Thursday, July 10, 2008
Like Father, Like Son?
Today everyone was dressed and ready to go to court. Robin, Anna and Patrick where in Robin's apartment when Noah arrives and Patrick asks "What the hell is he doing here?" Noah tries to get Patrick to leave by saying that Robin doesn't need the stress. Robin tells Noah that he doesn't understand and It's not like she can't stand the site of Patrick. Anna chimes in "you love him right?" Robin "Yes .." Anna says this is all over the fact that Robin doesn't really think that Patrick wants to be a father. Noah adds " if Patrick says he wants to be a father he is either lying or in denial." Patrick asks where all this in site is coming from because it sure wasn't around when he was growing up, then you crawled into a bottle and disappeared all together. Noah "that's exactly my point!" Ann says that is her point too, that Patrick has alot of unresolved issues with Noah and she thinks that Robin would feel alot more comfortable about having Patrick as the father of her child if they could work through some of their anger and resentment..... "Starting Now" The scene end with a very awkward silence.
Then next scene opens with Patrick saying that the issues with his father have nothing to do with this situation. Anna says yes they do "it's about breaking the cycle and learning from the past" Patrick asks how the healing process is going to happen if Noah won't even acknowledge what he has done. Noah says Patrick has no idea and that he carries it with him everyday. Patrick gets up and shoves Noah saying that they have reached an equilibrium and they can work as co workers and he can deal with him running off to Dr's without borders without saying good-bye but if he think he can start acting like a father now .... you can't rewrite history. Patrick says it was all about Noah's career. Noah agrees says "yes it was and like it or not I am your role model and you will treat that baby exactly the same." Patrick says well then I'm destined to become a hack and a drunk and the is not going to happen! Noah tells them he is talking about being a bad father not a drunk and asks how long is he going to have to pay for that?! Patrick "You Pay? Are you kidding, you're talking about you paying?" Noah comes back with "I can't change the past!" Robin cuts in "Just Stop!!"
The next scene starts with Robin explaining that seeing them going after each other breaks her heart especially when she is carrying Patrick's child and Noah's grandchild. Noah says Patrick is right they have found a place to coexist but when you throw something volatile like this into the mix .... and Anna interrupts "you will resolve it the way every other father and son does around the world." She tells Patrick that Noah has made mistakes but he needs to move on ... Patrick asks if he should just forget it ... Anna says yes, that she has made some terrible mistakes with Robin but they talk about it. Robin chimes in "because we love each other and so do you, you two love each other, everyone can see it but you. Maybe it's because you are so alike, you are both brilliant and gifted men" "And flawed" Anna adds. Robin agrees and adds "wonderful and compassionate" Then Noah says "you're forgetting the big one, we are both incredibly selfish, you know I started a family and married Maddy when my career was much more important to me, I lead her to believe that we would be partners but she was on her own, she was Mother and Father because I couldn't be there, I just couldn't commit. And I know you say that you want to be a part of this baby's life but being there day to day you no more have that in you than I did. Get out before you make the same mistakes and you end up with the same self loathing that I have!" And they Noah was out of a silent room.