...but the next day, he's excising said anxiety by jumping rope, so... I guess a week has passed since the Fourth. Johnny's timing him, and when he calls a break he tells Patrick he's on the bag in five minutes. Stacy Keach then comes over and asks about the wound and OH MY GOD HE SAYS "BETTER EVERY DAY" AGAIN, like, SHUT UP if that's all you can come up with, guy. Patrick then asks how Gerry, who's across the room working with some kid, is doing, and Stacy Keach tells him he's a "real sweetheart" and was "born to this." However, he goes on that years after he lost his belt, Gerry came to him for training, but Stacy Keach couldn't bring himself to do it, as he'd already taken too many blows to the head and was starting to slip. Patrick regretfully says he feels some responsibility for that, given how hard he hit Gerry when they fought, and even though Stacy Keach tells him Gerry's the only one that could have kept himself out of the ring, Patrick feels like he wants to "do right by him." Stacy Keach agrees that it's good to have him around. "Maybe it'll remind the guys to be smart enough to know when to stop." Oof, that's cold, Stacy Keach. Gerry then wanders over, and after he says how much he misses sparring, one of the dudes in the ring tells him it'd be an honor to go a few rounds with him. Gerry's all for that, but Stacy Keach and Patrick both think that he'll seriously hurt the kid, which is surprising but then again, "Rainmaker," I guess. The kid amends it to only one round, and Gerry says he'll go easy, but Stacy Keach adamantly refuses, prompting Gerry to barrel out of the ring and get up in his face, saying he doesn't know what he can do. "Don't tell me what to do!" Patrick steps toward him and gets thrown to the side for his trouble, but luckily, that doesn't end up being obstacle number three hundred seventy-two to Patrick's comeback, although he does end up having to duck a weight that Gerry wings at his head as part of his tantrum. Johnny finally does something useful as he gets Gerry in a bear hug from behind and then shoves him up against some lockers to contain him, and then Patrick emotionally talks him down. Gerry's anger gives way to confusion as he apologizes, first to Patrick and then to everyone else, and that's a good job of tapping into some emotional resonance here. (As always, better than "He could DIEEEEEEEEE!") Johnny offers him a ride home and starts to lead him out, and on the way, Stacy Keach tells the dazed Gerry that maybe he shouldn't come around there anymore, for his own good. Patrick agrees, and Gerry sucks it up, giving Patrick a tearful thumbs-up before Johnny leads him out, and seriously, this is the first time I've questioned whether Daniella's whininess might be warranted. I still decided it isn't, but at least I questioned the point.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B+ | 791 USERS: B-
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