Mental

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Bad Moon Rising

    Aired 8/14/09

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Life and Limb

    Aired 8/14/09

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Lines in the Sand

    Aired 8/7/09

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Do Over

    Aired 7/31/09

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Coda

    Aired 7/24/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Annabella Sciorra

    Nora Skoff

  • Derek Webster

    Dr. Carl Belle

  • Nicholas Gonzalez

    Dr. Arturo Suarez

  • Edwin Hodge

    Malcolm Darius Washington

  • Marisa Ramirez

    Dr. Chloe Artis

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  • This is the first co-production of Fox International Channels (FIC) and Fox Television Studios (FtvS). It's also the first U.S. English-language drama to be shot by Fox Telecolombia in Bogota, Colombia. Mental is a drama that explores the complexity of the human brain like never seen before. Every week there is a different patient with a different crisis. Every crisis is a mystery, a confusion, or even a wrong diagnosis from other doctors. Originally from the UK, Jack Gallagher is a compulsive traveler who has taken a position as the director of a psychiatric hospital in L.A. to be in the same city as his twin sister. Fascinated with the power of the human brain since he was a child, Jack approaches psychiatry with unorthodox treatments and slightly unusual methods for the sake of his patients' mental health. He is overseen by Nora, the department administrator who is also his ex-lover. For Jack, each case is like a puzzle. Jack has the ability to see what his patients have in their heads, to see the world as they do and give them a perspective on their own worlds. Unfortunately, some of his colleagues don't agree with his methods, and they will do anything to get him out of the clinic. Day after day he fights against his sister's schizophrenia, afraid he'll end up as one more victim of this serious mental illness. He is ready to break some rules for the well-being of his patients. For him the most important thing is to get into the mind of his patients, seeing reality as they do and make them understand that the doctors are a part of their recovery. Jack thinks that doctors and patients have much more in common than they are ready to recognize.moreless

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    • Veronica: You just figured that you could waltz in here and, on a whim, tamper with my course of treatment. Jack: It's a break from routine. Veronica: Three months ago, most of those people could barely get out of bed and shower by themselves. With the help of my routine, they're beginning to lead productive lives. Jack: All right, you've created a safe, quiet, controlled environment. But reality is loud, messy and full of surprises.

    • Jack: Another roller-coaster day in the fun house. Veronica: And with you driving, I have a sinking feeling we're in for more of the same.

    • Arturo: Did you hear what happened? I can't believe we missed it. Chloe: Looks like we're about to become a clothing-optional facility. Arturo: You got a problem with that?

    • Jack: You have to admit it did the trick. Nora: You acted to gain a patient's trust. Fine. But what about the respect and trust of your staff? You think getting butt naked on your first day of work helps you to achieve that? Jack: Couldn't say. Never tried it before. Besides, it'll be forgotten by tomorrow. Nora: Really? Posted on the Hospital intranet. Want the advice of a Harvard Business School graduate? Seek royalties. It's been downloaded more than Paris Hilton's sex tape.

    • Carl: Any sign of the new head honcho? Male nurse: Nada. Veronica: I don't even know what I'm looking for. Carl: Country mouse adrif in the big city. Veronica: He ran a clinic in Vermont, Carl. He wasn't plowing the back forty. God, what was Nora thinking? Carl: I say give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe Dr. Gallagher has something to add. Veronica: Like zero experience running a high-volume psychiatric facility? You're taking this well. After I was screwed out of the job, I suppose it could have gone to you. Carl: Should've had. Veronica (laughs): Not while I have a pulse.

    • Veronica: So how did you wind up a shrink? Jack: I guess I always had brains on the brain.

    • Jack: Hey guys! Come on in. I have an assignment for you. Arturo: Sure. Jack: I need you to find Vincent's younger brother Leo and talk to him. He works for an non-profit organization called um, Earth Now, it's on the West Side. Arturo: Ok, I'll make some calls. Jack: No, no no. I need you to go down there and talk to him face to face. Chloe: You want us to leave the ward? Jack: Yeah. A problem? Chloe: We don't do that. We're residents. Jack: We treat the person, not just the disease. Vincent has friends, family, relationships that are outside this hospital. There are some things you can not pull off a chart.

