How Does That Make You Feel?

Running for ten series, How Does That Make You Feel? features psychotherapist Martha and her sessions with various clients. The show first started in 2010 and fifty episodes have been released – each running to about twelve minutes in length.

Series 1

Richard Fallon MP

Martha contemplates her next patient and recognises that she doesn’t actually like some of her patients.

Politician Richard is in the office after an article featuring him has been published, though is also concerned at the lack of publicity in his career. He also shows a lack of sympathy towards his son Toby who has become quite overweight – with this causing a particular problem for his job as health secretary. The situation also reminds him of his own youth when he was fat himself and bullied for it while at school.

Caroline

Martha receives an email enquiring about whether she wants to become a television agony aunt.

Caroline spends her session remarking about her daughter Louise and her apparent gifted abilities and high IQ – and possible future as a celebrity or notable. She is pushy and overbearing, but does not see herself as such. Her own failures when she was younger are revealed, and though most of the blame is put on her parents, she says that her motivation is to prevent the same happening to Louise.

Howard

Responding to the email about the agony aunt position, Martha admits curiosity about the position.

Chef Howard is at a loss with son Aaron who is approaching thirty-one, and spends much of his time alone in his bedroom. He reveals that Aaron is in a band, but worries that he won’t be able to make a future out of it. Recognising Aaron may be depressed, and that he and his wife may have contributed to telling him he can be anything, he reveals his anger at the situation.

Rose and Philip

Martha tries to get her head around a patient who wishes to move to Majorca, and decides against taking the agony aunt position.

New clients Rose and Philip arrive to therapy, though Philip is reluctant to attend. Both are former television news presenters and miss the celebrity lifestyle they used to live. Their life has become ‘normal’ and ‘ordinary’, after both were replaced. Philip questions whether they don’t know how to not be famous now they live a normal life.

Richard Fallon MP

The television company has made a substantial offer to Martha and has agreed to attend another meeting for a chat.

Richard is back in after having an argument with his wife, due to enlisting Toby to a boot camp. Still looking for ways to boost his profile, he thinks about starting a blog or writing a newspaper column, and has also hired, Sophie – a PR person. Turning the topic to his wife, she has told him she is going to leave once she can find a flat. He ends the session receiving a text confirming he has a spot on a quiz show, on an obscure television channel.

Series 2

Richard Fallon MP

Martha expects Richard in the office after eighteen months, and is interested to see whether he attained re-election.

Richard has been the victim of fraud, leaving him without cash. He has managed to retain his seat, but has since moved into a tiny flat with still overweight son Toby, after separating from his wife. He has a new PR named Piers after firing Sophie who turned out to be a man. Stuck on the backbenches, he is still concerned about his profile and lack of notoriety.

Howard and Aaron

Martha contemplates the apparent surprise which Howard is due to reveal, while also musing about her agony aunt role and the various cases.

Furious Howard has arrived and finds that son Aaron has been leading a girl on with lies about his living situation. After breaking in the door, Howard feels better and even convinces Aaron to go to therapy with him, though has to pay him to do it. Confronting him, Howard questions why he lives the way he does, and tells him he doesn’t believe the band will work.

Caroline

Preparing to see Caroline after a short break, she wonders whether Louise has become the star her mother wants her to be.

Caroline queries how Martha’s role as an agony aunt is going, and says she is considering training as a psychotherapist. She also reveals Louise ran away to her sister-in-law’s house after being pushed hard over the summer. Wanting to become a teacher, Caroline is upset at Louise’s supposed lack of ambition. Caroline also discusses her son and Louise’s younger brother Edmund.

Philip

Martha wonders whether Philip’s wife Rose knows that he has made an appointment without her.

Philip says that he and Rose have since split up, and has got a job on a shopping channel which he is appears to be enjoying – though appears to be trying to convince himself. He has met a girl in her twenties though his children won’t meet her, and feels he hasn’t loved Rose for most of their marriage. The discussion ends with suggestions of a mid-life crisis.

Richard Fallon MP

Martha turns to the appointment book and finds an appointment with Richard Fallon – and wonders how the blind date went.

