QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

ER, 8.30pm, Nine Even in the wild so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the emer­gency room of a big city

brother’ s hospi­tal, a doc­tor is threat­ened by his sex­u­al­ity. Fun­nily

‘‘ nurse ’’ enough, the same doc­tor is hu­mil­i­ated when a nurse, a male proves him­self the equal of any hospi­tal strong­man by con­tain­ing a vi­o­lent pa­tient. Even­tu­ally, even ER chal­lenges its stereo­types. The Starter Wife, 8.30pm, Ten ‘‘ We ’ re

all in agree­ment. Ly­ing is an im­por­tant part of ev­ery mar­riage. It ’ s trust,’’ right up there with in­ti­macy and says Molly ( De­bra Mess­ing,

they’ d pic­tured) over din­ner with the girls tonight. Well, know. Some­times

The Starter Wife is more des­per­ate than Des­per­ate House­wives . The women here see mar­riage as a com­mod­ity, a struc­ture to be ma­nip­u­lated or en­dured to their ad­van­tage. Sex, on the other hand, is a force of na­ture to which they can but suc­cumb. Mean­while, Lou turns up to his own funeral in a dress and black veil. A Sur­vivor’ s Guide to Plane Crashes, 8.30pm, SBS Three mil­lion peo­ple a day put their lives in the hands of pi­lots and air traf­fic con­trollers in tin cans in the sky. Crashes are so in­fre­quent as to ren­der air travel the safest way to get about, but they do hap­pen. While many of us ex­pe­ri­ence fear out of pro­por­tion to the odds, an en­light­en­ing fact is that more than 90 per cent of air crashes have sur­vivors. Safety ex­perts, crash in­ves­ti­ga­tors and sur­vivors get to­gether to help in­crease your chances of sur­viv­ing an air dis­as­ter.

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