Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Podcast Tuesday: "Pyg-marion"

Don Most and Suzi Quatro on Happy Days.

It's easy in show business to get typecast or pigeonholed. People think of you as one thing, and it's difficult to change their perception. We've all seen this happen to performers. If Carrot Top wanted to become a serious dramatic actor, we'd be skeptical. If Kid Rock suddenly started composing string quartets, we'd have questions.

But the same thing can happen to any of us. Are you the "funny" one in your group? The "serious" one? The "healthy" one? Maybe you mentioned to somebody once that you collected owl figurines, and now that's all you get for every birthday and Christmas! How do you break out of these patterns?

This is the problem that plagues Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro) and Ralph Malph (Don Most) as they embark on a romantic relationship in the Season 6 Happy Days episode "Marion: Fairy Godmother." Leather wants people to think of her as a woman, not just a leather-clad rock goddess. Meanwhile, Ralph wants the world to take him seriously, even though he's a notorious jokester. Can they change their image in time for the big ROTC dance? And can Marion (Marion Ross) turn Leather into a proper lady in just a few days?

These questions and more will be answered when we review "Marion: Fairy Godmother" on the latest episode of These Days Are Ours: A Happy Days Podcast. Join us!