DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
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