Imagine my confusion when he joined Deanna in vanishing into the ether after the Halloween dance. It was almost as if Lynn had grown tired of having to draw and write for him and just wasted a perfectly good plot out of boredom. Actually, it was exactly that. As history teaches us, Lynn has a very low tolerance for characters she finds unpleasant to write for. First off, we have to deal with Janice Madigan who, as Lynn said, was supposed to be some sort of wild child making Elly's life worse by leading Mike astray and putting the evil idea that no, Elly doesn't know what she's talking about into his head. She didn't last long and got mutated into a girly-girl besides. Next, there's Fiona who was an anti-Elly because she wasn't so up her ass about every damned thing. Lynn couldn't wait to get rid of someone who even she saw was more charismatic and sympathetic than her avatar.
Finally, it's also why Annie and John faded from prominence. She had to go away because Lynn never wanted to look at the collapse of her first marriage lest she see that she isn't one hundred percent blameless and she also didn't want to see that maybe she might just have driven Rod into another's arms.