Believe me, I was really disappointed when it wasn't in the '94 staging. I like the song a lot because it tells us immediately that Gooch will be a warm, caring person in Patrick's life in contrast to Mame's occasional neglectful behavior.
You've seen the show many more times than I have. I respect your opinions. I've enjoyed reading all your posts in this thread. They've been very enlightening. I think it's always interesting to consider different points of view.