Unlike the Daily Mail, I'll prewarn you rather than give you the spoiler then a passing spoiler alert afterwards. Read on only if you've seen the episode in question or don't care about finding out now.
OK so you've seen the episode, you've had a few days to let it sink in, so how does it feel? Personally it feels weird. While the subject matter was quite a touching story, the jokes didn't fit in.
Futurama used to do quite touching/sad episodes, and when those moments came along the jokes were put aside and just the emotion they wanted you to feel was there. This on the other hand felt slightly more forced. Even with Brian lay on the ground they brought the squirrel in to kick him; even as he was buried they had Quagmire make a joke about not caring. It didn't work as well. They should have either tried to make light of the whole episode or actually gone for an emotional connection and let the jokes fall aside.
While I don't feel Brian will be back, they've at least left themselves an exit should they wish to. Hey presto! Time travel part appears and now we can go back.
Compare how Family Guy dealt with it, trying to force in some quite off-par jokes, and how Futurama did it :
Somewhere in the heady rush of all the "economic upturn" news somebody forgot to tell Natwest. For while other places were busy trumpeting the so-called start of the recovery Natwest was busy "simplifying their savings range" (their words).
The simplification involved scrapping the e-ISA and moving everyone on it to a standard cash-ISA. And what do these changes mean to you, the cash-strapped customer who has struggled with rock bottom interest rates mainly because places like Natwest decided to drag the world down in there greed filled antics? Well Natwest in their kind wisdom decided to list the changes; namely a drop in interest rates on the account, but you can now go in to a branch to manage your account should you wish to spend the meeeelions of pounds of interest you'll be earning.
Now colour me stupid, but the whole e-ISA thing was sold on the fact that as there is no branch management and it's all online, overheads are cheaper so rates are higher. So to solve this "problem" Natwest decide to cut the rates and let you go in to a branch; a service anybody with an e-ISA has never used or most likely wanted.
So kudos Natwest, in a time when banks pretty much owe their continued existence to the state you don't even have the decency to buy us dinner before trying to fuck us. But I've no doubt the next time I'm in a branch I will hear the warm tones of "do you have a minute to talk about your finances and how we could help you better?", which unless you have Rumplestiltskin behind that counter are going to need a fucking miracle to "make my money better."