Friday, December 19, 2014

The 100 - 2.08 - Spacewalker

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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The Librarians - 1.03 - And the Horns of a Dilemma - Roundtable Review

Thanks for joining us in our The Librarians roundtable review. This week we have Gavin Hetherinton, Justyna K, Robert Fruin, Suzana, and Dahne joining us. If you would like to be a part of next week's Christmas episode, let me know in the comments below. You can also find links to the questions (usually late Tuesday night) on Google+, my Twitter account, or my blog. The more the merrier, so watch the episode and then join us. As always, even if you don't want to be a part of the actual article, we would love to hear your opinions in the comments section.

This is the first solo episode for the newbies. How do you feel it went compared to the 2-part opener? Were you missing Flynn or do you feel they were able to carry the episode without him?

Gavin - Because I wasn't too invested in Flynn since I have yet to watch the movies (it's on my list of things to do over the Christmas holidays), I didn't exactly miss him in the third episode. I actually really enjoyed the episode. I thought it was on par with the 2-episode premiere and still had the right amount of fun and excitement. It's so campy and the introduction of new villains each episode seems like a promising development for me. I love a good old fashioned show with a new baddie a week. The characters were able to pull it off without Flynn. They went through some hiccups but they got there in the end and they were very good at doing their jobs. I did like Flynn, don't get me wrong, but I like how episode three showed they're not dependant on him.

Justyna - You know, as much I adore Flynn's character, I thought the others managed to carry the episode without him even better than I expected. They all had a chance to shine a little more here than in the pilot and it was nice to get to know them better. Made them all seem more interesting and mostly likeable.

Robert - I was missing Flynn a lot in the first half of the episode, and I didn't feel they carried it as well as they could have, but the second half of the episode changed my opinion on that. The second half of the episode I completely forgot about Flynn, as the others were very entertaining to watch, and each added something different to the episode. Their banter was especially good. I think the main thing about this episode was going to be getting use to a show related to The Librarian movies without Flynn. I knew it would take me a little while to adjust, but I now think I have adjusted to this new formula of having more than one librarian and having a new Judson.

Suzana - I think the newbies did pretty well. They need to carry on without Flynn, find their way. The characters' interactions are great and Jenkins does a pretty good job of being both snarky and helpful at the same time. Beside we will see Flynn soon enough.

Dahne - I didn't so much miss Flynn as some of campy swagger that he brings with him. Being their first time out, I thought the LiTs did fairly well. While I don't think this episode was as much fun as the first two, I am confident that these new characters can carry the show admirably.

What did you think was the best part of the episode (scenes, moments, characters, plot points, etc.)?

Gavin - I have read some criticisms about Rebecca Romijn's fight scenes that they don't look right, and yeah sometimes they look far too cartoonish, but honestly that's what I love about them. I loved in this episode when Eve ran towards the Minotaur with that steel-look in her eyes. She was out for blood and I can see the passion she has for her job. That moment was pretty badass though. I also loved how they never really escaped the Labyrinth. I love that mythology of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur so I was thrilled with this episode by exploiting those myths. The conflicts between them but the eventual making up of the characters was a treat to watch.

Justyna - I really enjoyed watching everyone on the team interact with each other. The most memorable moment for me would probably be the honest talk between Jake and Cassandra. It was a good opportunity to learn more about their background and different points of view. Also great, the door to everywhere!

Robert - A Few Favorite Scenes: - When they got lost in the Labyrinth for the first time. - When Baird slid under the Minotaur to shoot it. - When Jenkins first introduced the door, and they stepped through it for the first time.

Suzana - The characters' interactions were the best part of the episode. Baird with everyone, Jenkins with everyone. Everyone with everyone. Teaming up the characters was a good call too. My favourite scene was between Ezekiel and Cassandra. (see below)

Dahne - I'd have to say that Jenkins and the back door were my favorite parts of the episode. Jenkins brought that lovely snark again and I love how the back door is actually going to uncomplicate the mythology. One of my pet peeves on Warehouse 13 was how they could seemingly fly halfway around the country in minutes. This just makes sense.

Jake and Ezekiel respond to Cassandra's betrayal differently. How did you feel about their interactions?

Gavin - I guess because they both had different responses to her betrayal, it made the characters seem more real because Cassandra's betrayal wasn't exactly a black-and-white thing. She had good intentions behind them and she was desperate. I can understand how she felt so I liked that Ezekiel was very supportive and even said he would have done the same thing. Cassandra's situation is very tricky. I do agree with Jake when he said he wouldn't have thrown them under the bus if he was in her position. That's fair and it does make the betrayal thing all the more harder, but I think Cassandra needs time to grow. I think she's already starting to love her colleagues so if the opportunity to cure her presented itself, she would decline it if it meant betraying her friends. I do like that Jake was more supportive by the end of the episode though.

Justyna - Well, I'll start with saying that Ezekiel is not making the best impression on me so far. Sure, he's smart and has his moments but even Cassandra (who actually betrayed them) seems to care more about the team and what they're doing at this point. Hopefully this will change soon. Jake's response was actually a very good character moment and I like the fact that it's going to take some time for him to trust Cassandra. I really did enjoy all the interactions between these characters.

Robert - I did think that they all would quickly forget about her betrayal, so I guess I was wrong about that one. I think Cassandra knows what she did was wrong, and is trying her best to earn back their trust. The interactions were really lovely especially her heart to heart with Jake. I think they will all get past it, and I do think they will all eventually grow attached to one another.

Suzana - First of all, the show didn't ignore the matter. It's already a good point in my book. Second, I liked that in the end the one who least trusted Cassandra was Cassandra herself. I liked the finale and hearted discussion between Jake and Cassandra which has resulted in the discovery of Jake's 30-year-old trust issues. I am very intrigued. There's so much we don't know about our three Librarians. Anyway, he is not going to trust easily and even less Cassandra. And Ezekiel's speech. I think it was a beautiful moment. He was truthful in his words. He was the one reassuring her when he shoud have been the one doubting. Except he knew he would have done far worse had he been in her shoes. And he is the thief, he is the one they shoudn't trust, he said to Cassandra half joking. He is the one who needs to prove himself. Well... he is doing a pretty good job so far. I think both issues will come back, Cassandra's betrayal and Ezekiel's old line of work. Because they all need to trust each other. And because I don't like when it's too easy.

Dahne - I am the odd one out because I could not stand Cassandra in this episode. I found her to be whiny and unrealistic. The idea that she thinks they should trust her now and that she resents Jake for not trusting her just irritates me. It hasn't been that long since she almost got them all killed. I'd be ticked and suspicious too. That said, these interactions did offer a lot of insight into the characters in a way that didn't feel like an overabundance of exposition, so kudos to the writers here.

Throughout the episode, Baird struggles to figure out what her role is as guardian. Do you feel like she's come to terms with the unique situation or will she continue to struggle with balancing the danger they will inevitably face with her job as protector?

Gavin - I think she's come to terms with what she has to do but she'll always struggle to balance that danger with her job as the guardian. I think this will have a psychological effect on her because she can't protect all three of them 24/7 so when one of them gets inevitably hurt to the extent of critical endangerment, it will have an implosive reaction to Eve who will feel guilty and worthless. She may have to come to terms with the fact that she can't always protect them but she looks like the kind of character who will find that unacceptable and she will push herself beyond her limits to protect them. She takes the job seriously which is a good thing but she has her moments of light humour.

Justyna - It's hard to be both the team's guardian and protector as well as their partner so I think that her struggle is going to continue for a while. She clearly cares about these people and wants to keep them safe, all the more reason to try to figure things out even better than they are now.

Robert - I think she won't struggle anymore or be hesitant to let them go and save people after seeing what they can do, and how well they worked as a team using their unique abilities. At first she clearly struggled with letting them out of her sight, but now I think she has learnt to trust them, knowing that she can't always be there to protect them.

Suzana - She will continue to struggle. Baird has three people to guard. She has a lot to figure out. This episode allowed her to realize a few things already, but to find balance won't be that easy. The L3 are not fighters, not in the physical meaning of the word, anyway. This isn't them and her. They are a team and they need to find some sort of balance. And this doesn't only apply to Baird's protection program.

Dahne - I certainly hope she continues to struggle because it helps her character development. I like that she was able to let go enough for them to split up in the end, mostly because having them all on screen all the time would be too much. This allows some diversity in pairings. Still she is the guardian and I want her to remain the point person/leader of the team. I also don't want her to stop training the LiTs in safety and self-defense because that's just common sense.

After this episode, have your feelings about any of the characters or the show in general changed? Why or why not?

Gavin - I was taken by all of the characters straight away in the 2-part premiere so I have to say I like them even more with this episode without the guidance of Flynn. They were very dependent on him to explain things in the first two episodes so to get to see them use their own skills without that safety net was really fun to watch. It showed the strength of the characters and they can only grow from here.

Justyna - My first impression pretty much stays the same. Great, entertaining and fun show with Jake and Baird being its strongest characters in the main cast. Still not sure about Cassandra, though I think she's going to slowly grow on me. And fingers crossed we'll see some major character development for Ezekiel. Nothing specific to say about Jenkins yet.

Robert - Yes, Ezekiel Jones. The first two episode he was sidelined a lot, and I didn't really know what to make of his character, but after seeing him step up and take a bigger role this episode I really enjoyed seeing this side of him. He reminded me in a way of Flynn.

Suzana - Not really. I think it's too soon for that to happen.

Dahne - My feelings didn't change so much as deepen for most of the characters. I adore Jenkins and his snarky caring. When he told them to go away because he was working, I laughed out loud. I also liked his no-nonsense approach with Baird about getting the LiTs into the field. Baird too became more interesting to me because she had to face the fear of one of them dying on her watch, a concern not likely to go away. Jake was also more intriguing based on his conversation with Cassandra. It makes me wonder where those trust issues began. The biggest changes I felt for characters though were with Ezekiel and Cassandra. Ezekiel was kind of an unknown quantity and he's still more likely to leave after getting his cut than stay and help out. I'd like to get to know him better but for now he brings comedy and a more laissez faire attitude that grew on me. Cassandra though is the worst part of the show for me. From the moment she whined, "You're just not being fair," I wanted to smack her. She responds to everything like a preteen and it got old fast. Even her fit about calling it a brain grape felt more elementary school than adult. I need them to revamp her character quickly because naïveté and bratty temper tantrum are two different things.

The Minotaur received mixed reviews on social media. What did you think about the storyline and the special effects?

