Lou has come down with a bad eye infection. He can't appear in the cartoon due to ACCU rules (Aging Cartoon Character Union). Cartoon characters in the union are prohibited from being in a cartoon when they could possibly infect other cartoon characters. Lou was probably infected while having a few beers with some stick figures. One of them seemed to have a reddish sort of puffy eye. Anyway.... this week you are encouraged to visit a past episode or two on the site and Lou hopes to be back next week.