DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
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