He meets the woman and is put off as she is in her fifties and ‘over the hill’, and was hoping for a younger woman – which upsets Martha somewhat with her also being in her fifties. Describing the date which starts badly, and results in him binge-eating most of their meals. He questions whether his life has any meaning beyond dealing with awful constituents.

Series 3

Richard Fallon MP

Checking her diary, Martha wonders how Richard’s trip to France went though is not looking forward to the session.

Piers has been fired while on the trip when Richard photos of him eating Foie gras are published in the newspaper. The tabloids also believe Richard to be gay having been spotted with Piers, however Piers arranges a ‘girlfriend’ who turns out to be a Russian mail-order girl. Trying to get rid of he, she begins to send him faeces in the post – and realises that is how he feels.

Howard

Howard is in for another session, and Martha wonders whether Aaron will be coming.

Aaron hasn’t come to the session, and had replaced the broken bedroom door with a steel variant. Howard and his wife have also put the house up for sale and when resorting to climbing a ladder to look through the window, find he has moved out. Moving talk to his wife, Howard mentions she believes heavily in conspiracy theories and believes Aaron has been abducted by aliens.

Caroline

Martha wonders why Caroline drives her insane, and realises she reminds her of her own mother.

Martha questions whether Caroline has developed a fixation on her sister-in-law being a lesbian. She moves to putting all her energy into Edmund, and wants him to go into politics though he shows little interest. Moving on to her relationship with her husband, she mentions she doesn’t particularly enjoy sex with him. When Edmund also starts showing interest in Satanists, she goes to a meeting.

Rose and Philip

Philip is due in for another session, and Martha wonders what the frantic message left on her answer phone is about.

Rose claims she is attending under duress, but reveals that Carmen has left Philip though he claims the break was more amicable. He in return breaks the news that Rose is to be replaced by Carmen herself on television show Volewatch. When Martha questions why Rose has attended the session, he states that they are attempting to reconcile, though it ends with Rose hitting Philip repeatedly.

Richard Fallon MP

It’s Friday and Martha sees that her next appointment is with Richard Fallon – and wonders what has happened to him now.

Richard has been getting abuse from members of the public including receiving a package with faeces in and going on a date which goes badly. Seeing his daughter Charlotte with her new boyfriend reminds him of an old girlfriend who was killed while he was at university. The session ends with Richard declaring his love for Martha.

Series 4

Richard Fallon MP

Richard is due in for another session after a long break in which Martha wonders whether she has the strength to contend with him.

Richard thinks he is a laughing stock after appearing on television in a fly-on-the-wall documentary on MPs. He also has another new PR girl called Revell which isn’t working out. Toby also ends up with a tattoo of Wayne Rooney on his buttock rather than Rihanna, which is caught by the camera crew. Martha ends by questioning his continued chase of the spotlight.

Howard

Howard is returning for another session after some time away from therapy.

Howard reveals Aaron returned after a year looking completely different and engaged to a barrister named Aurora. Helen also believes it is not really Aaron. Agreeing to let him stay for a few weeks while they save up. Aaron also takes to redecorating the house, and has also seen a therapist of his own. Howard works out that Aaron is after money for a deposit on his own place.

Caroline

The next appointment sees Caroline in and Martha prepares for another session of her claiming she should be a therapist.

Caroline’s husband has left her, and she doesn’t know what his reason for leaving could be. She also still believes Edmund will be the next Professor Brian Cox. Waiting for her husband to come back, she debates blackmailing him if he doesn’t. She also reveals Louise has returned. Moving on to looks, she claims she has applied for Martha’s job and is convinced she will replace her.

Philip

Thursday’s appointment is with Philip and Martha wonders whether Rose will appear.

Philip has had Botox injections, and says he has left Rose again. He seems slightly bitter about Rose being given another series on Volewatch rather than Carmen. Philip is also down to two night a week on the shopping channel, but talks about getting back together with Carmen – which results in him revealing he is stalking her.

Richard Fallon MP

Martha decides that she will pretend she didn’t see Richard on television during the week.

