As you know, the Pattersons of the old-run era were idiots with their money. We started off with John and Elly living about a paycheck away from the poorhouse despite his being in a high paying job. It took them years to climb out of a debt burden that was ludicrously high. Worse, John had difficulty with the concept that he had to spend the money he earned on necessities instead of toys. Since it was his because he earned it, he thought that he should be the only person that got to decide how to spend it. Not only was he a chauvinistic jerk, he was an irresponsible fool. Making sure his family is provided for should have been at the top of his to-do list at all times; sating his vanity should be way down on the list. The new-run Pattersons will be different people, I think. Just as the downtrodden real Elly couldn't do anything around the house but move the dirt around has been replaced by the remorselessly efficient RevElly, financial idiot John will be replaced by RetJohn, financial genius. We can look forward to his having more than enough salted away to make sure that Elly doesn't have to work.