^ Now that would've really been an improvement!
They really did go overboard with Eli's characterization. It got annoying that they held so tightly to that initial concept. I do wish they hadn't made him soooooo pathetic as to be living at home with his dying mother, her going to work despite facing HIV, while he stayed home, unemployed, not looking for work, burning thru mom's broadband playing online games.
He should have been stuck in an "The Office" type situation dealing with an obnoxious boss that exploited his need for employment, among a strange set of co workers, while squeezing in college courses on the weekends, where Rush discovers him.... :-)