Picks and Pans Review: Jessie

UPDATED 09/24/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/24/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)

Jessie is a show about a shrink. Just how do you feel about that? What does that say to you? Thank you for sharing. If the three preceding sentences sound fine to you, so will Jessie. It is filled with psycho-babble. Gunman talking to Jessie: "I don't care anymore." Jessie, calmly: "People care about you." Gunman: "What do you care?" That's the problem with Jessie, but it's the only serious one. Lindsay (The Bionic Woman) Wagner as a shrink in a city police department is too calm, cool and detached, but she's gritty, too. When a cop stares at her rear end, she says without looking back: "It's just like everybody else's." She has an intriguing, dueling relationship with her boss, Tony (Blood-brothers) Lo Bianco. She duels, too, with her mother, Celeste Holm, who puts Jessie's pomposity into perspective: "Working for the police department. isn't that rather tacky?" The show's top producers were fired after the first few episodes were filmed and the premiere, on Sept. 18, went through quick revisions to add needed credibility in a few scenes. Now speculation has it that the new producers plan to add more chase scenes. That would be a mistake. All Jessie really needs is a looser Wagner and a new way to say, "How do you feel?"

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