DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IFEEL bad now that we haven’t talked about this show Meet the Natives before — because I have a sickly feeling this could be the weakest of all the episodes and the decent ones passed me by.
Obviously I have no way to support this statement, since this is the only one I’ve seen.
But this is the last episode when they raced through a quick recap at the start, high- lights of their time in the US. Sure, it was the highlights, so by definition we’re getting the pick of it.
The episode where our five guys are sitting there at the table in New York and the bloke’s telling them that the other bloke sitting next to him is his husband and our five guys are going, huh? looked like pretty good television.
There was another bit that took place in Orange County, California, but who cares now? I backed the wrong horse.
This episode tonight, it’s all right, but they’re at an army base in Georgia, which initially I thought might’ve had exciting Wife Swap/ ugly clash potential, given that Chief Mangau, Keimua, Sam, Kuai and Namus came from Vanuatu with a message of peace.
But no, they actually are peaceful. They’re staying with a staff sergeant named Steve,
Peaceful: Chief Mangau his staff sergeant wife Tara and their three kids.
Day one and it starts awkwardly — grits for breakfast, which Steve does the southern way, or maybe it’s the Steve way, with butter and sugar.
This is followed by some shootin’. Electronic only. No killin’. Not even people, Steve tells them.
As he’s talking, one of the guys is spitting his grits out into a napkin.
They’re even less comfortable with the guns.
They gave up using weapons two generations ago, but ‘‘ had heard’’ America still used them.
Not sure what Colin Powell does these days. Sits on company boards? He’s in this episode, anyway. Meet the Natives ABC2, 7.30pm