiny and her feelings. Hopefully spending time away from any alcohol-related temptation in the Couples Therapy house will be exactly what they need to solve their issues.
3. Next, Nik and Shayne share what is the nadir of their relationship. During the premiere we learned neither Shayne, nor Nik knew what the other did for a living when they were married. We also learned that his job do require him to look at photos of sexy women, but what we didn’t know was that when they were married Nik did not “cut ties” with other females in his life. He did let them know that he was married, but that didn’t stop them from sending sexy pictures to his phone. Like any wife/girlfriend would, she went berserk and felt “truly heartbroken.” Hearing about the sexy photos on his phone, paired with the “Would You” section of TheDirty.com (a section where Nik responds, in graphic detail, whether or not he would sleep with a woman) Shayne is understandably hurt and reacts by putting up an emotional wall. Dr.Jenn weighs in and tells Nik know that he needs to take responsibility for his role in Shayne’s being closed off, but that it is a two-way street. Nik’s is very open to change and makes us root for him and Shayne even more. He responds, “I want change. I love her more than life itself. I don’t want to lose her, but I need to figure out how to find her.”
4. After the couples delve deeper into their personal issues in private sessions, they hope to enjoy a relaxing dinner together. Everyone does their part to help prepare dinner. Simon and Alex take on some of the cooking, while Nik takes charge of setting the table. As he’s wiping it off, Courtney walks in wearing a skimpy bathing suit. She flirtatiously asks him to tell her where to “squirt it” (meaning a bottle of cleaner,) which Nik finds completely fake and offensive.
When he tells her not to squirt him, she leaves to “change for dinner,” but comes back to the table having only put on short shorts. Shayne offers her a tank top, since Courtney herself confessed “I should have brought more clothes.”
She declines the shirt and Shayne responds melodramatically by saying “I’m going to die,” and that she “wants people to respect” her. Courtney respectfully tells her that she “doesn’t care” what her opinion is prompting Shayne to leave the table and eat by herself.
5. After the dinner drama, the cameras catch Shayne hysterically crying outside. Instead of talking to Nik about what is bothering her, she isolates herself from the him and the group. Thomas, one of the Resident Counselors, approaches her and asks if she needs to talk to someone. Through her tears she explains “The situation is not working for me. The situation is not ideal.” She questions why she is here when her eight-month old daughter is at home without her. While missing her daughter is a valid reason to be upset, we question if Courtney’s comment and Doug’s attitude at dinner contributed to her breakdown. Watch for yourself and decide: