Robyn cleans up Ptolemy’s flat and the two travel to meet a mysterious doctor. It’s a mixed bag, with some great performances outweighed by a needless descent into the farcical.
This recap of the Apple TV+ series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 2, “Robyn,” contains spoilers.
Each episode of The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey centers on one character prominent in Ptolemy’s life. The opening episode focused on Reggie, Ptolemy’s great-nephew and carer. In episode two, Robyn takes center stage as Ptolemy’s latest friend and replacement caregiver. She’s a young, quick-tempered individual. Through Robyn, episode two explores themes of sexism and toxic masculinity.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 2 recap
We’re introduced to Robyn fast asleep on Niecie’s settee. Hilliard, the thief from the first episode, now adds sexual predator to his skillset. He heads over and strokes Robyn’s leg. She bolts up from the couch and pulls a knife on him. Niecie (When They See Us actress Marsha Stephanie Blake) runs into the room to see what all the fuss is about. She instantly places the blame on Robyn, saying she’s beautiful and it’s her fault. Mosley is keen to address this dangerous, deep-rooted notion and returns to it later in the episode. Niecie is protective of Hilliard and tells Robyn to move out.
With nowhere else to go, the orphan heads to Ptolemy’s house. She has a spare key from the funeral and lets herself in. Ptolemy is frightened at first but comes around, mainly thanks to her positive temperament. Robyn cleans his bathroom and starts to chuck out some of the hoarder’s useless possessions. After a good day’s work, the flat is starting to look presentable. They head to the local shop to acquire some bug spray. Here, another man flirts with Robyn. It’s an important issue, yet the filmmakers handle it in an obvious, messy manner. Wherever Robyn goes she is presented with obnoxious men who view her as a mere sex object.
The dynamic duo spends the night in a motel and then heads to Dr. Rubin’s for Ptolemy’s appointment. Dr. Rubin is played by Walton Goggins, marking a reunion for him and co-star Samuel L. Jackson, as they both starred in Tarantino’s Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Dr. Rubin seems like a friendly, genuine fellow at first. He explains that he works with specialists, who are attempting to cure dementia. They will inject Ptolemy with a dose of a new drug, which will cure his memory loss for 12 hours at a time. Ptolemy accepts the procedure and returns to his sparklingly clean flat.
This experiment is a huge success and Ptolemy regains his memories and intelligence for a short while. He decides to investigate the murder of his friend and relative Reggie. This detour into the detective genre is a real surprise and I do hope that it doesn’t become a staple of the show. It’s an unnecessary subplot that detracts from the drama. Ptolemy interrogates witnesses before the dosage wears off.
Episode two starts off with great potential and then slowly slides into the farcical. Hopefully the series will head in a different direction, more akin with the premiere. The investigation and the introduction of a miracle drug all play out a little silly in contrast to the seriousness of the first episode. Samuel L. Jackson is just as commanding as ever though and the addition of Robyn only strengthens the cast. The two work well together, forming an enjoyable pairing. The series has its pros and cons, only time will tell if the premiere was a fluke or the foundations of a great show.
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