I’ll start with David and Katie’s storyline, since Tim DeKay stole the episode in my eyes thanks to their therapy scene and his entrance into that world. That’s not to take away from Ally Walker’s work as Katie, but I think DeKay was given the spotlight and he ran with it. The big thing for them this week was David’s decision to go with Katie to the therapy session. He’s initially nervous and gives inoffensive answers to Foster’s questions that reveal nothing of direct substance, but her back-and-forth probing of the couple and their anniversary leads to some sparks. David accuses Katie of poking at him, always looking for the downside or the “but”, as at the end of their anniversary night. Katie attacks him for taking none of her hints of possibly rekindling their sexual relationship and for him refusing to initiate anything. All this time DeKay plays David as nervous and self-conscious, feeling absolutely out of element and concerned about not disrupting the delicate decorum of the session. However, Katie’s accusation prompts him to release a pent-up, angry diatribe about the lack of sexiness in going to the grocery store, shopping for minivans, reading bedtime stories to their kids, and basically every aspect of their family life. DeKay just owns the performance. What continues to be great about the show though, is the amount of time given to scenes to live and breathe. This therapy sequence gets a whopping seven minutes straight for viewers to fall into the uncomfortable silences and the angry, hurtful things that get said. It always pleases me when the quicker paces of most television shows and the structural patterns therefrom ingrained in my brain make me think a scene is about to end, only for it to jump right back in for more.Carolyn reveals to Palek that she had an abortion in college, giving him license to be upset with her for laying the blame on him their year of failed attempts at conceiving. Both have had positive checkouts with doctors, but as I recall Carolyn’s OBGYN mentioned finding a slight abnormality, although it was said to be unlikely linked to her pregnancy issues. I can’t remember clearly whether that could be linked to the abortion, but I did think of that possibility at the time. Still, it remains somewhat uncertain whether there’s any medical reason for their lack of success. Otherwise, seems as though Palek is turning cold and distant, and there’s more than a little hint that he may pursue an affair with the woman who sold him the suits. Carolyn displayed an unsubtle breakdown in the opening scene, and seems destined to fall apart in bigger ways as conception continues to elude her. This couple’s certain to just keep diving into deeper and darker waters.
Jamie finally gets a hold of Hugo by meeting him at the school where he teaches, and while she professes she misses him, he’s decided that being away is tough but ultimately healthy. She later gets a tattoo, of what I could not decipher. She mopes around a bit, has a quickie with a coworker, and later dismisses the attention of Nick (Ian Somerhalder), who’s hanging around the restaurant as he’s split with another of Jamie’s coworkers. The big development for this arc would be her arrival at Dr. May Foster’s, leading her to acknowledge her own deep issues with monogamy. Thankfully, this adds something interesting to her character, as she’s mostly come off as whiny and a bit self-righteous in her dealings with Hugo. She doesn’t have everything worked out though, and it’s about time that that facade dropped.
Strangely, absolutely no development on Dr. May Foster and the mysterious John character from her past.
Perhaps most intriguing, at least along the lines of the show’s structure, was the meeting of two storylines with David and Palek doing business with each other. I was awaiting something like this for a while, but I wonder if it will amount to anything more than casual crossings. I find it unlikely that the three primary storylines will ever be very intertwined, but I wonder what the writers might be going for with crossing the couples once in a while. I suspect, or hope, that the season taken as a whole will prove an interesting journey to look back on, based both on these structural questions and the plot development itself.