I Don’t Trust the Therapist in ‘Big Little Lies’ & Here’s Why

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*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

While I could easily go on and on about tonight’s episode of Big Little Lies and how Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) is trying to secure custody of Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) two children, I can’t stop thinking about the therapist, Dr. Amanda Reisman (Robin Weigert), who isn’t convincing me that she can be trusted.

Here’s what you need to know: On season two, episode four of BLL, Mary Louise seeks out a family law attorney after deeming her daughter-in-law, Celeste, a bad mother to her grandchildren, Max (Nicholas Crovetti) and Josh (Cameron Crovetti).

After receiving the custody papers from Mary Louise, Celeste confides in Dr. Reisman. Sure, the therapist promises that she can’t discuss anything in court, since she’s bound by a doctor-patient confidentiality agreement. However, I’m highly skeptical of the recurring character.

In season one of the HBO series, I was a huge fan of Dr. Reisman. However, season two is introducing an all-new side to her. While I can’t exactly read her expressions, she’s acting far more skeptical than usual, talking extremely slowly and taking long pauses before responding.  Although my first thought was that she’s secretly judging her clients, I don’t think it’s so simple.

In fact, I think she has a hidden agenda. First, I must ask: Is Mary Louise feeding Dr. Reisman false information? While the therapist appears loyal to Celeste, we wouldn’t put it past Mary Louise to press the doctor for answers. And if it came to the well-being of her client, we wouldn’t be surprised if Dr. Reisman caves and takes Mary Louise’s side.

Or is Dr. Reisman hiding something much bigger, like a former extramarital affair with the late Perry (Alexander Skarsgård)? Yes, it’s a bit farfetched. But based on Perry’s track record, it’s not impossible.

Unfortunately, we won’t know the character’s true colors until the forthcoming episodes. But one thing’s for sure:  From the Ambien car crashes to the sleepovers with strange men, Dr. Reisman knows way too much about Celeste.

Big Little Lies returns to HBO next Sunday, July 7, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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