* Baseball playoffs continue on ESPN and WTTG.

* The premiere of "Love & Money" on WUSA.

* The premiere of "Harsh Realm" on WTTG.

* And the Capitals vs. the Sabres on HTS.

Local Series

Medical Answers. The topic is manic depression, with Frederick Goodwin of George Washington University (Pax TV, 11:30 a.m.; formerly seen on WNVT).

Sports

Baseball: National League Playoffs. Atlanta at Houston (ESPN at 4 p.m.); Arizona at New York Mets (Channel 4 at 8).

NHL Hockey. Washington at Buffalo (HTS at 7).

Public Broadcasting

Washington Week in Review (CC). Topics include legislation on HMOs and the MCI-Sprint merger (Channel 26 at 8).

Prime-Time Movie

Batman Returns (1992) (CC) (R). The second movie in the "Batman" series features Danny DeVito as the Penguin. Two hours (Channel 20 at 8).

Newsmagazine

20/20 (CC) interviews Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (Channel 7 at 10).

Series Premieres

Love & Money (CC) (Channel 9, 8:30) and Harsh Realm (CC) (Channel 5 at 9) are previewed by Tom Shales beginning on Page C1.

Random Acts of Comedy. David Alan Grier hosts this new series in which contestants must figure out scenarios being acted out by a troupe of improv comedians. 30 minutes (Fox Family Channel at 10; another episode follows).

Series

Mission Hill (CC) debuts at its regular time; tonight, Kevin faces a moral dilemma while working at his friend's store (Channel 50 at 8).

Now and Again (CC). Michael confronts the Eggman, who is holding Manhattan hostage (Channel 9 at 9).

Odd Man Out (CC). Andrew, a freshman, gets a date with one of Paige's friends, a senior (Channel 7, 9:30).

Lisa de Moraes has the day off. The TV Column will resume when she returns.

CAPTION: On "Now and Again," the Eggman is up to evil doings.