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SHE SPIES

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Full Name: Cassie McBaine, D.D. Cummings, Shane Phillips
Series Name: She Spies
Nationality: American
Organization: ComCent
Occupation Agent

Creator: Vince Manze, Joe Livecchi, Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle
Time Span: 2002 - 2004

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Cassie McBaine, Deedra 'D.D.' Cummings, and Shane Phillips are agents with She Spies.
       Actually that group does not really exist, as far as I can see. It is just the name of the set of recorded adventures of this trio. As we are told in the intro to the first mission, "They're three career criminals with one shot at freedom. They're working for the feds who put them away. These are the women of 'She Spies', bad girls gone good."
       The three are coopted, according to Wikipedia, "for work as secret operatives for the US government under 'ComCent', a branch of the ISD [no idea what that is]." The plan had been put together by their handler, Jack Wilde, replaced later by Duncan Baleu. As Wilde explains it to them, for what sounds like the umpteenth time, "The three of you have been taken out of prison and are being asked to spy for the government".
       In a spoof of the '65-'74 game show The Dating Game, we learn this information about the women:
       "Spy Number One is a local girl made bad with elegant rich parents found success as a master thief and once crippled a man she claimed was trying to assault her...More than just a token African-American, she is proficient in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and makes a wonderful peach cobbler. Say hello to Shane.
       "Spy Number Two comes to us from Washington, D.C., where she was indicted on six counts of stealing state secrets from a government database. An expert in computer hacking and foreign languages, she loves volleyball and dancing the rumba. Say hello to D.D.
       "And last but not least, Spy Number Three. Hailing from Aspen, Colorado, this former Phi Delta Gamma earned her trip to prison by conning millions of dollars from greedy bankers and CEO's. She loves slipping into other personas and walks on the beach. Let's give a big hand to Cassie."
       These three women are experts in their own fields of criminality and together make up an impressive team to fight both other criminal organizations but also spies and traitors.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:40
First Appearance:2002
Last Appearance:2004
Network:NBC

REGULAR CAST
Natasha HenstridgeCassie McBaine [ 1-2 ]
Kristen MillerD.D. Cummings [ 1-2 ]
Natashia WilliamsShane Phillips [ 1-2 ]
Carlos JacottJack Wilde [ 1 ]
Jamie IglehartDuncan Baleu [ 2 ]
Cameron DaddoQuentin Cross [ 2 ]

     According to Wikipedia, the show was intended for syndication. The first four episodes were aired in prime time on NBC but the remainder of the first season and all of the second was in syndication. Low ratings from that second season caused there to be no third.
1 First Episode
Episode S1-1, first aired 07/20/2002
Director: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, David Misch

The three agents are put to work on an ex-Presidential candidate's talk show when it is learned he might be assassinated.

2 The Martini Shot
Episode S1-2, first aired 07/27/2002
Director: John Kretchmer
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec

A fashion tycoon is suspected of ripping off the designs of bigger firms so the three She Spies are sent to investigate.

3 Poster Girl
Episode S1-3, first aired 08/03/2002
Director: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W Van Sickle

Two rich playboy brothers are suspected of, well, something underhanded in their operations of a Children's Hospital charity.

4 Daddy's Girl
Episode S1-4, first aired 09/28/2002
Director: George Verschoor
Writers: Jack Bernstein, David Misch, Blake, Blaine Devoroe

A teenager who is due to inherit a fortune is in danger of being kidnapped so the She Spies are sent to guard her. The job turns to rescue when she is snatched.

5 Fondles
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/19/2002
Director: John Kretchmer
Writers: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Blake, Blaine Devoroe

A female operative investigating an adults-only community goes missing so the She Spies are sent to find and rescue her, as well as finishing her assignment.

6 Ice Man
Episode S1-6, first aired 10/26/2002
Director: Bethany Rooney
Writer: Mark Dodson

The 'Ice Man' is a master criminal who has stolen a valuable hard drive. The She Spies must get it back before it can be sold on the black market.

7 Three Women and a Baby
Episode S1-7, first aired 11/02/2002
Director: Krishna Rao
Writers: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno

When D.D. becomes pregnant, the She Spies are off in search of the deadbeat dad to be.

