DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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SO Rus­sell’s a trust fund kid. I didn’t re­alise. What was all that go­ing into the of­fice about? Meet­ing girls? Prob­a­bly. Three-thirds of his out-of­pocket ex­penses are fe­male re­lated. Jeff (Pa­trick War­bur­ton, the most com­pelling rea­son to put on Rules of En­gage­ment) has run his eye over Rus­sell’s books as a favour to Timmy, the guy who last time I watched this show was Rus­sell’s much more ac­qui­es­cent as­sis­tant. His role now seems to be stern nanny and ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Rus­sell (David Spade) needs it though, now more than ever. His mother’s cut him loose from the fam­ily trust fund and he’s re­duced to liv­ing at the Plaza Ho­tel and is so stressed about it he’s booked in for a spa morn­ing. It’s a shock­ing turn of events, and clearly a mi­cro­cosm of what’s hap­pen­ing to Amer­ica. Such a deep show, Rules of En­gage­ment.

As soon as Timmy finds out he’s at the Plaza, that ends as well. Even though Rus­sell’s taken strict aus­ter­ity mea­sures, such as not or­der­ing room ser­vice and only eat­ing out of the small fridge in his room. Rus­sell presents him­self at Timmy’s (some­what smaller than the Plaza Ho­tel) apart­ment. ‘‘ Sir, you are ab­sol-

Cut off: David Spade

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