The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 5 recap – “Nina”

April 1, 2022
Adam Lock 0
Apple TV+, Streaming Service, Weekly TV
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Summary

We’re a long way off that heart-wrenching premiere, although this series still offers a few surprises. Hopefully, it is all working towards a promising finale.

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Summary

We’re a long way off that heart-wrenching premiere, although this series still offers a few surprises. Hopefully, it is all working towards a promising finale.

This recap of the Apple TV+ series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 5, “Nina,” contains spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous episode.

One of the main draws of this series is still the promise of sweet revenge teased in that opening scene. With episode five, the pieces are starting to fall into place, leading towards that highly anticipated moment. If you need a reminder, the show began with a lucid Ptolemy making a recording and readying his gun for retribution as an enemy bangs on his apartment door. It’s becoming clearer who that person is and what Ptolemy has in mind for vengeance, although this could all change. With “Nina”, creator Walter Mosley sets up the stakes for an explosive finale.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 5 recap

The penultimate episode opens with two distinct flashbacks, one which involves a brothel brawl and the second a theatrical declaration of love. These two events are traumatic memories of Ptolemy’s that still sting today. The aging romantic awakens in his flat and talks with his latest soul mate, the seventeen-year-old Robyn. In an odd if endearing scene, Robyn expresses her unconditional love for Ptolemy. They can make for quite a cute pairing at times, yet this adoration borders on the obscene.

Ptolemy makes the all-important phone call to Nina, inviting her to a second eulogy for her husband Reggie. This time around, he would be fully conscious of his own thoughts and able to say a proper goodbye to his great nephew. She declines until money is mentioned and then Nina accepts the invitation. Obviously Ptolemy wants to question her about Reggie’s death.

The ending

The dynamic duo of Ptolemy and Robyn then speak with a lawyer and withdraw a shiny gold coin from a safety deposit box in a secure bank vault. This coin is worth over seventeen million dollars, which he wants Robyn to inherit. She flat out refuses this offer and seems stubbornly resolute with her decision. At this point, it feels like there is barely anything to keep the viewers tuned in to the story. What little tension was promised in the beginning is rapidly waning away. Ptolemy’s kind gestures are sweet enough and everyone is rooting for Robyn, but this series needs some added suspense, stat. As Ptolemy finishes his grand speech, our prayers are answered. He stutters his last few lines, suggesting that the drugs are finally wearing off. Will Ptolemy accomplish his master plan in time?

“Nina” is another mixed episode from the series. Plot points occur at a steady pace, with only a few moments of real tension throughout the running time. Ptolemy’s final speech is heartfelt and emotional, with the end scene hinting at a stronger finale. This is a show that is consistently good if not quite providing the same powerful reactions the premiere offered.

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