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Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 11 Review: Dark Water

The episode began with the supposed death of a character we hardly knew. How can such a death be a shock, when we didn't even know Danny? How could we feel for Clara's grief, when we hardly saw anything of their relationship? It would be like the original Star Trek expecting us to feel sad about the death of a red shirt we saw for a minute before he died in the intro segment. The episode began flat and continued flat.

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Bushi101 and Winter
A freak accident occurred early this morning and it allows us to get some answers. I was called by admitting at the emergency room of my principal hospital that a patient of mine had come in with some post surgical issues. Since I was primary call today, I responded. The patient turned out to be our pal "Ray, the escort". Some staples that been placed had become compromised due to a freak accident. Nothing really serious or requiring surgery, but I am glad he came in. I got to talk to him after we got him patched up, and discharged. Over a cup of coffee in the hospital dining area, we discussed what he can and can't do in terms of excessive physical exercise for the immediate future. After his concerns over the long term effects of his injuries were alleviated, I asked him if he would answer some more questions I had about his profession. He laughed and said yes. I then quickly discussed the series Satisfaction, and in particular Simon's first meeting with Grace at his apartment.
I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I WAS DEAD WRONG, IN TERMS OF WHAT I BELIEVED WENT DOWN. Ray said that there was no possibility that Simon had sex with Grace before she knew fully what his profession entailed. Ray said that his profession relies on "total trust" from his client. The client understands that he will never divulge their employment of him, nor what they have discussed. That is a confidentiality which is paramount to his profession.
This is what he said was the likely scenario.
Simon would invite Grace for coffee or some beverage and try to find out something about her background and needs. He would ask about her husbands general vocation, so that he could determine her ability to pay. He would ask her why she visited him. He would ask her about her marriage and family. He would tell her what he did and how he started in his profession. He would also state the extent of his business and his popularity. He would never reveal another client. He would compliment her and make her feel extremely at ease. He would, using his experience, quickly figure out the degree of loneliness or sexual need. Again, Ray emphasized that gaining the absolute trust of his client is important. He then asked me why he kept emphasizing that? I told him that I assume they wanted to kept their adultery secret. He said that was understood, but there was a more important reason from his standpoint. The woman's satisfaction and his performance in turn were dependent on the woman letting loose emotionally and sexually. She has to feel sexually free to do what she wants and to respond openly. In turn, he must provide what she perceives as her desires and fantasy. So it is important that she is able to feel free to ask for any intimate act. As this freedom is explored physically, most of his clients also become freer in terms of telling about their personal lives. In this way, an escort may really know more about the woman's fantasy or desires that her husband. The woman also has to know that he can be trusted never to disclose or blackmail her. Also she must understand that the entire relationship is under her control, and that she solely dictates the extent or frequency of their interaction. The woman would also have to know about the extent of care the escort has about his own health, namely the frequency of any STD testing and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies.
So, in a 15 minute conversation, that is what I learned. He also told me a little about myself. He asked me what I fear most about my spouse or girlfriend cheating? I said betrayal and the loss of trust. He stated that those were the perceived fears, but the real fear is the possibility that the betrayal would never be detected. He said that he has had hundreds of clients (both sexually and not), and the only clients discovered to be unfaithful were those who confessed. He said that is why we, or in particular I, react so strongly to the thought of infidelity.
The final note, did Grace have sex with Simon the day of the bike ride. From Ray's viewpoint, most likely No. P.S. Addendum At 1:05 A.M. PST Sunday 12/28/14 I had to admit "Ray" into the hospital and schedule a surgical repair of the compromised suture lines. Although they would have healed on their own, the patient complained of a reliance on pain med., and insisted on the quick and more extensive repair. Some patients cannot wait and insist on their own course of action. Either I do the procedure or he will find someone else. I prefer to do the work myself and have confidence that the job is done properly. Ray will have his procedure Monday. This is the one of the drawbacks to my line of work.

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@ golfingdocp

That feeds into my theory of Simon not really loving Grace but a compitition, and Grace awakening to Neil being a sexual being that can satisfy her once she sees his affairs.

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@ golfingdocp

golfingdocp and Jojobobo:
Your conversation with Ray poses far more questions than it provides answers. I seriously doubt Jablonski or his staff know the inner workings of the escort business. Their written perception of what Simon or Grace will do under certain circumstances may be far different than what Ray knows professionally. Golfingdocp, you know Ray and you know Simon: Simon is no Ray. On the other hand, as you've said before, maybe we'll know more of the writer's view of the initial Grace-Simon interaction in Season 2.
Another part of your conversation is more disturbing. Grace may have explored many forms of sex with Simon that she cannot, or ever will, explore with Neil. This reminds me of Linda. Will she choose Neil over Simon when Simon knows her most secret desires and knows how to satisfy her fantasies? This would place a whole new pressure point on the Grace-Neil-Simon relationship, especially if Simon now wants more than an escort arrangement. After 18 years of marriage it's unlikely Grace could approach Neil on new ways of having sex without greatly injuring their relationship; he would know exactly where she got those ideas, and it ain't from the Kama Sutra
If you ever get to talk with Ray again, why don't you ask him if he has ever let his emotions (love, caring) affect a client relationship?

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