All this reminds me of a remark Gail made on my previous post in reference to Joss:
He seems to come up with an idea without thinking through its repercussions. It's a dubious process at best and can work only if he's completely involved day in and day out, and he wasn't.
Yep. I'm sensing that. I think he had this great idea to bring Lindsey back (as he did with bringing Spike back), but, once he set the wheels in motion, had no clue what to do with him (Christian has pretty much confirmed this in interviews). It's too bad. I enjoyed season 5 of Angel quite a bit, but I'm left to wonder how great it might have been with a little more forethought.
Um, not sure if there was much of a point here other than it's part of my ongoing process of trying to deduce what they were doing with my tiny Texan. ;)