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Ruthie Is a Baby

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Ruthie Is a Baby

Ruthie says that's not a choice. The definition of choice is "the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred." Ruthie says it is an ultimatum, which is "a final proposition, concession, or condition." I say it is both, and I don't understand why it has to be one or the other. Ruthie goes on to say, "I'm not putting my life on hold for thirty days. I'm strong enough to do this on my own."

Her sister Rachel says, "It's not just the roommates. I love you, unconditionally, but you scared the hell out of me. You need outside help." Ruthie replies that an ultimatum doesn't matter, and won't work, unless she gives it to herself. WB asks what ultimatum she is willing to give herself. Ruthie says she doesn't need to share her personal ultimatum, because talk is cheap. WB says that won't work. Ruthie says, "I don't care. I'll get back to you after I talk to my counsellor. Are we done?" Then she stands up and just kind of stares at them all with this weird half smile on her face, and I lose any remnants of sympathy I had for her because I realize that Ruthie is enjoying all this attention and drama.

Ruthie is talking to her counsellor with her sister. As my friend Molly pointed out, Ruthie and Sara are a walking advertisement for eyebrow waxing. Ruthie doesn't, Sara does, and it makes a world of difference.

Anyway, Ruthie is telling the counsellor that she feels whatever decision she makes, she loses. If she goes into the treatment center, she has to give up her job and school. Okay, MTV got her the job so it's not like they won't make concessions for her, and I'm sure she could get some sort of dispensation from her professors if she did an extra paper or something. Her other choice is leaving the house, which would mean giving up her opportunity. Ruthie keeps describing being on the show as "an opportunity," which I do not get. What kind of opportunity is it? One that allows her to make a fool of herself in front of millions of people? My friend Molly thinks she is referring to her music career, but why doesn't Ruthie just say that?

The counsellor says that treatment has to be Ruthie's decision or it won't work. But the thirty days could be helpful, because "it's thirty days with you being with you in a very deep way [I hate psychobabble] without distractions, without alcohol."

In a confessional, Ruthie says she knows she wants to stay and take advantage of the opportunities -- see, there it is again -- and she's not going to let anyone take that away. To her counsellor, she says that she's not going to let them take it away. Do you think she's not going to let them take it away? Throughout her impassioned speech, her counsellor just keeps going "Yeeeaaah," and it really bugs me.

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