Picks and Pans Review: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 100th Episode Celebration

updated 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

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An hour of watching the world's richest and tackiest people cavort could cause any viewer to run screaming to the nearest Communist bookstore to check out Marxist-Leninist ideology. Britain's Robin Leach, who speaks very loudly and in exclamation points {"WE KID YOU NOT, HE ACTUALLY RATIONS HIS TOILET PAPUH!"), hosts this tabloid-like compilation of highlights from the show's first 10 years. It begins with a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor—"OUR OWN QUEEN ELIZABETH," proclaims Leach, "WHO EARNED HER HOLLYWOOD CROWN JEWEL BY JEWEL!" Leach presents his guests with great awe and reverence, as if they had invented something other than their own PR. Under his tutelage, you get to learn everything you never wanted to know about Dr. Ruth in China, Brooke Shields on safari, Pam Dawber in the Himalayas and much, much more. The evening's best line comes from Taylor, who seems to be auditioning for the role of Mother Teresa when she says, "The only reason to be famous is to help people." Help me turn the channel.

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