Posted Sep 24, 2007 @ 1:18 PM
I got to see the third episode early because it was on OnDemand, and I admit it has been my favorite -- and the most telling -- thus far.
I think Jamie is utterly pathetic. She says she can't trust Hugo and basically drives him away, and then has a change of heart and calls him in a fashion that only a stalker would think was cute. Did it ever occur to her that he may also be upset about their break-up and that maybe he just can't talk to her right now? The only thing her one-sided telathon is going to accomplish is him realizing that he is going to be totally trapped if they do get back together.
And speaking of pathetic, I was silently begging Katie to say something to Dave in their bedroom. Say something. Anything. Tell him how you feel. Sex issues aside, she clearly loves her husband, as evidenced by her gift to him; the TiVo, which she preceeded giving to him by talking about his promotion, which gave me the impression she wanted something that he could use in his downtime and/or be able to tape stuff and watch at his leisure since he is so busy with work. However, does he love her? I am starting to think that once they had kids, she lost that "goddess" image that some men view their wife as and she became more "human" in his eyes.
And I couldn't believe what a total asshole Dave was in this episode. He can't even look Katie in the eye as he gives her his "gift" and then sits there playing with the remote (literally; not the remote he was playing with in the first episode) while she was doing everything but holding up a sign to get him to talk to her. And all he had to say was "I don't think that's the best idea for a gift, Honey, let's keep looking" instead of letting a 10-year-old shame him into buying lingerie that he can't even fathom the idea of seeing his wife wearing. And it's not like Ally Walker isn't looking pretty damn good for her age, either! Did anyone else notice that the teddy was clearly too small for Katie? When she was looking at it in the bedroom, it seemed she noticed the size and was thinking "asshole didn't even get it so it would fit me" -- and therefore there was no way she'd be putting it on!
I am in the minority here, but I have found Carolyn to be a bit more relatable as of late. I think it was interesting that she was the one to tell their friends they were having fertility problems, and I don't blame her for it. First of all, Palak (does anyone else want to order chicken palak Indian takeout when they hear his name?!?) said in therapy that he wanted to tell people, and second, he made such a big, clearly-making-a-point deal about their friends being pregnant again that there was no way she could just sit there and take his passive-aggressiveness. I sure as hell wouldn't. And then she turned the tables and made him feel stupid when she said they had been trying to get pregnant for a year.
Being someone who has been in the same boat, I can see their marriage in a different way than it appears on the surface. I think Carolyn is a self-made, self-sufficient woman who happened to find a great guy and they had a great life -- travel, art, dinners, etc. And then they decided to add to their perfect life with a perfect baby to push in a Bugaboo stroller and carry in a Gucci sling -- and then it all went to hell. Carolyn clearly isn't used to not being in control, and getting pregnant is one area where you have no control whatsoever; you just sit and wait for either a plus-sign on the test -- or your period -- to show up. And because she is such a control freak, I can see their marriage having become dominated by their quest to have a child to the point where Palak clearly feels he is there solely as her sperm donor, and Carolyn lashes out at the only person who knows about their problems -- her husband -- because she can't handle feeling like she has failed. It isn't uncommon, and I actually think the scenario is presented in a realistic manner.
However, unlike Katie and Dave, I do see real love between Carolyn and Palak -- as evidenced by the fact that they are even willing to try therapy -- and like some posters said, when they shared a laugh together. I also saw it in the first episode where they joked about his mother's sex life after they had their sneaky rendezvous during their dinner party. It's like somewhere, under all of their anger and fears, is the couple they once were. Hopefully the damage they are doing to that image isn't irreparable.