In Treatment: Season 1, Episode 38

Sophie: Week Eight (19 Mar. 2008)

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Paul tries to get an agitated Sophie to stop blaming herself for her parents' mistakes.



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Paul tries to get an agitated Sophie to stop blaming herself for her parents' mistakes.

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18 November 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Sophie is seen with her mother as she is going to her session with Dr. Weston. Somehow, their conversation is not as antagonistic as in the previous occasions when we saw them together. Sophie appears to be dealing with her problem in a more realistic way.

This seems to be what Dr. Weston is trying to convey to his young patient. Sophie's attitude to her mother is unrealistic. The girl has taken her father side, even though she discovered the truth about his cheating on her mother. Paul tries to get Sophie to accept the fact as he sees it, but she continues to see it in her mind differently.

Sophie complains about the rash she has develop on parts of her body. She also talks about her sudden insecurity at the bar whenever she goes to the gym to do the exercises. Paul is amazed when Sophie begins to heed what he is telling her, citing his own failure when dealing with a patient.

Sophie has brought a diary from 2001 when she was in fourth grade. Paul encourages to read it aloud. The date she chooses has to do with the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, where thousands die. He tries to explain to Sophie the misconceptions she was under when she wrote to an imaginary friend, hoping her mother would not see what she wrote.

At the end of the session Sophie shows it has done her good to talk to Paul today. When she gets to the car, her mother suggests to take her shopping, but Sophie wants to go home. Thinking about it, the girl tells her mother they should go to have the coffee that Olivia had suggested when both arrived at Dr. Weston's office.

A good episode, enhanced by Paris Barclay's sensitive approach to the story. The chapter was written by Sarah Treem, a frequent contributor. The acting, as always, is first rate. Gabriel Byrne, Mia Wasikowska and Julia Campbell do justice to the material.

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