NBC moved Whitney to Wednesday nights in the new year. The latest episode aired last night. It was perfection. In the way that "My Brother's Keeper" is perfection for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (That very funny episode is the one where Phyllis' brother Ben comes to visit and she tries to fix him up with Mary but he ends up going out with Rhoda. Rhoda teases her throughout the episode saying things like "Hi, sis" to Phyllis. At the very end of the episode, Phyllis is thrilled to learn Ben is gay.)
And like the incredible Mary Tyler Moore Show, Whitney offers three great female characters: Whitney, Lily and Roxanne (and Mary, Rhoda and Phyllis).
Roxanne is told by Mark that she's like a guy and he later explains that he meant is as a compliment. But before then, she's in a panic about how she comes off.
She asks Lily if she comes off like a man and Lily tells her, "You are a beautiful female." And that's not good enough for Roxanne.
She wants to know the truth. Lily tells her (Lily's best line in the episode), "I like to have you near me when I'm in crowds."
Whitney also had a good bit of physical comedy where she was blindfolded and her cell phone went off and she went boom-boom-boom to the phone with the blindfold on leading Alex to say, "Woah! Who trained you and who is your target?" John Cleese guest-starred as their romantic therapist.
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