Beauty and the Geek Australia: series finale, Channel Seven, 8.30pm
SO HERE we are at the pointy end of this junk-food reality competition show, with four couples left vying for the most dubious title any reality show to date has offered its participants, $100,000 cash and a couple of cars, which strongly suggests the last couple standing will be doing burnouts in opposite directions the moment the camera stops rolling. Which is not entirely surprising - if the mantra of MasterChef contestants is to move to the next level of their cooking career, here it's to learn to love a member of the opposite sex just like a brother or sister. Who couldn't resist falling in love with someone by playing It's a Knockout-type games such as jousting and wrestling? But for all the lip-service paid to social experiments, self-transformation and Cinderella myths, Beauty and the Geek Australia stridently sticks to dubious stereotypes until its dying moments, reminding us right to the very end that Alin's a ''high-heel collector'', that Cody has ''never been kissed'' and that logs in the forest are smarter than Millie.
Redfern Now, ABC1, 8.30pm
PROFESSIONAL boxer Indigo (Dean Daley-Jones) doesn't need to be in a ring to defeat a foe. He doesn't even need to clench his fist to land a punch. Rage and retribution ooze from every pore. And that's before Indigo, who has just ended a six-year jail sentence, returns to the family home, where jealousy over a man who may or may not have gotten closer than he'd like to his wife Allie (Lisa Flanagan) gets the better of him. Directed by actor Leah Purcell, the episode titled ''Sweet Spot'' is an intense portrait of a man trying to tame his anger and those caught in the crossfire of his demons. The flashback structure isn't entirely successful, but like other eps of this commendable drama, the depiction of Sydney's indigenous community is frank and refreshingly free of pity and preaching.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Channel Nine, 8.30pm
REPLETE with stylised flashbacks - appalling ones at that - this episode, ''It Was a Very Good Year'', is a homage to Vegas in the 1960s, when Frank, Sammy and Dino were the hottest tickets on the circuit. The taciturn Sanders (Eric Szmanda) discovers a personal connection to a corpse that appears in an abandoned piano, but the puns are dire - sample: ''whoever killed her wasn't a stranger in the night'' - and the investigation is risible.
Brand X, Channel One, 10.10pm
WHEN it comes to presenting an alternative view of world events, abrasive, potty-mouth comedian Russell Brand can be relied upon to go where few others would. And this discussion is no exception. Brand's half-hour talk show for the US's FX cable channel is a strange but compelling beast; part stand-up comedy routine, part audience poll of a hot-button topic, and part minutely plotted inquiry into a delicate subject. It all takes place in a studio loaded with ''planted'' guests and a straight-up second fiddle off whom Brand can bounce, also making it a cheeky deconstruction of the supposedly ad hoc and unscripted Tonight Show format. Tonight, the subject is pornography, and what starts out as a series of routine gags about weird sex stories and outrageous porn titles segues into a raunchy and blue discussion about racism, sexism and the corrosive effects of pornography. Brand's concept of audience participation verges on the extreme, but in the context of a debate that is all about open-mindedness, voyeurism and allowing people to watch whatever they like, the awkward set-up he engineers is perfectly apt.