Inadequate Intimacy
"Denise, she’s not real affectionate; she’s just real distant. We’re intimate maybe one time a month," Rick says. "Everybody sees love a different way. Mine is I’m an affectionate person."

"He texts me if he’s sitting on one end of the couch, and I’m sitting on the other end of the couch. He’ll text me from the bedroom, from the bathroom, from the shower, just asking me, ‘Do you want to watch a movie?’ or ‘Do you want to do popcorn?’" Denise says. "He puts everything in a text message. I just think it’s strange."

In studio, Dr. Phil asks Rick, "How’s your sex life?”

“Terrible,” he replies.

Dr. Phil tells Rick that he has a parent-child relationship with Denise. “No woman wants to go jump in bed with Daddy,” he says. “I believe that a couple’s relationship in the bedroom is a direct reflection of the rest of their relationship … Intimacy is really vulnerability. It’s when you let your guard down, you let somebody in close, you share things in a physical way, and if you spend all day [fighting], it’s hard to [be relaxed]. That’s not going to happen until everything else happens.” He reiterates that the couple must simplify their life and make a plan. They must decide to talk about important topics, like sex, money and parenting, and see what they can agree on. He offers to find a counselor to help them. “The first thing I’m going to ask him or her to do is come up with a family plan that is focused on the kids first — how to bring peace to these children’s lives, and then we’ll start working on the other things.”

[AD]At the end of the show, Dr. Phil encourages Rick and Denise to have a conversation with their children and apologize for their behavior. “The worst thing you can do to those kids is make that apology and then do the same damn thing the next week,” he warns. “So, when you make that apology, mean it.”