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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Showtime Web Therapy "Stalk Therapy"
two Episode 10 of Showtime’s Web Therapy (which aired Sunday Septeber 2, 2012) is so packed with events (and
hilarity) that I don’t think I can fit it all into one review. This show
continues to entertain and amaze me as it piles one over-the-top scene onto
another. It is a marvel of cleverness and fun. There isn’t one likeable
character on the show, yet the show itself is immensely likeable.
10 is named “Stalk Therapy” because a man from Fiona’s past, Newell (played by
David Shwimmer) is cyber-stalking, as well as in-person stalking, Fiona. I’m going to rename this episode, “That’s
What’s Gonna Happen” because throughout this whole episode, Fiona is either
being told, or telling someone else, what is, or is not, going to happen.
the story on Newell. Years ago when Fiona was a college student, Newel’s
father, a professor at the college, was tutoring her. They hit the sheets more
than the books, and Newell spied on them doing some sexual role-playing that
was anything but by the book. Newell says this voyeuristic experience was his
first sexual experience. He said that witnessing these sexual hi-jinks ruined
his life and warped his psyche. Now, as reparation, Newell wants Fiona to
participate in a bit of sexual psycho-drama with him. He tells Fiona that the
only way he can be cured is to reenact the sexual shenanigans he witnessed with
Fiona and his father. She tells him that it is not going to happen, and Newell
insists, “That is what is going to happen. Give it up Newell, no one wins with
Fiona’s mother, Putsy (played by Lily Tomlin). Putsy believes that she has
killed her roommate at the “old-folks home”, and is convinced that she is going
to prison. Her sock puppet now has dreadlocks and talks like Marlon Brandon.
Mom is sporting tattoos including a tear drop to represent the murder she
committed. Fiona tells her mother that it is not going to happen, Putsy is not
going to prison.
of the most deleightful things about this show is the rapid about-face of
events. A few scenes later, Putsy is back to her old self. Now she’s dressed
like Loretta Young, and is maintaining that her roommate’s death was a suicide.
There was a suicide note.The note was
dictated by the roommate and written down by Putsy’s sock puppet. Did it happen
that way or not?No matter, Putsy has
convinced the police that it was a suicide.
is back as feisty as ever. She is going to start a new treatment modality, “Net
Therapy,” with four-minute psychodrama sessions with sock puppets. Fiona tells her that it is not going to
happen—she can’t just change “Web Therapy” to “Net Therapy” and change 3-minute
sessions to 4-minute sessions and say that she has created something new.But if Putsy wants to make it happen, she
will. She recorded a previous web-chat she had with Fiona during which Fiona
advised her about covering up her room-mate’s death. This gives her some
leverage with Fiona.
is the “whatever-mama-wants-mama-gets” moment of the week. As I’ve said before,
Putsy is the only one who can outmaneuver Fiona.
Fiona’s former flame, now works for Kip’s campaign. He tells Fiona that he is
in love with a co-worker. Fiona, of course, thinks he is talking about her.
Fiona tells him that a relationship with her isn’t going to happen. But, Fiona
is not the co-worker he is in love with.
(played by Tim Bagley) is in love with Robin (played by Julie Claire), the
young woman who Fiona’s husband, Kip, almost had an adulterous relationship
with. They went to a hotel for a weekend, but nothing happen because Kip
rejected her when he discovered that she wasn’t a transvestite. Fiona gave
Robin a job on Kip’s campaign as a videographer, so she wouldn’t expose Kip’s predilections.
Richard and Robin want to have a group session with Fiona. That, Fiona says
isn’t going to happen.
thing that is about to happen is Gina (played by Jennifer Elise Cox) becoming a
a problem for Fiona once again. Gina, who worked with Fiona when she worked at
Lachman Brothers, a corrupt securities firm, has been tricked into taking a job
in Alaska by Fiona. But Austen happens to visit this remote outpost, and he has
invited Gina to work in his London office. Fiona is not the least bit happy to
have Gina working in close proximity to her paramour and benefactor. Will she
find a way to keep Gina out in the boonies where her loose lips (and loose sexual
morals) can’t do Fiona any harm?
what is going to happen?Tune in next week for the season finale.