“The Patty Winters Show” is a fictional daytime talk show not unlike the real-life shows of Jerry Springer, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Greg Geraldo, which were very popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is also Patrick Bateman’s favorite television program. Every day he watches the show, noting the bizarre topic of the episode (“UFOs that kill,” “nuclear war,” “a new sport called Dwarf Tossing”) and often calling his friends on the phone to ridicule the new batch of guests on each day. Bateman’s obsession with the show is a reflection of the wild secrets he is keeping from the rest of the world. While he may outwardly appear to be a perfect member of a mainstream (though still highly exclusive) society and culture, the secret life and personality he shares only with the reader show him to be not dissimilar from the “freaks” that are guests on the show. Furthermore, the recurrence of “The Patty Winters Show” and its wild topics is routinely cited in analyses of the book as a litmus test for Bateman’s mental state; the stranger and more unbelievable the day’s topic or guests on the show are, the more likely Bateman is in a hallucinatory state in the moment he recounts the show to the reader.
“The Patty Winters Show” Quotes in American Psycho
“Please do not sit in the same row in court with Janet. When I look over toward you there she sits contemplating me with her mad eyes like a deranged seagull studying a clam… I can feel her spreading hot sauce on me already…”