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Satisfaction Review: A Different Perspective

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It just gets better and better.

If Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 6 doesn't drive you toward a discussion about who you are, who you love, who you want to be and why you might not already know those things, then you might be watching the show wrong.

I'm so lucky to have this outlet to share my thoughts about these multi-faceted characters because I need to talk about it.

We got a much more complete picture of Grace in this installment and it was just in time. It was becoming difficult to understand exactly where she was coming from, because we've been left to our own devices to figure her out.

Adriana orchestrated much of what happened during the hour and her involvement with Grace gave us a perspective similar to what we get when Neil visits with the Zen Master. I'd say it's no surprise that we didn't see him this week and this change of circumstances might mean that we'll start to see Neil and Grace on a more even playing field.

Ironically, if Neil paid more attention to Grace's work, he would have figured out her new client in seconds. He's still more interested in his own life than he is theirs as a couple. They spent a night in bed together, but he was gone (to Adriana's) before she woke up. 

Are they getting closer to the end than they are to finding their way back to each other? Right now that answer is yes.

Grace is just starting to discover who she wants to be. It was interesting what she shared with Adriana, that the house she lives in isn't hers. She picked out what's in it, but it's not her style. Her style was discovered by Dylan's eye and through his lens. 

For everyone fearing this week's photo shoot was going to be some big orgy, they were proven wrong again. Dylan was recreating his own Spencer Tunick like shoot.

Hey, it's not, it's not about nudity. It's really not. It's about viewing the spaces we inhabit every day differently, in a more human way.

Dylan

Much like his shoot was not about nudity, Satisfaction is not about sex. The adultery and sex in Satisfaction are merely ways for us to see a marriage from a different vantage point. Hopefully one we'll never have to visit ourselves, but that doesn't mean the topics don't demand attention.

Grace misses Neil and Neil misses Grace, but neither of them know themselves or each other well enough to ignite a spark in their marriage. The longer they remain apart, trying to discover themselves, the farther from their destination they become. They're in each others lives right now only because they're married, live under the same roof and have become used to that.

Grace likes what others see in her and had a respectable level of jealousy when she learned Stephanie was going out with Dylan. I wonder if it makes her feel better that Stephanie asked him out and not the other way around. It's a safe bet she'd be willing to step out with him if he asked, but would Grace do that to her sister now that she thinks Dylan is "the one"?

Adriana wanted to know more about Grace, but discovering a beautiful, passionate, interesting woman awaits Neil should he ever figure it out didn't leave a good taste in her mouth. She was angry and mean and lost her edge when Neil arrived at her house. When she insulted Grace, Neil said she didn't get to do that because she'd given up.

I haven't give up, I've surrendered. There's a peace that comes with that.

Adriana

The look on Adriana's face as she said that was so raw. It was the first time she showed any true emotion and having that kind of power over her really turned Neil on and we got a glimpse at what can happen when two people give in to one another. 

Finding yourself isn't easy. The entire Truman family is in a rut and they're all pushing boundaries to discover what is buried inside them. Even Anika is being challenged by Matteo. The people who push you to your limits and encourage you to explore the deepest parts of yourself are usually the ones you respect the most in life. 

I'm looking forward to more talks between Grace and Adriana. There is a lot more to Grace that we'll only see if she talks it out with someone, and it's not going to be with her husband or her sister.

Next week seems to get a bit out of control. Grace's nude photo maybe splashing around town? Grace and Neil appear to find their own connection, perhaps because he finally sees her the way Dylan does. While I would think we can't be too far from their worlds colliding and Adriana being outed, to do that too soon could loosen her impact as Grace's guru so I hope it's later.

What did you think of the work that was down toward Neil's idea of a happy app? Did anyone else want to sing "Shiny Happy People" by REM the whole time? Was that the connection between happiness and the mirror-effect used on the boxes and the laptop, or is it that happiness is a reflection of who you are so you must be happy with what you see... I'm not sure how to wrap my head around that.

There were some excellent Satisfaction quotes tonight, so please visit them. You can also watch Satisfaction online if you want to revisit it or if you were just intrigued enough to stop in and have to start from the beginning.

I want to know what you think. Are you more open to Grace after the light shined on her this week? Do you think we have some time before the Trumans realize they're being maneuvered by Adriana? What did you think of Adriana and her interplay with both of them? She's equally beguiling no matter who she's with, I think. 

