The next day, Patrick's on the phone with someone who asks for his SSN, and he cannot dig it out of his memory on the fly, which frankly is a lot tighter a way to convey he's having problems with dementia than that goddamned Bingo scene. He gives up and asks if he can provide it the next day, and on hearing an apparent affirmative, confirms that his appointment is at ten a.m. before inquiring, "Do I have to fast or anything the night before?" Just so you know I'm not entrenched in the negative, that was a tightly written scene, which gave some information but also led me to want to know more. Of course, it only lasted twenty seconds, but hey, it's progress!
Patrick wanders into the gym and sees Stacy Keach holding pads for some dude in the ring. Patrick asks if someone's in with Johnny, and Stacy Keach replies, "I tell you, Omar here is the real deal, he don't stop," like, first off, way to allude to a sensitive subject for your son that you yourself caused, and on top of that, I HATE HATE HATE when people on TV ignore a direct question like that, and as Stacy Keach has done that twice in two scenes so far he is verging on becoming dead to me in the first twenty minutes of this series. Patrick then sees a young boy who tells "Uncle Patrick" that he shouldn't go into Johnny's office until "the men in suits" leave, so Patrick peers in and sees two guys disappearing stage right with some garbage it looks like they're repossessing, and after Johnny kicks a chair (Whoa, guy. WHOA!) in frustration, Patrick enters and asks if another tenant's pulling out. Johnny tells him he wishes it were only that -- they were IRS. "Don't worry, champ, I'll take the hit." I do not know what that means, and neither does Patrick, so Johnny spells it out: He's been taking care of Patrick's many expenses, including the gym, which he dubs a "sinkhole" in spite of the fact that it makes their father happy; he also lists Patrick's house, Theresa's medical school, and the girls' expenses before telling Patrick that essentially, he "borrowed" money from "The Landing" to cover Patrick's obligations, and Johnny's apparent ex-wife "Cindy" "dropped the dime" on him because she's in "scorched-earth mode," and I'd like to put forth the supposition that this Cindy is in "scorched-earth mode" because of Johnny's propensity to use expressions like "dropped the dime." However, in Johnny's defense, unless I misunderstood, Patrick was advocating doing the exact same thing with respect to Katie's tuition, so I guess it's consistent that he doesn't seem morally outraged or even surprised, but he does ask how bad it is, and Johnny does THAT THING I HATE SO MUCH when he non-answers that the irony is, he doesn't even like blondes. Hey, Alanis Morrisette isn't a blonde -- maybe you should give her a call and discuss irony.