Justin goes to check up on his new bestie, Zack the homeless vet. He pretends it is about Zack's head injury, but really it is about this show finding a platform to talk about how we treat veterans in this country. You see, Zack is homeless. He's called the Veterans' Administration, which is supposed to help vets, but since he doesn't have a drug problem they can't help him. He thought about starting a drug habit to get housing, but doesn't like drugs. Justin nods like he understands, which ticks Zack off. Zack yells at Justin to get out of his face, but since Justin is also a vet and is used to getting yelled at by large men, he doesn't flinch. He wants to help. He is a helper, that Justin. Maybe Malcolm Gladwell will write a book about it. You know, if he's really really bored and done pruning his hair into an animal topiary.
Tommy has done his avuncular duty and returned lil Joaquin Whedon (who knew alliteration could be so, so wrong?) to grandma's. While he is there he takes a moment to chat with Brody. He is so desperate for a father figure he will latch on to any junk-bearing dude who wanders into Walker Manor. Do you ever get the sense that Tommy blames Nora for William's death even though CLEARLY it was Paige's fault? Just me? I'm sure you all have big important lives to lead that don't involve Walker conspiracy theories but DON'T YOU JUDGE ME.
Anyway. Tommy loves Brody's dog, Lily, and Brody claims it's the longest relationship with a female that he's ever had. Sad that, but maybe referring to women as "females" has a little to do with it. Tommy uses some light dog talk to open up about the fact that his ex-wife won't let him see his daughter very often (hmm maybe because you stole money, lied to your wife, and kidnapped your daughter?) and how he is generally unhappy with his life choices and can't figure out why he doesn't have a home or a job he likes. Um... maybe because you spontaneously moved 2,000 miles south on a whim, haven't packed up your Seattle apartment or even picked up the rest of your underwear, and thus haven't quite settled down yet? Maybe? Also Tommy has to live with Rose's accent everyday, which must wear down his élan and vim a little at a time every day. Tommy tells Brody he doesn't even know what line of work he is in any more. Shut UP, Tommy.