I’m a real sucker for stuff like this, but most of you are already aware of that.
At no point does Thomas’s mother actually identify herself as who she is, but I meant to imply that she had met Carol previously. Likely while visiting Thomas. Not as the mother of her boyfriend, but as the mother of a coworker. Carol is not so stupid as to not realize who she’s speaking to. The prior page more or less states that she’s seen Carol in person. For the moment I’m sold on the choice, but I may alter the dialoge slightly someday to make it more pedestrian if it looks like people are confused.