Okay I figured out the problem. The Intel 5100 AGN wireless nic does not conform properly to 802.11g standards. I have a WRT54G v2 and everything's connected fine to that but introduce the 5100 and bam, source of nightmares. So sorry about the glitches, but source found.
Episode 7 did not air last week as the Bravo Celeb A List awards aired that night.