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Satisfaction Review: A Risk Worth Taking

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It was another stellar episode that pulled away from the Truman's extracurricular activities while they were reminded about what's important to them -- each other.

In Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 7 Neil finally reached his breaking point. All the pain he had felt over learning about Grace's affair rose up after he realized another man had seen her naked. This he could talk to her about without jeopardizing their marriage.

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It's funny how seeing another couple deal with their issues can make you rethink the way you deal with your own. When Neil and Grace witnessed the embarrassing public display on their neighbors front lawn, they kind of felt sorry for them. But when Neil boasted about their own marriage, they came close to their own argument.

Neil: My point is that we don't have to have those petty arguments to solve our problems. We just talk them through.
Grace: Mmm hmm.
Neil: Don't we?
Grace: You never really want to talk.
Neil: I try.
Grace: You do. You try.
Neil: You don't always want to talk.
Grace: You don't always listen.
Neil: Are you kidding me?

I loved how Neil wound up making the extra strong coffee Grace dislikes as his final, petty poke at the situation. 

Later when Lawrence told Neil what they witnessed was a sign of their healthy relationship, Neil wasn't convinced. But it made sense. If you don't care enough to get upset about the little things, then what happens when something big occurs? Like, say, an affair?

The whole introduction of Lawrence made great sense in the scope of the series and gave Neil the push he needed to break out of the padded room he put himself in by immersing himself in the escort business instead of dealing head on with the fact his wife cheated on him.

When Lawrence saw that photo and showed it to everyone and Neil was caught off guard -- again -- it was like something snapped. We also learned that Grace just wanted Neil to care about her life, to get a little jealous, for him to beat his chest a bit and claim her as his woman. It's silly, but stuff like that really does make you feel wanted when it's not done to excess. 

Meanwhile, both Simon and Anika were exploring their versions of happy, healthy committed relationships in different ways.

Adriana has some wicked contacts open doors at prisons for her johns and janes to masquerade as spouses for conjugal visits. If you think the only pockets she's padding are at the door near their cells, think again. Getting a conjugal visit isn't easy so she's greasing a lot of palms.

None of the married women Simon sees have made him think like a woman locked up because she was still in love with her husband. He can accept an unhappy wife buying his time, but it was difficult for him to wrap his head around how she would tell her husband about it when they reunited. For her it's simple. They'll forgive each other for what they had to do to get through until they say each other again.

Simon says that doesn't look like love to him and she responds that it may not look like it, but it sure feels that way. He's still thinking about it when he removes his fake wedding band at home. Do you think he'll start seeing his dates in a new way?

While Grace was recapturing her youth at the college, Anika and Mateo found each other and sang in the street for money. He's a really sweet kid who wants to be her boyfriend, not interested in pushing her any farther than she's willing to go after a rocky start. I wish we had seen how their meeting ended in the dorm room, but I was proud of how Mateo stood up to her parents and announced himself as her boyfriend.

Their song is perfect for the series, as they sing about a risk worth taking. When Anika expresses excitement over the amount of money they made, he points out that they're better off as a team. It's nice that at least one couple takes that view.

Last week it was really easy to jump to conclusions about what might happen this week, and even though there is still a very taut line of tension between Grace and Dylan, what the preview showed was completely innocent. 

Sadly, the Trumans found each other again just as one of Neil's clients found him, as well. And this one has a husband who doesn't like what she did. Neil can probably understand what he's going through. We're leading up to the point where real secrets are going to be revealed.

Considering their burgeoning feelings, perhaps it was a risk worth taking. Let's just hope the reward outweighs the risk. Have they bonded enough to weather the coming storm or will they break apart? Grace might have a chance to study design in Milan, Could that be where things are heading to give them a cooling off period? Would they even trust each other enough to spend time apart and remain together?

So many questions! What piqued your interest? Did you enjoy the break from Adriana? I was kind of surprised we didn't get a follow up to the steamy encounter that happened last week. Maybe that was enough attention from Neil to satisfy Adriana for now. Go ahead. Hit the comments!

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Interesting no one cares about Matteo and Anika. Just goes to show that was a miss match. She's in over her head and it's not going anywhere unless it's a side bar to show how two people with the same interests can support each other? Not sure of his motive. Anyway, surprised Stephanie didn't pick up on Dylan making. Grace the main object of the photo shoot. But then again no ones picking up on anything. Grace especially when her and Simon talked and he said "have you talked to your husband yet" and she said "What are you talking about" that's 3 times after tonight she'll have said that.

