I had forgotten all of this, and still don't really remember it. I wish we'd seen a flashback or something, which would have been an inelegant but helpful way to connect the dots for people like me who don't recall every plotline from an entire series.
I, too, thought Albert would die, but I don't think of him as a main character. He wouldn't be any loss for the show, but I want Chim to be happy so I'm glad he lived.
I didn't expect the drunk driver to simply be extremely drunk. She was totally ignoring her child and Maddie on the phone. She didn't speak a word and just kept driving