Go directly to the Mega TV Page for In Treatment, Season 2 or read this introduction. It’s up to you. Therapy is all about making decisions, right? wink

Middle children, the story goes, are neglected, resentful, less bold, and feel like they don’t belong. Studies show that middle children are much more complicated (and also much more positive!) than the old stereotype would have us believe. Season 2 of In Treatment seems somehow to fit both characterizations: a bit neglected and a little less bold in comparison to Season 1, but oh so much more complicated (and positive!).

It might seem difficult to follow the fireworks from Season 1: the strange and elusive Laura love story; Alex’s mercurial and confrontational arc; Sophie’s journey from dashed dreams to the threshold of understanding and adulthood. Season 2 succeeds in taking these stories and building on their themes with new patients. Not, perhaps, a novel way to continue, but it works. The thematic layers become deeper and also more sophisticated, and the patients’ stories proceed to intense examinations of life and death–and sex–with a pace that is inexorable.

The patients seem to be middle children, too: Mia is resentful and April neglected; Oliver is sure he does not belong anywhere; Walter has lost his bold drive. But such stereotypes do not work for them, either. They are much more complicated (and positive!), as their story arcs over the seven weeks of sessions with Paul reveal.

And what of Paul, you ask? How is he faring “in the middle?” Paul has turned his life upside down! Divorced, living in Brooklyn, starting a new practice–he seems ready for the new, but his past keeps catching up with him. Fortunately, he still has his devoted and stalwart Gina to guide him and pester him, and she does both in Season 2. Paul continues to grow, but he is also stubbornly like a middle child sometimes. Two steps forward, one step back, is the path of our Paul. And we would not have him any other way, because he is so damnably human in his struggles–one of the reasons he remains the solid core of this middle season.

On a personal note: Season 2 of In Treatment is the only season my husband watched. He died before Season 3 aired and he refused to watch Season 1 because he blamed that season for my falling madly in love with Gabriel Byrne and he wanted nothing to do with it! But Season 2 was a different matter: we watched it together, cried and laughed together, and enjoyed the intense drama and the wry humor and the catharsis of so many complicated stories being brilliantly told. The plights of April and Walter particularly appealed to him. This was obvious to us both: April was ill, like my husband, and Walter was an older man facing myriad challenges, like my husband. So of course he would respond to their stories. And respond he did. April brought him to tears and Walter brought a smile of chagrined recognition. I have noted that Season 3 was like “real” therapy for me and that is what Season 2 provided for my spouse: a chance to feel and consider, through the stories of others, his own situation and his own life. You never know what television or movies or art will do for you and to you. Story-telling has power we can sometimes only guess at. I am happy my husband had the chance to see In Treatment, Season 2, to see and enjoy and experience this very special and powerful artistic achievement. It enriched his life. And mine.

The In Treatment Season 2 Mega TV Page has everything you need, whether you are looking for a reminder of what ground-breaking and insightful television this season offered or you need some details to get you to commit to a first viewing. Promotional stills, videos, screencaps, reviews, interviews, wallpapers, and more are all waiting for you to make an appointment for Season 2 of In Treatment. Go ahead. Take the plunge into television therapy! It is not always easy, but it is always worth it.

Dr. Weston will see you now.

3 Comments

  1. Verónica

    As always, what Stella writes, in general, and this time about her husband and herself, it is so human and brilliant.
    I said several times, I admire her way of writing. It is so natural and interesting.
    And, what to Season 2 and 3 concern, they are not my favourites, despite of the interesting stories, but I watched them because of Gabriel and his wonderful interpretation of Paul.

  2. Thank you so very much Stella for this poignant and personal re-introduction to In Treatment, Season 2. I’m so happy that you were able to share this moving and insightful series with your late husband. I also understand how he could be a little jealous of Gabriel. My husband felt the same way. I have to admit Season 2 was my favourite and I look forward to savouring the Mega Page. I recently re- watched Season 2 and it was still as fresh and gripping as ever.

    Angelle from Canada

  3. Thanks Stella by relate your personal experience together your husband , in treatment 2, I have seen this the last week by HBO in Argentine ,very emocional and very deep feelings ,in all their characters very admirable Gabriel s work in this serie , excellent, like all what he does , now I am waiting for the 3 th, it serie was very important for me because I assist to persons with all class of trouble , emotionals or health ,their dialogues enriched my self like professional .

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