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On what would have been just a typical day at work -- trying to get rid of a hockey rink that won't melt so the circus can go on that night, looking for an elephant lost in the building and arranging an impromptu press conference to repair one of his boss's PR nightmares -- Alice ends her casual relationship with Ben to commit to another man. This happens on Ben's 40th birthday, just as he's realizing he doesn't want to be alone. Written by ABC Publicity

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Alice: So what are you going to do for your fortieth birthday?
Ben Donovan: Pretty exciting little plan actually. I'm ordering in some Chinese food and watching Bridge Over The River Kwai. Kwai? Because it is a 3 hour epic adventure.
Alice: That's kind of depressing.
Ben Donovan: Along the way maybe. But ultimately it's a story about the triumph of the human spirit.
Alice: I'm talking about your birthday plan.
Ben Donovan: So am I.
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Mr Sunshine...yay
14 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After his previous attempt at returning to TV in Aaron Sorkin penned drama 'Studio 60' was axed it was no surprise to see Matthew Perry return to comedy.

And this show, set in a sports arena, was a lot of fun. This pilot is perhaps a fine example of this show at it's best.

Perry is ably supported by Allison Janney as his crazy boss, and there are lots of good (very Matthew Perry-esque) jokes.

The problem this episode and indeed the series faced though was that although we understand the trigger for his drive to become a better man, no real reason why Perry's character was so down and out in the first place.

I like this show though, and this episode was a good start.


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