Picks and Pans Review: The Secretary

updated 09/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Tues., Sept. 12, 9 p.m. ET)


Mel Harris plays a stockbroker reentering the workforce years after a traumatic incident. In her new job, she attracts the attention of one of the office staff (L.A. Law's Sheila Kelley). As a secretary, Kelley proves indispensable. But she is also vindictive, manipulative and completely unhinged, all of which she brings to bear on Harris. Then Kelley makes the mistake of messing with Harris's most prized possession—not her overseas portfolio, her family.

The thriller starts spookily but grows increasingly implausible as bodies begin to drop like the Dow Jones average in a severe market crash. Kelley's psycho steno illustrates two things: a) good help is hard to find and b) so are good TV movies.

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