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Last night’s intervention was atypical. Obviously drugs and alcohol are the basic vices for the show, but occasionally they mix it up with a gambling junkie or a non-eater/puker. There are also intermittent self-mutilator or OCD episodes, but those are usually few and far between, and generally the person is also addicted to something more substantial. Sharon, however, is unique.

I’m always a bit disappointed at Intervention when I read in the guide that the person is not an alky or drug addict. I apologize for my sick fascination with other people’s addiction’s, but drunks and druggies are always far more entertaining, and nothing beats that alcoholic/drug addict, one, two punch. So when I saw “Sharon”, Compulsive behavior, I was none too pleased.

Sadly, this woman’s childhood was absolutely tragic in ways that only A&E can find. She could not look at herself naked in a mirror, and she beat herself in the stomach up to 10 times per day. She also occasionally would stand in the kitchen and nearly stab herself repeatedly. Totally healthy.

But wait, one day she snapped. Now, if there is ONE event that I wish the Intervention crew could have captured on film, why oh why could it not have been this one? I mean, we’ve seen naked strippers solve pretend Algebra equations naked, a lady ride 25 hours in a limo with her cat and a Mormon smoking crack. Why oh why did you not capture Sharon, trying to drown her Chihuahua “Little Ricky” in the toilet????

The final black screen update portion of this episode was fairly priceless. . .

 

Sharon completed treatment and moved home with Tommy.

One week later, she hit herself.

Sharon plans to divorce Tommy.

 

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–BEAL

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After a week of vacation (temporary construction induced eviction) I returned to my apartment ready to get back into my routine. Most people probably catch up with their mail, emails, yard work, what have you when they return from some time away. I, catch up with the DVR.

Nothing is better than a weekend television marathon featuring only new episodes of my favorite shows. I should have planned ahead though, made a game plan of getting through the 12% of the hard drive that recorded this week. Instead, I jumped right in and watched my favorite shows first.

Obviously 30 Rock was viewed upon first turning on the television and opening the “my recordings” menu. Next came Real Housewives of New York City followed by Intervention. Bad idea. Now I’m onto the chore shows! Are you serious? I have to sit here, pants-less on the couch for another whole day just to be caught up with Breaking Bad, Brothers & Sisters, New Adventures of Old Christine and the Lifetime Nora Robert’s collection? 

Next time I vacation, I’m saving the best for last. No more television punishment. Must. Get. Through. Unwatched. Recordings. Wish. They. All. Featured. Liz. Lemon.

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My name is Melissa. M-E-L-I-S-S-A. And I’m addicted to Intervention on A&E.  I used to enjoy the show for the first 15 minutes when they would show how entirely fucked up an addict would behave. I realize how twisted it might be to find humor in such serious problems, but I don’t think anyone can, with any amount of confidence, proclaim that a naked, drunken, methed-out stripper throwing chicken and cup a noodles while jumping on a bed with a 40, isn’t funny. However, in recent months Intervention has taken on a much more tragic tone. I mean, it was always tragic, but of late, it’s less “Wow, that girl is fucked up” and more “Oooof, why am I watching this, let alone saving it to Tivo?” 

Last night’s episode miiiiight encourage me to “Modify Series Recording” though. On the surface, Lana looks like your regular pill popping alcoholic. But, obviously, we must wait until the 13 minute mark to learn that she had been raped–a fact she only learned when the feds rolled into Utah, called her up, and presented her with a five hour DVD of the attack that they had recently found in the assailants apartment. 

Now, I would venture to say that I have seen every episode of this show, and a helluva lot of Law & Order SVU, but never seen anything so entirely fucked up as a victim learning of a past sexual assault via DVD. 

That girl that sucked “Duster” 24/7 and felt like she was “Walkin on sunshine,” though, will always make me laugh.

–BEAL

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