Did you learn anything about yourself while watching? Hit the comments, light up the board! Let's get excited for next week!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Okay, one last post, questions about the show. Looking for all of you, great posters here, thoughts.
If Grace does start an affair with Dylan, do you see it as a sign that the marriage is over, for her ?
Do you think that after last week, Neil is about to call an end to all of the deception?
Will Neil calling Grace out for lying, what ever it maybe, give Grace pause, and maybe force her to become more truthful, or at least regretful of what she's been doing,
And last thing, what do you think Adriana plan is for Simon to appear married? Possible setup of Grace?
Looking forward to everyone here after tomorrow episode. Thanks again Carissa, for your great review and comments.

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Carissa, I enjoyed your review of the last episode of Satisfaction. The plot line really needs the introduction of another potential love interest for Neil. This love interest should be of similar age and attractiveness level as Grace. However, she should already have achieved professional recognition and accomplishment. Therefore, she would be more available to be looking for the same traits as Neil. Namely, love, partnership, trust, and communication. This would create an interesting triangle, among Grace, Adriana, and the third woman. Such a plot line might add more complexity for a second season. It would be interesting if Grace is kept unaware that everyone knows about Simon and her. If she has an affair with Dylan, it would be great if Simon and Adriana found out but not Neil. It would be interesting to see how and for what purpose they would use that information. I guess the story line is just too predictable at the current pace. I don't believe that someone like Neil would settle for a woman like Adriana. She has a questionable profession, and he has already found her out as a liar. I hate to say it but she has almost no soul. I would like to see his internal conflict if he found a true rival for his feelings toward Grace. This is what a third woman would bring. What do you think?

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@ golfingdocp

I don't know. I haven't thought about someone else for Neil because I adore Adriana and think she is extraordinarily complex and hiding a lot under her sleek, cool exterior. In this last episode, I really warmed to Grace and I think that if Neil can't adequately handle these two women, he should probably just stick to two! ;-)

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Interesting. I see your point. But, Adriana really is not right for Neil. He is in a fiduciary world where shady dealings and relationships if they got out could bring down the whole firm. They need to have Grace wise up a little. Right now they are insinuating she'll sleep with anyone that crosses her path. Whereas Neil actually turned down the last date.

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@ Jojobobo

I second that opinion.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Neil is in love with Grace. Grace actually bears some resentment for her lack of career pursuit. Neil is unhappy over the extent his career took over his life but he blames neither Grace nor his daughter. He did not seek physical gratification from a prostitute, he bore the grief internally. Neil and Grace are not morally equivalent. Grace is about Grace. Adriana is a madame. In moral terms a human trafficer. Her face to her clients is that she wishes to make them happy. She takes 60% of the income of her employees. She lives the elegant life literally on the toil of others. That is not complex, it's rather base. In my professional capacity I met 2 of the most famous American madams. Adriana plays them to perfection. The life style and mannerisms are played to perfection. Neither of the two women I met was capable of real love. Affection was a purchasable commodity. That is Adriana. A night of great pleasure reflected in a purchased item (koi painting). Neil didn't seek to be involved in prostitution he actually tried to tone it down. He deserves better than he is getting. I hope the writers follow the same logic. It seems they have done a great deal of their research in the upper eastside of Manhatten where the Adriana like characters lived. Several of my colleagues (both male and female) really adore this show. They really relate to the lead female characters. I obviously relate more to Neil. It is remarkable how close comrades have such different viewpoints.

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@ golfingdocp

I agree with you. Only one point that might show some light for Grace. She bought him a tie and he po po ' d it. I'm sure he did it more than once. So she became more self absorbed. Now she's looking to be appreciated. He has the answer. But instead he's out on a date and his wife is home drinking wine. Why wasn't Grace sitting opposite that table having dinner and dancing with her husband? I'm going to throw her a bone for now.

