Originally Posted by Pvt._Public
And the in-between phases between years (e.g. Manny Janitor to Manny Boss etcetera) were meant to be unexplained. It meant that you could see that Manny was indeed a smooth dealer which meant that he really was being screwed with at the DoD (Department of the Dead).
I know, I know, and it was
pretty hilarious to see the dramatic "1 year later" cutscenes... I was just using it as an example (and excuse) for me to stand on my soapbox and say "hey, it's possible the episodic games might actually make for longer storylines and here is an example of how it could've possibly worked."
Of course I could've just said, "Many TV shows often allow for more involved and fully-fleshed characters and storylines than full-length big-budget movies do," and avoided any suggestion of messing with the awesome completeness of Grim Fandango.