Back when M*A*S*H was the best show ever, Frank Burns was the villain. And he was good in that show, but after five years, Larry linville decided the character had run its coure and left. Essentially, there was no where for the show to go with thatcharacter. Burns had burned out. Nobody tok him seriously. WHile he had been credible as a threat to Henry Blake's authority, he was not terribly credible as a threat to Potter. And then the Frank Burns is a terrible doctor stuff just wore old.
They replaced Burns with Charles Emerson Winchester III. He was a brilliant surgeon. He was wealthy. He had lettered and cultured and intelligent. And he was a match for Hawkeye. That lasted about a season and then they made him friends with everyone. But before they did that, they ahd a great cene between Potter and Charles. Charles was screaming at potter. Finally, Potter said "Major, stop it. You're beign a jerk. You're just not worth it. No one i."
I was thinking about this while watching "The Big Bang Theory." I like the show, though not as much as everyone else. One thing bothers me. This season it ha turned intot he Sheldon and penny show, which would be kind of funny if they actually had sex and we had the dynamic of Sheldon and penny having to deal with a pregnancy scare or something, especially given the very first scene in the series. However, they aren't. What they are doing is making Shledon a more and more severe prick. Right now, he's just an asshole. More, he only realistically gets to be an asshole if he's just *that* smart. Only the show, for comedic purposes keeps introducing other characters who are better than he is. They need to give him a Nobel Prize or a MacArthur genius grant or something, otherwise hi character will lose all credibility. I cannot think of a single reason Leonard would put up with him rather than get an apartment with Wolowitz.