...and then we cut inside the office, where the dude with Stacy Keach from earlier, who so happens to be "Johnny," Patrick's brother, is involved in a conversation that by all appearances is not going well. After Patrick enters, he tells the guy on the other end that their lawyers will have to hash the matter out in court, and then he hangs up and asks Patrick if he's ready for his "big interview." It'll save time if I put this out there, but Johnny is played by Pablo Schreiber, an actor about whom I had heard many good things but in this pilot is embarrassingly terrible. McCormack is, as I said, melodramatic and McCallany doesn't exhibit a lot of nuance, but at least they're trying; Schreiber, on top of being totally actor-y, seems like he's phoning it in from Moment One, which I guess at least fits with our introduction to him.
Anyway, Patrick snarks that he can't wait to find out what happened to him, prompting Johnny to reply that it's the fifth anniversary of the fight, like, that is not a natural thing to respond and is a good example of how lazily expository the writing is. Instead of leaving us to figure out the occasion for the interview (not particularly difficult given that we already know it's five years later), or to wonder about it and then telling us at a more natural time later (such as when the interview actually occurs) the show just dumps the information in our laps. I feel like it's reasonable to expect more from this network; this pilot exhibits a strong premise weighted down by a script that's verging on insultingly simplistic. Pursuant to that, Patrick asks about the check, and when Johnny says he doesn't have it, points out that he made thirty grand from a beer commercial, but Johnny says that was over a month ago. I won't do this with every instance of the lazy writing or I'd be here forever, but here's another instance; it's not logical for them to be having this conversation now; Patrick clearly already asked for the money, and from Johnny's reaction now there's no reason they wouldn't have gone over the financial situation when he did. I mean, I get that they're wildly irresponsible with money -- it happens with athletes all the time -- but it still makes no sense that this information wasn't already exchanged.