Eddie Murphy seems to have been around forever and he is not even 40 yet, but that is only because his career has had so many ups and downs, and because he started young. There may have been something subtle in the title of tonight's film, Boomerang (World, 9.30pm), that audiences did not quite appreciate when it came out six years ago. At one level, it refers to the love life of Murphy's character, Marcus. Marcus is a serial flirt, who likes to make every woman he meets think he is in love with them, just so he can let them down. He finally meets his match professionally and personally when the firm he works for is taken over and he gets a new female boss (Robin Givens) who is better than he is at everything, including flirting. At another level, this was a welcome return to form for a performer who was at an awkward point in his career. Reports of his career death were wildly exaggerated, and Murphy got steadily more and more irritated with journalists who tried to ask him about it. 'I stopped thinking in terms of career about US$80 million [HK$618 million] ago,' he told a New York daily newspaper. 'If it ends, I'll sit home and chill and raise babies.' Shortly afterwards he and his wife Nicole produced three children, and he made two extremely successful films: The Nutty Professor, and Doctor Doolittle. There have been little irritations even in these happy times. Last year he was driving home a woman he had picked up in his car, when police pulled him over and arrested his passenger. She turned out to be a he, and also a known prostitute. Murphy had done nothing illegal, and his publicist explained that he had just picked the woman up because he thought she could do with a lift home. Possibly his wife believed him, the National Enquirer did not. Shortly afterwards the scandal sheet published a vivid account of Murphy by two other transsexuals who claimed he had picked them up too. He sued, then withdrew the suit, and paid the legal bills of the newspaper. The gloating publication claimed this as vindication of its story. It may have been. It may also have been he could not face any more public discussion of his most private life, and who can blame him for that? In NYPD Blue (Pearl, 9.30pm) the crimes are always violent; this week there is a particularly grubby tang to everything as well. When a Korean grocer is shot in what seems to be a robbery-gone-wrong, his son offers a reward and sets in motion a sad story about junkie mothers and the children who love them anyway. There is also a horrid story about a little girl who has been raped. Her mother thinks she knows who did it, but the cops suspect it is more who she wants to believe is responsible.