In Treatment Week 8 Tuesday 10AM S01E37 (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 Alex’s father Mr. Prince. He thinks that Paul messed his son up. In actuality, Alex was shell shocked and traumatized by what happened to him in Iraq.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Paul is reading the paper. Alex’s dad walks by. He lets him in. Paul makes it clear that he can’t talk about a lot of things because of doctor-patient confidentiality. Alex’s dad starts by attacking Paul about being vague about his identity at the funeral. Paul didn’t specify who he was, he just said he was a friend.

The dad calls Paul a prostitute. Paul asks if the dad felt that he knew his son well. He says that he did when Alex was younger. He says that his son was so much like his father. He asks about Paul’s father. Paul says that his father’s is senile.

He says that his sense of connection with Alex is slipping away. Mr. Prince asks Paul about his opinion on Alex. Paul says that Alex was an extremely capable man, with a strong sense of mission and was what expected of him. Paul says that Alex was struggling to find out what he wanted.

Prince says that he served 8 months. He was discharged because of a breathing problem. Prince asks him if he knows how his father died. Paul says yes. Prince wants to know a lot of details, and Paul isn’t talking.

Alex died in a simulated training fight. The other pilot made a snap decision trying to get away. Alex didn’t have time to pull up. There is a rumour floating around that he killed himself. Alex didn’t use the ejection seat. Prince says that his faith died when his father died. The times that Prince lived in shaped the way that he raised his son. He raised him to be strong.

Prince berates Paul for listening to Alex. There are things that we should not face and could not face. Prince blames Paul for Alex’s death.

Alex did a lot to please his father. Paul says that Alex loved him. Prince starts to cry. He pushed his son so hard, he would have wanted Alex to tell him off one last time. Prince asks if he killed his son. Paul says that he didn’t.

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