The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 3 recap – “Sensia”

March 18, 2022
Adam Lock 0
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Summary

Although the series is starting to tire now, Samuel L. Jackson amazes the 93-year-old dementia patient looking for buried treasure.

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Summary

Although the series is starting to tire now, Samuel L. Jackson amazes the 93-year-old dementia patient looking for buried treasure.

This recap of the Apple TV+ series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 3, “Sensia,” contains spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous episode.

Episode two ended with Ptolemy regaining his memories only to have them cruelly taken from him once more. If anything, Ptolemy’s physical and mental state was worse after the drugs wore off than before he had even visited the mysterious Dr. Rubin in the first place. With “Sensia”, episode three in the series, Robyn and Ptolemy trek back to the doctor’s lavish mansion for some much-needed answers.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 3 recap

Ptolemy wakes from days of night terrors and a nasty fever to find Robyn caring for him in the freshly cleaned flat. She’s still furious about the side effects of the drugs, worried Ptolemy wasn’t going to make it. He showers and dresses for the day, looking like a new person. The dementia patient explains how his memories are still a little foggy, but physically he’s stronger than ever. Ptolemy mentions that Coydog’s treasure is still eluding his thoughts and the topic is explored further through flashbacks and dreams.

Coydog teaches a young Ptolemy about racism and other life lessons. He takes him to a well, which he names a treasure pit, stating that the stolen fortune is down there, hidden from view. Later, Coydog is captured and beaten in front of the frightened boy. These deep, forgotten memories may have been purposely suppressed by Ptolemy, as they are too painful to recall. However painful, Ptolemy has made the conscious decision to remember everything now, so he returns to Dr. Rubin’s, against Robyn’s wishes, ready to make a deal with the devil.

The ending

Surprisingly, Dr. Rubin appears calm and composed, undeterred by Ptolemy’s reaction. This cold response suggests a darker side to the doctor, yet he explains how the night terrors are just a side effect and the fever is manageable. The final injection will bring back one hundred percent of his memories and this lucidity will last for four to six weeks. Robyn is enraged by this unethical approach and storms off. Ptolemy is aware that Dr. Rubin lied to him, but happy to proceed anyway. A scared Ptolemy holds Robyn’s hand as he is administered the final shot.

Episode three feels a little repetitive, with not much progression in the plot. We re-tread over earlier ground, as not much of anything actually happens. Samuel L. Jackson continues to impress though, playing the same character in different time periods and at differing levels of awareness. It’s interesting to see Ptolemy’s world widening and watch as he reminisces. Hopefully, the series will return to the thought-provoking themes of the premiere instead of falling into melodramatics again.

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