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This sitcom has guest-star power, all right, with Shaquille O’Neal in the third-season premiere (Nov. 30) and Ellen DeGeneres dropping in for the second episode. But the Mac man still pulls his weight and more. Check his reaction when nephew Jordan (an eagerly nerdy Jeremy Suarez) joins the school gymnastics team and winds up a ribbon dancer. Hmm, not exactly Bernie’s idea of a real jock. It’s worth tuning in just for the shots of Mac’s glum face with the kid’s ribbon swirling around it.
The second script is thin and predictable, as Bernie’s wife (Kellita Smith) quits her job and disrupts his work-at-home routine. But again Mac gets laughs with the little things, whether savoring a sandwich or trimming his nose hairs.