Did Tommie get furloughed from her federal nursing job and now she feels like there's nothing for her in America? I guess it's nice that Ms. Shulock gave at least a feeble explanation for Tommie's absence, although honestly I don't think anyone even remembers what she looks like.
I'm disappointed though, I thought that scene between Cole and Lu Ann was going somewhere! Lu Ann with her shoes kicked off, Cole clearly staring at her butt, everyone getting delirious on cups of coffee—and then, Marty busting in, drunk and angry, to find them canoodling on the green cameo chair! Is something like that going to happen? Eventually?