As I posted somewhere else, is it a huge deal or merely an irony? I don't think Pat knows EJ's connection yet to the Dimeras/Phoenix. I think maybe the new writer is messing with us, maybe little morsels for us to chew on. Sheffer is a cleaver man!
And in his video interview, he did say Patch/Steve would appear to have his memory back for the purposes of, this is taking place now....but then eventually will actually regain his memory for real. Cool! Maybe not dragging out so much as before.