03/13/97 09:15 AM
TV is replete with additonal examples: Carlton the doorman on "Rhoda," who
is heard on the intercom but never seen, and George Steinbrenner on
"Seinfeld," who is only seen from the back of his office chair. Unseen
wives are a comedic device used on "Cheers" and "Frasier."
Last night's rerun of "The Drew Carey Show" was very amusing--the plot was
driven by the death of Drew's high school band teacher, who had provided
his fist sexual encounter. She is never seen, and serves a function
similar to Costner in The Big Chill.
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