In case you forgot, last season on LMOE, Phil’s brother, Mike (Jason Sudeikis), who was previously in space came down to earth, landing somewhere off the coast of Florida. He came across a boat inhabited by a paranoid conspiracy theorist (Mark Boone Junior). When Pat took Mike to shore, he had them both put on hazmat suits to keep them safe from the virus. Mike’s suit tears and Pat leaves him behind.
The season opens with Phil and the gang spotting a boat with three men in hazmat suits approaching their home in Malibu. (I’m sure you can tell by the suits and my recap that one of the men is Pat.)
The men storm the house, and everyone scrambles, freaking out. Carol lets Melissa out of the stocks, but makes her promise that she is done with firearms (she had been getting a little trigger happy last season, almost shooting Carol when startled in the middle of the night).
As soon as Carol lets Melissa free, Melissa retrieves her shotgun from a bedazzled boot in her room.
Meanwhile, everyone else is trying (and failing) to hide.
Todd makes a reach for his Mr. T keychain, but bumps it, making Mr. T say his iconic line, “I pity the fool,” which then tips it off to Pat that someone is hiding over there. (Speaking of Todd, did anyone else think Mel Rodriguez looked way different without his mustache?)
Melissa barges in the room and tells the men to put their guns down. One turns quickly toward her with his gun still in his hand, and she shoots him. They take off the mask to reveal Darrell (a special cameo by Jon Hamm, January Jones’s former Man Men costar) right before he dies.
They put a nice ceremony together. Carol draws this lovely portrait of Darrell to hang on his grave
Todd sings Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship, accompanied by Gail on the accordion.
The group discusses whether to allow Lewis (Kenneth Choi. I really appreciate the mini-reunions of both Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy in this episode) and Pat to stay. After a lot of bickering, Phil convinces everyone to give these two a chance. While walking back up to the house, Pat pulls Lewis aside and reminds him that they both have secrets and to keep his mouth shut.
Phil shows Pat his new room, which is the masturbatorium that Carol made last season.
As an icebreaker, Pat offers to decorate everyone’s jeans. No one seems very enthusiastic, aside from Phil
“Great ice breaker. Too bad the Titanic wasn’t made of your jeans, huh?”
Unable to read Phil’s facial expressions, Carol asks Phil to put on the pair of fake eyebrows she made for him. Erica tells Phil that his eyebrows looks insane and Gail asks what’s wrong with this face. Pat has already grown some kind of protective attachment to his new friend, Phil, and is ready to fight the girls, until Phil stresses that they were just razzing on him.
Todd, Gail, Carol, and Erica question Lewis about Pat’s dealio. Eventually, Lewis tells them that Pat is very dangerous and that he had killed someone (presumably Phil’s brother, Mike).
Phil and Pat continue bonding. Phil talks about losing his brother recently. Pat says he also lost a friend recently. They come to the realization that their loved ones are both named Mike, but it’s a fairly common name, so they chalk it up to coincidence.
Later, the group brings up the new information to Phil that they’ve learned about Pat. Phil points out that three of their own people are also murderers. Carol, Melissa, and Gail were all the cause of someone’s death (OMG – give Gail a break. Emergency appendectomies are hard! She tried her best to save Other Phil!). When Pat sees a picture of Phil with Mike, he gets angry – feeling like he’s been lied to and that this has all been a trick by the government to get him to take his suit off so he’ll get infected by the virus.
He wastes a couple shots, and once he’s out of bullets, everyone takes off to the van, in an attempt to get away, but Pat reappears with more ammo and shoots right at them.
With Todd behind the wheel, they crash into Pat and keep driving.
RUH ROH. What does this mean for everyone? Are we leaving Malibu? Will fun-loving Todd have some trauma to deal with after this experience? Is this the last we’ll see of Pat?
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