There was lots of love and lots of hate in this episode and the hate actually reflected love according to Richard.
Why did Mathew and Barb believe it was therapeutic to point out the only way to cope is if you get high on booze and burn all your boyfriend's things. That only made things worse for Richard who clearly was the opposite to 'New' Christine's then bubbly mood; as though breaking up was the best thing that ever happened to her.
Richard did have a point, having someone show no emotion towards you is worse off compared to them hating you. At least they loved you enough to hate you now, I am only surprised that Richard was smart enough to discover that.
The only moments I found disturbing were the length of time Christine spent in the tub shaving what she alone knows she has, so she could sleep with her old flame Richard who was also doing some crazy work out before they had sex. It was sure good thing they came to their senses, at least for Richard.
It also brings forward the fact that it's been a while since Christine had some happy time especially since she allowed 'whatever' to grow to that length.
It was a sure good thing Richie wasn't around to see the crazy lifestyle of his parents, not sure if he would notice if he was around either.
Four and a Half Stars