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Five Days at Memorial season 1, episode 5 recap – “Day Five”

August 27, 2022

This recap of the Apple TV+ series Five Days at Memorial season 1, episode 5, “Day Five,” contains spoilers.

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Last week on Five days at the Memorial things were falling apart at the seams. First, we saw the hospital trying to overcome basement flooding to save patients. Then the patients started dying because of the lack of electricity. Finally, we finally saw patients coming out of Memorial. Will we see everyone make it through this week? Let’s dive into it.

Five days at the memorial summary of season 1, episode 5

The news speaks of hundreds of hospitals with many stranded patients without resources. The state fails everyone and begins to weigh on the whole city. Then Michael (the insurer) approaches his boss to let him know that they couldn’t reach anyone at Memorial. Eventually, he finds helicopters in Dallas that can get to Memorial, and his boss gives him the go-ahead to send them in to rescue them.

After the credits, Dr. Baltz and Dr. Pou are seen attempting to comfort patients who are beginning to go from bad to worse. Emmett struggles to stay alive but wants to know if he will get out and wants to know if he will be left behind. The doctor returns to tell Susan that no helicopter is coming, and Susan turns around. She doesn’t understand how no one was there to save them. Then some staff are worried about their pets. Susan says, “People are dying and they worry about their pets.”

Susan says they need to find a humane way to take care of the animals. Then she mentions how they will have to find a way for the patients who cannot evacuate and who do not suffer either. An intense moment here by Cherry Jones giving one hell of a performance on the show.

Mark is on a boat trying to get to Memorial, and as they are on their way we see him looking down, passing dead bodies floating in the water. My God, this show can really hit you hard sometimes. Back at the hospital, Susan checks on Diane, who tells her that they’ve lost a few more patients and are running out of supplies. Susan informs him that they plan to leave no living patients behind.

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Finally, Mark and the team arrived at Memorial on boats. Mark heads inside to find his mother, and the security guard begs him to bring her back with him. We see Mark reunited with his mother, who is not related to anything, and wonders why. He takes his mother out of the hospital and loads her into the boat where they can only take a few patients. The security guard tells everyone to stay back, and as they leave he jumps into the boat with everyone calling him a coward as he gets out.

A woman asks Dr. Pou for advice on what to do with her dog. Pou starts to break down, not sure she has the right answer for her. Susan talks to Dr. Cook about the humane way to help these animals. He gives her an injection of pentothal, and they fall asleep and die. Susan asks if this is the right thing to do, and he replies that they need to be realistic about what’s in store for them. I would never want to put myself in the shoes of one of these doctors or nurses.

Guys, WE HAVE HELICOPTERS, and Susan is jumping for joy! Doctors at Lifecare Hospital see they have helicopters and don’t care about orders. So they’re going to start sending patients. As they start bringing in patients, one of the doctors reminds the nurse that the black bands/DNRs should go last. Then we see Dr. Cook having to slaughter the animals one by one. Phew, another tough moment to watch.

The Lifecare nurse explains to Dr. Pou that their patients are dying, including the lady right in front of them, because no one told them when their patients might be evacuated. Dr. Pou says she will watch over this patient while the nurse goes back to her others, and sadly, we saw the woman die before our eyes.

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Dr. Pou sees Susan and wonders if she has heard from anyone. Susan tells her nothing has been set up and she hasn’t heard from anyone. She basically stopped believing at this point. Dr. Pou tells her that she saw another patient die, this one from Lifecare, and Susan says that she can’t think they didn’t get any help. Dr. Pou says there is nothing else to do internally but to make them feel comfortable. Susan tells them to go see Dr. Cook about it.

Then we see doctors and nurses putting sheets over the heads of patients because they are dead. Dr. Bryant approaches Emmett and tells him he’ll be fine like everyone else. A crew shows up by boat to inform them of a warrant that lifeboats will be arriving soon. Everyone will have to be out by 5 p.m., and Susan panics because that’s not much time for these people to evacuate.

The end

We see Susan pass the word to Dr. Pou about them and responds that it will never happen. Susan says if she hasn’t spoken to Dr. Cook, now is the time. It’s insane to think that Susan is basically giving her the call to kill the patients who can’t. A nurse overhears Dr. Pou and Cook talking and approaches Dr. Bryant to inform him of their plan. How they’re not going to get everyone out of there, and they have to find a way to end the suffering.

The boats have arrived. As they do, people begin to move patients forward one by one to board the ships. Then people started to be evacuated. Finally, we see Susan dispatching her mother so she can go. It was the first time in a long time that we had seen the raw emotion in a smile from Susan. Then we see many people working hard to get the steps up to the roof and the helicopter. The end is finally near for so many people, and it’s such a beautiful sight.

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We saw Dr. Cook and his wife leave their dog behind, and as they were getting on a boat, a lady brought her dog onto the boat, which upset his wife. Susan tells Dr. Baltz that he has done his part and needs to evacuate with the next group. Then the security team that had been dispatched started to be overly aggressive, with doctors and patients telling them they had to leave NOW.

A doctor approached Dr. Bryant to join them in prayer, but said he had people he needed to take care of. At that time, he sees Dr. Pou injecting the patients with something. Dr. Bryant is FURIOUS, packs a bag and decides to leave the hospital.

A lady is informed by security that it is time for her to leave. However, she begs to let her stay with her mother, but they force her to leave. Finally, she begs to say goodbye and does so in such a heartbreaking moment. Dr. Pou informs the doctors at the Memorial that they take charge of the care of their patients. The nurse approaches Anne and tells her that she doesn’t think their patients will make it.

Dr. Pou tells Dr. Wynn about Lifecare news, and they’ll do everything they can to make them feel comfortable (we learned what that means). Dr. Wynn tells everyone that they are doctors and nurses and they have to do everything they can to get their patients out of there. As the episode draws to a close, one of the hospital’s biggest patients is finally evacuated. Phew, what an incredible sequence of shots.

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