When we get back to the plot that most of us care about, everyone's at the cabin. Bruce tries to get Laurie interested in a father-daughter trip on the boat, but she'd rather spend her time on the phone with Doug. Bruce protests, "I thought we came up here to get away from phones and TVs!" and Laurie spits, "I came up here because you guys made me." She stomps off, and when Bruce complains to Susan, his wife takes Laurie's side: "Try to remember what it was like to be her age, and smitten." Bruce protests, "I was never smitten. I was madly in love -- and horny." Susan counters, "So is she." Well, you can just rock Bruce to sleep tonight on that insight.
And now, it's time for therapy with the Thompsons. Romy Rosemont is their therapist, which means she will be awesome, but back in 1976, Janet doesn't know that yet. Dr. Gardiner (that is who Rosemont is playing) says, "I didn't realize we'd be doing couples therapy," and Janet vigorously disclaims that "I'm just here for moral support. Roger and I are a team, and I want to make sure whatever's wrong with him gets fixed." Dr. G's like, "Oh, this is going to be good." And within a few minutes, it gets good: Janet finds out for the first time that Roger got let go right after he asked for a raise, and she rants about how Roger told Susan he was fired, but she had to find out by calling a secretary after she bounced a check. Janet says she feels "horrible -- like he's closer to [Susan] than to me." Dr. G asks Roger if this is the case, and he claims that it's not, and the only reason he didn't tell Janet was that he didn't want to disappoint her. Instead of calling Roger on his bullshit move of casting Janet in a Mean Mommy role, Dr. G elects to continue exploring Janet's feelings about Roger. Tellingly, Janet says that Roger can be "more. He can be more. We all can be." When Dr. G asks if Janet would like to be more, she goes on the defensive, stating, "I don't have issues. I have a depressed husband who went to Susan when he should have been coming to me." It is a tribute to Dr. G's professionalism that she does not crack, "Sounds like an issue to me." Janet then decides it's time to go, because she really doesn't want to talk about herself. It will be richly ironic if she ends up in therapy for most of the post-first-marriage 1980s. Yeah, I like to think about what the characters will be doing after the 1970s. So sue me.
We see how Trina and Tom are dealing with monogamy. It involves elaborate role-play, with Trina in the sadly stereotypical French maid's costume and Tom recording it as he moans, "Yeah, dust that table! Show me how clean you can get it!" Trina exposits, "We haven't played 'Naughty French Maid' in a while. I kind of like the costume closet." Tom's a big fan of the toy chest. But oh, they both still miss the playroom although, as Tom says, "I haven't noticed a slowdown in the action, just a reduction in the number of players." Trina wants to make sure that's enough, and Tom reassures her, "Baby, most times, we're more than I can handle."