In Treatment Week 7 Gina Friday 7PM S01E35 (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 Paul and Kate continue to make progress. The problems in their marriage are exposed. Gina shows them what has happened and tells them that now they are ready to decide what will happen next. They are both still here trying to work things out. Will that be enough?

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Last session was pretty groundbreaking. Some of the things that Gina comes up with actually make sense. But I find it strange that after 25 years, Paul realizes that he needs someone else.

Paul receives a call from Sophie. She just saw a dermatologist. She’s got a rash all over her body. Kate walks in. They share a moment. For a second, it was just like it used to be. They leave for Gina’s.

In session, Kate says that Rosie knows about their problems. Kate says that Rosie called her in Rome and heard her lover Edward in the background. Rosie confronted her about her affair. Gina asks about the boys. Paul says that he had just talked with Rosie. He talked about his situation with Laura with Ian.

Paul says that she has never apologized for what she did. Gina says that she did and Kate agrees. Paul says that he didn’t hear this. Kate says that Paul hasn’t made up his mind about Laura. Paul says that they have been talking about his faults as a father and as a husband. He wants to talk about Kate’s faults as a mother. Kate says that he’s been absent for almost a decade. He doesn’t have a clue what goes on. Kate says that Rosie is trying drugs and partying. Kate says that Rosie smokes pot. Paul isn’t happy when he hears this. He asked about Noah. He asked if they are sleeping together. Naturally they have been. Rosie is on the pill.

Kate says that she took Rosie to the gynaecologist three months ago. Paul is just making a bid deal out of this since he hasn’t been really involved in their family life. Gina asks him to examine why he is so angry. Kate is trying to tell him something about her relationship with Rosie. The way he is looking at it, he is saying that they are excluding him. Gina wonders if their talking about Rosie is distracting them for the reasons why they came to see her. It’s been two weeks and they have been concentrating on Rosie. She wants to bring the focus back on themselves and their marital difficulties. They are both quiet. She wants to try Imago. It’s a type of pop psychology.

Paul doesn’t want to do this, but Kate really wants to since he is so reticent. Gina has them face each other closely. Kate wants to go first. She didn’t want to do this, but she is willing to get through to him through this way. This might be a place where she would be able to get through him. She’s learned a lot about herself and him in these sessions. Being here with Gina have made her realize that her feelings were legitimate. Her involvement with Edward was a reaction to things that she had been carrying for many years. Kate thinks that Gina is right that his thing with Laura is a reaction to things that he has been carrying for years. She understands that it’s not his fault. She has her blame in this as well. She’s never allowed herself to be Kate, she has been a girlfriend, a mother, a wife. Paul says that she has locked herself in a dependant motherly role. It never occurred to her that she could do things by herself. Paul says that she runs a shelter and does so many positive things in her life. She has had such a positive influence.

They switch. He says that he hears this. He should have known that she felt this way. He’s angry at himself for shutting her out. Paul says that he is scared and frightened. He’s had so many patients in this situation, it’s almost like déjà vu. In these situations there is always one that leaves to discover herself/himself.

Paul says that his feelings to Laura might have been a reaction to what Kate has been going through. He might be looking for something that has been missing with Kate. Gina talks about his father. He always kept Kate at arm’s length. Because he was missing something from his mother, he looked for this with Kate. Kate wonders that maybe she should just leave the ship.

Kate isn’t sure if she wants to leave. Gina says that no one has left yet and that no one is ready to leave quite yet.
Paul gets a call from someone. Something happened to one of his patients. Maybe Sophie.

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9 Responses to “In Treatment Week 7 Gina Friday 7PM S01E35 (HBO)”


  1. 1 jimmybing March 16, 2008 at 06:45

    I’ve only seen one episode, but it looks pretty good.

  2. 2 range March 16, 2008 at 07:30

    I really like the show. It’s a daunting concept and it’s all about characters. I recommend it. I’ve been trying to see if subtitles are available for Betipul, the original Israeli show on which In Treatment is based on.

  3. 3 range March 16, 2008 at 09:59

    The pop psychology therapy that they used is called Imago, from the latin word image.

    http://www.relationshipjourney.com/imagotherapy.html

  4. 4 jimmybing March 17, 2008 at 23:05

    Amazon is offering the first 15 episodes for free on Unbox. I’ll have to check them out.


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