Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a new feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past! On Fridays, I will be reviewing One World, which ran on NBC from 1998 to 2001. The entire show is currently streaming on Tubi!
Wow, I’m nearly done with this show! Yay!
Episode 3.9 “Jane Cops Out”
(directed by Mary Lou Belli, originally aired on November 18th, 2000)
Ugh. It’s a Jane episode. I actually liked Jane during the first season and for the first half of the second season but she’s been pretty much unbearable during the third season. There’s a difference between being edgy and just being annoyingly rude. Of course, if I was living with the Blakes, I’d probably develop a bit of a bad attitude as well.
Anyway, in this episode, Jane gets a job at a SCUBA gear store and starts dating the owner’s grandson, a rookie cop! Jane is copping out …. oh wait, that’s what the title says! Jane freaks out over dating a cop because she’s a former criminal. The cop freaks out because all of his coworkers have arrested Jane in the past. Jane being a criminal is a bit like Neal being a genius or Ben being an alcoholic, in that it’s one of those plot points that’s never really been that convincing but which the show tends to randomly bring up.
In the B-plot, Dave’s snoring is keeping everyone awake. Eh, who cares?
Episode 3.10 “Marci’s In Hot Salsa”
(directed by Mary Lou Belli, originally aired on November 25th, 2000)
I’ve often stated that Sui is my favorite character on this show. Marci is a close second. Unfortunately, Marci rarely seems to get to do much. With this episode, she finally get to be at the center of the main plot but it turns out that the plot is pretty much lifted from the “Dancing Isn’t Everything” episode of California Dreams.
Feeling that she doesn’t have any one thing that she’s good at and worried that she’s destined to be the average member of the family, Marci decides to make dancing her thing. She enters a salsa contest that is, of course, being held at the Warehouse, Miami’s “hottest under 21 club.” I would think this would be a problem, as Marci is also the assistant manager of the Warehouse and usually, employees are not allowed to enter contests that their employer is sponsoring. But no matter! By this point, The Warehouse pretty much only exists to cater to the whims of the Blakes.
Marci enters the contest with one guy but discovers that there’s another guy who is a far better dancer. Will Marci stay loyal to her original partner or dump him for the better dancer? You can probably guess exactly what happens in this episode but I still liked it because it featured a lot of dancing and the audience applauded when Marci said she was looking forward to death of Fidel Castro.
In the B-plot, Neal is grounded when he comes home late. (Was he grounded for helping Jane cheat on the SATs? Anyone remember that?) But he sneaks out and goes to a baseball game while Dave and Jane go to a modern art show. Dave says he doesn’t understand modern art. That’s because Dave’s a moron.
Just three more episodes to go!