"Dr." Jenn then turns to Denise and Stephen and asks them about how they think the chemistry is going. Stephen yammers about how the first few days, he didn't feel like the chemistry was really there, but it has been growing somewhat. Emphasis on the "somewhat" part. He remains, as he always has been, really reluctant to just say, "Forget it, I am not into her, this is not happening." "Dr." Jenn asks him whether the chemistry is going to go any further, or whether its current lame levels are the highest it's going to achieve. He says that "you can never predict the future." Which means, "I would not spend the rest of my life with this girl if you paid me a million dollars and provided free hookers on the side." Non-Doctor Don asks Denise about the fact that it would seem like it's rather "painful" for her to keep pursuing him and have him be so cold to her. "I wouldn't say it's painful," she says, straining for a smidgen of her self-esteem. Of course, either way, it's painful for the rest of us, even if not for Denise. She insists that Stephen's coldness is merely "disappointing." Miss P. talks about the fact that she herself likes her men to be attracted to her from the beginning, and so she doesn't think it's any good to wait around for the guy to come around to thinking you're good enough. Somewhere in there, there's something I agree with, but it's very teeny and hard to see through the clouds of horror. Denise insists that it isn't that Stephen isn't attracted to her, even though the rest of us know that it is. Miss P. says that it certainly seems that he isn't attracted to her. Denise looks uncomfortable and humiliated. "It's like all of this is just pretense," opines Miss P. "We're not here to impress you or convince you," Stephen says. Of course, owing to the nature of the show, they sort of are, but I guess we're way past logic. "Dr." Jenn asks Stephen if he's satisfied with things the way they are, and Stephen gives an absurd "Absolutely." Denise claims to be enjoying herself. Oy. She gives an even funnier "So far, so good." Oh, good grief. "So far, so good"? Two weeks of indifference can only lead to four weeks of indifference, Denise, and if you need me to go on beyond that, then you're not as good at math as Jill. Miss P. shakes her head knowingly. Shut up, Miss P.'s head.
"Dr." Jenn moves on to Jill and Kevin, and the far less horrifying spectacle of the Playboy debate. Jill recaps the fact that she posed because she thinks the human body is very beautiful. She says that when Kevin's sister asked her if she would pose again and she said yes, that was the first time she realized that Kevin was "not accepting of it." Of course, there's a difference between judging you for posing for Playboy in the past and judging you for saying you would still pose for Playboy after you were married, even if your husband felt uncomfortable with it, but Jill doesn't draw that distinction especially precisely. She goes on to point out to Kevin that she "grew up" with Playboy (huh?) and she always thought of Playboy as very "prestigious" (double huh?), and that she thinks of having posed as a "badge of honor." Of course, they wouldn't have let her pose if she insisted on wearing an actual badge during the shoot, depending on where she put it. Does that qualify as irony? I'm thinking so. "Dr." Jenn points out to Jill that her family wasn't particularly excited about the posing, and now she knows Kevin feels uncomfortable with it. Kevin says he doesn't get why you would want to do something that would make somebody you're close to that uncomfortable. And that's kind of my reaction as well. "Dr." Jenn goes on to ask whether, given the fact that both of them are so close to their families, they're prepared to make each other their "first influence." Nice turn of phrase, "Dr." Jenn. Kevin says yes, but he doesn't know what "Dr." Jenn really means by "first influence," so you can't place great stock in his answer. Not that you usually can anyway, what with the slack-jawed, sweaty delivery he comes out with every time they ask him a question. It's like when challenged, he turns into his own creepy cousin. The one in prison.