Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son – Face Value

by Alan Rapp on March 5, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Head Case
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Since it’s premiere, Prodigal Son has balanced how far over the edge to take it’s characters. In “Face Values” the show goes a bit too far over the line as Malcom (Tom Payne) is distracted from his latest case involving a doctor Botoxed to death by what turns out to be his sister Ainsley (Halston Sage) screwing with him after discovering what he has kept from her. While this means Ainsley isn’t a serial killer, it does mean she’s perhaps even less mentally stable than the show has explored so far as she is incapable of realizing just how far she has taken things to try and teach her brother (who risked his job and prison to protect her).

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Prodigal Son – Head Case

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Head Case
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“Head Case” offers the opportunity for Malcom (Tom Payne) to dream up a better life after being thrown down an elevator shaft while investigating a new murder and a derelict hotel. While living in a brighter world with a far happier Whitley family, the truth of Malcolm’s life creeps in forcing him to work on solving the case and breaking out of his concussed stupor. The set-up allows for the show to play with the idea of pairing Malcolm with Dani (Aurora Perrineau) romantically, an idea it has lightly teased but mostly stayed away from, without actually pulling the trigger (except in Malcolm’s mind). While the dream sequences are the most important aspect of the episode, it’s the conclusion which is likely to have far more impact on the season arc as Malcolm tells Ainsley (Halston Sage) the truth about the death of Nicholas Endicott only to learn she may have killed again.

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Prodigal Son – Bad Manners

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Bad Manners
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Prodigal Son - Bad Manners television review

While Malcom (Tom Payne) and Jessica (Bellamy Young) both worry about Ainsley (Halston Sage), the murder of the week gives the daughter of the Surgeon (Michael Sheen) the inside track on a big story involving a killer targeting failed debutants from her old finishing school. “Bad Manners” is most notable for the creepy doll maker (Christopher Denham) and the manner in which the victims are displayed after death to hide perceived imperfections. The episode also ties back to JT‘s (Frank Harts) run in with a racist cop, which seems to conclude here (although it’s possible there could be lingering consequences down the line). The experience, in which Ainsley almost dies by taking a huge chance and walking into a murderer’s lair, gives Malcolm second thoughts on whether keeping the truth from his sister is the best thing for her. His parents, on the other hand, may have their own plans on how to best protect their daughter.

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Take Your Father to Work Day
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Prodigal Son - Take Your Father to Work Day television review

The humorously titled “Take Your Father to Work Day” brings the NYPD to Claremont Psychiatric Hospital where the Surgeon (Michael Sheen) witnesses the death of one of the other inmates. Writer Elizabeth Peterson has fun with Gil’s (Lou Diamond Phillips) disdain at working with Martin to solve the case. A group therapy session, made up of the prime suspects for the murder, also reveals some pent-up frustration Malcom (Tom Payne) has for his father. Other than the setting, the murder of the week isn’t terribly interesting, but it does clue Malcolm into the possibility that his father may be looking to break-out.

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Prodigal Son – Alma Mater

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Alma Mater
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“Alma Mater” sends Malcolm (Tom Payne) back to the boarding school where he attempted to remake himself to help solve the murder of the headmaster who expelled him. The episode presents three cheating students (Lily Ganser, Arthur Langlie, and Salena Qureshi) with obvious motive not only for the crime but the prankish presentation of the body, although a late redirect works as a red herring. It also allows Malcolm to revisit the cause of a vicious attack he suffered as a student and raise questions about what led to a traumatic event that followed. The episode is most notable for flashbacks which reveal the source of Malcolm’s hand tremor, which has been a staple of the show, while also highlighting the similarities and differences between Malcolm and his father. Speaking of dear old dad, the Surgeon’s (Michael Sheen) plans on escape take one giant step forward thanks to the help of one of his fellow inmates.

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