Jodie Colter
Created by Billy Field and Cynthia Whitcomb

In Caught in the Act, the 2004 Lifetime TV movie, Lauren Holly portrays JODIE COLTER, a feisty Tennessee housewife and mom who thinks Buck (Max Martini), her lout of a hubby, is stepping out on her. She consults a divorce lawyer and hires a P.I., but the P.I. turns out to be a bust. So she decides to conduct her own investigation, wearing disguises and tailing Buck -- and soon discovers she has a knack for the work.

But when she decides to use her new-found skills to help out another woman, things take a turn for the worse.

I tried to watch this, but it was truly horrid, with the entire cast acting like a very bad road company dramatization of The Beverly Hillbillies. I mean, is taking a whiz on a golf course supposed to be funny?

Even more amazingly, Caught in the Act was inspired by the real-life story of Nashville-based private detective Janice "J.D." Holt, who has a small role in the film as the waitress who blows the whistle on Buck for cheating. According to Holt, "It was sweet revenge."

Maybe she hadn't seen it yet...

Sorry, but anyone in any way involved in this bumpkinfest ought to be taken out to the woodshed.

THE EVIDENCE

  • "I'm so hungry I could eat the ass end of a billy goat."
    .
  • "I don't get mad -- I get video."
    -- possibly the one good line in this slice of hillbilly hokum.

UNDER OATH

  • "I guess the movie was ok; it didn't completely suck -- but the music was far and away the most entertaining part of the show."
    -- Greg Harness

TELEVISION

  • CAUGHT IN THE ACT
    (2004, Lifetime)
    Working title: Tenn P.I.
    Premiere: May 10, 2004
    Story by Billy Field and Cynthia Whitcomb
    Teleplay by Cynthia Whitcomb
    Directed by Jeffrey Reiner
    Original Music by Marty Stuart
    Starring Lauren Holly as JODIE COLTER
    Also starring
    Sinead Keenan, Max Martini, Janice Holt

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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