Broward Detective Chris Bauer Stars in TLC Special "The Message" Friday Night
|PI Bauer delivers his message|
Bauer's mission is to help three families deliver a message to someone they've long been searching for. Two mothers, Debbie and Louise, have spent decades trying to track down the children they gave up for adoption as teenagers. A third mother, Joi, has a two-year-old daughter with liver failure: the girl was saved by a transplant donated by the Ivy family after their own 14-year-old daughter was killed in a tragic accident. Bauer finds the intended recipient, and plays them an emotional DVD. Then they decide whether they want to meet the sender. We previewed the show last night, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
"These people had tried everything, and they'd run out of avenues," he told the Juice by phone. "It's important to show what a qualified person can do for people in need."
Bauer, a hunky guy who looks like a cross between Reality TV celeb chef Tom Colicchio and a young Bruce Willis, inherited his detective gene: his dad was a PI too, although the son didn't find out until he was in high school. In his own work Bauer says he's had to develop a high degree of emotional intelligence, a skill he drew on for the filming.
"Everything you see in this show is me, it's how I really am," Bauer says. "I've had to deal with so many emotional issues on the street in my line of work -- talking to people after their loved ones have just passed away, or to people who have been violated, like rape victims. You let them know you need to talk to them because you can potentially help."
So if you see this guy checking you out on Las Olas, be sure he already knows more about you than you probably want him to. Here he is in the TLC preview: