‘The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition’ Recap: Courtney Stodden’s Mom Accuses Doug Hutchison of Having ‘Emotional Affair’ With Her

The only thing you need to know about The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition's Friday, April 22, episode is that Courtney Stodden’s 55-year-old husband, Doug Hutchison, showed up carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag. Sure, other things happened, but we will never forget that image.

Kim Richards and Daughter Kimberly Are "Low-Key" Hood

Before Doug and Cupcake (the aforementioned tiny dog) arrived at the house, there was a group therapy session where Dr. Debbie Magids led a discussion about Natalie Nunn’s meltdown the night before. Kim Richards and daughter Kimberly Jackson made amends with Natalie after Kim “got in her face.” Jokingly, Natalie said to Kimberly, “I think you and your mom might be the hoodest ones in here, low-key.”

A Grown Man and His Tiny Dog

Doug showed up with an armful of bags, one tiny dog and the Zen demeanor of a Buddhist monk. Before heading into group therapy with Courtney and her mother, Krista Keller, he sat down with the rest of the ladies and fielded some of their questions. He explained how he and Courtney got together, saying, "We fell for each other through maybe two and a half months of email exchanges."

This caught the group off-guard after it conflicted with Courtney and Krista's previous statement that it had been after six or seven months. He continued, “I mean, Courtney was being courted by tons of men closer to her age, wealthier than me, more famous. From sports figures to politicians to sheikhs in the Middle East.” To which Natalie responded, “Sheikhs? How are sheikhs finding a 16-year-old?” Great question.

Doug Admits to Going to Krista for Advice, Not Love

Finally, it was time for Doug to put down Cupcake’s pee-pee pads (yup) and head into therapy. The session consisted entirely of Krista accusing Doug of having an "emotional affair" (to use Dr. Debbie's phrase) with her, followed by Doug and Courtney calling Krista a compulsive liar. 

Doug told his side of the story as, “Krista was relentless about her feelings for me. … And it culminated into an unbelievable confession from Krista saying that, ‘When Courtney leaves you, I will be here for you because I am in love with you.’” Krista immediately denied the claim. 

Doug eventually admitted that he did go to Krista for advice at one point, but it was never romantic or sexual. The Lost actor said to Krista, “I never felt that we were friends — we were obviously not lovers, and I think that’s your delusion.” Courtney followed with, “His story has never changed once. Your story has done a complete 180. That is telling to me.” After the cross examination, Dr. Debbie decided to end the therapy session after essentially accomplishing nothing. Hooray!

Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden
Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Krista Monitored Doug and Courtney’s Email Exchanges

After their private therapy session, Doug and Courtney split off, and Krista sat down with the rest of the ladies of the house. At this point, Krista revealed, “When Courtney first started getting into her teens, and she started putting modeling pictures and stuff like that on the internet — oh, my God. She was getting attention from all over the world.”

Heidi Montag asked, “You were monitoring his and Courtney’s messages about the romantic emails and all that, and you knew the whole time?” Courtney’s mom affirmed this fact, and then Cassie Jackson asked, "What was the point of monitoring it if not to stop 50-year-old men from coming at your 16-year-old daughter?" Again, great questions all around!

The episode wrapped up with some good old-fashioned drinking and swimming in the pool. Oh, yeah — and apparently a drunken Natalie pleasured herself in the bathtub in front of Josie Canseco and Heidi, but we’ll try not to dwell on that tidbit.

Tell Us: Who do you believe in the he said, she said battle between Doug and Krista?

The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition airs on Lifetime Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.

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