Last week's episode? James? Well, he seems like he's had some brain damage from drug use. That would be my first guess. He even has those white lips a crack addict supposedly has (not an expert on crack or meth, but it just looks like that to me.) For at least the first week, he seemed really out of it. I don't think he should be in the same group as the others, since he seemed to need to stabilise in other ways before he could even begin to benefit from sex addiction treatment. Same with Kari Ann. IF they were both jonesing for drugs (or even smuggled some in: why does Kari Ann keep going to the bathroom and locking the door, and why did the place allow her to bring food in? Shouldn't the clinic provide *everything* ingestible?) isn't that fairly distracting for them (and others) at the very least?
Phew. Sorry for parentheses abuse, there.
What James said was wrong - hello, it doesn't take much to figure out that could be a trigger - but it was also borne of ignorance. What I disliked intensely was the staff's insistence on minimising it. I don't so much like the female counselor - she has one of those pretend-empathy faces. I'd rather a stoic face or dopey shrugging expression like Dr. Drew often has, than one of those pretend-empathy pity puppy faces. Why put on any emotion at all, in fact? Doesn't that make the therapy more result-oriented, especially for button-pushers like Kari Ann? Anyway...
The staff kept saying during that group therapy session, that "there was no boundary before, and now there is." Bull! Everyone has a boundary where saying to someone you barely know that you want to rape them is out of bounds. In a setting like this one, it is ALWAYS a boundary, whether it is set down in words or writing first or not. That was such a lame response on the staff's part, and totally failed Jennifer, in my opinion. It also seemed to leave the others without closure on the incident, and floundering after 'group.'
I feel the same way about someone threatening violence against James, though; especially since they are all living in such close quarters, and also since he experienced a violent childhood. Maybe the others don't know about his childhood issues, but again, that type of thing should be an automatic boundary especially in rehab settings. James did seem a bit paranoid, though; poisoned food? And again, staff seems to have failed him too. Why wasn't anyone there reassuring him that there is no way that could happen - literally. Even putting the emotional part aside (Jennifer was not likely to poison him), it isn't very feasible that she could've snuck in some arsenic before ever meeting him, which is what she'd have had to do. It didn't seem like he was thinking rationally and sometimes addressing that with stone cold facts helps.