Friday, November 21, 2014

The 100 - 2.05 - Human Trials - Best Scene Poll







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One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sleepy Hollow - 2.09 - Mama - Best Scene Poll









About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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White Collar - 6.02 - Return to Sender - Recap and Episode Awards




Previously: Neal figured out his kidnapper was auditioning for the Pink Panthers and ended up auditioning himself, Elizabeth announced that she was pregnant, and Neal angled for an ironclad contract to exchange the Pink Panthers for his freedom but Mozzie pointed out that the FBI hasn't been trustworthy before.

In the house of soon-to-be baby bliss, Peter noisily tries to fix the garbage disposal way too early in the morning for El, who reminds him that the baby won't need it. Peter's way too gung ho and pulls the whole thing out, leaving El and the audience to wonder how much a new one will cost. Peter, however, has faith. "Oh I'll fix this. Yeah, you watch. This baby will puree a small Chevy by the time I'm done with it." Ha! They kiss but are interrupted by Neal bringing Peter his daily coffee. El reminds him not to spill their secret yet and surprisingly they don't, even when Neal clearly doesn't buy El leaving her dream job to stay in NYC. He also mocks Peter's home repairs. Neal: "Leave this guy alone for 2 seconds, he goes all Home Depot on here." Ha! He's my dad now that he's retired. Neal and Peter head to the FBI office together, discussing Neal's proposal. Peter's talking to a higher up but that's not enough after Neal was screwed by them last time. He had Mozzie draw up an extensive contract. Peter: "Ehm, it certainly seems…uh…" Neal: "I think comprehensive is the word you're looking for." Peter: "I was going to go with abusive." Bwah! Neal's serious. He won't go an inch further until that contract's signed and he'll sue if the Feds try to weasel out again. Peter: "Oh I can assure you the FBI has no interest in a scenario that ends with a cross-examination by Mozzie." Ha! Maybe not, but that's a scenario I would love to see. Still, Peter's worried as the Pink Panthers (still shaking my head at that name) are not to be trifled with and getting caught means Neal's death. I wonder why it's different than any other person Neal's double crossed for the Feds. Adler sure wasn't averse to putting a few holes in him. However Neal's too focused on his freedom to care. It's that kind of tunnel vision that will ensure Neal's success and perhaps get him run over by the train.

Minus one anklet, Neal heads off to meet with Woodford. He gets frisked by a professional guard with no sense of style. He actually tosses that beautiful fedora on the ground. How dare he! Neal retrieves it with his typical wrist snap flare only to be stopped in his tracks by…Keller. Woo hoo! Neal's jaw drops as I clap. I know some hate Keller and I don't blame them, but I think he's the best villain Neal has gone against. It was personal between them and Keller makes a great foil for Neal - the thug to Neal's class. Both of them are smart. Still its Keller's ruthlessness that really sets them apart. Neal's right to be worried because this should be the end of him. Instead Keller compliments him "You're aging like one of your fine wines, Neal. Time, it's mellowed you. Taken the edge off." Huh? Neal and I are both wary but I so want Keller to be the Big Bad this season. Their history makes their antagonism far more compelling than the random Woodford. Speaking of, he joins the conversation and tells Neal that Keller talked him up. Yeah, he wants something. Woodford on the other hand wants Neal to steal a stamp, making Neal less than excited. Neal: "What's your bigger game? You gonna take down the postal service?" Woodford doesn't appreciate snark as much as I do. He proceeds to exposit the job and butcher the name Bianca to my ever increasing annoyance. In short Bianca Esteverena, a black-market auctioneer, is selling the stamp at a private party and Neal's to steal it. Meanwhile Peter meets with DC Fed Honcho David to discuss Neal's contract. They meet for coffee and proceed to discuss Neal (including his full name) going undercover for the Feds with the world's most notorious criminal gang in front of any number of customers. There is NO Cone of Silence, people. Talk in private! Really the only reason for this scene is to convince us Peter has as much to lose with this case as Neal has to gain. If it goes south under his watch, he'll be fired. No pressure. Peter: "Well I've never been one to duck and cover when the ground starts shaking." Game on.

All is going swimmingly except for that little Keller problem. Neal tells Peter that Keller is back in play and Peter goes ballistic. Given the fact that Keller once kidnapped El, I don't blame him. Peter: "No case, no case is important enough to let a psychopathic kidnapper run free. I have a lot to protect." He goes to call off the investigation, but Neal stops him. "I will get you Keller. I will. I will hand him to you on a silver platter when we take down the Panthers together." For Neal, it's all about his freedom but Peter wants to protect El and the baby. It's a great, intense scene and Peter eventually capitulates. He puts 4 guards on El and Neal goes home to celebrate with Mozzie. Moz: "Neal you've already been playing in the big leagues, but this…" They are interrupted by Keller himself, as I wonder why June has such shoddy security. Anyone and their cousin comes in whenever they want to. Did she suddenly lose her fortune? Keller: "Yeah, I'm up to the plate, Neal's in the batter's box, but you, Mozzie, you're stuck in the nosebleeds. Maybe if you're lucky I'll buy you a bag of peanuts. Now scram. Caffrey and I've got a lot to discuss." I seriously side eye Keller for putting Mozzie down and Moz looks ready to protest but Neal says it's okay. Once Moz leaves, Neal attempts to con Keller about his current situation with the Feds but Keller isn’t buying it. What I don't get is how the Pink Panthers don't already know. Do none of the criminals Neal's put away talk about it? Bah! Keller offers a truce. "I appreciate your work, Neal. I always have. I know you respect mine." Neal: "Respect isn't the word I'd choose." Me either. Still they need each other so they shake on it. It's a chilling alliance, like FDR reaching out to Stalin. You just know it's going to backfire badly.

The next morning, Peter and Neal discuss the stamp heist as Peter geeks out over memories of stamp collecting with his father. They were hardcore and it's absolutely adorable. Peter: "You know you have to admit the stamp is a pretty exhilarating mission." Neal: "I don't think exhilarating and stamp have ever been used in such quick succession." Bwah! Have to agree with Neal here. Peter: "You laugh but I still have my membership card to the American Philatelic Society." Neal: "I hope you realize how lucky you are to have ever kissed a human female." I can't express how much fun this entire scene is. I love their bromance, but back to the exposition. Jones informs us that the Treskilling Yellow stamp was a misprint and worth about $2.3 million. Peter: "None of my stamps were worth more than 60 cents." Bwah! Diana: "I wish any of my mistakes were that valuable." Jones continues the info dump about Bianca Esteverena's Nazi looter grandpa. Jones: "It seems as if Grandpa Esteverena taught his granddaughter the ropes of the business because now she's the Sotheby's of the black market." She's also security conscious so no one gets into the auction without her meeting and vetting them first. Smart plan. Luckily one of those she's meeting is camera shy. Jones: "Put it this way. There are more photos of Bigfoot than there are of him." No idea how an international playboy avoids paparazzi, but okay. He also happens to be roughly Neal's build. Hmmm. They decide to detain him at JFK so Neal can take the meeting.

