In Treatment Jake And Amy Week 8 Thursday 5PM S01E39 (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 Jake arrives by himself. He talks about his father and his childhood. Amy doesn’t come to the session. Things are hard at home. He senses an impending doom. However, Amy created this sense.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Kate is in Paul’s office. She’s waiting for him. Paul went to Max’s softball practice. She just left Gina a message. She won’t be returning to therapy with Paul tomorrow. She can’t do it anymore. She needs to figure this out. She needs to do it on her own. She’s happy that he’s seeing Gina.

That’s an ambiguous statement. It’s not sure if she means that she needs wants to leave him or not.

Jake says that Amy won’t be joining them. It’s been a weird and awkward week. Lenny is relaxed. Amy has been trying to reach out to him, but Jake finds it pathetic. She tried to kiss him and he didn’t want to. Paul says that it can be hard to relate to someone after they’ve had an affair. He was looking at her sleeping that night. He remembered how easy it would be to let himself fall back into the relationship. He drove out to Virginia to see his parents. It was too early to ring the bell so he fell asleep in the car. They live 4 hours away. A cop called Mike Garnett woke him up.

He’s the only guy who fulfilled his childhood dream of being a cop.

His father is a college professor. His mom is one as well. Jake hasn’t read a book since high school. His mother teaches classics, Greek and Hebrew. His father is a professor emeritus of the renaissance. He’s not like them. Jake is good at crossword puzzles. There is a strange duality since his parents are readers and he isn’t. Jake used to talk to himself a lot when he was a child.

It’s just amazing, I never get tired of hearing that little f*cker talk.
Jake on Lenny.

His brother is the writer. Jake doesn’t consider himself as a writer, since he writes songs. Paul gets the feeling that he plays down his knowledge. His father had low expectations of him. Jake flunked out of high school. His mother helped him study on the sly, as she said, behind his father’s back.

Jake didn’t marry his mother. He didn’t marry a woman who’s intimidated by him. His parents love Amy. She went to graduate school. He’s scared of losing Lenny. Amy is f*cked up. She needs losers around, so she’ll turn Lenny into a loser. He scared of losing Lenny in a messed up custody battle.

The lights go out. The entire street goes dark. Jake wants to continue therapy. For the first time, it feels like they are really going to split up. The last time he implied that he had fallen out of love with Amy. Jake doesn’t know. Paul says that there is a huge sadness there, because you know what has been lost. You begin to lose the desire to connect.

His father expects him to fail. He told him as much when he told his parents that his marriage is over. Jake still calls it an accident. He felt like needed to talk to his mom.

His father and wife are very similar. When his relationship is falling apart, he finds himself outside his parents’ house. He went back to the source. He doesn’t want to f*ck his kid up. He’s learned from his parents’ mistakes. He needs all the help he can get. Jake’s got tears in his eyes. He wonders what the roadmap is. He’s scared.

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