The sound seemed fine to me on DirecTV.
Matalin...wow. She was as stoned as some liberal hippie
I think her being "ill" was an explanation they used to cover up that she showed up stoned. Maher probably loved every minute of it. I think James wasn't quite sure how to act. He seemed very subservient to her for some reason, but maybe he just didn't want to antagonize her in her state. It was fun to watch!!.
My son, who had no idea who she was, heard her talking and first thing he said was "Is she wasted?"