Can someone wake me up when this characterization starts to make sense again? Because I keep waiting, but it’s getting increasingly painful. I’ll let Emma ask the pertinent question:
EMMA: Why are you taking so long to bring me and mommy home?
PATRICK: Because me and mommy have been apart for a little while, so we just need to take a little time to get to know each other a little bit. Unfortunately, I can’t do that by spending any time with her. I mean, that would be crazy. Do you understand?
PATRICK: Good talk.
(It’s possible I may have been paraphrasing a bit for part of that, but I think I captured the essence.)
So, it’s been over a day now and Patrick apparently still doesn’t know where Robin’s been all this time. Or how she got free. Or why this all happened. Has her captivity affected her mentally or physically? How’s her HIV status these days? Does she have any PTSD? HE HAS NO IDEA. And worse — he doesn’t even seem to care.
I don’t mind him feeling confused about how to deal with the Sabrina situation. But why is that the only thing he’s thinking about right now? Where is the urgency? He’s like this pod person inhabiting Patrick’s body all of a sudden.
It certainly doesn’t help that Robin is suddenly being given the vengeful woman scorned edit. How? How do you take a story with this much soapy goodness going for it and mess it up this bad in the home stretch?
(You know, I’m still 99.9% sure this is leading to a Robin/Patrick reunion. But after today’s bizarre scenes, in which they were written like a divorced couple working out custody arrangements, I’m starting to worry if I’ll still be rooting for it by the time we get there.)
(FIX IT, WRITERS. FIX IT FAST.)
In less enraging news — and I can’t believe I’m about to say this — Lucy cheated on Kevin. I know! I hate it when she and Doc fight. But unlike a certain other couple I could name, their problems at least sort of ring true to the characters. Even if they have been mostly taking place off screen.
Plus, her one night stand with Scotty was all fun and old school, and it gave him a chance to validate all of my feelings about his Laura obsession:
LUCY: What about Laura?
SCOTTY: Laura… that was a huge mistake. I tried to recapture the past, which was long, long gone. You’re the one that’s always on my side. And I’m not just talking about my campaign manager or this mess with Heather or Franco.
SCOTTY: Lucy, you’re the one that I always turn to.
LUCY: And you are always the one that I turn to. You know you’re always there and you always help and — in fact you helped me get Deception off the ground while Kevin was whiling away the hours in his office.
SCOTTY: That’s what I’m saying: partners in crime, peas in a pod.
Thank you, Scotty! Banter! Humor! A relationship based on reality and not some teenage fantasy that never really existed in the first place! I can’t really argue with any of that… except Lucy and Scotty are obviously better off being platonic besties forever so she can eventually make up with Kevin.
(WHICH HAD BETTER FREAKING HAPPEN, CARLIVATI. You’re on thin ice right now, buddy.)