01x05 - Pastitsio

Episode transcripts for the TV show "The Patient". Aired: August 30, 2022 - present.
A psychotherapist who recently lost his wife, finds himself held prisoner by a serial k*ller with an unusual request to curb his homicidal urges.
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01x05 - Pastitsio

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♪ Get along on down the road ♪

♪ We've got a long, long way to go ♪

♪ Scared to live, scared to die ♪

♪ We ain't perfect but we try ♪

♪ Get along while we can ♪

♪ Always give love the upper hand ♪

♪ Paint a wall, learn to dance ♪

♪ Call your mom,
can't we all get along? ♪

♪ ♪




This is a surprise.

Yeah. I guess I should've called.

Are you okay?

Yeah. I j... I...

I'm in therapy,

and my therapist said that I should...

come and talk to you.

You're in therapy?



H-How's Hara doing?

She just turned last month.


Her reading's getting better.

It turns out she's pretty fast.

She likes running races
against the boys.


Have you heard of panta bhat and fuchka?


That's what she eats.

Her favorites.

I'm surprised you haven't
heard of those, with all the...

places you eat.

Did you tell her about us?

That's against the rules.

You don't tell them
about divorce or anything...

upsetting in your family.

Mm. Right.

I actually have another one now, too.




Do you want to see a picture?

- Sure.



She's cute.

Yeah, and she also likes
panta bhat and fuchka.

ELIAS: Alan, can you
come closer to the door?


I'm here.


Your hands are free, right?


And you said you have...

like, meetings with him.


- Sessions.
- Sessions.

Do you think you could have one
with him here now?

We... actually do.

We do have them here.


That's weird. Right?

Yeah, it's weird.
I don't really have a choice.

We're both prob-probably going
to be d*ad soon.

I say we go down swinging.

Next time you have one of your sessions,

I want you to convince him
to bring me in.

Make up some... good therapy reason.

(PANTING) And once I'm there,

you jump him.

And I'll, like...

throw my body on him, too.

Did you see Kenny last summer?

Mm-hmm. Twice.

Raleigh and Chicago.

Chicago was...

What did your therapist
want you to talk to me about?

I don't know. He just said
I should come talk to you.


You never picked up your La-Z-Boy.

Do you still want it?


- All right?
- Mm-hmm.

All right.

Okay, just try and get it in.

All right, go. One, two, three. (GRUNTS)

- (GROANS) That's...
- No? Okay.

- All right.





♪ ♪





ELIAS: Yeah.

You gave me a message for your family.

But you may be the one
who gets out of here. So...

I'd like to give you a message
for mine, too.



Tell my daughter, Shoshana,
that I love her.

And that I treasured our life together.

And that...

I want her to find a way to move on.

Ezra, my son...

Tell him I loved him very much

and that his mother loved him, too.

Even when it was difficult between them.

And that I'm...

sorry that there was so much...

conflict in the family
when she was dying

and that I...

That's a lot to remember.

Um, just...

Just tell them what you can remember.

Can you k...

keep talking?


When Ezra went to college...

...he fell in with one of
those rabbis with the black hats


suddenly he's an Orthodox Jew.

No parties.

Doesn't turn the lights on
or off during the Sabbath.

Beth, my wife...


...this all...

just drove her crazy.

Everybody following their own paths

wasn't exactly her cup of tea.

I did my best
to help her with it, but...

...Ezra did not make it easy.

His family could not
even come over to our house

without bringing their own food.

You know about kosher food?

It's regular food with a thousand rules.

This one birthday party
for Ezra's son...

she wanted to bring some...


He's back.







I got my chair back.

So you saw her?


What did you talk about?


She's got these kids...

...who we adopted in Bangladesh.

We adopted 'em from this...

I mean, we-we adopted one of 'em.

She just got another one.


she loves them a lot.

How did it feel seeing her?


I liked it.


But I don't think it accomplished
what you were hoping.

