Season 22, Episode 7
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Official Synopsis: Jake moved to Las Vegas to work on a US Senator’s re-election campaign in Nevada, but when he came out as gay, he was rebuffed by both his family and colleagues, plunging him into a deep depression which he futilely attempts to mask with alcohol.
What’s Memorable: Jake has a really interesting story, and is definitely a ‘type’ of person that I don’t think we’ve ever seen on this show before (lots of unique episodes this season, right?) Although his story did remind me somewhat of Chris. Jake goes to Vegas and gets to finally be himself and start a promising political career, but somehow ends up totally alone, chronically unemployed, falling down drunk, relying on random bar friends as his only connections. His abusive family members don’t approve of his sexuality, his Republican friends aren’t comfortable with him being out, he really has no one there to look out for him or connect with. And Covid certainly didn’t improve any of that. Gah, poor kid. The way he drinks to deal with his loneliness isn’t even close to sustainable, I hope he’s able to get back on the recovery wagon. I’ll bet he’d be a really inspiring sober person. I do have one gripe about this episode, which was otherwise very solid – what was with that segment about him supposedly engaging in sex work? There was no evidence of that was there? He certainly never said anything to that effect. I feel like that was thrown in there for salaciousness without a whole lot to actually back it up. Or maybe I missed something? I dunno, I feel like Intervention thinks they always have to put some addiction-related unsexy sex in every episode now and I find it troubling.
Interventionist: Leticia Murphy
Date Aired: April 26 2021