Most couples, their marriage melting under the media glare, with eight innocents exploited for the cash, would have turned off the TV lights weeks ago. But not Kate Gosselin. (Jon, emasculated before millions of TV viewers every week, already has cried "Uncle!")
Now we get this teaser ad for next Monday's one-hour TLC special, narrated by Kate:
"Recently, we've made some life-changing decisions -- decisions that will affect every member of our family, ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace."
As someone still hard on the Gosselins beat, I can say that by all appearances, the relationship does not look like one moving toward reconciliation. Jon's been scarce for more than a week, while Kate's at home near Wernersville, shopping around at a Toyota dealership.
That said, I'd bet against conventional wisdom. (Vegas must have a line.) I think the cryptic announcement really means the Gosselins are finally going to pull the plug on the TV circus, announce they're withdrawing from public life while they "work and pray to keep our family together for the sake of the kids," and ask to be left alone.
And our long, national tabloid nightmare will be over.
At least until the fall season. Because if the Gosselins do get their act together, Americans do love second acts.