Originally Posted by noa
I got rid of HBO, how is season two?
It's just now getting ginned up, but they have;
Mia [Hope Davis] a former patient from the beginning of his practice who's now a big trial attorney. Ran into her because she intercepted his dossier when he came in to meet with legal counsel about a lawsuit filed by the father of Alex who blames him for Alex crashing his jet. Basically, she blames him for a life without a family because she sensed, back in the day, that Paul thought she should abort a child she was expecting with a drummer BF as she was finishing law school [which she did]. She's also coming off an extramarital affair with her boss [she's single, he's married].
Walter [Frasier's Dad, John Mahoney], a corporate bigwig who's had panic attacks since youth, after his older brother [the golden child, full ride to Harvard pending] drowned and his body was swept away never to be recovered. He's got all these tainted formula, tainted food problems in his international company going on, and his daughter has gone to sub-Saharan Africa to care for the indigent, which he interprets as placing herself in mortal danger. Basically a type-A with a pending annuerism.
April [Alison Pill, the 'good daughter' in Pieces of April], a student who is in complete denial about a serious and recent cancer diagnosis, her brother has autism, and she doesn't want to burden anyone with letting them know, and she doesn't want treatment [which is an underlying issue for Paul who's in the middle of the whole Alex/didn't stop the suicide, drama].
And Oliver an AA teen whose parents are divorcing [along with his parents in the session, insofar as they can keep from arguing], their attempts to shield him have the effect of him not knowing what he's supposed to do, say, how he's supposed to act/react, etc. Doesn't know if they are or 'might be' divorcing, didn't know that they'd stopped efforts to adopt a brother for him, etc.
And of course there's the stuff with Gina, he's divorced and practicing in NY now, comes back to CT for therapy and to see his kids on the WE, also he hooked up with a married former childhood sweetheart, who's a) married, and b) another patient of Gina's.