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  • Mel Harris is Kathy Arnold, the only female member of the LAPD K-9 team, who suffers sexual harassment and sues the City of Long Beach for damages, along with Miranda Berkley (Melissa Gilbert) who suffers harassment in the Patrol unit. Kathy's treatment is presented as more life threatening than Miranda's when Kathy is the decoy in a training session and dogs are sent by her male colleagues to attack her. Kathy is married to Rob (Cotter Smith) and it's curious to see how Smith resembles Ken Olin, Harris' husband in her TV series thirtysomething.

    Here however Harris wears her hair off her forehead, when we are used to seeing her sporting bangs, and she is more believable than Gilbert, playing a woman who is supposed to be both physically imposing and sexually irresistible to her superior Harry McCarthy (Peter Onorati) and whose harassment is a consequence of the end of the affair. Although later, Harris changes her hair to a less flattering flapper bob, her tears in closeup at the testimony of Rob, and her arrogant reaction to a false apology from a man in the K-9 team, are her best moments.

    The teleplay by Marjorie David and Alison Cross, based on a true story, portrays male police officers as juveniles, who became policemen `to kick butt', and how perhaps because of the nature of police work they form incestuous personal relationships with other police officers. The narrative is framed with testimony at the trial and flashbacks to the events which lead to the civil court case. Both women are shown to be suffering depression with long term psychological `damage' and prepared to sacrifice their careers. Ron contends that Kathy is no longer the same woman he married because of the stress of her ordeal, which contextualises Harris' wig.

    Director Paul Schneider builds suspense in the scenes where Kathy waits as decoy for the approaching search dogs, lets us enjoy Holland Taylor as the women's later, in quite a substantial supporting role, but strangely pans across the faces of the jury when Miranda gives her testimony.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This movie gives a very realistic look at the kind of sexism that still goes on today. People don't think of sexism as discrimination but it is. Harris and Gilbert portray two smart and successful cops who are the envy of the males. The male cops cover up their own jealousy and insecurity by saying that women shouldn't be on the force because they're not strong enough. The women go through verbal,physical, and mental abuse and receive no help from their superiors. The men cover up for each other and the only woman Sargent has the nerve to say that Harris and Gilbert aren't strong enough either. She doesn't realize that she's just being used by the men to cover-up their bad behavior. This shows that not even women will stick by other women just because their in a place of authority and don't want to lose that "respect". That women Sargent failed to realize that the men didn't really respect her. She was a sell out and did she really think those women haters respected her? The only problem with this movie is that it could have given a more in depth portrayal of the kind of emotional effect it had on the women. Those men were ruthless and brutal and out for revenge. Thankfully Harris and Gilbert won their lawsuit but then we read on that the real women have not yet received any money.It's amazing how far women have have come and far women have regressed because men still want to be oppressive.