Sales people for essential industries are considered essential. Believe it or not, my niece represents a liquor company and her job required that she still make the rounds of liquor stores (there's no liquor sales in grocery stores where she lives). And yes, liquor stores are considered "essential"; I talked to one owner and she said her sales were up 50%.
"Leave the kids at home"? Hey, they ARE at home.
Since you don't normally watch this show, maybe you don't know, but we have seen several band member's kids at various times, not to mention Seth's kids as well, and the guests'... also pets.
For any of you who get COZY TV, I just saw an ad that they're playing season 10 of "Roseanne" (the season before "The Conners") next week. According to my schedule, it's 4 episodes every night from 8pm-10pm Monday-Friday.
About the cocktails: I've noticed it too, but maybe it's just that we rarely see talk show hosts drink anyway. I think he's professional enough to know when he's overdoing it. (I hope!)
Some hosts seem to do better than others. Maybe it's the delivery, or the pausing between jokes. I don't think Stephen has done a lot of standup, which is probably better preparation for a non-responsive audience. Trevor Noah on The Daily Show seems to be better at delivering the jokes without an audience.
Here is an account by his wife of John Prine's last days - at the bottom of the article is a link where you can hear the story from BBC Radio:
I don't see it on the schedule in the next week (as far ahead as my cable schedule guide shows), and the last episode on IMDB.COM is "Cause Of Death".
I think Darlene does have some responsibility for helping Dan. She's... what, 40? Something like that. And she has been living in her father's house as an adult for several years. If it were MY dad, I'd want to do whatever it takes to keep him in his house.