Baywatch (1989–2001)
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Mirror, Mirror 

An attractive wild young woman, named Mattie, and her plain twin sister, Gwen, arrive at the beach and vie for Mitch's affections. But Mitch is unaware that Mattie and Gwen are the same ... See full summary »

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C.J. Parker (as Pamela Denise Anderson) (credit only)
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Hobie Buchannon (credit only)
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Garner Ellerbee (credit only)
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Jim Barnett (as Greg Barnett)
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An attractive wild young woman, named Mattie, and her plain twin sister, Gwen, arrive at the beach and vie for Mitch's affections. But Mitch is unaware that Mattie and Gwen are the same person, a woman with split personalities which soon lands Mitch in danger when Gwen's other personality, Mattie, means him physical harm. Meanwhile, Matt tries to confront his fear of sharks by going into a shark-infested part of the ocean with Summer.

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14 February 1994 (USA)  »

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The things you have to do early on in your career...
29 November 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Once again, when I stopped watching a pre-recorded show, the TV happened to be set on the channel showing Baywatch and I was exposed to it. I was desperately trying to reach the remote before the show could wipe out a significant amount of my brain cells, but then... a pre-*The* Matrix (and post-"Matrix", which is quite a coincidence), actually even pre-"Models Inc.", where I'd first seen her circa 1995, Carrie-Anne Moss appeared on screen. "To Hell with it", I thought, "I can afford a few brain cells."

Baywatch surely didn't improve any since the previous re-run episode that ambushed me. C-A is playing identical twins, one of which is a kind nerd (because she has glasses and her hair is in a tight knot) and the other one is a glamorous temptress who becomes obsessed with Mitch. Except that they are actually one woman with a multiple personality disorder! The scene where this is revealed has to rank as one of the worst in its category in the history of both film and TV. C-A *can* act, but the script she is given is so horrendous even Kate Winslet couldn't have pulled it off successfully. Especially when there is a "reveal" in the end that there actually *were* identical twins, but one of them died as a child. Which naturally lead to the surviving one absorbing her personality. Sure...

I'll spare you with the details, since any thinking person can see where the plot is going - nothing here will surprise you. No, scratch that - the god-awful badness actually *did* surprise me. When Baywatch is unintentionally funny, it is a guilty pleasure, but this time it seems they actually thought they were making a *very* serious episode - you can tell, because there is a shocking lack of the sunny slow-motion beach montages! Unfortunately the talent behind the show does not match their "ambition".

Oh, and it seems Matt has developed a fear of sharks in the episodes that I missed, so he decides - you guessed it - to face his fear by diving in a cage among sharks. Except that, as Summer points out, the fear of sharks is just a manifestation of Matt's *actual* fear of relationship. Implausibly, this leads to sequence where Matt has to rescue Summer from a shark. Having accomplished that, he can commit to a relationship with Summer. You read that right. Is that supposed to be some kind of character arc? The upside is that from now on, when I see bad writing on a TV show or a movie, I can remind myself of this episode and hopefully come to the conclusion that things *have* generally improved in the 15 years since this turkey was made.

In conclusion: This episode is strictly for masochists and/or hardcore C-A fans only.


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