Like, diverting me.

These kids of Mary's and yours...

...when they grow up,
I bet you want them to be responsible

for the things they do in life.

It has to be hard in Bangladesh.

You want them to overcome, not...

blame everything on their circumstances
or the people who hurt them.

That's part of what
we're talking about here, Sam...

Can you imagine me b*ating
the shit out of those kids?


punching 'em, hitting 'em

like they're worthless pieces of shit?
How can anybody...

Yeah, I'm gonna do this now.

Wait. Wait. Wait! Sam!

- No. Listen to me!
- This guy's gonna get it.

- He's gonna get it right now.
- Candace! Get down here!

Get down here! Right now!

- We have a problem down here!

- (GRUNTS) No! No, no, no...

No, please. (WHIMPERS) Please.

- Oh, Sam, stop!
- ELIAS: Wait, please, please.

- Wait, wait.
- Mom, go back upstairs.

No. You listen to me. Stop right now.

You are supposed to be protecting me
by not doing this.

- Get back here!


Go to your room.

Right now.

- I don't want to.

You need your good night's sleep.

You know, sometimes
you feel better after that.

♪ ♪





SAM: f*ck!

(QUIETLY): I'm okay.


♪ "Jack and Diane"
painted a picture of my life ♪

♪ And my dreams ♪

♪ Suddenly this crazy world ♪

♪ Made more sense to me ♪

♪ Well, I heard it today
and I couldn't help ♪

♪ But sing along ♪

♪ 'Cause every time I hear that song ♪

♪ And I go back to a two-toned
short-bed Chevy ♪

♪ Driving my first love
out to the levee ♪

♪ Living life with no sense of time ♪

ELIAS: Alan?


♪ Wishing time would stop
right in its tracks ♪

ELIAS: They gone?

- ♪ Every time I hear that song ♪
- ALAN: Yes.

- ♪ I go back... ♪


- ♪ I go back ♪
- His mother. (PANTING)

His mother... sh-she seems okay.

♪ I used to rock all night long ♪

♪ To "Keep On Rockin' Me, Baby" ♪

♪ Frat parties, college bars ♪

♪ Just trying to impress the ladies ♪

♪ Well, I heard it today and I
couldn't help but sing along ♪

♪ 'Cause every time I hear that song ♪

♪ And I go back to the smell
of an old gym floor ♪

♪ The taste of salt
on a Carolina shore ♪


- ♪ Every time ♪


♪ I go back... ♪


♪ I go back ♪

♪ I got a feeling ♪

♪ Are you feeling it, too? ♪

♪ I guess I've all but said it now ♪

♪ So much for hoping you'd go first ♪

♪ Say you couldn't sleep last night ♪

♪ Swore that you could feel me breathe ♪


♪ Yeah, baby, I know what you mean ♪


♪ My head's reeling ♪


♪ Bottled-up emotion ♪

♪ It's more than a notion ♪

♪ It starts with an I
and ends with a you ♪

♪ I got a feeling ♪

♪ You're feeling it, too ♪

♪ ♪

BETH: ♪ Ma yafeh hayom ♪

♪ Shabbat shalom ♪

- ♪ Shabbat ♪
- EZRA: Mommy! Mommy!

- ♪ Shabbat shalom ♪
- Mommy! That's my mommy!

- Mommy!

♪ Shabbat ♪

- ♪ Shabbat shalom ♪
- Mommy! Mommy!

- Mommy.
- ♪ Shabbat ♪

♪ Shalom ♪

I'm a cantor, but I'm also a
mommy. This is my son Ezra.

Here, come sit with me over here.

Why don't we play one
of your favorite songs, then?

What song should we play?

- What's your favorite song?
- "Got That Shabbat."

"I Got That Shabbat Feeling"?

Okay. Here we go.


