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It's milestone Monday, as a pair of TV mainstays celebrate anniversaries today.

"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The women of Melrose Place celebrate the show's 150th episode by toying with the men, as a pregnant Alison has some wedding-day surprises for Jake, Amanda bilks Craig, a dying Kimberly isn't too sick to trap Michael in a web of pity, and Sidney charms Carter out of his billionaire software empire. Tough breaks. Fox.

"Mr. Rhodes" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tom has to decide whether to stay at Harkin, and who should show up to advise him but Mr. Kotter himself (played by John Kassir; guess Gabe Kaplan was busy). Meanwhile, at the local bus station, Jake (Shaun Weiss) is preparing to hit the road for good -- until he encounters sweathogs Arnold Horshak, Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington and Juan Epstein (Ron Palillo, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs and Bob Hegyes, who must not have been busy). NBC.

"Into the Arms of Danger: A Moment of Truth Movie" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A 17-year-old girl, afraid of being molested by her mother's boyfriend, runs away from home -- and meets a con man who promises to make her a fashion model. Bet nothing good comes of this. Morgan Fairchild plays mom, Chandra West the unfortunate teen-ager. NBC.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Quite a dilemma for Dr. Shutt (Adam Arkin): an old friend, who's dying, wants him to marry his wife after he's gone. Bonus: Mandy Patinkin stops by for a cameo. CBS.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jay begins a week of shows from Las Vegas, joined by guests Tom Arnold, Tyra Banks and Mr. Las Vegas Himself, Wayne Newton. (Is it a coincidence that both Leno and Letterman have special shows airing this week? I'm sure it is.) NBC.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Was it really 15 years ago that Larry "Bud" Melman first appeared onscreen, warning NBC viewers that the late-night show they were about to see for the first time might prove shocking? Apparently so, as Dave and his new bosses at CBS kick off a weeklong celebration of a decade and a half on the late-night air. Tonight's show includes Stupid Human Tricks and a visit from the NBA's Charles Barkley.


"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E;) -- Rosa Parks, the woman whose refusal to move to the back of the bus sparked a social revolution, gets the Bio treatment tonight.

Pub Date: 2/03/97

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