In Treatment Week 3 Laura Monday 9AM S01E11 (HBO)

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, Laura is late for therapy. Paul wants them to talk about sending her to another therapist. This backfires because it undermines his therapy until now. Paul does so because Gina suggested it.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Paul wakes up. He’s sleeping alone in his study where he sees his patients. He hears someone in the house moving about. Laura was a bit late for her therapy session. She apologizes. She wants to drink some water. She finds his belt in the couch. She wonders if he is going to punish her. Everything about her implies sex. She was 25 minutes late because the car in front of her hit a dog on Madison.

She thinks that Paul would stop. Paul says that he wouldn’t have stopped. He would have thought that the dog was dead and move on with his life.

She would have been late anyway. It was 5 to when she stopped for the dog. She would have been 25 minutes late anyway. He would have liked to get a call. Maybe she is trying to tell him something. Paul says that Laura operates like clockwork. She is never late. She is always on time. This is because she works as an anaesthesiologist in a hospital.

He wants to know if she is getting anything out of the therapy. If she is angry, they need to talk about this. Maybe she needs to get out of therapy. At the end of last session, she felt in shock.

She wandered around in the garden. She thinks that Paul is trying to make her angry. She was so angry that she would have liked not to come. She tells him to f*ck off. This happened that when he told her that he didn’t want her. He says that he is sorry that he hurt her. He isn’t sorry that he gave her an unequivocal no to her feelings.

She thinks that he doesn’t try enough during the sessions. At least, that’s what he says to her. Paul is being confrontational. He is doing this on purpose.

She told Andrew to pick a caterer and a location. She doesn’t care where it happens, it all ends up being the same. Andrew has told everyone that he knows. Laura hasn’t told anyone. Paul says that she has avoided telling her family. She says that her father hasn’t been feeling well. Laura is a doctor. She isn’t a technician. Paul suggests that maybe the news of her impeding marriage might make her father happy. Paul says that if she tells him it will be real. She agrees. She says that she has been feeling very sad.

She feels like that she is betraying Andrew.

Paul says that they don’t have a lot of time left. Paul says that Laura deserves more. He constantly humiliates her. He hasn’t been her therapist for a long time. He is the one that tells her no.

He says that he can’t treat her because she’s breeched the boundaries of the therapy. He decides to get rid of Laura. He wants to give her an invoice, but she just leaves. She meets Alex on the way out. Alex thinks that it’s Monday, but it’s Tuesday. Laura tells him. Laura is flirting with Alex. She gets in the car with Alex.

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