Richard was confused for a terrorist when he accidentally gets into the prime ministers car. He also talks about another bad date with a woman who has a ferocious appetite. Natalia also resurfaces trying to blackmail Richard, though manages to take pride in Toby for telling Natalia to do her worst.

Series 5

Richard Fallon MP

Monday morning sees Richard in, and Martha decides she won’t tell him she has seen a video of him accidentally sitting on a Jack Russell.

Richard is the focus of a repeat viewing of the television series leading to further embarrassment. He has another PR person called Genevieve who has also got him on a diet, leading to him sleep-eating. Also, while in a bar hiding from Genevieve who is attempting to weigh him, he wakes up the following morning in a park without his trousers – though Toby helps him out of the problem.

Tony

Martha admits to herself she is quite looking forward to her Tuesday appointment with Howard.

Howard has broken his foot and boss Tony turns up for the appointment instead. Before Martha has chance, Tony launches into explaining his family life and reveals he has been sent to therapy by his wife due to his ‘banter’ in his restaurants which results in the staff mutiny. He ends up revealing some anti-woman sentiment and begs Martha to let him become a client once realising he needs help.

Caroline

Caroline is due in for the first time in a while, as Martha begins to think she had given up.

Caroline talks about taking over the agony aunt slot and launches into a diatribe on how Martha is too liberal in dealing with people. Her husband has also not returned, and Caroline decides he may be dead. Edmund also wants to be a fashion designer, and has taken to wearing women’s dresses. She is also convinced a man she met at the Satanist group is in love with her.

Philip

Philip is in for a Thursday appointment and Martha wonders if has made any progress.

Carmen reported Philip to the police for stalking, and was locked up for a short time. He has also lost his job and his mother has moved in with him – which he seems to enjoy and she prepares his meals and brings his medicine. Taking up writing, his work is essentially his own story about Carmen’s return.

Richard Fallon MP

A Friday appointment with Richard and Martha hopes he has had an uneventful week.

He arrives looking unwell and reveals he spent most of the previous day being held hostage by a constituent who seems to be particularly unbalanced. Managing to get out of the situation, he finds the gun was actually a bit of hosepipe and also fails to convince the police of what happened. He ends the day gorging on pizza and ice cream with Toby.

Series 6

Richard Fallon MP

Monday sees an appointment with Richard who has been reappointed to his constituency seat.

Richard says he considered giving up being a politician after more media embarrassments. On the campaign trail, Genevieve has hired an actress to play Richard’s fiancĂ©e which doesn’t end well. Come election time, he is cheered slightly by his slightly increased majority. He also visits the doctor and gets prescribed sugar pills which he starts to believe really work.

Tony

Martha has agreed to take Tony on for her Tuesday appointment slot, and wonders how she will setup boundaries.

Tony starts by mentioning that Howard’s son has come back. His inappropriate rape comment has been cleared as the girl has since left. Attending a course on workplace behaviour, he finds that many things he has done have been illegal. He has also fallen out with his wife when he provides little support while upset about her weight, who in return suggests she is planning to have an affair.

Caroline

Wednesday sees Caroline in, and Martha believes having been to the gym should help her get through the appointment.

Caroline starts by telling Martha she looks terrible, and believes she has ‘crested the summit’ by becoming an inspirational speaker who specialises in tough love language. Saying that she does not really want to help people, Caroline is really doing it for attention – much to Martha’s confusion. Edmund has also started wearing Caroline’s clothes, and her husband returned some time ago but has been hiding in the garage.

Philip

Martha hopes that Philip has improved since his last visit, otherwise she might have to refer him.

Philip says his medications were causing problems last time he visited, including having swapped some with his mother. Also attending a retreat for writers, he takes to attempting to school another writer on his work. While there, he also meets a woman who he describes as ‘past it’ compared to Carmen – though he does fall for her.

Richard Fallon MP

Martha wonders whether Richard’s re-election will help improve his morale.

Richard arrives having spent the week dealing with different constituents berating him. He has had a date with a woman who had ‘weird hair’, along with a weird personality with interest in body farms. Richard also reveals he is actually sixty and has been lying about his age for years. He leaves feeling so depressed he says he can’t cry any more.

Series 7

Richard Fallon MP

Richard is back in and Martha notes he has been having a quieter time of it recently.

On arriving, Richard reveals that he has setup a Facebook page to boost his profile at Genevieve’s suggestion. On talking with a former school friend, Amanda, he goes out on a date – though she isn’t what he remembered. Two days later, details of the date are published in a newspaper. On returning to Facebook, Richard finds Amanda’s account has been closed and he has a meeting with the chief whip.

Tony

Martha tries to convince herself that she has to help Tony despite his lack of self-awareness.

Tony attempts to offer two menus for men and women, with the women’s menu being more fat-aware. His staff refuse. He mentions that he has thought about setting up a political party, though his wife thinks its a ridiculous idea, particularly at his name suggestion of the Men’s Equality Party – and takes on a male victim personality.

Caroline

Martha contemplates a stiff drink at the thought of Caroline’s appointment coming up.

On arrival, Caroline resorts to critiquing Martha’s appearance and says she has begun a food blog. Her husband is still around the house building a Meccano guillotine, and she is convinced Edmund is squandering his talent when he plans to go on a television cooking programme to represent Satanists. Caroline’s motivational speaking is not fulfilling her, as she still seeks fame.

Philip

Hoping that he has been taking his medication correctly, Martha also wonders how Amanda is doing.

When Philip arrives, he can scarcely remember Amanda though he does recall her being almost fifty. He also claims his publishing deal is hand, and compares himself somewhat to Stephen Fry. Philip has also found an artful edge by joining an amateur dramatics society, and considers more surgery as his age continues to depress him somewhat. He has to convince himself his mother’s presence at home is a good thing.

Richard Fallon MP

Martha ponders whether Richard is becoming more resilient to the bad press in the tabloids.

The chief whip spent some time shouting at Richard, which does nothing to help his flat feeling. Wondering what his future holds, he contemplates morality. He also recalls his love for Felicity while at university who was with someone else and eventually died after being run over. Ending the session, Richard wonders whether things might have been different if she hadn’t died.

Series 8

Richard Fallon MP

Martha decides not to hold her breath on whether Richard’s holiday will have done him any good.

Richard arrives and discusses his latest constituent who visits him to look at his verrucas. Toby has applied to go to Newcastle University, and has lost some weight, but having to visit the north stirs some odd memories for Richard. A woman introduces herself to Toby and Richard in a bar and the three of them get very drunk, leading to comments posted on Richard’s Twitter.

Tony

Tuesday’s session with Tony leaves Martha questioning whether she will ever get rid of him.

Tony’s wife has “mostly” returned, and his attempts to get the political party off the ground have failed. Tony talks about focusing his attentions on appearing on Masterchef despite not being a chef, before changing tack and suggesting he was just recalling a fantasy he has had which casts him in a particularly favourable light. He also reveals his wife hasn’t actually come back.

Caroline

Martha prepares herself for the usual barrage of criticism about her appearance from Caroline.

Caroline suggests that Martha has been drinking, before saying her husband has left again and discussing her new website venture. The inspirational speaking is also continuing and Caroline takes to telling people not to care about anyone or anything. Edmund has given up the Satanism, and Caroline has also signed up to a dating site but is having problems attracting a man due to being “known”.

Philip

Philip is due for a session, and Martha hopes that he has no more crises to tell.

Philip has given up the amateur dramatics and reveals he has a new job doing product showcase videos for a department store. He also takes advantage of a friend’s mother and has her do some cleaning and ironing. He medication usage continues and he mentions he is still occasionally taking some of his own mother’s pills. Rose also has a new job as a documentary maker.

Richard Fallon MP

Another appointment with Richard and Martha shows some pity towards the man.

Richard has another PR person named Willow who intends to keep him on a tight leash, though an internet date with a very large woman leaves Richard with mixed feelings. While sharing a drink with Toby at home, he finds his son has some coherent thoughts on consumerism though is confused when he is blamed for not introducing him to culture.

