Season 2, Episode 6
“Home Alone, Just the Eight of Us”
Jenny and Bryan struggle to manage their parenting responsibilities without their family's help.
After helping Jenny and Bryan through the first 10 days of settling into their new Florida home, Jenny's mom is the last to leave and the family says a heartbreaking goodbye. The family is truly on its own. Jenny is surprised to find out she can't start work at the hospital until her paperwork comes through, and since Bryan's business still isn’t up and running yet, they suddenly find themselves with no income and a pile of bills. They love their new home and newfound independence, but the peace and quiet doesn't last long. Between household mechanical problems that Bryan can't fix and early wake-up calls when the sextuplets crawl into their bed, chaos resumes as normal.
With all the disorder, Jenny and Bryan realize it's high time for a tune-up with their marriage counselor, Dr. Debra Mandel. For the first time, Bryan admits he blames Jenny for choosing the fertility treatment that led to the six babies and Jenny apologizes after she realizes she's hurt Bryan by thwarting his political ambitions. Bryan wants Jenny to be more organized, and Jenny wishes he'd stop yelling at the kids. Bryan calls his anger "the Masche family generational curse" and Dr. Debra gives the two of them some practical tips on de-escalating to restore harmony.
After all the stress of these first weeks on their own, the Masche family heads to the beach. After all, they came to Florida for sun and surf! Jenny and Bryan are determined to fully live the new life they imagined for themselves, but it will take hard work to make their marriage thrive and become the kind of parents they aspire to be.
To learn more about Dr. Debra Mandel, click here.