Nine Perfect Strangers Episode 5 Recap: Sweet Surrender

Nine Perfect Strangers is a TV show created by John-Henry Butterworth and David E. Kelley, directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Asher Keddie, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Manny Jacinto and Tiffany Boone, alongside other cast members. Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 is titled Sweet Surrender.

Amazon’s description of Nine Perfect Strangers reads:

“Nine Perfect Strangers” follows nine very different people who arrive at Tranquillum House, a mysterious wellness retreat that promises “total transformation”. Once there, the guests fall under the spell of the enigmatic Masha, who will stop at nothing to heal them. As the days unfold, however, Masha’s unorthodox methods threaten to push this combustible group over the edge.

– Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 recap contains spoilers –

Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 recap

Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 starts with Masha having a little midnight swim and thinking back to tough times. Tough times include that time when a man died during a previous similar retreat and some guy shooting her in a parking lot.

We then switch to Zoe, who hallucinates Zach in her bedroom. As Zach tells her to not blame herself, he also asks her not to lie to people that they weren’t close. Heather hears her talking and comes in to check on her and they have a short conversation after she wishes her daughter a happy birthday. Meanwhile, Masha goes to a sleeping Delilah and tells her that she should’ve been more attentive to her trauma. However, she says that she’s still a work in progress but also mentions that Delilah is strong.

In the morning in Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5, Napolean seems very happy and wishes his daughter a happy birthday while dancing around in his boxers. His family can’t stop laughing. During breakfast, Lars and Napolean share their crazy dreams and I was confused whether I should be concerned, amused or whether I should laugh. 

However, Frances passes out on her oatmeal and that causes a total freakout among the group. Frances doesn’t seem to be doing that well and Tony is looking angry and asks Yao to decrease her dosage. As he tries to take her to her room, Delilah tells him to fuck off. Things are going off the rails and it’s going to be an epic blowout.

Anyway, as Tony takes care of Frances, Masha talks to Delilah. Masha asks her to take care of herself and asks her to get back on her dosage. She asks Delilah what she needs because she cannot do this without her, whatever “it” is. Delilah asks her to stop sleeping with Yao, and… then they make out. It’s surreal.

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Next in Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5, Zoe and Lars have a deeper conversation. He talks to her about how his homosexuality affected his life as a child and Zoe tells him about seeing Zach. I like their friendship blossoming and it seems like they’d have each other’s backs. On the other hand, Heather and Napolean leap off cliffs to get over their fears.

In the meantime, Ben and Jessica seem to be able to dig out their love and attraction for each other and it feels like Jessica is pretty done with their money and opulence. Tony, on the other hand, tries to face his fears while meditating and Frances comes up to check on him. He opens up about why he got so hyped regarding Lars’s dream. Again, a good friendship that’s warmth in the cold that is this series.

Carmel, in an attempt to take a dip in the hot tub, catches Ben and Jessica having sex. She’s angry… beyond angry. As she is walking off crying, Lars catches her and she unloads her anger for her ex-husband. Lars tells her that the only way that she can move on is if she dissociates from him. He also tells her that she will find someone because she’s a passionate, beautiful and vibrant woman. This moment between the two is also quite heart-touching.

The night of Zoe’s birthday, she makes a moving speech that might just bring everyone to tears. Napolean then sings a song in front of everyone for Zoe – a tradition, if you will. Everyone starts dancing in pairs and it’s an overall beautiful moment. Except, when Masha realizes that Zoe can see Zach and she whispers in her ear that she’s the key… Excuse me, but the key for what?!

Tell me already!!

Nine Perfect Strangers delivers the perfect amount of thrill and confusion in every episode. As each episode ends, you can’t want to move on to the next, which is always a good thing. This episode, particularly, hits at something more going on at this retreat but delivers enough information to keep you guessing and coming back for more.

Nine Perfect Strangers is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 is absolutely surreal and ends on a deliciously curious note!

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