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****Sharkey's Review****
Memorial Day
 4th Episode/8th Season (1997-1998)
Date Aired: 10/19/97   Encore: 10/25/97
Week of: 10/19/97 - 10/25/97 
My Score:  4 Rescue Cans
This Week's Quote: "Remember, you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is in this case, always tomorrow-after you have done your best to achieve success today."
5 rescue Cans/Exceptional (Super Waves!)
4 Rescue Cans/Excellent
3 Rescue Cans/Good
2 Rescue Cans/Fair
1 Rescue Can/Poor (A Total Wipeout!)

Memorial Day was aired as the fifth episode. It moved along quite fast and was quite touching. It offered a keen look at veterans trying to give a third, deceased Navy buddy a decent burial. Kudos to the writers for pulling another set of storylines that denoted excellent quality. The first of three solid plots centered on April Giminski (Kelly Packard), Skylar "Sky" Bergman (Marliece Andrada), and Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff). The three find a body with no identification after a fishing boat had seen someone dump something into the ocean. And later, April and Sky find the dogtags that had belonged to the victim to find his identity, leading to his two friends.

Even the over-acting by comics Dick Martin who portrays Ed and Howard Morris, who portrays Jigger couldn't hurt this moving, sentimental plot. Strong performances here by Kelly Packard and David Hasselhoff, newcomer Marliece Andrada is impressive as April's concerned, caring friend. She looks like a future winner if she gets enough screen time, given the number of actors on the payroll.

The second was about Lani McKenzie (Carmen Electra) and Cody Madison (David Chokachi). Lani is excited about an upcoming audition for a music video that she thinks will be her big break. Lani hurts her ankle during a rescue. Cody tells her to stay off of it and offer elevation until it heals, but she ignores the advice and goes on the audition anyway despite the pain. It goes fine until her ankle gives out. Lani strongly believed that if she hadn't been hurt lifeguarding, she would have gotten the video job. Without thinking, Lani planned to leave Baywatch. Cody doesn't want her to leave, as he is in love with her. The awaited "why did C.J. leave Baywatch" question was finally explained here. Although I thought that Pamela Anderson, who gave the show such a lift during her time shooting episodes, deserved a lot better than the cheap explaination written into the storyline. Cody told Lani that she went on vacation to Mexico, met a rocker-the tatooed and nose ring type and got married. The impressive David Chokachi gave a very strong performance here to support Carmen Electra.

The third storyline was very strong plot to compliment the other two with equally strong performances. It centered on Mitch's son, Hobie Buchannon (Jeremy Jackson). Hobie had his lifeguarding woes, thanks to the antics of "ex-surfing buddies," who continued to break the rules of the beach just to upstage him. Like father, like son. Hobie came across as a very young Mitch with a mixture of Eddie Kramer (Billy Warlock) and Matt Brody (David Charvet). Understandably, he picked up some of Eddie and Matt's behavior patterns while bonding to "big brother types" and growing up over the years. Jeremy makes an impressive transition from the cute and adorable "little boy, junior lifeguard" to the full fledged professional lifeguard.  My Score: 4 Rescue Cans

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