In Treatment

Season 1 Episode 1

Laura - Week One

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2008 on HBO
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Paul learns that Laura is infatuated with him when she attends her regular Monday appointment. Paul, however, is further shocked by the revelations Laura makes regarding a seamy bar encounter.

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  • A strange way to begin a great show....

    8.0
    Being a huge fan of Gabriel Byrne, as soon as I heard about this TV show (a couple of years after its initial airing) I flew to Netflix to begin watching this acclaimed series "In Treatment." I definitely recommend the show to anyone who enjoys character-centered dramas. "In Treatment" is a fascinating show; each episode featuring one session between Psychiatrist Dr. Paul Weston and one of his patients every day of the week - and on Fridays, Paul visits his Psychiatrist.

    One will get a baptism by fire, should they choose to start watching the show as its first episode - "Laura - Week One" - is a shocking introduction to the characters and the series as a whole. One of Paul's Monday patients - Laura, a doctor - describes in full detail her bizarre sexual encounter with a guy at a bar, how it affects her relationship with her boyfriend and how it directly affects Paul as well.

    This episode was almost too much to handle as an introduction to the series. And I don't mean that in an ironic way; like, "Aw, dude, this episode was too much to handle!!!!!" Seriously, this was a curious decision on the part of the producers to put the audience through this immediately.

    Anyway, if you are overly shocked by this episode - I encourage you to press on. The episodes get better as the relationships Paul has with his patients get more involved and fleshed out.moreless
  • Interesting show

    8.0
    I hadn't heard about this show up until a little while ago, when I heard In Treatment was returning for a third season. After I had caught up on my other shows, I decided to check it out.. so if I seem surprised by things in the first or second season, it's only because this is my first time seeing these episodes. And that being said, I must say, this is not only an interesting show but one that certainly takes its time in reaching its climaxes. The pilot for the show didn't feel at all like a pilot, and it's mostly because the show seems to be a fly in the wall account between a therapist and his patients. Gabriel Byrne plays Paul Weston, a therapist who is quiet yet observant and sees certain patients on each day of the week before seeing his own at the end of the week. It'd be easier to think of this show as a sort of soap opera without the melodrama. The show airs five days a week and each day follows his meeting with a specific patient.



    The pilot was slow-moving, and this didn't detract from the episode at all. In fact, it gave the show a chance to let the writing breathe and let the characters take ahold of the scene. I saw one person say that if people think Mad Men is slow, they should watch In Treatment, and it's true. The show moves slow and the scenes tend to take place only in the session between Paul and his patients. But somehow, the 27 minutes fly by as if it were an action show. You become so invested in what's going on in these patient's lives that you forget there's nothing crazy going on. Just good old fashioned dialogue.



    The first episode and first patient, Laura, makes things interesting, and we don't exactly learn why for quite awhile. It takes about 20 to 22 minutes to finally learn that Laura is in love with Paul, and this changes their relationship right away. Paul remains calm as he tries to ask her questions, but all of the things that she said before take on a new context as we begin to learn more about her.



    It's difficult to review the show on an episode by episode basis, but I'll do the best I can. The first episode pretty much sets up the first patient and gives us an idea of how the show will be, and I must say, they did a great job of making Laura into an interesting character. You feel for her problems, and it's interesting to see how Paul gets into his patient's heads and helps them figure stuff out.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Paul: What happened last night?
      Laura: Well, what didn't happen? The long version or the bottom line? Because the bottom line is very simple. My life is over.
      Paul: Then, you'd better tell me the long version.

    • Laura: (talking about her friend Alona) She tried to calm me down, put things into perspective. And she said. She said I was lucky, that she wished somebody loved her enough to give her an ultimatum.

    • Laura: (to Paul) I mean, shit, don't you know that men are the new women? Obsessed with weddings and children.

    • Laura: (after professing her love to Paul) You know, I'm embarrassed to even talk about it. I mean, you're sitting there like a fucking Buddha acting like you have no idea what I'm talking about. It's humiliating.

    • Laura: I thought it would go away. I thought it's just an infatuation, that's all. But it's getting worse. You've become the center of my life.
      Paul: Laura, I'm your therapist. The parameters and the limitations... are established and ethically defined. I'm not an option.

    • Laura: (towards the end of their session) I feel like I came here in the dark and I'm leaving into a bigger darkness.

    • Laura: Right, I mean, I needed to pee, you know, by myself. I've been doing it since I was three. By following me to the bathroom this guy was also giving me an ultimatum. I thought, 'fuck, out of the pan and into the fire.' I ran away from one ultimatum and there was this guy with a hard-on giving me another.

    • (talking about a guy she met in a bar)
      Laura: And then that guy moved next to me and a... You know what he said? He said, 'you look so sad.' And I said, 'really?' And he said, 'yeah, you do. It looks good on you.'
      (Laura and Paul smile to each other)
      Laura: 'Looks good on you.' I mean, whatever happened to 'do you have the time?' or 'haven't we met before?' I must be totally out of touch, Paul.

    • Laura: Suddenly I felt like doing it. I never had sex in a bathroom before. I mean what, I should go and marry Andrew without ever knowing what a good bathroom fuck's all about. It's part of a young lady's education isn't it?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates

      Canada: January 28, 2008 on The Movie Network
      Finland: January 27, 2009 on YLE TV
      United Kingdom: October 5, 2009 on Sky Arts 1/Sky Arts 1 HD

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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