Mental

Season 1 Episode 8

House of Mirrors

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 17, 2009 on FOX
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8.7
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Episode Summary

A 16 year old girl attempts to commit suicide by lighting herself on fire. Jack and his team discover a big secret about her real identity. Meanwhile, Dr. Zan and Jack keep getting closer.

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  • You've got to be kidding me, right?

    2.5
    I've already seen this same exact episode; only the show was called House and the teenage girl turned out to be... wait for it... a guy! If I were the creators of House, I would sue this show immediately for copyright infringement. Worse, this show doesn't contain any element of surprise, or good acting, or a touch of creativity. This was literally an exact episode of another show! And on the same network. Ridiculous. I don't know how anyone could enjoy this episode - the episode is just like this show : a horrible failure. Sure to be canceled within a few weeks, if it makes it that long.moreless
  • Not a new concept but definitely a new perspective.

    10
    The idea of boys being raised as girls or vice versa is nothing new to the tv world. Its sort of like amnesia to soap opera, its done on every single medical show around. The difference here is that this is not a medical doctor show but rather a psych doctor show. It focuses more on how the patient feels about it rather then just "oh well you were born a different gender, here's some pamphlets, now off you go" like every medical doctor show does it. It also focuses on how the psych doctor community feels about the issue. It shows something that I think most people are overlooking. It shows that some psych doctors are willing to do whatever it takes to find out about this or that and then there are some who actually care about the people behind the problem. Medical doctors do not have that issue, they don't have to worry about what the patient thinks or feels because there is a catch all "here's how its done" book. Psych doctors have to acknowledge that there is someone else there telling them things (germs can't talk that we know of) and then they have to choice to listen (Jack) or actively ignore it (Dr. Paul). While the topics and disorders might be nothing new, people need to remember that this show is about the psychology community and not just about the patient of the week. And so far, being in that community myself, I am very pleased.moreless
  • Nice to see Chloe involved

    9.0
    I have to disagree with our friend CaptainFreedom3...



    I really enjoyed this episode. First of all, it was nice to see Chloe working with Jack after not agreeing with him in the beginning. I think she was the right person to talk to Heather, it may be a different situation but still, the feelings are the same. The actress playing Heather did a great job. I liked the scene where Jack tells her they made a mistake with her and then the camera pulls away and you just see her reaction as the music plays. It was nice it was left out.



    The fire scene was nice. Start over, have a new life, the meaning was right.



    One more thing. I think Zan inviting Jack to that ski place was premature, but I have to admit that I loved her straightforwardness. I wonder where their relationship is headed.moreless
  • To CaptainFreedom3

    8.0
    Really? Are you kidding me? Do you want to know how many other shows have had the exact same plot? Ummm, CSI maybe? The episode was not bad at all. But you all seem to waste your time seeing the bad aspects about this show instead of the good things. Is this a copy of House? The heck it isn't. The comparisons are ridiculous. The show is not the same as House at all. Jack Gallagher's character is a good person, who takes care about the patient, who would do anything to get them better, not to cure them, because it's impossible to cure someone from a trauma or a disorder, that's why people need treatment. House on the other hand well... You know how terrible he is. In every aspect.moreless

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Nora: A re-birthing ceremony?
      Jack: Metaphorically. It's more like moving on, shedding her skin.
      Nora: Haven't people suffocated during these ceremonies?
      Jack: In cult settings with no medical supervision. This won't be that.
      Nora: Jack, you know half this country already believes that psychiatry is some sort of witch doctoring and you want this hospital to prove it tonight?
      Jack: She needs this, Nora. She needs to put the past behind her.
      Nora: So you're assuring me that this ceremony is completely safe?
      Jack: Completely.
      Nora: Fine.
      Jack: Except that it involves fire.

    • Dr. Paul: Newborns are psychosexual blank slates. Gender identity is acquired through experience. I was one of the first to document this. My study was ground breaking.
      Jack: Putting a dress on a boy doesn't make him a girl. It makes him confused and angry. It makes him wake up one morning in a locked ward of mental facility.
      Dr. Paul: Her. My patient is female in every significant way, Doctor.
      Jack: Convince me.
      Dr. Paul: I don't have to convince you. I have the family's support 100%.
      Jack: That's a family you destroyed.
      Dr. Paul: Oh for God's sake, Doctor. Do you have idea how rare it is to study a surgically reassigned child through their entire development?
      Jack: Sure it's rare and it's useful for your career. When were you gonna tell her?
      Dr. Paul: After the second surgery.
      Jack: What surgery?
      Dr. Paul: Replacement of the cosmetic vulva with an artificial vagina.
      Jack: This is over.

    • Jack: Any idea why [Heather] tried to kill herself?
      Dr. Paul: I wish I knew.
      Jack: Can you tell me why she's taking estrogen?
      Dr. Paul: Heather's in therapy for psychosexual behavioral issues. Don't know if you're familiar with my work.
      Jack: A little. Could you be more specific?
      Dr. Paul: I'm afraid I can't. Not without the family's permission. I really appreciate your help in getting the paperwork started.
      Jack: Heather's here on a 72 hour hold.
      Dr. Paul: Heather's been through a traumatic experience. She needs to be at home with her family, and in therapy with someone who knows and understands her.
      Jack: Understands her, but doesn't have a clue why she set herself on fire?

    • Chloe: What does her father do?
      Jack: He's an auto mechanic and her coach, her trainer. Is this everything the paramedics found in her room? (looks at bag of pills)
      Veronica: Yeah. Listen if he's her trainer, maybe he's pushing her too hard. Maybe she's cracking under the pressure of competition.
      Chloe: I've got a feeling she might be in the closet.
      Veronica: Why? Cause she's an athlete? She's got a pretty hot boyfriend.
      Jack: Have you seen those? (hands over pill bottle)
      Veronica: No.
      Chloe: Having a boyfriend doesn't make you straight. I've had boyfriends. My gaydar is never wrong…almost never.

    • Zan: Jack, what is this? Are we just sex buddies or is this something real? You know, I need you to tell me what you think the ground rules are for you and maybe I'll play, maybe I won't.
      Jack: OK, there is something.
      Zan: What, do you have some sort of disease, you have six months to live, what?
      Jack: Worse. I have a sister.

    • Chloe: How do you feel?
      Heather: The same... but different.
      Jack: You are different.
      Heather: It was just a camp fire. All we did was burn things and talk. It didn't really change anything.
      Jack: Well, it's up to you. Ceremonies and rituals have power, but only as much as you want to give them. Just tell me you're not going to try anything like-
      Heather: I'm past that.
      Jack: Good. Well, then you're on your way.

    • Jack: Nora, this girl is lost.
      Nora: As your boss I'm advicing you to leave it alone. (pauses) As the mother of a teenage daughter, do what you feel is right.

    • Chloe: When I was fifteen, I came out to my parents. My father was so understanding he threw me out of the house. He said that I was evil, a bad influence to my brothers and sisters and that I needed to repent. So I took a bus from Bakersfield to San Francisco and went up to the gays and lesbians center. That's where I met my adoptive parents. Two great guys.
      Heather: Wow, my father would never throw me out no matter what I did. That must've been so awful.
      Chloe: It was hard, but not as hard as living a lie.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: V bludišti (In the Maze)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: July 21, 2009 on FOX
      Norway: February 23, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: July 14, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: February 21, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • House of Mirrors: is an allusion to the traditional attraction at funfairs and amusement parks. The concept behind a house of mirrors is to be a maze-like puzzle. This mirrors may be altered in many ways by projecting different and confusing reflections.

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