MONDO EXTRAS

You Down With OCD?

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

Over B-roll of Gabe standing in a casino, Gabe's dad Irv tells us, "He is full of delusion, full of denial, full of blame for others, and everything is done to justify what he needed to do, and that is to go and quench that thirst." Gabe tells us, "In the absence of somebody offering me something better, it's very hard for me to listen to somebody that tells me not to gamble when I'm dead set on gambling." Note the entitlement in that sentence -- that Gabe expects someone to, what, offer him a job out of the blue when he's on his way to his car to drive to the casino ninety miles away, and that, if no one does so, then he's justified in gambling more, because "somebody" isn't "offering" him "something better." Damn.

Laurie: "My biggest fear is that he'll kill himself." No comment. But, you can imagine what I'm thinking. BSOJ: "Gabe has tried to kill himself four times. Each attempt came after he couldn't repay a friend." Adam, Gabe's friend, generously says that Gabe is sick, and that his friends and family "need to save him from himself."

"Vanessa." A cute, sort of familiar-looking girl with dark, ironed hair skips along what looks like the Santa Monica Promenade. BSOJ: "Vanessa plans her day around shopping. It's the only time that she feels normal. She went bankrupt 2 years ago." As we watch her shop, Vanessa really does look high; her eyes are a little too bright, and she trots through the store as if she's being magnetically pulled through it, like her feet can't keep up with whatever force is propelling her. "I know I'm tapped out, but dammit, I'm gonna get it!" She giggles. Cut to an interview, where she tells us that she recently started using her credit card again. Shopping Vanessa manically shrieks, "You just wanna take it all home!" Interview Vanessa cries, "I just couldn't stop." As she struts down the road with her shopping bags in hand, a chyron tells us, "Vanessa is living off payments from past acting jobs. She was a cast member of ER during its first 3 seasons." Ah, that's why she looked familiar! I didn't recognize her without her bad root perm and straight bangs, but she played Nurse Wendy Goldman.

Vanessa tells us that her addiction isn't about shopping, but about not having love in her life. The Black Screen Of Sobering Facts tells us, "Vanessa never knew her father. She is alienated from her mother." "It's about not having a kid, it's about not having my career, it's about not having anything that I can wake up for in the morning."

Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22Next

Comments

You Down With OCD?

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

Over B-roll of Gabe standing in a casino, Gabe's dad Irv tells us, "He is full of delusion, full of denial, full of blame for others, and everything is done to justify what he needed to do, and that is to go and quench that thirst." Gabe tells us, "In the absence of somebody offering me something better, it's very hard for me to listen to somebody that tells me not to gamble when I'm dead set on gambling." Note the entitlement in that sentence -- that Gabe expects someone to, what, offer him a job out of the blue when he's on his way to his car to drive to the casino ninety miles away, and that, if no one does so, then he's justified in gambling more, because "somebody" isn't "offering" him "something better." Damn.

Laurie: "My biggest fear is that he'll kill himself." No comment. But, you can imagine what I'm thinking. BSOJ: "Gabe has tried to kill himself four times. Each attempt came after he couldn't repay a friend." Adam, Gabe's friend, generously says that Gabe is sick, and that his friends and family "need to save him from himself."

"Vanessa." A cute, sort of familiar-looking girl with dark, ironed hair skips along what looks like the Santa Monica Promenade. BSOJ: "Vanessa plans her day around shopping. It's the only time that she feels normal. She went bankrupt 2 years ago." As we watch her shop, Vanessa really does look high; her eyes are a little too bright, and she trots through the store as if she's being magnetically pulled through it, like her feet can't keep up with whatever force is propelling her. "I know I'm tapped out, but dammit, I'm gonna get it!" She giggles. Cut to an interview, where she tells us that she recently started using her credit card again. Shopping Vanessa manically shrieks, "You just wanna take it all home!" Interview Vanessa cries, "I just couldn't stop." As she struts down the road with her shopping bags in hand, a chyron tells us, "Vanessa is living off payments from past acting jobs. She was a cast member of ER during its first 3 seasons." Ah, that's why she looked familiar! I didn't recognize her without her bad root perm and straight bangs, but she played Nurse Wendy Goldman.

Vanessa tells us that her addiction isn't about shopping, but about not having love in her life. The Black Screen Of Sobering Facts tells us, "Vanessa never knew her father. She is alienated from her mother." "It's about not having a kid, it's about not having my career, it's about not having anything that I can wake up for in the morning."

Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22Next

Comments

SHARE THE SNARK

X

Get the most of your experience.
Share the Snark!

See content relevant to you based on what your friends are reading and watching.

Share your activity with your friends to Facebook's News Feed, Timeline and Ticker.

Stay in Control: Delete any item from your activity that you choose not to share.

The Latest Activity On TwOP

SHARE THE SNARK

X

Get the most of your experience.
Share the Snark!

See content relevant to you based on what your friends are reading and watching.

Share your activity with your friends to Facebook's News Feed, Timeline and Ticker.

Stay in Control: Delete any item from your activity that you choose not to share.

The Latest Activity On TwOP