    • Jack: Beck? I'm glad you called, I was thinking about you. (pauses) Becky, please say something. Let me know if you're there. (looks at a picture of both of them) I'm in L.A. too, can you believe it? Listen, Becky you don't have to but maybe you can give Mom and Dad a call, they uh, they'd love to talk to you. You don't have to say anything, but if you feel like it you can give them a ring. (voice breaks) I'm at Wharton Memorial, on 3rd Street. You can always get me there. Listen Becky, if you need anything, money or-- (Becky hangs up).

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    Notes (32)

    • International Show Titles: Czech Republic: Doktor Mozek (Doctor Brain)

    • The building shown as the Court House from which Jack is bailed out, is in reality a building for the Board of Trade of Bogotá.

    • The series is filmed at Bogota TV Studio in Bogota, the capital of Colombia.

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: June 2, 2009 on FOX Norway: January 5, 2010 on TV2 Czech Republic: July 1, 2010 on Prima COOL United Kingdom: January 3, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Krásný blud (Beautiful Delusion)

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: June 9, 2009 on FOX Norway: January 12, 2010 on TV2 Czech Republic: July 5, 2010 on Prima COOL United Kingdom: January 10, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Kniha soudců (Book of Judges)

    • This episode shows one of the last screen performances of David Carradine.

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    Trivia (12)

    • It is revealed that Veronica has been married for 8 years.

    • It is revealed that Dr. Chloe Artis is a lesbian.

    • Featured Music: 'Sacred' by Todd Thibaud (end scene)

    • Dr. Suarez: You're right, Folie a deux, translation from the French falling for two. Folie a deux or madness shared by two is a syndrome in which a symptom of psychosis, like a delusional belief, is transmitted from one person to another.

    • It is revealed that Becky, Jack's sister, is his fraternal twin and suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia.

    • It is revealed that Nora had myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells and is now in remission.

    • Goof: Half-way through the show, when Jack and nurse in blue enters the room with the star, nurse's hands change place when camera angle changes.

    • It is revealed that Jack's father is deceased and his mother remarried and recently moved to Florida with her husband.

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    Allusions (6)

    • The episode's title alludes to the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe as a mathematics prodigy who develops schizophrenia, a psychiatric illness.

    • Title: Book of Judges The title is an allusion to the book of the Bible originally written in Hebrew. It tells the tragic story about God being taken for granted by his children. It is a contrast of the book of Joshua that contains the blessings that God bestowed on the people of Israel for obeying him in conquering the land. In the book of Judges, they disobeyed him and that lead to many defeats. After the death of Joshua, God allowed the Israelites to suffer for worshipping false gods. Then He sent them judges to lead them to a better life. However, they would return to the wrong path of life every now and then.

    • Panic At The Disco: The episode's title, Manic at the Disco alludes to the popular punk rock/alternative band Panic At The Disco. They are, arguably, best known for the song I Write Sins Not Tragedies and obscenely long album track titles.

    • Title: Roles Of Engagement The title is an allusion to Rules of engagement(ROE), the ones that, in military or police, determine when and where force should be used. The rules can be general and specific. They can change between cultures and can even be made public.

    • House of Mirrors: is an allusion to the traditional attraction at funfairs and amusement parks. The concept behind a house of mirrors is to be a maze-like puzzle. This mirrors may be altered in many ways by projecting different and confusing reflections.

    • Coda: from a Latin word meaning "tail", refers not only to the conclusion of a musical composition but also to an ending in general or closing part of a statement.

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • I really enjoyed this pilot episode, but it doesn't take much to please me. Though slightly a House rip-off, the characters show a whole new side to psychiatric institutes...

    By BraelynRae, May 27, 2009

  • Doctors in a psychiatric hospital deal with patients and politics.

    By mma_bear, May 27, 2009

  • It does have good ideas as a tv series but it's not quite their yet.

    By ElisaMarieV, Sep 21, 2009

  • Great show- Don't cancel!

    By dustbnne, Aug 20, 2009

  • Supurb series. This was an excellent episode(s)! Really hope it isn't over for good...

    By rntmejia, Jul 23, 2009

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