We get an underwater shot of Patrick floating face-down with his arms splayed out, like, I'm going to assume this isn't meant to be Christ imagery, because if it were I would be forced to lay waste to this entire show, and then, with a splash, Katie jumps into frame. Patrick picks her up out of the water, and we see the family is in the Leary pool enjoying some loose water volleyball and other such fun, like, I'm so glad we're getting such a gritty depiction of what happens when you blow through twelve million dollars in five years, you know? Real cautionary tale they're telling here. At poolside, we see Ava waxing rhapsodic about England and how they play croquet over there, and while that's probably not true anymore, she still continues to be the most realistically written character on the entire show. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment, you're following along nicely. After a close-up of many dead cows on the grill, we learn that Stacy Keach has returned by way of him giving Patrick some backseat grilling advice, which also rings truer than most things on this show. Stacy Keach then asks Patrick how his wound is healing, and Patrick gives one of his infuriating answers with "Better every day," like, THAT'S HOW HEALING WORKS, doofus. I mean, it's true that that's better than "worse every day," but it's reasonable to assume he was asking for a bit more specific an answer than that, especially with the upcoming FIGHT and all. Theresa appears, and Patrick, cluelessly condescendingly, says that it's nice to see her in a good mood, but Theresa, presumably still a bit upset about his terrifically inattentive performance at her graduation, tells him that everyone's there, "so let's just try and get through the day." It's not delivered with near as much snittery as it might be, but Patrick's enthusiasm for grilling still looks like it deflates a little bit...
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B+ | 791 USERS: B-
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