Girlfriends/On the Couch

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On the Couch
Season 4, Episode 16
Airdate March 1, 2004
Production Number 085
Written by Mark Alton Brown
Dee LaDuke
Directed by Sheldon Epps
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GirlfriendsSeason Four

Special Guest Star: Jenifer Lewis (Veretta Childs)

Guest Starring: Julie Hagerty (Dr. Rachel Miller), Jason Pace (Dr. Todd Garrett), Jill Scott (Donna Williams)

Co-Starring: Tracia Daye (Waitress)


Plot Overview

Toni continues to see her therapist, Dr. Miller. Rather than following the doctor's advice and writing a letter to her mother detailing her grievances against her, Toni instead brings her mother to her sessions. Veretta stays with Toni and Todd and monopolizes the house. Todd tries to tolerate her rude and thoughtless behavior, but insists that she stop smoking in the house. Veretta refuses, and says that she doesn't have to listen to Todd because her daughter paid for the house. They get into a heated confrontation, and wind up ordering Toni to choose between them. Meanwhile, William worries that the fact that he and Donna have such different backgrounds (she cleans bed pans for a living and insists on traveling by bus) will impede their chances of having a future together. He vows to try his best to keep the relationship going, because he considers Donna to be special. Joan obsesses over whether to resume sessions with her own therapist after Lynn and Maya make several derisive comments about her sanity.