Saturday, February 16, 2008

In Treatment: Sophie, Week Three

"I don't have a heart."

(Spoilers for Wednesday, February 13's episode.)

Welcome back, Sophie!

So, a very interesting episode this week, with Sophie revealing she did indeed had a too-intimate relationship with her coach that involved their having sex once. A lot of interesting details shade her story - she doesn't remember ever not knowing Cy, he discovered her, his wife 'didn't trust' him when she left but trusted Sophie, he initiated it with his looks and holding his breath... This Cy guy seems like quite a character, and not in a good way.

Also wondering what mother-related issues Sophie has, considering her disgust with her mother. Her mother's lack of support for gymnastics seems to make sense now that we know about the bulimia, anorexia and now inappropriate Coach-Sophie interaction. The way she spoke about Darlene and how guilty she felt, along with her 'shades-of-transference' hugging Kate last week all seem connected to me. Last week's comment about gossip was also followed through on here, as Sophie reveals everyone thought they were "doing it" long before it actually occurred.

Also of note is how Sophie made steps toward therapy - asking to use the chair for a bit, asking him to pretend they were in therapy, before delving into her relationship with Cy. Interesting that this occurs just after Alex begins official 'therapy'.

I feel very much for Sophie and her ill-taken belief that she 'breaks everything'. Since a big problem with divorces is the children blaming themselves, this rings true with what I've heard, and I'm wondering whether her parents even addressed the issue at all. Sophie did skip from their scary grins to her father moving out, after all. In relation to this, when Paul tells her it isn't her fault, I could almost imagine he was feeling a little connected to it, as he may have to say the same to his children if he and Kate divorce.

I'm starting to want to meet these peripheral characters - Andrew, Michaela, Cy. They really do have an influence on the patients' lives. I doubt we will, but its still an idea that intrigues me.

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