His father Calvin, a successful tax attorneygently leans on him to make appointments to see a local psychiatristDr. He falls back into a dream at home and then wakes up at dawn. What was disconcerting was to realize that the book is nearly 25 years old now and that we saw Robert Redford's Oscar winning movie adaptation nearly twenty years ago When Conrad reads of her later, successful suicide in the newspaper, he is devastated as he had seen her as a role model for his own successful recovery.
In a surge of emotion, Conrad calls Berger to talk through his overwhelming breakthrough.
They talks about their therapists but they avoid praising them or speaking of them in positive terms. Jeannine tells him about a time in her life when she had many of the same questions and feelings of depression that Conrad did before he tried suicide. Beth is annoyed when Cal mentions Conrad's therapy sessions at a party.
He can be very insensitive, and not just to Conrad he is known to make suggestive comments to passing girls.