Originally Posted by bubbledncr
I didn't get involved in the design of episode 4 until fairly late in its story development - at that point, the story was pretty final, and if anything changed, it was pretty minor just to make things work better from an animation aspect - but as far as I know, they weren't ever supposed to be separated for much longer than what's currently in the episode. But they may have cut a puzzle or something before I was involved in those conversations.
It just felt like there was a lot of unrealised potential for drama there, like their separation was building to something and wasn't just an excuse to get Gerry and Nima alone in order to reveal Nima's backstory, but I guess that's all it was. I mean they did need to get Nima's backstory out of the way, it just felt like there was more potential there story-wise. It should be noted, however, that as a writer myself I am obsessed with narrative structure.