“In Remedy” ends its fourth season Monday evening — and Colin’s remaining remedy session with Dr. Brooke Taylor is a disturbing, creepy, enlightening half-hour journey that rips the masks off a pathological liar whose bluff is lastly referred to as.
“One of the crucial fascinating issues about him, and it’s courageous on the writers’ half, is that they didn’t put too many ribbons round him,” stated John Benjamin Hickey, who performs Colin reverse Uzo Aduba’s Brooke on the HBO drama sequence. “They’ve allowed breakthroughs for Colin, however it’s all the time kind of one step ahead and about 5 steps again. And I feel that’s largely as a result of he’s by no means encountered anyone in his life like Brooke.”
(Brooke’s different weekly sufferers this season, Eliado and Laila, performed by Anthony Ramos and Quintessa Swindell, have posed their very own distinctive set of challenges for her as she offers along with her private demons.)
If something, Brooke and Colin’s doctor-patient relationship has been a sport of psychological cat-and-mouse for the reason that season premiere — when Colin, a pushing-60 tech entrepreneur, landed on Brooke’s sofa in court-mandated remedy periods after spending 4 years in jail for, in his glib estimation, “transferring some decimal factors round.” It’s as much as Brooke to determine, in her skilled opinion, if Colin goes again to jail or stays free to swan round in his self-consciously hip John Varvatos fits.
“It’s all-about Brooke for [Colin] as a result of he thinks he understands ladies — he doesn’t, and has objectified them for many of his life,” stated Hickey, 57. “As a result of he was raised within the counter-culture, he thinks he’s ‘woke’ about black folks. He’s not, and he doesn’t actually hearken to Brooke, and the truth that she’s a girl and an individual of shade utterly up-ends him in a manner that makes his journey as zig-zaggy as it could presumably be.
“He represents the patriarchy, for all intents and functions, however they didn’t write a stereotypical racist, homophobic, privileged white man,” Hickey stated. “They wrote a privileged white man, however due to the place got here from and all of the injury in his previous, which landed him in jail, they’ve given him this sort of vulnerability when he’s lastly uncovered [in the season finale].”
Within the weeks main as much as Monday’s season finale, Brooke and Colin have been at one another’s throats but have someway managed to reach at a mutual understanding — till Brooke reveals one more of Colin’s lies hidden behind his veneer of glib self-awareness. He’s a sheep in wolf’s clothes, at turns charming, manipulative, humorous however, ultimately, pathetic.
Hickey, who’s been in remedy, stated he feels he has no less than one factor in widespread with Colin.
“Once I first began remedy and was weaving by the points of my life — being an adolescent who’s homosexual, in a small city in Texas, I requested my therapist, ‘Why am I so fashionable? I’m on this membership, that group,’ and he or she stated, ‘I feel your M.O. is that they’ll’t hit a transferring goal.’
“And I feel that’s been Colin’s M.O. his complete life,” he stated. “And it lastly hit him after they busted him and put him in jail, however clearly that didn’t do something to him, didn’t give him any hope for rehabilitation. It’s not till he meets Brooke that he sees all the pieces is a sport to him. Clearly he can’t play Brooke; he’s greater than met his match.
“He’s lastly discovered anyone who’s higher on the sport than he’s.”
The Brooke-Colin dynamic explodes right into a livid confrontation in Monday evening’s season finale that reveals the complexities of their doctor-patient equation.
“He lastly admits [to Brooke] that what he’s been doing is taking part in folks, and he was attempting to play her,” Hickey stated. “That’s all he does with anyone — in jail, in his marriage, in his enterprise relationships…however the door weirdly continues to remain open as a lot as they proceed to close it on one another.
“He can’t stop her and she will’t stop him,” he stated. “I don’t suppose it may be diminished to, ‘Properly, on the finish of the day Brooke form of likes Colin.’ He’s kind of an unsolvable drawback to her…and I don’t suppose there’s a closure that’s satisfying to both of them.”