That being said, we at least don't have to watch Lynn to do to him what she did to the other hold-over from the Early Years: Mrs Baird. In about six months time, we're going to watch the kids get all weepy about how life is always changing and thus getting ruined forever because Thelma simply can't live in her house any longer. While it did set up something Mike liked by having Lawrence back so he could pretend life wasn't going to change substantively, it also set things up for the first death we saw in the strip. In about two years or so, the poor thing will pass quietly in her sleep and we'll be watching Elly wonder where people's priorities are.
It turns out that people's priorities are in trying to will themselves to forget that people die; this is because she goes through the same thing with her mother and doesn't seem to have learned much from having to bury Mrs Baird. The legacy she leaves behind is the need to connect the pets to Farley the shambling and brain-damaged abuse victim pet of delight.