Yeah, a lot of the Happy Vauseman scenes from 3x03-3x08 (3x09 is where everything clearly goes to absolute shit) are tainted by knowledge of what comes after, or suffer from the writers’ weird insistence on playing just about everything for humor (that second library scene in 3x03, after the drama class… Piper pretty much straight up admits she can’t get aroused if Alex isn’t hurting her, and then they make a sorta joke about the drama class and CUT AWAY… like, huh? Vause won’t investigate this?).
However, the one that you’re talking about specifically… I tend to see that as just Piper trying to be funny, bantering and making jokes. Like the inexplicably developed body image thing is absolutely a problem (talk about something coming out of nowhere... if there’s one thing we have never once in 2 seasons seen Piper have huge problems with, it’s her looks), but I’ve watched that scene a lot, and I think they’re both about as natural as they ever are (it’s in her line delivery and the look in her eyes… when Taylor is going weirdo Piper she tips it pretty well). Maybe I’m just looking at that scene with my shipper goggles because I love the way Alex says “you get everything about me” (and that delivery is very sarcastic). Piper only seems to start disengaging when Alex gets worried or shows signs of her paranoia.
Thanks for the love… I’m really just shoving sexy gifs and weird ramblings down everyone’s throat ;)