Luckily a far more interesting meeting also takes place - Moz and El. I love these two. While they unpack dishes, Moz protests El turning down the National Gallery. Moz: "Don't get me wrong. I'm elated that my friend and drinking partner has returned to the New York metropolitan area, but you had the opportunity of a lifetime." Elizabeth: "Moz, you were only interested in scoping out the art that I was responsible for." Mozzie: "I can neither confirm nor deny this baseless yet intriguing allegation." Bwah! He notices El is not drinking and figures out she's pregnant. He's elated for them and El swears him to silence. Mozzie reminds her that he delivered Diana's baby. Here's hoping that's not what happens this time. Fun over - it's time for business. Neal tries to charm Bianca but no dice. She was supposed to meet with his father. Uh oh. They don't have time to bring someone in so Jones suggests Peter play the part. Peter: "I can't do it. I'm not old enough to play Neal's father." Jones: "Yeah well neither am I. I mean plus call me crazy but the African-American thing might be a tipoff. Look, come on. You can pull this off. I mean you've acted like Neal's dad for years." Peter: "More like his slightly older, much wiser brother." Jones: "Oh whatever you need to tell yourself." Ha! Still I see Peter more like Neal's older brother than dad too. Despite Peter's protesting, they don't have a choice so he joins the meeting. Neal wears the same look at seeing Dapper Dad Peter as he did with Fat Charlie. I laugh. Peter sends Neal off and proceeds to save the day by playing on Bianca's past. He talks about not really knowing his son and regretting the past. He asks if she thinks there's still time and she falls hook, line, and sinker. Her father left when she was 5 so she encourages him to make it right. Yep, that's two real invites for one fake sob story. Well played, Peter. He informs an impressed Neal. "The student is now the master." Peter: "No, the master's still the master." I'm going to miss these two.

Back at Neal's, Mozzie puzzles over Keller's cooperation. It is fishy and he calls Neal on it. No way Keller trusts an informant, past or present. Neal counters that Mozzie trusts him. Moz: "I made an exception. Access to your wine collection was well worth the betrayal of my principles." Ever the lush, Mozzie always makes me smile. Neal: "Look sometimes people like Keller get so desperate for the thing they want that they don't notice the ground shifting beneath their feet." Moz: "Yeah, people like Keller." Very perceptive because Neal is currently just as focused as he accuses Keller of being. He wants freedom so badly there is nothing else he's seeing. It's a one-way ticket to trouble. Over at the Burke residence, El creates a proper bow tie for Peter while he demonstrates the now functioning garbage disposal. Very handy, Peter! Kudos! He has 27 other projects to do but El tells him to slow down. There's plenty of time. They canoodle and talk of the future before Neal barges in, calling them mom and dad. El thinks Peter spilled but nope. Peter: "Neal had to pretend to play my son for the current case, which awkwardly makes you his mother." El: "Hmm, well I'm very proud to have a son like you." Neal: "Well a kid couldn't ask for a cooler mom." El: "Aww, now I can ask you to take out the trash, right?" Peter: "Yeah and I've got some chores you can help me with." Neal: "Oh I would love to but unfortunately I have a black market auction to disrupt." Nice ducking of chores there, Neal. You just might be their kid. Bianca texts the location and they have just enough time to get there. Neal: "This is why I keep asking the FBI for jet packs." Peter chuckles but warns, "Remember we're flying blind so nothing happens without my say so." Neal: "Father knows best." Aww.

Arriving at the auction, Neal and Peter are frisked by 2 male models. Neal: "Where'd she get these guys? Abercrombie and Fitch." No kidding. They're hardly intimidating. Bianca greets Peter and ignores Neal, reminding me of Melissa in Vital Signs. Neal is visibly perturbed as I laugh and Peter preens. Peter: "I'm starting to think she doesn't like you." Neal: "Well maybe I should go wait in the car, Pops." Nope, it's business time so they discuss their strategy to steal the stamp IN A CROWDED ROOM!!! Seriously people, I deal with this enough in genre shows. This is ridiculous! It's all for naught anyway because the stamp is in plain view, protected by an ultra high tech security system created by professional thieves to insure it can't be hacked. Peter: "You're angry they didn't ask you?" Neal: "They did. I was in prison." Poor Neal, prison interfering with a lucrative job. Neal goes to Plan B, which they talk about in front of others AGAIN but even louder. (Facepalm and head shake.) Plan B is to set off the alarms by the way. Peter: "I need you to focus. You're taking this whole Southern California slacker thing a little too much to heart." Neal: "Whoa dad, take it easy man." Bwah, I would love to see Matt Bomer as a surfer dude. Next job maybe? Neal interrupts the auction to antagonize a pretentious snot so Peter can start a fight and set the alarm off for a different item. Meanwhile Neal uses an hors d'oeuvre fork to keep the cage open long enough to steal the stamp and plant the box on Bianca. The security goons do a skimpy pat down of Neal and he then has them search Bianca. They find the stamp box so apparently everyone can go. Really? That makes zero sense. Wouldn't they search until they found the actual stamp? I'm not hiring this company to protect my millions of dollars in merchandise. As they all leave, Neal shows Peter the stamp in his collar, while people walk past them. Yep, I can't eye roll enough in this scene. Good thing everything else is stellar.

The next day it's all bad news for Neal. First, Jones tells him that Keller is officially still doing time in a Russian jail as confirmed by both the warden and captain. If the Panthers are Keller's benefactor, they are more connected than Neal thought. And they should know Neal works for the Feds. Just saying. Second, international law says Neal can't bring the stamp to the Panthers since the Swedish government is claiming it. Peter has no choice but to end the operation. Neal goes ballistic. Peter: "I'm trying to protect you." Neal: "I don't need you to protect me. I can protect myself." Peter: "Is your freedom worth dying for?" Neal: "It might be." Neal's not quite as out-of-control as he was in Point Blank, one of my favorite episodes, but he's not so far from it either. Peter: "I gave you my word. I will get you your freedom." Neal: "Your word? I'll get my freedom myself when I take down the Panthers." He storms out and decides to forge the stamp, which is insane. Moz: "You're not presenting a knockoff Remington to some leather-faced dingbat on Key West. This is the Panthers." Neal hopes Keller will corroborate his forgery so yeah, insane. Luckily he and Mozzie brainstorm Keller's benefactor and Neal figures it out. When he takes the stamp to the Panthers and Keller examines it, he sees the word Interpol painted minutely on it. Keller confirms because to do anything less would be suicide. Stupid plan turns smart. Neal's very fortunate. Woodford's impressed, especially since he expected Neal to get caught while they checked out the security response. Nice. No honor among thieves. Neal: "You wanted me to fail." Woodford: "And yet here you are." He asks Neal about his partner but Neal says he was just a collaborator with no knowledge of the Panthers. That peaks Keller's interest.

