This week's episode got off to a slow start thanks to the long opening scene
concerning a crude, sleazy helicopter reporter named "Riptide" Rodger Peltyn (Shadoe Stevens). His knowledge
about the private lives of the lifeguards concludes that there is a spy at Baywatch.
But it finished very strong thanks to the long awaited return of Caroline
Holden (Yasmine Bleeth), and her struggle with Lieutenant Taylor Walsh (Angelica Bridges) to get a
better assignment and some respect for her skills. I loved the way she went through Captain Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff)
to get want she wanted. She really used his power...and friendship to her advantage. And the Captain used
a psychology method with Taylor instead of manipulation to get Caroline into a tower next to Michael "Newmy" Newman's
(Michael Newman). It was Taylor's choice.
Also, Caroline's reaction to her first failed attempt in persuing a desired
acting career was interesting. She returned to "Baywatch" after auditioning for the soap opera "Shannon's Hope" (any
simularity to the real, former ABC soap "Ryan's Hope" that Yasmine Bleeth had the role of Ryan?) in New York. She
finds out in a rather humorous way that fellow lifeguard Jack "J.D." Darius (Michael Bergan) is staying with her
and Cody Madison (David Chokachi) while looking for a place of his own.
J.D. offers his help by practicing a scene with her. It is obvious
that there is an attraction on both sides. During the kissing scene, it left Caroline wondering whether J.D. was acting or
if it was the real thing. Newmy and his new girlfriend Chantal (Chantal Cloobeck) along with Cody discover that Lani
McKenzie (Carmen Electra) works evenings as a nightclub contest dancer. Lani is embarrassed, but Cody tells her that
she has nothing to be ashamed of and that she's doing great.
And it's more than obvious that Donna Marco (Donna D'Errico) is pursuing
J.D., but he doesn't seem to show any interest in her. Although both Michael Bergan and Carmen Electra have weak acting skills,
the other cast members supported them well. The last action scene was especially exciting and impressive. Oh Caroline! Caroline!
She really compiled a lot of guts over the three-plus years as a Baywatch lifeguard following in the mold of Mitch,
Newmy and deceased sister Lieutenant Stephanie Holden (Alexandra Paul)!
I watched as several lifeguards ran and swam out to "Riptide's" cameraman
after losing his balance (his placement on the outside of the helicopter to shoot the shark was questionable) and in is danger
of the shark. "Riptide" tries to rescue him by telling him to grab onto the base of the helicopter, but the man slips
off. And "Riptide" crashes his helicopter into the water. He tries to free himself, but the mechanism of his safety
belt fails and as a result, he is pinned in. He goes under fast.
Taylor goes for "Riptide" as do Mitch and Newmy. The tether of Taylor's
rescue can gets caught on the helicopter and the strained momentum causes her to hit her head. She floats back to the water's
surface unconscious. The shark was coming in for the kill, smacking its lips (or I should say teeth). Caroline got to Taylor.
Seeing the shark coming at them, she used Taylor's can as a sturdy weapon with hard, forceful thrusts until the shark gave
up and went away. Although disoriented, Taylor could now see what was going on. After Caroline succeeded in fending off the
shark, Cody comes over and asks if they were both O.K. They swim Taylor back to shore. The cameraman is brought to safety.
Mitch and Newmy rescue "Riptide."
While tending to Taylor's head wound, Caroline does not
get a word of thanks. The Lieutenant thanked Cody for saving her. Cody told Taylor to thank Caroline, as she got to her first.
I could not understand why the words, "Thank you, Caroline," would not come out her mouth. Instead, after a seeming long hesitant
moment, she managed, "I'm glad that you're back at Baywatch." And it looked as if Taylor did not want to say those
Taylor is the stilted type of authority that will have trouble bending to
get the best out of her staff, as well as the refected success she needs for them to make her look good. She will have to
learn to bend, as did Lieutenant Stephanie Holden ("Rookie of the Year"/3rd season 1992-1993). She was really tough
on Matt Brody (David Charvet). So tough, that he almost gave up and left. Mitch talked him into staying.
The last scene was really humorous. After Mitch and Newmy rescued "Riptide",
Newmy's "girlfriend" Chantal pushes her way through the crowd crying, "Sweetie! Sweetie!" She runs toward them, Newmy
stands up, thinking that she's running to him...when she runs into "Riptide's" arms! "I was so scared. Are you all
right?" They learned who the leak was. It made me wonder why they didn't think back as to when the stories about them got
out for the public to hear. When she came. Before then, the sleazy reporter knew nothing. Newmy couldn't believe it. He was
The strong, exciting last scenes kept this episode into the excellent ranks
as I thought the script and content itself were a lot better than good. The only weak points were "Riptide" with
his terrible remarks about the lifeguards (and he got really gross), and Lani's nightclub dance scene. Lani's scene
somehow did not fit the mold of the show. They didn't hurt the episode, as the other scenes were strong enought to keep this
one in tact. My Score: 4 Rescue Cans
Next Review: Out of the Blue