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when i saw the description of this episode i was not thrilled. the one
story line was the parole officer that brings a hardened criminal to
rehabilitate her or something like that. key word was "Her" . knew they
were going to fall in love. the guy coming from Vegas somehow stirred
it up a little but non eventful. I was hoping for a twist like the
Parole guy was bad or something. I m pretty sure the bad guy from Vegas
was Magnum PI's friend and the lady was the Silver Spoons chic. the
whole scar thing , beauty in the eye of the beholder thing was cheesy.
THe other story line was better but not by much. So she goes to this fantasy and then has to do stuff and make hard decisions to keep the painter painting and stay alive. For what? to learn who the chic is who looked like her in the painting? what did she really learn? that the chic that looked like her was loved by the painter? This all recalls an episode of Big bang theory" where the women all note that Indiana JOnes's action in the film Raiders of the lost ark had no implications to the ending and it would be the same results without him. Instead though in this episodes case, she opened up a can of worms. I mean at the end they did say that perhaps it was her all along but its still stupid. the most stupid part, speaking of stupid is her at the end when Mr ROurke gives her an obliviously wrapped painting and she goes "oh what is it?!?!?!" what an idiot, i bet she was surprised when she got a shovel or baseball bat as a kid for Christmas.
So it wasn't one of those episodes i saw recently like the Brady Bunch dad as a cheesy vampire, or malfunctioning rich women seducing robots and such , but it was still enjoyable and a little better than it obvious plot summery. My favorite part is one of the ladies telling Mr Rourke that his explaining of the fantasy is so "Ominous". Thats what Ricardo Montobaum does, and is so good at.
If you're a fan of the show Night Gallery, you'll notice Joanna Pettet, who was a veteran of that series. If you pay close attention, maybe you'll even notice that she starred in a 1972 episode called "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"; in that episode, she played a woman in a photograph with evil eyes. In this episode of Fantasy Island(1982), she lays a woman who was painted by none other than Paul Gauguin, played by Robert Goulet. Other than having her character on canvas for both episodes, that was about the only similarity. The other old faces include Erin Gray, Dane Clark, Monte Markham, Larry Manetti, and Christopher Stone. Out of all the characters, I feel that Manetti and Stone stole the show as 2 miserable dudes, although Markham wasn't too bad either. Both stories were decent, nothing exceptional, but not the worst of the bunch. Give it a shot, you might dig this episode.
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