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Tell Me You Love Me Episode: "Tell Me You Love Me"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Katie bemoans the lack of intimacy in her marriage; Jamie objects to Hugo's views on fidelity; Carolyn is frustrated by her inability to get pregnant.
Original Air Date: Sep 9, 2007
Guest Cast Kate Trotter: Lauren Morgan Kelly Briony Glassco Sherry Stringfield: Rita
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Season 1, Episode 1
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Length: 55:00
Aired: 9/9/2007
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Episode 1 & 2 Recap: "Getting to Know You" Season 1, Episode 1

Since there was no posting last week for the premiere, I am going to dive right in and combine my impressions of Episodes 2 and 1. This totally engrossing drama about three couples with relationship problems not only has great acting but raises questions about the differences between sex, love and intimacy. Does sex equal love? Can we love without intimacy? And while the sex scenes may be titillating, their true meanings are found not only by examining why and when it's happening but by contrasting that with what is said during therapy sessions. Jamie and Hugo are twentysomethings engaged to be married. Though Hugo ( Luke Farrell Kirby) says he loves Jamie ( Michelle Borth), she overhears him doubt that anyone can be attracted to one person for the rest of his or her life. This is a huge red flag for Jamie. As her jealousy grows and her trust wanes, Hugo tries to reassure her by vowing to be monogamous. But can he stay true? Are her accusations of him flirting irrational? They retain a passion for each other and continue to have spontaneous sex, but is this the result of raging hormones or an attempt to avoid talking and understanding what makes the other tick? In any case, trust is an issue, and she plans to leave without working it out. Carolyn and Palek mark their one-year anniversary of trying to conceive a baby with a visit to their therapist, Dr. May Foster ( Jane Alexander). As their session begins, they turn off their cell phones (signifying their connection to others?). Carolyn ( Sonya Walger) says she doesn't blame Palek ( Adam Scott) for not being able to get pregnant, but her actions suggest otherwise. Carolyn lies about going to the clinic, and is so obsessed with having a baby that she considers insemination by an anonymous donor. Palek's actions also speak louder than words. He tells Dr. May that sex with Carolyn is great, but later on he would rather watch a football game and eat a sandwich than have sex on demand when Carolyn says she's "estrogenic." He also refers to himself as a "sperm machine." Dr. May gives them a homework assignment: to temporarily forget about getting pregnant. With the pressure lifted, they find private time in a bedroom while visiting Palek's mother. Their sex now seems more like lovemaking because of the spontaneity. Does Carolyn's intense desire for a baby suggest something lacking in the relationship? And is sex for reproduction instead of intimacy pushing them apart? Katie and David is probably the most interesting couple of the three. When Katie ( Ally Walker) sees David ( Tim DeKay) manually stimulating himself, she realizes what they aren't doing, and haven't done in a year. The fact that David is sneaky about it shows that he still has sexual urges. They say they love each other, but their conversations end up being about the kids. And David substitutes material objects for affection when he wants to buy Katie a new car. Or maybe it's to buy her off so she won't visit Dr. May, since he's afraid that her therapy sessions will turn them into a "couple with problems." Katie thinks having sex will help fix the marriage. Will it? Dr. May suggests that Katie remember herself as a sexual person. We next see her stimulating herself first on the bed, then in the bathroom, then giving up. These two aren't communicating, verbally or intimately. Can just knowing they love each other be enough? May and Arthur are in their sixties and appear to maintain a healthy love life. Arthur ( David Selby), who is retired, assists May in choosing photos of intertwined nude bodies (without faces) for a book she is writing called "Bed Dread." Later, May returns a call she received from "John" and says she cares about him. Who is John, and why does May convey a serious tone when she informs Arthur of the call? Where are these couples headed in their relationships? Can they withstand the scrutiny of therapy? For more Tell Me You Love Me, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Since there was no posting last week for the premiere, I am going to dive right in and combine my impressions of Episodes 2 and 1. This totally engrossing drama about three couples with relationship problems not only has great acting but raises questions about the differences between sex, love and intimacy. Does sex equal love? Can we love without intimacy? And while the sex scenes may be titillating, their true meanings are found not only by examining why and when it's happening but by contrasting that with what is said during therapy sessions.Jamie and Hugo are twentysomethings engaged to be married. Though Hugo (Luke Farrell Kirby) says he loves Jamie (Michelle Borth), she overhears him doubt that anyone can be attracted to one person for the rest of his or her life. This is a huge red flag for Jamie. As her jealousy grows and her trust wanes, Hugo tries to reassure her by vowing to be monogamous. But can he stay true? Are her accusations of him flirting irrational? They retain a... read more

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Premiered: September 09, 2007, on HBO
Rating: TV-MA
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