Ekeines Kai Ego
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|Εκείνες και Εγώ|
|Also known as||Ekeines Kai Ego|
|Created by||Costas Pretederis|
|Developed by||Yannis Bezos
|Directed by||Andreas Morfonios|
|Theme music composer||Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts|
|Opening theme||"Colonel Bogey March"|
|Country of origin||Greece
|No. of seasons||2|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original release||2 October 1996 – 1998|
Ekeines kai Ego (Greek: Εκείνες και Εγώ) was a Greek television sitcom starring Yannis Bezos and Tasos Kostis. It is written by Bezos and Andreas Morfonios and directed by Morfonios. The series aired 1996 and lasted two seasons. It is one of Bezos' most popular sitcoms.
The title means "Those and me". "Those" refers to the women surrounding the series' main character, a hopeless womaniser. It was based on Costas Pretederis' earlier hit series Ekeines kai Ego (1976), and featured Lambros Konstantaras in the role of Lambros Donganos, Antonis Yakovakis as his friend Dimitris Marikos and Rena Voutsina as Debora. The original series was directed by Dimitris Nikolaidis. Pretederis was also the writer for the 1996 version.
The protagonist of this series is Zahos Doganos (Yannis Bezos) a rich ladies' man whose interests revolve around women and partying hard. Although he has a fiancée, Eleni, this doesn't seem to affect his life. In fact in every episode he dates a different female who in most cases comes from his past. In a few episodes we see him with huge lists of the names of women he has dated in the past. He lives with his housekeeper Debora (an African girl) who is also his protegee. Zahos is completely against marriage, in contrast with some of the other main characters of the show. He co-owns the "Doganos-Marikos" corporations along with his friend and associate Dimitris Marikos. One of their best clients is Iason Papapetrou who gets tricked all the time by Zahos because of his affection for him. One of Zahos' most favorite places for entertainment is bouzoukia, where he goes with either ladies or his friends and relatives; actually in most episodes we see him sing too.
Marikos (Tasos Kostis) is Zaho's friend and associate. He is a workaholic. He always tries to advise Zahos, although Zahos never listens to him. He is often teased for his weight, either by Zahos or Lili (girlfriend of Petrakis, Zahos' nephew and a secretary at "Donganos-Marikos" corporations). In most episodes he appears to be single but often shows up with his girlfriend Mara. He always gets mad with Zahos, mostly because he never comes to the office, and generally about his way of life. However, it's obvious that sometimes he envies Zahos.
Debora (Niki Sereti) (pronounced "Thevora") is Ζahos' housekeeper. She comes from Africa and like all the other characters she is teased a lot for her skin color. She lives with Zahos. Her main characteristic is that she pronounces all words and names wrong; for example she calls Zahos "Mr. Zahous", Eleni "Ilini," and Papapetrou "Papatreha". Debora has a boyfriend, Ksenofon (she calls him "Ksifounon"), who appears in a few episodes but he doesn't like talking, so he almost never speaks. The writers tried to make fun out of that by showing him and Debora talking on the phone. Debora likes bouzoukia like Zahos and she listens to Sakis Rouvas and other Greek singers. She only knows how to make spinach pie (spanakopita; Greek: σπανακόπιτα) and she calls it "spakanopita" and everything else that can be made with spinach, something that often irritates Zahos.
Eleni (Loukia Pistiola) is the long-time fiancé of Zahos, who loves him very much although she knows about his womanizing past and present. Sometimes, though, she becomes outrageous with the most severe "adulteries" of Zahos. She has been working as a secretary in "Doganos-Marikos" corporation although it is mentioned in the Christmas special episode that she is financially strong and has a large dowry. In many cases she colalborates with dimitris, Lilly, Petros, Deborah and aunt Ortansia into tricking Zahos and playing severe jocks on him, related with the women of his life.
Lilly (Valeria Kouroupi) is a young woman coming from a mother and a father that have been divorced and remarried several times each. She is irascible, audacious and can manipulate her fiancé Petros and even dominate him in various ways, although in fact she is fragile and loves him very much. She is constantly in war with Zahos because she shows no respect to him and makes fun of his behavior as a womanizer and narcissus, something that causes Zahos's rage, irony and anger against her.
Aunt Ortansia Triovoulou
Ortansia (Nteniz Mpaltsavia in 1st season, Anna Paitatzi in the 2nd season) is the elderly sister of Zahos late mother. She tries to correct Zahos's behavior and is very fond of Eleni, working with her usually to help her reach wedding with Zachos. She has a phlegmatic and patient butler, Ioulios, who tolerates her old-styled and dominating behavior and seems to despise her, although in fact he is very careful of her. She has money and a comfortable income but she uses to hide her money for "future use" and lends money from Zahos all the time. Nevertheless, usually in her house there is a shortage of food for her butler who is forced to eat food sent to him by his relatives, having no other choice. In certain occasions she seems to have a light dementia and is very strict and steep with people she considers illiterate and non-gentle. Zachos always talks ironically and negatively about her behind her back, but never dares to doubt her commands or wills.