In Treatment

Season 1 Episode 4

Jake and Amy - Week One

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 2008 on HBO
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Jake and Amy confront Paul for advice on whether Amy should have an abortion.

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  • Jake and Amy's introduction

    I don't blame Paul for getting riled up at this couple. This episode was the shortest of the first week, but it jumped right into the heart of the conflict between these two people, and for the first time in the first week, you see Paul starting to crack a little bit. The writing was perfect in the way it brought the couple and Paul to the point where Paing Paul felt cornered and he had to lash out at them a bit.

    The whole story behind the couple is that they spent five years in fertilization treatments, trying to get pregnant, and they had a kid. Now, they spent more time trying to get pregnant and with a second kid on the way, the wife wants an abortion. This would be a clear-cut enough case if their wasn't the possibility of infidelity and the fact that Jake has a temper. It's hard to know who to believe in this situation, but Paul attempts to explain to them that HE cannot tell this couple whether or not to get an abortion: it's up to them.

    It's difficult for shows to do abortion as a topic without bringing up some sort of controversy, but it seems that In Treatment will be following this couple through their difficulties over the course of nine weeks, so we'll get nine weeks of development with them. I think that the most interesting part is how we see Paul finally lash out, something he hasn't done with his previous three patients. I really enjoyed how they introduced Paul seeing his old therapist. It appears he's finally reached his breaking point.

    I'm really looking forward to hear how Paul deals with this couple. If he can get that upset in one session, it should be interesting to see how he copes the rest of the time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jake and Amy's weekly therapy sessions with Paul are on Thursdays at 5:00 PM.

    • Jake and Amy have a son named Lenny. Her mother is Molly. Amy works as a Deputy Vice President under a guy named Reeves. Her secretary is Sarah and her doctor is Dr. Kornreich.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (after talking to Amy's mom on the phone)
      Jake: Her mother. Jesus!
      Paul: What do you mean?
      Jake: The way they talk? You can tell they're loaded. They got money coming out of their asses.

    • Jake: You mean what act of anxiety am I in?
      Paul: That's interesting. That you say act of anxiety.
      Jake: Because it's an act, not a stage. It's from that pretentious fag.
      Paul: So you're familiar with the works of Roland Barthes?
      Jake: Surprise surprise.

    • Paul: (to Amy) Is your being late an indicator of not wanting to be here, perhaps?
      Jake: Don't flatter yourself.

    • Amy: (to Jake) You're such a shithead.
      Jake: When she curses, Paul, you know she's lying.

    • Amy: I feel happier and I've lost the weight. And for the first time I can actually see myself as someone who... Someone who...
      Jake: Someone who'd never have a baby with a shithead.
      Amy: You are so primitive.
      Jake: Primitive? Back when she was cheating with me on her first husband, Paul, I was sexy. But now I'm primitive.

    • Paul: It is a personal and moral decision that you must take yourselves. All I can do is help you to confront your feelings so that you come to a correct decision for you both. That's all I can do. That's it.

    • Amy: It's my pregnancy.
      Jake: Our pregnancy. It's ours.
      Amy: Oh really?
      Jake: Yeah, that's right!
      Amy: And the hemorrhoids, are those yours too? And the nine months of morning sickness, whose are those? And the extra fifty pounds, are those yours too?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates

      Canada: January 31, 2008 on The Movie Network
      Finland: January 29, 2009 on YLE TV1
      United Kingdom: October 8, 2009 on Sky Arts 1/Sky Arts 1 HD