Charlie professed his love for his girlfriend Chelsea, but he wasn't ready for the response he received. This response made him do something very out of character that no one expected.
Charlie and his girlfriend Chelsea were joking around in bed. At one point Chelsea said to Charlie, "I hate you!" Charlie then blurted out, "That's too bad because I love you!" Chelsea heard this and asked him if he really meant it. Charlie responded, "Actually, yes I do, I love you Chelsea!" After he said it, Charlie looked like he was in a state of shock. Not so much at the fact that he had just told his girlfriend that he loved her, but the fact that he actually meant it. Chelsea said, "That's so sweet, thank you!" Charlie didn't seem happy that she didn't say it back. "Oh no, thank you!" he mumbled as she walked away to the bathroom.
That next morning, Charlie went into the kitchen and had a look of distress on his face. Of course Alan noticed. Alan at first thought Charlie just had a bad night involving drinking, but Charlie admitted that his problem was that he had fallen in love with Chelsea. "Why are you upset? Falling in love is a beautiful thing!" Alan said to Charlie. "Beautiful thing, my ass!" Charlie replied. Charlie explained that he told Chelsea that he loved her, and she just said "Thank you." "She said 'thank you'? That's an ice cube to a man's sack!" Alan said to Charlie. Charlie then complained that he had given up a lot of things in his relationship, such as cigars, and he even gave Chelsea a drawer in his bedroom for her to put her things, but he still couldn't get an '"I love you" in return. Alan told him that he should be grateful for what he has. For instance, Chelsea hadn't tried to drown or burn him, like other women in Charlie's past. Charlie said not being drowned or burned by the woman he loves wasn't enough - he wanted more.
Charlie's anguish over his situation with Chelsea sent him to see his shrink. He informed his doctor that he fell in love with Chelsea, and she (his shrink) was partly to blame. She previously told him that he needed to get in touch with his feelings and express them. Charlie thought he needed medication, but his shrink said that he was making progress and didn't need medication. Charlie told the doctor that that guy that had first walked into her office was a fully-functioning man-whore and he wanted him back. He was obviously talking about himself. Charlie's shrink said that it appeared that Charlie didn't like how the power in the relationship had now shifted and Chelsea held the power. It was a power struggle. "She needs to tell me she loves me," Charlie said to his doctor. He admitted that this would fix the power shift, if she would just say she loved him back. He said it would be good if she said it but didn't mean it. He just wanted to hear her say it. Charlie's doctor said he needed to focus on giving love. Charlie wasn't happy with this; he still felt like he needed medication. He said the he could get medication without the doctor's help. "I can get drugs without you; I got a nephew in junior high."
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