The Boyfriend of the Week

September 6, 1999

This week's Boyfriend is someone I've been thinking about doing for awhile now, but I wanted a chance to get to know him a little better first. Lucky for Kyle Secor, I got cable recently and can now watch Homicide episodes approximately 36,000 times a day. Okay, okay, it's more like 2 or 3 times (except when there's a marathon on Court TV, like there was last weekend -- then I watched Homicide for TEN STRAIGHT HOURS!).

Previously, I'd only seen about 4 episodes of the show and while I thought it was pretty interesting visually, I never got a chance to really get into the plots or the characters because I kept forgetting to turn it on every Friday. Then, just as I saw the episode "The Subway" on PBS following a documentary about Homicide which got me REALLY interested in it, it went off the air.

Ain't that always the way??

Anyway, so, Enter: Cable Television. I've been watching Homicide about three times a week now, because it's on at 6pm and on the days I swim after work, I usually just want to go home and relax on the couch for an hour or two. You know, before I change into my Supergirl garb and hit the streets, leaping buildings with a single bound. I was getting pretty hooked on it (the show, not the leaping) and then lucked into a Sunday last weekend where I had the apartment all to myself, a couple of home repair projects to attend to, and absolutely the crappiest weather of the summer so far outside.

Confession: I didn't get much of the home repair projects worked on, though I did mop the kitchen. Reason: I was hooked! Honestly, people, I watched tv for TEN HOURS STRAIGHT and didn't even get bored once! Why? Because, among other things, Kyle Secor, who plays detective Tim Bayliss on the show, has a really great looking nose.

Okay, he has a really great looking EVERYTHING, actually. But an extra-specially nice nose. Even better than Judd Nelson's, and that's saying a lot coming from me. It's got kind of a hook to it and it's long and sort of slender. Just nice, you know? I have to say, however, I'm not keen on the buzz cut of the later episodes, though. He has hair a lot like mine -- straight and fine -- we should not, either of us, be chopping it off at the roots.

Anyway, Bayliss is an interesting guy. It's not every day you run into a zen cop, you know? And while I still haven't seen enough of the show to speak about him with any real authority, I do like him the best so far. He's sort of Homicide's version of Bobby Simone (NYPD Blue), and you just can't go wrong with strong, silent types.

If you haven't watched Homicide, check it out sometime. Even if you don't know what's going on or who anybody is, it's so different that you'll be entertained anyway. Weird camera angles, shifting shots, double-takes, and the occasional bit of self-parody. It's a really great show -- which explains why it didn't last very long. The American public never ceases to disappoint me. Heathens!

MacGyver Factor Score: 96.7%. Points off. Just cuz. Incidentally, there's another guy on the show who will be a Boyfriend in the near future as well. Any guesses on who it'll be?

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