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Surface season 1, episode 4 recap – “Psychogenic”

August 6, 2022

This recap of the Apple TV+ Surface series season 1, episode 4, “Psychogenic,” contains spoilers.

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The first three installments of Surface information about Sophie’s past and the traumatic event that caused her severe memory loss. In “Psychogenic,” Sophie takes matters into her own hands as she desperately fights to regain those lost memories. Conniving James distracts investigators, and undercover cop Baden infiltrates James’ team, hoping to find more evidence. The plot moves at a steady pace, but with each new episode, this series continues to drop dramatically in quality as the cracks begin to appear.

Surface summary of season 1, episode 4

Sophie is clearly fed up with these gaping holes in her memory and decides to sidestep her most trusted confidants, independently tackling the dilemma once and for all. She researched a treatment clinic called Encounter that promises to help treat trauma and recover memory. She will need money to access this wellness business though and with James in charge of her finances, Sophie has to be smart to get ahead.

Meanwhile, Baden plans to incriminate James further and tells Sophie he has someone inside. She worries that her husband won’t get a real prison sentence, as it’s just his word against his, but Baden reassures her that justice will be served. The couple then kiss, hiding from the public eye behind a stone pillar. Their relationship seems set to begin again, as her psychotic husband falls out of favor.

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In therapy, Sophie’s shrink, Hannah, worries about her patient’s constant need to confront the past. Sophie wants answers and mentions the experimental clinic. She needs Hannah to approve the treatment, because James will never agree to this alternative clinic without her approval. Hannah refuses, calling her reckless and dangerous. She tells Sophie that to recover she has to work hard, there are no easy answers and no quick fixes.

Sophie ignores her therapist’s advice and decides to sell her jewelry to raise funds. The wellness clinic costs five thousand dollars to join and Sophie pays cash. She then toured the facilities and asked about her current situation. She lies and says her memory loss was caused by a freak accident and not a suicide attempt. The guide mentions the use of hallucinogens to form new connections in the brain and Sophie literally dives into the process. In a shallow pool, she relives moments from her past, including her argument with an agitated James and the kissing of an unknown woman.

Baden strikes a drug deal with James’ assistant, Todd, which he later uses to frame the man, presumably for juicy intel. Sophie formulates her own plan, hoping to get some first-hand answers from James. She books them into a hotel suite at their wedding venue and flirts with her problematic partner, toasting their anniversary. James is distracted during the evening, Todd calling him to clarify the arrival of the investigators. James tells him to block them as much as possible. He needs more time. Caroline has agreed to transfer four million to him, but he is still short of five million.

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The end

In the hotel bathroom, Sophie pays an escort to kiss her, hoping to rekindle a dormant spark. She is unsure of her own sexuality after the memory of kissing a girl returns. Sophie is further confused by this kiss and asks James to show her the ballroom. He talks about his frustrations with memory loss and how he misses the old Sophie. She kisses him and they retire to the suite for more privacy. Sophie capitalizes on the vulnerable husband and brings up the subject of the investigation. James confesses and admits that the business is down eleven million dollars. Unbeknownst to the scammer, Sophie recorded the entire conversation, which she then takes to Baden.

As the fourth episode draws to a close, Sophie meets Hannah again. The shrink tells Sophie that she is concerned about her patient’s erratic and impulsive behavior. Hannah spoke with James about this regression and contacted the wellness clinic. Hannah ordered the clinic never to treat Sophie again or it would risk being closed. Sophie is stunned by this betrayal. Hannah adds that Sophie’s mother suffered from a psychotic disorder, which could be genetic. She worries that the hallucinogens are greatly affecting Sophie’s mental state. Sophie leaves after telling Hannah not to trust her husband.

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