“Tell Me You Love Me” Update: Episode 6 on HBO

By at October 18, 2007 | 11:18 pm | Print

Michelle Borth and Sonya Walger in Tell Me You Love Me

UPDATE: See our most recent Tell Me You Love Me post

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve changed my mind about HBO’s series Tell Me You Love Me. The first few episodes seemed dedicated to two things: couples having lots of sex and couples complaining. The whole thing seemed narratively weak and often gratuitous.

Aside: The whole “is the sex real?” thing is getting tired. Boyce commented on a previous post that director Patricia Rozema stated it isn’t real. Good, we’re done with that.

As of episode #6, the series has improved. Storylines now have enough depth to combine pathos and humor, and keep us interested in the characters — most notable are David, Katie (Tim DeKay and Ally Walker) and their sexless marriage, and Palek, Carolyn (Adam Scott and Sonya Walger) and their childless marriage.

SUMMARY
:: David and Katie had no luck finding intimacy by locking their bedroom. Unless you call David jerking off by himself an intimate act. So Dr. Foster (Jane Alexander) suggests they just don’t have sex. Ever. Which only makes this already-confused couple even more confused. And angry.

Jane Alexander and David Selby in Tell Me You Love Me:: In the most shocking moment of episode #6, Dr. Foster and Arthur (David Selby) screw on an easy chair — she strattles him and the pair makes more noise than hyenas in heat. When’s the last time you saw two seniors screw on TV? (Granny porn doesn’t count.) Whether you choose to look or not, it’s honorable that two respected actors find the topic of senior sex important enough to act it out in such embarrassing detail. Good for them. (Okay, I did cringe a little.)

:: Frustrated with failed pregnancy attempts, Carolyn gives up. Palek admits he probably has never wanted children, and the pair decides to sell their house to run away from problems and memories (at least that’s my take on it).

:: Jamie (Michelle Borth) has sex with softball guy Nick (Ian Somerhalder). Yeah, whatever, her plotline is aimless. But she has little shame onscreen, and… okay, it’s hard to believe some elements of her sex scenes aren’t real.

QUESTION: Which storyline are you most involved with?

See creator Cynthia Mort’s comments on episode 6

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6 Comments


  1. ron taylor, 10 years ago Reply

    Lame and limping along this show will not be picked up for a second season if I am any judge of quality and substance. The first show blew our minds and I felt maybe we had a new prescedent setting show that would really make for a more mature and open programming. After that first show I said: “Mike Binder is eating his heart out.” because I felt if he had a green light for this kind of visually explicit sex he would have done wonders with “Mind of A Married Man” which had so much honesty, truth and humor in it. Maybe I thought of this because of Sonya Walger being in both shows. It doesn’t matter…… what matters is how poor the writing is. The actors are probably dying with this pitiful, ambivalent mess had so much promise. I notice tonight in the credits that one person wrote it. It needs at least 3…. maybe 4 to kick it around and have the variety of experience and input. Maybe next time HBO


  2. Norm Schrager, 10 years ago Reply

    - Ron Taylor –

    Even though you have every right to judge quality and substance — and we always appreciate that here — Tell Me You Love Me has been picked up for a second season. That was announced October 4.

    I think the actors face an enormous challenge with this show, if only because they have to feign sex at a pretty intense level, never mind whether they appreciate the scripts.

    As for HBO’s future, we’ll have some more news on upcoming pilots, but nothing that hasn’t already been announced. And I dig your Mike Binder mention. I’m a fan of The Upside of Anger.

    Hope to hear from you again Ron.

    -Norm S.


  3. Yolie, 9 years ago Reply

    I cannot believe this show will not be back for a Second Season. What’s the matter with you guys?


  4. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Yolie –

    The information we have says there will be a second season. I’ll confirm with our HBO contacts as soon as possible.

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)


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