I’ve never seen the film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), but I’ve known the title for ages, and been vaguely aware of the premise for almost as long (swinging couples in the midst of the Sexual Revolution). Nevertheless, there’s one thing that’s consistently irked me about it.

One of the title characters seems not to belong. That’d be Ted. We have Bob, we have Carol, we have Alice. That’s A, B, and C. Why isn’t the fourth participant named with a D? It would make for a more compact grouping. Maybe, not having seen the movie, I’m unaware that in fact Ted is a bit of an outsider and the whole thing’s symbolic. I don’t know. On the other hand, if his name started with a D, then it would be Bob & Carol & Dead & Alice, and that wouldn’t be too good, unless it was a Weekend at Bernie’s-type story. But what about Bob & Carol & Dan & Alice? Or Dave?

I think I’m more confused now than when I started writing this post.