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Friday, September 6, 2013
Showtime’s “Web Therapy” “304 “Case Files”
By Catherine Giordano
Meg Ryan as Karen Sharp
The tales of Fiona continue.
Pour yourself a cocktail (or mocktail) and enjoy this review/recap and
commentary for Showtime’s “Web Therapy”
episode #304, starring Lisa Kudrow, titled
The show opens with Fiona chatting with mock-friend Gina as
they enjoy cocktails (mocktails for the pregnant Gina). I say mock friend
because while Gina feels that Fiona is her best friend and confidante, Fiona is
only interested in manipulating Gina for her own ends.
Gina is whining about having to go to Paris. She hates France
for many reasons. One reason is that the
waiters in restaurants will not let her have coffee before her meal
Gina tells Fiona that she wants to have a bachelorette party
in Las Vegas. She wants her wedding to immediately follow, also in Las Vegas. She
wants a classical wedding so she has chosen Caesar’s Palace as the venue. She
wants Fiona to be her matron of honor. She wants herself and Fiona to wear
identical white gowns for the ceremony. She
wants Fiona to arrange everything for her special day. Does anyone think this
is going to end well?
Next call. A quick one with Keystone Fidelity, the
accounting firm for her husband’s campaign, as Fiona tries to get some
information concerning the investigation of her possible misuse of campaign finances.
She doesn’t have passwords for the accounts so she doesn’t get any information.
Fiona calls Kip for a little camcorder chat to ask for the
passwords. Even though Kip has run off
to New Mexico with his lover Ben and is seeking a divorce, he still feels
kindly towards Fiona and tries to help her. He tells her the passwords might be
in a briefcase that was packed into one of the boxes of things from the
campaign office that were packed when the campaign shut down. The boxes were
delivered to Fiona’s house.
Ben who has been in another room watching TV is angry when
he finds Kip talking to Fiona. Poor Kip—he
seems to like to be in relationships with a partner who is very controlling.
Ben is overtly controlling whereas Fiona did it more subtly. Ben hates Fiona
probably because he is jealous of Kip’s relationship with her, and tells her
quite nastily to sign the divorce papers immediately. Does anyone think Fiona
is going to do that?
So now Fiona has what she needs? Not so quick. Not so simple. Read on.
Fiona calls Jerome who is staying at her apartment in New
York to find out where the boxes are. He tells her that all the stuff in the
boxes was sold off in a yard sale. He knows who bought it, and he knows the
brief case is up for auction on eBay. He plans to swoop in with a last minute
bid and get the briefcase. He fails, and someone named karen4kip wins the item.
Fiona also learns that Halley, a onetime girl-friend of
Jerome is staying at her New York apartment. Fiona demands that Kip make her
leave. Jerome claims that everything is fine, but talk about rubber sheets, and
loud knocking sounds and shouts of “I’m coming” coming from the apartment’s bedroom
have gotten Fiona very upset. Jerome claims that it is only the doorman
knocking on the door with a delivery, and Halley is telling the doorman that
she is coming to answer the door.
Fiona’s final conversation is with Karen Sharp, played by Meg Ryan. Karen is a hoarder and one of
her collections is centered on Kip. She claims that everything is being
archived for posterity, but in actuality Fiona can see that stuff is strewn all
over. Karen refuses to sell the briefcase
to Fiona. Wily Fiona realizes that she
can play Karen because it becomes evident that Karen is obsessed with Kip. (She asks Fiona a lot of questions about how
Kip is as a lover. She is fascinated by
the revelation that Kip used to place a cloth over Fiona’s face during lovemaking.)
Karen wants to cloth. Fiona says she can
give her a pair of Kip’s running shorts, unwashed, so still redolent with his
sweat. Fiona offers to bring the items
to Karen’s house the very next day.
Karen considers this a generous act on Fiona’s part, but clearly
Fiona aims to get into the house so she can steal the briefcase or at least the
papers with the passwords that she hopes to find inside the briefcase.
The tales of Fiona, mockery extraordinaire.
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