The lusty characters courageously carry on. Writer William Finkelstein knows his plotting, and the inter-relationships fit one another niftily and familiarly.
Nadine, head designer for the Norman Ross line, also is romancing Ross (Ronald Guttman). But her retired dad Sol’s garment outfit, Briermere, has been scuttled by her brother, who’s run off with half a million bucks.
Sol (Gene Saks, playing with immense authority) comes back to the business, but he’s too late in too many ways. With lawyer Phil Reiman’s (Alan Rosenberg) help, Nadine ankles Ross to take over Briermere, update Briermere’s style, and handle the creditors. Main debtees are shark Tom Aiken (Stephen Collins), who wants half of the store, and tough boy Anthony (Damian Chapa), mobster who wants to go legit.
At Ross’, two models in particular are spotlighted: blonde Claire (Liz Coke), sharing digs with loose-living, druggie Mary Ann (Lara Harris), and they’re both knockouts. Sol’s staff, loyal to the code, stick around to help Nadine put on the climactic clothes horse canter; Claire, Mary Ann and their fellow Ross models loyally but unaccountably cross over to strut their stuff in competitor Nadine’s new threads.
Vidpic’s a mixture of big business, showtime, underworld shenanigans and double-crossing. Faye Grant puts in a smart bid as Tom’s overcharged wife Stephanie, Anthony Zerbe turns up as Tom’s stern, doubting father Roger.
The teleplay, old hat but still worth eyeballing, keeps hopping. Makkena displays versatility and her ability to carry a lead. Whole cast is pro, and production designer Vaughn Edwards’ work looks like the real McCoy. Constantine Makris’ inventive lensing, Tod Feverman’s smart editing lend Bleckner’s fast-paced production even more energy, while Donald Markowitz’ jazzy score adds to the bounce. It’s a series bid from last year’s fashions.