This is another episode that features a real Bad Girl in the form of Pamela Smith, a beauty with piercing blue eyes, a PhD in chemistry, and a dangerous family history. This mad scientist is worked into the growing repertoire of San Francisco mythology of a big city threatened by a nerve gas attack. This storyline was most recently established in the memorable movie THE ROCK, and "Danger Zone" seems to feature some of the leftover nerve gas from THE ROCK. In the movie, it was bright green glass balls of Prell shampoo. In this NASH episode, it's also bright green Prell. San Francisco seems to be nerve gas target of choice.
Nash doesn't fall for this Bad Girl though, as he has done in the past. From the get go, Nash smells a rat. Pamela is attracted to him, but Nash doesn't bite. The smoldering Evan and Cassidy relationship continues to smolder as poor Evan is under a double sanction: Nash has forbidden Evan to date Cassidy, and Evan has also promised to Harvey to remain celibate for a month (is it up yet?) Harvey again warns Evan about Cassidy in spite of their secrecy. Evan ducks Nash and Joe, and Michelle, each time stealing a kiss from a needy Cassidy. Evan sends her away, but the last shot we see is of Cassidy returning back to Evan. Oh my God - did they consummate? Are they going to? We certainly hope so, and the ensuing fireworks or lack there of, should make for an interesting Nash response.
The Joe story is sweet and shows Joe to be full of heart in being dad to a girl not his own (indeed, a stranger!) Nash attends the wedding too, as marriage rituals seems to be fodder for some of the best Nash self-deprecating quips.
This episode was dedicated to the memory of Barbie Stein, listed in the end credits as "Local Casting."
For more, see synopsis for Episode 51