June 10, 2002 12:00 PM

Showtime (Sun., June 9, 8 p.m. ET)

Ireland looks pretty in this mélange of a TV movie, even if the characters have no good reason for being there—or being, period.

Bailey (Bernadette Peters) and Bobbie (Rachel Ward) are a lesbian couple who run the Two Sisters pub in a seaside village near Dublin. Bailey, an excitable American, supposedly had a 20-year career as a Broadway actress; Bobbie is English and enigmatic. How do they happen to be together on the Emerald Isle, along with Bailey’s chatterbox brother David (Jonathan Silverman)? Who cares about details? Everybody comes out of left field, including Bobbie’s nephew Alan (Thomas Sangster), a suddenly orphaned 10-year-old who joins the Two Sisters family. “Your brother and his wife were smashed to pieces by a real big truck,” Bailey tells Bobbie. There, so you wanted information.

Bobbie’s breast cancer and Alan’s self-esteem problems are apparently designed to add emotional weight, but the whole story is as sketchy and unconvincing as Bailey’s theatrical resume.

Bottom Line: Erin go blah

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