I had initially come to the conclusion that Lynn would be in a hurry to re-introduce her shaggy, lumbering draw-card so she could get the kudos she wants in a hurry. In hindsight, I have to say that that was rather foolish of me. Now that we're actually watching his return it's obvious that she'd want to extend the sequence as long as possible so as to get more praise. It's too bad that by doiung so, she's exposed the thing that makes the new-run format such a bad idea; she's adding in strips that we don't really need to see. We don't, for instance, need to see John tell Mrs Baird that Elly doesn't want a dog or his getting urinated on. We might need to see a strip that has Elly express a legitimate concern about how the dog and Liz would get along but Lynn probably woudn't think to add that; she'd probably use the time to make Rod look like a jerkwad by proxy. To think she thinks she'd punish people by going to straight reprints when, if fact, she'd be doing them a favor.