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24 Entertainment: TV Desperate for housewives!

Jennie Brosnan welcomes the return to Wisteria Lane, and hopes this season continues on the trend of scin- tillating scandal.

Well, the ladies of Wisteria lane

are back again! The first couple of minutes of the first episode were enough to make anyone’s brain ex- plode! You start asking questions like who the hell is that and wtf?! Then it all comes flooding back; Mary what’s- her- names suicide and the husband going nuts and killing yer one’s sister then every- one going on a massive diet for the last seven years and shrinking be- yond recognition. You couldn’t make this stuff up! Wait, you could. Gabrielle is the best housewife

on the street. No question. Finding out that Andrew killed her mother- in-law, she turns it into a big deal about herself because her husband Carlos will find a way to blame her. If only she knew what he is keeping from her! Hold on, she does. With a sterling performance we were able to share in her heartache and as the week’s progress we’ll continue riding

alongside her on her rollercoaster ride of emotions as they reach both the highest and lowest peaks. Lynette is a close second

though. Admitting that she’s given birth to the equivalent of a basket- ball team makes you wonder first of all; how many people are on a basketball team and secondly; if there are more than 5 people, where is she hiding the other kids?! Talking about kids, how whiny

was Susan’s little bundle of pain in the backside? Seriously. Given the current economic circumstances he is lucky to have a house and toys that have colours. When I was growing up my parents gave me cardboard boxes for Christmas and it was the best fun I ever had. Man up!

Speaking of Man-ing up, check

out Carlos and the new look. Not digging it though because he needs seven years of tan applied to his now half pasty face. It was interest- ing to find out that Lynette had a

threesome with two of the guys from the college rugby team fol- lowed by Tom’s face which was hi- larious! Bree is as predictable as ever

and it seems never aging. If a woman thinks that “nice deep beige” is a bold colour then she re- ally needs to be led back into the kitchen and away from major dec- oration decisions. Although one cannot help but feel sorry for her now that Orson has been wheeled out of her life. Any sympathy you might have had was quickly thrown out the window however when her decorator, surprisingly, turns out not to be gay. Susan, of course, has managed to find herself in the most ludicrous of circumstances as usual which we can all see ending in either tears or Mike finding out in a hilarious fashion. Va va va broom here we come! With a new addition to the street

in the form of Renee Perry, Lynette’s bitchy college friend, I am certain that the horizon is heav- ily laced with drama looking. In- evitably I’ve been left in great anticipation of what lies ahead and I look forward to the rest of the season. Did someone say cat fight? I think so!

Inbetweeners get a hole in one

Brogan O’Callaghan isn’t in-between minds when it comes to this lot.

It’s not often that a TV show

comes along that can effortlessly just make you laugh. With fresh material every week The Inbe- tweeners is one not to be missed. Into its third series now, the show is going from strength to strength as the weeks go by. Recently treated to what I believe to be one of the most comical episodes yet, I saw it as my duty to ensure that if you’re not already tuned in, then your Monday nights will now have to change. So, on the basis of this episode, here is why. Will (A.K.A. Briefcase Mong)

is left home alone for the weekend when his mum decides she is going away with an old friend from col- lege, Fergus, who she found on ‘Facebooks’. In this version, there is no Macaulay Caulkin, no creepy burglars and no home-made booby-traps, just four teenage boys, 20 cans of Fosters and an es- tate full of flowers to terrorise. Jay is also left alone while his

parents are out for the day, well al- most. However it isn’t long until he encounters a serious problem as he finds he can’t, well, let off steam while the family dog Benji is watching him, and so offers to keep Will company for the night. Of course there is a catch and all he

wants in return is access to his mum’s knicker drawer and some baby lotion. Will turns him down. Simon

can’t stay due to a golf tournament with his dad, starting at 8am the next day. Jay, then seizing any op- portunity for a gay joke, tells Simon that golf is for fat people in their 40s, and that golf stands for “Gay Outdoor Lifestyle with Fel- las”, burn, ahem. Will asks Neil in- stead. Will’s mum leaves for the week-

