This is an obscure episode of an obscure French/British TV show that IMDb
barely mentions. It's a truly sappy, underdeveloped 24
minutes of formulaic TV melodrama. So why am I writing about it? It features a topless scene from a very young
(21ish) Catherine Zeta Jones. This show would be long forgotten if not for the topless scene from a young
Zeta. Oh, what am I talking about? It IS long forgotten, even with that
topless scene. It's not even in Zeta's IMDb filmography!
A bit of trivia: according to the credits, the series was produced by Erich
Segal, the classics professor who loved to slum in pop culture, and became
most famous as the author of Love Story.
How bad is the episode? Follow along with me ...
A wealthy widower welcomes his university-age daughter and three of her
friends to his French country estate during her semester break. Dad and
daughter obviously have a great relationship, and dad also establishes a good
rapport with his daughter's friend (Zeta) and the boyfriends of the two girls.
They all visit for a while, then the two young couples head for the
Mediterranean in their two separate cars, and dad heads up to sleep.
Dad awakens to the sound of sobbing in his bedroom. It is Zeta-Jones, reporting
that the man's daughter has died in an automobile accident. Since the daughter
and her boyfriend have been fried to a crisp, there is nothing dad can do. Since Zeta's boyfriend is
taking care of the details with the police, the dad does what I think any of
us would have done on this somber occasion - he fucks the living daylights out
Now THAT'S the way to mourn.
The next morning he needs a little more consolation, but Zeta refuses,
saying that from now on she will "love
him in a different way," which in this case does not mean anal sex, but rather
that she will "be his new daughter"!
The film ends with a group hug between dad, Zeta, and Zeta's boyfriend, who looks mighty uncomfortable about the entire thing as the