Couples Therapy Recap: Season 3, episode 5 "Echoes From the Past"

Tyler tells Catelynn how he feels
Source: vh1.com

So, as some of you know, Teen Mom is one of my TV guilty pleasures. I just find it interesting to watch how growing up in different childhood backgrounds can affect people's life choices as they grow up. Couples Therapy is similar, only it shares how those experiences affect relationships.

This episode focused on just that. In an emotional theropy session, the couples open up about their childhoods and how they affect their current relationship problem. Abbey opens up about how being surrounded by unhealthy eating habits taught her that food is the enemy. Flav and Liz talk about being abused as children and how they learned to be abusive towards one another. Catelynn and Tyler recap scary memories from their childhoods that bring them both to tears. From this, Dr. Jenn sees Tyler as very brave for opening up about something so personal and wants to talk to him more about his future with Catelynn.

In this session Tyler admitted that, though he loves Catelynn very much, he's not ready to get married. He sometimes feels like they settled for each other and they never got to see what else is out there. He also worries about Catelynn because she doesn't know how to be independent and he wants the best for her. Dr. Jenn tells him that he needs to be honest with her, no matter how much it hurts, so they can move forward.

After the session Tyler and Catelynn sit down to talk, and I can tell Tyler is dreading having this conversation because he know it will crush her. At first, things go ok, but when Tyler goes to check on her in their room, Catelynn has a breakdown and kicks him out of the room, just like he had feared. The episode ends with Catelynn sobbing in bed and tears running down Tyler's face from seeing Catelynn so hurt.

My personal opinion is, even though I was looking forward to them getting married, Tyler did the right thing by calling it off. They need to find themselves more and have fun adventures together before they get married. If they don't they could stuck in the daily grind of life and make it hard to keep love alive. That causes young married couples to become resentful towards each other and cause more divorces.

This is a good article I found about this episode: http://thestir.cafemom.com/entertainment/158480/couples_therapy_recap_catelynn_lowell

I found an interesting article on why people shouldn't get married at a young age. Many of these are true for Catelynn and Tyler, especially numbers 2,4,and 6: http://www.lovelyish.com/2010/09/30/6-reasons-not-to-marry-young/

Also in this episode: Flav cheers Liz up by giving her flowers and Chingy and Temple have an argument about how much how much time he spends on his tablet as opposed to her.

You can watch the episode here: http://www.vh1.com/video/couples-therapy/full-episodes/echoes-from-the-past/1710393/playlist.jhtml

Next Week: Catelynn talks to Dr. Jenn about learning to find herself and ambulances come to the Couple's Therapy house as Dr. Jenn finds Liz out of it.

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