This is a surprising show on HBO. I was really dumbfounded when I discovered that there will be 43 episodes of In Treatment. Wow, 43. These are only half hour shows, or almost half hour shows, but still. That is just incredible.
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 anestheologist 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.
Now don’t say it! He’ll always be Marky Mark for me. I’ll never call him by his other name. That’s how I first knew of him and his funky bunch, so that’s that!
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.
In today’s session we meet a married couple in therapy together. Jake and Amy have got a lot of issues. One of them being that Amy is rich and Jake can’t always deal with the fact that he isn’t the main purveyor of the family. The other one is that Amy recently got preggers after years on fertility treatments. However she no longer wants the baby. At least, that’s what she’s letting her husband know. Jake is also insanely jealous of her boss, Reeves.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Jake is freaking out because Amy his wife isn’t there. They have couple therapy. She left work already. Jake is constantly on his phone. Jake says that his wife’s family is loaded. Paul says that she was late last week. Jake is worried. Paul asks why he is so worried. Amy arrives. Jake’s phone is ringing. Jake questions Amy about her whereabouts. Jake sees that Amy is wearing a different outfit. He interrogates Amy. He thinks she is having an affair. Jake says that Amy left the office at 2PM. She says that she had a meeting with Reeves, her boss at a café.
Paul says that she has been late for all of their three sessions. He points at the control drama that is going on in between them. She is usually late. He is usually suspicious. He continues to interrogate her. Jake thinks that Amy went to finalize the abortion.
When he confronts her about seeing her OB GYN, she is stumped. She says that she went to see him. Paul says that Amy behaves that she has something to hide. Paul says that Amy can’t talk to him about the abortion because he suspects anything that she says.
She says that she will make the decision. She won’t be able to love another baby. She can’t have another baby, even though this is what they have been wanting. She was just making all that up. She thought that if she played the part, she would get out of having a baby. Paul thinks that there is a grain of truth in what she pretended.
They have spent five years in fertility treatments. They stopped the treatments because the doctors told her to. A year later she is pregnant.
Paul tries to make a point, but Jake flies off the handle. He leaves. Amy remains inside for a few more moments. After they have left, Paul makes a call. He calls Gina.
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