In Treatment

Season 1 Episode 39

Jake and Amy - Week Eight

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2008 on HBO
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Jake believes his relationship with Amy is a lot like the one with his dad after he visits home.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Jake's dad, Abe, is an emeritus professor of Renaissance studies and got tenure at age 33. His mom teaches Greek and Hebrew classics. His brother Nathan is a novelist. Jake is a high school dropout.

      • When Jake is talking about how his father would correct his use of language, about midway through the episode, he corrects himself, but his original sentence was actually proper: "...that she could have an opinion different from his... THAN his." In that case, "from" is the right preposition to use.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Jake: The old man, he's such a know-it-all. The funny part is though, he does know it all.

      • Paul: To do crossword puzzles, you need to have an extensive vocabulary, no? It's kinda hard to reconcile the idea of somebody who doesn't read with somebody who's really good at crossword puzzles.
        Jake: There's nothing to reconcile. I'm good at it and reading makes me restless and bored.

      • Jake: (to Paul) You know what one of my favorite things in the world is? Talking to Lenny. And we talk about anything but mainly, we talk about sports. And he can just go off. Aluminum bats versus wood. Fuck, anything. That kid has a brain like a computer. He's not even ten and he can list off all of Boog Powell's stats from the 1970 World Series. That's just amazing to me. I never get tired of hearing that little fucker talk.

      • Paul: Some of my favorite writers are actually songwriters, people like Dylan, Cohen, John Lennon.
        Jake: Hey, I agree with you, Paul. I would put Dylan on par with Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes. Just try telling that to my family.
        Paul: You know, for somebody who is not a great reader, you seem to be pretty familiar with great poets.
        Jake: Nobody's really familiar with Pound. They just fake it.

      • Paul: Often with expectations, there's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      • Jake: I've never fallen out of love. Tell me what it feels like and I'll tell you if I'm feeling it. Have you ever felt it?
        Paul: There's a huge sadness there. 'Cause you know what's been lost. And you begin to lose the desire to... connect.

      • Jake: I need the help. I need your help. I need help. All the help I can get. Or some road map, you know? I feel scared.
        Paul: I wish I could say it was that simple. That I could just give you a road map. A book of instructions, but... unfortunately, life isn't like that.

      • Jake: He [Lenny] was telling us this joke the other day about these, these two cannibals that eat a clown. And one cannibal turns to the other and says, 'Does this taste funny to you?'

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Paul: But you know, that old saying that... 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'

        The saying comes from The Way of Lao-Tzu by Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu. The more accurate English translation would be "The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet."

      • Paul: Some of my favorite writers are actually songwriters, people like Dylan, Cohen, John Lennon.

        Bob Dylan ("Blowin' in the Wind", "The Times They Are a-Changin'") is an American '60s rock icon most popular for his songs which incorporated socio-political, literary, and philosophical influences. Leonard Cohen ("Bird on the Wire", "Hallelujah") is a musician-poet who became famous in the '60s and '70s.

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