But I was reading Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The perverts still drool over Shirley Temple" and it pissed me off because I've seen what they describe over and over. Let a woman on TV have a sex life and suddenly it's attack, attack, attack. And it is, as Ava and C.I. point out, sexism.
So I wanted to give Whitney a chance and watched "The Silent Treatment" episode last night (in real time -- while I helped my middle son with a school model). We were both laughing. Ten minutes in, I told him, "Forget the model, we'll finish it when the show's off." And we just watched the rest of it laughing. Then today I checked out the other two episodes. (Okay, honesty? I watched those two and I watched "The Silent Treatment" again because it was so funny.)
The show is hilarious. Whitney and Alex live together but they're not married. In this week's episode, they go to get coffee at the start of the episode and Alex checks out this other woman. It wasn't even half-way hidden. It was so obvious.
And she called him on it and he denied it so she decided she wouldn't talk to him again until he got honest. Meanwhile, his friends were telling him not to admit to it. Well Neal was. Neal dates Lily (or is married to her, I forget on that). And he was saying not to tell Whitney. It would bring up all these issues, he said. Mark (who's an oddball and the actor has an oddball chemistry going on, you don't think it would work, but it does) was telling Alex to just tell her.
After worrying a little bit, Alex decides he enjoys it. The silent treatment means he gets to watch TV in silence, he has time to read, etc. And he says he opened some Pop Tarts and just left the wrapper on the floor.
Whitney's telling Lily and Roxanne (her friends) that Alex is so depressed, all he does is wear his sweats, sit in front of the TV and now he's so depressed he can't even hit the trash can with a Pop Tart wrapper.
Then Roxanne points out the obvious and Whitney realizes Alex has been cruising.
So she returns to the apartment and tells him that she feels bad for icing him out and to make it up, she's going to tell him everything that's happened in the past few days starting with the dream she had last night and her horiscope and she was told to wear blue more often so they should go to her closet and pick out all her best blue outfits and should they consider repainting the apartment? Maybe they could spend four hours going -- page by page -- through magazines looking for the perfect blue to paint the walls with?
It was very funny.
I especially loved the flip because at first he was going crazy.
He even locked the front door when she took the trash out to try and make her talk to him when she came back.
But that show is hilarious.
If you've read that it's not funny, you need to consider that people can disagree and that might have happened. Equally true, the reviewer (male or female) may be sexist. This is a very funny show. Click here for show's official site.
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