Honestly , i don't really mind it when Patrick acts like a jerk . He can be funny at times like that scene in The Splinter when Patrick saying that he went to medical school . Secondly , Patrick has always been a jerk whenever he is in control of something or somebody . I can give you a few examples : Suds , Hooky , I'm with Stupid , Rock a Bye Bivalve , New Student Starfish etc . You can't say that Patrick being a jerk is out of character for him because he's always been like that from time to time . Patrick being a jerk isn't bad because he's always been like that and it creates a conflict for the episode . Like how are you supposed to have a conflict without any of the characters acting mean ? Patrick is still the same kind hearted dummy that we know and i disagree with him being ''flanderized '' (i don't like that word ) because he's always been a jerk .