Yeah, I gotta disagree that those scenes were put there to fill up the time slot. You make it sound like they were trying to fill the time slot, whereas in reality this show (as is the case for most) is brought down to the length needed to fill the time slot by cutting scenes, not stretching or adding. Did you watch this week to week, season to season, or did you watch it on DVD? I watched it as the episodes came out, and never had to play any catch up, so it may be that these things were done for the purpose of continuity, and you didn't require the continuity by virtue of seeing episodes with less than a week or months in between them. Kind of like on some shows how they'll show part of the same scene again just to catch the viewers up. But really, it's a tough criticism to levy. For every show that one says dwells too much on a particular element there is another where people say it makes too many assumptions about us keeping up, and we get lost. You probably would like Memento. I personally loved that movie. But it's not the kind of thing you can hang out and watch with friends talking, etc. If you aren't paying close attention you miss a lot of stuff that keeps you following along. But that's why I loved it.