I'm hooked, too. Gabe affected me the same way he did everyone else. I wanted to reach over and slap my tv! As someone has put it, his sense of entitlement in incredible. Get a job, for hell's sakes. How could he let his debts pile up to $200k? If I went to my family with that amount of debt, they'd change my name and boot my behind on the street. And who did he keep calling during the intervention. I wanted to slap that phone right out of his hand. (Apparently he caused a lot of us to want to slap something about him!) Good for him and his genius IQ, but you don't get to retire when your pinnacle is rapping on the local news. I've never witnessed someone that angry for that long. I've seen tantrums and fits, but this guy was "up there" all the time. His poor parents looked so bereft. Just used right up. I think they were the ones who finally hit bottom. So here's my question - didn't Gabe get his parents to agree to pay off his debts if he went to rehab? I didn't know negotiation like that was allowed. You either go or you don't.
I do feel for Vanessa. She's on a downward spiral. I don't think she hit bottom, in fact I know she didn't. I don't know if one has to hit bottom before they can bounce back, I'm no expert. The fact that she was worried that she might not have insurance next year was a clear sign her money problems could be controlled. I think her problems were much much deeper than that, and I don't understand why they weren't addressed further. She is a very interesting person.
I think A&E picked a good pair for the show. Complete opposites with nearly the same problems. Imagine what Vanessa could have gained from just having parents to go to, and how different Gabe would be in Vanessa's shoes (no pun).
I'll definitely keep watching.