A Typical TV Affair
Mary (Austin Highsmith - Circle of Eight) and Charlie's (Alan Powell) marriage had become a little rocky; he forgot their anniversary whilst she almost slept with their friend, Trevor (Luke Edwards), whose partner, Susan (Valerie Azlynn), works at her law office. But Mary, having become suspicious of Charlie as he is always working late on a property he is renovating, decides to show up at the property unannounced only to discover him dead. With Charlie's sister, Crystal (Lorna Street Dopson - Missing Daughter), suspecting that Mary might have murdered him and with the police making her their chief suspect, Mary turns to Susan for legal help.
Some times it is incredibly difficult to muster up any sort of enthusiasm when it comes to reviewing TV movies because so many of them end up depressingly generic. That is the issue when it comes to "A Deadly Affair" as once again a woman finds herself trying to solve a crime which the police suspect her of and there are a few possibilities as to who is responsible for the murder. That list includes the sister-in-law who seems a little unstable, a girl who worked at a hardware store who fled from the funeral, the friend, Trevor, who Mary kissed and almost slept with plus of course his other half who suspiciously worked long hours. And that of course leads to the one interesting idea in "A Deadly Affair"; what happens when Susan discovers that Mary nearly slept with her husband who is still clearly obsessed with her.
The annoying thing about "A Deadly Affair" is that whilst there are enough clues to make an educated guess as to who the guilty party is whilst also giving you enough line to make you wonder if there is a twist to it, you simply don't care. And that comes down to the generic nature of the characters as there is nothing about them to draw you in to their lives. On top of that some of these characters not only have the sort of dialogue which makes you groan but the actors struggle to deliver it without coming across like they have only just read it. In the end the one performance which comes close to being good comes from Austin Highsmith but then her character is central to "A Deadly Affair" and has the best of the writing.
What this all boils down to is that "A Deadly Affair" is simply another made for TV thriller which goes through the motions but never really manages to do anything new to make it either gripping or memorable.