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The Shrink Next Door season 1, episode 4 recap – “The Foundation”

November 20, 2021

This recap of season 1, episode 4 of The Shrink Next Door, “The Foundation” contains spoilers.

The modus operandi of aggressors and manipulators consists, at least initially, in isolating their victims. They need to be cut off from the people who genuinely care about them, because anyone with their best interests at heart will be able to see what is happening to them – and will try to intervene. This is why “The Foundation” opens with Phyllis, on her birthday, receiving a card from Marty that contains many small images of her face, cut out from all of the family photos. This points out that Marty cut his sister out of her life. He gave himself up entirely to Dr. Ike.

The Shrink Next Door season 1, recap of episode 4

This is where Dr. Ike’s plans for Marty begin to unfold in earnest. He’s been manipulating the man since their very first meeting, sure, but he probably does with everyone. Two developments, however, lead Ike down a path of much more bizarre and glaring disappointments. The first is the fact that Bonnie has twins, which puts a strain on their household. (Ike wanted a boy so badly that he had already ordered a ridiculous amount of deli food for the breakage, which he spends the entire episode trying to get rid of in a fun little subplot.) The second is that he has. discovered that Marty is considerably wealthy. You don’t need degrees to see how these two things fit together.

The idea for Ike to float to Marty is to create a charitable foundation. Ike’s new daughters get them to talk about inheritance, and as 40-year-old single Marty has no plans to have kids anytime soon, the question of how to leave his mark otherwise emerges. pose. Since Ike is obsessed with his social status and perceived selflessness, a charity is perfect. And since Marty is so vulnerable and gullible, they are able to establish one as a 50/50 partnership despite the fact that Marty’s initial investment is several times that of Ike, who adds to it – and even then, reluctantly – two and a half. grandiose. By the way, the bank manager clearly sees what is going on here and does not comment further. It starts a trend that this one-sided relationship is blatantly exploitative for absolutely everyone except Marty.

Hannah (Christina Vidal), like Phyllis and that bank manager, sees Ike pretty quickly. The difference here, in terms of dynamics, is that Hannah is presented as a possible love interest in Marty. It is Ike who pushes Marty to invite him to a fancy gala where he plans to build the reputation of the new foundation by bidding on overpriced items at an auction, mainly as a short-sighted way to convince Marty to put six thousand dollars for eight full. person table. This is a mistake, however, since Hannah’s little chat with Marty quickly reveals that he’s funding everything while Ike tries to chat with the big guys, and when he gets carried away with Marty’s money during the auction, giving Marty what looks like a panic attack, Hannah is right off the bat with Ike about what is causing her so much stress. This sets off the alarm bells for Ike, and once he helps Marty get to the hospital, he later visits Hannah and implies that she should stop seeing Marty, having realized that she is a potential threat to its exploitation.

The problem is, Marty credits much of his personal progress to Ike, and after Ike insists on getting him an ambulance, Marty feels like he saved his life (and he maybe did. be done !). There is a note of sincerity in the way Ike cares about Marty in this sequence that adds a welcome ambiguity to the dynamic. Of course, Ike blatantly scams Marty, steals a salary for being a consultant in industrial psychiatry, steals blank checks from his ledger, and throws Marty’s legacy money away like confetti. Yet, even though there’s a chance it was just me, I detected some seriousness when Ike realized that Marty was truly having a health crisis. I do not think that The Shrink Next Door necessarily did the best job of portraying him since Rudd and Ferrell both play in such an arched fashion, but I suspect the point here is to suggest that Ike, through circumstance, opportunity, and various character flaws, succumbs to his worse impulses in a way he doesn’t necessarily want or isn’t totally comfortable with. He’s a villain, but I don’t think he’s a real villain – at least not yet.

There’s plenty of time left for that though, and so far despite some performance and tone issues that I think are a bit detrimental to studying the underlying character, The Shrink Next Door really does a good job of describing how the snowball of this predatory relationship picks up speed and size as it goes.

You can stream The Shrink Next Door Season 1, Episode 4, “The Foundation,” exclusively on Apple TV +.

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