Originally Posted by Fonziefan1
Lori Beth was sort of used to carry the memory of Richie, but at the same time it gave her limitations since by the time the 10th season came around they most likely didn't have her back because they didn't want a little kid crawling around the Cunningham house. It just wouldn't have worked in my opinion. So basically 2 -post Richie seasons is all she got.
They pretty much gave all of the cute kid spotlight on Heather O'Rourke's character.