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This week, I recorded TLC's The Little Couple (Tuesdays, 10 p.m.), and then watched it with my TV remote in hand. "I'm going to want to hit fast forward," I thought. But I was wrong. Bill and Jen Klein on The Little Couple are the most engaging and intelligent pair I've seen on a reality show. Of all the marriages currently on TV, I'd say theirs is by far the strongest, most loving one. They are the antidote to Jon and Kate -- the "how to" example in the face of the Gosselins' "how not to."
In this week's episode, TLC's cameras followed them on a daytime TV appearance on Dr. Oz. Before they go, we see Jen at work on the neonatal unit at the hospital. She is a self-assured physician, clearly knowledgeable in her field. That she has to use a step stool to stand over the crib of a struggling preemie doesn't detract from the fact that this doctor is both kind and in control.
When the Kleins travel to New York for the taping, we see their easy way together. Their banter is tender and natural -- not just when they're alone but also in the hectic moments before stepping in front of Dr. Oz's live audience. Bill's dry wit emerges throughout the episode. After the appearance, he says, "I got a joke in, which is, of course, my objective." (The couple's actual objective was to discuss the medical implications of dwarfism.) Later, at dinner in a restaurant, Jen cheerfully asks a waiter, "You wouldn't happen to have a set of linens I could sit on?" To which Bill adds, "She likes to be taller than me." There is no whiff of self-pity here, or manufactured pluck.
"I'll probably try to impress Jen until the day I die," Bill says, and it's not mushy. If there's something different about this TV couple, it's this: They are each other's closest and dearest friend.
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