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You Down With OCD?

by Wing Chun January 10, 2006
Intervention: “Gabe And Vanessa”

Adam reaches the bench, and the two shake hands. Gabe and his light, light jeans tell Adam that he's doing all right, and that he has "a little bit more normalcy" in his life. "Tell me about it," Adam prompts him, neutrally. Yes, I would like to hear that, too. My normal life involves earning a living, paying my bills, and not inventing mouthwash on spec. What about you, Gabe? After a long moment, Gabe meaninglesses, "I'm not quite the raving maniac I was when I saw you last." He tilts his eyebrows in a way he thinks is cute and disarming. Adam, giving him nothing, says in a fake-jocular tone that only barely disguises his anger, "Come on. What everyone wants to know: is Gabe still gambling? Or, has Gabe gambled since the intervention?" Gabe admits, "There were two instances that lasted a few days each." (Sobering Fact: "Nearly 70 percent of problem gamblers who get treatment relapse.") Adam stares at him, his sarcastic smile fading. Gabe defensively whines, "I didn't come here for this." Adam sits quietly to let Gabe hang himself, which he does, after a heavy, practised-sounding sigh: "I didn't want you to think that I don't care about what happened, or that I will forget about what happened. I am sorry about what happened." Cut to Adam, staring blankly into the middle distance like he's heard this forty times before and is wondering, "By 'what happened,' do you mean 'losing my money'?" Gabe insists, "I do want to make it good, and I will make it good." "Okay," Adam shrugs, not holding his breath. Gabe is totally not looking at Adam to read the room as he rambles on, "I mean, that's what I would like to do, and I know that you'll believe it when you see it." Adam's like, "If I ever see it, I will believe it, but that won't happen."

Gabe and Adam hug uncomfortably as Adam post-mortems, "I think he finally admitted that he has a problem -- many of them -- which he didn't admit before. He's still relying completely on others, though, and that has to change." The camera swirls artily around Gabe, as he stands in the park trying to look pensive and intense. Back at home, Gabe says he wishes his life were completely turned around, and that he had a great career (but...the mouthwash money! It'll fix everything! When you totally get it from your legit partner in this "project") and hadn't made any bets since the intervention: "But I'm working on 'em. And that's all we can do, is start each day with fresh hope and promise."

Except it looks like Gabe is neither as fresh nor as promising as he would have us believe, since here's Jeff Van Vonderen, seeing Gabe for the first time since the intervention. He tells us he thinks Gabe's in trouble, and that he's being offered another chance to enter treatment and actually complete it this time. God, poor Jeff. He has to think this is such a fool's errand he's on, when there apparently is no consequence to Gabe for failing to fix his life, what with his parents bankrolling 75% of his terrible decisions. But still, Jeff tries. He shows up at Gabe's apartment, where Gabe lets him in. They sit in the living room, where Jeff asks how he's doing and observes that he looks like he's lost some weight (true), to which Gabe attributes to partaking of fewer free casino buffets, which joke he accompanies with a mirthless laugh.

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You Down With OCD?

by Wing Chun January 10, 2006
Intervention: “Gabe And Vanessa”

Adam reaches the bench, and the two shake hands. Gabe and his light, light jeans tell Adam that he's doing all right, and that he has "a little bit more normalcy" in his life. "Tell me about it," Adam prompts him, neutrally. Yes, I would like to hear that, too. My normal life involves earning a living, paying my bills, and not inventing mouthwash on spec. What about you, Gabe? After a long moment, Gabe meaninglesses, "I'm not quite the raving maniac I was when I saw you last." He tilts his eyebrows in a way he thinks is cute and disarming. Adam, giving him nothing, says in a fake-jocular tone that only barely disguises his anger, "Come on. What everyone wants to know: is Gabe still gambling? Or, has Gabe gambled since the intervention?" Gabe admits, "There were two instances that lasted a few days each." (Sobering Fact: "Nearly 70 percent of problem gamblers who get treatment relapse.") Adam stares at him, his sarcastic smile fading. Gabe defensively whines, "I didn't come here for this." Adam sits quietly to let Gabe hang himself, which he does, after a heavy, practised-sounding sigh: "I didn't want you to think that I don't care about what happened, or that I will forget about what happened. I am sorry about what happened." Cut to Adam, staring blankly into the middle distance like he's heard this forty times before and is wondering, "By 'what happened,' do you mean 'losing my money'?" Gabe insists, "I do want to make it good, and I will make it good." "Okay," Adam shrugs, not holding his breath. Gabe is totally not looking at Adam to read the room as he rambles on, "I mean, that's what I would like to do, and I know that you'll believe it when you see it." Adam's like, "If I ever see it, I will believe it, but that won't happen."

Gabe and Adam hug uncomfortably as Adam post-mortems, "I think he finally admitted that he has a problem -- many of them -- which he didn't admit before. He's still relying completely on others, though, and that has to change." The camera swirls artily around Gabe, as he stands in the park trying to look pensive and intense. Back at home, Gabe says he wishes his life were completely turned around, and that he had a great career (but...the mouthwash money! It'll fix everything! When you totally get it from your legit partner in this "project") and hadn't made any bets since the intervention: "But I'm working on 'em. And that's all we can do, is start each day with fresh hope and promise."

Except it looks like Gabe is neither as fresh nor as promising as he would have us believe, since here's Jeff Van Vonderen, seeing Gabe for the first time since the intervention. He tells us he thinks Gabe's in trouble, and that he's being offered another chance to enter treatment and actually complete it this time. God, poor Jeff. He has to think this is such a fool's errand he's on, when there apparently is no consequence to Gabe for failing to fix his life, what with his parents bankrolling 75% of his terrible decisions. But still, Jeff tries. He shows up at Gabe's apartment, where Gabe lets him in. They sit in the living room, where Jeff asks how he's doing and observes that he looks like he's lost some weight (true), to which Gabe attributes to partaking of fewer free casino buffets, which joke he accompanies with a mirthless laugh.

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