In Treatment Week 8 Gina Friday 7PM S01E40 (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 Gina clarifies certain issues to Paul. Paul still has some things that he constantly mentions to Gina without really knowing what happened. Gina explains the David and Charlie situation clearly to him. She never wants him to mention this again.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Paul arrives alone. He tells Gina that Kate isn’t coming. Kate is tired of going back and forth. She wants to decide on her own. He has to respect that.

Paul thinks that Kate must have felt sandwiched between two therapists. She did make some great connections that might help them out. He envies writers. He’d want to give every character a happy ending.

Gina is sorry is about Alex’s death. He’s got to reconcile the differences between the characters in therapy and the real people. For example, Alex’s wife wasn’t anything like Alex had described her to him. Then again, he doesn’t know her either. Just like Amy. He can’t shrink her, she’s too complex.

Alex’s death left him with the feeling of being a repository. All of these things that he hasn’t told anyone are part of the vault that he has inside himself. They had made good progress. Alex regressed. He was scared of the upcoming change.

A psychologist friendly with the navy told Paul that it was vertigo. There was no mechanical fault. It was pilot error. Paul thinks that he killed himself. He couldn’t reconcile the fact that he was winner and afterwards he was a murder.
He asked Paul if he should fly. Paul said that he was very concerned but Alex wanted to hear unequivocally that he shouldn’t fly. Gina tells Paul that it’s not his place to do that. Paul tells her about Alex’s father who came by. His father said that Alex didn’t need to be conscious to be efficient.

Paul is angry at himself. He has been wondering for a while if his profession is actually helpful to people. Gina is surprised to hear this. She wonders how long he has been feeling that way. He gives the example of Sophie. They’ve recently made a lot of progress and Paul thinks it’s because of their relationship, not the psychotherapy. He doesn’t know if he is helping Jake and Amy, he can’t tell. Paul is feeling tired. Gina tells him to put his feet up.
She’s got a theory, she isn’t willing to share. She thinks that it’s due to certain patients in particular. We are back to Laura. She thinks that everything relates back to Laura.

He doesn’t believe that traditional psychology is relevant at all. Gina has trouble not smiling or laughing. Paul says that there are extremes. From the pop psychology to what she is supposed to be doing. He thinks that she isolates herself in a bubble. She is a sleepy spider in a bubble. Gina calls her perverse. She thinks that he is trying to provoke her. She tells him to be careful. He starts to talk about Charlie again. She says that he has no idea what he is talking about. He doesn’t know her at all, after all these years. She struggles with the fact that she is too emotional. Of course she wanted Charlie. The real reason was David. It wasn’t because Charlie was a patient. David was cheating on her. She loved herself with David. That’s how she defined herself. Gina starts to cry. If she had to do it all over again, she would choose David.

Gina wonders if they should stop. He’s been fighting her for two months. She’s not stopping him. He’s fighting himself. She tells him to go to her and find out. He needs to stop comparing his life to hers. She never loved Charlie. She loved David. She never wants to talk about Charlie again. She wants him to leave.

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