For this second week in the first month of the last “teen” year of the 21st Century, the Friday Hall of Famer will celebrate the second duo of the month, perhaps the first doubles to come to mind when thinking about lookalikes in the TV Universe.
Usually I go to Wikipedia to provide the description of the honorees, but in this case they had their own identities listed in their theme song:
Meet Cathy, who's lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Berkeley Square
But Patty's only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights -
What a crazy pair!
But they're cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.
Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballets Russes, and crepe suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control -
What a wild duet!
Still, they're cousins,
Identical cousins and you'll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike -
You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.
What the heck. Let’s go wiki!
However, from the show itself I was able to find plenty of theoretical crossovers thanks to the newspaper being the New York Chronicle. That broadsheet (and sometimes tabloid) has appeared in a lot of other TV shows. (I also made a theoretical claim that the paper was owned by a Ray Milland character from a ‘Columbo’ episode.)
So that Breck blipvert was the second qualifier for the Lane girls’ induction into the Hall. Their next qualification came 33 years after the show was cancelled.
THE REUNION MOVIE
Only three separate shows, movies, and commercials are needed to qualify for membership in the Hall. But they weren’t done yet.
SOCIAL SECURITY PSAs
And then there are the ancillary qualifications in which references to Patty and Cathy Lane in other shows could verify their existence in Toobworld. And even if it is O’Bvious that these citations are about the TV show, that’s still not a Zonk. It has become a Warhol-like mantra that everybody in Toobworld could eventually have a TV show made about them. In this case, how could any TV producer resist the possibility of a TV show about identical cousins, one of whom is from Scotland?
If those references in other shows mention the title as “The Patty Duke Show” then my splainin would be that the televersion of Patty Duke was the star of that show in much the same way as it was established that Peter Falk’s televersion was the star of the Toobworld version of ‘Columbo’. But if the show was never named, then I’d like to think that the show was actually a reality documentary series that was pretty popular back in the day.
It would be a stretch, but even that documentary series could have had the theme song which has been the most cited source of pop culture references over the years.
Patty Duke died two years ago. Normally, that means TV characters indelibly identified with a certain actor should be considered as having died as well. That’s to hopefully discourage anybody from thinking about rebooting the show with a new actor.
But should both Patty and Cathy be considered as having passed away? I could see Patty having passed away – all those hot dogs over the years couldn’t have been good for her. (They sure as bleep haven’t been for me!) Cathy could be living back in Scotland and so we wouldn’t expect to see her in New York based TV shows as a cameo crossover. (I can’t speak for Scottish-based TV series.)
At any rate, Cathy and Patty Lane are now members of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame. They even get inducted alike.
Welcome to the Hall!