8 Trap
Episode S1-8, first aired 11/09/2002
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writers: Jack Bernstein, David Misch, Gene Laufenberg

While they slept, a very angry bomber wanting revenge sneaks into the home of the She Spies and leaves a lot of very deadly surprises.

9 Spies vs. Spy
Episode S1-9, first aired 11/16/2002
Director: Rick Jacobson
Writers: Joe Livecchi, Michael Loprete, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec

The She Spies learn they were not the first of their 'kind' when the original She Spy turns terrorist to 'win' back the love of Jack Wilde.

10 Perilyzed
Episode S1-10, first aired 11/30/2002
Director: Tom DeSimone
Writer: Gene Laufenberg

The She Spies relive how they first encounter Jack and each other, all while they are under the control of a paralyzing nerve agent.

11 Betrayal
Episode S1-11, first aired 01/11/2003
Director: Krishna Rao
Writer: David Misch

Some one is leaking vital intelligence and the She Spies are being blamed, leaving them 48 hours to find the real mole or go back to prison.

12 The Girl With the Broken Heart
Episode S1-12, first aired 01/25/2003
Director: Jefferson Kibbee
Writer: Christopher Painter

The target for the She Spies is an international thief who is traveling with Cassie's former fiancee.

13 You Don't Know Jack
Episode S1-13, first aired 02/01/2003
Director: Ron Osborn
Writers: David Misch, Ron Osborn

The She Spies learn there is a whole different side to Jack Wilde when he gets involved in a diamond smuggling operation.

14 First Date
Episode S1-14, first aired 02/08/2003
Director: Bethany Rooney
Writer: Jack Bernstein

The job for the She Spies is to seduce three IT specialists who are suspected of breaking the law. Unfortunately, things go very wrong.

15 While You Were Out
Episode S1-15, first aired 02/15/2003
Director: Rick Jacobson
Writer: David Misch

Someone is forcing major CEO's to either resign or get murdered.

16 Daze of Future Past
Episode S1-16, first aired 04/12/2003
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writers: Mark Dodson, Ethan Lawrence

D.D. is injured in a car accident. While in the hospital, the She Spies recount previous assignments, only to learn that the incident was no accident.

17 The Replacement
Episode S1-17, first aired 04/19/2003
Director: David Karl Calloway
Writer: Gene Laufenberg

When Cassie is kidnapped by a villain named Indigo, the other She Spies are sent to get her free, aided by a famous spy named Nic Shield who turns out to be more dangerous than the kidnapper.

18 Damsels in De-Stress
Episode S1-18, first aired 04/26/2003
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writer: Christopher Painter

The She Spies are thrilled to be given a paid vacation to a luxury spa. Nothing free is ever easy.

19 Learning to Fly
Episode S1-19, first aired 05/03/2003
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Writer: Jack Bernstein

An animal activist is being transferred by plane and the She Spies are sent along as guards.

20 We'll Be Right Back
Episode S1-20, first aired 05/10/2003
Director: Jeff Reno
Writer: Jeff Reno

Is there a connection between a doctor telling patients they are dying of a terminal illness and a company which promises them a chance to be frozen until a cure is found?

21 Rane of Terror
Episode S1-1, first aired 09/20/2003
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writers: Tony Blake, Paul Jackson

A snooty pop star is in danger of being kidnapped. The She Spies are sent in as bodyguards.

22 Last Man Standing
Episode S1-2, first aired 09/27/2003
Director: Reza Badiyi
Writer: Alan Cross

The new boss of the She Spies, Cross, is the target of a man he put in jail.

23 Manhunt
Episode S1-3, first aired 10/04/2003
Director: Rick Jacobson
Writer: Jennifer Furlong

The kidnapping of a female ComCent tech leads to the She Spies going undercover at a dating agency.

24 Gone Bad
Episode S1-4, first aired 10/11/2003
Director: Jefferson Kibbee
Writer: Robin Bernheim

Cassie and D.D. are worried that their partner, Shane, has gone back to her thieving which puts the She Spies program in danger of being disbanded.

25 Date to Mate
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/18/2003
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writer: Steven L. Sears

Two of the She Spies, D.D. and Shane, are attending the taping of a game show when terrorists take everyone hostage.

