The Opening Scene Of The Silver Linings Playbook

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In the opening scene of The Silver Linings Playbook (2012) the main character, Pat, was just being released from a court-ordered stay at a psychiatric hospital. After finding his wife cheating on him, with their wedding song playing in the background, Pat reacted by aggressively assaulting the other man. Unfortunately, because of this incident, Pat lost his job, his wife obtained a restraining order against him, and he was about to be sent to jail. However, rather going to jail, he took a plea bargain that sentenced him to eight months in a psychiatric hospital.
Once he was released, Pat lived with his parents since his wife still had a restraining order on him. In various scenes, we see ways in which Pat is expansive in his thoughts about getting back together with his wife, Nikki. He also became extremely joyful when he felt like things were going in a step in the right direction on his mission to win back his wife, and grew particularly irritable otherwise. Scarred by the moment he found Nikki having an affair with their wedding song playing, Pat develops hallucinations about the song causing him to hear it even when it wasn’t on. Hearing the song, whether it was actually playing or only playing in his head enraged Pat, causing him to experience a manic episode. Pat’s excessive optimism about getting back together with his wife caused him to have irrational thoughts, which drove him to make poor judgments and partake in reckless behavior like when he broke his…
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