Students in the Yale Rep School of Dramaturgy might have a problem with “Barely Legal” because there is no conflict. “Freshman nurse” Kelly Surfer offers no resistance whatsoever when a patient suggests she’s a hooker.
Well, let’s be fair: There’s some arrangement that the patient has with his usual nurse, Nurse Johnson, that makes him comfortable sitting on Aussie Nurse Surfer’s desk and saying, “Did Nurse Johnson tell you about my ‘shoulder problem?’”
“Do you think this might help with it?” she says, lifting up her scrubs top to reveal what Olivia Newton John never chose to.
Surfer proves to be as healthy down under as she is up top, and that accessibility is part of her own charm as well as that of “Barely Legal,” which for 130 installments and just as many spinoffs cleaves to the motif of older men doing no work at all in seducing younger women. In fact, it’s usually the younger women who are the predators.
“I hope your shoulder is OK,” says Surfer, 10ccs of sperm in her mouth.
We wonder if there was a copayment, what the patients in the waiting room are thinking, how Nurse Johnson might have broken the news of this aspect of Nurse Surfer’s internship. But most of all we wonder what health plan that dude’s on.