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 in therapy with Gina. She is still hung up on the erotic transference that is going on between Paul and Laura. At least, that is what she thinks. Paul is angry with Kate. She is leaving for Rome next week. He’s angry that the course of action that Gina suggested about Laura backfired.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Gina tells Paul that he looks antsy. He talks about his urinary problems. Paul suspects that Gina thinks that his urinary problem is psychosomatic. He goes for a pee.
Gina remarks that he is angry. He is angry about taking Gina’s advice on Laura. It didn’t work out. It undermined her faith in a year’s worth of therapy. She tells him to stop playing the intern. If he thinks that something isn’t a good idea, then he shouldn’t do it. He abruptly asked his patient that he wanted to talk about stopping therapy with her and it backfired on him.
Paul says that sometimes he does wonder what it would be like to be with Laura. He admits to fantasizing about Laura. He tries to justify it. He talks about gynaecology. He says that last week he had a sharp pain. He went to see an urologist.
Paul says that he knows that he could make Laura do anything he wanted. He knows all the ins and outs. He knows how to arouse Laura, what turns her on. He says that the temptation is there for any therapist. Gina remarks that when she brought Laura up, it’s all about genitals, urologists and gynaecologists.
He wants Gina to suggest courses of action. He tells her that Alex met Laura. They are dating. Gina is smirking. It made her smile. Paul wants to know why. Gina asks why is he the betrayed man. He isn’t involved with Laura, Laura’s fiancée is. Paul is concerned about how this will affect his patients.
Gina asks Paul to describe the way that Laura thinks of him. Afterwards she asks him to describe Laura. She always references sex and is fascinated by its power.
He finally tells Gina that Kate is going to Rome with her new boyfriend. He says that they don’t live together anymore. He sleeps in the office. He has been in the office for the last four nights. He’s got his clothes there as well. He’s moved into his office.
Rosy didn’t come home on Tuesday. Ian had a week off from college and didn’t come home. He didn’t even call. He couldn’t bring himself to sleep in that bedroom, even when Kate is gone. Kate is leaving in three days. The kids know all about it now. Gina thinks it’s convenient since Laura has the hots for him.
Gina continues to imply the patterns of his father. She is persuaded that Paul is repeating him. Gina is still trying to figure out what he wants from her. It seems to her that he is preparing metaphorically to dump his patients on her.
Sometimes it seems that he doesn’t feel too bad about Kate.
Paul finds her infuriating sometimes. She constantly returns to her pet theories about Laura and Paul’s father.
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