Wow, this episode was idiotic. Patrick, due to events I would collectively describe as A BIT contrived, becomes increasingly jealous of Ed's relationship with Theresa and his kids. Meanwhile, Johnny is feeling the pressure from Barry to get Patrick to honor the CONTRACT he signed and do a promo, which he finally agrees to after he's already feeling like his days with Ed as his trainer might be numbered. Ed, however, turns up early to the shoot and flips out, which is the last straw for Patrick, and he cans him. However, when Ed goes to get his stuff from the gym, he gets into a physical altercation with Johnny (who once again is just AWESOME in a fight, by the way), and in trying to break them up, Patrick gets stabbed with a pair of scissors in Johnny's hand, which: GREAT. I mean, other than a little information revealed about Theresa's father, nothing happened this episode that didn't have to do with Ed and Patrick, and all we have to show for it is a flesh wound? This show just doesn't have enough story to support placing the Reynolds rematch at Episode Thirteen. (Or at Episode Ten, if I'm being honest, but that would have been a lot better.)
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At an aquarium, Ed is evangelizing about the beauty of sharks to Patrick and Katie, with lots of talk about form following function and economy of movement and the like, and I'm wondering if this means Ed coached Mike Tyson for that fight with Evander Holyfield. Katie impatiently expresses her desire to go see the penguins, so Ed has to make a big show of telling her even scary things have weaknesses, and you can see that if you study your enemy. Over Patrick's objections, he picks her up and has her touch the glass, exhorting her to make herself mentally strong, and when she tells him not to drop her and he gravels that he's got her, Patrick looks like maybe he's getting a little tired of Ed's way of doing things. And I'm all for keeping things moving, but geez, Patrick, just don't go to the goddamn aquarium next time. Credits.
We're at Coney Island, where Reynolds is doing a little walk-and-talk with a reporter or segment producer on camera, as apparently it's where he grew up. Johnny and Barry follow alongside as the interviewer gushes that the ups and downs of Reynolds's childhood were emulative of the rides surrounding them, but Reynolds opines that he grew up with "a lot more downs than ups," and points to some nearby projects past an above-ground train as he says that that's where he learned to be a fighter, and he had no choice in the matter. He adds that it was sometime later, though, that he learned to be a man, and you don't have to be a producer to know that him staring contemplatively into the middle distance after that line is the perfect place to cut. The woman, "Charlie," then barks at Johnny and asks where the hell Patrick is, and Johnny claims Patrick's got a family emergency, like, I can't believe Johnny would book this without even having had contact with Patrick, as apparently this isn't the first time he's been a no-show. After Charlie storms off without buying any of what Johnny's selling, Reynolds seethes that he can smell Ed and his mind games all over this, and after he stomps away, Johnny tries to commiserate with Barry about the messenger getting shot, but Barry counters that he doesn't blame Reynolds -- it wasn't easy for him to come back to this neighborhood, but he met his professional obligations. Johnny tells Barry about Patrick's new training schedule, but Barry tells him they had an agreement -- The Box's people need all access to Patrick. He then serves Johnny with papers for breach of contract, and I can't say I blame him at all. And Patrick, they even have a fucking aquarium on Coney Island! How much easier did you want this to be?