One thing that I noticed worked well ( to me, anyway ) if I did an extended story line, was to break up the story with an element not related, yet still part of the story.  "Oblivious" was one of those moments. It happens right in the middle of the action, but focuses on a different character.  I thought it worked well.

"Oblivious" :

"Bug Rally" is like that; a break in the story.  I think of it like the bridge in a song where there is a small part that is different, but it preps you or gives you a breather before the finale.

This election storyline still has a ways to go, but here's a little respite from the campaigning.

- John