Mandi Bierly
July 28, 2009 AT 11:01 PM EDT

Has pop culture found its way into your therapy sessions? Here’s why I’m asking. Today, I’m reading about Jon Hamm signing on to costar in a Ben Affleck-directed movie, thinking that its storyline of two men — one law (Hamm), one criminal (Affleck) — with the hots for the same woman is the closest I’m ever going to get to my much-desired Tequila Sunrise sequel, when I’m forwarded a Best Week Ever link to photos of Jon Hamm on vacation. (It would be totally creepy if writer Michelle Collins wasn’t so funny and apologetic: “Here’s to hoping this isn’t too much of a violation of privacy. It’s just, people need to see these. Because we have so little to live for as Americans. With many thanks, The Non-Blind.”) I IM’d the link to a friend, who, after the requisite amount of swooning, said, “My therapist and I actually had about a 5-minute chat about him this a.m.”

What?! If I knew you got to talk about TV in therapy, I would have gone years ago. She continued:
“Well, as per usual, we were talking about body image, etc., and she said, ‘You watch Mad Men, right?’ And I was like, ‘Omg, yes! I made myself a Joan avatar!,’ because we were talking about Joan as a healthy, sexy woman with curves. And then we were talking about the women on the show, and how well they’re written. And then she goes, ‘And then, well…HIM.’ And I was like, ‘My. God. I. Know!’ And I told her that you’d interviewed his girlfriend [Jennifer Westfeldt], and she’s sweet, so you can’t even hate her. And I threw in some added info., that he had been roommates with Paul Rudd and worked at a daycare center, and she was like, ‘God. That all sounds so hot.’ And I’m like, ‘I know!’ And then she’s like, ‘I love Paul Rudd.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, me too!’ ‘Did you see Role Models?’ ‘Yes! Hilarious!’ ‘Yes!’ I mean, it all came from a serious place, but it was right at the end, a nice way to kinda wrap it up.”

Your turn to share. Have you and your therapist talked pop culture?

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