Picks and Pans Review: Premiere: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9:30 P.m. Et

updated 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jason (Silver Spoons) Bateman may look cute and sound precocious. But, thank goodness, he's not; TV already is populated with too many such precious pups. Instead, Bateman plays a 14-year-old nasty little creature, Eddie Haskel after assertive-ness training. Of course, he torments his sister (Tricia Cast) by stealing her diary and telling all his buddies that she practices French kissing on her Snoopy doll. "Gee," says Jason's jealous friend, "I wish I had a sister to torture." Replies Jason, "Use your imagination. You have a grandmother." Let a kid like this go unchecked and he'll turn into a politician. Enter the check and balance: David Garrison as Norman, a neighbor across the hall who moved into the apartment Jason had used for his term-paper sales and his dating service. Garrison is after Jason's mother, Caren (Who's Watching the Kids) Kaye. But Jason, who's very protective of his mom (he sometimes sneaks his ill-gotten gains into her purse), does not approve. So he tries to flimflam Garrison, sending him a forged job offer, nailing his apartment shut and such. But Garrison gets his revenge on Jason, flim for flam. It's nice to see one of TV's smart-assed adolescents meet his match.

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