Gavin - Well the special effects weren't amazing but even bigger budget shows like Once Upon a Time don't have special effects that rival Hollywood. I didn't mind that the Minotaur didn't look 100 percent real but I really enjoyed the storyline. It reminded me of a good old-fashioned Supernatural episode. I love the mythology of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth so I was pleased to see that develop. I thought it was a well done storyline. I didn't realise that people on social media didn't enjoy it.

Justyna - I thought the storyline was okay but could be better. Probably the same with the Minotaur. I don't really expect the show to have the best special effects, so even though they could always improve, I didn't have any particular problems with them.

Robert - I thought the Minotaur was probably one of the worst special effects I have seen. It didn't look real at all. It looked like a high school mascot which it shouldn't have done. Seeing that was definitely the low point of the episode. I hope in future episodes the creatures look more authentic, and real; not like someone is dressed up inside it.

Suzana - The Minotaur itself was straight out of a toy store. I liked the idea to make him human, though. Even if the said human had to be some kind of biker... which made my eyes roll. I would have liked to see a cute little person with this giant nasal attribute. Other than the minotaur, the effects were not bad. I liked the maze. It may be because I know the myth from every conceivable angle but the storyline with the woman and the Minotaur bothered me. I found it dull. The motive is too often wealth in TV shows. Plus in that case in the Greek mythology, it wasn't about wealth.

Dahne - The special effects were laughable and NOT in a good way. Still I love how they turned the minotaur into a man in the street part of the labyrinth. It was a smart play and I thought the actor did a decent job with it. I also thought the storyline was fascinating. I love when they tweak folklore and the idea of a business literally sacrificing people for profits made for a good twist to the standard corporate greed story. It also provided a great way to lay down the canon of the series by explaining how magic works.

Tricia Helfer played this week's Big Bad. How did you think she did? If she did make it out from the minotaur, would you like to see her as a returning bad guy?

Gavin - Man I love Tricia Helfer. I met her in October for the Syfy Press Tour and had a few conversations with her and I didn't know at the time but she alluded to working on a television show when we went bowling that was unrelated to 'Ascension' which was what the event was really for. She's an incredible woman and I love her and she was so totally nice. I thought she did a great job as a villain and I would love to see her recur in the future if she made it out from the Minotaur, though to be fair that Minotaur will most likely be really pissed with her so he wouldn't let her go easily. Only thing she did wrong was not shoot Cassandra and Ezekiel when she had the chance instead of letting them overpower and confuse her. I mean I'm glad our heroes won but man villains always have a problem with talking too much.

Justyna - I'm sure Tricia did her best with the role but I wasn't really interested in the character, so not really.

Robert - I wouldn't. I love Tricia Helfer from Battlestar, but I don't think her character is someone the show needs to play a villainous role in a potential story arc. I think her character fit this episode perfectly, but that is as far as I would go with her.

Suzana - I actually think she did pretty well even though I didn't like her character storyline. And No, I wouldn't like to see her returning. She would make a terrible returning Bad Guy. Just another crazy person pushed by greed.

Dahne - I am a fan of Tricia Helfer, but not so much this character. I could see her potential given that her company has a wide reach and she now has a personal vendetta against the Librarians. She could make a powerful enemy. Still they would have to develop the character better. I would rather see a variety of smaller villains in season one before creating a cool Big Bad for future seasons.

Bruce Campbell guest stars next week. What do you think of the casting choices so far? Is there any guest star you would really love to see?

Gavin - I love that they're getting some popular actors to guest star on the show. Man, I watch so many television shows that it's hard to pick who I'd like to see on the show. Villains-wise, I guess I would love to see Sarah Michelle Gellar as a villain. She would be so awesome and fun to have on the show. I'd also love to see Mädchen Amick from Witches of East End and Twin Peaks as she is such a stunning woman and I think she would make either a fantastic villain or ally to the Librarians. There are so many I would love to see that I just can't think of any at the minute.

Justyna - I'd love to see anyone from Leverage on the show, if only to watch them back together with Christian Kane. I really miss this series, especially after a recent re-watch of some of my favorite episodes. Also, there's a great number of actors I'm a fan of and I'd be happy to see any of them here.

Robert - The guest casting has been great so far, some really well known names that can attract a large audience. As far as guest cast I would like to see, I would say Eddie McClintock is the one I would most like to see as he could play a character that adds humor to the episode similar to his role as Pete on Warehouse 13.

Dahne - I have to agree with Justyna. I would love to see Beth Riesgraf or Aldis Hodge on here. Mostly because I really wanted the Parker-Eliot- Hardison spinoff of Leverage and feel personally rooked that it didn't happen. Personally I also feel that anything with a sci-fi or fantasy bent must have Mark Sheppard in it just for street cred. I mean he's been in almost everything. I also think Anthony Head should be a recurring character because he did such a great job as Paracelsus in Warehouse 13. Female additions should include Samantha Ferris, Gabrielle Anwar, Allison Scagliotti, Crystal Reed, Lucy Lawless, or any female that can kick butt.

So far we have had King Arthur and Greek myth artifacts. What has been your favorite piece of magic? What other historical or mythological elements would you like to see incorporated?

Gavin - I have loved the Greek myth elements incorporated into the show so far. I love Greek mythology. It's sort of like Supernatural meets Percy Jackson. I have always loved the myth of Medusa. In terms of other mythological elements, I guess I'd love to see something regarding witches or the Brothers Grimm stories. An upcoming episode is called 'Fables of Doom' so that might allude to that. I was actually going to say I'd love to see Santa and have something Christmassy in the show but my Christmas wish has come true as this Sunday my prayers are answered. Honestly I love Christmas so much so the Santa episode is going to blow me away.

Justyna - Miss you, Excalibur. I love all the movies/books references and magic (in general) on my shows, so nothing in particular comes to mind. I'm very much open to the ideas the writers have in store for us.

Robert - The best part so far was seeing Excalibur again. I hope somehow they can bring the sword back. I would love to see a Cyclops show up, or see a story relating to Pandora's box.

Suzana - My favourite piece of magic was Excalibur. Rest in Peace Cal. As for what I would like to see, I don't know. The choice is rather large knowing you can do pretty much anything.

Dahne - I am good with them exploring more Greek myths, since those are the most well-known and they can twist them pretty well. I would also love to see their take on fairy tales and add some other mythology to their repertoire. Mostly though, I want them to take one of the big baddies of folklore and make it so they are really good but with a bad rap.

What grade would you give this episode and why?

Gavin - B+. Along the lines of the premiere. It might be generous but I love a show that's different and has great substance. It was an enjoyable episode yet it will need to push more boundaries to reach that A. The episode had some great scenes, great character development and a great villain in Tricia Helfer. Plus, I love Greek Mythology so that's an added bonus.

Robert - I would give this a B. I would have given it a A as I really like this week's "case" but the special effects really let me down. They were extremely poor (mainly the Minotaur). The Librarian movies had better special effects than this episode, and they were created years ago. For this time and age, I expected a lot better.

Dahne - B- for me with Cassandra bringing it down from a B. I liked the storyline and the fact that the characters are starting to gel. Still the pacing felt off from the first 2 episodes with far more exposition and a lot less action. That's to be expected as they are world-building, but more sword fighting and a bit more campy fun is what I am looking for.

Any other comments?

Gavin - Bring on the Christmas episode!!

Justyna - If you're still not watching the show, I highly recommend it. It's a great hour of pure TV entertainment and fun. Now waiting for the Christmas episode!

Suzana - As far as I am concerned this is a show for fun. So yeah, I am not a fan of the artifact of the week but honestly I didn't really care that much in the first place. To me it's all about the characters. They are great together and it's fun. The first episode did a much better job at not taking itself too seriously. I think Flynn might have something to do with that.

Dahne - I am anxiously awaiting the return of Bruce Campbell to my TV screen. I loved him as Sam and miss Burn Notice so much. The casting crew is doing a great job of adding fun people into the mix.

So what did you think of the episode? Did you like it more, less, or about the same as the 2-part opener? Have your feelings for the characters changed any? What would you like to see most happen in the future? Sound off in the comments below.

Screencaps by Tumblr, io9, Rick's Cafe Texan, Borg, Variety,and 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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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

White Collar - 6.05 - Whack-a-Mole - Recap and Episode Awards

Previously - Neal infiltrated the Pink Panthers in return for a contract for his freedom from the FBI, Keller has the same deal from Interpol with LeSuit as his handler, Keller opened Neal's eyes about how this will all end, Mozzie was hurt Neal didn’t tell the Panthers about him, Woodford realized there was a mole, and the FBI figured out half a billion in American cash from Europe was being targeted.

Picking up where we left off, Woodford explains his mole problem to Neal. He insists the only one he can trust is Neal because he found a listening device in his hideout before Neal joined them. He asks Neal to ferret out the mole, but Neal says no. "The only thing worse than a mole is a rat. I've never been one. I never will be." Woodford: "That just might be a better answer than yes. Now I know there's someone I can trust completely." Neal passes the test as Woodford vows to find the mole himself. If he can't, the heist is cancelled and the Panthers will go underground. Woodford: "Nothing's worth spending the rest of one's life incarcerated, not even half a billion in cash." Neal surmises Woodford is hitting the Federal Reserve and you can almost see cartoon light bulbs going off above Neal's head. Back at the Burke house, Peter carefully whittles down a list of…OB/GYN candidates? El is amused and pulls a photo of her current doctor out of the pile as Peter confirms he background checked her. Yikes, here's hoping it's a boy. A daughter will never be able to date. El: "You need to stop worrying, My pregnancy is not a case." Peter: "What if I give the baby a tiny little anklet? Neal's is very comforting." Um, scratch that. The Burke baby is doomed no matter the sex. El reassures a nervous Peter that the baby is fine so he should stop worrying and enjoy it. Peter agrees. Good thing because Neal brings him the bad news at work. How Woodford hasn't had Neal followed to the FBI building I will never know. After bantering with Jones and Diana about moles - a group of moles is called a labor - Neal says his chances are good given Woodford is looking for one mole, not two. Peter suggests they serve up Keller and have LeSuit pull him from the mission. Neal then tells Woodford that Keller ran before he could be busted. Somehow I don't think LeSuit will go for that. Neal presses for more information on the algorithm but Peter plays it close to the vest while Neal doesn't share what he knows about the Fed. Let's just say they are both suspicious of each other.

