On the date, a boring evening is broken up only by an amusing diatribe by Tom against the movie In & Out.
A few days later they run into each other at a flea market and hit it off, winding up back at Eli's place where Tom spends the night. Jackie and Brett decide to try again to set them up, and the two men start to develop a relationship.
Good thing it’s one of those TV tumors that come equipped with a Very Important Lesson. He’s kind of closed-off and keeps to himself, and we began to see his veneer crack as the cases go along.
Tom's fear of becoming emotionally close coupled with Eli's own insecurities makes it difficult for them to maintain, but Jackie and Brett get engaged which forces Tom and Eli together.
They disguise their unease behind petty arguments over meaningless details of grammar and pronunciation but are finally able to push past the pettiness and make love.
Esther tries to teach Eli to be more understanding of Tom's emotional needs.
The AA member tries to sexually assault Tom, and when he tells Jackie she upbraids him for throwing Eli away for daring to fall for him.
That is, if a brain tumor can still double as a fluffy storyline.