I wonder if this is why they sent Jake off into the Army last season. He's barely appeared this season. Apparently Jones has become more religious over the past year and this may have led the producers to lessen his role. I wouldn't be surprised if eventually he and the producers get together and get him out of his contract. If they really need a half man maybe they can reveal that Walden has a kid he knows nothing about and is dropped on his doorstep by someone.