The episode feels like a summation of the show’s thoughts on what it means to be mortal.
Savage men who disagree beat each other’s brains in. “Civilized” men who disagree send proxies to beat each other’s brains in.
By episode’s end, the political speeches postponed by Al in the season opener had taken place, but Al paid a price for his defiance.
Also check out Armond White’s column, in which he beats down Woody Allen.