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@ Jojobobo

I'm sure no pun intended to throw Grace a bone. Look by no means am I under the illusion that Neil hasn't done some stupid things lately, but you have to admit that during Graces 6 month affair, I sure there were plenty of times that Neil was left alone. As to this last date, Neil didn't want anything to do with it. It was only after Adriana convinced him there would be no sex involved, and he saw that as an opportunity to just talk to once again try to figure out what Grace may be thinking. Your right, he walked out on the date. The most telling scene for me lately, was him returning home, to find Grace passed out and him crawling in beside her and spooning. Of course his bedding Adriana the next morning, to me was disgusting. I still believe Neil is the only one who truly wants this marriage to work Grace on the other hand looks to be just waiting for the next affair to come along. Just wish she'd be honest enough to face it and ask for a divorce before starting yet another affair .She does deserve to be happy, just shouldn't be so self centered and heartless, by hurting the ones around her.
At the same time, Neil needs to also stop being so selfish and be honest with Grace, about 4 episodes ago. He's not doing the marriage any good by not confessing everything to Grace. It will be alot better, if she hears it from him

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Maybe it's still too soon but I'm left to wonder where this show goes when all is revealed and I think it just about has to be revealed before this first season is up.........Neil and Adriana....Neil knowing all long about Simon........Simon and Grace..........Where is it left to go? Will it explore if Neil and Grace work through their issues? Will they just continue sleeping around with other people and stay together? Again it may be too soon, but I'm also wondering if there will even be another season..........I am going to keep watching though.............

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Very interesting perspectives on this show. I am still not 100 percent sold on how this show is about marriage. As some one stated, I think the show is promoted incorrectly. Honestly I am wondering what story is being told here and why. I keep watching hoping the light bulb will click on. Ill keep some of the perspectives I've read here close, as I watch the next episode. I am in this till the end of the season. At that time ( of it is renewed) I will thinking about continuing.
I do see some of the other perspectives in that with a little tweaking to the story this could be a x rated series

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It has become apparent that Neil has gotten sufficient information from his brief foray into escorting, to know that Simon was never a real threat to his marriage. He told Simon as much, when he stated that a "real man stands up and supports his wife and family". The sex scene with Adrianne, in the last episode, was Neil reclaiming his dominance in that relationship. She was his boss no longer. Adrianne is not and was never a real threat to Neil's commitment to Grace and their daughter. Neil is a fellow common to many professionals, who work their tails off, in order to provide good lifestyles for their families. His 70 hour work week took a toll on the physical and emotional state of his marriage. He also became deeply depressed about his situation. His wife's affair with Simon, woke him up to examine what was important to him.
Grace, on the other hand, is totally introspective. She dreams of what could have been, had she not gotten married and raised a daughter. Simon provided some encouragement for her to put herself out in the design industry. Neil did also when he told her that he supported her work ambitions. Grace's immediate success in her first design job, and the exposure she received, have helped fuel her desire to become what she perceived she had given up in marriage. Simon was never a serious long term romantic commitment, but merely a convenient fee for services arrangement, which provided the physical and emotional handholding for her immediate needs. An affair with Dylan would be a true breech of her marital commitment. This would signal that she wishes to examine what she could have, rather than what she has, become. She appears to believe that she was intended to live the more artsy or bohemian lifestyle of the creative artist. Dylan, the photographer, offers her immediate access to that community. It does not hurt that he is closer in physical appearance to what she perceived would be her partner. An affair with Dylan would be the permanent destruction of trust in Grace's marriage. Neil would be emotionally destroyed if he discovered that Grace and Dylan were an item. An affair with Dylan would require Grace to make a deeply emotional choice as to what is really important to her. This would not merely be a breech of the marital bed, such as her dealings with Simon, but an emotional and romantic betrayal of her marital commitment. An affair, with Dylan, would damage permanently, the relationship with her sister, daughter, and husband.. The alternative solution, of modifying her marriage with Neil in a way which allows her to grow in the direction she wants is still available. What will she choose?

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@ golfingdocp

Excellent summary @golfingdocp. in the scene with Dylan where they're both topless next week. I would love to see thoughts pop into Graces' head. First Anika singing her cheating song to her teachers. Her sister saying I think he's the one. Even though she had no chance she'll still blame Grace. Finally Neil saying he supports her. These guys are the creators of "Nip Tuck" where they had everyone go the wrong way and end up not satisfied. So will see which way Grace goes as you stated.

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@ Jojobobo

Holy crap. You did see this post, and now I am thinking about the whole "you lied to me" statement in a completely different light. I saw where Neil catching Dylan at the house, and him with his shirt off and Grace on her bed naked except for the sheet, but I had the impression we were talking about her nude pics getting out to his buddies. Now I am speculating that when Neil catches them in the house, she's claiming it's for some kind of sexual boudoir pictures as a gift for him, and it was the first time she had done anything like that before. That's when he probably points out the pics from the nude art pictures. Liar. Didn't take much for Dylan, to get her clothes of again. I also would like to see her thought bubble, except I just see " Oh why did I ever marry.Why do I have children Why have I been paying for this attention. If she's going to cross that line, this time with Dylan, I am finally done.

