Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Second Reunion Best for `Cagney & Lacey'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Second Reunion Best for `Cagney & Lacey'

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CHRIS and Mary Beth are back in fine form for "Cagney & Lacey: Together Again" (8 o'clock tonight on Channel 4), a big improvement over the first "C&L" reunion.

After years apart, the former partners (in police and TV) were awkward together at first, and changes in the characters' personal lives were hard to get past. This time out, Mary Beth (Tyne Daly) is established as an investigator under Lt. Chris (Sharon Gless) in the district attorney's office, and the two get an absorbing mystery to solve.

Chris finds the body of a homeless man in a park, and Mary Beth discovers that the prime suspect, also homeless, used to work with Harvey (John Karlen). So she latches onto the case like a terrier while waiting to see whether she'll be laid off from the job she badly needs, what with Harvey still recovering from his heart attack.

The plot zips along, with lots of opportunity for skewering urban attitudes. (When Chris complains that panhandlers make her angry, and then she feels guilty, Mary Beth responds, "I think it's easier just to give them a dollar.")

Of course, the friends' complicated home lives haven't smoothed out. Chris is still having those hot flashes, and - even more alarming - her husband, James (James Naughton), wants to get her a job in the Clinton administration. Mary Beth can't get Harvey to take care of himself, and she's started smoking again.

All this angst bogs things down briefly in the second hour, but Chris and Mary Beth rebound with bickering and banter. And the cliffhanger ending is a tense setup for at least one more reunion.

Fox opens "The Possession of Michael D." (7 tonight on Channel 30) with enough disclaimers for a month of Sydney Omarr horoscope columns. What it boils down to: The movie is based on something some people swear really happened.

Whatever - the result is absorbingly spooky, if you like this sort of thing.

When the story opens, Michael (Stephen Lang) has just moved into an old farmhouse with his fiancee, Jenny (Sheila McCarthy), and her two little girls. All's well except that he's having horrible dreams he can't remember, and during the day he sometimes loses track of time. …

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