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‘The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition’ Recap: Courtney Stodden Says Her Exes Complained About Her Mom’s Advances

The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition‘s season is winding down, and if there’s one thing to take away from this fascinating Lifetime series, it’s that Natalie Nunn can really project her voice. Perhaps she should try live theater?

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Josie Canseco Books a Modeling Gig That Conflicts With This Show

The episode started with Josie Canseco receiving the news that she’s been offered a cover and 12-page spread in Harper’s Bazaar. The only problem is the magazine want to shoot on the last day of the Mother/Daughter Experiment’s taping, and Josie would have to drop out of the series early. If this scenario wasn’t conjured up for a plot point, what a strange, drama-causing coincidence! 

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Natalie Nunn chimes in as though magazine-cover offers come in every day, saying, “Josie should not be trying to leave here for any ‘career’ thing.” Uh, is it really a problem for someone to be career-driven?

Josie Opens Up About Her Father Jose Canseco’s Absence in Her Life

Later in the episode, as all the daughters came together for a lunch away from the moms, Josie opened up about her father, former professional baseball player Jose Canseco. She said, “My dad was in my life for two or three years … He’s never really helped support us, and he’s never really been there in any way.” 

Josie then mentioned how she googled Natalie and read about an infamous fight she was in. Natalie was not happy about this, to say the least, and told the camera, “Josie googling me and talking about my fighting is not cool.”

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In a daughters-only group therapy session, Kim Richards’ daughter, Kimberly Jackson, admitted to feeling responsible for her mother’s happiness. “I know that I’m not perfect,” Kimberly said. “But in her eyes I am, and it’s made me not want to try different things because I’m afraid that I’m not gonna succeed at them.” By the end of group therapy, she was determined to focus more on herself going forward.

Doug Hutchison Discourages Courtney From Having a Relationship With Her Mother

Next, it was Courtney Stodden’s turn to speak out in group therapy. With tears streaming down her face, the “Asphalt” singer said, “I think a lot of where the pain comes from is when I started to get attention from men, with dating certain guys and stuff. They would come over to the house. They would take me aside and say, ‘I don’t wanna come over here anymore because your mom is hitting on me.’”

Courtney then explained that her much older husband, Doug Hutchinson, discourages her from having a relationship with her mother. “He’s not wanting me to have a relationship with my mom because of how much pain she’s caused me,” Courtney said.

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After the therapy session ended, Dr. Debbie Magids decided it was time to bring Doug in for a group therapy session. Courtney agreed but decided to keep it a secret from her mom — because that’s better TV, right?

Natalie Has a … Vulnerable Side?!

When the mothers and daughters reunited for a final group therapy session, Natalie actually showed her soft side. She broke down and cried, telling the group, “I don’t care about people’s feelings … It’s so frustrating. I don’t know why I don’t care.” 

Krista Keller and Courtney Stodden
Krista Keller and Courtney Stodden

After admitting this, she was too overwhelmed and had to leave the room. Dr. Debbie finally did get through to Natalie, and by the end of the session, Natalie was able to admit that she does have empathy. Bravo! Progress!

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Get Thee to a Natalie Nunnery

Actual therapy seemed to be working for the Bad Girls Club star … until alcohol came into play. As soon as Natalie poured herself a cocktail, she started screaming and didn’t stop for the rest of the episode, not unlike a newborn with sensory overload.

In a bizarre move, Natalie decided to take charge and demanded an “open-door policy” for the entire group. She justified the arbitrary rule by saying, “I think people close their doors so they can talk s–t behind closed doors, and that’s not OK. That’s not gonna happen anymore.” Hmm, just a tad paranoid. She then proceeded to run around through the entire house, screaming that everyone needed to keep their doors open.

Doug Hutchison, Courtney Stodden and Krista Keller Stodden attend the Muay Thai in America: In Honor Of The King - Celebrity VIP Event at Raleigh Studios on December 1, 2012.
Doug Hutchison, Courtney Stodden and Krista Keller Stodden attend the Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King Celebrity VIP Event at Raleigh Studios December 1, 2012.

Jessica Canseco chimed in, saying, “I don’t really know what Natalie’s mad at — she’s accusing people of talking about her. I don’t really know where this is coming from.” Neither do we, Jessica. The episode ended with Natalie giving sweet Cassie Jackson a panic attack. Nice one!

This episode was wild enough, but next week should be particularly interesting when Doug finally arrives. In a preview clip of the episode, Jessica says to the camera, “The infamous Doug. I’ll be surprised if he makes it out alive.” Oh, the suspense!

Tell Us: Do you think Natalie should apologize to the group for her outburst? And is it a good idea for Doug to visit the house?

The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition airs on Lifetime Fridays at 10 p.m. ET. 

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