Nothing wrong with a 38. snub. Can't go wrong with one.
A bit of a veer here, but a J frame is not an easy gun to shoot well, especially the "Airweight" version. I didn't see the show, but if the clerk made this recommendation to a beginner, I can understand someone thinking it inappropriate. You can indeed "go wrong" with recommending it for some individuals. It takes more than a pink grip to make a handgun appropriate for a woman with little or no shooting experience.