Meeting with Woodford, Neal recaps the randomizer algorithm and knows they will have little time to plan a heist. Woodford's impressed. "You are everything that Keller says you are." Neal: "Now let's be clear. Keller and I were competitors, adversaries for the most part, and not what you would call friendly now." He lays it on thick, which is smart since he's about to betray Keller to Woodford. Turning the conversation back to the heist, Neal stresses how difficult a job it is so Woodford leads him to a van filled with heavy artillery. Yikes! They could take down a small country with such an arsenal. That's going to be a problem. Peter has problems of his own when he brings in LeSuit to talk. He surmises that the bug Woodford found was actually LeSuit's keeping track of Keller. Hmm, that's risky and frankly stupid. Peter gives a somewhat hypocritical speech about trusting his CI and tells him to pull Keller out before he gets hurt. He offers to share all credit for the collar and they debate which con artist is more trustworthy. LeSuit listens but I trust him less than Keller. No way he gives in so easily. Still an optimistic Peter shares the good news with Neal, celebrating right until Neal mentions the weapons. Peter: "How much fire power?" Neal: "Just short of nuclear." Then it’s mission cancelled. Peter can't risk all those airport employees. Neal argues that busting the Panthers now leaves them with no real proof. "The entire case would hinge on the testimony of two criminal informants." He counteroffers to sell Woodford on a better plan since the Panthers were never big on weapons in the past. Peter agrees provided Neal can deliver a gun-free choice and he approves it first. Neal calls them partners, but Peter challenges the term. "Let's just say good anklets make for good partners." Nice twist on Frost, there. Neal nods and speaks for the fans. "This has been more fun than a prison sentence has a right be." It has been a great ride. The two banter about control issues and fatherhood while I bask in the loveliness of this partnership, whether they call it one or not. Peter: "Hey partner, be careful out there." Awwww.

Meanwhile LeSuit tells Keller about the new plan, and he is way too nonchalant about it for me. He says he's good with going back to a Russian prison for a couple weeks if it means taking down the Panthers and earning his freedom. I call baloney. And then it comes. Keller questions Neal's sincerity and picks at LeSuit's confidence. Keller: "I mean technically I'm still your prisoner and you're my keeper, right? And you and I, we were never partners but your success, Luc, is my success. If it goes south for you, it goes south for me. Caffrey, he has a way of making everything go south for everybody except him." He does have a point. Neal usually skates free while everyone else pays the consequences. Just think of poor Peter in the evidence warehouse last season. Keller: "You want the outcome of this operation to rest of Caffrey's slippery shoulders?" LeSuit smartly calls Keller on trying to manipulate him, which Keller is no matter how much he protests to the contrary. Significantly spooked, LeSuit rethinks his alliance with Peter and decides to tail Neal himself. I love the dichotomy of these two scenes. While I combined Peter and Neal's conversation and LeSuit and Keller's into two separate events to make the recap clearer, the show switches back and forth between them to show how differently these interactions really are. Just like Keller is a foil to Neal, his dealings with LeSuit are a foil to Neal and Peter's. There's no history between Keller and LeSuit and therefore no allegiance except for how it mutually benefits them. While Peter and Neal may not fully trust each other, they do have each other's backs as they have proved over and over again. They've been through fire together and it shows, cementing them into a true team despite the circumstances.

Neal and Mozzie also make a good team. Neal comes home to find Mozzie playing with a circuit board of multicolored lights. Moz: "Come, admire ingenuity in its most rudimentary form." They banter about disco and I agree with Moz - disco sucks and he's a genius. Over the last 36 hours, he figured out the randomizer. The red lights on the circuit board are airports and green are for airline carriers. Neal: "And the white, just to give it the full Christmas effect." Ha! Mozzie suggests that they are airport warehouses where money is stored before the Feds can deliver it to a vault. Say what? I'd think it would be the Fed's #1 priority, but what do I know about billions in cash? I live on a teacher's salary. With all the clues Moz is dropping, Neal finally connects the heist with the European Central Bank and now he's caught up. It's the big score. Mozzie exposits for those not listening last week and demonstrates how the randomizer works. Neal: "I love the light show, Moz, but we already knew what the algorithm did." Oh yea of little faith. Mozzie has unrandomized the randomizer. He can tell the algorithm what city, airline, and warehouse to send the money to. The man is genius. Neal's so excited he kisses Mozzie's head. "You are a truly talented man." That's an understatement. Moz: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." He quotes German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, but it is apropos to the situation. Neal realizes that this can get Woodford to change the plan and Moz wants to go with him but Neal says no. Ouch, this is gonna hurt. Neal says it's too risky but Moz is adamant about watching Neal's back. Moz: "You know this hasn't always been about you protecting me." Neal gives lip service to it but still wants him in the dark. He talks about the right timing but there's no way he's risking his best friend. Sadly, by trying to protect him, Neal may lose Mozzie's trust.

He excuses himself to tell Peter the news, but meets a random woman in secret instead. Uh oh. LeSuit photographs Neal handing her an envelope and brings it to Peter. It's all very shifty, but I'll bet it's not what it seems like. LeSuit: "Our inside man has outside business." Peter tries to play it off as another case, but he doesn't have a good poker face and LeSuit calls him on it. Peter: "No, it's not about being right. It's about bringing down the Panthers." LeSuit asks if Peter trusts Neal and he confirms that he does. LeSuit: "That will be your undoing, not mine." Over Peter's vehement protests, he calls off the plan to expose Keller and walks out. Peter tells Jones to find out who the woman is and heads to Neal's for a surprise inspection only to find Mozzie there alone. Realizing that Neal's been lying to them both makes them very uneasy. As for Neal, he convinces Woodford to go old school via flattery about past heists. It's amazing how well this works on a hardened criminal. Neal waxes poetic about the Panthers' glory days and how it inspired him to up his own con game, but Woodford counters that with so little time to prepare they have to resort to guns. Neal shares the good news. Alas, Woodford is skeptical so Neal oozes on the charm like butter in a Paula Dean recipe. Success! Neal: "The means should always justify the end." Woodford: "Alright, let's create a work of art." Neal: "We'll be the talk of thieves around the globe." Being the penultimate episode, things can't be that easy. LeSuit officially reinstates Keller to his delight. Another successful plan, although this one is likely to benefit Keller more than Neal and Peter. Keller's first order of business: find Woodford a mole.

Back at Neal's place, Peter and Mozzie await Neal's return. Neal: "You two have been spending an awful lot of time together. I fear bonding." Mozzie protests to my delight. Peter though has no time for chitchat. He wants answers now, but Neal counters that Peter is withholding info too. They both agree to share. Moz: "This is going to require much more liquor." Bwah! On the same page about the money target, Peter still wants to know what Neal's been doing so Moz jumps in with the randomizer secret and Neal brings up his meeting with Woodford. Neal suggests they all work together on a new plan to pitch him. "We'll make it good for Woodford. You make it better for the FBI." Peter: "You want me to help you plan a new heist?" Yep, that's the gist of it. Neal: "Our best and final." I'm all for teamwork, but I have no illusions about this being Neal's last plan. He's a con at heart. Also teamwork goes better in theory than practice, as they keep finding faults in each others' plans. Moz: "Problems or opportunities? He'd be a terrible con." Ha, I guess we can scratch that from Peter's potential career list if things go sour. After 2 hours of brainstorming, Peter sums it up nicely: "This is harder than I thought." Ha! Luckily Moz has a spark of inspiration. He suggests they go underground and Peter piggybacks on it to suggest pneumatic tubes just like banks. Maybe he does have a life in crime after all. Brilliant! He takes the plan to Diana and Jones to exposit. Basically the post office used tubes to link branches all over the city. Coincidentally one of the tubes leads to an old warehouse. Score! Neal: "Peter, you've missed your true calling." Peter: "Oh there's still time." Ha! Only one small hitch, very few things still work from the 1920's so Neal must get everything operating well.

Enter a Mozzie and Neal role playing con. I adore those. Mozzie not so much. "Oh I'm under strict doctor's orders to avoid all manual labor. I'm hernia prone. Sledgehammers are abhorrent to a man of my finesse. These hands have never known a blister." Ha! Apparently he only wanted to come when he thought it was his ticket into meeting the Panthers. Neal is far more cautious, wanting to verify the tubes' existence before bringing in killers. Smart thinking. Moz's tune changes quickly when they find out a yoga class meets in the building now and suddenly he's gung ho for manual labor. As Neal talks to the owner, Mozzie leads the women in yoga to her chagrin. Yes, it is as funny as it sounds. They break enough of the wall open to confirm the tubes are still in place, before kicking the women out with the threat of asbestos. This plan is going swimmingly so far….well, maybe not for Mozzie. Neal kicks him to the curb again before the Panthers get there. I choose to believe that Neal is both trying to protect Mozzie and keep him from discovering Neal's plan to disappear afterwards. Anything less will be disappointing. Meanwhile Woodford is only slightly happier than Moz. Although he's delighted about the pneumatic tubes idea, he's less so about Neal bringing in another person again. Sometimes I fear Neal will be shot again before thes series ends. The car feature product placement however will continue forever. Before Woodford takes off, Neal questions him about the mole to stir up doubts. He mentions Keller's absence but backs off when Woodford asks about it. Neal: "Keller's not a man of stealth or subtlety. He's no more a mole than I am." I'm not sure what game Neal is playing here.

Aubrey, Woodford's right hand man, is not so happy either. As Woodford leaves, he calls Neal to face the other conspirators about changing the plan and cozying up to the boss. Aubrey: "Nothing's wrong with the old plan." Neal: "Except death. Guns mean body bags for them and us. Now I'm willing to die for the gang but I prefer not to." Good point. They accuse Neal of being a mole, citing Boots' disappearance. Neal counters that a mole would not attract attention but I'm not sure that's true and neither are they. Neal: "Okay so I placed a bug in a secret hideout before I was a member. Wow, I'm even better than I think I am." Someday Neal's smart mouth will get him in trouble, possibly today as Aubrey pulls out a gun, forcing Neal to fast talk some more. Considering that the co-conspirators are all running from the law and Interpol, Neal points out that each of them have a better motive and opportunity for betrayal than he does, but again that logic seems shaky at best. Still it works and after complimenting each of them on their superior skills, they continue working on the compressor. Back at the office, Peter works on some potato chips. Huh? It's bizarre to see Peter stress eating and Diana calls him on his pre-sonogram jitters. Diana: "You think you're worried now, wait until you see the heartbeat." Peter: "It gets worse?" Diana: "It gets real. Being a parent, worry's a constant companion for life." She reassures him that there's nothing better than parenthood before Jones interrupts to say the photo of Neal was taken near the docks. I guess they couldn't just ask Luc, given that Peter pretended it was on the up and up, but still it seems like a waste of time when a major operation is proceeding. Still they have cause to worry. Peter: "Neal was spotted there this morning." Diana: "Doing what?" Peter: "Well that's the half billion dollar question." Speaking of, Neal calls Peter to explain that Keller is missing and they need to find him. Peter: "If he's in trouble, you're in trouble." Neal: "He'd have no problem saving his own life at my expense." Very true.