As Neal and Keller exit the building, Neal explains that he knew about Interpol because Keller constantly itches his arm where a tracker was implanted. Neal: "Didn't you once call me a rat for being a CI for the Bureau." Keller: "A rat will gnaw through its own leg if it's in a trap, Caffrey. I'm less desperate, more enterprising." Um, I'm not sure about that. Keller: "You know what they call this?" Neal: "The worst welcome I've had on the water in years." Ha! Keller: "Mutually assured destruction. Your collaborator, try convincing me it wasn't Peter Burke. Yeah, so you've got something on me. I've got something on you." Neal: "Yeah it's almost romantic." Keller: "Until one of us lobs a bomb and the other responds with the apocalypse." This is why I love Keller. He'll take everyone down and there's no love lost between these two. Keller plans to give the fake stamp to Interpol so they're both covered. Just like Neal, if he takes down the Panthers, Interpol gives him his freedom. Still it's a mistake to underestimate either. My bet is they both have bigger fish frying. At the Burke house, Peter is floored and impressed. They banter about Keller but the important thing is the FBI signed Neal's contract. It's official. Peter wants to celebrate but Neal demurs. "Oh no, no, no, no. You are the one who taught me that it's bad luck to do a victory dance before you cross the victory line." Peter insists: "No, this is actually to celebrate a certain paternal capacity that has recently come to light." Neal: "Okay you're taking this role playing thing way too far, Mr. Dietrich." Peter: "El's pregnant." Neal congratulates him, they hug, and the entire White Collar fandom happy sighs. Neal: "Based on the 24 hours you were my dad, I'm pretty damn sure that kid just won the parent lottery." Another heartfelt sigh. It's great to see Peter and Neal celebrate here. Generally the odds are stacked against them.

After a good premiere, this last season of White Collar has gotten even stronger. The re-introduction of Keller is a masterful stroke. He was one of the best villains Neal ever faced, mostly because he was the thug version of him. Their history and his jealousy make him the perfect candidate for the Big Bad of the last season. Strange that he's currently poised as an ally, although I doubt that will remain true for the rest of the season. While this progressed the overall mytharc pretty well, the episode was at its best in the smaller moments rather than the scenes this time. I love how Mozzie is convinced that Neal is as blinded as he accuses Keller of being and his scene with El was fantastic as always. Speaking of, El straightening Peter's tie and trying to get Peter to slow down on the to-do list was perfection as well. Mostly though the moments between Peter and Neal were the highlights. Both times when they argued over how to handle the case were intense. It shows that Neal is just as desperate as Moz thinks he is. He is willing to do anything for his freedom, which puts me in mind of when he was going after Fowler to avenge Kate's death. That Neal was unraveled and out of control. I can see him just under the polished surface Neal is trying to portray now. I, for one, hope he comes out again because a Neal that is not in control and not so suave is always fascinating to watch.


Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - good forward plot movement
Best Scene - Neal gets his contract and Peter tells him that he and El are having a baby
Best Return - Keller, one of my favorite bad guys on this show and a great foil for Neal
Best Plan - Neal has Mozzie write up an ironclad contract for the FBI to sign
Best Reaction - Neal to seeing Keller / Neal to seeing Peter play his dad
Most Intense Scene - Peter and Neal debate pulling the plug after learning that Keller is involved
Funniest Moment - Neal does his best surfer dude impression
Best Aww Moment - Peter and Neal hug over the baby news
Best Reference - Leave it to Beaver
Best Con - Peter using her past against Bianca to get the invite
Best Twist - Keller is working for Interpol
Most Gleeful about Doing Chores - Peter, who takes handy man to-do lists to a whole new contentment level
The "Are You Kidding Me?" Award - It's bad enough when genre shows do it but Neal and Peter talking about setting off the alarm in a crowd of people is beyond eye roll worthy. Then Neal shows Peter the hidden stamp while people are walking by. Heavy sigh.
The "Hey Watch It Buddy" Award - The Pink Panther guard has no respect for the hat. Shame on him!
Biggest Goosebumps - Neal shakes hands with Keller and the con is on, likely with high stakes for both
Worst Secret Keeper - Elizabeth, although to be honest it was Mozzie digging
Best Trick - Neal hides the word Interpol in the stamp so Keller corroborates his story


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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Week in TV - Nov. 9-15 - Reviews and Episode Awards




This week's column is a bit skimpy due to time constraints. Sorry. I've had a lot of other commitments so I haven't even watched some of my weekly shows or the nominated one, Bones. Therefore I will review Bones next week and try to catch up on the others. As always, you can complete the short form below to nominate a show for me to watch. So how was your TV week? Until next time, don't forget to leave a comment and happy TV viewing.









Weekly Shows:


Resurrection - 2.07 - Miracles

Grade: D

Best Reason to Marathon - Nothing happens in this show. Every week I hold on for answers and every week I am disappointed. I think it's time to move this to marathon later status.
The "Say What?" Award - Margaret was given to a Langston in an arranged marriage. That explains a lot.
Most Suspicious - Fed Lady tells Bellamy that they can't give the medicine to the non-returned
Most Awkward - Henry introduces his mom as his cousin
The "I'm with Fred" Award - there needs to be far fewer secrets and more info sharing
The "Man I Hope There is a Twist" Award - I need Carl to be playing these yokels like an undercover cop. Otherwise, I need this subplot to be gone. For the record, I also need Rachel to die.
Best Quotes -
1. Carl: "What's going on? Oh yeah, the entire town is infested with dead people like some sort of disease, so there's that."
2. Bellamy: "I didn't want it to define me." Maggie: "It doesn't." Bellamy: "I died, Maggie." Maggie: "We all have issues."



Sleepy Hollow - 2.08 - Heartless

This is the worst Sleepy Hollow episode yet, made even worse by the incessant Katrina hate in the fandom. It got so bad, I left my Twitter feed. I do not understand why they separated Katrina from the group AGAIN. It does nothing for the overall story and even less for Katrina's reputation in the fandom. I loved how, when they put their differences aside, Abbie and Katrina made a great team. Their strengths complement each other and I looked forward to watching more of that. Instead they spent the majority of the episode acting like Katrina and Abbie are combatants instead of allies and putting forth petty jealousies instead assessing the situation. I am tired of females in competition with each other instead of making powerful alliances against evil. This is bad writing and quite frankly, if it keeps up I will be dropping Sleepy Hollow. I don't need another show bowing to fan pressure.

Grade: D- for the episode; F for the fandom whose rabid Katrina hate is getting psychotic

Best Reason to Watch - Ichabod and Hawley are getting along better
Best Reason to Skip - the end and all the bickering
Worst Plan - separating Katrina from the rest of the team AGAIN
Best Partnership - Abbie and Katrina when they aren't arguing like jealous school girls
Most in Need of a Dialogue Coach - the succubus, who sounds like a trashy romance novel
The "Why Yes I Would" Award - Crane, I would like to see you dancing too. I think it would be fun.
Most Helpful - Katrina, who helps Abbie and Ichabod with their research
Bravest - Abbie, who puts her hands in the jar of maggots to pull out the heart
Worst Sign in a Date - if her eyes turn red or orange, back away quickly
The "That's Just Nasty" Award - Ichabod keeps putting his hands in corpse bodily fluids. Someone teach him about gloves please.
Dumbest Move - Katrina brings up Abraham helping her when she was ill
Best Common Sense - Ichabod at least tries to turn on the lights before following the succubus
Best Quotes -
1. Ichabod: "The modern world has many remarkable tonics and restoratives, some of which are chewable."
2. Abbie: "Crane is right. We're a lot stronger with you on the team. It took me a little while to get used to the idea but I can see it now."



