Patty has called a meeting of more than just Tom and Ellen. Wait. There are other people who work at the firm? Other lawyers who may be more qualified than Ellen? Impossible. Ellen sits at Patty's right hand. Or left hand. Whatever. They are in yet another conference room. This one with garish red brick wallpaper with oversized Ionic columns (spray?) painted on it in some shout out to the laws Grecian? Ionian? street? roots. I don't know. It's extremely loud and incredibly ugly. Like really ugly. Like shave your butt and walk backwards ugly. I don't understand it at all. As Patty barks out orders to her staff, Ellen's Blackberry buzzes and she reaches down to check it. A moment later the meeting ends and Patty glares at Ellen and orders her into her office. Patty tells her to shut the door and asks her what the hell she is doing. Ellen is confused and Patty berates her for checking her phone during the meeting. Ellen is perplexed by Patty's mood swing, but apologizes. Patty demands to know what is so important that Ellen had to check her phone. Ellen claims she was late for a counseling appointment, but Patty counters that Ellen quit counseling. Ellen protests that she quit group counseling, but is still doing one-on-one twice a week during lunch. She barks it out like it is well memorized rather than true. Patty eyes her warily and excuses her. And really, I know you are edgy because you're under investigation and you think Ellen will be the cause of your downfall, but Patty, chiding a lawyer for checking their Blackberry? Seriously? That's like snapping at a bunny for hopping.
You know how I was just saying that this is more Phil than we've ever seen before? Well now we're seeing even more Phil. He is in his pajamas and reading UNR's financials aloud to some scantily clad woman who is vaguely interested in his involvement in the deal. She is attractive, but not attractive enough (or young enough) to be a good trophy affair. She also seems too smart to be a bimbo and too old to be a trophy wife. I mean if Patty Hewes is your wife you probably aren't looking for someone to talk shop with in the bedroom. The woman chucks aside the financials and jumps on Phil.
In New York, Patty wakes up and wanders the house in her frumpy pajamas that stand in stark contrast to the little negligee that the fornicator was wearing. So obviously it is Patty's fault that Phil is philandering. If she had just taken some time to wrap herself in cellophane and greet Phil at the door with a bottle of champagne and a smile, he never would have strayed. But, no, she insists on taking down corporations and wearing pajamas. Serves her right. Wait a second...I think I have those pajamas. So, er, nevermind. She finds Michael in the kitchen and he reminds her that Phil is in London. She scratches her head in confusion and wouldn't that be a kicker if Patty were psychic? I have to admit that I have this irrational hatred of Michael. He bugs the fuck out of me. He is just sitting in the kitchen stirring something all hunched over and not making eye contact with his mother and being quiet and I can't help but think that he is a sociopath and about to gun down his school. I just find his very existence extremely annoying. He mentions that Phil is meeting him in Amherst to look at colleges and Patty asks about his college essays. He admits that he wrote his essay about Daniel Purcell. Patty is shocked and asks why and he replies because that is his dad and it is supposed to personal and what is more personal than that? But he mumbles it all together, doesn't stop stirring his goddamned cocoa and just sits there slumped over with his head down. He is such a bad actor. He doesn't move his face or his body and just sits there mush-mouthing his lines. He acts like a high school kid in a school play. A kid who isn't a drama geek, but tries out for a play to impress a girl and is just attractive enough to get a part but sucks so hard but it is too late because you can't fire a kid from a high school production even if you really want to. Instead of slapping him into a normal human being Patty tells him not to have anything to do with Daniel Purcell ever again. The kids whatevers her and tells her to get over it. Patty just fumes over her decision to introduce him to Purcell after so many years of silence. Maybe he can go live with his father!