Peter puts Diana on LeSuit patrol since he is not answering his phone. Woodford, however, has no problem finding Keller who arranged a private meeting. Woodford: "No lookouts, no security. If this is a trap, I deserve to step in it." Keller says it isn't a trap but Woodford doesn't take his unexpected absence lightly until Keller claims to have proof of who the mole is. Apparently Woodford buys it because he interrupts the crew's celebration after having successfully gotten the tubes to work again. Just as Neal flashes an old air mail envelope that now flies through, Woodford calls Aubrey and demands an emergency meeting with them all. Uh oh. This can't be good. Meanwhile Peter and Jones chat about Neal working for them at the storage place in the picture. I'm not sure talking about it in the open is a good idea even if the place looks deserted. What if it was a Panther hideout? Jones turns the conversation to the sonogram but Peter still has an hour. Peter: "You want to be a dad?" Jones: "Oh I can't wait. In terms of choosing wives, I'm being extra picky. I want my kids to have the kind of mom I had." Aww, Mama Jones was a strict but loving high school math teacher. I like getting more back story on Jones even this late in the game. Jones: "You know my life has been guided by the fear of my mother's disapproval." Haven't we all? Jones feels bad for Baby Burke though, given that Peter and El will be hard to live up to as the most perfect TV couple ever. He has a point but no fear, Peter has the solution. "We'll have to set a poor example. Take the pressure off." Ha! You two wouldn't know how if you tried. The jovial mood is broken when Diana calls, stymied by LeSuit's disappearance. She followed the cell tracker but he's nowhere to be seen. Jones calls his phone and voila, LeSuit is dead in the dumpster. Did anyone expect less? I would say I'm sorry for LeSuit but I can only muster up meh. I liked his nickname better than him.

I, like Peter, am more concerned about Neal and what LeSuit's death could mean for him. The whole gang meets up in the usual abandoned building in time for some Keller snark: "What happened Caff? GQ kick you off the cover?" Bwah! He may be the only person complaining about a sweaty Neal in a wife beater for much of the episode. Neal shows Woodford the 1950's airmail but Woodford has more pressing issues and pulls out a gun. "I've got a mole to exterminate. Thanks to Keller we're about to find out who it is. He's here, standing amongst us and this device is going to point him out." He takes out LeSuit's tracker and I sigh with relief because Neal isn't tagged so when Woodford scans him nothing happens. He continues to scan each member until the tracker goes off with Aubrey, who protests vehemently. A stunned Neal watches as Woodford murders Aubrey in front of them and then demands Neal step up the plan, leaving Keller and Neal alone for one intense whispered discussion. Keller dug out the tracker in his arm to plant on Aubrey. Neal: "You just got someone killed." Keller: "Yeah I'm willing to kill and I saved the whole operation in the process." Neal: "How did Woodford get Luc's tracker?" Keller: "Ask Woodford." Neal: "Luc is dead." Keller: "I can't see him just handing it over." Neal: "You gave him up." Well duh. Of course he did. Keller: "Does it matter? I'm not gonna cry over a dead cop. Besides, I like your plan. It's going to make us all rich." The depths of Keller's callousness no longer surprises me but it does make him chilling and the plan less stable. Neal: "What plan? When Peter finds out about Luc, Interpol is the first call he's going to make. A United Nations of cops will sweep down on Manhattan." Keller: "Then Burke is going to have to convince them to hold back for the good of the mission otherwise Luc, he died for nothing." Sad to say but he is right and Neal knows it.

Peter agrees. While he smoothes it over with Interpol and convinces them to wait on the plan, Diana, Jones, and Neal talk about the lack of evidence at the crime scene. There's no tie to Woodford, DNA or otherwise, so an arrest warrant is out. Diana suggests getting him for Aubrey's murder instead but Neal quickly nixes that. Neal: "Yeah, subpoena us. Four will swear they didn't see anything and I'll be face down in a garbage barge bound for South Carolina." Jones: "Wow, that's where New York's garbage goes?" Neal: "One of several places. I don't want my body ending up at any of them." Neither do we, Neal. Peter rejoins them only to get a text message from El telling him to check his e-mail. For some reason Peter has to do that on his desktop instead of his phone. Hmm, perhaps they no phone company would pay for product placement. Either way, it all spells trouble for Peter when a sonogram of his baby's heartbeat comes up. He missed it and El is ticked. Not to mention, he obviously waited until evening to come home instead of racing right over. Big, big mistake, sir. El doesn't even let him apologize before demanding he sit. She understands about LeSuit's death but Peter didn't even to call so she could reschedule the sonogram. "Let me make this clear. I am not going to raise our child as a married single mother." Peter: "No, never." El: "And he is going to be the first priority in this family." Peter: "He will. He…well wait, he? It's a boy?" El: "And he's perfect." Peter is stunned and thrilled and sorry all at once. Peter: "I really need to kiss you right now." Awww, have I said lately how much I adore these two.

Over at Neal's, things are about to get equally tense. Moz set up the override for the randomizer and tells Neal how to work it, assuring Neal that yes, it really will work. After all, Moz is a genius. Neal: "You're amazing, Moz. I mean none of this would be possible without you." Very true and that's precisely why Moz wants in with the Panthers. Quite frankly this argument is getting old so I wish Neal would just come clean about what he's up to even if it is to protect Moz. After all, they always work better as a team. Neal disagrees. "Woodford just killed his most trusted man. Keller could have stuck that chip on you." Moz: "Or you. Neal, since we've met we've always been watching out for each other so why not now?" In a stunningly hypocritical speech Neal implores Mozzie to trust him. Moz: "I always have, but lately…" Neal: "No, trust doesn't have a time limit." Um Neal honey, trust is earned and who are you to preach on THIS subject. Moz: "You've been lying to me, holding back information which is worse." Neal: "I have my reasons." Seriously? You might as well have said, "because I said so." Mozzie is not your child and you have no right to treat him as such. I don't blame Moz for calling him on it. "What is this? Why are you not telling me? Are you helping the FBI or are you taking the money?" Duhn, duhn, duhn. Yeah no, I don't buy that explanation. It's too new USA Network and they're cancelling this show because it is more old school. Neal: "Just be patience for a little longer, okay?" Moz: "This is all going down now. You said you had a bigger plan. Where the hell do I fit in?" It better be right at Neal's side, Jeff Eastin. Fair warning. Instead of answering, it's one quick cut to Neal enjoying a beer with Peter. Beer and Neal always seems incongruous to me. They talk about the sonogram until Neal suggests Peter join the con as a replacement for Aubrey. Oh Mozzie is NOT going to like this.

The next day as the thieves plan, Neal brings up the personnel shortage and informs Woodford that he has a replacement. Not a particularly smart idea given that Woodford has control issues. As Peter walks in, everyone grabs a gun except Keller and Neal. Keller: "Well look who we have here." Keller confirms that he knows Peter and Neal says the stamp job was Peter's audition. He throws in that the tubes were Peter's idea to sweeten the pot but it doesn't overcome the fact that Woodford hasn't vetted him. Woodford: "I'll decide who auditions, Mr. Caffrey. Now who the hell are you?" The screen fades to black as Woodford puts a gun to Peter's head. As we head into the series finale, things are heating up. Neal and Peter are undercover with Keller. Woodford trusts Neal with his bright, shiny, new plan. We're at least 2 bodies fewer than we were before. Still I have no idea where this is going. Neal obviously has a plan that pretty much has to end with his fake death. If this is what he is trying to keep Mozzie from knowing, then I understand the distance he's creating between them. I just don't like it one bit. Moz and Neal are as much a foundation of the show as Peter and Neal are. I don't like when they have hurt feelings between them, especially when there is only one episode left. Here's hoping that Neal siphons off some of that cash to Mozzie and they reunite on some island they just bought and fortified. The idea of Neal being all alone in the end leaves me cold. Still no matter what happens, the finale is going to be the highlight of my TV week. Please make it a good one, Eastin.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - it's the penultimate episode and everything is in motion
Best Scene - Mozzie explains that he can control the randomizer to an excited Neal
Most Fun - Mozzie gets in touch with his inner yoga
Biggest Oops - Peter misses his child's first sonogram and El is ticked
Most Paranoid Papa - Peter researches obstetricians complete with background checks
Most Intense - Woodford uses a tracking device to scan for the mole
Weirdest Sight - Peter stress eating
Least Surprising - Woodford wants Neal to find out who the mole is
The "Hardly Knew Ya" Award - LeSuit dies and I feel meh about it
The "Yeah No, I Can't Suspend that Much Belief" Award - I don't even buy that the smartest gang of criminals in the world don't know Neal is working for the FBI. There's no way I buy that they don't know the head FBI guy in the city where they are working. That's all kinds of shoddy.
Worst Partnership - Peter is now in control of Keller too. Like that's going to end well for anyone.
The "You Learn Something New…" Award - a group of moles is called a labor
The "Shhh, It's a Secret" Award - Peter and Jones are poking around warehouse storage just jabbering away about Neal being an informant in with the Panthers. Seriously guys, this is how people get killed.
Best Couple - Peter and El
Biggest Genius Award - Mozzie for the way he breaks the randomizer in 30 hours
Best Manipulator - Keller, who gets LeSuit back on board to stay in the game himself and then betrays him
The "I Have to Agree" Award - I too was a child in the 70's and yes, disco sucked
Worst Liar - Peter in trying to convince LeSuit that the pictures he took of Neal handing an envelope off was official FBI work
Best Quotes -
1. Moz: "You know this hasn't always been about you protecting me."
2. Neal: "You two have been spending an awful lot of time together. I fear bonding."
3. Keller: "What happened Caff? GQ kick you off the cover?"
4. Moz: "And now that the Panthers are down a mole, it's the perfect time…" Neal: "No, no. Woodford just killed his most trusted man. Keller could have stuck that chip on you." Moz: "Or you. Neal, since we've met we've always been watching out for each other so why not now?"
5. Neal: "Yeah, subpoena us. Four will swear they didn't see anything and I'll be face down in a garbage barge bound for South Carolina." Jones: "Wow, that's where New York's garbage goes?" Neal: "One of several places. I don't want my body ended up at any of them."
6. Moz: "This is going to require much more liquor."

