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Prodigal Son S02E03 Preview: Malcolm's "Alma Mater" Brings Back Trauma

As if the father-son duo of Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) and Dr. Martin Whitly aka The Surgeon (Michael Sheen) didn't have enough to worry about this season, they're going to find themselves challenged in a big way this season by some very familiar faces. Catherine Zeta-Jones' Dr. Vivian Capshaw is a Claremont Psychiatrics' resident MD set to make Martin's life "interesting" after Dr. Capshaw sees Martin in a new light when he starts helping treat the other patients. Meanwhile, Alan Cumming's Simon Hoxley aka "The Mind Sleuth" travels to New York to solve Endicott's murder… placing Bright and his family squarely on his radar. But before we get to that, FOX's Prodigal Son is set to put Malcolm through something even more stress-inducing than the possibility of going to jail: going back to his "Alma Mater" to solve a murder.

Prodigal Son S02E03 (Image: FOX TV)
Prodigal Son S02E03 (Image: FOX TV)

Now here's a look at three sneak previews for this week's episode: Bright has a flashback of being locked up, Martin has actually made it home (or has he?), and Martin keeps a very uncomfortable conversation from happening between Martin and Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips):

Prodigal Son season 2, episode 3 "Alma Mater": When the headmaster of Bright's alma mater is found murdered, he is forced to face a troubling secret from his past. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with her decision to end things with Gil, Martin grows closer to Friar Pete (guest star Christian Borle) and JT eagerly anticipates the birth of his baby.

PRODIGAL SON follows MALCOLM BRIGHT (Tom Payne), a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, DR. MARTIN WHITLY (Michael Sheen), was a notorious serial killer known as "The Surgeon." Now he's using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders. Bright's team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lieutenant GIL ARROYO (Lou Diamond Phillips), includes Detectives DANI POWELL (Aurora Perrineau), JT TARMEL (Frank Harts) and medical examiner DR. EDRISA TANAKA (Keiko Agena).

Season Two picks up with Bright's personal life in disarray after his sister AINSLEY's (Halston Sage) shocking actions in the Season One finale. Now, he must "take care" of her and protect his mother JESSICA WHITLY (Bellamy Young) from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again! Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his prodigal son, but forging this bond leads to shocking twists and revelations.

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FOX's Prodigal Son stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, Michael Sheen as Dr. Martin Whitly, Bellamy Young as Jessica Whitly, Lou Diamond Phillips as Gil Arroyo, Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly, Aurora Perrineau as Dani Powell, Frank Harts as JT Tarmel, and Keiko Agena as Edrisa Tanaka. Joining the cast for the second season include Christian Borle (Little Shop of Horrors) as Friar Pete, a former friar ejected from his church for extremist views, he is famous for a notorious killing spree that has landed him in the psychiatric ward with Martin. Friar Pete is a careful listener and offers respite to the other patients — and becomes a key consultant in Bright's latest case. Michael Potts' (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) Dr. Brandon Marsh is Martin's new therapist at Claremont who's desperate to have a breakthrough with his psychiatric patients.

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©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Phil Caruso/FOX

FOX's Prodigal Son is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment. Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver created the series, and both are executive producers, showrunners, and writers on the show. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Adam Kane serve as executive producers. Lee Toland Krieger directed and executive-produced the pilot "Like".

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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