DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IHAVE no idea why we’re starting at the second episode of series two instead of the first, but we got diddled out of guest star Mary Tyler Moore. I don’t think I need to draw you a map here: Betty White played Sue Ann Nivens, star of The Happy Homemaker, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was sensational. It’s as if all celebrity chefs on television now are actually modelled on Sue Ann Nivens. Anyway, no point crying about it now. We’re in the summer non-ratings period, anything can happen. This episode we’re talking about now, it could turn into a five-year-old episode of Big Bang Theory by the time I get to the end of this sentence. Luckily we’ve got Wayne Knight — Rick — and the green card scam he’s got going on with Joy (Jane Leeves from Frasier) to make up the guest star deficit tonight. Or if you want to go deep into US sitcom history, Eddie Van Halen’s mother from One Day At A Time plays Agnes, her mother-in-law-in-waiting. I’m sorry, I don’t mean Eddie, I mean the woman who was married to him for so long she now looks like Eddie. Valerie Bertinelli. Who plays Melanie. Victoria (Wendie Malick) might also be on to something solid – she’s snared someone old and rich she met online. How old? The same actor played Benjamin Button in the 1930s bit.
They’re all gagging for a man, even Elka, who only started to see herself as a sex object at about 88. She had a bloke and lost him, that’s why she’s hammered throughout this episode. Betty White doing drunk – needs to be seen. What went wrong here? How did this show end up as fill over summer? This time last year it was one of Nine’s big new sitcoms for 2011. Charlie Sheen still had a job and Ashton Kutcher was a tiny bit of a laughing stock.
Nobody’s laughing now. Hot in Cleveland Channel 9, 8pm
Drunk act: Betty White