This article is a preview for The Patient season 1, episode 6, “Charlie”, 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 5 recap
The fifth episode saw Sam’s progress hit a brick wall as he finally gave into his impulses and killed Elias. Here’s what happened, in summary:
- As advised by Alan, Sam went to see his ex-wife, Mary, but aside from catching up on the wellbeing of their adopted Bangladeshi children and getting his La-Z-Boy back, the trip didn’t seem to do much for Sam’s mental state.
- Meanwhile, Alan and Elias plotted to jump Sam by tricking him into inviting Elias into a session.
- Sam tried to kill Elias but was sent to his room by Candace.
- Later, the urges became too much, and when Alan tricked Sam into bringing Elias into the session, Sam flipped out and strangled him.
The Patient season 1, episode 6 release date
“Charlie” is slated for release on Tuesday, September 27.
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 “Charlie”:
Here’s the official synopsis per IMDb:
Dr. Strauss struggles with the reality he finds himself in. Sam is consumed with practical necessities, but agrees to his therapist’s advice to make different choices.
- It might just be me, but I don’t think the therapy is necessarily working. Alan is probably going to realize this too and use the guise of it as an excuse to manipulate Sam more openly.
- How does Sam dispose of the bodies? That’d be interesting to see.
- I’m sure that the whole backstory with Ezra is going to be relevant somehow, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how yet.