end, and Neil settles in straight away, helping himself to toast, and raiding the fridge: “Will, what’s this pesto? Is it for humans?” Jay soon walks in, also making himself at home, yet after he smashes a glass, Will decides they should go out. Jay and Neil take him on a drive, cue Ludacris playing loudly, windows rolled down and driving very slowly round the neighbour- hood. This too ended badly as Jay runs over a ‘piss-taker’ squirrel. They return to find Simon drink-

ing orange juice in an eccentric golfer’s outfit. Both he and Jay busy themselves hijacking Will’s Facebook, while Neil busies him- self blocking the toilet. They all hit the Fosters, Will gives up trying to babysit them, and joins in. He

takes them on a drunken walk around the estate to keep them away from his house, and more im- portantly, his mother’s underwear. With a few cans and a golf club,

they soon start to destroy up a neighbour’s daffodil flowerbed, only to be caught by the ‘fat old shit’ that lived there. Running back to the house, they carry on where they started, drinking. The next morning, the owner of

the daffodils turns up at Will’s door, and they try, unsuccessfully, to hide from him. Will attempts to talk things through with him, yet closes the curtains when he refuses to stop shouting. Mrs.Springett, an elderly neighbour tries to check in on Will, only to be kicked out - lit- erally! Simon is late for his golf-tour-

nament, and just as we think things can’t get any worse, Will’s mum arrives home. She is greeted by an old lady with a broken nose, and a very large, angry man shouting about his flowers. All in a nights work. With all it’s inappropriate jokes,

cringe-worthy moments and im- mortal quotes this is a classic episode of The Inbetweeners that will keep you laughing for weeks. A must see for fans and newcomers alike.

October 26th 2010

Not just another series

Mark Delaney watches hours of television in the hope you take a look at these sometimes overlooked favourites.

Eastbound and Down Eastbound and Down is per-

haps one of the most daringly brilliant television shows of the past decade. Created by Acad- emy Award winner Diablo Cody (Juno), we are quickly intro- duced to Kenny Powers, a base- ball player who once was shrouded by fame and showered in adoration, but who quickly and hilariously succumbed to the trappings of being a celebrity, leading inevitably to his downfall. This descent forces him to seek refuge with his brother as he becomes a substi- tute PE teacher at the local school. Cody memorably moulds

Powers into an extremely like- able anti-hero; a man who does all the wrong things, even when there is the emerging sense of compassion from the audience. Played by Danny McBride, who gave a standout performance in the critically acclaimed Pineap- ple Express, Powers has no lim- itations in looking to regain his once adored stature, and that is precisely what makes the show the magnificent tale that it is. With a supporting role from

Executive Producer Will Ferrell, the show improves with each episode. Now in its sophomore season in America, which can be seen here on FX from the 11th of November, Eastbound and Down is unlike anything else. The crude and offensive nature of the no-holds-barred classic ensures that to ignore it would be a travesty. This truly is the comedy of recent times which warrants a mass audience, so please don’t just take my word

for it, watch and see for yourself. The Event “What is the Event?” Much

buzz and anticipation has fol- lowed the newest high concept thriller to come out of America. Entitled “The Event”, it follows the story of an everyman hero, Sean Walker, who is thrust into a national conspiracy when his beloved girlfriend mysteriously disappears without trace on an ill- fated cruise. It immediately opens an in-

triguing premise of deceit, adren- aline rushing, cgi sequences and an occasionally promising plot. The creators intend to use Walker to act as an empathic anchor to whom we can relate to as the show quickly reveals secrets in a manner akin to Lost. One could, however, argue that The Event targets the Lost genre too aggres- sively, clearly targeting those of us who once watched the now de- parted epic and perhaps forgetting that it is a show in its own right. Having recently been extended

to a 22 episode first season run, the pilot episode offered enough to encourage a tentative follow- ing, but its headache inducing time jumps, among other things, were perhaps best saved for later in the season. The cast includes Sarah Roemer (Disturbia), and Emmy Award winning Zeljko Ivanek (Damages, Heroes), and the show premieres on E4 tonight, Tuesday 26th October at 10pm. It may be slightly too early to judge whether this is another great “Lost”, or a mere “Flash- Forward” type flop, but its worth tuning into only if just to decide for yourself.

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