Still at the retreat — At Skylab’s version of Overeaters Not-So-Anonymous, typical food topics have given way to more personal revelations. Laurie stunned the room last week when she welled up and revealed her father’s suicide. Jackie floored everyone, including herself, when she revealed that her dad did the same thing.
I doubt this is what the eating-disorder therapist signed up for. All her pearls about childhood and body image went right out the window with that last statement. She sits mute and slack-jawed like the others.
Breaking the silence, Rita tells a tearful Laurie that she’s beautiful and worthy of love. When Jackie looks around the room, she says she sees survivors, not victims. Rebecca feels the empathy growing and says the clients now know “that they don’t have to do this alone.”
The therapist smiles encouragingly and says to take good care and honor the healing that has taken place here today. Everyone hugs, and they finish the session on a cathartic note.
It’s hard to recap (read: mock) this show when no one’s calling anyone a beeyotch or throwing things at someone’s head. Jesse didn’t chime in to express his odd jealousies toward Rebecca because even though he’s a self-absorbed drama queen, he knows “my dad killed my stepmom” takes the wind out of his my-best-friend-is-doing-a-slut sails.
Delayed reaction — Back in L.A., it’s business as usual, with a new warm-and-fuzzy feeling. Jesse is starting to regret the nasty things he said to Rebecca and the puerile way he’s been acting about Jabecca. He says he has two sides: glib, quippy best-girlfriend Jesse, and big-mouthy, pain-in-the-ass Jesse.
Good Jesse decides it’s time to bury the hatchet, and not in Rebecca’s skull this time. He finds her out on the deck and sits down next to her.
They hug. It’s the episode where everyone hugs.