Five Days at Memorial season 1, episode 7 recap – “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”

September 9, 2022
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Summary

While not the strongest episode, they did a great job setting us up for what’s ahead in the finale.

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Summary

While not the strongest episode, they did a great job setting us up for what’s ahead in the finale.

This recap of the Apple TV+ series Five Days at Memorial season 1, episode 7, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” contains spoilers. 

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Last week on Five Days at Memorial we began to see the investigation into the 45 Dead. From Dr. Pou realizing that she would need representation to Lifecare employees throwing Memorial under the bus, the Hurricane may be behind us, but the chaos is just beginning. What happens next? Let’s dive in.

Five Days at Memorial season 1, episode 7 recap

The episode begins with Butch and Virginia talking to Emmett’s family, who says, “I didn’t lose him. He was taken from me.” She follows by going over their last few conversations over the phone. Then she tells the duo that it makes zero sense that he died of his own accord.

Thirty-three days after Hurricane Katrina, we see cops storming Memorial Hospital as Butch and Virginia finally got the warrants they sought to look at the hospital’s insides. I loved how arrogant Butch was about arriving with the warrant after being turned away during their initial visit.

The hospital is about what they expected, full of a massive mess and the smell of death. However, while searching in the hospital, Butch stumbles across a plethora of food stacked in cages, leaving them wondering why. The eerie feel of the atmosphere is truly brought to life with some incredible direction here. You didn’t have much dialogue for a solid 2-3 minutes, just Butch and Virginia going through each room and seeing this wreckage.

One of the cops rushes in to tell them that the Pharmacy is locked, but they are about to gain entry. They stumble across so much evidence inside the Pharmacy, including prescriptions that Dr. Pou wrote out. Virginia breaks down how she feels they have enough evidence showing that Dr. Pou killed these patients. Butch says they need more proof, including proofing that she not only injected the patients but did so, intending to kill them.

We transition to the new hospital, where Dr. Pou looks at one of the patients she worked on. The patient said she would give her the recipe of her family, which she went home and made for dinner. It was the perfect moment to remember that Dr. Pou is incredible at her job. It might have been the conditions were too much during the hurricane to make rash decisions.

We transition to the new hospital, where Dr. Pou looks at one of the patients she worked on. The patient said she would give her the recipe of her family, which she went home and made for dinner. It was the perfect moment to remember that Dr. Pou is incredible at her job. Of course, it might have been the conditions were too much during the hurricane to make rash decisions. During the dinner, Dr. Pou tells her husband that she feels like she’s about to get railroaded because someone needs to take the fall. He tries to comfort her by saying that the truth will prevail.

Butch and Virginia are off to meet with the coroner to discuss the bodies they found. Unfortunately, the coroner informs them that they can’t tell them when the murder occurred due to the bodies being decomposed because of the heat. Butch doesn’t care what is going on; they need to test these bodies. However, Butch realizes this is bigger than the bodies and a political game. Frank informs him that he will take the samples and send them off.

Enter Dr. Bryant back into the fold, which it shouldn’t be much of a shock that he is the one willing to talk after the whole thing went down during the storm. Bryant says that only 21 people were dead by the time he left on Thursday. So when he heard that the number was 45, he was shocked. He followed the story about how Kathleen told her about overhearing Dr. Pou about how they needed to find a way to end their suffering for these patients.

We know Butch and Virginia hoped to hear the one answer from Dr. Bryant that he saw Dr. Pou inject the patients, but sadly he never saw anything. So while everything he shared was great, another person not seeing her commit the crimes hinders their cases. Butch asks if he told this story to anyone else, and he says no.

Next, we see Dr. Bryant on network TV discussing everything he told Buthch and Virginia. But, of course, the other doctors from Memorial were watching the special. Dr. Baltz freaked out, saying that even if some of this happened, you don’t air it to public opinion. Then we see Susan and Dr. Pou at their homes, watching in shock.

The ending

Walker, the head of the hospital brings Dr. Pou in for a meeting. He informs her that they would like her to step away from the hospital. Dr. Pou struggles with the decision, but she understands it. Then, while discussing it at dinner with her husband, she realizes the people around them are chattering about her. However, two people walk over to let her know they are supporting her during this, thinking it is BS what she is going through.

We get some more information regarding the bodies from Butch. While they have some things in their favor, he knows the defense will light up their case. So he tells Virginia that they need more eyes on these bodies. Next, Dr. Pou’s lawyer informs her that they might need to start preparing for their defense which scares her. He tells her that the Attorney General is focusing their case on her, and she about passes out. In return, he comforts her by saying he will make sure every doctor will speak on her behalf. He plans to take them back to the hospital and walk them through everything that happened on that last day.

Mrs. Everrett finds Virginia to talk about what is going on with the case. She wants to know what they are doing about the case because she knows someone killed her husband. Virginia reassures her they are doing everything they can to make them pay.

We see Butch and Virginia back at the hospital to see if any drugs are still in the Pharmacy. The doctor confirms that Dr. Pou was the last person to sign out medications. Next, we see Dr. Pou with her lawyers at the hospital simultaneously. It’s quite an emotional moment as Dr. Pou is getting flashbacks of when she was in the hospital. Then she shows the lawyer everything these nurses and doctors had to do, including taking the patients up and down these flights of steps to the rooftop.

As Butch and Virginia reenter the hospital with the other doctor, Virginia turns around and sees that Dr. Pou is in the hospital. Virginia introduces herself, and her attorney introduces himself in one of the most awkward moments in TV history. Butch is FLOORED by what transpired. Dr. Pou asks her attorney what they are doing there, and he responds with the same reason they are, getting their ducks in a row.

Butch gets a phone call from someone stating that Ms. Johnson has more to tell him about what went down. Next, Dr. Pou is at the grocery store when she runs into Walker and confronts him, saying her patients need surgery, but his hands are now tied. It was funny, and she basically followed him around the grocery store until he told her he would see what he could do to get her back in the operating room.

Butch and Virginia were on the phone with a doctor who said he would categorize these nine bodies as being murdered. Dr. Johnson meets with Butch and Virginia to tell them that she took Dr. Pou to each patient and was with her when they injected them. They asked her again to clarify what she saw and if she would testify to what she was saying, and she said yes.

We see the episode come to a close with Virginia and Butch showing up at Dr. Pou’s house to arrest her for four counts of murder. They put her in the back of the cop car, and she breaks down in tears as they pull away.

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