DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
ONE of my favourite ever plot devices is where the parents go away for the weekend and the kids have a party. Old, crusty, completely reliable as a form of entertainment. So when Jerry and Theresa Russo head to Connecticut for their anniversary (Jerry has the date wrong, Theresa hasn’t told him yet because she plans to get another weekend out of him when their real anniversary comes around next month) the taxi’s barely out of the street before the kids are sending out the invitations.
The mother’s on to them though. Bye kids, don’t try to pull anything on me like I’m pulling on him. But then Alex — Selena Gomez— sees a wolf on television and all plans are off. She must find this wolf. You realise the Russo family can do magic? More importantly, if Mum and Dad find out Alex and Max got eaten by a wolf, guess who’s grounded? Me, says Justin.
So. This wolf might or might not also be Mason, Alex’s True Love she’s been searching for and seeing everywhere. To the point where the others semiridicule her. Poor Alex. It must be hard being in love with an animal. Four-legged animal. I
Party time: Selena Gomez is Alex. thought Mason was the family dog but apparently he really is a wolf who was once a human who had something done to him. A werewolf, I believe we’d call him if this were a network other than Disney.
Mason’s last name is Greybeck, which is also the werewolf’s name in Harry Potter. They have a lot of Harry Potter references on this show.
If I was eight, I’d be into Wiz- ards of Waverly Place. Cute, witty, everyone’s nice-looking with a good wardrobe and great hair. Apart from the squirreleating hillbillies in this episode. Long story. Not really, this comes in at circa 20 minutes and I loved that as well. Wizards of Waverly Place Disney Channel, Foxtel/ Austar, 4.30pm