In Treatment Week 6 Sophie Wednesday 4PM S01E28 (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 Paul tries to make more progress with Sophie. Sophie is resisting a bit, but realizes that she needs to move forward, even though it’s unpleasant at times. Paul takes a hard stance and pushes the therapy forward. Sophie has issues about her dad that she doesn’t really want to talk about, but Paul insists.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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A pizza delivery boy arrives with a pizza. Paul didn’t order one. He finally takes it.

Sophie is eating the pizza. She ordered it. Thanks to Google. She SMSed Google and got this number for this pizza place. She’s eating at least. Sophie is wondering about his mood. He says that he is feeling better. He says that he was having a bad week. She says that she likes the no-bullshit side of him.

Sophie gives him a few tips on gaining muscle weight. Since she’s been back training, she lost three pounds. Her trainer wants her to put on weight. She wonders if she can eat here. Paul says that it’s alright. Paul says that it makes him happy to see her eat. She stops eating. He says that he was happy that she was eating with gusto. She doesn’t really know what it means. She tells a story about one of her dad’s girlfriend’s thought she was anorexic.

Sophie makes a little scene. She thinks that Paul thinks that she is anorexic. The girlfriend told her dad that she was anorexic.

She says that she likes to be able to slip away. Paul wants to explore this, but Sophie doesn’t want to. She asks him about Rosie, his daughter.

Paul mentions that she didn’t tell her dad about her attempted suicide. Sophie says that food is the enemy. She didn’t tell her father because he would think that the problem is Paul. She doesn’t want to bother him.

Paul shows her a book that he found in the top shelf of his library. Sophie mentioned during her first session that these books were lonely and cold. They needed company. Initially Paul that she identified with them. He brings the book out and shows it to Sophie.

He talks about food. Sophie tells him to eat shit. She says that it’s sick. It’s perverted. She’s losing it. She thinks he’s mindf*cking her. She can’t stand that she brought this to her attention. She gets up and throws the boat she gave him on the floor. She is about to leave. She says that he is like everybody else. Paul asks her not to leave.

She asks him why did he have to do this. Paul says that he didn’t have a choice. He had to do it. He had to open up her wound. Paul says that he didn’t imply that she was sexually abused. Paul says that Sophie wanted him to see the book, the book with the naked models. Paul says that she has a great anger about her father. He says that she has a tendency of detaching herself and letting others do things to her body. He says that she has other places to be safe, not just on the beam. Here in this office.

She leaves and gives him a little wave. Paul picks up the boat and the book. He puts the book on his little ladder.

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