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JANE DOE

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Full Name: Jane Doe
Nationality: American
Organization: CSA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Dean Hargrove
Time Span: 2005 - 2008

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jane Doe is an agent of the CSA.
       That acronym stands for the Central Security Agency and it represents a federal government intelligence organization that handles a wide assortment of situations from major crimes like substantial art theft and tracking down of murderers to counter-espionage. While each of the missions we see being handled appear to be domestic, there is nothing to indicate that foreign activity is not also handle by this group. What we see, though, is those cases happening in the Los Angeles area.
       That is where Cathy Davis lives and works. She is the wife of Jack Davis (a residential home builder, I believe) and the proud mother of two, Susan around 16 and Zack who is about 12. Davis also has a day job she enjoys a great deal and at which she shows over and over how good she is, designing games and puzzles for kids.
       It is when she is approached at a supermarket by Frank Darnell, likely Special Agent in Charge of the L.A. branch of the Agency that we learn that the two had worked together for many years quite a few years before. Davis and Darnell had been partners and had amassed an impressive list of successes before Davis decided she wanted a home life more than she wanted to be an operative.
       Since Davis did not want her renewed involvement with the CSA to become known to, well, anyone, it was agreed that when she appeared at the headquarters or worked anywhere in a semi-official basis, she would carry an id/badge that clearly identified her as Jane Doe. While that would hardly be considered real, it would still be enough to not let others know who she really was.
       It had been agreed when she was asked to help that first time that it was strictly a one-off situation. Obviously by the fact that we have several recorded adventures of her providing much needed help, one time turned into more than a few.
       Initially she kept her return to duty, if just temporary, as secret from her husband but after a while she found that unacceptable so confided in him. As far as I can tell, the teenagers remained unaware.
       In one episode we discover that being a government agent runs in the family when another former CSA agent is pulled, Davis's mother, Polly.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:9
First Appearance:2005
Last Appearance:2008

       The Hallmark Channel released nine made-for-television movies initially aired in rotation with three other movie series, McBride, Murder 101, and Mystery Woman.


1 Jane Doe: Vanishing Act Jane Doe: Vanishing Act
Director: James A. Contner
Writer: Dean Hargrove
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Aaron Lustig as Miles Crandall
Released: 2005

When a software genius creating the top-secret communication software for the CSA disappears while on a flight over a desert, he is great need of Cathy Davis's incite. Unfortunately, she had retired many years before so he has to find a way to entice her back.

2 Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Director: Armand Mastroianni
Writer: Jeff Peters
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Timothy Bottoms as Clarence, Pamela Reed as Fran Henkel
Released: 2005

Someone has stolen the Declaration of Independence which was on display in a bank in Los Angeles. The CSA is responsible for getting it back and Cathy Davis, aka Jane Doe, is asked to spearhead the search.

3 Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part
Director: Armand Mastroianni
Writer: Jeff Peters
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Antonio Sabato Jr. as Joe Angelini
Released: 2005

The impressive escape from a maximum security prison by the deadly arms dealer leads the CSA to wonder not only how but why now? To figure out what the man might be planning, it turns again to Cathy Davis, aka Jane Doe.

4 Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Jane Doe: The Wrong Face
Director: Mark Griffiths
Writers: George Eckstein, Ethlie Ann Vare
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, John Rubinstein as Phil Raphaelson
Released: 2005

Three days before the start of a major case in court, the prosecutor learns his wife has been kidnapped after undergoing plastic surgery. The CSA has the task of finding her before 72 hours pass and they need Jane Doe, otherwise known as Cathy Davis, to pull a miracle.

5 Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well
Director: Mark Griffiths
Writers: Ethlie Ann Vare, George Eckstein
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Donna Mills as Polly Jameson
Released: 2006

The names of government agents in place in other countries are about to be revealed by a famous mentalist unless he is freed from kidnappers demanding a huge ransom. Cathy Davis, aka Jane Doe, is asked by the CSA to get him back and she has 24 hours to do it. Helping in this matter is another former CSA agent, Polly, who happens to be Cathy's mother.

6 Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall
Director: Lea Thompson
Writer: Ethlie Ann Vare
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Helen Slater as Stella Andre
Released: 2006

When the CSA is tasked with finding the killer of an international business tycoon, Cathy Davis, aka Jane Doe, is pulled in for her expertise.

7 Jane Doe: Ties That Bind Jane Doe: Ties That Bind
Director: James A. Contner
Writers: Ethlie Ann Vare, Adma Armus, Nora Kay Foster
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Robert Carradine as Everett/Gary/David
Released: 2007

Camera footage as well as DNA evidence provide damning evidence that a CEO was the culprit in the murder of a whistle-blower but Cathy Davis, aka Jane Doe, when brought in on the case, believes there was a twin involved.

8 Jane Doe: How To Fire Your Boss Jane Doe: How To Fire Your Boss
Director: James A. Contner
Writers: Ethlie Ann Vare, Adma Armus, Nora Kay Foster
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Erin Gray as Laura Sands
Released: 2007

An assassin is busy tracking down and eliminating CSA agents. Cathy Davis, aka Jane Doe, is brought in to figure out who the killer is and help stop him.

9 Jane Doe: Eye Of The Beholder Jane Doe: Eye Of The Beholder
Director: Lea Thompson
Writer: Bridget Terry
Actors: Lea Thompson as Cathy Davis/Jane Doe, Joe Penny as Frank Darnell, William R. Moses as Jack Davis, Jessy Schram as Susan Davis, Zack Shada as Nick Davis, Elaine Hendrix as Agnes Dart
Released: 2008

Frank brings in Cathy Davis, Jane Doe, to help find who was behind the theft of very expensive artwork. Also working with them is an insurance investigator that Frank has taken a liking to but who might end up being the gang leader.

MY COMMENTS

       Back when these first came out, I watched a couple of them. I mean, come on! This site had just been started and I was not about to let a spy movie series slip by me. Except that I did since I saw only two of them back in 2005. How I missed them, I have no idea. Nevertheless, a couple of years ago I tracked them down and watched each one. I loved them!
       Of course they were cheesy, hokey, illogical, and nowhere at all realistic. Still I was in my mid-60's and those adjectives most applied to me as well so what did I care? Besides, I was by then addicted to the Hallmark channel (I know I just lost any street cred I might have had - sue me!).
       If you look at the grade I gave this series, a B-, it is because while I was a fan, I recognize they were what they were. Hardly spycraft as we normally think it. Still, I did like 'em.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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