Horrible news. A really good young actor, and you had the feeling that he had a ton of great work ahead of him.
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
I thought the golden turd subplot was sweet. It actually started in season 1. Roger spent an epsisode trying to find out what his special powers were. He couldn't fly, couldn't walk through walls, but he could crap gold. Brilliant!