Next Time On… The Patient episode 3 – “Issues”

August 30, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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This article is a preview for The Patient episode 3, “Issues”, and may contain spoilers for previous episodes.


The Patient is the latest FX series created for Hulu by the team behind the highly-regarded The Americans. It stars an extremely against-type Steve Carell as Dr. Alan Strauss, a therapist who is taken captive by one of his patients, Sam (Domnhall Gleeson), a serial killer who wants Alan’s help in curing him.

What follows is a taut chamber piece as Alan and Sam get to know one another under the most perilous of circumstances. Can Alan prevent Sam from killing again? Will Sam direct his ire towards Alan? These are the essential questions we’ll be tuning in for answers to over the next few weeks.

The Patient episodes 1 & 2 recap

Hulu elected for a two-part premiere with “Intake” and “Alan Learns to Meditate” in order to allow viewers to get the gist of the story. Here’s what happened, in summary:

  • We learned Alan is a lonely therapist who has undergone some kind of mysterious recent trauma — he even has weird creepy dreams that tell us so!
  • Sam initially introduces himself to Alan as Gene, a man who never removed his sunglasses and claimed to have been abused by his father. He didn’t take to therapy too well.
  • Nevertheless, Sam obviously saw something in Alan, so he kidnapped him and chained him to a bed in his isolated woodland home. We learned he was a serial murdered nicknamed the John Doe Killer and that he wants Alan’s help to stop killing.
  • At the end of the second episode, Alan managed to get the attention of someone else in Sam’s home.

The Patient episode 3 release date

“Issues” is slated for release on Tuesday, September 6.

Where to watch The Patient online

Since The Patient is an FX production created exclusively for Hulu, it is only available on the platform and requires a subscription.

Preview and predictions for “Issues”:

  • Firstly, whose attention did Alan get? I’m going to vote Sam’s mother. I imagine she idolizes her son. Perhaps through her, we’ll learn more about the father Sam discussed as “Gene”?
  • Is there anyone in Alan’s life who might realize he’s missing? He left someone a voicemail in the opening of the first episode — perhaps the third will bring that person into the fold.
  • What were the visions of dead wives and kids about? Presumably he’s hiding some trauma in his recent past. Will the eventual twist be that he, too, has similarly violent compulsions?
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