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In Treatment: Sophie-Week One

by Paul Goebel, posted Jan 31st 2008 2:00AM

Mia Wasikowska(S01E03) "You just don't get it." - Sophie

What's this? A glimpse into the personal life of Dr. Paul? I feel like I'm watching Lost. Was his son real or just an apparition like Walt?

Even though I felt a little cheated by the brief appearance of Paul's family, Mia Wasikowska's performance as Sophie certainly made up for it.

I don't remember Mia from any of her other appearances on TV or in film but her ability to seem perfectly natural while speaking to Gabriel Byrne was a refreshing change from the overwrought, uber-conflicted Laura or the too-cool-for-his-own-good Alex.

Maybe it's because I'm a father of two girls, but the psychological makeup of teenage females is something I am very interested in. Considering that I have no sisters and grew up with no interest in what teenage girls were thinking outside of the backseat of my Dad's car, hearing Sophie express herself and her feelings was really eye-opening.

One thing I like about Byrne's performance on this show is that he seems to genuinely care for some patients more than others. When he meets Sophie, in this episode, it's clear to him that she has some issues. Add in her age and the fact that she is being forced to see him, he takes a real interest in helping her with her problems. This character is a far cry from the guy he played in Miller's Crossing.

Pretty clever how Sophie let us in on more personal info about Paul. He has asthma, he has a daughter and he loves boats, although the boat thing was fairly obvious. At the mid-point of premiere week, it seems that the show is shaping up to be just what it claimed.

The more they discussed Paul's family, the more I was dying to see how he acts with them. I'm really hoping that he is the kind of Dad who throws all rational thought out the window and becomes extremely over-protective when it comes to his kids.

BTW, is it just me or does Mark Wahlberg's name stick out like a sore thumb in the closing credits?

Did Sophie hurt herself on purpose?
Yes98 (88.3%)
No13 (11.7%)

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eric f

This episode made me want to continue watching the series. I like dramatic theatre, and this show could so easily be on stage instead.

Sophie is my favorite so far...

January 31 2008 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alicia

That was the first thought I had when I watched the first one with Laura... and then I realized my husband would have absoultly no interest in it.

January 31 2008 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keith

i'm not a big fan of most actors, and acting in general, but i watched the first few minutes of 'in treatment' and was thoroughly riveted by mia wasikowska's performance as sophie. so riveted i watched it again soon thereafter. i dont EVER do that. but it was definitely like i'd met sophie before. the way she talks. the intensity, scorn and frustration in her eyes. that's one of the greatest performances i've seen in years. i just sat there jaw-dropped by it. what's the story on mia wasikowska? who is she and where'd she come from?

February 06 2008 at 9:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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