Scorpion - 1.08 - Risky Business

The case wasn't as exciting this week, but there were electroshocks and a car bombing plus a high speed chase. That's good enough for the adrenaline junkie in me. Plus I liked the victim of the week. His brand of cynical but not annoying was just what the episode needed. I wouldn't mind having Peyton come back for any music related cases in the future. Mostly though this episode was about Walter coming to terms with Drew being in Paige and Ralph's lives. I'm not sure why he gets a vote but I loved how Toby kept pushing him and the scene with him helping Drew and Ralph relate to each other was golden. I also loved how he took care of his betting problem by fixing the music mafia's wi-fi. Ha!

Grade: B

Best Sign You're on the Right Track - someone blows up your van
Worst Plan - Again, any time they don't include Gallo on their plans. You'd think they'd learn.
Biggest Laugh - Happy's enjoyment in playing with the elevator
Biggest Awww Moment - Walter helps Drew connect to Ralph
Best Reaction - Peyton, who like me can't believe that plan actually worked
Best Trade: King lets Walter borrow his car in exchange for high quality internet to watch Orange is the New Black
The "I Can't Believe I'm saying This" Award - Toby is right. 100% right. Walter needs to deal.
Best Name Check - Jack White / OitNB
Biggest Crazy - In what universe is it a good plan for the guy with trained assassins after him to go home alone? That's just nuts. I don't even know why Cabe left them instead of calling the info in.
The "About Time" Award - It was a given that Katharine McPhee was going to sing on this show. I just didn't think it would take so long or be so short.
Best Quotes -
1. Toby: "How certain are we that Kesha is on this list?"
2. Toby: "I do have a history as a battle rapper." Happy: "Please do not subject us to an example."



Jane the Virgin - 1.05 - Chapter 5

My favorite characters on this show are Xiomara and Michael and both of them screwed the pooch with Jane this episode. Still it was the best the show has been in weeks. Yes, there were some over the top moments, but the heartfelt ones outweighed them Except for Rogelio. He's always over the top, but even he had his moments of genuine heart. I'm also fine with Petra accusing Rafael of spousal abuse. I would not expect her to give up so easily, especially with her villain mom. By the way, my current prediction is that she is the drug dealer for the police case. She's obviously the Big Bad.

Grade: B-

Best Twist - Petra's mom hits her so she can accuse Rafael of spousal abuse and break the pre-nup
Biggest Ouch - Michael insincerely commiserating with Rafael about his marriage failing
Best Reference - Jimmy Smits
Best Awww Moment - Michael and Jane talk in his car after she sees her dad
Creepiest Gift Ever - Jane's adult head superimposed on a baby's body
Most Slimy - Michael's brother
Most Ridiculous - Rogelio in everything he does
Best Quotes -
1. Voiceover: "Jane and her mom had a typical mother-daughter relationship - with the role of the mother, played by Jane."
2. Michael: "Always good to plan spontaneous ice breakers."
3. Michael: "Easy Veronica Mars."



Supernatural - 10.05 - Fan Fiction

Grade: C

Count Me as Team Maggie - Maggie: "I've been telling you all along, Marie. If it's not canon, then it shouldn't be in the show."
The "Me Four" Award - I not-so-kind-of hate the meta stories too, well any of them that have to do with Carver Edlund
Biggest Awww - Dean puts the mock amulet on Baby's rearview
Best Meta - the girl playing Dean takes off the amulet because it keeps getting in the way
Best Surprise (meta) - the homage to all the SPN title cards
Best Surprise (show) - that version of Carry On, Wayward Son rocked
The "It's about Time" Award - Dean fixing Baby in the gray t-shirt to classic music
Best Reaction - Dean and Sam realize the musical is about their lives
The "Oh Please No" Award - Dear writers, please do not encourage the fandom to "see things their way" anymore than they already do. That's part of the problem.
Best Idea - Sam realizes that Marie is a mess and sticks Dean with babysitting
The "Say Huh?" Award - these kids are willing to believe in a real-life X-Files but mock real-life Supernatural AFTER seeing a monster
Most Awesome - Sam reliving his tech glory days
The "Oh No, Not That Again" Award - haven't we had enough cheapskate, easy to kill gods on SPN
Best Gaffe - Andrew Floyd Webber
Best Pep Talk - Dean, to Marie
Worst Moments - all references to Wincest, Destiel, and fan fiction
Most Anticlimactic - the scarecrow unveiling
Biggest Recap - seasons 6-9, which Dean sums up
Biggest Ouch - Maeve tells the Winchesters they are too old and more like Rufus and Bobby
Worst Return - Carver Edlund, but only if it becomes a story issue. Otherwise it was a nice surprise.

Classic Lines: "We've got work to do." / "Idjits" / "You know they're brothers, right?" / "Sam hit a dog." / "Great. How do you kill an idea?" / "We came, we saw, we kicked its…" / "Kick it in the a**."
"Saving people, hunting things, family business" / "No chick flick moments." / "Jerk." "B**."
Best References - amulet, Sam as theater kid in Our Town, Special agents Smith and Smith, Carry On Wayward, Son, Jody Mills, Dean: "I'm gonna throw up.", Harvelle's, Lisa, RoboSam, Scarecrow, Tulpa, Adam still in hell

Best Quotes -
1. Marie: "Dean, you never should have thrown this away." Dean: "It never really worked. Yeah, I don't need a symbol to remind me how I feel about my brother." Marie: "Just take it. Jerk." Dean: "B**."
2. Marie: "Writer. Director. Actor. I'm gonna Barbara Streisand this b**."
3. Sam: "Hugh Jackman got cast off Oklahoma." Dean: "You ran tech, Wolverine." Sam: "Shut up."
4. Sam: "So why this show, huh? Why…uh, Supernatural?" Calliope: "Supernatural has everything - life, death, resurrection, redemption, but above all, family…all set to music you can really tap your toe to. It isn't some meandering piece of genre drek. It's epic…and that, well that is my bag of tea."



SHIELD - 2.07 - The Writing on the Wall

It's nice to see a show give some big answers before the midseason hiatus. I like that they know they are looking for a city and even more that Coulson's hypergraphia is over. Now we can move on to hopefully Ward being cool, crazy evil. Yeah, yeah or redeemed I guess. Maybe. Probably the highlight of this episode and the biggest surprise is that I like Skye tonight instead of just tolerating her. That's a huge step in the right direction. I also like Mac and his appropriate concern that his boss was going crazy. I'd be concerned too. There needed to be more May as always and I'm not into jealous Simmons, but otherwise this was a winning episode.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - answers
Craziest Lady - Who in their right mind takes a stranger back to their place? Do you not watch crime procedurals, honey?
Most in Need of a Nap - Coulson, who looks terrible
The "Raising My Hand" Award - I don't want to see this autopsy either. Thank you, Agents of SHIELD for not making me.
Biggest Reveal - the numbers are actually a blueprint for a city
The "Oh Please" Award - like they wouldn't have someone monitoring the cage and see Skye in there instead of Coulson. Not buying this at all.
Best Plan - Ward puts a dead man's switch on himself so that they can't take him in the bus station / Mac uses video games to help Fitz' eye-hand coordination
Worst Plan - Torture should never be Plan B or C or even Z.
Best Name Check - Enya
Least Surprising - Coulson tricks Skye and locks her up
Best Quotes -
1. Fitz: "Corpse diem. Seize the dead."
2. Skye: "In the history of bad ideas, this is light years ahead of everything." Coulson: "No, trying to bring dead agents back to life using alien blood blows everything else away."