♪ I got that Shabbat feeling ♪

♪ Up in my head ♪


♪ Up in my head ♪

♪ Up in my head ♪

♪ I got that Shabbat feeling ♪

♪ Up in my head ♪

♪ Up in my head today ♪

♪ ♪


♪ ♪



Come, sit down.



You told me that you get very angry

with people who treat you rudely.

That everyone you hurt

somehow deserves what happens to them.


I'm starting to think that

that's not actually
what's going on, Sam.

What do you mean?

What I mean is, after everything
you went through as a child,

you are angry,
as anyone would be who experienced that.

And that anger has made you violent.

Which is also very human. So...

really, Sam,

you are just looking for people

who will serve as an excuse

for you to act out those feelings.

And the people that you choose...

I-I think it's almost random.

If you run into someone when
you are in that state of mind,

I think you will find a way

- to be offended by them.
- No, you're wrong.

Those people, each and every
one of those people

is a f*cking assh*le. You weren't there.

You were never there. That piece
of shit, he acts however he wants.

He treats people like shit.

I understand why you feel that way.

I know

that is what you are experiencing.

But part of therapy

is finding a way to look beyond

what you are experiencing in the moment

and to search more deeply.

Sam, I think this is a great opportunity

for you to search more deeply.

I know it's what you want.

I know it's why we are
both here right now.

I want you to consider
what I just told you.

May I tell you something more?

I don't know.

I think you are angry

because of what your father did,
like you always said.

But I think it connects with your father
on deeper levels as well.

You said that he would b*at you
if you didn't do

exactly what he said instantly.

If you even took a moment
to think about it.

Isn't that what you said?


So that was, like, his reason
to hurt you, in his mind.

But then that got into your mind.

So you-you think that there is a reason

that all of these people are
behaving this way towards you,

when in reality,
they're just going about their business.

They didn't do anything
to provoke your att*cks

any more than you did
to provoke your father.

He was just a violent,
out of control abuser.

You weren't responsible.

You were just a little boy.

Elias Petraki in there...

...he didn't do anything
to deserve this either.

He's just a guy who cooks,
manages a Greek restaurant,

makes food that you like.

He got into a little tangle with you

over an inspection,

and he might have looked at you funny

or been obnoxious or disrespectful.

He looked at me...

He looked at me like I was...

I was... a son of a b*tch.

You know, it doesn't-it doesn't...

- it doesn't-it doesn't matter.
- Sam.

- He's-he's... he's...
- Sam.

I want you to bring Elias out here
so the three of us can talk.


What would the point of that be?

You seem to think that
he is such a horrible person

that he doesn't deserve to live.

Let's see

- if there's more to him.
- I don't want to.

- I want him d*ad.
- I know you do,

but I think

the three of us talking
could be an important

part of our work.

These aren't his therapy
sessions. These are

- my therapy sessions.
- I'm not suggesting that

we do this for him.

This is your therapy.






I've gotten to know Elias some,

and I think he's a good young man.

And I think if you get to know him,

you will feel differently about him.


we want you to show your full self here

so he can see you as something more

than he does right now.

Do you think that you could tell him
a little bit about yourself?

I know how hard this is,
given the circumstances,

but... do your best.


Okay. Um...

♪ ♪

Why don't you tell him
about the pastitsio,

and how you came up with that idea.

O... Okay.



It's okay. I know this is hard.

Tell him about it.

How you were in Asia.

Okay. Yeah, I...



I work in a restaurant

with... with my parents. (SNIFFLES)

They-they came from Greece.

All that way. They...

they had a-a dream to...

What? What? Wh...

Should I, uh...

I-I... Okay.

So, I-I had this idea

- to com-to combine udon noodles...
- I...

- No, no. No, no, no!

- Alan!
- No, no, no! No.

No! Candace!

ELIAS: No! (COUGHS) Don't...

No, God. Candace!

Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

- Oh, God, no!

No. Oh!


No! No, God!

No, no, no, no!






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