In Treatment Week 6 Gina Friday 7PM S01E30 (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 and Kate are worried about their middle child Rosie. Rosie figured out that something was going on between her parents. Kate comes to a realization about Paul. Gina talks about their dynamic and how it might have changed over the years.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Paul and Kate are worried about Rosie, their middle child. She slept over at a friend’s place the day before and hasn’t checked in yet with them. Kate runs a shelter for battered women and young people at risk. Rosie’s friend Sarah has a car and they might have gone somewhere. Sarah’s parents are in Mexico.

Paul remarks that Rosie is a born social worker, she has mediated disputes since she was young. She volunteers four times a week at the shelter. Gina wants to know if Rosie has become their social worker. She doesn’t ask the question this way, but that is how Paul interprets it. He explains to Kate. Kate thinks about it, and agrees that four times a week might be too much for Rosie. Rosie started volunteering six months ago. Paul keeps trying to infer and imply what Gina is getting at. Kate is finally able to talk to Rosie. Rosie is full of excuses. Paul says that Rosie is doing it on purpose, since she senses that there are problems in their marriage. Rosie vanishes and they become functioning parents. Gina says that this isn’t conscious.

Kate says that she saw Laura. She describes her as Tammy Kent. Tammy was a girl Paul was in love with a long time ago. Kate says that Laura isn’t as vulnerable or fragile as Paul portrays her. Kate goes on to insult Paul. Paul doesn’t say anything. Kate describes her as Paul’s ultimate fantasy. Paul fell in love with Kate because of her strength and not just her beauty and sexuality. Kate says that she doesn’t need him anymore. Paul says that he needs her. Kate says that he doesn’t need her like he needs Laura.

Kate is crying. Gina wants to know why Kate doesn’t need Paul anymore. She says that she doesn’t need him like she used to. Maybe she doesn’t need a partner anymore. She would like one. Paul isn’t present enough or available. But does she need it? She says that she has learned to live without it. She says that she just wants to be a part of something. Kate says that she can’t compete with Laura. Gina tells her that Laura isn’t Paul sexual fantasy, it’s not about lust. The real threat is that Paul may have fallen in love with Laura.

Gina starts to talk about how their dynamic evolved. It started as an almost patient therapist relationship. Now that she doesn’t need him anymore, Paul may have sensed this and taken up this role for Laura. Gina says that Paul might not see her as an equal. Paul is pissed at Gina. He thinks that Gina is purposefully sabotaging the therapy.

Kate leaves, she can’t handle their arguments.

As Paul leaves, he says that he will see Gina next week.

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