Spiders are the least of this patient‚Äôs problems.
Overview (Spoilers Below)
Dr. Roberts is treating Patient 62 for arachnophobia troubles, but a short circuit in the system accidentally ruins the treatment and gives the patient amnesia. This means Dr. Roberts has some more work to do and resolves to use ‚ÄúFundamentals‚ÄĚ to try and fix the patient‚Äôs memory loss.
In the monochromatic room, Dr. Roberts tries to jog the patient‚Äôs memory, but the patient is difficult and has trouble understanding who he is and who Dr. Roberts is. Meanwhile, Randy tries to make friends with Patient 88 through the use of hoagies, but he‚Äôs frustrated with 88‚Äôs immutability. As it turns out, Randy has been catfished by someone pretending to be 88, who‚Äôs been making him think that 88 wants to be his friend.
Dr. Roberts continues with his treatment, endorsing a hard rewire to rebuild Patient 62‚Äôs cognitive functions. With the discovery of the patient‚Äôs wedding ring, Roberts and his intern gather the time to discuss plans for the treatment.
Randy‚Äôs catfish turns out to be T.E.R.R.Y., who was catfishing Randy because Randy was lonely and intolerable. The two resolve their feud, and Dr. Roberts stages a new wedding to jog Patient 62‚Äôs memory, but with Randy as the bride. Sadly, the wedding doesn‚Äôt work out, but the Dream Corp team enjoys the reception and has a party complete with hoagies.
Well, this episode was an interesting turn for the series so far, is a far cry from anything we‚Äôve seen from the series. Most notably, Dr. Roberts doesn‚Äôt actually solve anyone‚Äôs problems, and we get to see him a bit more for who he really is. Things are as funny as ever, of course, with plenty of gaggery to entertain the viewer, along with great character comedy to bring everything home.
If you were hoping for some nice, trippy dream sequences to feast your eyes on, you‚Äôll be disappointed here, I‚Äôm afraid. The only time we get to see the trademarked dream sequences of¬†Dream Corp LLC¬†is at the very beginning when Patient 62 is trying to deal with his arachnophobia. Other than that, this episode exists almost entirely in the real world, focusing solely on the team and their attempts to restore Patient 62‚Äôs memory.
There are enough little-detailed gags to remind the viewer of watching Arrested Development‚ÄĚ in its heyday, which was known for using these long-running setup jokes that have big punchlines at the end of the episode. This comedic technique works beautifully here, especially since the episodes are so short and fast that one needs a more rapid pace to keep the viewer interested. In addition, this also helps with¬†Dream Corp‚Äôs¬†aesthetic and grungy design.
Dr. Roberts is much more of a shill this time around than anything else since this episode is about basically only him. (And Randy‚Äôs obsession with hoagies) Roberts has a terrific amount of chuckling movements where he drops off a line of business speak or insurance jargon that exempts him from being sued, which is his number one fear apparently.
What really works for this episode is its ‚ÄúNon-resolution.‚ÄĚ Despite all the efforts of the team, they really did break Patient 62‚Äôs brain and it looks like there isn‚Äôt a whole lot they can do about it. Not even their fake wedding ceremony works, and the team is forced to accept their own failure. thankfully, they take it all on the chin and leave Patient 62 to his own fate while taking the time to revel in their own.
I‚Äôm not sure if Patient 62 will come back, but he is a character who certainly has some unfinished business with the world. All in all, this is a good episode that‚Äôs plenty funny, weird, and has all the trimmings you‚Äôd expect from this kind of show.