Picks and Pans Review: The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: Mystery on the High Seas

updated 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sat, April 22, 8 p.m. ET)


Donning fedoras and trench coats, the Olsen twins reprise the roles of pint-size detectives from their home-video series. Their motto: "Will Solve Any Crime by Dinner Time." While their family is on a cruise ship, someone steals their dad's laptop, which is encoded with some really, really important information. Their parents are played by real-life spouses Tracy Nelson and Billy Moses.

Solving the case involves gags galore, several chase scenes on the promenade deck and musical numbers shoe-horned in all over the place. It makes for a busy though emptily precious special. At least the girls get to wear cute outfits. With. Full House, the twins' meal ticket, going off the air next month, I hope they cut a deal to keep the wardrobe.

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