Series 9

Richard Fallon MP

Martha hasn’t heard of or seen Richard for a while and decides that must be a good thing.

Toby has returned from university after a rather short stint, while Richard has been raiding the fridge. He attempts another date with a married woman who wants a threesome, before she falls down the stairs at the restaurant. He does have good news in any case, and reveals he has been invited to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Tony

Martha decides resolutely that this week she will tell Tony that she does not wish to see him any more.

On arrival, Tony launches straight into his “hell of a week” as Martha attempts to get a word in. When Martha attempts to interrupt, he somehow comes to the conclusion she is attracted to him, before continuing on about managing to get stuck in a cupboard at one of his restaurants. He also talks about his bitter divorce proceedings and how he is writing his memoirs.

Caroline

Wednesday sees Caroline in as Martha’s heart sinks at the thought of another session where Caroline doesn’t listen.

Caroline questions whether Martha has an alcohol problem, before talking about her “brand” which she claims is doing well. She has also become an internet troll which has resulted in developing a God-like complex, though she is struggling to keep the multiple personalities she has created in check. Her husband also wants a divorce and intends to take half the house. Edmund has also been sneaking off to his satanism group again.

Philip

Martha worries about Philip being anxious when he rang, and hopes he hasn’t been arrested again.

Philip says things are going well with a promotion at work though he describes a small incident which nearly causes a colleagues hair to set on fire. He says he has also been taken on by an acting agency which surprises Martha after the amateur dramatics fiasco however a call with Rose reignites their conflict. Still living with his mother, he announces that he has a Tinder profile.

Richard Fallon MP

Martha wonders whether Richard has bought his celebratory bottle of Prosecco.

Richard tweets that he is going to be on Strictly, and regrets the decision when a producer goes on television to deny it and questions who he even is. Realising he has been the subject of a prank, Richard feels dejected and has to listen to constituents giving him advice, which results in a newspaper publishing a story about him being a flat-earther.

Series 10

Richard Fallon MP

Martha is mildly hopeful that things are looking up for Richard with no new scandals in the media recently.

Richard has an ominous feeling for the coming week with Toby becoming a survivalist and a constituent trying to bribe him in exchange for allowing him to keep alligators in his garden. Richard is also eating in his sleep again, and has to retrieve Toby from a police station after a survivalist endurance session. He also has another “curated” date with a vegan, non-alcohol drinking woman with very long hair who manages to get drunk.

Tony

Martha envisions a future where she still has to put up with Tony, and tries to convince herself not to argue with him.

Tony reveals himself to be a “new man” though Martha fails to see it, before he launches into a tirade about his wife leaving and a chef attempting to implement a vegan menu. Tony has also been looking at his family tree which seems to be filled with numerous fictional characters from the past, though Martha’s attempts to explain the science of families passes Tony by.

Caroline

Wednesday’s appointment with Caroline sees Martha wondering if she should become a Buddhist to improve her calmness.

Caroline suggests Martha has a stunned look, which must be due to her age. She then goes on to talk about Edmund who has taken to hacking government computers where they find lots of mundane files. Caroline has also increased her number of online personalities. Suggesting she won’t hand Edmund in as it may prevent him becoming Prime Minister, Caroline talks about becoming a politician herself.

Philip

Martha hopes that Philip hasn’t got into any more fights while on the set.

Philip arrives and is unable to remember any fight initially, before repeating a large amount discussed in the previous session. He is also contemplating suing the production company, while also becoming a Buddhist. Philip has been tracked down by a television show which looks at previously famous people who disappear from public life, though they encounter his mother.

Richard Fallon MP

Friday sees another appointment with Richard and Martha believes she hasn’t seen any bad news.

Richard finds that there has been no published bad news, and sees a different life where he doesn’t attract attention. However, another new PR person suggests all fame is good and his date from the restaurant is being sued for suggesting she had food poisoning in the press. Richard has also been approached to appear in a reality television show – Toffs and Trots – which Martha advises he should avoid.