Advertisements Interesting. I have always felt that the boy was miscast. I am not sure how much range he has as an actor. Seems like the show gives him one scene on the same theme each episode. I often wonder how the show might have been with a different boy cast as Jake. I could see the show continuing with the boy having been written out earlier on (or just always off camera or at his mom's) It's the Alan-Charlie dynamic that carries the show. I think the show jumped the shark when they moved Chelsea in.