DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Monday -

DO YOU live with some­one who’s ter­ri­to­rial about their cup? I sense nod­ding. Dr Ed Good­son has used the same cof­fee mug ev­ery day since med­i­cal school and now his son Henry’s just gone and drank out of it. With­out his per­mis­sion. You can imag­ine the up­roar. Or maybe you can’t.

His only ex­cuse, and it’s not even an ex­cuse, is that it’s early and he was sleepy. Ed’s got the fam­ily up at 5.30 to go to the farm­ers’ mar­ket, nice and early be­fore the good pro­duce has been picked over by the pos­sums and crack­heads.

Is it in Wil­liam Shat­ner’s con­tract that he get all the sub­stan­tial one-lin­ers? Prob­a­bly not. His char­ac­ter would just be eas­ier to write for. To wit: ‘‘ The last time I saw some­thing this wrin­kled and orange, I was ask­ing a Florid­ian to cough,’’ he says later, run­ning his hands over some cit­rus.

This show hasn’t per­formed the way I thought it might’ve for Nine, es­pe­cially given it has been spring­board­ing off Two and a Half Men. You might re­call, though, that Men wasn’t a hit to start with, ei­ther. But it’s hard not to ad­mire how well built $#*! My Dad Says is.

There are four peo­ple be­hind it and two of them are

One-lin­ers: Wil­liam Shat­ner Max Mutch­nick and David Ko­han, who did Will & Grace, so they know how to make a story work. Tonight’s episode starts in the kitchen, moves to the farm­ers’ mar­ket, where a stranger dies, cli­maxes at that stranger’s fu­neral, and ends up back in the kitchen, with a run­ning gag about Ed try­ing to lo­cate Henry’s miss­ing base­ball jacket.

The fu­neral scene is al­most great. Shat­ner, stand­ing be- tween the dead man’s son and daugh­ter-in-law, has a face on him that’s al­most as static as the bloke’s in the wooden box next to them. You’ll ready your­self for some won­der­ful farce, but it just doesn’t quite reach those heights. Gee, it comes close, though. That episode can’t be far off. $#*! My Dad Says Chan­nel 9, 8pm

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