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@ reality adictt

Where did you see Grace with her shirt off under the sheets. The preview I saw had her suprised by a shirtless Dylan. Are there previews at another site?

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@ golfingdocp

Sorry, I may have misinterpreted the scene. Dylan is standing shirtless in what appears to be Graces bedroom, and he says hi.Grace looks at him and smiles while trying to put a top on her naked torso. Maybe Dylan there with Graces sister, using the pool.

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@ golfingdocp

Very well written. You've summarized the situation to date perfectly. It just comes to both of them making a choice. Neil to come clean with everything he knows and has done. And Grace, who could make her choice without knowing what Neil does.

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It seems to me that Neil, in an attempt to fix his marriage, is trying to use his assignments from Ariana to understand why Grace went to a professional gigolo. Grace, on the other hand, is thinking only about herself. She is under no illusion that cheating on her husband will in anyway lead to an improvement in her marriage. How can paying someone to have sex with you in anyway increase your confidence and self-esteem? Anyone with money can hire a gigolo and most people that are not sociopaths feel guilt when cheating on their spouses if they care at all about their marriage or spouse. Guilt does not lead to self-esteem. Based upon her actions, I am wondering why she is still in the marriage. Is she waiting for the right time to leave? It seems to me that Neil’s reaction to Adriana’s apparent pain led to them having sex. He has a lot more empathy for others than does Grace. As far as why Adriana approached Grace, it could be something as simple as looking for another employee.

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@ Jerry Jarrard

Grace does feel guilty. She stopped seeing Simon then went back, and the payment option was making it not an emotional affair. She also told Simon it was a mistake and Simon is trying to get back at Neil for turning him into the IRS. She's acting out of loneliness. The show is having her do stupid things. The real problem is that the two of them are not communicating. As I stated earlier. Neil stated that Grace was right they should spend more time with each other, yet he's spending time with everyone but Grace.

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@ Jojobobo

I am pretty sure that the last time Grace visited Simon, there was no money element. She ran there because she was confronting the fact that her daughter and her sister called her out for not being her usual self. I have seen Neil attempt to be there for her and her projects several times lately, it's just that when he thinks he's making head way with her, she's turning away, to someone else. I think that she's aware that the Simon affair has turned emotional, and so know she's looking at Dylan, to try and separate that.

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@ reality adictt

There wasn't mention of money either way the last time Grace and Simon met. Could have been, could not. I don't think Grace is thinking about Simon at all, either. She's searching for herself and he's a tool to do that.

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@ Jerry Jarrard

I completely agree with your assessment of Grace, and actions in regards to using a escort. Other than her telling Damon, after the sex, that this is wrong, we have never seen or heard anything from her, as far as guilt. Shoot, just a couple of episodes back, when both her daughter, and her sister called her out for being so detached and distracted, the first thing she did was run to Simon. I don't think their relationship is a pay as you go deal anymore. If anything, she may be feeling bad knowing that this is what Simon does as a profession, and that's maybe why she's now becoming infatuated with the photographer. He is helping her with her self esteem. Either way, I also agree that she's not thinking about her marriage, and it's just a matter of time, before her self centered actions, will come to an end. It's time for Neil to come clean with everything he knows, including everything he's done, if for no other reason than for him to see, that despite his immoral attempts to try to save this marriage, it takes 2 people, and he's not seeing that Grace has moved way past just paying a escort for sex.
I think Graces interactions with Dylan, are going to be disruptive, not only with Neil but with the rest of her family and career.
Adriana wanting Simon to appear married next week, looks to be either a set up of Neil or Grace.
I don't think that this series will get a second season, given ratings, but I think that's why we're getting so many slow moving story line's, in an attempt to keep enough character plot twist, to carry another season. I am hoping given we're over half way through this season, we will finally see Neil confessing real soon.

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Nope you were correct. Grace when she is confronted for lying has on the same dress in the bathroom scene.

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@ Jojobobo

I am of the belief that the Dylan, is a bit shady. I think he is releasing the pictures for a hidden agenda.

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@ reality adictt

Dylan is shady. He's interested in a married woman. I thought the guy next to Neil in next weeks episode when he discovers the nude photo looked like one of Simon's poker buddy's. I wouldn't be surprised if Adriana, Simon and Dylan are all in a choreographed script to split Neil and Grace up so that they can all benefit.

