Tommy -- who still hasn't spoken a word in this episode -- walks into his dark apartment, alone. He hears what sounds like a little kid running down the hall and calls out, "Connor?" Interesting that Connor's name was Tommy's first line of the episode. Ooh, this is kind of like Pet Sematery and it's creeping me out. He hears the footsteps again and walks to Connor's old room, where he finds his father and Teddy sleeping in the bunk beds. Aw. It's kind of sweet that they're staying at Tommy's. Even though, if you think about it, they have nowhere else to stay. Tommy hears the footsteps again, and this time you see a flash of a kid running behind him. Spooky. Zombies! Tommy walks back out into the living room and calls Connor's name again. He hears the footsteps once again, and goes back out the front door.
Tommy takes the podium at an AA meeting and announces, for the first time, "My name is, uh, Tommy and, uh, I'm an alcoholic." Mick, sitting in the audience, kind of squints. Tommy continues to explain that he's a fireman, and five days ago, his only son was killed by a drunk driver. He concludes, "And, I don't really give a shit about anything anymore." He leaves the podium and walks right out of the meeting.
Tommy walks into, I guess, the apartment he occupied at the beginning of the season, which is pretty deserted, carrying a garbage bag full of liquor bottles. He takes one out, uncaps it, and prepares to take a big swig. He's interrupted by a knock on the door, and then Johnny walks in and says he figured Tommy would be there. He adds, "I'm not here to judge you, bro. Knock yourself out." Some people on the forums were confused by Johnny's not trying to get Tommy to stop drinking, but I think that's exactly what he was doing. He just knew that trying to stop him overtly would result in a verbal or physical sparring match and ultimately be futile. Tommy stands with the liquor bottle in his hands as Johnny reports that Janet isn't doing so well, and even talked about jumping out the window so that she could be with Connor. Johnny ended up sleeping on the couch at her place. I do wonder about Johnny and Janet's relationship, but maybe that's another plot for next season. Tommy listens, still clutching the bottle, but still not taking a swig. Johnny says that the girls are doing okay, but that "Janet's going to take a while." Johnny finally says what he came to say: "We got the guy, Tommy." He shows Tommy a picture of Joss Whedon, the guy who killed Connor, and explains that they found him in Maryland, still driving the car. Tommy puts down the bottle and stares at the photo. Apparently, Joss has had five DUIs in the last few years, but he has friends in the DA's office, so he always gets off. Johnny reports that Joss is going to skate on this one too, and that the guy only got sixty hours of community service for his last violation. Johnny gives Tommy the news that they're bringing the guy back to New York for booking and a bail hearing, but then they'll release him and "it's anybody's ballgame." Tommy sets the bottle down again, and puts the cap back on this time. He hands the bottles to Johnny and says, "Find out what time the train comes in on Friday." Johnny asks if he's sure, and Tommy says that he is. Johnny promises, "Done." He leaves with the liquor.