The Patient

One man would actually rather go to therapy... but he's a serial killer.

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It’s always a good thing when somebody seeks out therapy, but it’s less good when they take their therapist hostage and demand they silence their urge to kill. In this psychological thriller, a serial killer named Sam Fortner takes a therapist, Alan Strauss, hostage. Alan must attempt to stop Sam from killing again — and avoid becoming his next victim.

The Patient, a 10-episode limited series, was created by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans). It stars Steve Carrell as Alan and Domhnall Gleeson as Sam.

  1. Episode 6 Charlie
    The Patient Recap: Empathy for the Devil Running low on options, Alan tries to take the lemon of a rotting corpse and turn it into therapeutic lemonade.
  2. Episode 5 Pastitsio
    The Patient Recap: Can’t We All Get Along? Alan is beginning to panic.
  3. Episode 4 Company
    The Patient Recap: The Main Point How did they get Kenny Chesney to sign off on this?
  4. Episode 3 Issues
    The Patient Recap: How I Met Your Mother Freud would’ve had an absolute field day with Sam Fortner. A serial killer who lives with his mother? That’s Norman Bates–level creepy.
  5. Episode 2 Alan Learns to Meditate
    The Patient Recap: Safe Space Although his focus is understandably on Sam, Alan may have some of his own demons to exorcise.
  6. Episode 1 Intake
    The Patient Series-Premiere Recap: This Is Not the Way An eerie, effective opening chapter considers what constitutes a safe space for serial-killer therapy.

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