Anyway, it’s a very weird conversation in that Doug knows he’s on camera so he does his “acting” voice part of the time, and part of the time you can tell he’s kind of scared shitless about what his Mom would say because his voice changes and he’s not “performing.”
His Mom actually warms up to him a bit and even invites Doug and Courtney to visit. Which I think is HUGE! If any of you have been in a family where everyone is not speaking to each other, you know how these little nuggets of positive interaction are a big deal. Honestly, I hope he does find some peace with his family, I mean – when this marraige falls apart he’ll need his family there to help him pick up the pieces.
Courtney and Doug have a nice moment, where he tells her about his conversation. It’s so hard to tell with Courtney and Doug whether they are playing a role or if they’re really interacting. They are so hyper aware of the cameras, that this moment seems so played out for them. She only seals that opinion for me when she says: “Family relations are important in a marriage,” and then does a weird little head nod. Like, Yeah! Remembered my line!
It’s the last day of process group, and everyone has assembled for an hour of patting each other on the back with how far they’ve come.
Dr. J starts it off by emotionally thanking everyone for the experience and telling them “how far they’ve come.” She says that a lot to everyone this episode.
Alex and Simon have a nice moment where they also thank everyone, and Simon says he thanks everyone for their “voices,” and I am positive he’s not including Courtney and Doug in this.
I’m gonna miss his colorful style. I’d like to think he was wearing his rainbow clown shoes with this jacket.
He tells everyone he’s more in love, if that’s possible, and sweetly tells Dr. J he hopes he never has to see her again.
Fucking Doug puts his actor voice on, proclaims his growing love for Courtney and it’s so friggin nauseating. God, he’s so fake when it comes to her. It’s as if he’s read every romance novel ever written and then just tries to recite all the rote, cliched lines he’s ever read. It’s so infuriating.
Courtney doubles down on on the inauthentic speak, when she starts thanking the house for helping her grow as a young woman, and she says she was essentially a bratt and they’ve helped her grow. But honestly, I have seen NO growth, other than the hemline of her skirts.
Friends with Benefits has her say, too. First she blah blah blahs about opening up, learning so much, blah blah blah. But then she tells Too Short she can’t make any promises, but that he asked her if she could give him a chance, and she’s willing to do that. And I shake my head. Three weeks of intense therapy, and you can “give him a chance?” This should have the time to say: “I love you, let’s do thing.” Not, hey you know, maybe I could love you at some point in the future? I’m directing that at both of them. Doomed.