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@ Jojobobo

The episode guide for next week, says Grace and Neil deal with daughter issues, while contending with their own. As far as Grace goes, I will officially consider her done ,if we see her having another affair, with anyone.

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Ok, new scenario. Just saw the trailer where Mallory tells Neil that her husband flipped out. I think Neil and Mallory make a great couple.

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@ Jojobobo

Okay, no way Neil, leaves Grace for random hook up.

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@ reality adictt

Not a random hookup. When Neil touched her hand their thoughts went back to the night they spent together. Although I think Neil is realiZing the whole thing is about to explode.

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@ Jojobobo

Okay, final scene, since I will miss it. Grace being dropped off at the airport, by her sister. She's walking thru airport, crying, and devastated, with Milan design folder in hand. As she boards the plane, she turns and is suddenly overcome with joy and more tears, as she sees Anika, and Neil sitting in their seats, with tears, and giant smiles. Fade out!
Think I live in Disney Land?

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Still trying to wrap my mind around the point and purpose of this story/show. I sort of wish it was promoted in a different way and not about marriage so much.
Neil is self absorbed and empty. Grace is insecure and lonely. Adrianna... well the jury is still out on her, right now she appears to be a stalker.

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Alright. So here's where I stand. First off, after last week, I'm going to skip speculating on the spoilers because they are awfully crafty in splicing them together. I do think everything will spill out this coming week. They'll spend the next week trying to determine how to proceed with what comes out. Perhaps that will be when we get to the meat of their relationship. I just don't see all the bad in Grace anymore that you all do. She was pushed to Simon because she felt empty. That doesn't surprise me. Most women would just wallow and resent their husbands, but she did something about her pain. Good for her. She hasn't been back to see Simon for a while. She has been rather abrupt with him. She does enjoy Dylan's flirtation, but I don't see it as something she's pursuing or not addressing. When she was in the bar and the bartender ignored her, it set her back a bit. She didn't feel all flowery and confident. She could be uncertain that Dylan is doing what she thinks, and since he's now dating her sister, it might seem moot to her. She's not as worldly as you think, just because she slept with a gigolo. Neil is still not on track between what he's learned from his dates and transferring that feeling he's beginning to understand over to his relationship with Grace. Instead he's utterly focused on the happy app. Why isn't he as focused on his marriage as he is on that app? One seems achievable and one doesn't? Their conversation in the kitchen proves that Grace still doesn't see improvement when she tells him he doesn't always listen. Walking past Grace's work without noticing Adriana's house proves that she's right. It's interesting to me, who warmed up to Grace when her episodes finally had their due, that nobody else is willing to give her a break.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Carissa, this is a comment a colleague of mine (who is a rapt follower of the show) made at lunch today. She postulated that maybe we are looking in the wrong direction for the disclosures tomorrow. She postulates that Simon will out Adriana as a competitor of his, and that let Grace know that Adriana is fully aware of their relationship. This would really bring an interesting twist to the story, and still maintain the storyline that Grace is unaware of what Neil knows and has done.

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@ golfingdocp

That's certainly possible, BUT I know episode 9 is really emotional. That's from Matt Passmore on Twitter. It makes me wonder if we're guessing right that things are revealed, even if we don't now exactly how the reveals will take place.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I've been thinking about everything. I'm not on board where you say she did something about her pain "good for her" Cheating is never good. Look where it's taking them. But in the context of this story, ok, that was the writers vehicle. But, here are some issues I have with the writing. What was the reaction that Dylan and Grace had in the bedroom, when he came into the bedroom wrapped in a towel, and Grace was taking off her shirt. It then jumps to them entering the kitchen at the same time. How did Dylan get all of his clothes on? He was naked under the towel I assume. Grace came out with the same top, so did she put it back on and leave and then waited for Dylan to get dressed out side in the hallway? Then Neil told Grace he couldn't go to the college he had to get work done. But, he had time to throw a backyard barbecue? Was that work related and if it was what was the neighbor doing there? So, he sees the picture and now work isn't important and he has time to drive to the college? Plus, and this is the big if. How did Grace get in a paying for sex arrangement with Simon? When she went to his apartment she was toying with the idea of cheating? She did change her mind but then he pulled up and she was in. How did it evolve? They have sex a few times and then he tells her he's an Escort? So she decides to pay? Did he charge her old boss for a toss in the hay? So many loose ends.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Carissa your viewpoint is well reasoned. I will reserve further judgment of Grace until we see how she handles the exposure of her husband's one night stand with Mallory. Will she be as forgiving as her husband has been about her 6 month affair. Neil's explosion about the picture was that he perceived it as a public humiliation, rather than the private one from the affair with Simon. I hope that Neil's character will fully express how much pain his wife's affair caused him, and that the subsequent event with Mallory was a direct result of his discovery of the betrayal.

