When we return, it's still the break, and Stacy Keach asks Patrick if he wants him to stop the fight, like, apparently Stacy Keach has not inspected his bank account lately. Patrick, however, is more up on such matters, and as such tells Stacy Keach he wants to continue, so Stacy Keach tells Patrick to take control and surprise Reynolds. It seems apparent that he's changing the strategy (a) because of the crooked ref's refusal to let Patrick tie Reynolds up, and (b) the fact that there's no way Patrick can take even one more round of the punishment he's receiving via the original plan. Despite that, however, the second round starts pretty much where the first one left off, but after a bit of that, Patrick comes off the ropes and lands the best punch he's thrown so far, catching Reynolds flat-footed, and they look far more evenly matched as Patrick presses his attacking strategy. In fact, at one point Reynolds resorts to tying Patrick up, and after the commentators make note of the fact that the ref is allowing this, they speculate that Reynolds put out so much energy in the first round that he doesn't have much left.
Despite the fact that the ref continues his shady behavior, Patrick continues with his new tactics, and he clearly ends up winning the round, with Reynolds looking fairly dazed by the end. Not so dazed, though, that when his wife yells at him to get off the ropes, he doesn't fix her with a "You want to get in here and do this?" look. Heh. By the way, I don't want to forget to give credit where it's due, so let me say that as it has consistently been during the run of the show, the fight choreography has been superb, as has the camerawork in the fight scenes. Really impressive stuff. In the Leary corner, Johnny is working on Patrick, as he's got a cut above his eye OH WHAT A SURPRISE, prompting Brennan to tell his muscle to go inform the doctor that this fight does not stop. Stacy Keach counsels Patrick on how to turn the fact that Reynolds will be going after his eye to his advantage, and then, after Patrick gets to his feet and exchanges a meaningful look with Theresa, it's on to Round Three...after a commercial break.