In Treatment: Season 3, Episode 14

Frances: Week Four (15 Nov. 2010)

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Paul tries to assuage Frances' feelings of self-loathing in the wake of some painful family memories.

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Paul walks his daughter Rosie to her car. She came to bring Max back from Baltimore, where he spent the week-end with Kate and her. Steve's name comes out as they talk; he is her mother's new boyfriend and Paul wants to know more about him. All he learns is positive about the man that is taking his place.

Frances walks in with a new haircut. She looks different. The opening night of the previews went well. In fact, now that the play is taking shape Frances feels more secure. She confesses she has found her place, something she struggled to attain in her previous visits. She asks Dr. Weston to come to the opening night. She has two tickets, but Paul excuses himself citing the fact he is seeing her in a different capacity.

This is a painful session for Frances. The last one ended abruptly after Paul declined her offer to read with her a scene from the play where she felt she was not getting. Frances appears more vulnerable today. The idea that her mother will not be around to watch her in this new production brings back painful memories to this troubled woman. She is carrying a guilty feeling now that the woman is dead.

Frances confesses she is still reading Izzy's email messages, but she realizes her daughter is not having sex with the boyfriend. In fact, she had gone to see her sister Tricia to apologize for not being supportive in her attempt to get into the theater, following her example. Her sister did not even remember the incident. Frances does not want to be seen she leaves the office because the last time she felt a patient staring as she left. No such thing occurs this week, but she returns to tell Paul she received the results of the BracaII test, something she has not even open, but will discuss it next week.

An excellent chapter of this amazing series. It was directed by Ali Selim who gets a beautiful performance out of Debra Winger. Frances is showing she is not as strong as she pretends to be. Ms. Winger's face does not betray the emotions running through her which must have been too close, perhaps, to her own experience in life, or so is the feeling one gets watching her go through the emotions the screenplay Alison Tatlock wrote for the episode. Gabriel Byrne also contributes to the overall excellence of this installment. Mae Whitman appears as Rosie.


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