There's some bullshit going on in the ring as Patrick and his team walk down the halls, but finally, they come into view of the crowd, which cheers at his intro. From the ring, Patrick gives Theresa an encouraging smile, and then Reynolds comes out. The two of them get rid of their robes, and after the ref gives them his spiel about the three-knockdown rule being in effect (i.e., if you get knocked down three times in the same round, you are history), the two of them touch gloves and head back to their corners for some last-minute advice...and then the bell rings and the fight is on, at Minute 33 of the last episode, FINALLY. Reynolds charges Patrick and quickly starts landing blow after blow, and when Patrick tries to tie him up, the ref yells at him that there's no holding. This continues in the same vein for a while, with the lead commentator opining that it's a great start for Reynolds and a terrible one for Patrick, and after Patrick gets Reynolds up against the ropes and ties him up for the fifth time, the ref literally tries to pull him off, like (a) I think that's beyond his purview, and (b) that's a good way to like, DIE. He issues Patrick a formal warning before telling him once again to box, and after Reynolds lands several more blows he knocks Patrick through the ropes and out of the ring. Patrick is very slow to get up, so over the ropes, the ref starts to count him out, but Patrick happens to be right next to Mikey Fumbles, who echoes his sentiment from several episodes ago that Patrick never quits. This seems to give Patrick enough motivation to roll back into the ring and get to his feet, and given that the ref is in Barry's pocket I'll opine that that was a pretty generous count there. After the ref is satisfied that Patrick is okay to go on, Reynolds advances again, and when Patrick ties him up, Reynolds pushes a forearm into his throat, which the commentators note is illegal. However, the ref yells not at Reynolds but at Patrick for holding, and then Patrick trips getting out of Reynolds's way but the ref rules it another knockdown and gives Patrick a mandatory eight-count, which frankly he looks like he could use, but as I mentioned earlier, another knockdown and the fight is over. Brennan points out, for the benefit of the slow class, that Barry has the ref, and then Reynolds gets Patrick into a corner and starts beating the crap out of him, but just as it looks like Patrick is going to lose his feet for the third and last time, the bell saves him. Not that, from the look on his face, he sees it that way.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B- | 726 USERS: B-
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