Re: Why Did Gene drop Christopher Pike?
Linville's explanation involved several factors. Hotlips wasn't his ally and confidante anymore, he felt he had done all he could as the character, and felt that Frank was only being used as a continual butt of the joke. Sounds like he was simply burnt out with Frank.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For duty and humanity! --Men in Black (1934)