Friday, May 28, 2021

What I’m Watching: In Treatment

In Treatment: Season 4, Episode 3 “Laila – Week 1” (B+)

One of the most compelling things about this show historically has been its use of young actors, which I mentioned in my review of the season premiere. I’m not familiar with Quintessa Swindell, though I did see them in “Voyagers,” which debuted a few weeks ago in theaters. It’s an impressive and mature performance in its portrayal of youthfulness, ready to challenge Brooke just as much as Colin did but from a theoretically less aggressive vantage point. Like with Colin, Brooke was ready to head it off by meeting Laila where she was, moving away from the couch and trying to connect with her on an intimate level. She wasn’t content to let Laila diagnose herself as a sex addict and just let it go, instead challenging her to consider that some of what she was feeling and experiencing might not be all that unusual or wrong. It’s certainly not what her grandmother had in mind when she brought her in hoping that Brooke would warn her about how difficult it would be to go through life “choosing” to be a lesbian, and I imagine we’ll see her return for part of a future session to express her displeasure at how that’s not the message she’s receiving at all. It’s so interesting to see how working from home in a profession like this leads to lines being crossed since patients make far too many observations and assumptions based on what they see around them that can’t be hidden in the way an office can present less readable neutrality.

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