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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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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Librarians - 1.03 - Questions for Roundtable Review

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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, December 15, 2014

Last Week in TV - Week of Dec 7 - Reviews and Episode Awards

Welcome to Last Week in TV, where I share my thoughts on the TV I watched and hand out episode awards. Here's hoping you will share your thoughts too. I also hope your TV week was more satisfying than mine was. I don't know if I was just grumpy but many shows let me down going into the midseason hiatus. This twists were less twisty, the characters that died or left were the ones I most wanted to stay, and storylines I didn't care about became the focus. Thank goodness there were some bright spots too and thank goodness for hiatus. I need a break for some of my "favorite" shows for a while so I can appreciate them more when they return. Plus I am excited about my current hiatus to-watch list. Next week I start marathoning shows I've missed so if you have episodes you'd like to nominate, this is a great time to do so. Just fill out the short form below. Next week's nominated episode will be from Revenge. Until then, may your remaining shows be stunning, your hiatus filled with glorious rewatches, and your countdown to the holidays less stressful. Happy TV viewing and don't forget to comment below. How were your shows this week?

Nominated Show:

You're the Worst - 1.10 - Fists and Feet and Stuff

I first watched You're the Worst when the pilot aired. Normally I give a new show 3 episodes to show me what it's got, but this was way too raunchy for me. It felt like an R-rated comedy where all the good lines were in the trailer so I dropped it quickly. Sadly, while I do see growth in some of the characters, there's still no character that appeals to me. I find them all juvenile and repulsive. I do like how Jimmy and Gretchen are now capable of talking to each other outside of sex and moving in together is a huge step that should lead to much character growth. There's hope for them yet. Not so much for Lindsay, who is the single biggest reason to fast forward in the episode. I did appreciate her singing but mostly I just wanted her to fall in a ditch in a drunken stupor and not wake up until the next episode. Edgar remains my favorite character mostly because he was a great friend to Jimmy in this one. He's odd but lovable. I also felt for Lindsay's husband and wish him the best of luck in extracting himself from this show. Overall, this is really not for me. I won't see R-rated comedies so I don't feel the need to watch them in 22 minutes chunks every week. I'm in the minority though because You're the Worst was renewed for season 2 so it is obviously doing something right for a lot of other viewers.

Grade: D-
Ranking - 1
Audience - those who like raunchy comedies and their romance with a whole lot of bite

Best Reason to Watch - Gretchen and Jimmy have grown from the pilot
Best Scene / Biggest Awww - Jimmy tells Edgar that he needs him to move back in
Worst Party Ever - Becca's party turned into a who screwed whom soap opera, probably not what she was dreaming of
Best Character - Edgar
Biggest Mess - Let's face it. There are a lot of people to choose from in this show, but Lindsay needs "stay in an asylum" kind of help. I've never seen a more needy, attention-hungry, self-centered wench anywhere.
Biggest Huh? - Why do Gretchen and Jimmy just watch her couch burn instead of trying to put the fire out?
Least Surprising - the engagement ring wasn't for Gretchen
Best Result from a Tantrum - hey at least Lindsay's emoangsting got rid of the mounted singing bass
The "Oh What a Difference a Song Makes" Award - The only time I found Lindsay palatable was when she was singing karaoke. She should only sing.
The "Poor Baby" Award - Lindsay's husband
The "Say What?" Award - Did Becca actually use the word hashtag in her speech? We have gone too far in social media, and I'm addicted to Twitter
Best Quotes -
1. Lindsay: "Are we feminists? Is this feminism?" Gretchen: "We're just running away from stuff. I don’t think that's feminism. It's fear."
2. Gretchen: "Maybe we're like 2 pit bulls, you know. You put either with another dog and that dog's toast, but together they're couch buds. They nullify the threat so mutually assured destruction."

New Show: 

The Librarians - 1.01-1.02 - And the Crown of King Arthur / And the Sword in the Stone

No lie, The Librarians was the new show I was most anticipating this year. It's not just because Warehouse 13 is no longer on the air. It's not because I am a librarian by nature or that I enjoyed the movies. Heck, it's not even because I love Christian Kane and wanted him back on my TV screen weekly. (Well, actually the last one may be a big part of it. I miss Leverage.) It's more that I've missed having a show that is purely fun. Much of the TV I watch these days gets dragged down by its own seriousness and need to make everything more grim. This one dares to laugh at itself because it knows the audience is laughing right along with it. Yes, the plots are absurd and most of it plays off as a movie that could have been mocked by MST3K. Yes, it has a small budget and sometimes it really looks like it. Still it is the most fun I have had in TV this month and I cannot wait to see what's in store this week.

Grades: B+
Ranking - 5
Audience - anyone who likes campy fun and doesn't want to take a show too seriously

Best Reason to Watch - it's a whole lot of fun and different from most shows on TV right now
Best Scene - the opening scene actually did a great job of setting up the tone and the right mix of action and humor and camp
Best Action - ninja bar fight
Most Needed - a high suspension of belief because it gets awfully cheesy at times
Biggest Twist - Cassandra betrays them to the Serpent Brotherhood
Biggest Awww Moment - Jake talks Cassandra down
Saddest Moment - Excalibur dies
Most Old School - Jenkins brings out the clippings book
The "Welcome Back" Award - Jane Curtin, who I first loved on Kate & Allie and then 3rd Rock. Also Bob Newhart, most recently from Big Bang Theory, and John Larroquette from my family favorite, Night Court
Best Entrance - Flynn pops through a steam vent during a terrorist raid
Worst Time for Pausing - Flynn talks about the blue wire on the bomb, takes a huge pause, and then says not to touch it
Biggest Kudos - the music director who had some great pieces in the background
Most in Debt to Shopping - Cassandra, who owes her life to a new rug
The "Are You Kidding Me?" Award - I'm expected to believe that no one else found King Arthur's crown when it was that easy. Surely someone thumped on the stones before.
Best Switch - today is NOT the day that they can read the clue, which is a refreshing change from all the other genre shows where the big event just happens to take place the very next night
Worst Thief - Sorry but after following Parker and Neal through their escapades, I know all good thieves have multiple escape strategies. You're going to have to do better than that, Ezekiel.
Best Reaction - Charlene when she's introducing Baird to Flynn / Jenkins to them invading his library again
Biggest MacGyver - Flynn makes a blowtorch out of lunchmeat
Best Speech - Jenkins to Baird about saving Flynn mentally / Baird pep talks Flynn into fighting
Most in Need of a Vacation - Flynn, who claims his best friend is a sword
Bets Quotes -
1. Flynn: "I apparently set off a trap, which I have about 3 minutes to disarm before the opal transforms every corpse in the 100-mile radius into flesh-eating zombies, which seems unnecessarily dramatic."
2. Flynn: "Nope. I'm the Librarian. Librarians win with knowledge. Librarians win with science. Librarians win with electromagnets."
3. Jake: "Who are these guys?" Baird: "Ninjas? Possibly." Jake: "In Oklahoma?" Baird: "That's what I said."
4. Ezekiel: "Wow, my lack of faith in humanity's restored."
5. Jake: "Is that a flying sword?" Flynn: "Excalibur." Ezekiel: "Of course it is."
6. Baird: "You must be feeling better. You're not making any sense."

Weekly Shows:

Scorpion - 1.11 - Revenge

Tonight's episode was a great example of the team working together, even with one member missing. I love how everyone rallied around avenging Sylvester, but especially because we got more background on Toby and his relationship. I like how Sylvester saved Toby from a bad situation early in their friendship and how Toby feels the need to repay the debt here. It is a sweet gesture that tempers some of Toby's more obnoxious tendencies. I also like the friction between Toby and Walter, even though I spent much of the episode wanting to Gibbs slap Walter. It was very well played though because you can see the internal struggle in Walter even as he tries to hide his concern. Walter is growing slowly more human to me and that cannot come soon enough. Unlike Sheldon Cooper, it isn't taking years to make progress. However Simone, who is equally irritating, need never come back. Her tunnel vision was more frustrating than Walter's if only because I don't care about her. I didn't need her sob story taking up precious caper time. Nor did I need the interminable relationship wrap-ups at the end. Just get the team to Sylvester and give me that family vibe. I don't care one iota about who is getting ready to shag whom.

Grade: B (because of the drawn out ending)

Best Reason to Watch - it's great to see how much Sylvester means to each member of the team
Best Awww Moment - Toby gives Sylvester the comic books he sold to pay Toby's rent / Paige calls Sylvester family and finds the whole team reading comics around a sleeping Sylvester
Biggest Hmmm - The bad guy is killed at the 31 minute mark, leaving over 10 minutes for the epilogue. That's ¼ of the whole show - way too long for any episode. It's plain ridiculous for one of the better action shows on TV.
The "Oh, Poor Baby" Award - Sylvester's hit by an IED and now scared to go back to work
Most in Need of a Humanity Check - Walter, who is driving everyone too hard, and Simone, who only sees her end goals. She really doesn't need to come back. I don't care about her sad sob story.
Worst Plan Ever - People are shooting at you so you willingly step out of the truck to shoot back. Why did this seems like a good plan? They already have more fire power than you're packing.
Best Returning Character - Megan
Best Math under Pressure - Happy, who calculates exactly when to sic the hose on the bad guys
Best Reaction - Walter to watching the bad guy fall to his death. He seemed more human in that moment than all episode, even though he was still highly emotional (for Walter) throughout
The "Don't Get on Her Bad Side" Award - Happy has all kind of tools that can make your life miserable
Best Face - Toby to Simone when he fakes being tortured
Best Reality Check - Paige, the whole way through
Best Advantage to Getting Punched - easy access to the guy's backpack to drop your cell phone and track him
Best Quotes -
1. Toby: "The man's name is Dirty John and he did time. What the hell are we playing 20 Questions for?"
2. Toby: "You think a sniper rifle's going to take me out? Once you think I'm gone, I come back." Happy: "Like herpes."
3. Sylvester: "What's in the box?" Toby: "Oh something I have owed you for 6 years. Super Fun Guy comics, first 50 issues, silver age classics." Sylvester: "Toby, that's your whole paycheck." Toby: "I know and it's making me sick. I'm going to go now 'cause I'm a doctor and I know you need your rest. Otherwise, I'd be staying here all night pal. The rest of you clowns, let this guy sleep."
4. Toby: "Is there a reason you had a fake blood pack and retractable knife just lying around?" Happy: "I had to teach an old boyfriend a lesson."

State of Affairs - 1.04 - Bang, Bang

I've always said that the appeal of State of Affairs depends on its case of the week and this one did not deliver. The stakes never felt high, they didn't spend enough time humanizing the case, and quite frankly the ball got dropped in the middle of the episode and they never picked it back up. Add to it that right when Charlie needs to be the most professional, she's too busy trying to shag Nick. Argh! Their whole relationship is irksome and it makes Charlie look like a horny idiot. In other words, it made her look like the Charlie of the pilot, who I never connected with and generally despised. I still don't care enough about the serial elements of this show to weather them and a bad case of the week. Here's hoping next week's emergency is more compelling. Syd remains the number one reason to watch.

