Alex: Week 1

Directed by: Rodrigo Garcia
Teleplay by: Rodrigo Garcia

Alex, an intense Navy pilot, puts Paul's credentials to the test, while recounting the unfortunate events in Iraq that drove him to therapy: He killed 16 boys flying a bombing mission on the outskirts of Baghdad. He insists he doesn?t have a guilty conscience, explaining that his whole life he has been pushed to excel by his father ? and as a member of the military elite. When Paul tries to delve into the father-son issues, Alex resists. Alex relays that he had a heart attack and technically died while running a marathon shortly after the bombing mission; Paul suggests he may have pushed himself so hard physically as a way to atone. Once again Alex denies Paul?s suggestion and asks Paul to weigh in on whether his desire to make a return visit to the bombing site is a good idea but Paul refuses to take responsibility for Alex?s decision.