For somebody I'd only ever seen before on sitcoms, Aisha Tyler totally blew me away as Manya. She perfectly conveyed the sadness and abuse of female circumcision, and her story was not only beautifully written but also extremely inspiring. I loved that she only had an orgasm after pleasuring herself, and that it's not all about the woman being satisfied by the man.
Orgasms also related to the rest of the episode. Julia's been struggling to climax with Sean, and I loved the scene where both Christian and Sean try and please their significant others to no avail. The closing moments featured an amazing sex scene between Julia... and Christian. See, still hung up on him, and thinking of him when she should be thinking of her husband.
Elsewhere, Famke Janssen storms into the show as Ava Moore: Life Coach Extraordinaire. She isn't as ruthless and domineering as she eventually becomes, but she already creates havoc just in her first appearance. She violently describes Erica as a tumor, and demands that Julia cut her out of her life. While Erica was annoying, she hardly deserved that.
A wonderful episode with an emotional patient of the week only made better by a career-best performance from Aisha Tyler, who showed Hollywood she's not just the Talk Soup funny lady...
Director: Elodie Keene
Writer: Lyn Greene, Richard Levine