Oh my gosh, Lu Ann Tommie is being whisked away to fabulous North DakotaDallas Italy for a month until she becomes interesting by comparison to Lu Ann!! Presumably this is so that readers will stop commenting things like "what happened to Tommie?" or "did Tommie die?" or "how does the apartment stay so clean if Tommie's not around?"
BUT! There's a slim chance we're in for some Dawn Weston-esque mopey adventures around Italy! Tommie could definitely pull it off, especially in that green sweatshirt. Maybe it's time to pull out the dress you got from I Dressed in the Dark.