This is a surprising show on HBO. I was really dumbfounded when I discovered that there will be 43 episodes of In Treatment. Wow, 43. These are only half hour shows, or almost half hour shows, but still. That is just incredible.
In Treatment is based on the Israeli series Betipul. Gabriel Byrne plays Paul Weston, a psychologist trying to deal with his patients while going through some personal problems. Each show focuses on a different patient. Mondays feature Laura, an anestheologist infatuated with Paul. Tuesdays feature Alex, an ex-fighter pilot traumatized by events that happened a few years ago. Wednesdays feature Sophie, a suicidal teenage gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Thursdays feature Jake and Amy, a couple in couple’s counseling. Fridays feature Gina, Paul’s own therapist and mentor that he stopped seeing 8 years ago for some reason.
I’ve always loved psychology. This show really feeds that need. The sessions are almost verbatim of what would happen in a real session. This show is about characters, not actions. It’s a very smart show and I am also very surprised that Marky Mark is the executive producer. Marky Mark has had success with Entourage so it makes sense that he decided to try out other projects.
This is a great show. I really liked it. I find that it’s best to watch it a few episodes at a time. I recommend this show.
In this session, Paul is faced with a disturbing situation. Alex has met Laura after he turned up a day early for his own session. He’s plans on seeing her again. Alex gives him an expensive coffee machine.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Alex arrives with a present for Paul. It’s an expensive espresso machine. Paul tells him about how he gets these crazy deals off ebay on peak television shows, like American Idol. Paul asks Alex to turn the machine off. Paul says that he can’t take the coffee machine. Alex thinks that Paul is upset because he met Laura yesterday. Paul says that it’s fine. Paul thinks that Alex has officially started therapy. Alex asks if he can just leave the coffee machine here while he is in therapy.
Alex says that he left home. Alex says that he was suspended from the force. Paul asks him how this will affect his kids. His son is very different from him. He isn’t a jock and doesn’t enjoy sports. He isn’t popular and doesn’t have any friends. Alex says that Roy didn’t get those genes from him, he got them from Michaela and his mother. He has finally accepted how his boy is after pestering his wife and the school councillor. He has accepted that Roy is happy.
They start talking about his father. Alex says that his father was a pianist, but she never pursued it. She was busy with the family. He says that his mother saved his father’s life. His father cheated on his mother all of the time. He stayed with his wife. Unlike his father, Alex is trying to change that. He is trying to make things right.
Paul says that Alex and his father married the same kind of women. Alex says that Laura couldn’t get over it. Alex moved in with his gay friend and their boyfriend. Laura talked about the dog she ran over. Alex says that Laura gave him fierce looks. Alex’s phone rings and its Laura. He’s supposed to meet her. He asks Paul for dating tips, and Paul makes him stop.
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