In Treatment

Season 1 Episode 22

Alex - Week Five

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 2008 on HBO
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Paul is pushed to the edge by Alex's knowledge of his personal life.

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Paul: Why would I be scared about talking about myself?
        Alex: Because you want your patients to think you're superhuman. You're a Buddha. You don't eat, you don't shit, you don't piss. You don't argue with your wife. You don't fantasize about your patients. No, you're above all of these earthly things, because you live only for your patients. Your private life doesn't matter, only this inner sanctum.

      • Alex: He cuts straight to the heart of things. He's like iron, my dad, cast iron. Iron in everything he does, his movement, everything... The way he works, the way he thinks, his wisdom... He's iron.
        Paul: You know, when I think of iron, I tend to think of something that's... really indestructible, that's... incredibly powerful, strong. And yet at the same time something that's kind of cold.

      • Alex: (to Paul) You love to sit here. You listen to people's problems so you can probably sit on your porch at the end of the day and just tell yourself... 'My life is so great.'

      • Alex: (talking to Paul about Laura) She's sure you're one of the most perfect people she's ever met and she hasn't the faintest idea of who you are, what your beliefs are, how long you've been married... Nothing! Doesn't it just seem a little insane to you?

      • Paul: You trying to make me angry?
        Alex: Hey, don't try to turn this into my psychosis. I'm onto your shit.
        Paul: But you're the one in therapy.
        Alex: You're the one not telling the truth. You're the one who's bullshitting me. You're the hypocrite. I come in here every week and I tell you everything.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Alex: just to make sure that this God is not some kind of... Dr. Ruth who tells everybody how to f*ck while she's still a virgin.

        Ruth Westheimer, more popularly known as Dr. Ruth, is a book author, media personality, and psychologist who specializes in sex therapy. She has actually been married three times and has two children.

      • Alex: 'The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.' That's bullsh*t, you know.

        In Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle kept repeating the line to practice the "long a" phoneme. In truth, rain in Spain mainly falls on the country's northern Guadarrama mountains.