The male lead, Noah, is a NYC high school teacher who ends up in the rubber room for a discretion. (Won't go into any other details of the show here because they are not relevant to this post.) Although I have not been to a rubber room, the show portrays all that I have heard about them. The "inmates" are signed in by an evil looking guard. They sit quietly at tables, reading, using computers, sleeping and being bored. One has slumped over and is only noticed by a fellow captive who happens to turn around. EMT removes him and no one seems concerned as the stretcher is carried passed them. In order to go to the bathroom, ID must be left and the teacher must be signed out.
Noah is one of the few that succeeds in this hell like room. He is a writer and finally completes his second novel which ends up being a huge success.
If you can't get into the series, just go to the season finale. I would like to thank Showtime for portraying this for all to see.