I never heard anything in the news that he was even sick, and according to the article, he was recently been diagnosed with leukemia.
"I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do. I enjoy the company of prostitutes because it's a fun thing to do. If you combine the two together, it's probably even more fun." -- Representative Robert Wexler (D - FL)
The preview for this week shows Maureen again, so I'd guess its going to pick back. I don't remember any of the dialogue though. I noticed the Coors references too but didn't see them all until your pic. Nice find.