Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Cindy Spot: 3rd Rock from the Sun

There are those who claim that Cindy Crawford has difficulty acting her way out of a brown paper bag. Then there are those who've seen Cindy in The Simian Line (where Cindy delivers her best performance to date, but more in a future spot - the worst performance comes from Emmy-winning veteran and the ex-Mary Beth Lacey herself, Tyne Daly) or on Muppets Tonight!, where she doesn't do as much as other guest stars have but she's fine as a Frogiteer in the Kermit the Frog Club scene (in her pre-modelling days... on the show, that is).

But this week, it's Masha who gets our attention. See, in 1998 Cindy guested on "36! 24! 36! Dick!", the Superbowl episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun (which the Radio Times amusingly billed as "36! 24! 12! Dick!" in a classic case of failing-to-get-it-ness), as one of a group of Venusian aliens who came to Earth in a bid to take over during the Superbowl halftime show, aka The One Time The Game Actually Attempts To Be Entertaining (though in fairness to American football fans, that's still one time more than the European variety). The aliens were all not only model-types but were also actually played by models - the leader was Beverly Johnson, Angie Everhart [who reportedly got on pretty well with Cindy during filming] was Chloe (who got off with Tom), Irina Pantaeva was Gabrielle (Dick's girlfriend) and Cindy was Masha, who scored with Harry and was the nicest of the aliens. Obviously.

Though not the funniest episode, it was entertaining, and served as a nice little bonus to Channel 4's Models Close-up (which was airing at around the same time). And Cindy didn't do too badly as Masha - at least she didn't venture into the realm of overacting that was all throughout that sitcom (unsurprisingly William Shatner guested on it. Sadly not at the same time as Cindy); still not as much fun as her Pepsi ads, but worth checking out in repeats.

1 comment:

The Archivist said...

I never saw that particular episode. And I would have, if I'd known hot girls were gonna be on it.