'Houston, we have a problem' was a nice touch. ;) And it sounds like he tried to work out a way to be there, but it is impossible with his current schedule.
Now, for a bit of good news. :) Monday Mornings ratings were up again. Last weeks episode had 1.32 million viewers (and a .3 in the 18-49 demo). The overall viewership would be slightly about average. But last night's outing had 1.60 million viewers and a .4 rating - a 21% increase week to week. Hopefully, this upward trend will continue with the season finale next week.