In Treatment Week 7 Alex Tuesday 10 AM S01E32 (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 anesthesiologist 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. I like watching it in batches. Since the show only lasts between 21 and 29 minutes, this is easy to do. My favorite sessions are with Sophie. Jake and Amy’s sessions are harder to watch, since most married couples have gone through problems at some point in their lives. But they are enlightening.

In this session Alex needs Paul’s help to make sure that he gets back into the navy as a bomber pilot. He’s all ready to go back to base. He’s been accepted and has decided to move back into his house. Paul wants to talk with him about this decision. He isn’t sure that Alex is ready to go back to flying. However, Alex has made up his mind and is already in uniform.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Alex turns up in casual dress uniform. He says that this is going to be his last time for a while. He needs to settle a few things before he goes. He pays Paul. Alex says that the squadron commander has asked him to train the next batch of fighter pilots. He’s back at base. Most of the trainees are right out of Top Gun.

After running the kids through their paces, he had them take part in a water crash simulation. They didn’t do too well, but Alex came within a few seconds of the base record. Afterwards, the wing commander called him back to his office. All of the brass was there. He has to get through all of these tests and evaluations. Alex says that he will get a call from a navy doctor. He gets a call from Michaela. Alex says that he is going to discuss things about going back home.

His father and his wife are pushing him to do this and to go back home. Alex says that they had a birthday party for Roy. When he saw his dad, he realized that his father has been around for a while since he left home. He gave his son a magnificent chess set. They played. At one point, Roy stopped and left to go to his room. His father came up to Alex to say that Roy knew that he would beat him in three moves. He didn’t want to defeat his father in front of everybody. His father took him aside and ripped him a new one about leaving his home and his family.

His father wanted to know who put these ideas into his head. Was it the shrink? Alex told Michaela that he was seeing one and she told his father. When he got back downstairs, after he regained his composure, he saw his father and his son playing chess. He slipped away. He drove until he ran out of gas. He went into a gay bar and had a drink.

Alex says that this self-examination isn’t for everyone. Some of us just need to live our lives. Alex asks him what he would do in his place. Paul says that he would try and deal with these issues in therapy, not sweep them under a rug. They will creep up on him again at some point. Alex asks him not to take this away from him.

As he gets up, Paul gives him his cell phone number if he ever needs to talk about anything. Paul says that he’s done great and brave work here.

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