Picks and Pans Review: I Married Dora

updated 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Fridays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

D

Daniel (Hardcastle and McCormick) Hugh-Kelly plays a widower (his wife disappears at the hands of "swarthy" Syria-bound hijackers) who marries his Central American maid, Elizabeth (La Bamba) Peña, so she won't be deported to the land where her sister was murdered by a death squad. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a sitcom. Well, the comic possibilities are obvious, aren't they? We have contra comedy, hijack humor, ethnic stereotypes ("Her lips are moving a thousand miles a minute"), jingoism, sexism (Here, the only difference between a wife and a maid is where she sleeps) and lots of can't-get-good-help-these-days gags (now that's fresh). This is the Amos 'n'Andyol immigration. Only one small asset rescues this sludge-brained idea from an instant F: Elizabeth Peña's charm.

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