In Treatment Week 8 Sophie Wednesday 4PM S01E38 (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 Sophie continues to make progress. She’s come to realize that her father isn’t the saint that she has always thought of. He’s not really a parent since he doesn’t live with her anymore and hasn’t seen her in three years.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Sophie’s mom drops her off for therapy. She’s a bit early. Sophie is a difficult child. At least she isn’t screaming at her mom. Her mom tells her that her hair is beautiful up like that.

At the beginning of therapy, Sophie is on the floor crying. Sophie’s been trying to talk to her mom, but she wasn’t able to. Her dad has been calling, and she hasn’t returned any calls. She has been having trouble in gym as well. She started shaking. She starts to blame herself again. Sophie is breaking out in hives. Paul tells her that it’s probably stress related.

She’s trying to do two big things at the same time. Talking to her mom and avoiding her dad. Paul recounts a past anxiety attack that he had. Sophie thinks that it’s bullshit. She shows him her chest. It’s covered in hives. She shows him her breasts that way. Paul looked away. She notices that he was scared.

I have the body of a child, but I’m not a child. Children don’t want to kill themselves.
Sophie talking about herself.

She says that everything is falling apart. Paul tries to make her realize what is happening to her. She doesn’t want to go forward. She stops him. He explains.

-Have you ever read the bible?
-Isn’t that like illegal for you to ask me that?
Paul and Sophie talking during therapy.
In the New Testament, God is portrayed as good and evil comes from humans.

People like to feel shitty about themselves?
Sophie

It took two years for her dad to leave his girlfriend. The way she recounted it, it was instantaneous. She doesn’t understand why her dad doesn’t love anymore. He shows her how she rationalizes her fault in things that she could not change. She saw her dad cheating on her mom.

She found her diary from 4th grade. This is when she saw her dad cheating. She pretends to write them to Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She didn’t hide her diary. Paul tells her that she wanted her mom to find her diary and ask her about it. She had diary entries telling about 9/11.

She’s become very angry with her father. He left her. Paul says that she needs to start to forgive herself about her parents’ breakup. They were going to breakup one way or the other. It’s going to take a while. She needs to start now.

In a certain light, you look like a movie star.
Sophie to Paul in Spanish.

Paul thinks that she should go to the competition. It’s on Friday. He tells her to call him if she starts to feel woozy, she should call him. He gives her a mantra to focus herself. She says she’ll try it. She blows him a kiss as she leaves.
As she gets back into the car, she starts to talk with her mom. Sophie wants to go home, but she wouldn’t mind stopping for coffee, if her mom wants to. Her mom almost starts crying because Sophie is really talking to her again.

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