Forever - 1.08 - The Ecstasy of the Agony

For being the obligatory dominatrix episode, there were some moments of real heart instead of simply trying to tantalize the audience for ratings. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jane Seymour on my screen again and I hope that she returns sometime before the end. It was fun seeing that side of Abe and getting to know more of his back story. As for Henry, is it any wonder that his wife threw him in Bedlam after he told her he was immortal? Surely Henry could have concocted a better story to tell or at least let time prove him right. You can't really blame a girl for thinking he was nuts. One plus of the episode was Hilarie Burton, who I am usually pretty meh about. I thought she did a fabulous job of not letting the character get too over-the-top especially with some of the dialogue they wrote for her.

Grade: B-

Best Twist - the alibi for the dominatrix was that she was with the victim's husband
The "Welcome Back" Award - Jane Seymour, who will forever be Dr. Quinn to me and the Kaye's Jewelry lady
Smartest Plan - Henry grabs the guy electrocuting him so he gets electrocuted too
Most in Need of a Non-Death Related Hobby - Henry, who is so bored that he puts test tubes on his fingers like a kid
Worst Plan - voluntarily letting yourself be handcuffed by a dominatrix so she can show you how she electrocutes people
The "Say What?" Award - Henry has been alive for how long and he doesn't know how to throw a punch?
Cheesiest Line - Henry: "It's a fine line between pleasure and pain."
Best Back Story - Henry and Abe decided that Henry would never meet anyone important to Abe so his secret isn't revealed
Best Pep Talk - Lucas to Henry after he misses the cause of death
Most Embarrassing - being found by your partner chained up in a dominatrix's apartment
Best Quotes -
1. Henry: "That woman has done nothing but hurt you, time after time." Abe: "Are you talking about the incident with the gun? She didn't know it was loaded." Henry: "No Abe, I'm worried about her breaking your heart." Abe: "At my age, I should be so lucky. It shows it's still working."
2. Jo: "It's not like Henry to be out-Sherlocked on a cause of death."



The Flash - 1.05 - Plastique

Plastique brought another great character into The Flash pantheon. I liked her back story, disabling IED's. I like that she was concerned about people first and revenge second. In a way, her saga of not being able to touch anyone reminds me of Rogue from X-Men and it's a fate that provides for compelling drama. Because of that, it is a shame that they may have killed her off. But let's face it, the chances of a metahuman actually being dead without seeing a head severed from their body is pretty minute in this dead-only-until-special-episode era of genre TV. On the Iris front, this episode was less compelling. They need to tell her sooner rather than later because this story line already feels drawn out and we're only on episode 6. Perhaps telling her would make her character more interesting because right now she is still the weakest link in the series.

Grade: B+

Best Scene - Barry tells Bette that he is glad to have his powers so he can help people
Biggest Huh? - What is Grodd?
Best Aww Scene - Caitlin makes a special drink for Barry and she and Cisco toast with him to Bette
Best New Character - Plastique. I wish she had remained alive though. Of course, she's a metahuman so reports of her death are probably highly exaggerated.
Best Reaction - Cisco to hearing that the suit is demolished
Worst Side Effect - Barry's vibrating vocal cords need to be replaced by Oliver's voice changer because he sounds like a tormented chipmunk
The "I Feel Your Pain" Award - Iris: "Blogging about supernatural events doesn't really pay well." Neither does blogging about TV.
Most Perceptive - Joe, who knows Barry has a crush on Iris
Best Meta - Joe: "So, human bomb. Must be Tuesday in Central City."
Best Dig - Caitlin fangirls out and then wonders if she sounds like Felicity
Worst TV Troupe - Bette dies right before telling Barry that Wells is evil
Worst Plan - keeping Iris in the dark
Best Quotes -
1. Cisco: "Don't try and catch him. You don't have super strength." Barry: "Well is there like a bed store around here. What if I get a bunch of mattresses and stack 'em?" Caitlin: "Barry, this isn't a Roadrunner cartoon."
2. Barry: "Wait, you carry a blood collection kit in your purse?" Caitlin: "You have your hobbies."



Benched - 1.03 - Hooked & Booked

Anytime Nina is put into an uncomfortable situation, it’s bound to be funny. Granted, there is no way she should have fallen for the whole hooked and booked scam in the first place, but it did lead to the best scene of the night in the jail cell. I also liked getting to know Boring Larry a bit better and Phil trying to help Carlos was sweet. Mostly this was about getting the characters out of their normal environments and for the most part it was successful. Benched is still the best new comedy for me, in part because Nina is so much fun to watch when she’s inserting her foot into her mouth.

Grade: B- (for being out of character, otherwise a B+)

Best Scene – Nina talking to the women in the cell about men
Most Gullible – Nina, who falls for the hooked and booked thing
Biggest Huh? – Since when can a court official arrest anyone? Shouldn’t they call the police?
Best Lexicon – Phil and his use of shenanigans
Biggest Sign It’s Time to End the Party – when your passengers try to get out of a moving vehicle, the liquor consumption needs to stop
Most Embarrassing – having to pee in a jail cell
Least Likely to Keep a Secret – Morris
Least Likely to Ever Happen – everything with Nina
Worst Idea – karaoke strip club may be even worse than trying to go to jail
Biggest Awww – Carlos just wants to be home watching TV with his ex
Most Helpful – the convict who gives Nina fight tips in the middle of a brawl
Best Quotes -
1. Nina: “Aww, is it a brothel?” Phil: “Only in certain rooms. It’s classier than you think.”
2. Nina: “Here’s something you don’t see every day – a rat throwing up from the smell. To recap, a rat that lives in squalor is throwing up from the smell.”



The 100 - 2.04 - Many Happy Returns

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - all the great character interaction
Best Action - Anya vs. Clarke fight
Best Character Interaction - Raven and Wick, although Jaha/Sienna and Jaha/Zoran were close
Best Move - Clarke grabs the tranquilizer dart and then turns tables on Anya, taking her prisoner
Worst Move (Character) - Bellamy tosses Murphy a gun. You can't change crazy.
Worst Move (Writer) - Killing off Anya is insane. She was one of the best characters. Let's hope it's just a tease and Abbie revives her.
Best Character - Jaha
Best Awww Moment - Bellamy and Octavia are reunited
Biggest Douches - Finn, who wants to leave that lady behind, and Bellamy, who agrees
Most Kick Butt/Most Disgusting - Anya removes the tracker in her skin with her teeth
Best Quotes -
1. Wick: "Listen, you have a first-rate mind. You do. Use it. Your leg's messed up and that blows. Figure out a way to work around it." Raven: "How do I do that?" Wick: "You could let your friends help, for one. The rest is up to you."
2. Wick: "We fell from space in a football stadium. I think they already know we're here."



