Eve was an occasional but memorable character on Northern Exposure. She was a hypochondriac, which might pass for a female stereotype.
She kidnapped Joel and held him hostage in her cabin in an attempt to force him to treat her imaginary disorders. That’s where the stereotype falls apart. She’s crazy and cunning, and through the series shows a knack for dragging Joel into lengthy battles of medical logic against his better judgment. If he convinces her she doesn’t have this disorder, she comes up with three others he has to prove she doesn’t have.
The most striking thing about Eve is probably that she’s as funny as any of the guys on the show, and funnier than most. Maggie, Shelly and Ruth Anne usually played it straight, setting up the moments for the guys to swoop in and be hilarious. In fact, unless a woman has her own comedy show a la Roseanne or Lucy, actresses generally get a lot fewer chances to be funny than actors. If your first response to this is “that’s not true”, make a list of five shows, and then list how many men and women regularly get to be funny on them. If you still don’t agree, leave a comment below.
Eve was totally wacky, in a scary sort of way. You never knew what she might do next, and she could go from pleasant to homicidal in the blink of an eye. Valerie Mahaffey stole scenes, probably without meaning to, because she was just that good. Wonder what the hell happened to her? Haven’t seen her in years.