The Price of Parting….
Today the Republican presidential ticket went its separate ways as Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin split up for the first time since Palin became the darling of every gun-tootin’ hockey mom from Anchorage to St. Petersburg.
Following big crowds, the two will now split their forces and travel alone. Of course, this is not unexpected — but they risk risk facing the same downfall of other dynamic duos. Here are some examples that the McCain camp may want to consider before making this a situation permanent:
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Giles — When Buffy’s watcher, Giles, left to return to Britain, the slayer was left not only to fight the forces of darkness alone, but to lead her friends and keep her little sister Dawn in line. She no longer had a guiding hand, and, without his battlefield avatar, Giles no longer had a sense of purpose. The show wandered into predictability without Giles’s dry humor and wit in beating back evil while putting out one-liners.
- Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin — One can argue that neither recovered from the split. Martin became more and more part of the Vegas scene, tooling around with the Rat Pack, doing bad movies and ultimately hosting a series of terrible celebrity roasts. Lewis, meanwhile, never found his comedic timing again after he lost his straight-man. Lewis eventually made a film about the Holocaust called “The Day the Clown Died” considered so bad it never released and probably will never see the light of day. Now we know him best not for his physical comedy but for his ability to stay awake through Labor Day telethons.
- Ricardo Mantalban (Mr. Rourke) and Herve’ Villechaize (Tattoo)–Ah boss, de plane, de plane. It’s hard to imagine the strange ABC weekly series “Fantasy Island” now without the accented island overseer and his little friend. However the might-sized sidekick was fired before the 1983 season in favor of Christopher Hewett, who would later find sitcom success as “Mr. Belvedere.” But he would not find it on the Island. The series quickly tanked, and the TV-viewing public was robbed of at least two more seasons where celebrities like future congressman Sonny Bono and Bill Bixby found peace and contentment in the magical place where they only asked you to come aboard because they were expecting you. Wait, that’s “The Love Boat.” Never mind.