EW Staff
August 08, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT


BIG KAHUNAS ”Six Feet Under”’s Lauren Ambrose, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”’s Nicholas Brendon

THE STORY Based on Charles Busch’s long-running stage play, this wicked parody splices the apple-pie innocence of ”Gidget” with the blood and guts of a ’70s slasher flick.

BEST SCENE Goody two shoes Florence (Ambrose, above with Thomas Gibson) negotiates the salty seas of double identities and less-than-subtle double entendres (lots of wiener jokes) to become Chicklet, the gang’s first girl surfer. When her beach buds enrage her, Chicklet goes psycho, unveiling tough-talking alter egos, the funniest of which is a jive-talkin’ supermarket checkout grrrrl named Tylene (”I grease up the cake pan and heat up the oven and let the batter riiiiiiiiise”).

FAR-OUT CAMEOS It’s like a roll call for TV stars on hiatus: Thomas Gibson (”Dharma & Greg”)? Here! ”90210”’s Kathleen Robertson? Present! Beth Broderick (”Sabrina the Teenage Witch”)? Yes, ma’am!

WHY WE DIG IT Ambrose does goofy as well as she does sullen on ”Six Feet Under.” Plus, let’s face it, there’s nothing better than a good wiener joke.

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