Picks and Pans Review: Stranger in My Bed
updated 10/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 10/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
In the first of these movies, Mare Winningham loses her brain and gets a new one in a transplant. In the second, Lindsay Wagner loses every memory in her head. Together, they add new meaning to that common adjective for TV: brainless. Both movies fail to take full advantage of their farfetched but intriguing ideas. In Julia, Winningham does a good job adjusting to her body's new brain until the script lets her down with psychobabble: "validation," "vulnerability." This is not the first time Mare has swapped organs. I remember a movie in which an artificial heart made her cold and heartless. A new brain only makes her cold and confused. Grade: C+ In Stranger, Lindsay (who also had experience with bad body parts as The Bionic Woman) gets amnesia, returns home and acts like a guest alien on Starman, asking, "Did I like these pillows?" Hardly memorable.