In Treatment

Season 2 Episode 9

Walter - Week Two

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 13, 2009 on HBO
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Paul attempts to find a reason for why Walter keeps having panic attacks and he feels it might have something to do with something that happened in the past.

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  • Walter week 2.

    Last week's Walter episode was my favorite from premiere week as I believe this is a character that is both well-written and well-acted, and also that there is going to be a deep, thought-provoking evolution throughout the season with him. This was not as good as the first week, but the layered personality is starting to unravel. It is interesting to see Paul really struggle as the patient was unwilling to let him at first, but toward the end it appeared as if Walter was starting to realize that he had an issue and needed help.

    Nothing more to say, yet another great Season 2 episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Walter had an older brother, Tommy, who drowned in a quarry lake in Pennsylvania when he was 16. He served as part of the army corps of engineers during the Vietnam War with James Donaldson, whose family owns the business of which Walter is the CEO.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Rosie: Is this what you wanted? I don't get it! You know? It's like you're... condemning yourself to a life of loneliness. And for what, Dad? For patients who sue you when you try to help them?

    • (talking about the reason behind Walter's panic attacks)
      Paul: I just wonder if there might be some connection between Bob's death and... your attack in the elevator, that's all.
      Walter: I think you're grasping for straws there, fella.

    • Paul: It must have been... hard for you. To cope with the loss of your brother and your parents' grief.
      Walter: Kids are resilient. They survive.

    • Paul: Do you recall the word you used when you were describing Tommy's death?
      Walter: No. But I'm sure you do.
      Paul: You said he disappeared. It's the same word you used to talk about what you fear may have happened to Natalie. And also what happened... to Bob.
      Walter: Don't read too far into this.
      Paul: That's a strange thing to say to a therapist.

    • Walter: Am I supposed I have to worry about your feelings?
      Paul: Of course not. But I'm supposed to pay attention to yours. And you've given me the strong sense, I have to say, that if I tell you something you don't want to hear you might very well just walk out of the room.
      Walter: You mean fire you. Well, you're wrong about that too.

    • Paul: Perhaps you still fear that if someone... disappears... even momentarily, whether they're... overseas or just out of touch for a few days. That something horrible must have happened to them. Perhaps in certain situations, you experience a disproportionately stressful response
      Walter: So if I'm understanding you, all this started when my daughter left for Rwanda. It's an overreaction, like my wife's allergies.
      Paul: Does that make sense to you?
      Walter: Do you have some sort of psychological antihistamine?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Walter: I don't mean to be a doubting Thomas, but I don't see anything that would have caused a panic attack, do you?

      The term 'doubting Thomas' originated from a passage in the Bible (John 20:24-29) wherein Thomas the Apostle demanded to feel Jesus' wounds before he believed that he was indeed resurrected.

    • Walter: Well, like you said, the whole industry is reeling from this, but for some reason Brenda Starr over there has decided to make me the poster child for the scandal.

      Brenda Starr, a comic strip character created by Dale Messick for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, is an audacious and attractive reporter who goes on various adventures. A made-for-TV movie (1976) and a feature film (1989) were later produced based on the character.