26 Crossed Out
Episode S1-6, first aired 10/25/2003
Director: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

Cross is the prime suspect in the murder of the Chairman. It is up to the She Spies to find the real killer.

27 Cover Me
Episode S1-7, first aired 11/01/2003
Director: Reza Badiyi
Writer: Gene Miller

Cassie learns there is someone who looks just like her who been murdered. To learn who did it, she goes undercover as herself.

28 Love Kills
Episode S1-8, first aired 11/08/2003
Director: Oley Sassone
Writer: Michael Gleason

Cassie and Cross go undercover as a married couple to find out who is a husband and wife assassin team attending an exclusive couples workshop.

29 Off With Her Head
Episode S1-9, first aired 11/15/2003
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writer: Josef Anderson

Former KGB operatives put a bomb necklace around Cassie's neck on her birthday. It is up to Shane and D.D. to figure out how to save her.

30 Message from Kassar
Episode S1-10, first aired 11/22/2003
Director: Reza Badiyi
Writer: Alan Cross

The She Spies want to find a way to reunite a brilliant mathematician with his long lost love.

31 Spies Gone Wild
Episode S1-11, first aired 01/17/2004
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writer: Robin Bernheim

Duncan's new European princess girlfriend is kidnapped while on spring break so the She Spies head to the resort undercover to learn who took her.

32 The White Chollima
Episode S1-12, first aired 01/24/2004
Director: Rick Jacobson
Writers: Tony Blake, Paul Jackson

A famous North Korean spy operating in the States turns out to be Cassie's mother, long thought dead. The She Spies are out to catch her.

33 Leotards and Lies
Episode S1-13, first aired 01/31/2004
Director: Oley Sassone
Writer: Jennifer Furlong

The She Spies have the assignment of catching a female spy. When they catch her, the spy's daughter is kidnapped.

34 Family Reunion
Episode S1-14, first aired 02/07/2004
Director: Chuck Bowman
Writer: Steven L. Sears

While the She Spies are trying to reunite a Cuban scientist with his long-lost daughter, they learn that Shane's boyfriend is planning on revealing her true work in an expose for a tabloid.

35 The Gift
Episode S1-15, first aired 02/14/2004
Director: Rick Jacobson
Writer: Jim Novack

The She Spies are out to stop stealthy technology from being stolen and they are joined by a fast-talking psychic.

36 London Calling
Episode S1-16, first aired 02/21/2004
Director: Alan J. Levi
Writer: Alan Cross

D.D. is undercover with an MI5 agent who is both charming and annoying at the same time, making concentrating difficult.

37 Stranded
Episode S1-17, first aired 04/24/2004
Director: Rick Jacobson
Writer: Robin Bernheim

The She Spies have a crash landing in the ocean while transporting an expat who has been training terrorists.

38 Witness Protection
Episode S1-18, first aired 05/01/2004
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writer: Tanquil Lisa Collins

The She Spies have a difficult job of protecting a vital witness and his son.

39 Wedding of the Century
Episode S1-19, first aired 05/08/2004
Director: Gregory J. Bonann
Writer: Jennifer Furlong

The mission for the She Spies is to provide protection to a groom on his wedding day. He is the target of an assassination. Unfortunately, D.D. has fallen for the guy.

40 Remember When
Episode S1-20, first aired 05/15/2004
Director: Pat Duffy
Writers: Tony Blake, Paul Jackson

When Shane is given a drug that steals her memories, the other two She Spies must bring on a new partner to find an antidote.

MY COMMENTS

     This was a very silly spoof. It was intended to be one from the absolute get-go, which is a saving point for it because the key words to that first sentence are 'very silly'. It makes fun of so many spy tropes and has the decency to also make fun of itself.
     I enjoy a good spoof but, unfortunately, I did not think this was a good one at all. The writing was too silly and the acting was, well, often not very good. All of this, of course, IMHO.
     It did have three very enticing ladies as leads which is a good thing but I admit to watching the first few shows that aired on NBC and then did not bother to look for it on syndication. 
     Wikipedia's entry indicates that the 'spoofiness' was toned down a large amount for the second season. Since I have not seen those episodes yet, I do not know for myself but I am planning on giving some of them a chance because I would love to have my mind changed on this series.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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