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Jesse: Week Seven 

Paul tries to get Jesse to open up about a recent transgression and his relationship with his father Roberto.

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Paul tries to get Jesse to open up about a recent transgression and his relationship with his father Roberto. Written by HBO Publicity

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Father and son
2 May 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As the episode starts, we find Jesse and his father, Roberto, sitting in Paul's office. Jesse speaks about how he tried to sneak on a train to Providence, without much luck. He was found out by a conductor who took him to the office and he would not release the young man until the fare was paid. Not having anyone to call, Jesse called Roberto in Buffalo to come get him. The trip took his father eight hours. Roberto tells Paul that Jesse will not be coming again and wants to know how much he owes, at the same time he makes a comment about Paul's wisdom for letting his suicidal son be by himself, instead of calling him.

A disappointed Paul wants to have a word with Jesse alone in the office. A jovial Jesse shows another side of his complex personality by telling Paul about the way this trip with his old man helped them to bond with each other in ways they had not even thought about. Paul is reluctant about the decision Roberto made, but he is resigned to let Jesse go.

As Paul and Jesse continue with their talk, the relationship with Marissa comes up. PaUl stresses the importance of communicating with his adopted mother. Paul also touches on the fact that Jesse should not fear loving the people that have cared for him without asking anything from him in return. A disappointed Paul triggers something in Jesse, who raises his voice. RoberTo irrupts in the room asking his son to apologize to Paul. Then the two of them leave. Paul watches them get into a truck that reads "D'Amato & Sons"

The episode was written by Sarah Treem and directed by Jim McKay. It is the final time Jesse and Paul will meet. The therapy for Jesse might did work, at times, but one cannot predict how it will help him in the long road. By accepting himself and the situation that brought him to Dr. Weston might pay, after all. Gabriel Byrne and Dean DeHaan worked well together, no small accomplishment for the actors under the guidance of Mr. McKay.


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