An intense Navy pilot (Blair Underwood) puts Paul's credentials to the test, while recounting the unfortunate events in Iraq that drove him to therapy.

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An intense Navy pilot (Blair Underwood) puts Paul's credentials to the test, while recounting the unfortunate events in Iraq that drove him to therapy.

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The pilot
30 September 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Alex, a young black pilot, arrives for a session with Dr. Weston. Alex is an intelligent man. He is always on the defense, and one cannot help wondering what can he be coming to the therapist for. Alex confesses his decision to see Weston is because he came highly recommended, plus he has done his research on the man himself. Evidently, Alex, for all the bravado, has deep issues within him that are unresolved.

As Alex begins to tell his story, we learn he was responsible for the bombing of a 'madrasa', a Muslin school, in Afghanistan during a raid. Because of his actions, a total of sixteen children died. Alex confesses he has no problem living with that incident; he is able to sleep at night, in spite of what it would be another person's reaction.

Right after the tragedy, Alex, back home, tells about an almost near death he experienced while jogging with a good friend, who happened to be both a doctor and gay. Alex had an almost fatal heart attack, but was saved by his friend. He was somewhat conscious of what was happening to him, but his last thought related to a story he had heard his grandmother tell him some time ago.

In spite of Alex's apparent sure front, Dr. Weston discovers a man in bad need to atone for the action in which innocent people died. Going back to the site of the tragedy will not resolve his problems.

A good episode written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Blair Underwood is Alex, a man that is carrying a lot of guilt in his soul. Gabriel Byrne, as Dr. Weston, gives a fine reading of the wise therapist he portrays.


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