Picks and Pans Review: The One That Got Away

UPDATED 06/07/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/07/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Mon., May 31, 9 p.m. ET)

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"I definitely deserve to fall in love," says Skipper Kress. And he definitely doesn't deserve two hours of prime time.

Skipper (Skip for short) is the bachelor bartender at the center of this limp reality-romance special. Seven women vie for his affection—and do the usual backstabbing—while sharing a house in South Carolina. The gimmick is that Skip has a history with each candidate. "I have been intimate with some of these girls," he announces to the audience. "Whoever I choose agrees that being intimate...is part of a healthy relationship." Well, we're all for good health.

The woman in the most embarrassing position is Skip's old friend Mindy, who wants to be more than a friend. The bachelor subjects her to a test kiss "to see if we have chemistry," and we see the lip action in slo-mo, like a key play in a ball game.

But don't expect a lot of voyeuristic excitement. Most of the show plays like a tired parody of the genre, with much talk of broken hearts and terribly difficult decisions. The only virtue of The One is that it's over in a single night.

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