The Goldbergs - 2.06 - Big Baby Ball

While I am a huge fan of The Goldbergs, I am not a fan of Beverly as an obnoxious parent making school a living hell for educators. That's too real life for me. I am also not a fan of purposely making Barry seem too dumb to tie his shoelaces. Clueless, yes. Completely moronic, no. Therefore this was not going to be a great episode for me. High points did include Murray, who has the wisdom of a Cleaver and the shlubbiness of Homer Simpson. He almost always saves a bad episode for me. I also really liked Mellor's enthusiasm in the furniture store even if he rivaled Barry for facepalm moments. Erica shone too, though as a big sister I cringe at the idea of letting little brothers win.

Grade: C+

Best Reason to Watch - Erica and Pops rig it so Barry could win
Best Scene - Mellor being too enthusiastic with the furniture
Best Reason to Fast Forward - Beverly
Best Negotiator - The principal, who gets Beverly to agree not to come into the school for a whole year. Here's hoping it means we don't need to see Beverly terrorizing teachers any more this season.
Best Nostalgia - board games
Best Addition to Any Board Game - frequent bathroom breaks. Barry may be on to something here.
Best Character - Mellor, who cracks me up with his gung ho enthusiasm
Most Overly Competitive - Barry, who may need therapy for this
Best Reaction - Vic and Murray to Meller's lunch
The "Oh Yeah Right" Award - There was no Trivial Pursuit question that asked who wrote the Diary of Anne Frank. That is way too easy for the major challenge that was the original Trivial Pursuit.
Best Reference - Over the Top, which was a surprisingly fun show if a lot cheesy
Best Music - Warrior by Patty Smyth
Best Quotes -
1. Meller: "Look, cancelling dodge ball would be like cancelling science. Is that what you want? A world with no science. Why do you hate NASA? Why?" Beverly: "I don't hate it. They gave us Tang."
2. Murray: "Okay, we need to talk." Meller: "Sure thing, boss." Murray: "What are you doing?" Meller: "Taking a knee." Murray: "Just take an early lunch."



Red Band Society - 1.07 - Know Thyself

We finally got Nurse Jackson back story. Yippee! I have to admit backup singer was not what I was thinking, but it ended up pretty well. The more the show focuses on her and the less on emoangsty teens, the better it is. I loved her relationship with her niece, whom I hope shows up again and not just because I like the actress. It's more because seeing these guys out of the hospital was a refreshing change and I would like it to become a more regular feature for as long as the show's on the air. I also thought Dash was amazing. In a group of teens where I used to like all but one, he's the only one I still like. It's frustrating, but I like his determination to keep the group together and to be there for each other. He's the unsung hero of the teens. On the adult side, that is Jackson and Kenji, who have a great relationship. Their dialogue crackles and it was good seeing how well they knew each other. Less exciting were all the other teens except Kara, another unsung hero of the night for telling it like it is to Creepster Teen. I still have no idea why he's even on this show.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - Nurse Jackson back story and seeing the co-workers outside the hospital
Best Speech / Scene - Dash tells them all what's what
Second Best Speech - Kenji tells Jackson that she's meant to be a nurse
Third Best Speech - Kara tells Creepster Teen what's what
Fourth Best Speech - No Tact tells Emma to get over herself
Best Character Interaction - Jackson and Kenji
Best Character Growth - Kara, for this episode at least
Least Interesting Subplot - Creepster Teen's surgery detour
Least Surprising Twist - Charlie wakes up
The "Welcome Back" Award - Meagan Tandy, the fearless Braeden from Teen Wolf
Best Snark - tie - Kenji and Kara
Best Call - Leo didn't tell his friends about Emma's anorexia because it's her place to tell them whatever she wants them to know
Best Reference - everything that feels like Breakfast Club in this episode
Biggest Whiner - Jordi, who I used to like but now is far too emoangsty for me
Biggest Drama Queen - Emma, who has also gone from interesting character to big emoangsty mess
The "Will Wonders Ever Cease" Award - Leo and Jordi form a truce, at least for now / Emma eats a cookie
Worst Addition - Creepster Teen (Hunter)
Best Addition - NoTact (Lauren)
Biggest Lie - Kara says that people find her a good person to talk to
Best Music - Jackson singing Leaving on the Midnight Train to Georgia
Best Quotes -
1. Dash: "I'll tell you exactly how we got up there. We got up there because there's no one here to stop us. It's like Lord of the Flies in here, man. No solidarity. Every man for themselves. Nurse Jackson, Nurse Jackson is the one who held this whole thing together, but you fired her." McAndrew: "I…I didn't fire Nurse Jackson." Dash: "Suspended, whatever you want to call it. For what? Because…because she tried to save Charlie's life?" Leo: "Dash, try to stay calm." Dash: "You don't even care about that, do you? You think you're the only one in here saving people, man?"
2. Kara: "You know what Hunter even for a nihilist, you're a real sack of cr**." Hunter: "I never said I was a nihilist." Kara: "Right because what kind of nihilist needs an audience." Hunter: "Look, none of you guys had to come with me today. You made your own choice." Kara: "Hey, I'm glad I came. I learned a lot and you know, you're right. This is all a distraction, and you don't need to be one of us but when you fall, we're going to be there anyways. Maybe we do all die alone, but that doesn't mean we need to live alone."
3. McAndrew: "Seriously, nobody could have grabbed me an extra taco?" Kenji: "Well technically somebody could have but fetching tacos for doctors isn't really part of being a nurse. It's more of a thing that friends do and since you fired your friend…" McAndrew: "Suspended, not fired." Kenji: "Pending review…like your taco delivery."



Stalker - 1.07 - Fanatic

In its first celebrity stalker case, Stalker did everything right. The celebrity wasn’t too obnoxious and able to take care of herself for the most part. The idea of how families are affected by stalkers was a great angle. Yes, that first “twist” could be seen from orbit but the second twist played well. I like that we keep getting more information about Beth as well and that the Jack as stalker thing didn’t come up at all. Overall, Stalker is growing on me lately.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch – Beth’s history
Best Action – the run through the set with Stalker Mom chasing Nina
Best Mansion Feature – panic room
Biggest Surprise – Not so much that Janice is into teen Goth romances but that she talks so openly about her obsession with her co-workers
Most Able to Take Care of Herself – Nina, who did a good job fighting off her attackers for the most part
Least Surprising – Nina’s sister is the leak
The “Oh, You Need to Go” Award – Percy is beyond annoying right now. Not just creepy stalker but actually irksome.
Best Twist – Robbie’s mom posed as Nina, fed his delusion, and ended up stalking Nina herself
Best Quotes -
1. Ben: “She’s crazy.” Janice: “It was a great episode.” …….. Ben: “You’re crazy.”
2. Janice: “She’s a walking textbook for someone who’s lived through a major trauma. Do you really need to know the specifics?” Jack: “Guess not.”



