All Lisa Kudrow needs is three minutes in ‘Web Therapy’. Three minutes and her character Fiona Wallice gets down to the point in her quickie web-based therapy sessions while helping her patients. Theoretically anyway. All it takes for me is five minutes to get bored and irritated with the new Showtime series, which premiered July 19.
While it was original in the setting, it lacked personality. Through out the episode, Fiona holds sessions with three of people – two clients and her husband who agreed to do a mock session with her to start us of in the intro. The setting does not change, we’re forever stuck in her computer, looking onto chat screens and Mac-based programming. I just got a little bored. I know everyone’s looking for some originality in Hollywood these days, but this had me begging for the status quo in TV dramas.
Lets get to the point: Fiona is an awful therapist. She makes ethically wrong decisions, like making sexually suggestive advances towards one of her male clients, disregarding doctor-patient confidentiality and viewing blackmail as a powerful ‘incentive’. Towards the end of the episode, she flips through a legal notepad to reveal her notes on a particular client with, ‘Who cares?’ scribbled over it.
It’s not my cup of tea but perhaps it’s yours. My professional recommendation? Don’t see even two more episodes and call me in the morning.