Pastitsio Recap & Review of The Patient Episode 5

Pastitsio Recap & Review of The Patient Episode 5 ...

Pastitsio

Sam goes on a quest to get away from his potential victim and pay a visit to his ex-wife, Mary. She's surprised, but not exactly upset to see him.

He asks Mary how Hara, their adopted daughter from Bangladesh, is doing, and if she has told her about him. “That's against the law,” she replies. She is forbidden to tell her children (she has adopted a second child, Muntaha) anything concerning, including divorce.

Sam gets caught up in his truck to return home after an awkward conversation.

Elias outlines what he will do when Sam returns. He asks Alan to persuade Sam to bring Elias into their next meeting. Then, they may attack him together.

In the event that Elias fails to make it out, Alan sends his family a message. "Tell my daughter Shosanna that I care for her and that I want her to find a way to move on." He wants him to tell Ezra that he and Beth always loved him, even when things were difficult.

Elias is crying. He asks Alan to keep talking, so Alan tells a story about Ezra and how he became an Orthodox Jew. He tried to help Beth through the difficult time, but Ezra didn't make it easy for her.

Sam returns before he can complete his story. Alan questions him about his encounter with his ex-wife. She tells him that she has kids, one of whom they adopted together. He thinks it didn't exactly deliver what you expected.

Sam has to get back to Elias' room. Alan screams for Candace, who comes down and yells at Sam. "You are supposed to be protecting me," she says. "Get back here!"

Candace tells Sam to go to his room, and encourages him to get some rest. He leaves for his room, cursing, then listens to Kenny Chesney to calm down.

Alan tries to relax and enacts a memory of Beth singing at a synagogue. A young Ezra runs up to her during the service, and they sing a song together.

Sam gets up in the middle of the night and enters the basement. Alan greets him and invites him to a session.

Alan says he's beginning to suspect Sam is disgruntled about how his illness works. He's enraged. That anger has made him violent. So, he's just looking for people who can serve as excuses for him to act out his feelings. In reality, he can always find a way to be offended by people.

Sam is adamant. He believes all the people he has killed are useless and that they were given it. Alan tries to persuade him to investigate further.

Sam's thought he'd be beaten if he didn't do what he said. He understands that all these people are retaliating rudely to him, but they haven't done anything to provoke him any more than Sam did to enrage his father.

Alan interjects, requesting that he bring Elias out so the three of them may talk. Sam goes and gets him, but he is clearly irritated by his presence.

Alan believes that if he gets to know Elias, he will feel differently about him. He invites Elias to confess.

Elias takes a while to complete his research on his parents' restaurant. But Sam can't help but jump on him. Alan screams, unable to do anything, as Sam finally kills his victim.

A therapist would not expect his patients to follow his advice immediately–understanding, rather, the amount of time it takes to unpack one's trauma, forge new mental pathways, and transform one's behaviour.

Dr. Alan Strauss does not have the luxury of time.

The Patient increases the suspense with this dark episode, as well as the severe consequences of this captive therapist's unsuccessful attempts to reach Sam; bringing home both the more pressure we place on psychiatrists and the relatable drive to dismiss advice that does not reap immediate rewards.

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