“A Triptych Down Memory Lane” is the best episode of Season 3, with a strong performance from Leslie Odom Jr.
This recap of the Apple TV+ series Central Park season 3, episode 4, “A Triptych Down Memory Lane,” contains spoilers.
We had three jam-packed episodes kick off season 3 of Central Park. We now hit the weekly format of the series, which has us prepared for what’s ahead for Owen and the crew. Let’s dive in.
Central Park season 3, episode 4 recap
It’s Saturday in the park, Owen is prepping his campaign for the I heart the park, and Paige is struggling with her work deadlines while trying to write her book. Paige and Owen have been working non-stop, and it’s taking a toll on the family. It being Saturday, the day everyone doesn’t work, Paige enters the room to let the family know she has to pick up a couch with Abby.
Paige informs everyone that the cable guy is coming to fix the cable, and she will upgrade their package. The kids are ecstatic, and Paige tells them they can pick whatever package when the cable guy gets there. When Owen asks when they plan to arrive because he wants to go into the office, Paige says, “between 9 AM and 9 PM,” and bails. I couldn’t have laughed any harder at this moment because it was equally painful and so accurate. Cable companies suck so badly.
While the kids go back and forth about the package they want to upgrade, Owen informs them he needs to finish the proposal he is working on for the Mayor. Unfortunately, Henrietta is missing, which is the name of the external hard drive they use to store all of their family stuff that Owen has been using for both work and family stuff lately. The kids freak out because they have so many things on them, and Owen freaks out because the first chapter of Paige’s book is on it.
Owen calls Elwood to find out if he has seen the hard drive, to which he responds that he has and actually has been using it for work stuff. Elwood also lets him know that he password-protected it but can’t remember the password. The hard drive wipes after ten password attempts, and after trying six times, Owen tells him to stop because if he doesn’t, it will wipe the entire thing.
Cole takes the phone from his Dad to talk to Elwood to jog his brain about the password. Thus moment leads to story time from Cole, which involves animals being dropped off in Montana and traveling cross-country back to New York. Then, of course, it leads to a stupid (and funny) song from our animals. Cole is the worst storyteller ever (in a good way), and Molly makes fun of it at every chance.
Next, Molly decides to take over the conversation and tell Elwood how to get the password out of him is to tell him a scary story to scare it out of him. But unfortunately, the story leads to a whirlwind of events that doesn’t equate to them getting the password. Owen is on the edge because Paige calls to let him know she is closer to coming home.
It’s Owen’s turn to try to get Elwood to get the password out of his head. However, like the rest of them, it isn’t working, and THEN, Paige comes home, and well, she is taking it rather well. Instead of worrying about the book, Paige mentions that all the family pictures are on it. Look, this show is really good, but anyone watching this and watching this episode could learn a thing or two from it about how we lose sight of important things by overworking ourselves—a great teaching moment for not just the Tillermans but us, the viewer.
Owen states he has been working so much and losing his mind, and Paige agrees she has been doing the same. All of her time has been spent on work and the book. Next, Owen apologizes to Elwood for stressing him out, which leads to, yes, you guessed it right, a song. The creativity of the writing on these songs impresses me weekly.
At the song’s end, Elwood finally remembers the password that brings much joy to the Tillerman family. Then, Elwood breaks down how he figured out the hard drive’s password. Instead of going to get it, Owen tells him that he will get it tomorrow because he wants to spend time with his family. Next, the cable guy arrives to inform them that the package they wanted promotion expired last week and it would be $25 extra a month. Paige responds, no, just fix our connection. Ha!
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