White Collar - 6.02 - Return to Sender

After a good premiere, this last season of White Collar has gotten even stronger. The re-introduction of Keller is a masterful stroke. He was one of the best villains Neal ever faced, mostly because he was the thug version of him. Their history and his jealousy make him the perfect candidate for the Big Bad of the last season. Strange that he's currently poised as an ally, although I doubt that will remain true for the rest of the season. While this progressed the overall mytharc pretty well, the episode was at its best in the smaller moments rather than the scenes this time. I love how Mozzie is convinced that Neal is as blinded as he accuses Keller of being and his scene with El was fantastic as always. Speaking of, El straightening Peter's tie and trying to get Peter to slow down on the to-do list was perfection as well. Mostly though the moments between Peter and Neal were the highlights. Both times when they argued over how to handle the case were intense. It shows that Neal is just as desperate as Moz thinks he is. He is willing to do anything for his freedom, which puts me in mind of when he was going after Fowler to avenge Kate's death. That Neal was unraveled and out of control. I can see him just under the polished surface Neal is trying to portray now. I for one hope he comes out again because a Neal that isn't in control and not so suave is always fascinating to watch.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - good forward plot movement
Best Scene - Neal gets his contract and Peter tells him that he and El are having a baby
Best Return - Keller, one of my favorite bad guys on this show and a great foil for Neal
Best Plan - Neal has Mozzie write up an ironclad contract for the FBI to sign
Best Reaction - Neal to seeing Keller / Neal to seeing Peter play his dad
Most Intense Scene - Peter and Neal debate pulling the plug after learning that Keller is involved
Funniest Moment - Neal does his best surfer dude impression
Best Aww Moment - Peter and Neal hug over the baby news
Best Reference - Leave it to Beaver
Best Con - Peter using her past against Bianca to get the invite
Best Twist - Keller is working for Interpol
Most Gleeful about Doing Chores - Peter, who takes handy man to-do lists to a whole new contentment level
The "Are You Kidding Me?" Award - It's bad enough when genre shows do it but Neal and Peter talking about setting off the alarm in a crowd of people is beyond eye roll worthy. Then Neal shows Peter the hidden stamp while people are walking by. Heavy sigh.
The "Hey Watch It Buddy" Award - The Pink Panther guard has no respect for the hat. Shame on him!
Biggest Goosebumps - Neal shakes hands with Keller and the con is on, likely with high stakes for both
Worst Secret Keeper - Elizabeth, although to be honest it was Mozzie digging
Best Trick - Neal hides the word Interpol in the stamp so Keller corroborates his story
Best Quotes -
1. Neal: "I don't think exhilarating and stamp have ever been used in such quick succession."
2. Mozzie: "Access to your wine collection was well worth the betrayal of my principles."



Elementary - 3.03 - Just a Regular Irregular

The best things about this episode were the return of Harlan and the new truce between Kitty and Watson. Harlan is a gem that needs to be used more often. He's an appealing mix of math nerd and social outcast that makes him utterly sympathetic in a way Sheldon Cooper will never be. I like how he also makes Sherlock a better person in the end. He might not have apologized outright for what he said, but he did in his own way. The idea of meeting more of Sherlock's Irregulars is pleasing as well. Let's hope that happens soon. As for Kitty and Watson, all I can say is it's about time. I know we are just 3 episodes in, but having all that animosity between them was irksome at best. More females need to bond, share their strengths, and work together on TV. I would love to see this become a partnership of sorts for them as well as Sherlock.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - Kitty, while still unnecessary, has become tolerable now - always a good thing
Best Return - Harlan, glad to see you again
Least Surprising - Harlan is Mo Shellshocker / the killer is Paul
Biggest Aww - Harlan's feelings are hurt by Sherlock saying they aren't friends. Poor baby, I feel for you.
Most Interesting Cameo - Phil Simms of Super Bowl fame
The "A Bored Sherlock is a Dangerous Sherlock" Award - having nothing better to do, Sherlock takes up an ancient circus crime and consulting knife throwers
Most Inappropriate - Sherlock: "Watson seems adequately sexed."
Best Reaction - Kitty after Harlan tells Sherlock he knows he was secretly replaced
The "You Obviously Don't Have Neighbors" Award - Harlan, who lives in NYC by the way, can apparently blast his music loudly in the middle of the night. I'm surprised he hasn't been shot yet.
Best Instincts - Sherlock, who figured out the schizophrenic was about to shoot them
Most Unusual Fit - Harlan is visibly upset that Sherlock used another mathematician in a previous case
Most Awkward - Andrew walks out of Watson's bathroom and sees Sherlock there
Best Redemption - Sherlock tells Harlan he is a great asset and that he will need Harlan's skills in the future
Best Quotes -
1. Harlan: "In the wrong hands, math can be manipulated, abused, and I decided to do something about it. You catch people who murder other people. I catch people who murder math."
2. Harlan: "So just to recap, I have spent the last few months of my life playing a game that was designed to kill me. Got to be a metaphor in there somewhere, right?" Sherlock: "I think the word you're looking for is moral. There is a moral in there. Games are for idiots."



Grimm - 4.04 - Dyin' on a Prayer

Golems have been done in a lot of shows, but I like how this one was portrayed. The idea that the kid could take out his own monster was empowering and while I didn’t need the domestic abuse PSA, it did provide for some great scenes with Trubel bonding with David. As far as the plot goes, the idea of HexenMom finding a cure for Nick has been a lot of fun. I adore how quickly Monroe and Rosalee fled the Spice Shop when she went full out hexenbiest. She is terrifying. I also like that the spell has to include Juliette too because she needs to be a real part of the team. Now here’s hoping this one doesn’t have quite as serious an effect as the last spell did on her. No need to go down that road ever again. I look forward to hearing exactly what is required of Juliette more than Nick getting his powers back to be honest. I guess I have been having too much fun seeing him in a mentor role.

Grade: B

Best Character Interaction – Trubel and David
The “It’s About Time” Award – apparently Juliette is going to be essential to the plot beyond suddenly replaced Research Woman
Best Entrance – Renard, so good to have him back at the precinct
Hastiest Exit – HexenMom woges after Monroe and Rosalee say they’ll stay so they retreat quickly
Biggest PSA – ending domestic abuse narrowly edges out mixed race tolerance
Most in Need of Dying – Drunk Douche Wesen and his brother
Biggest Rationalizing – Monroe trying to explain how a brick through their window might not be a hate sign
The “Be Careful What You Promise” Award – Nick says he’s never yelling at a kid again. Better hope you don’t have kids then because they will be a holy terror.
Best Surprise – the kid playing David did a good job, especially for a kid actor
Best Reaction – Monroe to seeing “Adalind” in the Spice Shop
Most Persistent – Wu and I’m glad he is. They are at least 1 full season overdue in telling him the truth.
Most Suddenly Stupid/Helpless – Adalind breaks down in the escape route and just stands there instead of running
Douchiest Plan – scaring David to get the golem to show, but I don’t know a better one. Sucks to be a once and former Grimm.
Best Quotes -
1. Rosalee: “Do you need anything else?” HexenMom: Time.” Monroe: “That would be next to the parsley and sage of course.”
2. HexenMom: “I hope you don’t mind me borrowing your shirt. I just felt a little sluttier as Adalind. Is that a terrible thing to say about the mother of my granddaughter?”
3. Wu: “Nothing but fun and games, and by that I mean, I don’t know what the hell we’re dealing with.”
4. Juliette: “That’s kind of a big deal, don’t you think? I mean maybe somebody should be proclaiming this from a mountaintop.” Trubel: “Yeah, I tried to proclaim a lot of things. Look where it got me.”



