After reading Mr O'Shannon's post and everyone's responses to it, I guess I should start by saying that it was certainly not my intention to make light of his e-mail to me - as I pointed out when I posted it, the authenticity of the e-mail wasn't established and I thought the views offered made an interesting counterbalance to the thoughts of other posters on the 'heart surgery' arc of episodes.
Now I freely accept that I failed to follow up on trying to establish the authenticity of the e-mail, and to take up the offer of phoning the number in the e-mail but to be honest, when I first read it, I found it thoroughly unpersuasive and saw no reason to change my views on the episode. That said, I found the points made about how NBC took the episodes and turned them into "very special ones" fascinating.
At the end of the day, I have to bear the ultimate responsibility for posting the e-mail. I don't make a habit of posting the e-mails that people send to me, and with handsight, it was not the wisest move I've ever made, but I hope at the end of all this discussion we are wiser than we are at the beginning.
[I'll leave to one side the comments made about other posters in this forum, as BN and others have rebutted them terrifically]
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