The Patient Episode 7 Recap and Ending, Explained

The seventh episode of FX on Hulu’s thriller series ‘The Patient,’ titled ‘Kaddish,’ follows the aftermath of Elias’ death. Alan Strauss hopes that authorities will arrive at any moment to arrest Sam Fortner after finding the note he puts inside Elias’ mouth. Sam is trying to find a way to cope with the unease he feels as he makes peace with Elias’ death. As he attempts to resolve the situation he finds himself in, Alan thinks about Charlie, his deceased therapist. We’ve decoded significant revelations in this fascinating episode. Let’s share our thoughts!

The Patient Episode 7 Recap

‘Kaddish’ begins with Alan dreaming about being in a concentration camp with his son Ezra. Through his imaginary conversation with Charlie, he tries to decipher the meaning of the dream. The therapist expresses anger toward his son for abandoning Beth and him after he became an Orthodox Jew. He tries loudly to recite Kaddish, but realizes he has forgotten. Alan also thinks about authorities finding the note and arriving at Sam’s house to rescue him and probably kill the serial killer. In addition, he also thinks about the worst possible scenario of Sam finding the note before leaving Elias’ body somewhere, which may motivate Sam to kill him.

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Sam meets Mr. Buchella, a professor from his past, and asks him if he has any memories of his childhood. He also reveals to the professor that he hasn’t been feeling good lately. Sam asks Mr. Buchella to be his therapist. He promises to look into it. Sam also asked Mr. Buchella if he would like to continue working with his therapist. Candace Fortner gets a call from her son, and Sam questions his mother about whether he had any problems growing up.

The Patient Episode 7 Ending: What Happens to Elias’ Body? Will the Police Find Alan’s Note?

Alan tells Sam that he needs to show compassion to the loved ones of the deceased when he kills Elias. He also leaves the dead body for them one last time. It also gives Alan an opportunity to write a note and put the same in Elias’ mouth so that the police will be able to find and rescue him. However, Sam doesn’t follow Alan’s instructions since he encounters a truck driver when he arrives at a place to dump the dead body. Sam doesn’t want the driver to recognize him and give a lead to the police to arrest him. He keeps the body in a safe place.

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Although Sam doesn’t reveal where the body is kept or what really happened to it, he may haven’t buried or disposed of it yet. According to what Sam tells Alan, the body is safe. Alan might be able convince the serial killer that he will continue the plot on another day. Sam may be able even to accomplish it, since he is still haunted by the guilt of Elias’ death. Even though he feels empathy for the deceased’s family, Since Elias’ death has rocked him severely, Alan may be able to take advantage of the same and influence the serial killer to leave the body for the sake of the dead man’s family.

If that’s the case, the police may find Alan’s note and rescue him from the serial killer. Having said that, the possibility of Sam finding the note before he leaves the body behind for Elias’ family is higher than ever, especially since the body is under his custody. Sam can find the note if he cleans the body in order to get rid of anything that could lead to authorities.

Will Sam Kill Him?

After killing Elias, Sam hasn’t been the same. Instead of satisfying his homicidal urges, Sam triggers waves of guilt by killing the “restaurant guy,” which unsettles him. The seed of empathy that Alan sees in Sam grows enough to make Sam realize that he has done something he shouldn’t have done. More than anything, Sam realizes that he doesn’t have any authority over his life since he is controlled by his homicidal urges. After talking to his mother Candace and ex-wife Mary, he realizes that he hasn’t been good enough to people who were or are closest to him.

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Sam stands on a bridge, looking at the river. He seems to be thinking about jumping off the bridge to commit suicide. Even though thoughts about the same pass through his mind, killing himself may be Sam’s last resort. He may try his best to reform himself with the help of Alan or even Mr. Buchella and if it is not happening, suicide can be the end of Sam’s life. He may not want to live his whole life as a slave of his homicidal impulses, especially as guilt is getting closer to him. But if Alan manages to persuade him to leave Elias’ body somewhere and the police find the therapist’s note, they may arrest him before Sam kills himself.

Alan may need to decide whether or not to help Sam with his suicidal thoughts. He may not want help for his potential killer as an individual. Thus, Sam’s fate may also depend upon what Alan chooses to do with the former’s suicidal impulses.

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