NASH BRIDGES seems to want it both ways with Caitlin Cross. They want her to be this 1970s CHARLIE'S ANGEL-like chick (hence an actress with BAYWATCH credentials of bounciness). She strips down to her slip, which Yasmine Bleeth fills out amply. On the other hand, they want Caitlin to be this 1990s empowered female (not quite so fierce as the campy XENA), but Caitlin does all right in the self-defense area. In "Vendetta" she kills a man - Caitlin impressively blows away pervert Jimmy Testani with two shots to the chest.
Last week, Caitlin posed as a prostitute and was almost raped in a washroom. This week Caitlin is stalked by one of her past cases; she is almost raped in her own bed. Caitlin is potent sexuality which turns weaker men into uncontrollable rapists. This path leads towards variations of victim hood: from prostitute posing, to being stalked...The next step is to have Caitlin kidnapped, tied up and/or strapped to a bomb. Let's see if the season ends with this happening... Nash, of course, comes to her rescue. This is the 1990s version of THE PERILS OF PAULINE.
This double-edged view of women is further reinforced by Joe's wife Inger. Inger wants to have a child, so she's got Joe on a shorter leash than usual. There's a crude image of Inger running out the back of Joe's car (after having sex with Joe), large breasts bouncing. But wait, there's this sisterhood thing Caitlin's got with Halley, the downtrodden victimized wife of Lou Grissom, the misogynist psycho creep that's after them both.
Caitlin is given the privilege of killing the lesser offender, the pervert Jimmy Testani. But it takes Nash and Joe to blow away Grissom as he tries to attack Caitlin from behind - it's up to the men to take care of their own. It's a brotherhood thing.
Meanwhile, Harvey and Nash seem to have traded sexual identities. It's Harvey, not Nash, that's having one-night stands with beautiful women only to find out they're married. It Harvey, the Sixties child of unfettered pre-AIDS sexuality that, along with Joe, are humping like bunnies. Nash doesn't do much these days except play kissy face with Caitlin, and that's as far as it goes.
For more, see synopsis for Episode 75