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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 11, 2002

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"Analyze This" (1999), 8 and 10 p.m., TNT. Here is that rare comedy in which everything clicked. A wonderful idea was handed to an ideal cast. The idea: A menacing Mafia boss needs a psychiatrist. He reluctantly turns to a quiet chap who feels thoroughly menaced. Robert De Niro is the mobster and Billy Crystal is the psychiatrist. Here are gifted actors showing immaculate timing. More importantly, the cast keeps up the humor for two hours. Crystal winds up representing De Niro at a Mafia summit. The result — using everything from bluster to psychiatric double talk — is hilarious.

Of Note

"Dark Angel," 7 p.m., FOX. After a long holiday break this well-made adventure returns with new episodes. Tonight, Max is helped by one of her old Manticore mates who can see the future.

"Everybody Loves Raymond," 7 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Ray hurts his wrist while having sex with Debra. Soon he's boasting to his friends but lying to his parents.

"The Ellen Show," 7:30 p.m., CBS. In a new episode, Ellen finds that her high school boyfriend and her sister have been secretly dating.

"That's Life," 8 p.m., CBS. Tammy Lauren has been excellent playing on "Homefront" and other shows. Now she plays an actress who wants to portray an Italian from New Jersey. Lydia helps her with her studies.

"Once and Again," 8 p.m., ABC. This has been a tough season for Rick's ex-wife, Karen, who's superbly played by Susanna Thompson. Tonight, she becomes overwhelmed by depression.

"Vanished," 9 p.m., ABC. Here is a rerun taken from ABC's summer news series. It looks at a minister who was presumed dead but was found preaching in a church 17 years later. He was also suffering from amnesia.