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@ golfingdocp

I think that Neil chose the photo as a breaking point (chose is probably not the right word) because he can't bring up the affair at this point without outing himself in the process. He's ultimately upset over all of it, but since he didn't break when he initially found her with Simon, he did over the photo.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I believe that Neil is actually less broken than Grace. Neil will be emotionally cleansed when the betrayals are exposed. Neil has spent his time in a psychological and emotional search of what would make him happy in a marriage. He has in the meantime learned to measure back some of the emotional pressures of work so as to give himself some measure of leisure. He used that time for self discovery of sorts. The best examples were his declaration to Adriana of what he wants and his discussion with the paraplegic's wife about what forms the basis of a good relationship (communication). Neil has not yet learned to apply what he discovered. Grace's affair with Simon was one of feeling desired and physical gratification. Grace has spent little or no time for emotional development. Her entire focus is on personnel career development and achievement. When the betrayals are exposed, I predict that she will find it easier to run and blame, than to address the issues and repair them. . Both Neil and Grace need to have their emotional abscesses lanced. Whether the long festering relationship can or should be repaired, and the extent to which each partner is willing participate, would be an excellent basis for a second season.

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@ golfingdocp

I believe that the one thing that we all agree on, is that Neil really loves and wants this marriage to work. And I agree that it will be enlightening for him, once the whole truth comes out. So what it all comes down to, is what Grace decides to do. Unless she's hiding some big revel ,that none of us have seen before now, we know what Neil wants. Grace is now in the drivers seat of this marriage and all we and Neil can do is sit back and see what she chooses to do. This is exactly what disgusted me about this show, but has me watching every minute, and commenting, 10 times an episode.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Well, there you are. Thanks for checking back in. You wouldn't know it by my comments but I am still hoping for a happy ending for these two, which is beginning to look like will happen in the next 3 weeks ,happy or not. I also agree with you about the previews. I miss judged last week. Here's the issues I have with your points on Grace. It's no secret how I feel about cheating in a marriage, but that is the shows premise and both parties are guilty despite their reasoning. Saying ,good for her, because she started a 6 month affair, when she felt lost in her marriage, just says we're looking at this from totally different views. It was just a couple of weeks back, that we saw her run back to Simon, after her daughter and her sister called her out for being disconnected with her family. As for the lack of conversation from the bartender, making her feel a little set back, her statement to Neil, when she for a brief moment, thought he was going to call her out on the Simon affair, that she didn't realize that she needed to tell him if she's posing naked, showed that she's still not considering Neil in her marriage choices. The fact that Neil ended up sleeping with Adriana when he clearly went there to end things, was a huge let down, for me. And last thing, as I pointed out before, Neil not noticing the Koi painting, as he walked by isn't an issue, because when he was in the kitchen with Grace, he did ask her about her new project, and she told him that she couldn't discuss it. Top secret. He also commented on how beautiful she looked.
Either way, both characters, have helped take this marriage to this point, and now we can just sit back and watch what happens. The saddest part for me, is that the final episode, and I do believe that it will be the last, airs on the same day I am headed into the north woods for several days. I would probably have to drive 20 miles to get any kind of download, so even though I will DVR it, I am really looking forward to your review and everybody here, comments.
Still thinking that if this week's episode, goes the way I see it, Neils theme song should be " Isn't it Ironic " by AM

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@ reality adictt

Grace didn't decide to pose naked. There wasn't any way she could have asked permission (and, no, she doesn't need permission). She was going to be in a photo shoot and initially decided against participating. She was swept up in the moment and did. That wasn't disrespectful of the marriage, in my opinion. Neil would have recognized Adriana's house from the photos if he had looked over her work on the table. Grace wouldn't have had to out her client, because Neil would have known. He could have then called Adriana on messing with his marriage. But his disinterest in her work sent them down two totally different paths again.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I agree as an individual person she didn't need permission and ok she decided to jump in for artistic value. However, she should have told Neil about it. She was looking at it, and hid it from Anika. She then put it behind the furniture. When your married you don't keep stuff like that from your spouse. A marriage is based on communication and trust. Plus, when we all say communication is the key. It needs to be understood that some people will say this is what I need; or we need to work on this, and the other person will think it's one thing and not really understand what is needed. Yu both have to be on the same page and clearly articulate what your saying.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I agree with everything you said. I don't like how she is flirting with Dylan. She's walking a fine line there because he's going to make a move. The Zen master was right when he showed Neil the white rose. He was basically telling him the answer is right in front of you. But he can't see the forest for the trees.