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@ Jojobobo

I doubt they would go far to split them up, and i think Adriana is watching Neil's back rather than stabbing.

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@ Hawkeye

If she wasn't stabbing then she wouldn't have gotten involved with Grace.

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@ Jojobobo

Also, just curious, what do you think Adriana, Simon, and Dylan would benefit from splitting this couple up?

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@ Hawkeye

Adrianne gets Neil. Simon gets revenge. Dylan gets Grace.

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@ Jojobobo

Simon getting revenge doesn't make sense to me. I feel like he would get Grace. Tbh, Dylan and Simon would probably fight over Grace rather than become partners.

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@ Jojobobo

I don't think that would be stabbing, but rather checking out on why Neil is doing what he's doing since he seems so innocent in doing the job he's been doing.

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@ Hawkeye

In either of these scenarios, Grace gets a divorce and Neil gets crushed. End of series.

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Carissa;
On the photos that were sent. It wasn't salacious, but I've seen guys do that, send a picture or a card to see if they get a response from a woman when their interested. A Long, long time ago about a year after I was married, it happened to my wife. This business contact that she met on a business trip sent her a card at work for helping him at a conference. She told me about it and said wasn't that nice of him. I told her the guy was going to hit on her, and to be careful. She laughed, and told me I was being ridiculous he was just being friendly. She came home one night, and said you're were right. I never saw it coming.
I finally did find the promo and yes that is Neil. I thought the same about the lie argument and the sex but, I think Grace's top is different.
The chemistry between Adrianne and Neil is there. However, Neil is basically a good guy deep down inside. Adrianne is pure evil and cutthroat. Neil isn't.
When Grace gets her back bone and puts on the charm, she is perfect for Neil. They're just not letting you see it yet.
Also in looking at the guys showing Neil the picture was the guy to the right of Neil saying "If that was my wife" one of Simon's poker buddy's?
I think as Rush goes on you're going to see more and more layers to him. What actually made him where he doesn't want to get hurt anymore.

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@ Jojobobo

We have yet to see Grace and Neil together. I'm sure I could root for them if we spent any time with them, but for now they keep showing us how fab they are with other people and it makes me want to see more of them.

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Am I the only one who thinks Neil has more chemistry with Adrianna than he does with Grace? I'm actually rooting for Neil and Adrianna. They're much hotter together than Neil and Grace. Grace is blah to me.

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@ zxygrl

Totally agree. See a comment left below. You're not alone!

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Carissa;
Ok I just saw the trailer for next week. I did call it where I thought Grace was foolish for getting naked in the photo shoot. Neil's coworkers all saw it, and to boot after the photo shoot was over, she NEVER tells him about it. This is where I have a problem with the show. Even with all of the problems they're having, I can't believe she wouldn't tell Neil she did a naked photo shoot with her sister.
Ok, I have no idea where the married thing is going with Simon. Also Is that really Neil having sex with Grace next week? I can't tell, it could be Simon? The ratings drop off last week was probably due to vacation weeks, but I'm starting to get tired of the show. I'll probably watch it to see what happens and still read your great reviews. But instead of staying up, it will be a DVR show.
I like Rush much better.

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@ Jojobobo

Actually, Grace told Neil she was doing a photo shoot, that morning, when he was telling her how beautiful she looked. I also am growing a little tired of the show. It's become more of a challenge of how many sexual conquest does it take to figure out if you should stay married. I am very afraid that if Neil doesn't confess to Grace, everything he knows, (I don't see Grace, ever telling Neil ) it's going to be too late. I am not the sharpest tack in the drawer, but I think Grace is starting to fall out of love with Neil. I still believe Anika, will play a big role in what happens.

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@ Jojobobo

The photos Dylan sent to Grace didn't show anything salacious. They were artful and beautiful. He doesn't seem like the type of guy who will let full blown nudes out without her permission. Then again, maybe he's pushing buttons just like everyone else. Simon seems to be taking a bit of a backseat at the moment. It was definitely Neil Grace was with in the bathroom. I paused it for confirmation. He also says "You lied to me" outside what appears to be a bar bathroom, so maybe that's when they have sex. Interesting that you like Rush. I find him incredible boring. One dimensional. I can't even watch anymore. We're all different!

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I like Rush but he's too much like House..............

Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Not every Jane is your wife, Neil. In fact none of them are.

Adriana

Build me something that isn't just a distraction.

Neil
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