Except that that's life, Neil; sometimes people don't get what they want, and Dobie didn't get what he wanted. Maybe if Dobie had worked hard at school instead of being such a schemer and had a realistic career goal, he'd be with Thalia now and in a career that he wanted, instead of managing his father's store and becoming married to Zelda. But, he didn't, and now, what happened to him, happened. The same thing happened in the Leave It To Beaver reunion with Beaver, BTW, and people didn't have problems with that (hell, even the live action Archie TV movie was realistic); what gives with the way people feel about this one? Credit Komack and his writers for having a sense of realism compared to the producers, writers and directors of Bring Me The Head Of Dobie Gillis, which just reunited them as if nothing bad ever happened to them in life, completely problem free.