I think the way her hair is done now is due to her being in command, more professional I guess.Someone said she was wearing a wig while playing her younger self, but I couldn't tell. I do prefer the younger hairstyle she used, in comparison to her current older hairstyle.
Maybe it's just the locals you have? I'm on EA 1000.2 with an H3 and PTAT and autohop enabled and it works fine for me. The only problem I had was during Season 1 when the NFL games ran long and would cut into the show, and then the stupid post-game show would further push back the episode's starting time too.