Picks and Pans Review: Just My Imagination
NBC (Man., Dec. 21, 9 P.M. ET)
Jean Smart plays Pally Thompson, a modest grade-school teacher whose quiet life in a small North Carolina town is upset when the burg's most famous native, singing star Bobby Rex (Tom Wopat of The Dukes of Hazzard), puts out his latest hit, a hunka-hunka burnin' memory about making love to her—a song that prominently mentions her name and vaunts her insatiability: "Whompin' Pally Thompson in the middle of the night/ Spreading jelly on her/ Squealing with delight/ And when breakfast lime comes/ She still has an appetite."
Although Smart swears up and down that nothing ever happened between them, she's suddenly notorious. After being suspended from her job because uptight school officials feel the furor over the song is distracting her students, Smart ventures to Los Angeles to confront Rex and salvage her reputation. That's when this pleasant little film takes an ill-considered and unlikely turn. Mary Kay Place, Audra Lindley, Richard Gilliland (Smart's real-life husband) and Cristine Rose costar.
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