If you've taken in the international clips from Lost Without You, then you probably remember this line was part of Joe and Oliver's campfire chat. What you probably didn't take away from it was a massive revelation about Joseph O'Toole that stems from his occupation.
In Truth Be Told we discovered Joseph O'Toole was a Senior Expeditor at FedEx prior to his very recent retirement, breaking 200 years of O'Toole family tradition---much to Oliver's disapproval. But what if Papa O'Toole's position wasn't just his occupation, but a commentary on his function in the series as well?
To answer that, we first have to know what it means to be a Senior Expeditor.
The long and short of it is that someone with this occupation is extremely skilled at facilitating processes, and getting things where they need to be, when they need to be there, troubleshooting along the way if needed. The word "expedite" itself encompasses "speeding up the process of" something.
But on a much larger scale, Papa O'Toole has expedited and helped facilitate the delivery of a much more precious "package"---his own son, as he played a key role in Oliver's transformation into the man we see before us at the end of Lost Without You.
Truth Be Told
As if Oliver wasn't already experiencing an incremental deconstruction---initiated only just the previous week with Holly's return and subsequent departure---Papa O'Toole had to come in like a wrecking ball, challenging Oliver to his very core with the revelation he wasn't born an O'Toole.
In his House Rules check-in, we determined that God has been pulling Oliver towards Him by taking away every fickle and fleeting thing in which Oliver placed his identity until there was nothing left but God in whom Oliver could---and should---identify, a process which Joe's revelation expedited.
One In A Million
The Expeditor he is, Joe didn't waste a second troubleshooting---and attempting to resolve---ShOliver's failure to "click" after witnessing a single interaction between Oliver and Shane. We already know Papa O'Toole thinks highly of Shane, in fact, he's Team ShOliver's MVP, and apparently even suggested Oliver take her to dinner long before the Valentine in From The Heart ever materialized.
Yet as he takes in Oliver's recounting of their disastrous evening at Montaldo's, he finds a way to confront Oliver with his pain, reminding Oliver that at his core he possesses "love, power, [and] a sound mind." Joe even offers a solution to move past the pain, telling Oliver he "has what it takes to try again...[he] just has to try again." These words seem to not only influence Oliver's interaction with Curly, but provide the courage he needs to ask Shane for a second-chance dinner within the week.
Lost Without You
There's nothing like death to cause one to reflect deeply on life. And no doubt Papa O'Toole's near-death experience had a profound impact on Oliver's perspective on the state of his affairs. But it was Joe reminding Oliver of his first time in the mountains that provided the context for Oliver's prayerful introspection on the heartbreak he encountered as a child, and its lingering influence on his life and love into adulthood. Throughout the course of a single night, Oliver's heart was transformed.
The fruit of this soul-searching is evident in Oliver's words to his father about there being "a lot of leaving in [their] family" and his desire they end the trend. Similarly, it's revealed in Oliver's words to Shane, "hoping [their] first date isn't [their] last," his commitment to expanding his beverage pallet, and even resolving to accept Shane's level of faith as it stood, only to find she, too, had been expeditiously brought to a new place in that regard.
We already loved Papa O'Toole for so many reasons, but now we can also love him from the pivotal role he played in the nature and quality of his son's personal development. And to think this new perspective came from thinking just a little bit harder about his scandalous position with FedEx!
Arriving On Time,