Botany Bay wrote:
I always felt George was very lucky to get his seat back seeing the show was under enormous budgetary pressure at this point, and the ship seemed to sail on just fine without him for six months.
You have to give a lot of credit to Roddenberry, Justman and the newly appointed producer Lucas for letting him come back in the circumstances.
One works these things out with the producers beforehand. Takei still had a contract with them; he had to come back.
Same thing as with Colm Meaney on DS9. They gave him time off for films every year because he asked for it.