April 26, 2008
“Are you in a high school filled with DRAMA & SCANDAL? Is your best friend sleeping with your boyfriend, do others constantly talk behind your back or did someone steal your prom date? Is your best friend failing and missing class because of drugs and alcohol during 4th period?* Are you ready to divorce your high school completely?
PLEASE RESPOND ONLY IF YOU ARE WILLING TO
APPEAR ON TELEVISION WITH DR. PHIL.”
This is what happens when you press the Click Button on the TEENS: HAVE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA? message scrolling across the top of the Dr. Phil Official Website!
It seems that the good doctor still wants to exploit the “teens in crisis” demographic (with the exception of teens needing paternity tests ‘cuz that’s Montel’s turf). Hopefully, Dr. P won’t send out his “staff” to post bail to “get the exclusive.” Can Dr. Phil book his teen guests without making a complete ass of himself? He has a good shot if the potential guests answer this cute list of questions. Then Dr. Phil can avoid avoid knocking on the doors of jails and mental hospitals with a camera crew in tow. You’ve got to admire his tenacity (ten-ass-ity), that is.
*Note to Dr. Phil’s copy editor: I’m sure you take home a pretty sweet paycheck from the Dr. Phil Show so do not insult Dr. Phil with your poor grammar!! This sentence contains a blatant misplaced modifier unless you meant to ask if teens do drugs and alcohol during fourth period.
April 25, 2008
Confronting Grandpa—Even though the content of today’s show registered high on the creep-me-out meter, I sucked it up and watched the second part of the child molestation story. Parker (a 12 year old child molester) is not at fault for being born to a mother (Sherry-Lynn) who was molested by a crazy, Bible thumping father (Al). Parker’s grandmother admitted that she should have gone to jail for not protecting Sherry-Lynn (duh), and her lack of awareness was unforgivable (double-duh). Al insisted that he is not a pedophile because he’s not molesting right now. By that logic, a bank robber is not a bank robber if he is not robbing a bank right now. Al referred to his blood relations being important, but Dr. Phil didn’t pick up on the implications of that phrase. I used to work at a shelter for battered women and children and I remember a woman telling me that her Uncle (a preacher) felt he could do what he wanted to do his “relations.” (Ironically, this man also beat his children with an extension cord) Within this warped view, Al is guilty only if he is molesting people outside his family. However, the polygraph revealed that Al’s proclamations of innocence were “deceptive.” Welcome to the real world, Al; maybe this summer you can teach that Bible class after all–in prison!
Still Waiting for my Dr. Phil Lite,
April 24, 2008
Call me a wimp, but I could not stomach the content of the Dr. Phil show today (Child Molestation). I’m just thankful that Dr. Phil listened to these guests and I give everyone who watched this episode a lot of credit. You are braver than I am. I’m ready to watch some Dr. Phil Lite!
April 23, 2008
Children of the Compound: The Lost Boys—I don’t like when the Dr. Phil show turns into Dr. Phil Now. It’s hard to stomach Dr. P as a credible, muckraking journalist. He likes to posture himself as an investigative reporter, but come on, Dr. P’s got a crack support staff of field producers and a private jet! When I can get past the sensationalism, I can appreciate the adversity that the lost boys have overcome. Time will tell if Dr. Phil will continue address this issue when a future story becomes more popular in the mainstream and tabloid press.
April 22, 2008
I deleted today’s episode after 10 minutes for the following reasons: 1) I have already been saturated by the media when it comes to this story. 2) Once again, Dr. Phil has put his two cents in and is acting like he discovered the piece. 3) I prefer episodes where Dr. P can offer his help (and money) directly; when the story doesn’t break on the Dr. P show, he sounds like a moral superior nut!