Created by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, FX on Hulu’s thriller series ‘The Patient’ revolves around Alan Strauss (Steve Carell), a therapist who gets abducted by a serial killer named Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson). The first two episodes of the show, titled ‘Intake’ and ‘Alan Learns to Meditate,’ depicts Sam’s efforts to convince Alan to help him put an end to his homicidal urges. Since Alan is held captive, he lacks a safe environment to proceed with therapy.
The Patient Episode 1 and 2 Recap
A man named Gene contacts Alan for therapy and they start their sessions. Alan informs him that the latter should talk about his life freely for him to help in any way. One day, Alan steps out of his house at night upon hearing certain noises, only to get hit.
Sam reveals to Alan that he had killed more than “one or two” people. Sam wants to stop his killing spree and he believes that Alan can help him do it. ‘Alan Learns to Meditate’ follows Alan’s acceptance of the predicament.
In spite of not having a safe setting for treatment, Alan begins to have sessions with Sam. He additionally considers eliminating Sam with the ceramic jug in the room. Sam exposes to the therapist that he is married yet he refrains from revealing anything more concerning his wife.
The Patient Episode 2 Ending: Who exists in Sam’s House? Whom Does Alan Meet?
After getting chained up in Sam’s house, Alan believes that they are the only people living in the house. Soon, a person comes down to the basement and Alan says Hello to the individual. After Sam had grown up, they must have started living together in the house Alan is held captive.
Alan must be expecting her help for him to escape from Sam if the person is Candace. His appealing “hello” to the person also indicates that he doesn’t want to scare off the person, possibly so that he can explain the predicament and convince the individual to free him. Since Sam reveals his true identity to Alan, he may not be looking forward to freeing Alan even if the latter succeeds in helping him. Alan may know that Sam most likely wants to kill him and such a possible realization may make him build a bond with the person he meets, possibly Candace, to eventually run away from the serial killer before the latter kills him.
Will Sam Kill the Restaurant Guy?
Sam meets Alan after aspiring to kill a restaurant owner’s son who offends him. Since four months is a long time, Sam’s impulse to kill the “restaurant guy” is resurfacing and he even informs Alan that he will possibly kill the person soon.
Considering that therapy isn’t a magic trick, Alan most likely will not be able to annihilate Sam’s “compulsion to kill” right away. Even to help Sam, Alan needs to adapt to his new environment and captivity so that he can become a therapist again rather than a prisoner. In light of these factors, Alan likely will require a long period to do anything about Sam’s impulses, which will not be waiting for Alan’s intervention. The repressed compulsion to kill the person may come out of Sam soon and he may kill the guy. There is a possibility that Alan will not be able to save that unnamed person’s life.
If Sam ends up killing the person, it may make Alan prioritize others’ lives over his freedom. He may start not to care about his captivity for the greater good and try his best to put an end to Sam’s homicidal urges like the serial killer wants. The life of the restaurant guy may turn out to be the cost paid for making Alan treat Sam irrespective of the unsafe environment.