Red Dress, Jun 2004, 12.95
Nearing thirty, Lisa Marie Marino lost her advertising job in New York City so she came home to find work in New Sparta, New York. Besides writing an advice column, Lisa finds work as a household assistant. She cleans as little as possible and bosses her clients around until she meets Bob.
Client writer Bob McAllister finds Lisa intelligent, pretty, and domineering. Still he enjoys her help when he needs a special word or phrase. Lisa finds herself attracted to Bob and actually uses elbow grease to keep his home spotless. Though her mom tosses her high school boyfriend at her, Bob and Lisa fall in love, but he panics and begins seeing Charlene “the Cosmopolitan” centerfold. Lisa stops cleaning for him, sending her sister instead, but Bob knows he made a mistake as he misses his Lisa and will do anything to get her to be his beloved forever cleaning lady.
This is a fun contemporary romance totally carried off by the charming con artist slacker. The rest of the cast is there to add depth to Lisa Marie and thus are not fully developed except in relation to the key protagonist. Still Lisa Marie carries the show as she is fun to follow whether she uses a deodorized spray to make the room seem like it is clean when mostly she watches TV, raids the refrigerator or when she assists Bob with his work. Fans will delight in the antics of this freeloading fraudulent friendly female.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner