Mind you, Isaiah Washington is NOT one of the actors who got screwed; they actually did right by him. The character of Dr. Preston Burke was written brilliantly. He was a strong, classy, refined, professional individual. As a gifted cardiothoracic surgeon, it was easy to see how he'd be respected by his peers (and feared by his interns).
I could see how an intensely focused, career-driven woman like Dr. Cristina Yang would let herself fall for him (and by the way, big ups for one of the best portrayals of a Blasian couple, like, ever).
With an exceptional surgeon, the "nerd" is implied, however, we got to see it emerge in other ways as well. Burke's apartment bore the sterile neatness of an obsessive compulsive; he even organized his books and journals using the Dewey Decimal System. And his character was buddies with an another great nerd on the show (like I said before, nerds of a feather).
See, one of the reasons I'm having trouble watching the more recent seasons of Grey's Anatomy is that I really miss Dr. George O'Malley (TR Knight). Unlike with Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), I sorely miss his absence and don't get why he had to be killed off. Going to and coming back form Iraq and changed and graver man might have done the character some good. Rhimes should've offered more money and done something about the writing where O'Malley was concerned because he is so needed on that show. I also miss the dynamic between Burke and O'Malley; they made a very interesting onscreen pair of friends.
But, alas...it was never meant to last.
Isaiah Washington needs to get his shit together so that we never have this BS again. After all the bitching and moaning and blogging and petitioning and boycotting POC viewers go through just to get decent characters on network TV, we can't be losing them over bull like this.