I have mixed feelings about this one. I got the impression that they maybe started running out of ideas as I was watching this. It had quite a bit of opportunity to get to the heart of the episode, but it seemed to take a while to get there. We open in Mexico in authentic locations with authentic street scenes and, for a change, no gawking fans where extras are concerned. Turns out the Harts have taken a cruise to Mexico (what, after the last disaster?!), inexplicably bringing along Freeway -- on the ship -- but not Max. Lots of Love Boat stock footage inserted, here. And wouldn't you know it, the Harts place their dog kennel right next to the same exact kennel belonging to some chick smuggling cocaine in the bottom of hers. The chick is returning guest star Shelley Smith from the ski episode ("Downhill to Death"). Other than a very amusing episode in the Customs VIP Lounge (seriously?) where smuggler chick tries to pick up Jonathan right in front of Jennifer without even caring she's there -- Stefanie & RJ are really good here -- the performances of every other person seem a little phoned in. Except for Freeway's vet; Edith Atwater was quite good in an effortless, very natural role that she'll repeat one more time during the run of the show. It wasn't a terrible episode, there were lots of great little moments, and and I gave it a good rating cuz it was entertaining. But overall, it seemed a little tired.
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