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grimm - 4.04 - Dyin' on a Prayer - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Quote of the Week - Week of Nov. 9




A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team this past week. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off below the article.


American Horror Story -
1. Dandy: I liked Dora better." Gloria: Well, hindsight is 20/20 dear…" (Maximilian Conte)
2. Dandy: "I wish you could be inside my body for one minute to know what it feels like to be me! It's like when I had tuberculosis and you took me out to the Utah desert! And there was nothing but dry open space for hundreds of miles around us. That is what is inside of me. Those girls were a cool stream of glacier water. My heart bloomed as they nourished it, and now it's all gone. There is nothing left but the dust and the scorpions inside of me. I was never destined to feel love... the desert knows no mercy. Anything you try to plant out there dies. I must accept this emptiness as a blessing, not a curse. I know why I was put here, mother. My purpose is to bring death." (Maximilian Conte)



Arrow -

1. Roy: "Don't abandon me." Oliver: "Never." (Nirat Anop)









The Blacklist -
1. Liz (after one of Red's men emerges from a room, having seemingly been subjecting someone to noise-related torture methods): "What the hell is going on?" Red: "We're shaking a few trees." (Bradley Adams)
2. Fitch: "You met with the Russian Finance Minister? To what end?" Red: "To his end, as it turned out." (Bradley Adams)



Castle -
1. Beckett: "Why do you always have to touch everything?" Castle: "I thought you liked that about me." (Tonya Papanikolas)






The Flash -
1. Barry: "One mystery I cannot figure out is why some people come into our lives and why some people go. Others become a part of you. Some friendships feel like they'll last forever and others end far too soon. Not every friendship is meant to last forever. What does last forever is the pain when that person is gone." (Nirat Anop)
2. Joe: "So, human bomb. Must be Tuesday in Central City." (Dahne)
3. Cisco: "Don't try and catch him. You don't have super strength." Barry: "Well is there like a bed store around here. What if I get a bunch of mattresses and stack 'em?" Caitlin: "Barry, this isn't a Roadrunner cartoon." (Dahne)



Forever -
1. Henry: "Let me ask you a question, detective. You've never consumed alcohol to excess? Never driven beyond the speed limit or engaged with a partner of a dubious sexual history?" Hanson: "Done all three at once, to be perfectly honest." (Bradley Adams)
2. Henry: "Not another boilerplate pep talk filled with inane sports metaphors." (Bradley Adams)



Gracepoint -
1. Paul Coates: "Jack Reinhold was a good man, and as we found out this morning an innocent man. So why are we here? Because we let him get smeared and intimidated, we were absent when he needed us. We failed him." (Robert Fruin)




How to Get Away with Murder -
1. Asher: "You know who doesn't care about exams? This guy. 'Cause I got..." Michaela: "Mention the trophy again, and I'll bash your face in with it." (Bradley Adams)
2. Annalise: "Are you good for anything, or can you only do your job when you're screwing evidence out of someone?" Bonnie: "Annalise, he did his best. We were all blindsided by this." Annalise: "No, you were blindsided. Because you can't do your one simple job. Tell me what's coming my way! That's all I ask. And in return, I tolerate your pathetic, mousy presence in my house." (Bradley Adams)



Law and Order: SVU -
1. Benson to Voight: "If you pulled that crap again, I will arrest you." (Ben Norton) ~This quote really demonstrates the type of relationship between Benson and Voight, and the difference in methods between the two.




NCIS: LA -
1. Eric: "Um, Nell?" Nell: "Um, what?" Eric: "You know. Come on!" Nell: "I know - I'm gonna." Eric: "Hashtag like when?" Nell: "Hashtag like now!" Granger: "If you two don't cut out the Ewok routine, I'm gonna send you home." (Tonya Papanikolas)
2. Nell: "I'm never going to be like the others. And I know that. I can't do the things that they do and the way that they do them because... I have to do them my way. Even if that means never making it." Hetty: "Amazing what happened when the Van Winkles made whiskey their way." (Tonya Papanikolas)



NCIS: NO -
1. LaSalle: "Looks like he's in the wind." Brody: "Well, let's find him." LaSalle: "And whoever stole my potato salad!" (Ben Norton)







Once Upon A Time -
1. Will Scarlet: "There's good in him and when you see the good in someone, you don't give up on them, especially if they don't see it themselves and if you're ever lucky enough to find true love, you fight for it, everyday." Robin Hood: "You still believe that after everything you did for love, was it worth it?" Will Scarlet: "Mate, if you find someone you love enough to ruin your entire life for, it's always worth it." (Nirat Anop)
2. Rumple: "True love comes in many forms but the sisterly bond, worth its weight in magic." Ingrid: "My powers are too strong, I need something to control them." Rumple: "Well if you insist, just remember, love is free but all magic comes with a price. These gloves can help conceal your powers." Ingrid: "And stop them?" Rumple: "Well only if you believe it. Faith can be powerful but for those who lack it, well...sometimes another solution is required. I don't know how you do things in Arendelle but here a deal requires an exchange of goods. What I want is these lovely ribbons, all three." Ingrid: "Our ribbons? But there just silly little things we've worn since we were children." Rumple: "Sometimes, with enough love, ordinary objects can come to possess their own special kind of magic." (Nirat Anop)



Person of Interest -
1. Shaw: “Maybe infidelity is going to spank him on the ass.” (Sharon Seymour)
2. Root: 'French Mary Poppins Barbie' is the only me that's been any fun — though I'm not sure how the parents would feel if they knew how many people I've killed.” (Sharon Seymour)



Red Band Society -
1. Kara: "Maybe we do all die alone but that doesn't mean we need to live alone." (Ben Norton and Dahne)
~This was a quote that definitely presented a turning point for Kara, it shows that she is definitely changing whilst in the hospital.
2. Kara: "I want to know everything. Do they put a tie on the door when they're doing it? And isn't Leo afraid he's going to impale himself on her clavicle?" (Tonya Papanikolas)
3. Emma: "Oh, did I embarrass you? I'm so sorry. Maybe you missed the part where I was being waterboarded with a giant vat of melting sour cream!" (Tonya Papanikolas)



Sons of Anarchy -
1. Jax: "Its brutal, Bobby was; we all leaned on him you know. Not sure how SAMCRO looks without him." (Robert Fruin)
2. Abel: "So is that why Grandma killed my other mummy, so my first mummy can be here with me." (Robert Fruin)





The Vampire Diaries -
1. Caroline: "What took you so long to answer your phone?" Enzo: "My fingers were covered in blood and my touch screen wouldn't work." (Sharon Seymour)






The Walking Dead -
1. Eugene: “I also lied about T. Brooks Ellis liking my hair. I do not know T. Brooks Ellis. But I did read one of his books, and he seemed like the type of guy who wouldn't blink twice at a Tennessee top hat.” (Sharon Seymour)



Z Nation -
1. Warren: "I was going to say, be grateful for all the sacrifices everyone has made." (Robert Fruin)
2. Murphy: "Thank you... so much universe for the zombie apocalypse . Also for Dr Merch, and my whole situation, and for I don't know; let's see what else. The badlands nuclear power plant, and yes points to you universe; points to you for dragging my ass all the way to South Dakota to die." (Robert Fruin)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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