I prefered Winchester over Burns mostly, but after watching the reruns, Burns is a lot funnier than I realized. He always felt like he had to justify his manhood because he really knew he was a cowardly weasel, so he gloated in any situation where he came out on top, no matter how despicable he appeared. He gladly capitulated (and copulated) with Margaret’s patriotism because it made him look like a stud.
I think my favorite Frank moment is when Hawkeye got worried when he heard his dad was in surgery, so he took out his frustrations on everybody around him. He woke up Frank and asked him where he was from, because he was wanting to dull his worry with nostalgia. Frank told him Fort Wayne Indiana and snarled at him to go back to bed. Hawkeye instead reminisced about Crabapple Cove Maine, population 2300 or some small amount, and Frank propped back up and said “Fort Wayne’s bigger than that” in the same tone of voice as “Nanny nanny boo boo!”
I had a theory about BJ that he was secretly jealous of Trapper, much like a sibling rivalry, even though the two never met. I felt vindicated when he tearfully confessed that to Hawkeye. Before that episode, I always looked for signs that BJ wanted to be better than Trapper. He wanted to be the carefree lothario, but held his marriage vows as sacred, so he made up for it by being the sneaky instigator. He wanted somebody to say “Gosh, you’re much better than Trapper ever was,” but it never happened because everybody had already moved on without him, except for that one episode where they reminisced about his practical jokes. BJ felt determined to upstage him because of sheer jealousy.