ANDREW FENTON OUT OF THE BOX
HAPPY Endings is the latest entry in the group-ofcool-friends experiencing life and love sitcom genre. As a show it definitely has some potential. Unfortunately, that potential is obscured by a script that has been worked to death – in which every line is a snappy, over-written zinger.
Tonight’s episode, the sec- ond chronologically, Quicksand Girlfriend. is The
Main man Dave (apparently left at the altar recently by Alex) meets a girl at a bar and they have a one-night stand. Dave (Zachary Knighton) is then unwillingly sucked into a relationship and every time he tries to end it, something unexpected but not particularly hilarious intervenes.
Cool guy Brad ( Damon Wayans: The Next Generation) quips: ‘‘ Dammit Dave, you’re stuck in chicksand.’’ Straightseeming gay guy Max (Adam Pally) retorts: ‘‘ C’mon man, you’re better than that’’ – as if channelling the script editor’s comment to whoever wrote it. However, as the line gets repeated about six times, apparently the writers quite liked the gag.
(Casey Wilson) decides that her friend Max isn’t gay enough and what she really needs is a ‘‘ stereotypically flamboyant cartoonish Sex and the City gay’’ (Max’s words, not hers). Alex (Elisha Cuthbert), who could be from an entirely different sitcom judging on how well she’s integrated into this episode, searches for a new flatmate, even though it’s clear her poor personal judg- ment will lead her into trouble. Happily, by the ending of the show, I was amused, even though the characters never get enough space to develop. But having some potential puts it a long way ahead of most summer fill-ins. Happy Endings Channel 7, Thursday, 8.30pm
Trouble ahead: Elisha Cuthbert