In Treatment Week 4 Gina Friday 7PM S01E20 (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.

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 this session Paul tries to see if he can pursue a relationship with Laura. Gina is against it. Paul is examining his options. His wife is in Rome with her lover, his kids are MIA except his youngest Max. His life is in shambles and he doesn’t really know what to do.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Paul comes in with some fish heads. Gina wonders why. He says that he is making some chowder for dinner. Paul says that he likes Gina’s dress. She’s going out for dinner.

Paul says that he is reminded of Doris from the institute. He was attracted to her, but didn’t have sex with her. She would have used it against him somehow.

Paul says that Sophie tried to commit suicide in his office. She took his sleeping pills and passed out in his office. He says that usually, he doesn’t keep anything in this bathroom, but he’s sleeping in the office.

Kate has left for Rome. He didn’t try to stop her. She just called work and packed her bags. She’s been gone the whole week. He thinks that he married Kate to get back at his mom.

Paul says that he felt jealous when Laura weaved her erotic tale of sex that she had with Alex on the weekend. Paul wants to know if he can frequent Laura after a reasonable amount of time has passed. Gina says no. Gina says that Laura is trying to manipulate him. She wants him to come to her. She’ll leave once he does so, as she does with all of the men in her life.

Paul mentions the letter that she wrote about his therapy. She wrote that his approach to therapy was seriously compromised. He was guaranteed to be the head of the institute. Gina’s assessment of him made him lose that position. She brings back his father. About not living up to his expectations. He says that the letter pissed on 8 years of his work. She wonders why he ever came back to see her. He says that if he can get through it, he would be able to trust himself again.

Paul says that he empathizes as well as analyses. Paul wants to be absolutely sure about this with Laura. He wants to be sure that what he wants isn’t immoral or ethical.

Gina reassures Paul. Paul says that he loves Laura. He doesn’t care what it costs. He wants to be with her.

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