This week, the producer continued her invasive visits. I feel like Denise, Hailey, and Katie are now regretting their decision to sign up for Bump+. I think they’re all getting more than they bargained for—especially Hailey.
It makes me sad to see what Hailey is going through. I know, from all that I’ve seen of her, that Hailey loves Jason. But does he love her? It doesn’t look like it. Whatever his own desires and needs may be, he certainly has no desire to talk to Hailey about hers. What kind of a man is he? Does he love anyone but himself? I hate how he doesn’t want to let Hailey out of his sight. At first, it seemed possible that he just wanted to be near her, to help her. But, the more I see of him, the more I think he’s simply afraid to lose his influence over her. I’m glad to see her starting to wake up—even if that awakening is horribly painful. He knows he’s losing his power over her. And he doesn’t like it. But I don’t think she likes it, either.
The producer genuinely seems to want to help Hailey. Maybe she regrets surprising Denise last week after seeing how controlling Buzz can be. Then again, we definitely saw a controlling side of her at Dr. Patterson’s house. Is it all just entertainment to her—or does she really think she is helping these women somehow? Perhaps she believes it’s okay to control someone if she is doing it for their own good, or in their best interests. But I’m sure that’s what Jason and Buzz would say they’re doing, too. I’m beginning to think the producer might be fooling herself about how much she really cares about these women.
I was not expecting to see a priest show up to talk to Katie. I don’t think she was expecting it, either. I felt bad for her. Whatever her religious beliefs, I think it would be difficult to talk frankly to a priest about her situation—especially in front of the cameras. While I believe he is a sincere and caring man, he didn’t seem to be what Katie needed. I’m very happy to see Dr. Patterson defending Katie like he does. She said in an earlier episode that she couldn’t talk to her dad about her situation. Dr. Patterson seems to be taking her father’s place right now. And yet, it doesn’t seem to be enough. For all of his care and concern, for all of the priest’s care and concern, neither one seems to have helped her much. She’s crying out for help; yet these two men—both of whom have dedicated their lives to helping others—are too concerned with their own beliefs to really listen to her.
Katie’s situation gives me a lot to think about. Both a doctor and a priest want to help her. Given their professional credentials, one would think they would be able to help. And yet, they can’t. She needs advice, but the advice they do give her doesn’t help. It makes me wonder—what can any of us do? We each have our own beliefs. Does it do any good to simply share those beliefs with someone in pain? We have to listen to their stories, I think. But is that enough? Katie has had many people listen to her story—but has it done her any good? If Katie were my friend, my sister, I don’t know what I would do. I could hold her hand, try to feel the pain she feels, cry with her. But would that do any good? Would telling her about my own beliefs help her come to a decision, or just create more confusion? How far should anyone go to convince someone else of their own beliefs? I truly don’t know. The uncertainty is… a little scary, frankly.
Four episodes left. Last week, the producer asked Denise, “What’s going to happen when we leave here today?” Next week, she’ll find out —and so will we. In the next two weeks, decisions will be made. What do you think those decisions will be?