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. Alex joins us this week to let us know her thoughts.
Ouch. Watching that fall on TV hurt almost as much as when it happened — don’t try that at home. Luckily I didn’t hit my head, and though I told Simon to talk to the hand, he gave me a peace offering of an ice pack. Still, the next day I had a bruise so big I wanted to give it a name. A bruise called Wanda…
I’m beginning to feel like a broken record each week by saying, wow, this s**t’s getting deep. But each week it gets deeper.Part of me died inside watching Shayne and Nik struggle with missing their daughter.I have to commend them for joining this retreat; if our boys had been that young, I can tell you I wouldn’t have wanted to do it either. If they can be away from Press for a short while now, hopefully they can be there for her (together) for the rest of their lives.
On a completely superficial note, I LOVED Tiny‘s night-time hair turban.I want one.Just sayin’.Maybe it’s easier to focus on that small detail because it is so hard, scary, and sad to watch the struggle with JoJo, his denial, and the bottle.In the short time we spent together, I grew to care so much for both of them. All we can do is hope they can move the needle to keep JoJo around for his family, whom he loves so much.
Going into this experience, Simon and I knew that Real Housewives would come up –– how appropriate that it first came up in the “selling out” session.Our public life is a story that’s still being written, and we don’t know the ending yet.Those viewers who questioned why we’d agree to do therapy on TV…I wonder if maybe you’re beginning to see why.It was really hard to watch the vicious, mind-numbing battle of semantics Simon and I got into with Tom –– I felt like I tried to make a point, and Simon argued with me not about the point, but about the way I was making it.That’s something we’re working on, and Simon’s take on it is here.
It was fascinating to watch Doug and Courtney separate from the group, particularly when he attempted to have a conversation with her.There have been lots of cheap shots back and forth between us, them, and the rest of the cast, and that will probably continue…but that’s not where I’m going this time.Courtney’s distraction and interruption really hit home with me –– I put up with that every single day from my boys, who are six and eight years old –– we call it the Interrupting Chicken. You try to tell them something and they just talk over you about something else, or don’t pay attention.It’s unbelievably frustrating, and really reminded me that Courtney’s a kid. Maybe all the relationship scandal, guerilla nudity and performance art is surface.Maybe she’s a troubled teen crying for help, and Doug’s beginning to realize he’s in way over his head.Or maybe I’m hunting for a silver lining that isn’t there.
And if you’re wondering where Todd and Monica are –– we’re getting there. They are both such lovely people and if I had my way I’d march them down the aisle myself…but that’s not my call to make.This is episode three, and I think we’re only up to day four or five of the three-week retreat. There is SO much more to come and I still can’t believe some of it happened even though I was there!
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