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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

MUST-SEE: "Vietnam: On the Frontlines," 10 p.m., History Channel. On the 57th anniversary of D-Day, the Vietnam documentary reminds us that any war can have heroic moments. As its "Easter" offensive began, North Vietnam for the first time rolled its tanks across the border. Marine Capt. John Ripley was told they were heading his way. "Even today, I can feel the cold chills when I got that message," Ripley says. Col. Jerry Turley groped for permission to blow up a bridge and stop the tanks, but couldn't get a decision. Finally, he skipped protocol and gave the go-ahead. For three hours, in constant danger, Turley put explosives under the bridge. He got out moments before the blast. "I don't know any other single, independent action that was so compelling to stop an attack," Turley says.

"Ladies Man," 7 and 8 p.m., CBS. More than a year after it was canceled, CBS pulls out some episodes. In the first, Jimmy and Donna (Alfred Molina and Sharon Lawrence) try to avoid a fight on their anniversary; in the second, Jimmy might work for "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek.

"The West Wing," 9:30 p.m., NBC. Right after the basketball finals comes a repeat. Tonight, only the first lady seems displeased with the State of the Union address.