When Abruzzi first "left" Prison Break I expected to miss him... but I don't. Then again I thought I'd miss him when he was taken away from Fox River for medical treatment after nearly being killed... but I didn't. I was happy when he was back, he added something, but it was more a matter of not noticing a lack of him during episodes he's not a part of.
I've noticed similar things with other shows... "Without a Trace" did an episode in which the newest agent, Agent Delgado, wasn't in the episode, and it was 20 minutes after the show was over that I realized there had been no sign of her.
The opposite end of that particular spectrum is Numb3rs. Colby will frequently not be in an episode (or David) when there is an outside agent or LAPD officer being highlighted... like they can only handle having a certain number of characters in play, so if we add 1 we have to subtract one... and I ALWAYS notice when David or Colby is missing... almost immediately. Course now it has reached the point that I look for it! I see a big outside agent and I just KNOW the formula means someone will be odd man out for the week... with nary a mention as to where they are or why.
So, back to Prison Break, because I liked Abruzzi in the episodes he was in, I expected to notice a lack of him, but I haven't. If anything I'm now starting to wonder what he added, what did I like about the mobster who was rather stereo-typical, and yet came across as unique? Or was it simply that duality?
I also expected to continue missing Veronica after her shocking departure from the land of Prison Break. But I don't. She was a great character to have on the outside while our boys were on the inside... but now... I hardly ever think about her, and, at times, I get the feeling Lincoln doesn't think about her either.
Just a little something interesting that occured to me... what makes a character who is "on the edge" of things, like Abruzzi, feel like a great addition when he's there, and yet his absence doesn't detract or distract?