Picks and Pans Review: Necessity

updated 05/02/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/02/1988 01:00AM

CBS (Tues., May 3, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

Necessity starts just right, with an eerie feel and an air of mystery. Loni Anderson is running away, and James Naughton is chasing her. Something neat is going on. But all too soon a flashback wipes away all the mystery and the excitement of the chase, leaving us with a so-so story and ho-hum acting. Naughton, it turns out, plays a rich man, and Anderson, as his wife, finds out that his riches come from drugs. So she grabs $2 million of his filthy lucre, runs away, changes her identity and plots to steal back her baby girl with help from John Heard as a pilot. Of course, there's another chase at the end, a potentially socko scene in the sky with a getaway plane and bad guys in a crippled chopper. But it seems the producers ran out of money and their chase scene was grounded, relegated to the same old fast cars you see in every TV chase scene. Necessity is cursed with good beginnings gone bad.

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