'The Shrink Next Door': How Dr Ike manipulated Marty Markowitz for nearly 30 years
Despite the warning signs, Marty Markowitz considered Dr Isaac Herschkopf to be the most important person in his life, ruining it in the process
When a fly gets trapped in a spider web, the struggle seems futile, as the more you try, the more you get tangled. For over 30 years Marty Markowitz (Will Ferrell) was caught in the web of lies spun by a man he trusted more than anyone else, Dr Isaac Herschkopf. And as Dr Ike isolated him from his family, the more Marty fell down the hole of deception, where it seemed like there was no way out.
If you're looking for other Apple TV+ series to check out, you might want to consider 'See', 'Invasion', 'Swagger' and 'Mr Corman'. Coming to 'The Shrink Next Door' Marty Markowitz (Will Ferrell) is a man riddled with anxiety. Apart from being thrust into the helm of the family business, he struggles with his romantic relationships as well. His sister, Phyllis (Kathryn Hahn), who sends up a single mother after her husband cheated on her, has Marty go to therapy to deal with his issues.
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After one session with Dr Isaac Herschkopf (Paul Rudd), known as Dr Ike, Marty feels as though there is hope for him and that he can finally be a confident person -- this marks the start of their warped relationship. Marty comes from a wealthy family and seeing that he's considered to be good with money, all the family documents and accounts were under his name.
This wasn't quite an issue between him and his sister, as they shared a genuine sibling relationship, with Marty being a doting uncle, while Phyllis always stood up for him, no matter what. But with Ike in the picture, who notices Marty's sizeable fortune, the dynamic changes entirely. For Ike, who never won his father's affections, proving to the world that he was successful seems pivotal. Success, for Ike, meant money, lavish living, parties and hanging out with celebrities.
As he slowly destroyed all of Marty's relationships, including the most important one -- Phyllis, Ike slowly gained access to Marty's wealth, all while convincing him that he was the only family he needed. For over three decades, Marty buys into these lies, cutting Phyllis out of the family business and other assets while allowing Ike to invade his life. The most pivotal moment for Marty comes when he finds himself in the hospital for a few days due to a hernia and as he waits impatiently for Ike to visit, he never comes. Distraught, he leaves the hospital prematurely, only to see that Ike threw one of his lavish parties.
Marty confronts him, but as always, Ike talks himself out of it. Although lonely and hurt, Marty buys into his lies until he goes to check up on his koi fish, the only thing that brings him happiness. When he finds that one fish has died, Marty snaps -- years of resentment pours back as he realizes what he has genuinely lost due to his dependence on Ike. Claiming his life back is not easy, but he manages to mend his relationship with his sister, nieces and nephews and slowly goes back to being the person he has. He files a complaint against Ike for malpractice to have his license revoked, but right until the end, Ike's manipulation never ends as he expects Marty to apologize to him.
'The Shrink Net Door' is now available on Apple TV+.