A cop with the Chicago Police Department, Pat is just a regular guy who loves his city, the Bears, and his family — not necessarily in that order. He is a devoted father to Jimmy, Kenny, and Shannon, if not at times an inept one, having once brought his kids to visit a gruesome crash site to teach them not to drink and drive. After eighteen years as Eileen's affable, compliant husband, their separation leaves him a little less than prepared to handle life on his own as a single guy. Now that he's suddenly independent, Pat's going to have to learn to make his own decisions about things, whether that's how to raise his kids, or how to buy furniture for himself. The good news is that if Pat ever needs Eileen's help, he only has to take a short trip upstairs from his "divorce apartment," also known as the basement, where she will be only too happy to weigh in with her opinions.