Grade: C-

Best Reason to Watch - Syd and forward movement on what really happened with the president's son
Best Reason to Fast Forward - Nick's declaration of chemistry with Charlie and them hooking up
Most intense - Nick holds a gun to a former guard's head while his kid looks on
Best Twist - Jack is taken as a spy by the Panamanian government
Biggest Hmm - if I came down and saw a man with a gun on my dad, I'd scream or do something so I have no idea why this kids just stands there
Biggest Huh - Lucas is a recovering alcoholic? Did we know this before?
Best Advice - Nick tells Charlie to lock her doors when driving in DC after he hops into her car at a light
Most Mysterious - Syd's tech wizard woman
Most Well-Played - Nick knows that Syd has ties to the people who have the photos
Least Likely to be the Culprit - Dash because all clues lead to him
The "Welcome Back" Award - Melinda McGraw, formerly Scully's sister on The X-Files
Best Quotes-
1. Charlie: "Well maybe because there's no gun emoticon, we can just assume they're saying hi."
2. Charlie: "What, are you moonlighting as a leash now?"
3. Syd: "Hey watch your mouth, kid. I'd protect Charlie to my dying day, but I can't lay down cover for her here. Krieg's a phantom. Trying to pin him down's like trying to drive a nail through smoke. They can reach out and touch anyone at anytime. Your lead's a dead end."

Supernatural - 10.09 - The Things We Left Behind

Perhaps it is because I expected this episode to be Crowley centered that I was so disappointed when it was clearly Cas-centered. Or maybe it is the return of canon smashing. Either way an overabundance of angel issues with far too little Crowley is never going to be my preference. I don't care about Claire or Cas although I did warm slightly to her predicament. Also it seems hard to believe that Claire's mom just left, given what we knew of her. I'm surprised that they didn't say she was dead, given that's the preferred plan with mothers on this show. Needless to say, I will likely never watch this episode again.

Grade: C+

Best Reason to Watch - Crowley and his back story with his mother
Best Scene - Dean kills them aaaaaalllllll
Biggest Huh? - I think Jeremy Carver is at it again. While I started off liking the back story on Dean's first time drunk, it quickly falls apart when Dean starts mouthing off to John. Since when? Everything we know about the character, especially given the information we get in the first two seasons, says that after Sam gets attacked by the shtriga Dean becomes a virtual yes man to John. This doesn't fit into the already established canon and as such distracts me from what should have been the highlight of the episode.
Worst Excuse for a Parent - It should definitely be Rowena, who abandons her 8 year old son to fend on his own, but it's not. Randy is a world class douche to top her but selling kids to the highest bidder goes so much beyond that.
Worst Nutritionalist - no Dean, ketchup is not a vegetable
The "I Don't Get It" Award - I will never understand the appeal of the Stooges, but I completely understand the appeal of the grilled cheese sandwich
Roughest Gig - being the King of Hell's right hand man seems to be a very short term career
Biggest Shock - Cas knows about music
Best Subtle Moment - the brothers enjoy the Stooges together but for one moment Sam looks at the mark of Cain on Dean's arm and is worried
Best Return - black t-shirt
Worst Return - Claire Novak
Best Quotes -
1. Dean: "Cas, I need you to promise me something." Cas: "Of course." Dean: "If I do go dark side, you gotta take me out." Cas: "What do you mean?" Dean: "Knife me, spike me, throw me into the freaking sun, whatever. And don't let Sam get in the way because he'll try. I can't go down that road again, man. I can't be that thing again."
2. Crowley: "She was a horrible mother. Did I tell you the time she almost traded me for 3 pigs? Three! I was an attractive child. I could juggle. I was worth 5 pigs at least."
3. Dean: "Cas, listen to me. Some stuff, you've just got to let go. Okay, the people you let down, the ones you can't save. You've got to forget about 'em for your own good." Cas: "Is that what you do?" Dean: "That's the opposite of what I do, but I'm not exactly a role model."
4. Crowley: "I didn't even have a father." Rowena: "Of course you had a father. You were just conceived during a winter solstice orgy and it's not like I was taking names."

SHIELD - 2.10 - What They Become

Sometimes I think all the writers in LA need to get together and Gibbs-slap each other. What is the point of keeping around characters like Raina and Adalind when they kill or send off characters like Tripp, Trubel, and Mama Grimm? It's beyond frustrating and starting to become an actual deal breaker for me. I don't have that many socks to throw. Beyond that piece of terrible storytelling, we are at least done with the freaking obelisk and hopefully Skye's dad. Of course now we definitely have super special Skye to deal with and the "never getting off my freaking screen" Raina to boot. Argh again!!! The only real good point is that Mac isn’t dead and Fake May lived to fight another day. Oh and Whitehall supposedly is dead too. That's a very good thing. I'm tired of the stupid because they're crazy villains on this show. Let's get one that doesn't villain monologue every 10 seconds and has some motive beyond world domination and/or mad scientist tendencies.

Grade: C

Best Reason to Watch - at least the freaking obelisk storyline is over
Best Action - Coulson vs. Cal
Worst TV Move Since Grimm Shipped Off Trubel / The "Are You Freaking Kidding Me?" Award - Raina is still alive to annoy the heck out of me but Tripp is dead? I love Tripp. Argh! What's up with all these shows screwing over the good, interesting characters and leaving the ones I hate, not love to hate, to continue to suck up everything? TV writers suck out loud!
The "Say What?" Award - Shouldn't they be seeing pieces of the plane if they just bombed it? How stupid could they be?
Most Kick Butt - Skye shoots Ward and threatens to kill her dad
Best Reaction - May's eye roll/side eye to Hunter
Best Shot - Coulson kills Whitehall
Biggest Thanks - Skye's dad now has a name, Cal, so I can stop typing out Skye's dad every time
Best Speech - Coulson tells May she did the right thing
Most Skilled - May always in almost everything
Most Insane - Cal, who really can go anytime now and take Raina with him
Most Tense Reunion - Skye and Cal
Most Cocky - Whitehall, who really tests the limits of hatred tonight
Most in Need of Dying (Since Last Season) - Raina, who went beyond irksome half a season ago and just needs to permanently leave
Most Interesting Theory - the city attacking anyone it feels is a threat
Best Quotes -
1. Hunter: "Join SHIELD. Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people and kill them."
2. Cal: "Thank you for meeting with me." Skye: "Thank you for…are you serious? I was kidnapped off a plane at gunpoint. That's all you have to say?"
3. Coulson: "Six members of our team are still alive because of what you did. That needs to count for something."
4. Coulson: "Two goals: Stop the drill and find Skye." Hunter: "Aren't you forgetting a third?" Coulson: "What's that?" Bobbi: "Don't die out there. We tend to remind each other not to die." Coulson: "I thought that was implicit."
5. Coulson: "You know what we could use?" May: "Another 50 men?" Coulson: "I was going to say a dozen, but I like your idea ever."

Forever - 1.11 - Skinny Dipper

The stalker storyline appears to be over for now, so that's a relief. Forever is one of those shows like State of Affairs where I like the procedural elements more than the mytharc. In this case the episode was completely mytharc, given the season's Big Bad is framing Henry for murder. I figured out right away that the stalker was the psychiatrist, mostly because he messed up in the questions he asked and had info he had no business of knowing. As always, Henry and Abe made a good pair although Henry needs to start listening to Abe more often. I'm not sure I agree with telling Jo about Henry's immortality but everything else made sense, especially not going diving for a gun the day after getting arrested for skinny dipping.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - stalker storyline is over
Least Shocking - The psychiatrist is the stalker. As soon as he knew that Abe was significantly older than Henry without Henry ever mentioning it, I knew it was him.
Most Fun - the precinct ragging Henry about his skinny dipping charge
Best Reference - The Highlander, although I much prefer the TV show
Biggest Hmm - How does the psychiatrist know Henry and Abe aren't the same age?
Most Incongruous - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas playing at the scene of the crime
Worst Plan - Henry decides to go diving for the killer's gun right after being picked up for skinny dipping
Best Plan - telling the police that Henry has a stalker
Biggest Oxymoron - righteous kill
Best Quotes -
1. Lucas: "A sword, gotcha. Okay I'll put an APB out for the Highlander." Henry: "Who?"
2. Reece: "And doctor please, invest in some pajamas."
3. Abe: "Are you crazy? You're being stalked by a psychopath who can't be killed."

The Flash - 1.09 - The Man in the Yellow Suit

Everyone is coming clean tonight. Joe tells Barry about Yellow Flash threatening Iris and then tells Eddie about metahumans. Caitlin tells Cisco that Ronnie is alive, while Barry tells Iris that he loves her. The show even told us that in some way I don't get, Wells is Yellow Flash. Seriously, that is weird that Wells was essentially beating up himself right? Right? I don't get metahumans. Overall this episode was high on exposition and low on action, a departure from the norm. Still I liked it more than I normally would because much of its exposition lie in family relationships. Henry telling Barry that none of this was his fault and to not let his mother's murderer take anything else from him was powerful and endearing. I really like Papa Allen. Yet Joe telling Barry that he changed his life for the better was even more touching. Even the flashbacks with his mom tugged at my heart. In the end though, my favorite relationship of the night was Caitlin and Cisco. For once Cisco wasn't just comic relief and he proved to be a good friend. I liked seeing that side of him, while it was good to see Caitlin a bit more vulnerable too. Perhaps it was the sentimentality of the episode, but even Wells' vow to get Ronnie back was moving…and hopefully sincere.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - a lot of secrets were revealed so everyone's on a more even playing field
Best Scene - Joe tells Barry not to lose the light within him
Biggest Aww Scene - Caitlin cries over Ronnie with Cisco / Barry and Henry's jail conversation
Best Character Interaction - Caitlin and Cisco
Worst "Hi Honey, I'm Home" Entrance Ever - Ronnie lets Caitlin know he's still alive by immolating himself
Biggest Hmm - not sure how Eddie's going to feel about Barry giving Iris a wedding band for Christmas even if it is a replica of her mother's and on a necklace
Best Reveal - two metahumans were in the house the night Barry's mom died
The "Oh Poor Baby" Award - I'm not sure who I feel most sorry for, Barry or Caitlin
Biggest Blackmailer - Barry is surprisingly adept at doing whatever it takes to get what he wants
Best Save - Firestorm saves the Flash from the Yellow Blur. Yeah, I can't believe I just typed that sentence either.
Best Plan - Joe comes clean to Barry about the yellow blur
Best Flashback - Barry and his mom
The "It's a Nice Switch" Award - Ronnie names himself Firestorm instead of waiting for Cisco to do it
Best Parenting - Both Henry and Joe were good fathers to Barry. He's lucky to have both.
Best Quotes -
1. Joe: "When you first moved in with us, I thought it was going to be too much. I'm already a single dad. Finances were tough and you were a little boy who just lost his mother, but man was I wrong. Within 2 weeks, you would change the whole dynamic of the house. Suddenly the house was filled with this light, this energy. I mean you brightened up everything. You've seen more darkness than any man will in a lifetime and you never let it dim your soul. So there I was thinking that I'm changing your life by taking you in, but truth is you changed mine. So don't lose that light now, Bar. The world may need The Flash, but I need my Barry Allen. Let's go home."
2. Henry: "Hear me now. The man in the yellow suit has taken enough from us already. Don't let him take anymore."
3. Caitlin: "I used to play this game in my head. What would I give up for just one more minute with him? My house, my career, the rest of my life. Today I finally got that minute and I wish I hadn't. Seeing him like that, what he's become. Dear God, I wish he had just died that day."
4. Joe: "Okay, the only red suited dude I want in this house right now is Kris Kringle. You got it?"
5. Nora: "See you're not afraid of the dark, Barry. You're afraid of being alone in the dark, and that goes away when you realize something. You're never really alone."

