In real life relationships, women don't side talk or wisecrack or tolerate much of that if they are going to marriage counseling. Nick Hornby, great writer, can't write women. He writes them like they are men. They aren't. In real life you would have the first wise crack and you would get stony silence for ten minutes. I know it's a tv show. But this is not a woman I have ever met. The Mamet-esque dialogue, though clever, always rang false with me.