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The New Adventures of Old Christine Episode: "Separation Anxiety"

Season 2, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Christine tries to help Barb after she announces her separation from Pete, but her friend's calm acceptance of the situation makes Christine jealous.
Original Air Date: Oct 16, 2006
Guest Cast Anthony Holiday: Pete
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Season 2, Episode 5
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Length: 06:50:12
Aired: 10/16/2006
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October 16, 2006: Separation Anxiety Season 2, Episode 5

What I liked about this episode is how it showed two couples faced with divorce and how different it ended up for each of them. Christine and Richard split up, but Barb and Pete ended up back together, although I wasn't convinced about their reason for getting back together. I think it was mostly because they were used to each other and didn't want to be alone. But maybe Barb was telling the truth when she said that they tried the separation out and it didn't take. Either way, it gave Christine a lot to think about. She was happy that her friend was getting a divorce because she would have a "divorce buddy" and she wouldn't be the only divorced person around. Plus, she wouldn't be alone as much. You could tell she liked having Barb as her houseguest. She kicked Matthew out immediately and banished him to Ritchie's room. She tucked Barb in so tightly and then kissed her on the forehead. Which Barb didn't like and responded by saying: "If you hadn't immobilized me with these sheets, I would've slugged you right now." It was definitely an honest approach to show how happy Christine was to see her friend getting a divorce. But I felt sad for her. I want her to find somebody. Everyone else has somebody. She has Matthew and Ritchie, but she needs someone to spend her time with so she doesn't have to say "I've got nowhere to go until American Idol starts in January." That just seems sad. Yet funny. We also found out from Barb that she had to pay Richard to go out on a second date with Christine. And only twenty dollars for a second date. I would at least expect fifty dollars. Richard was hilarious when he recounted their road to divorce: "We fell in love. Had a kid together. Tried S&M. Went to Sea World." I love that they went to Sea World as a way of saving their marriage. And that they tried S&M because it was at the end of their marriage and Christine just wanted to hit Richard. You can still feel that Richard and Christine have chemistry. Speaking of chemistry, Ritchie and Matthew have a lot of it. (By the way, funny moment when Christine kicked Matthew out the room with Ritchie and he said: "Is there an intruder? Do we need to go to the panic room?" Christine said: "It's not a panic room. It's a guest bathroom." Matthew said: "It's the only place I feel safe.") I wouldn't have been able to sleep in the room with Ritchie. He had the beating-heart sounds (I prefer the sound of ocean waves) and his blanket and he kept repeating what sounded like the word "easy." Christine called it self-soothing, but what was he so anxious about? Matthew was right when he said Ritchie's sleeping "sounds" made it sound like he was sleeping inside a womb. He was also right to be creeped out. It wasn't very soothing, it was more creepy. show less
What I liked about this episode is how it showed two couples faced with divorce and how different it ended up for each of them. Christine and Richard split up, but Barb and Pete ended up back together, although I wasn’t convinced about their reason for getting back together. I think it was mostly because they were used to each other and didn’t want to be alone. But maybe Barb was telling the truth when she said that they tried the separation out and it didn’t take. Either way, it gave Christine a lot to think about. She was happy that her friend was getting a divorce because she would have a “divorce buddy” and she wouldn’t be the only divorced person around. Plus, she wouldn’t be alone as much. You could tell she liked having Barb as her houseguest. She kicked Matthew out immediately and banished him to Ritchie’s room. She tucked Barb in so tightly and then kissed her on the forehead. Which Barb didn’t like and responded by saying: “... read more

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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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