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@ Jojobobo

I think at this point Grace isn't really flirting with Dylan. She'll respect he's her sister's beau and assume she misunderstood. That's what I meant about the bartender. Since he didn't think she was all that, Grace can then re-examine what's happening with Dylan, add in the fact he's with Stephanie and then conclude she was wrong in her assessment about flirtation, figuring he's just interested in her from a business or creative aspect.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Yes, she probably thinks what your thinking. But Dylan's not. He's after her.

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Ok one more item sticking in my head. Simon says he's trying to be more honest than Neil. However he know just as much as Neil if not more and never told Grace. If I were Grace I would be furious at Simon especially since he's told me it never been about the money???? And he's kept his mouth shut.

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@ Jojobobo

The problem with that, is your assuming Simon, has some kind of moral compass . Neither him or Grace have really showed anything resembling morals.

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Wait as I'm pushing the post button it's dawning on me. Why is Grace hiring Dylan to take pictures? Isn't the project secret hush hush. Could it be as I said before Dylan could be in it with Adrianna. Just thinking.

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@ Jojobobo

Hi, has another promo come out? When did Grace hire Dylan for Adriana's home pics.

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@ golfingdocp

There are spoiler pics for episode 8 on the net

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@ Jojobobo

Been looking for additional photos, or teasers for this week. Have seen nothing involving Dylan, or Grace and Adriana together. Agreed that if Grace hooks up with Dylan, or anyone else, for that matter, she's lost what little moral fiber, she has left. Still wondering why Grace and Simon are together by ambulance?

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@ reality adictt

Do search "satisfaction spoilers episode 8". Simon probably shows up at the hospital after Neil gets beaten up by the other husband.

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@ Jojobobo

Thanks for the help. I was really thinking the two of them were just in the middle of hooking up when Grace gets the call about Neil and the fight. It's disgusting, but I hope she gets the call right in the middle of the act and she choose to ignore it, until they finish. Would love to see her suffering from guilt, because we've seen nothing up to now.

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Ok I figured some things out. When Adrianna tells Grace should I lay down. She's talking about a lawn chair that Grace brings in for a remodel? Grace hires Dylan to take photos of Adianna's home keeping him in the loop. Still playing with fire in regards to her sister. I would like to at least see Grace rebuff Dylan so we can see she has some moral code? Right now she has none. Maybe, just maybe Simon cares enough about Grace that he finally realizes she loves Neil and he helps them re-unite.

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A couple comment on terms and conditions: All marriages have terms and conditions, even if most times they are implied or assumed. When Neil got upset when he found that Grace had posed naked, he thought it was a term of their marriage. Grace acted surprised and acted as if she didn’t think that it was, although I suspect that she knew that it was. They need to sit down and discuss the terms and conditions of their marriage, which they, of course, will not. The neighbor says that he and his wife have terms and conditions for their marriage. They argue with each other
because they still care. Once you stop fighting over the small things, you quit caring. I am not buying into that argument. I think that when your marriage is going well, you don’t sweat the small stuff.
When things are not going well, you argue about the small stuff as a surrogate for bigger problems. When Grace gets mad because Neil says he has to work and can’t make
the college tour and will be there on Sunday Grace gets angry. Would a wife in a good marriage get mad about that? I think not. There are bigger issues that need to be addressed and she is avoiding discussing them and for good reason. I think that Grace and Neil and are both avoiding a confrontation on the real issues because they are afraid what
the result might be. Neil is hoping he can fix the marriage without confronting Grace. Who knows what Grace wants or thinks?

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@ sojourner

I agree with you position. The neighbors argument wasn't small stuff. He sent naked pictures to a female friend. Also just before Grace met Simon weren't Neil and Grace arguing about who was going to drive Anika. Small stuff. The problem was the small stuff was masking the big stuff.

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@ sojourner

As we all know, Grace posing for a nude pics is the least of the problems. Grace started checking out of this marriage, 6 months before Neil found out. That's what makes this service so unrealistic, to most of the viewers I agree kinda with your opinion of Grace, I just don't give her as much credit. Which goes back to why this series is so unrealistic, to us viewers, that have stuck by it this long.

