If there be any present who object to this union, may they speak now or forever hold their peace. . . goes the wedding ritual. Okay, all together now: Don't do it "Murphy Brown!"
That was the unanimous response to Media Monitor's recent request for marital advice from readers regarding the season-ending cliff-hanger on the CBS series starring Candice Bergen. The show closed with the volatile Murphy trying to choose between marriage to old flame Jake (Robin Thomas) or a less holy relationship with abrasive talk-show host Jerry (Jay Thomas).
Although our mail and fax volume was relatively light, your sentiments are strongly held.
"No! No! A Thousand Times No! Murphy Brown should NOT get married," writes Isabelle Ribakow of Pikesville, for example. "That would ruin the whole concept of the program. She is a unique character in a one-of-a-kind show -- witty, cerebral, in touch. . . .A relationship, yes; marriage, no."
"Let Murphy Brown stay single! She is just great the way she is," echoes Dorothy Atkinson of Riderwood.
Similarly, Susanne Considine of Baltimore urges, "No way! A married Murphy or Murphy as a mom would definitely harm the show." However, she does suggest a steady relationship with Jerry "would give the show some zest."
"She has the best of both worlds," says Rae Rossen of Randallstown, explaining, "With one cameraman adoring her very footsteps, her male crew verbally parrying with her on and off camera, and a live-in millionaire painter who never runs out of paintable walls, ceilings and insightful remarks, why should Murphy be tied down with marriage?" And speaking of that painter, the character of Eldin (played by Robert Pastorelli), Kate McConnell of Baltimore thinks Murphy ought to give him 7/8 7/8 TC romantic look: "He's solid as a rock, and his own man. He really cares for her and she for him. He's who she likes to come to after all her trials. He's a diamond in the rough."
But McConnell also addresses the other aspect of the series cliff-hanger -- that Murphy is apparently with child. "Murphy pregnant? No -- say it isn't so. Let's hope the writers recover their senses before next fall."
ANOTHER KILLING -- What a difference a year makes. About this time last year, the dark David Lynch series "Twin Peaks" on ABC was the talk of TV. Tonight, the canceled show airs its final two hours (at 9, Channel 13.)
Who or what killed "Twin Peaks?" A failure to recognize that genuine novelty is a commodity with an extremely short half-life, in a medium whose most comforting constant is familiarity. Had "Twin Peaks" ended after last spring's bewitching run, it would be a remarkable item in the archives of the tube. Instead, it became just another weekly goner.