I cannot believe. They. Are still. In this. ROOM! Please God, no more. And they're still talking about the Syrus-rape-accusation thing, like this arc is really so dramatic that I was expected to sit stock-still during the commercials, gnawing my fingernails down to the knuckle and nervously muttering, "Oh, God. If there's tension in that house, I just don't know what I'll do. I mean, who ever expected that there would be any tension?" Puh. Leeze. Montana admits to having been sexually abused in her past, and she knows "what you have to go through" to admit it, particularly taking into account a male-dominated culture so quick to discount a woman's pain and often needing "proof" of the assault. Sean jumps to Syrus's sexist defense based on his own life experience (the one where he's an absolute authority on things that have never happened to him) with the assumption, "The bottom line is that it's such a painful thing for the woman that we don't even want to question her about it." Syrus says that because of the experience he went through, he became "scared of women." Yeah, he looked real gun-shy with the ladies in last week's episode. Based on previously established behavior, I think that the only thing Syrus is really afraid of when it comes to women in Boston is running out of new targets to hit on after his first three weeks there.
Ana finally takes the reins, telling them she thinks "there are two issues here," failing to fully elaborate on either one of them in lieu of the real reason they're there to begin with: "Let me give you a heads-up. If you're in a school-age program and a topic like this starts, you need to be real careful, when it comes to professionalism, what you're saying, and you have to learn sometimes to say, 'Y'know what, I'm not gonna go there.'" Good work, Ana, quashing the self-indulgent televised therapy before it stretched through yet another commercial break, with your barely concealed assertion that "there are two issues here. And I really don't give a shit about either of them." Good show, Ana. Go, you.
And so Montana, Kameelah, and Genesis retire to the restroom at the center, where they seek respite because, according to Montana, "I was getting shaky. And I could tell that something was about to happen." Kameelah says she has trouble believing Syrus's story, and the three share a cleansing breath (I always find the bathroom to be the perfect locale for such deep inhalation exercises) before heading back in that eerily lit room for another riveting marathon round of just kind of sitting around whining.