Picks and Pans Review: Sweet Revenge

updated 11/05/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m. ET)

If you're afraid you've been watching too much TV lately, that you're able to suspend taste and sit through anything, then watch Sweet Revenge. It'll cure you. It is an asinine, confusing and often offensive show about...well, it's difficult to say what it's about. Kevin (Knots Landing) Dobson is an Army officer who gets his general's daughter pregnant and lets her die at an abortionist's hands. He pins the rap on a younger officer, a sweet guy who's raising his kid sister. The poor fellow gets booted out of the Army and dies young. Years later the kid sister, Kelly (Reuben, Reuben) McGillis, marries a military man who happens to be under Dobson's command. She plots her revenge on Dobson, but her plan goes awry when one of her husband's drunken Army buddies comes to her house and nearly rapes her. She kills him. Her husband blames McGillis for dressing too well—not in "simple clothes like other officers' wives"—and inviting rape. How's that for enlightened television? Worse yet, McGillis forgives her piggy hubby and soon sleeps with him. By the end—by the time you're finally able to figure out who's who—McGillis gets her revenge. But by then, it's not sweet. It's stale. To be avoided.

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