Next Time On… The Patient season 1, episode 4 – “Company”

September 6, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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This article is a preview for The Patient episode 4, “Company”, 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 episode 3 recap

The third episode was brief, but revealed some new information and also delivered a welcome last-minute change to the dynamic. Here’s what happened, in summary:

  • It was quickly revealed that the woman upstairs is Sam’s mother, Candace, who is aware of his crimes, doesn’t endorse them, but also can’t bring herself to turn him in.
  • Both Sam and Candace were apparently abused by Sam’s father, who left the household when Sam was 14. I have a working theory about this, so see below for that.
  • Alan began therapizing Candace alongside Sam in the hopes of making progress, reframing Sam abstaining from violence as also protecting his mother.
  • The above seems to work for a while, but the episode ends with Sam bringing another victim home — still alive, but for how long?

The Patient episode 4 release date

“Issues” is slated for release on Tuesday, September 13.

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 “Company”:

  • Given the title, I suspect the bulk of the episode will revolve around Alan trying to talk Sam out of killing his latest captive. Is this the restaurant manager, or someone else?
  • As mentioned above, my working theory is that Sam killed his own father and Candace helped him cover it up. That would be the genesis of his homicidal impulses and would also explain why she’s so willing to let him carry on with it in her home. It’d also explain his father’s sudden departure since I’ve never heard of an abusive, controlling man just upping and leaving the household of his own free will.
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