Now if you're Andrea Zuckerman...no, you stay to build sandcastles.
Sad, but true. Maybe that's why Brandon took Susan's leaving so hard. Andrea had already taught him that smart, driven women give up their opportunities at every turn. :(
I like that they brought back Munz for a few episodes (his wedding, the dance-a-thon, David's bachelor party/wedding). I thought that was realistic for someone who was on the fringes of the gang for a few years, but was never really in the gang.
Hiding under the poncho while I say this, but... I don't think it was a big deal Brenda wasn't heard about/from in the years she was absent from the show. The same was done with Dylan during the years he was gone and the same was done with Brandon after he left. The show didn't treat the people who had left them in the dust kindly. Andrea was the exception because Gabrielle didn't cut ties. She liked coming back from time to time to do storylines, so we saw her. But we still didn't hear about her offscreen exploits. I would have enjoyed a scene of Kelly and Donna sitting around talking about how Andrea had graduated from Yale and was in med school or Hannah was starting preschool or whatever, but the show probably didn't have time to do a sweet, sentimental scene like that between all the stalkings, drive-by shootings, etc. I think Brenda was probably referred to the most after she left (She's not coming back, Dylan's message, Val wanting her life, Dylan living with her, Corisca, etc.). If anyone got the shaft, I feel like it was Brandon. He was gone a year and a half, and there was no mention during Steve's wedding, or Maddy's birth, or Kelly's rape, or Dylan's drug addiction. Now I can fanwank that, and I have before, but I do think that was worse than not mentioning Brenda who had been gone for 6 years.