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Characters Who Need Therapy From 'In Treatment''s Dr. Paul Weston

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 27th 2009 6:00AM
In TreatmentWe're thrilled that HBO has renewed 'In Treatment' for a third season. In two seasons, it has proven to be one of the most compelling experiments in dramatic television. A lot of that has to do with the stellar -- and Emmy-nominated -- work by Gabriel Byrne, who plays psychotherapist Dr. Paul Weston.

The show was based closely on the Isreali series 'Be Tipul.' That program only lasted for two seasons, which means that season 3 of 'In Treatment' will be its first foray into wholly new territory. To this point, much of the dialogue, relationships and all of the patients were based on their Isreali counterparts, with minor variations. Now, the writers will be taxed with creating everything from scratch.

With that in mind, we decided to help out by scouring through the channels to find 10 television characters who desperately need treatment from Dr. Weston.In TreatmentWe're thrilled that HBO has renewed 'In Treatment' for a third season. In two seasons, it has proven to be one of the most compelling experiments in dramatic television. A lot of that has to do with the stellar -- and Emmy-nominated -- work by Gabriel Byrne, who plays psychotherapist Dr. Paul Weston.

The show was based closely on the Isreali series 'Be Tipul.' That program only lasted for two seasons, which means that season 3 of 'In Treatment' will be its first foray into wholly new territory. To this point, much of the dialogue, relationships and all of the patients were based on their Isreali counterparts, with minor variations. Now, the writers will be taxed with creating everything from scratch.

With that in mind, we decided to help out by scouring through the channels to find 10 television characters who desperately need treatment from Dr. Weston.

LostHugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia), 'Lost'
Hurley has been plagued with bad luck and self-doubt ever since he won the lottery. He may go through life on the island as the happy, funny guy. But he's also the guy who hoards food and eats so that he doesn't have to feel sad. He's had himself committed to an insane asylum just to escape the problems of the world. He can also see dead people, so hopefully Jennifer Love Hewitt has already crossed over former patient Alex (Blair Underwood). Otherwise, Dr. Weston may charge him double.

The New Adventures of Old ChrsitineChristine Campbell (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'\
Christine needs therapy right away before she destroys her son Ritchie's chances at a normal, healthy life. She's so self-absorbed that, when he's not being outright neglected, she's assuring him that being popular is the most important thing in the world. The only major drawback to therapy is that Christine doesn't have a problem going on about her own issues. She doesn't ever listen to anyone else, so it might be hard for Dr. Weston to get through. That, and she'll probably start hitting on him.

The Vampire DiariesDamon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), 'The Vampire Diaries'
It's been roughly a century since your brother Stefan supposedly stole that hot girl you were both pining after. And what about the fact that she was a vampire, and turned both of you? Let it go! The fact that Damon's held on to a grudge for a century is worrisome enough. Then there's the whole murdering people without qualms, or turning them into vampires when he gets bored. We recommend that Dr. Weston keep things interesting during the sessions -- at a safe distance, of course.

The Big Bang TheoryRajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), 'The Big Bang Theory'
An argument could be made for all four of the guys to get therapy, but Raj really needs to address his "selective mute-ism" around women. Luckily, Dr. Weston is a man, so at least Raj will be able to talk to him. And while they're there, maybe Raj could get into the fact that he allows Howard to treat him like a harried and emotionally unstable 1950s housewife.

Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David (Larry David), 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
This will be a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty big disaster from the start. Larry won't be able to take Dr. Weston seriously, because he practices out of his home. There will be a problem with the quality of the coffee he's offered, or the way in which he was offered it (we can only hope that Dr. Weston respects wood). Basically, it will be Larry ranting, and raving and screaming for a little while, while Paul looks at him serenely. Then Larry will storm out. But maybe -- just maybe-- he'll be too exhausted to harass anyone on his way home, which might be the best result we can hope for.

Rescue MeTommy Gavin (Denis Leary), 'Rescue Me'
We thought that maybe Tommy was turning that corner, staying clean and sober. Instead, he not only slid back into alcoholism, but he pulled his entire family back in with him. His self-destructive path is a danger to his brothers on the squad and anyone who comes into contact with him. If he could resolve his guilt over the death of his cousin Jimmy on Sept. 11, he might be able to move on and have healthy relationships again. Just don't let him bring Jimmy's wife Sheila (Callie Thorne) in. She doesn't need therapy; a padded room would be just fine.

The United States of TaraTara Gregson (Toni Collette), 'The United States of Tara'
As long as Dr. Weston doesn't stress her out, he should be able to help Tara deal with the issues of sexual abuse in her childhood, and whatever else triggered her dissociative identity disorder. She needs someone to help her try and reconcile her personalities and learn to live together in peace and harmony. If she does get stressed, he'll have a whole new batch of patients to take care of -- and he could charge group therapy rates, of course.

FringeWalter Bishop (John Noble), 'Fringe'
Poor Walter is still haunted by his stint in a mental institution. Perhaps Dr. Weston could help him piece his memories together of what he's done in his career. It would certainly help with the cases that he and the Fringe Division have to tackle, if Walter was firing on all cylinders. He also needs to deal with the loss of his son, and the subsequent kidnapping of his replacement from another dimension. This could get complicated, so Weston might want to call in his own doppelganger for a consult.

GleeSue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), 'Glee'
We thought she was pure evil, but Sue's just a lonelyhearts in need of love and happiness. The fact that when she's not in a relationship with a man, she's filled with venomous rage means that she has some issues with herself that she really needs to work out. If Sue could learn to love Sue Sylvester, then maybe she won't be so hard on her Cheerios or (especially) Will and the Glee Club. Word of caution, though: Dr. Weston had better be prepared for his entire practice and methods to be examined and thrown back at him the way "Sue C's It!"

So You Think You Can DanceMary Murphy, 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Mary Murphy seems to have a troubling grasp of reality. She often thinks that she's at some kind of vegetable train station, with hot tamale trains coming and going at all hours. She's got some contestants on the platform with their bags packed and others on the train in first class. Apparently, the train station is pretty loud as well, because Mary screams and yells everything she has to say. Hopefully, Dr. Weston can help her realize that she's really on a stage judging a dance competition. We'd recommend earplugs for the first few sessions, though, just in case.

Tell us: Who would you like to see in treatment with the good doctor?

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