In Treatment Week 6 Alex Tuesday 10AM S01E27 (HBO)

In Treatment will last a total of 43 episodes. 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 Alex and Paul talk about what happened last week. Alex thought that his therapy was over, but Paul isn’t willing to give up on him so quickly. They talk. It’s obvious that Alex is deeply disturbed by what happened to him in Iraq, he just can’t really admit it to himself. He can’t live with it. And he doesn’t understand why. At least, his conscious mind doesn’t understand this.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Paul gets the mail. Kate is waiting for him in his office. She says that she saw Laura. She wants to know what she is doing back. Paul told her that she had left therapy. Kate wants to know why she is back. Paul says that it was an emergency. Her dad is in the hospital. Kate is pissed.

Alex arrives and Kate has to leave. Alex says that people like Paul think that Alex is a murderer. They talk about the attack. Alex thinks that it was no big deal. Alex says that he didn’t get an apology. Paul does so. Paul says that he felt very offended by what Alex said. Paul says that he felt that Alex was out to hurt him and he was hurt by what Alex did.

Paul says that he invaded his privacy and talked down/insulted the people he loved. Alex wonders if his therapy is over. Paul says that it’s not going to be so easy.

Alex tells him about a dream he had. He sees a fighter pilot in the sky. He’s got a surface to air missile, but he won’t shoot it down because he’s afraid that the wreckage will fall on some people. He says he wants to shove his missile up the pilot’s ass. Sounds a bit homoerotic.

Alex asks if Paul thinks that he is a faggot. Alex sees these things as clues that he is a homosexual. He saw Michaela in a restaurant. She wants him back home. She wanted to have sex, but Alex had to be somewhere. He was going with Daniel and his partner Sean to a party. He starts to talk about Sean. Sean asked him why he always wants to please everyone. After the party, he watched some gay porn with Daniel and Sean. Sean implied that he was ready to go to bed.

Alex says that it pissed his dad off when he became a pilot. Paul asks him if he ever was attracted to men. Alex says no.

Paul asks him how he got on with his father when he was younger. Alex says that when he was a kid, he went to a prep school. On the weekends, his dad took him to the places where he volunteered. One day Alex got beat up. His sneakers and socks were stolen. He went to see his father and tried to explain. He started to cry. His father slapped him. The rest of the day, his father made him walk around barefoot. The next weekend his dad took him to a fighting gym. He was 11.

Alex went there and trained four times a week. The next time a kid tried to pick on him, he beat the kid to a pulp. You couldn’t recognize him. He says that fear is like fire. If you master it, then it can heat your house, cook your food. But if it gets the best of you, it can burn you, it can destroy you. If you control your fear, you control your life. [I had to listen to this five times, Blair Underwood says it pretty fast]

Alex gets emotional, and excuses himself. He goes out onto the porch and cries. He takes 30 sec to regain his composure and goes back inside. Paul asks him if he is alright. Alex says that he doesn’t think he can do this. He doesn’t think that it’s leading anywhere. Paul wonders where Alex wants it to lead. Alex wants some balance, somewhere where he doesn’t feel so shitty.

Alex says that he got a call from his wing commander. He was fishing to find out if he was ready to fly. Alex thinks that he should talk about this with Michaela. Paul thinks that they have to continue talking about his father and his memories.

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