No wonder the sharpest moment in the first three episodes of Lives is a man-woman exchange. It occurs when Michael, played by Gallagher, is told by his ex-wife that she's getting remarried. To his best friend. They're moving to L.A. And she's taking the kids. Foooore!
"No, not the kids," whimpers Michael. "I love the kids." On a show that too often misfires, that scene plays like life.
Just Don't Call Him Hacula
In Transylvania, Dracula's turf, sheep wander the Paul Tomita Golf Course. Tomita, 84, fell for golf in the 1920s when he was a caddie at the Diplomatic Club, a course for ambassadors and visiting royalty in Bucharest. He spent 40 years waiting for his chance to play internationally.
In 1968, when Tomita was 54, golf-hating dictator Nicolae Ceausescu finally allowed him to play in the 1968 World Cup, in Rome. Tomita, who went head-to-head with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player at subsequent World Cups, had one more ambition: to build a course. He finished it this year.
Tomita's track is supported by 32 members who pay an annual fee. Such fees are small in a region where the average worker earns $90 a month. Still, he gives the wave to anyone who can't pay. He gives free lessons to kids and stays in shape by chasing wild boars off his fairways. "Golf—it's a lifetime of pleasure," he says.
He'll 'Roo the Day
A teenager sued the Grafton Golf Club in Sydney, Australia, last week over a kangaroo attack. Steven Shorten was looking for a lost ball in 1996 when he heard what he calls "a tut-tut-tut noise and weird growling." He turned to see a large male kangaroo hopping toward him. The animal knocked Shorten down, cutting his right cheek and breaking his cheekbone. The mauling stopped only when another golfer clobbered the kangaroo with his driver and the 'roo fled.
Shorten, whose cheek required surgery, says he has suffered nightmares, nervousness around animals and the taunts of schoolkids who nicknamed him Skippy after an Australian TV kangaroo. He wants $750,000 in damages.