Picks and Pans Review: Dangerous Affection

updated 11/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Nov. 1, 9 p.m. ET)


The network calls this a comedy-thriller. But if your magazine came with a sound track, you wouldn't hear me laughing or gasping. No, if shrugs made sounds, that's what you'd hear. Children's book author Judith (Who's the Boss?) Light has one kid, and she's pregnant with another. Her scummy actor-husband dumps her over lunch and then, to top off a rotten day, a spy (Michael Parks) collides with her on the sidewalk right after he has just murdered another spy. In the tussle, Parks loses the secrets he's delivering to evil foreign powers, and Light's son picks them up. So let the chases begin: Parks goes after Light and her kid. A handsome cop, Jimmy (L.A. Law) Smits, goes after Parks. And Light and Smits go after each other (romantically, that is). But these are no high-speed chases. They're slow, very slow. If it weren't for the charm of Smits, Light and Rhea (Cheers) Perlman, as her buddy, you'd hear this page snoring.

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