Benched - 1.07 - Curry Favor

The cast of this show keeps me coming back for more. There is a real vibe with all of them together, whether they are mercilessly teasing or helping each other of a tough situation. It's too bad Edie is going to prison, because I thought she fit in well too. Her banter with Nina made me laugh. I wasn't as thrilled with the Phil gambling storyline but I adore how Carlos tries to help him out with less than fabulous consequences. I did miss Burt though. I wonder why they replaced him.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - Nina and her new friend
Best Scene - Phil turns in Edie so Nina won't have to
Best Character Interaction - Nina and Edie
Most in Need of Home Depot - Phil really needs to stop gambling and fix up his home before it is condemned
Most in Need of Self-Esteem - Edie, who frequently tampers with evidence to help her friends
Worst Consequence from the Right Thing - now they have to retry every case with evidence from Edie
Biggest Dilemma - Nina needs either turn in her friend for evidence tampering or screw over justice
Worst Lawyer - Phil, who is so wrapped up in his horserace that he puts the horse names into his closing argument
Worst First Impression - Nina refuses to hold the elevator open for her new boss
Biggest Surprise - a jailhouse horseracing insider tip could have won Phil big money / bookie's nephew
Least Surprising - Carlos never placed the winning bet
Best Quotes -
1. Nina: "What does it say about me though that the only other person who gets me is batsh** crazy?" Phil: "That you're batsh** crazy." Nina: "That was a rhetorical question."
2. Geoffrey: "Do you actually work here because I've never seen you do anything?"
3. Edie: "I am sorry when people refer to their exes as crazy. It's like, hey maybe you made them crazy, dude."

The 100 - 2.07 - Long into an Abyss

If I had to describe this episode in one word, it would be intense. Even the opening scene when Dr. Tsing and Cage willingly kill one of their own in the name of scientific research was a quagmire of alternate issues and needs. The most intense of course was the grounder vs. Ark standoff, leading to Abby electrocuting Lincoln back to life. May I take this moment to say that at least one show didn't kill off the wrong person this week!!! Still it is the ending ultimatum that really hit home. Will it be peace in exchange for Finn's life or the shortest alliance in history? My bet is Finn willingly offers himself up, knowing that the writers have irrevocably damaged his character to my dissatisfaction.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - the grounders vs. the Ark
Best Cliffhanger - Finn's life in return for a truce
Best Scene - Abby jolts Lincoln back to life as things are about to turn ugly
Most Evil - Dr. Tsing, who doesn't care how many die for her research
Most Correct - Finn yes, you are part of the reason why the grounders are attacking. Congratulations. Anyone who dies is on your head.
The "I Don't Feel Sorry for You" Award - Finn can emoangst all over the place but it doesn't change what he did
Best Return - Nyko, who is starting to become my favorite grounder
Most Insane Sounding - Jaha
Best Answer to an Old Question - Anya was a major leader and not just a small tribal one. Good to know.
Best Return - tie - Nyko and non-reaper Lincoln
Best Quotes -
1. Jaha: "Everything we did to survive, you're just throwing it all away. Why?" Abby: "Because I have faith too…in my daughter."
2. Harper: "I just want to go home." Cage: "I know. So do we."
3. Abby: "Clarke, you said that Lincoln is going through withdrawal. We don't even know what he's withdrawing from. The detox alone could kill him." Clarke: "That's where you come in." Abby: "And if I can't save him?" Clarke: "That's not an option."
4. Jasper: "We're criminals right? So let's be criminals."
5. Jasper: "And they said we wouldn't amount to anything."

The Goldbergs - 2.09 - The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet

I can't stand ET. Yeah, I know. It makes me a horrible person, but you get trapped in a blizzard with your entire extended family (and one bathroom) when your aunt has just given every single family a VHS copy of ET and see how much you like it after the 101st consecutive time it's on. My 80's nightmares include spiders, ET, and Big Macs. This episode of The Goldbergs however was a classic combination of heart and laughter, especially since it contained so much Murray back story. I am glad we finally met his dad and that he reassured Adam that they would never grow apart. It was the biggest awwww scene of the week for me. I also really liked Beverly this week. I'm not sure I believe she would be so gullible, but she was overboard but not so obnoxious this time. All in all, this episode is a great reminder of why The Goldbergs is my favorite comedy and sometimes my favorite show on TV.

Grade: A

Best Reason to Watch - all the heart and laughs 22 minutes can pack in
Biggest Awww Moment - Murray uses the ET line to tell Adam he will always be there for him
Best Introduction - Murray's dad
Best Scam Name - John Calabasas sounds enough like the legitimate company, John Casablancas to fool anyone who gave money to a poor Nigerian prince on the internet
The "That's Actually Not Too Bad" Award - Barry Comfortable is a puntastic name for a clothing line. The kids' version could be Beary Comfortable.
Most Cringeworthy - mother and son professional pictures
Best Secret - Beverly and Erica share the secret of Barry's modeling success.
Best Moment - Murray reluctantly stops to see what's wrong with Adam when he says he's not okay
Best Shot - Barry stands right in the way of the TV revealing what year it is. 1980-something indeed.
Biggest Hmmm - no way someone who looks like Erica ever had pictures as hideously awkward as those and why exactly hasn't she burned them
Most Cynical - Murray's dad was rooting for ET to be autopsied. I hate that movie but even I wanted him to go home.
Weirdest Apology Offering - pickled beets
Best Back Story - Murray and his dad
Biggest Laugh - Barry's modeling poses
Biggest Shock - Murray starts crying in ET
Fastest Check Writer - Beverly can whip one out in 3 seconds flat, which would not be a good skill for me
Best Nostalgia - Kokomo by the Beach Boys
Best Quotes -
1. Adam: "Maybe because I don't want there to be a world where we live a mile away and never speak." Murray: "Look at me. That will never be us." Adam: "Really?" Murray: "Yeah, I'll always be right here."
2. Adam: "We all know that ET's about an absent father, right?" Pops: "No, what movie were you watching? All I saw was a magic frogman build a telephone out of a Speak & Spell."
3. Barry: "Find your own island paradise."
4. Adam: "A puppet? Is Fozzie Bear just a puppet? Is Alf just a puppet? Is Yoda…" Murray: "Yes, those are all puppets."
5. Adam: "Who watches ET and sides with the FBI agents? Who does that?"

Stalker - 1.11 - Tell All

Yippee skippy, Perry's in jail. Here's hoping he is never released again. Janice is my favorite character and she is getting better and better every episode. I love how she pushes Perry to the breaking point so she can arrest him. You definitely want to stay on her good side. She's a master of psychological warfare and not above bending the rules to take someone down. I am so happy Beth confided in her instead of Jack. As for the case of the week, it was nice and twisty with several great suspects. Sadly I didn't care about any of them, each more despicable than the next, so it did lessen some of the tension.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - Perry is finally locked up
Best Scene - Beth watches as a handcuffed Perry walks past with Janice
Best Aww Scene - Amanda allows Jack to officially meet his son
Best Detecting - Janice and Beth force a woman to admit she didn't write her tell-all by asking her the meaning of some of the words she used in her book
Biggest Twist - the hockey player ex-husband really is stalking her
The "Don't Tick Her Off" Award - Janice pushes Perry's buttons until he tries to strangle her, which gets him locked away
Biggest Idiot - generally it's Perry but anyone who allows themselves to be taped while murdering someone is a special kind of dumb
Best Quotes -
1. Perry: "And what due cause do you have? I don't see anything. Do you?" Janice: "No, but being a detective and all, I'm pretty good at looking."
2. Chase: "You see gentlemen, I'm a respected member of a highly litigious community. I don't need to stalk anyone. I sue them."

