"...firm and lasting ties often form between persons that presumably should not interact..."
In my opinion what characterizes the 'chemistry' of a couple can be more precisely defined with the word 'alchemy'. In fact, as in what happens with real couples, firm and lasting ties often form between persons that presumably should not interact. This is not unlike what happens in alchemy, which is a sort of casual and ascientific research of myths, such as philosophers' stones, which are found by the alchemist's trial and error approaches.
So, what produces the success of a couple, on the television or on the silver screen?
The classic sophisticated comedy, "The Philadelphia Story", with its sparkling dialogue, biting rhythm and underlying tensions shaking the quite different protagonists (embodied by the superlative Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant) could be used as an example. There's a plenty of these kind of moments in most of the episodes of Moonlighting. But in my opinion concerning Maddie and David, the scene that screams "Alchemy" is at the end of the episode "Camille" ("Buone vacanze" in the Italian title), when they separate before summer holidays. It could seem a paradox as regards what I said just before, but when our darlings part in the studio parking lot, both the characters they play and the two in the flesh fully express their feelings in the play of glances, broken sentences, shy (Maddie) or amused (David) smiles, but above all in the ‘unsaid', that is the real brand of their relationship.
~~Maurizio from Italy
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