21 February 2009 | moonspinner55
Cluttered script fails to flesh out the large cast of characters...but the girls look great
An ambitious episode of the detective series which might have been better as a two-hour special, or a TV-movie; there simply isn't time on the clock to do justice to all these ideas. The Angels investigate a fashion agency after a beautiful model (a "dead ringer" for Kelly) is found strangled with a rag doll (seems she was just coming out of the shower, so why was she wearing a smashed diamond watch on her wrist?). Among the suspects: a fey photographer who comes off like a bitchy gay (but who is revealed to be a kinky straight!), a Dutch designer who bristles at any sexual innuendo, a leather-jacket wearing toughie who does nothing but hang around, the director of the company (who was having an affair with the dead model) and his estranged wife, herself a fashion star. Jill and Kelly pose as models, Sabrina cons her way into a job as a stylist, but more girls are attacked--as well as one male in a sour, unfair plot thump. Some tasty exchanges (and Jaclyn Smith in a stunning white bikini, covered for no reason by a light wrap) make this an enjoyable installment, even if the writers can't quite cover all their tracks (how can the killer possibly hope to pass off one murder as a suicide? and why does Kelly attempt to stop the fleeing strangler by standing in front of his speeding van, waving her arms?). Kate Jackson has a funny encounter with the photog (who nearly defiles her!), while Farrah Fawcett-Majors does an outstanding job in her little bits and pieces with Alex Henteloff as Heinz. Henteloff does something amazing with this seemingly throwaway role: he creates a three-dimensional character out of just four or five scenes (without many lines) and we instantly connect with his lonely heart (he does masterful work, aided by La Fawcett). Bosley does the usual paperwork back at the office, while the girls settle on a theory--and, as usual, their assessments are right on the money.