White Collar - 6.05 - Whack-a-Mole

As we head into the series finale, things are heating up. Neal and Peter are undercover with Keller. Woodford trusts Neal with his bright, shiny, new plan. We're at least 2 bodies fewer than we were before. Still I have no idea where this is going. Neal obviously has a plan that pretty much has to end with his fake death. If this is what he is trying to keep Mozzie from knowing, then I understand the distance he's creating between them. I just don't like it one bit. Mozzie and Neal are as much a foundation of the show as Peter and Neal are. I don't like when they have hurt feelings between them, especially when there is only one episode left. Here's hoping that Neal is going to siphon off some of that cash to Mozzie and then have him join him on some island they just bought and fortified. The idea of Neal being all alone in the end leaves me cold. Still no matter what happens, the finale is the highlight of my TV week. Please make it a good one, Jeff Eastin.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - it's the penultimate episode and everything is in motion
Best Scene - Mozzie explains that he can control the randomizer to an excited Neal
Biggest Oops - Peter misses his child's first sonogram and El is ticked
Most Paranoid Papa - Peter researches obstetricians complete with background checks
Least Surprising - Woodford wants Neal to find out who the mole is
Best Surprise - Mozzie gets in touch with his inner yoga
Most Intense - Woodford uses a tracking device to scan for the mole
The "Yeah No, I Can't Suspend that Much Belief" Award - I don't even buy that the smartest gang of criminals in the world don't know Neal is working for the FBI. There's no way I buy that they don't know the head FBI guy in the city where they are working. That's all kinds of shoddy.
Worst Partnership - Peter is now in control of Keller too. Like that's going to end well for anyone.
The "You Learn Something New…" Award - a group of moles is called a labor
The "Hardly Knew Ya" Award - LeSuit dies and I feel meh about it
The "Shhh, It's a Secret" Award - Peter and Jones are poking around warehouse storage just jabbering away about Neal being an informant in with the Panthers. Seriously guys, this is how people get killed.
Weirdest Sight - Peter stress eating
Biggest Genius Award - Mozzie for the way he breaks the randomizer in 30 hours
Best Manipulator - Keller, who gets LeSuit back on board to stay in the game himself and then betrays him
The "I Have to Agree" Award - I too was a child in the 70's and yes, disco sucked
Worst Liar - Peter in trying to convince LeSuit that the pictures he took of Neal handing an envelope off was official FBI work
Best Quotes -
1. Moz: "You know this hasn't always been about you protecting me."
2. Neal: "You two have been spending an awful lot of time together. I fear bonding."
3. Keller: "What happened Caff? GQ kick you off the cover?"
4. Moz: "And now that the Panthers are down a mole, it's the perfect time…" Neal: "No, no. Woodford just killed his most trusted man. Keller could have stuck that chip on you." Moz: "Or you. Neal, since we've met we've always been watching out for each other so why not now?"
5. Neal: "Yeah, subpoena us. Four will swear they didn't see anything and I'll be face down in a garbage barge bound for South Carolina." Jones: "Wow, that's where New York's garbage goes?" Neal: "One of several places. I don't want my body ended up at any of them."
6. Moz: "This is going to require much more liquor."

Elementary - 3.07 - The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction

The first time I watched this, I feel asleep during it. The second time I was frustrated by Sherlock and Watson acting like children in a spat. It has gone on far too long now. The entire show is based on their relationship and all this contrived drama is grating. It's at Supernatural brother rift level now and trust me, that's never a good thing. The writers need to find a way for them to be in the same room without spiting each other because the dynamics are all off this season and there's no benefit so far. Time to move on or it will be me doing so.

Grade: C-

Best Reason to Fast Forward - I care not one jot about Watson's relationship, nor about Sherlock's interpretation about it. I certainly don’t need it talked to death for a third of the episode.
Best Twist - the crime scene cleaner tying the whole thing together
Best Back Story - Kitty was accepted into a music academy but turned it down
Biggest Douche - Blake Tanner, the pompous jerk / Kramer, a multiple affair adulterer
Biggest Buttinsky - Sherlock, who keeps inserting himself into Watson's love life
Biggest Foul - Sherlock got arrested when his sting turned out to be a police sting and we didn't get to see that. No fair. It sounds like the most exciting thing that happened in the whole episode.
The "You Learn Something New…" Award - Nutmeg can give you a high? Who knew?
Worst Use of Time - Sherlock sends Kitty to find out what Watson is working on
The "That's It, We Totally Need a Crossover" Award - Sherlock scoffs at behavioral analysis so I would love to see a crossover with Criminal Minds
Most Tiresome - Sherlock and Watson are still sparring and it is beyond old now. They act like toddlers.
The "I Sympathize" Award - oh Kitty, I snickered at the use of "olfactory signature" too
Best Return - Ms. Hudson
Best New Addition - The Nose
Most Bizarre - in a show that prides itself on strange twist cases, the craziest thing is Joan's split dress when they go to the FBI office
Best Vocab - Sherlock, who uses tautological in a sentence
Best Loophole - they can't get the lawyer legally so Sherlock decides to get him with tabloids
Most Parental - Sherlock is going to let Kitty play her music loudly because he's proud of her observational skills
Music - Titus Andronicus by Titus Andronicus
Best Quotes -
1. Bell: "Nutmeg concoction? Sounds like something my aunt would give me for Christmas." Sherlock: "Well be grateful she didn’t cause you would have dissolved from the inside out."
2. Watson: "Looks like one of them's a lawyer." Kitty: "Probably him. He looks boring."
3. Watson: "How do 2 adults have a relationship where one never calls the other anything but The Nose?"

TBBT - 8.11 - The Clean Room Infiltration

This is a classic case of when splitting up the cast can be a good thing or a terrible thing for TBBT. The scenes with Sheldon and Bernadette were warm, funny, and classic. The scenes with Leonard, Howard, and Raj were painful, annoying, and stupid. In fact, they were some of the worst TV I have seen in a long time, while the scenes with Amy, Penny, and Raj's dad were mostly filler. Thankfully Sheldon and Bernadette save this episode and I find that I really like those two together. It's an unusual pairing that works more often than not. Bernadette's reaction to Sheldon waxing poetic over Amy made him seem more human and the touching moment was topped off by one of the first real laughs of the night. Of course the ending scene with all of them together was great too. I like how Amy and Sheldon both got the perfect gift even if it was for totally different reasons. Sheldon's reversal on Christmas made for a good Grinch-type scene. Now if they could have canceled everything with the bird and just made the whole thing about Bernadette and Sheldon, this episode would have earned a much higher grade.

Grade: C

Best Reason to Watch - Sheldon tries to find the perfect gift for Amy
Best Reason to Fast Forward - everything with the bird
Best Character Interaction - Bernadette and Sheldon
Best Scene / Best Awww - Sheldon and Amy exchange gifts
Best Peacemaker - Raj, who helps stop the annoying Leonard and Howard fight
Biggest Grinch - Sheldon
Most Enthusiastic - Leonard over the multiwire detector
The "What an Idiot" Award - They didn't learn to shut the door before opening the curtain again? Aren't these guys geniuses?
Best Plan - Penny, who suggests pretending they were never there
Weirdest Moment - Sheldon rhapsodizing over what he knows about Amy
Most Disgusting - Howard's dead bird story and the idea of ever doing mouth-to-mouth on an animal
Least Likely to Become Anyone's Party Planner - Amy and her blowing wool games
Best Quotes -
1. Bernadette: "Why did you turn it off?" Sheldon: "Because in the last 10 minutes, Santa came to town, kissed Mommy, and ran grandma over with a reindeer. I had a drunk uncle who did all those things. Nobody sang songs about him."
2. Santa: "Santa thinks dating you may be punishment enough."
3. Amy: "You won." Penny: "It certainly doesn't feel like it, does it?"
4. Sheldon: "Ulgh, English pudding. You get yourself all excited for pudding and then here comes a cake with raisins in it."
5. Bernadette: "Wow, you really love her." Sheldon: "I do. Now let's find the kind of gift that makes her feel small and worthless."
6. Sheldon: "It's the perfect gift. How are you feeling right now? Guilty, sad, wishing you were Jewish?"

Grimm - 4.08 - Chupacabra 

Sometimes I detest the main characters of this show. I have ever since season 2 when they let Wu think he was crazy instead of telling him the truth. Make no mistake, I hold Nick, Hank and the rest of the group utterly responsible for anything that happens from here on out. They have been complete douches to him and no, they get ZERO bonus points for finally deciding to maybe tell him after he confronts them. There aren't enough socks in the world to hurl at their insensitive and imbecilic heads! I wish he had shot at them instead of the ceiling. And now there isn't even any Trubel to remind me that I actually like this show. URGH!! The chupacabra actually had more of my sympathy than Nick and Hank did. He at least cared enough for his wife to sign his own death warrant to protect her. I am dying to see how they excuse killing a doctor in the spice shop though. Hopefully it all catches up with them. I do however feel empathy with Monroe and Rosalee being terrorized although I am not a big fan of the PSA this storyline has become. On the plus side, Grimm does know how to end on a cliffhanger though. As for Juliette's transformation, I remain skeptical about still yet another round of spell side effects. She always ends up a plot device.

Grade: C

Best Reason to Watch - Wu finally knows the truth / all the Wu snark
Best Reason to Fast Forward - everything in Vienna
Best Scene - Wu confronts Nick and Hank before finding out the truth
Biggest (Yet Annoying) Twist - Juliette is now a hexenbiest
Most Missed - Trubel
The "Oh How Sad" Award - The man is a hero curing disease around the world and he can't find anyone to pick him up at the airport? He deserves better.
Worst Friends / Most in Need of a Gibbs Slap, Actually about 20 - Nick and Hank for letting poor Wu think he went crazy last season. They totally suck out loud and I have not looked at either of them the same since then. Douches both!
The "Hey, I'll Pitch In" Award - If the reason Trubel had to leave is because Nick and Juliette can't afford the grocery bill when she's there, I will gladly chip in a few bucks. We need her.
Dumbest Plan - Dr. Goatsucker walks around with the blood on his t-shirt visible to anyone and only zips up his hoodie when he sees the police
Worst Policing - Wu doesn't even question the guy covered in blood on the street
Worst Spell Ingredient - liquid cow's knees
Best Twist of an Old Tale - chupacabra is a diseased Wesen
Least Believable - Nick hasn't heard of a chupacabra after all seriously weird junk he's encountered / a dog runs towards a monster instead of away from it
Biggest Cliffhanger - Monroe is kidnapped
The "It's about Time" Award - Finally a Wesen Nick doesn't know has already heard of him. Portland's not that big.
Biggest Hmmm - Does no one see the huge red wound on Dr. Goatsucker's neck? How is no one, including his wife, commenting on it?
Best Return - Sergeant Franco
Best Return by a Guy I Don't Remember - Some Resistance guy named Tavitian is back. Now if I only remembered why he's at all important. He's like the mysterious re-appearance of Josh a couple episodes ago. Can't I get Trubel back instead?
Best Quotes -
1. Wu: "Uh, I 'm not sure I understand what average is anymore in this city. Not that I have any opinion that makes sense because you know, I'm ready to go with vampire or wolfman. Do I sound a little stressed? It doesn't matter."
2. Wu speech - Wu: "I need you to answer a few questions for me. I've been thinking about it a lot and this job requires someone of stable mind and body and to be honest, stable is far from what I'm feeling right now." Nick: "Wu, you're good at what you do." Wu: "No, I'm not. I don't know what's real anymore. I don't know what the answer is, but I'm seeing things that I can't explain. All I know is I'm going to leave the best job I've ever had and you're going to let me." Hank: "Wu, this is not the time." Wu: "No Hank, it never is. I think you both know what's going on and for some reason you're keeping me in the dark. I just hope it's a really good reason. So I'm done."
3. Wu: "The cause of death in each one of these cases is what I would call Portland-esque, and by that I mean it's weird."
4. Hank: "Goatsucker? We've had worse."
5. Monroe: "I wish we could leave on a trip and not feel like something's going to go horribly wrong while we're gone."

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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