Wednesday, June 9, 2021

What I’m Watching: In Treatment

In Treatment: Season 4, Episode 10 “Colin – Week 3” (B+)

There’s something refreshing about the honesty Colin brings to his sessions, even if he wields it as a weapon. I liked his opening greeting: “On a scale of 1-10, how much are you dreading this?” It was good to see Brooke stand up for herself and demonstrate her lack of amusement at his assumption that it was okay for him to sit in her chair again. Like her other patients, he wanted to tell her what it was that she was trying to do rather than actually listen, and he fought her particularly hard on the notion of it not mattering that she didn’t like him. He didn’t want to hear that the object of therapy wasn’t to win over the therapist, emphasizing that this was a special case, and he was impressed that she called him out. I love that she admitted that she liked the therapeutic challenge he posed and that she said that bluntly to him. I can’t imagine that his ex-wife would react the way he expects if she does agree, against Brooke’s advice, to join them for his next session, but that should prove extremely interesting regardless of what happens. It was fascinating to see how Colin immediately switched to pretend that he had in fact sent the e-mail to the tech writer just to get a rise out of Brooke when he didn’t like how she was analyzing him, a tactic she saw right through and wasn’t pleased to see him utilize to try to regain control of the conversation.

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