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@ reality adictt

It might be somewhat realistic. Neil is unhappy at work, but there isn't much that Grace can or will do about it. She could say he really doesn't need that job or to make that much money and that he should find something he really likes, She knows he is unhappy but I don't remember her saying anything about it. Grace is feeding her ego and nothing is going to change that unless there is a price to pay and Neil isn't going to press the issue as things stand now. Even in real-life something like this could go on for ever unless something or someone forces them to address the problems in their marriage. Maybe they should split up. Neil is just treading water. Grace does not seem to care about the marriage. They might both be happier. Things have to get worse before they get better and soon.

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Addressing the issue as why the ratings are low. 1st off it was released during the biggest vacation period (Jul, August). Look outside there is no traffic as there usually is. Many woman won't watch because they think it's all about cheating. My wife included. She saw the preview of what Neil saw of Simon and Grace and she was appalled. It was a pretty powerful scene and I'm sure it turned off many. How the characters are acting is not realistic. As an example, in "RUSH" even though it might seem that those medical calls he goes on are made up. There not. I've seen stranger things that people get themselves into. But in Satisfaction, these people are really intelligent; and there not piecing things together, not acting in a normal way. Grace did hide the picture from Neil, she did know she should have told him. We never get the answer as to why? She got a free pass using the jealous sex angle. Also did she tell Neil about the Milan option after the bar sex? It's good many people see themselves and are talking. It could have been great.

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Carissa I enjoyed your review. I agree that it appears that Simon will eventually disclose to Grace that Neil has known about their affair for some period. Simon however, has no current knowledge of Neil's involvement with Adriana or the tricks she sent him out on. I doubt that Adriana would confide that information to Simon. It isn't in her character. If confronted by Grace, Neil could simply tell the true story of how he discovered the affair and how he was able to connect with Mallory, the one date that Simon can confirm. So it appears to Grace that her husband had one adulterous interlude in response to seeing his wife actually having sex with another man. Grace would know that she had been having an affair for six months before her husband had discovered the betrayal. The fact that he actually saw the betrayal, the degree of personal injury this could cause would not be lost on even Grace. She could not deny its existence since he was an eye witness. The discovery of any of Neil's transgressions other than Mallory would be dependent on either Neil confessing or Adriana turning Rat. I am not sure that either is in the cards. I believe that Season 1 will probably end with Grace taking the Milan opportunity. I doubt that a divorce is in the cards for this couple. I believe that Dylan and Grace will be entangled in some manner, either in their current location or Milan. That relationship would probably point out to Grace the stability that her life with Neil afforded. Dylan would offer temporary excitement and artistic feedback but it would not offer the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. The plot will then change to how these individuals reconnect with all the varied influences trying to keep them apart. It will be during this period that Adriana will become most interesting. She will offer Neil excitement and psychological intrigues which keep him interested but not fulfilled. His fulfillment will come when he finally reconnects with Grace at some point down the story line. The path toward their joint satisfaction will take compromises which neither is in a position to achieve currently.

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@ golfingdocp

Not bad. Only point missing is, if Grace connects with Dylan. Her relationship with her sister (if she finds out) is down the tubes. It will also bring Anika into the situation because, she'll wonder why Aunt Stephanie and her mother are estranged.

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@ golfingdocp

I would assume that the writers have several different fields episodes written, all contingent on if the show gets renewal for another season. I have watched some of the ratings and the feedback, and it's not looking good. I am still trying to figure out how many episodes are left for this season. I agree with you that the Milan offer and Dylan will stay play a role in how this plays out. I also believe that given her recent behavior, Grace is going to be concerned about Anika, and any decision she is about to make. I really hate that Dylan, is still part of all this. Yes, his admiration and photos, have helped her open up even more, but as I believe you pointed out last week, there's no reason for her to justify an affair with Dylan, other than she has completely lost respect for not only her marriage, but also herself.

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@ reality adictt

10 total so 3 are left

Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Neil: My point is that we don't have to have those petty arguments to solve our problems. We just talk them through.
Grace: Mmm hmm.
Neil: Don't we?
Grace: You never really want to talk.
Neil: I try.
Grace: You do. You try.
Neil: You don't always want to talk.
Grace: You don't always listen.
Neil: Are you kidding me?

Lawrence: She's just a friend!
Renee: Friends don't share genital pics.
Lawrence: It was a joke! You saw that. Those aren't even my balls!