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BETTY White. I’d gone off her on account of that idiotic Hot in Cleveland show. I’ve been deeply concerned. Not really. I’d just thought it was another relationship over. But we’re back on in a big way, now that I’ve seen her in tonight’s episode of Community. She plays Prof June Bauer, who teaches the anthropology class at Greendale Community College that Jeff and the others are taking this semester. And by others I also mean Senor Chang, the unhinged Spanish tutor, who is now apparently a student. Why is he in their anthropology class? ‘‘ Have you checked out the course description?’’ is his response when they question him about it. ‘‘ Ancient weaponry, genital mutilation . . . this subject’s talking my Changuage.’’
This is the first episode of the second series, and things are a bit tense after the way things ended up last season, what with Britta telling Jeff she loved him, and Jeff spurning her. Well, he’s paying for it now. The entire college is ostracising him.
It’s a very funny episode, thanks very much to Betty White, who is fantastic. They all are, it’s a great cast.
I also found plenty to laugh at during Gossip Girl. Such as the idea of Blair spending the summer sitting in front of her favourite Monet and reading Colette in the park. I can’t tell if she’s actually into them or if they’re just man bait. Man bait? That’s what I thought. Serena, on the other hand, falls asleep at night thinking about guys named Louis Vuitton and Laurent. It’s the season-four opener tonight and the fallout from the end of series three is still very raw. Of course it is. It could hardly have been more dramatic. Chuck Bass is still missing. He got shot, remember. Nate’s got the right idea I think: ‘‘ The key to a good relationship is no relationship at all.’’ Dangerous curves ahead: a girl called Juliet. Unless it’s hip among the rich Manhattan crowd these days to have stalkers’ things stuck to your wall . . . unguarded photos of other people and a mug shot of yourself, stuff like that . . . Community GO!, 9.30pm Gossip Girl Fox8, Foxtel/Austar, 8.30pm
Fantastic: Betty White.