I'm experiencing ECR even more now at the thought of August's episode being from earlier in the series. Feels like abandoning the team to their grief.
Just re-read the thread while checking on the new messages and noticed a couple of things:
It seems strange to drag us away from the grief over Daphne, but structurally Walking Back to Houston
provides two things. First provides the PTB extra space between the death and the next story, remember that the timeline caught up with the realtime clock in a way that hasn't happened in a long time (I wasn't aboard until after S1, so I don't know how close it ran then). That space gives time for grieving, but also for certain other developments to happen that might take a little while to bed themselves into a certain person's psyche.
Secondly it reminds us of the dynamic around Hafidha functioning normally, which we haven't seen in a long time, and particularly Hafidha functioning around Chaz. Heal one....