Unconscious Uncoupling: Joey Boots & High Pitch Erik

A Wack Pack Spat Comes to a Head

April 6, 2016
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Joey Boots and High Pitch Erik stopped by the studio early in the morning for Erik to pick up his Flat Ronnie, but Joey had an ulterior motive for coming. Howard brought Joey in first while Erik was distracted in the green room to explain the situation.

Apparently Joey came into a little sum of money that he considers “life-changing,” so he wants to move into a new apartment. He currently lives in the same building as High Pitch and they’ve always discussed moving into a two-bedroom apartment together – but the problem lies in the fact that he won’t be able to afford a two-bedroom anywhere in Manhattan since Erik only receives SSI money and little stipend from “Blue Bloods.”

Joey decided that he would move into a one-bedroom apartment by himself, but needed Howard to help him break the news to Erik, who he doesn’t think will really understand.

“In a sense, Erik doesn’t understand money all that well,” Howard agreed.

“I feel like I’m going to be abandoning him,” the distraught Wack Packer told Howard as tears streamed out of his eyes. “I’m upset about this; I really am.”

Joey explained that he’s known High Pitch for 17 years and they’ve lived in the same building for the past six. “He’s just like family to me,” he said.

Howard told Joey that he would try his best to help Erik accept the news. And with that they brought in the oversized Wack Packer.

“I’m doing ok,” High Pitch, who recently suffered a possible seizure, told Howard as he walkered himself into the studio.

Howard discussed Erik’s health for a few minutes before subtly shifting the conversation with affirmations that Erik’s health was no one responsibility but his own – not Howard’s and not Joey’s.

“You’ve got to be a strong person,” Erik replied hesitantly as he sensed the conversation shifting.

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Joey began by explaining to Erik again that he had come into a sum of money and had started looking for apartments before making the big reveal: “I can only afford to get a one-bedroom apartment,” he said finally.

“This is a shock to me that you’re telling me this,” High Pitch said. The despondent Wack Packer first tried to insist that he had seen two-bedroom apartments listed for $1,400, but Joey reminded him that they were scams – similar to the one that High Pitch fell for himself and lost money to.

“But what am I going to do without you?” Erik pleaded.

Joey explained that he has been going on more and more acting auditions, but everything is in Manhattan so that’s where he wants to live. “I’ve got to move on with my life,” he said.

“I can’t let him go. I can’t let him go.” Erik cried out before Howard intervened and tried to reason with him.

High Pitch conceded that he might be okay with the situation later, “but it’ll be hard at first.” He also wondered why Joey hadn’t told him sooner, but Joey maintained that he needed Howard’s help in smoothing it over.

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After some coaxing, Erik agreed that he would try and accept the situation and wouldn’t bring up his health to try and guilt Joey into staying.

“This is your moment,” Howard encouraged Erik.

No sooner had the dust settled on the subject than High Pitch started trying to tell Howard about his reported “love triangle” and girl problems.

Shuli quickly put the kibosh on it though, informing Howard that Erik was just trying to impress one of the women by getting her name on the air.

“This is my time!” Joey screamed in response to High Pitch’s quick pivot. “I was in tears for nothing.”

Needless to say, Erik should be fine when Joey moves on to a bigger and better apartment. And he got his Flat Ronnie back.

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