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****Sharkey's Review****
 
Quarantine
 18th Episode/8th Season (1997-1998)
Date Aired: 04/26/98   Encore: 05/02/98
Week of: 04/26/98 - 05/02/98 
 
My Score:  2 Rescue Cans
 
This Week's Quote: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
                                             -Dolly Parton
 
Ratings:
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!)

Quarantine offered two simple storylines that moved right along. The main simple plot happens after a rescue. Jordan (Traci Bingham) and Mitch (David Hasselhoff) exposed to the victim who may have a contagious disease, keeping the Baywatchers trapped at Headquarters under the watchful eye of the health department to make sure that no one leaves and no one enters. Test results would reveal whether the quarantine would stay in tact or be lifted. Jordan gets a chance to seem as though she is actually one of the lifeguards that belongs at Baywatch instead of standing around looking like a lovely part of the scenery.

Not only that! They are all stuck with a comical, but pesky medical supplies salesman (Jeff Altman). He fantasizes about the female lifeguards (especially April as if he would actually have a chance) and by choice walks in to the shower with nothing on while the girls are there in the stall taking theirs. Did he think that he was going to be a big hit? They all left in disgust!

Surprisingly though is the behavior of April (Kelly Packard). She has this meeting with a shoe company called California Lifestyles, which is the real life-company that designs the actual Baywatch shoe line. She is hoping that they will buy her designs, which is also the actual Baywatch shoe line. She finds out that they are stuck at Headquarters and will forced to miss her meeting. She calls them to lie, telling them that she is stuck in traffic instead of telling them the truth. She then sneaks out of Headquarters, risking the fact that she may have been exposed to lifeguards who were exposed to a contagious disease. She is caught by the health department and is sent back inside. Telling the truth here would have forced them to reschedule their meeting.

She later whines while they try got get some sleep. April is sure that she would never get another chance like that. Jordan tells her that she is talented and will get another chance. The salesman who is finally getting on everyone's nerves tells April that Jordan didn't mean that and she was only telling her that to make her feel better. To make matters worse, he tells her that the shoes she designed have lousy color and style. She ends up throwing the shoes at him and it provokes everyone else to throw their pillows as well.

The second was a fluffy filler fantasy story line. Six models posed for a fashion shoot on the beach while J.D. (Michael Bergin) whined and pined about him being quarantined and should be out there with them instead of Newmy (Michael Newman), who rescued them after they got hit by a wave. Notice how Newmy just saved the women and the photographer had to help himself to safety and his back was even facing the water. A no-no, Newmy! J.D. fantasizes about the models fawning all over him.

You'd just have to wonder what ever happened to his "strong" love for Caroline (Yasmine Bleeth)! The show's writers made no mention of J.D. and Caroline no longer interested in each other, so why is he so hot for a bunch of models? He is available and he is showing it in such a big way so soon. My, oh my! In Newmy's case, he has no love interest, so his actions are pretty much forgivable. It would be nice if he was given a steady girlfriend, at least one that would last for a year of two.

I found that the episode was both comical and somewhat enjoyable. It was however a bit much with the pesky supplies salesman who only seemed interested in hitting on the women there at Headquarters. The scenes were all well shot and the actors were convincing enough to make their characters seem like a family.  My Score: 2 Rescue Cans

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