Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What I’m Watching: In Treatment

In Treatment: Season 4, Episode 18 “Colin – Week 5” (B+)

I’m glad that we still got to witness an impromptu session with Colin even if he didn’t have one scheduled, though the mere fact that each patient gets six weeks’ worth of episodes was a bit of a revealing spoiler. What was most interesting was how Brooke saw the invasion of privacy and his unwelcome visit as an opportunity to be completely blunt and honest with him, affirming her right to say whatever she wanted and to swear as frequently as possible. That was quite a pivot from the usual tactic she takes with him, but it also seemed to be very effective, enabling him to open up and relate to her on a different level. Their conversation meandered and included a few typical grandstanding, racist remarks from Colin, but their dynamic really improved and their final session is sure to be more productive than anything else they’ve done so far as a result. His drop-by didn’t have a positive effect on Brooke’s relationship with Adam, however, as his surprise led to him making a regrettable and judgmental statement that she explicitly warned him not to make. Fortunately or unfortunately, she was able to move on from that pretty quickly, and they seemed to be in a good place just moments later. Recovering speedily from an argument isn’t a problem, but the fact that it could escalate like that is a worrisome sign, something Rita would surely not be happy to hear about if Brooke deigns to tell her about it.

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