Don’t Trust the B*tch in Apart­ment 23

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 7.30pm, Arena Krys­ten Rit­ter ( Break­ing Bad) and the gang continue in their edgy sit­com about an in­no­cent in New York. June (Dreama Walker) is from In­di­ana but is quickly be­com­ing more street­wise, thanks to the an­tics of her flat­mate Chloe (Rit­ter), the bitch of the ti­tle. Tonight June, who re­luc­tantly moved in with Chloe when her ex­cit­ing new job fell apart on day one, wan­ders the streets of New York near penniless. We are privy to her thoughts and also to those of an a la carte diner who pops more ex­pen­sive food into her lapdog’s mouth than June has tasted in a month. In­spi­ra­tion strikes when June at­tends a Korean church ser­vice with home-made jam as a money sub­sti­tute for the col­lec­tion plate. Some great se­quences fol­low as June and Chloe join forces to make jam, scant­ily clad and in the spirit of mud pies. What June doesn’t know is that their an­tics are be­ing filmed for a fetish site by their nerdy neigh­bour across the way. De­signed as pure en­ter­tain­ment, The Bitch is full of daffy co­in­ci­dences (the nerdy neigh­bour is also a health in­spec­tor who im­pounds the jam) and quirky char­ac­ters with al­most no sub­stance. James Van Der Beek plays a fic­tion­alised ver­sion of him­self as the for­mer star of Daw­son’s Creek. Tonight he launches a new su­per-tight jeans line with the slo­gan ‘‘ put your cheeks in a beek’’. When he and Chloe set off to see a new 10-storey sized bill­board of his tightly squeezed tush there’s an un­for­tu­nate jux­ta­po­si­tion with an­other bill­board. Pure fluff, but se­ri­ously funny.

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