Beth: Why did he do it?
Pete: All the regular reasons, I guess. He needed to let off some steam, he needed adventure, he needed to feel handsome again, he needed to feel that he knew something — that all this aging was worth something because he knew things young people didn’t know yet. He probably thought it would be like having a few tall drinks and feeling very, very good. And then he’d go back to his life and say, “that was nice”.
Beth: But then he got sick?
Pete: When it went away… He was heartbroken. And then he realized everything he already had was not right either. And that was why it had happened at all. And that his life with his family was some temporary bandage on a permanent wound.