Picks and Pans Review: Best Friends

updated 08/20/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/20/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Thur., Aug. 16, 10:30 P.M. ET)

B+

With frank and open dialogue rare for PBS (translation: they talk about sex) and a quirky idea behind it, Best Friends is a wellacted comedy and morality play that poses the question: What would happen if a forgiving wife met the other woman? Could they be buddies? Even though you can see the ending a mile away—I figured it out two minutes into the show—it is a fun ride to the conclusion.

This is basically a two-character play, and both Helena Routi as the wife and Julie Bayer as the other woman give sharp performances. Routi, especially, gets off some good lines (written by Edie Pistolesi) explaining her tolerance where her cheating hubby is concerned. "Look." she explains. "if I shot every woman my husband had an affair with. I'd be a mass murderer!" This one almost hit the bull's-eye.

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