British intelligence-employed mnemonic champion Iain Smythe apparently has been kidnapped at an elevator during the planned handover to CSA agents of a list of data on British secret agents in the Middle East. In fact the briefcase was just a diversion, it's all in his head, and a $5,000,000 ransom is demanded for his release. Frank calls in Jane, who isn't pleased with a surprise visit from her self-invited mother, Polly Jameson. However the British agent on the case, Simon Custer, turns out to be on old professional and intimate friend of hers. The fiends seem to get killed off faster then they CSA can find them. Written by
the one about the missing list of government agents
How many times have we seen a film or TV show where a list of entrenched spies has been stolen? "Skyfall" comes to mind, hardly the first. "Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well" is also about a list of spies placed internationally who are about to be exposed, but this time, the list is in someone's head. He's been kidnapped, and Jane is called in by agent Frank Darnell to take off her housewife hat and put on her agent one. Her cover is that she works for a company that invents games, and the name she uses at CSA is - right, Jane Doe.
This time around, Jane's mother, glamorous and still gorgeous Donna Mills, comes to visit, and it turns out that she, too, is a CSA agent about to be retired due to her age.
This series debuted with Mystery Woman and one other, and I always liked this series best. That isn't saying a heck of a lot, but it moves a little faster; the cast, with Thompson, Joe Penny, and Billy Moses, is better; and the stories are usually puzzles (though this one really wasn't) that Jane is brought in to solve. I'd say it's Scarecrow and Mrs. King meet Banacek. What doesn't work are the family scenes. As long as they stay out of the house, the series moves along.
Thompson and Penny really contribute to the charm and liveliness in this series. It's a Sunday afternoon kind of show, mindless entertainment with attractive stars.
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