Pink Lady... and Jeff “Episode #4” (part 1 of 2)
You know, finding out just how successful Greg Evigan was last time around got me thinking. Maybe I’ve been too hard on Jeff. Just because I’ve never heard of him outside this show doesn’t mean he didn’t make something of himself, right? So I moseyed over to the IMDb and took a look at his CV. Damn.
Recurring characters on Letterman, Tiny Toons, the various Ghostbusters cartoons, Baywatch, Nurses, Bee Movie? The man’s rent is clearly getting paid. But on the other hand, I’m also seeing Highlander 2 and a guest spot on The Starland Vocal Band Show. Crap attracts other crap, as I always say.
Then, of course, there’s this. Seven minutes and I did not laugh once.
But I think you’ll find this episode to be a real treat; not only do they bring Sid Caesar back for more, but this episode is… well…
You know how sometimes two sitcoms will have a crossover? Like when Cheers did one with Wings, or when The Simpsons met The Critic? Or my favorite, when Gilligan’s Island met ALF?
Well, you’re probably not too familiar with this idea, since it rarely happens anymore. Because, let’s face it, it’s a bad idea. It already takes enough twisting and leaps of faith just to wrap your mind around Jack Tripper having to pretend to be gay to live with two chicks; how would it work if the three of them took a trip to the east coast and just happened to stop at Archie Bunker’s Place for a drink? And met Kolchak on the way out? Then got a flat tire, and had to catch a ride from B.J. and the Bear? Doesn’t work, right?
Well, this is an example of the rarest of all: a crossover between two shows that aired on the same night, quickly flopped, and sank without a trace. Of course, this being a variety show, they have a little more leeway, but you have to love the fact that they honestly thought these two shows could help each other. You see, normally when they do a crossover, it’s between a huge success and something that’s about to be cancelled. It’s what I like to call the Cynical Cycle of Cross-Promotion (CCCP), and brother, it does not pay off here.
On the other hand, these were part of the same lineup that gave us The Facts of Life, and only communists hate The Facts of Life.