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Starbuck! Faceman! Dirk Benedict!! The producers didn't know Farrah would be leaving, so there's no "exit" plot line. How she catapulted into the pop stratosphere couldn't be more of a non-mystery. She made Jaclyn, one of the most beautiful women in TV history, look like a wet rag. She gave America something we'd never seen. Holy-almighty-above, say it with reverence...nipples. It was mostly simple physiology. The caprices of evolution gave this young woman from Texas two nipples so pokey they resembled beautiful, over-sized erasers. It's possible that she had them iced before her scenes, but it's also possible there was no need. Nearly every episode, they came bursting out of one of her costumes. Week in, week out, she somehow scored the lion's share of the action sequences too. In this one, she takes down a bad guy from eight feet away with an aluminum pie tin. Chew on that, Wonder Woman! Bend over and pucker, Zena! On top of it all, she had this sweet, accessible, open quality (those nipples might have been obvious and trashy on anyone else). In her final scene, she's down on the floor with Bosley, demonstrating some of the massage moves she'd learned undercover. Sigh. America never had a chance.
The Angels investigate after two shootings in a local massage parlor (the Paradise!) reveal the establishment to be a front for prostitution; the anonymous heavy running the show is a dirty cop on the take, with two cadets from the police academy acting as his stooges. Sabrina goes undercover as an adviser in the Vice Division while Jill and Bosley take over management at the Paradise (thus affording Farrah Fawcett-Majors the opportunity to wear some skin-hugging outfits, which she amply models). Kelly goes back to the academy to ferret out the un-dedicated cadets, and apparently attracts the precise duo on her very first day (these Angels move quickly!). Somewhat of a silly shakedown, and not one of the better episodes from the series' first season, however it was the last one La Fawcett filmed before bidding goodbye to the show (she would later return in guest spots under court order); her chemistry with David Doyle's Bosley is very easy and likable, and the camera does love her curves. Kate Jackson's Sabrina appears to get a mild crush on their chief suspect (Ed Lauter, doing his usual slimeball routine), though she gets left out of the big showdown in an auto wrecking yard (in which Jaclyn Smith's Kelly quite casually saves Jill from being shot). This is the essence of '70s era 'jiggle TV', but the action moves swiftly, the supporting cast is solid, and the L.A.-area locations are well-captured.
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