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V.I.P.: Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand

Vallery Irons is thrown into the role of bodyguard to the stars when while on her date with a celebrity at a film premiere, he cowers behind her when a gunman appears and she saves him. Her date tells everyone that she's a hired bodyguard rather than risk embarrassment by revealing the truth. A bodyguard agency that caters to celebrities soon hires her as their boss. The agency is renamed V.I.P. (Vallery Irons Protection) and with her now part of the team, they feel pretty safe. On her first day on the job, however, a militia group enter the agency's building to to kill Vallery and her former date and current client.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Saturday September 26th, 1998

Director: J.F. Lawton
Writer: J.F. Lawton

Alternate Airdates:

Japan Aug 05, 1999

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Guest Stars
Angelle Brooks
As Maxine
Javier Grajeda
As Detective Grispy
Amber Smith
As Davina
Angela Oh
As Reporter
Bryan Cranston
As Colt Arrow
Christopher Carroll
As Butler and Biker
Daniel Roebuck
As Iron Green
Dean Norris
As Jackson Lasarr
Heinrich James
As Lieutenant #1
Joseph Mullenax
As Customer
Kevin Light
As Brad Cliff
Liz Smith (1)
As Gossip Columnist
Mitchell Binder
As Executive

Steven Gendel
As Newscaster
Main Cast
Pamela Anderson
As Vallery "Val" Irons
Molly Culver
As Tasha Dexter
Shaun Baker (1)
As Quick Theodore Williams
Natalie Raitano
As Nikki Franco
Leah Lail
As Kay Simmons
Episode Notes
Guest star Steven Gendel is series creator Morgan Gendel's brother.

Tail o' the Pup, the hot dog stand where Val was working before being asked to front V.I.P., was located at 329 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, California.

Episode Goofs
Kay, Nikki, and Tasha's faces all get dirty when Jackson Nasar blows up a floor but Quick's face remains clean.

When Nikki is on the fifth floor shooting at members of the Mad Dog Malitia she puts at least three bullet in the number 5 sign. However, when we see a closer shot of the number 5 sign, there's no bullet holes in it.

When Tasha is on the phone with Brad Cliff's manager she has the phone in her left hand to her left ear. In the next shot it's in her right hand to her right ear. And in the shot after that it's back to being in her left hand to her left ear.

Where could Jackson Nasar have gotten the cardboard cut-out of Val in a bikini?

Val reacts more quickly to the gunman at the premiere on the news footage than she did at the actual premiere.

Cultural References
Visual: Tail o' the Pup

Tail o' the Pup is an iconic hot dog stand that is actually shaped like a hot dog. It was designed by Milton Black, and opened in June 1946 at 311 La Cienega Boulevard. The stand was purchased by Eddie Blake in the early 1970's and faced demolition in the mid-1980's. The thought of the stand being demolished caused an outcry and resulted in the stand being moved to 329 North San Vicente Boulevard. Unfortunately in 2005 the stand was evicted and was moved into a warehouse in Torrance, California.

Warning: V.I.P. season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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