After a couple of rocky seasons where cast members were jumping a sinking ship, the 10th season starts off pretty strongly, despite a ludicrous setup. The episode opens with Murphy (Candice Bergen) saying goodbye to FYI for a job at the White House with then-president Bill Clinton. The rest of the gang is sad to see her go - though Jim (Charles Kimbrough) seems to disapprove of Murphy's decision. The new job at the White House doesn't last long and Murphy's back, begging for her new job. After some conjoling, executive producer, Kay (Lily Tomlin) agrees. On Murphy's first broadcast back, Corky (Faith Ford) reports on breast cancer. Stunned that both Murphy and Kay haven't gotten checked, she bullies the two older women into getting mammograms. Kay's checks out fine, though Murphy's told to speak to the doctor. This episode is the beginning of the season-long story arc that has Murphy fighting breast cancer. Initially, the episode is pretty lame - Murphy working for the White House and then being fired after less than an hour, smacks of lazy writing. Bergen's settled wonderfully into Murphy Brown and looks lovely with her short 'do. By the tenth season, she has mastered her comic prowess - she makes her grating, sharp voice work - her shreaks are classic - just watch the scene where Murphy gets off the elevator on FYI's floor only to discover a gutted offic space, and screams for "Gene!"
The chemistry between the cast members is great -- Tomlin is also developing into a strong character; it's interesting because as opposed to her first season on the show, in the 10th season, Kay's relationship with the FYI gang is considerably warmer. It's a good change. Ford again provides solid work as Corky - by now, a wonderfully complex and surprisingly sad character. Joe Regalbuto, who also directs episodes, is great as the neurotic Frank Fontanta. The jokes are still good - they are a bit aged, and it's kind of funny how the Internet, email and the World Wide Web are being introduced into the conversation. Not a classic episode of the show, and it starts off awfully, but by the end, it rallies and ends on a satisfying cliff-hanger.