Monday, March 2, 2015

Last Week in TV - Week of Feb. 22 - Reviews and Episode Awards



Hello and welcome back to Last Week in TV. I hope you had a good TV week. Sweeps are now over so it is time for limited series to end so others can premiere. This week we say goodbye to How to Get Away with Murder and Agent Carter. Both of which were highlights, but sadly only one is likely to return. I will miss Agent Carter and the awesome Hayley Atwell. Speaking of finales, the nominated episode was the How I Met Your Mother two-part series finale. In all honesty, it isn't fair to judge a long running show by its finale because they tend to be full of Easter eggs to its fans that casual viewers miss. That's how I felt in this one. I was also perplexed by its pacing and format so know that I have seen better episodes of the show. If you would like to nominate a show for review, simply fill in the two questions below. As always, nominees are chosen by random number generator. Next week will be The Shield pilot. I have heard great things about this show, but I am really not into antiheroes so I'm a little nervous. Check back next week to see how I fared. Until then, happy viewing and don't forget to leave your own episode awards for this week in the comments below.







Show of the Week:


The Goldbergs - 2.14 - Barry Goldberg's Day Off

This episode did the impossible. Like the Goonies parody before it, it inspired me to watch the original movie. Unlike the Goonies parody which is based on a fantastic movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of my least favorite John Hughes movies ever. I liked certain segments of it, sure, but all in all I found it overrated even as a middle schooler. He's such a brat and I hate characters breaking the fourth wall. Even Barry Goldberg. Other than that minor detail, I loved this episode mostly because it somewhat shows the reality of what Ferris' day would have been like if it weren't a movie. Maître D's are hired for customer service so they aren't going to be obnoxious. Handing your keys off to a stranger is a bad plan. If you skip, you're going to be caught. But more importantly, it captured the spirit of the movie but did it in a less obnoxious way. The way they snuck in the actual lines and put a Goldbergs' spin on the most classic scenes was fantastic. I love the Charlie Sheen cameo and the meta nod to it being almost 30 years since he first had the role. Beverly reprising Rooney's attempt to sneak in made me laugh and the ending Homecoming sing-along made me cheer. Literally, even though I knew it was coming. You can't do Ferris Bueller without Twist and Shout. In the end, this was a great example of twisting nostalgia and making it something even better.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - spot on parody of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but everything is grounded in reality
Best Reason to Fast Forward - Adam and Barry fighting over who is Ferris
Best Scene - Barry has the entire school do Twist and Shout
Biggest Aww Moment - Erica convinces Barry to go to Homecoming for Laney
Best Cameo in Forever - Charlie Sheen, reprising the scene as the kid in the precinct that offers good advice
Best Nod to the Movie - Beverly does the ending credits movie scene
Most Fun - Beverly rescues Barry
Best Switch - the maitre d at the restaurant is incredibly helpful instead of snooty
Best Casting - Beverly in the role of Principal Rooney, but much better at the job
Best Comedic Acting - surprisingly it's Jeff Witzke, playing the befuddled maitre d, instead of the regulars
Easiest Escape - Barry doesn't even try to hide the fact that he's leaving but Murray doesn't see it anyway
The "Are You Nuts?" Award - Barry demands the Firebird and Pops just goes along with it. That's a sweet ride that no teen should be driving.
Most in Need of a Gibbs' Slap - Erica, who doesn't realize how much work being a mom is
Biggest Hmm - I don't remember Beverly ever wanting to be a lawyer. Not that she wouldn't be good at it because she would. She'd argue people into submission and make them agree just to get her to go away.
Best Reference - Who's the Boss, which was much better than Ferris Bueller
Best Quotes -
1. Cop: "Alright, you're free to go." Charlie Sheen: "It's about time. It feels like I've been sitting here for 30 **** years."
2. Maitre D: "Well we pride ourselves on accommodating all of our guests, so if you'll follow me." Barry: "No sir, I will not follow you. Make it difficult for us to sit." Adam: "Yeah, we need to outsmart you with our comedic shenanigans." Maitre D: "I'm sorry. I don't understand what's happening right now."
3. Beverly: "I've got to get up there and put my lips on his forehead. It's the only way to get an accurate temperature." Murray: "You can't stay away, can you? You're crazy." Beverly: "If stealing a van and trying to break into my own home so I can snuggle my boy is crazy, then I don't want to be sane." Murray: "You stole a van?" Beverly: "No time to explain. Mostly because it makes me look bad. Barry needs me."
4. Barry: "It's time I have an epic day off." Erica: "Good luck, knob. Mom will catch you in 2 seconds." Barry: "Spoken like Ferris' shockingly unlikeable sister, Jennifer Grey." Erica: "I want out of this family." Barry: "That's literally something Jennifer Grey says."
5. Pops: "Enough. You can't force a perfect day. You've got to just go out and live it the best way you can. As you...no one else." Adam: "That's exactly what Ferris would say. Great, even our 80 year old grandfather is cooler than us."
6. Murray: "I'll go get him." Beverly: "No. Let him go. Sometimes moms need to know when to take a day off too."


Nominated Show:


How I Met Your Mother (series finale):

If I had to guess, I would say most fans did not like this finale because they married and killed off the titular mother in like 10 minutes. I found this finale meh because it wasn't funny at all and too much time passed between scenes for a casual viewer. I'm not a fan of playing couple roulette either so I have no idea why they married Robin and Barney off in the beginning if they were just going to have them divorce 3 scenes later, kill off the second marriage in what, one scene?, and then put Robin and Ted together in the last 15 seconds. They might as well have called it How I Met Your Mother and Then Screwed Your Aunt. Perhaps it was some Ross and Rachel thing where their relationship was tiresomely inevitable and they ran out of time to actually do it well. That seems like bad planning to me, but I don't know the history. Plus I'll bet I missed a lot of fan Easter eggs, although I do slightly remember the blue horn, slutty pumpkin, and the big mouse thingy. Still in the end, this comedy depressed me. The moral is we all lose sight of our best friends and grow apart in the turning of our lives. True but yikes! There's nothing funny about that. I guess if I had spent years with these characters, I would have found these scenes sweet and endearing instead of sappy and fragmented. They were literally plowing through decades of the characters' histories in 42 minutes. The season was 24 episodes long, for crying out loud. Couldn't they have broken these things up throughout season 9 instead of throwing it all in here. Like I said, it smacks of bad planning. Usually I would say that you needed to be there for the whole series to appreciate this ending, but as many long-time fans were sorely disappointed in this one I'll change it to you needed to be there and stop at the 37 minute mark. Would that work? For me this finale had a whole lot of heart, but it fell way short on laughs.

Grade: C+
Ranking - 3
Audience - people who have already Netflix-ed all of Friends

Best Reason to Watch - The show has 208 episodes. If you made it that far, you have to watch the end.
Best Voice Over - the end where Ted is talking about cherishing every moment with Tracy
Biggest Awww Scene - Barney meets his daughter
Best Reaction - Barney to Ted telling him that he has to leave
Most Intuitive - Lily, who either read the show placard or realizes before anyone else that the guitar player is the mother
Biggest Shock - Barney telling the hot girls to put more clothes on and call their parents
Best Continuity - the kids from the beginning are here in the end
Most Depressing - Robin tells Lily that she's no longer wants to be part of "the gang"
Best Resolution - Marshall only says positive things about his job
Most Distracting - the background music overshadows the dialogue in the opening scene
Most Epic - Barney and Ted's ultimate high 5
Biggest Hmm - Why did they have Barney and Robin get married at all? This makes no sense.
Best Reference - ET goodbye / Ghostbusters
Best Music - Downtown Train by Everything but the Girl
Best Quotes -
1. Barney to his newborn daughter: "You are the love of my life. Everything I have and everything I am is yours forever."
2. Lily: "Wow, a genuine Sherbatsky sighting, out in nature. At this point that's like seeing Sasquatch." Marshall: "No, Sasquatch is a warm and affectionate creature. At this point, Robin's more like the yeti, cold and aloof. Hey Ted, ask me if the Abominable Snowman called?" Ted: "Has the Abominable Snowman.." Marshall: "Not yeti."
3. Hot Girl: "Want to join us for shots?" Barney: "Shots before lunch on a Thursday. It's like you're trying to make bad decisions. You young ladies need to go home, put on some decent clothes, and take a good, hard look at your lives. Get, and call your parents. They're probably worried sick." Lily: "I have officially seen everything."
4. Barney: "Maybe stealing a bro's wingman is okay back in…I'm sorry. What's the name of this third world banana republic you claim to be from?" Robin: "Canada." Barney: "I've literally never heard of that place."
5. Barney: "That last girl, #31." Tracy: "Ooo, that's a pretty name. What is that, French?"


Weekly Shows:


Scorpion - 1.17 - Going South

Scorpion continues to be a bright light in my sometimes gloomy TV reviewing world. I love the way they combine action, brains, snark, and good old-fashioned family camaraderie in a fast-moving 42 minutes. Even the worst of Scorpion is better than a majority of TV for me and this episode was far from the worst. Although some of the plot was paper-thin, the interactions between the characters well made up for it. As did the pacing. I love how even when these guys fight, you know that they will be there for each other no matter what. This is a feel-good show set in modern MacGyver situations. In this episode, Happy was by far the best character. I rolled at her reaction to being kidnapped. It had the best snark of the night. I also like how she's the one to rescue the hostage and surprisingly the person who sees the most good in Paco. I liked their connection and felt shafted when they just left Paco on the side of the road. They could have at least given him a lift. Kudos also to Walter for apologizing for not thinking things through. I also like how part of his concern over Sylvester dating Megan is worry about how Sylvester will fare after Megan's death. It's a brotherly gesture and speaks to how long Sylvester and he have been friends. In the end though, nothing beats Sylvester asking Megan to dance for sure sweetness. Awww.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - the team is a family even when they don't get along
Best Awww Moment - Megan and Sylvester dance
MVP - Happy, who was snarky, action-oriented, and smart
Best Carnival Game - Cabe vs. the robot machine gun
Biggest "Say What?" Argument - Sylvester and Toby arguing about bird migration sites
Worst Timing - Sylvester tells Walter he's dating his sister right when the plan falls apart
Most Fun - Happy
Most Needed - Happy needs those CIA Spiderman gloves again
Biggest Douche - Walter thinking that interview was going to make anyone but himself happy
Least Douchey Move - Walter turns down the billionaire's think tank offer
Least Surprising - Paco ends up being a good kid
Most Surprising - I had no idea why they didn't have Paige stay in the car with Sylvester until she started speaking fluid Spanish. That's makes her more helpful than most of these guys. Did they really not use part of their big brains to learn foreign languages?
Worst Surprise - They didn't offer Paco asylum or something. All he got was a watch?
Best Dad - Cabe tells them to stow their issues and save Zoe
Best Fake Out - Toby tricks Paco into taking their ids so they can track him
Best Torture - Toby talks about itching noses knowing the cartel cannot move
Best Quotes -
1. Paco: "Who are you?" Happy: "A very embarrassed person." Paco: "What?" Happy: "I got kidnapped by a 4th grader."
2. Cabe: "So whether we walk into an ambush depends on the craftsmanship of a knock off motel cuckoo clock." Walter: "Effectively, yeah."
3. Paco: "Believe me. I've never done anything like this before." Happy: "Clearly."
4. Toby: "Unarmed, carrying $2 million in cash. I'd kill us."
5. Happy: "I hate to burst your bubble, kid, but my dad owns a failing body shop. Maybe he can give you a ratchet set."
6. Sylvester: "Why aren't I good enough for your sister? I know the obvious - my stress, my anxiety, but I'm a good person. It should count for something. It hurts me." Walter: "Sylvester, you are..uh, kind and generous and a better human being than I will ever be, but I have spent a long time preparing myself for the fact that Megan will very likely die. My research isn't going as fast as I had hoped for and I don't know if I can save her. Now I can handle the fallout, but you were not designed to process the pain that you're going to feel. Getting close to her is…is dangerous for you."



Fresh Off the Boat - 1.06 - Fajita Man

This might be my favorite episode of Fresh Off the Boat yet. I love how Louis makes Eddie work for his video game, but I like that Eddie chooses to work of the money even more. I have never found Eddie so likeable before. Plus it was good to see him so good at his job. Still Jessica, as always, stole the show. I love how she created her own job when no one was hiring. I would hate to be on the other side of the negotiating table with her so I think she's going to be really successful. Here's hoping that they don't drop this plot point. I'd love to see her going back to school to get her license and then creating her own real estate company. Emery and Evan could help out. I was disturbed by the neighbors' racism though and their not too subtle suggestion that Jessica's family move. They needed some Honey in this episode. Also, who knew 9 to 5 had a video game? So weird.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - Jessica
Best Scene - Eddie tells Louis that he wants to work for his game
Funniest Moment - Jessica's victory dance / Dave getting so into the 9 to 5 game
Best Moment - Eddie and Dave commiserate over Dave's mom buying the wrong video game
Hardest to Say No To - Jessica, who when she can't find the job she wants just creates one
Best Parenting - Louis makes Eddie work for the money to buy a video game
Biggest Surprise - Eddie is pretty good at the restaurant job
The "Um, No That's Not Good" Award - 52% on the free throw line sucks even if it's Shaq
Best Way to Celebrate - turning on the AC
Best Quotes -
1. Evan: "It's like being kissed by a snowman."
2. Louis: "It's like an edible IKEA chair."
3. Jessica: "Eddie, I could get by with only two sons. Think about that."
4. Louis: "And that work ethic is how I am able to keep the lights on." Evan: "But not the AC." Louis: "That's your mother's thing. She runs the house. Don't pull me into that."
5. Jessica: "I'm just trying to cool down my kids and find a job, but no one seems to appreciate how I'm good at everything I do."



Eye Candy - 1.07 - SOS

The premise behind this episode was sufficiently creepy, but the whole thing screams too much of torture porn for me. There was the literal torture, the threat of torture, and then the torture of George's body sweat fact that's going to haunt me during my next hotel stay. Add in Tessa, who is not in the least bit suspicious of course, and this episode was a letdown. Not even George's genius could lift the episode from the mire it chose to lie down in.

Grade: C-

Best Reason to Watch - the pacing is intense at times
The "Why Don't You Just Take Your Own Sweet Time" Award - Tommy, Lindy is about to be tortured. Could you pick up the pace please?
Most Suspicious New Addition - Tessa
Worst Trade-Off - Lindy gets involved with yet another creepster in exchange for coffee. Terrible trade.
Most Missed - Connor, who was in this episode but just barely
Most Surprising - drugged pillows
Most Creepy - George's facts are sometimes worse than the murderers on this show / rented places with hidden cameras
Biggest Idiot - Sophia for getting drunk instead of getting out of town. My theory is that Tessa wanted access to Cyber Crime and this was her way to forward her nefarious plan.
Weirdest Timing - Lindy getting involved with Jake so soon after Ben's death
Best Quotes -
1. Tessa: "I lived in the rain forest for 4 months, a place where everything wants to kill you."
2. Connor: "Would you want to be judged by who you were in high school? I wouldn't."



Rizzoli & Isles - 5.14 - Foot Loose

A decent episode for Rizzoli & Isles, this one highlighted the excellent character interactions like usual. That's probably the best thing about R & I, given that it follows the typical crime procedural pattern. I really like that Angela is working for Korsak, which I called last week. It just makes sense and will keep Angela intertwined with the cast better. Watching her gruffly tell the customers what's what will also be a lot of fun. I hope they keep up those scenes. As for the case, it was more gruesome and exuded a bit more hint of the ratings grab than usual. Cyanide and body pieces washing ashore will do that. The best thing about it was the twist at the end and Korsak and Jane working together to take down the killer. I did enjoy the addition of Chip and am sorry that he left so soon. Not so sure about his fascination with boobs though, although Bostonia will fit in nicely with a lot of other comics in that regard. I wonder if it will become a running gag for the remainder of the season.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - everyone gets a chance to shine and the ending twist was good
Best Scene - Jane and Korsak take down the bad guy
Least Surprising - Angela is now working for Korsak
Best Moment - Jane calls backsies
Least Fun Fact - everyone's feet are pretty much detachable in sea water
Most Excited to be Fired - Chip, the forensic artist
Best Reaction - Jane to seeing Chip's wall of comic art
Best Therapist / Most Bossy - Angela
Least Necessary - the wall of body parts that have washed up on the shore
Best Music - I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany
Best Quotes -
1. Jane: "Another reason I hate the ocean." Korsak: "What's the other reasons?" Jane: "It's full of drunk guys peeing in it. I think that's enough."
2. Angela: "Hang up. This is important." Tony: "Why should I?" Angela: "Because you're going to blow this engagement, no one is ever gonna love you, you'll die alone." Tony: "I'll call you back."
3. Burke: "You know what's in here?" Korsak: "Almond extract. Goes great with cookies." Burke: "Sure about that?" Korsak: "Absolutely. I love a good almond cookie."
4. Korsak: "I've got a jukebox in the back. It's busted though. I'm gonna get it fixed. It's got every tune ever done by Tiffany on it." Jane: "That explains why it's busted."
5. Jane: "Hi. Did I disturb your journey to another universe?"



Forever - 1.16 - Memories of a Murder

I admit I'm not much of a Hilarie Burton fan and I felt that her last episode was just a ratings grab given its scintillating topic. In this one, she still comes off as sexy and fun but more…um, real maybe? Not so much as a fantasy. Not sure if that is clear but I did enjoy her presence here. I also think the case was intriguing. I can't imagine hiring someone to play your dead wife nor actually taking the role, but the twist was good and like Molly, I kind of liked the damsel in distress scene. I also like that they didn't hook up Henry and Jo. That partners as lovers thing bugs me. Still my favorite scene is as always one with Henry and Abe. I love how they bond over pasta and the memories of their past.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - the case
Best Scene - Abe makes dinner using his mom's secret recipe
Best Aww Moment - Henry dances with Abigail in the flashbacks
Best Twist - Sarah's roommate killed her in order to impersonate her
Most Uncomfortable - Jo in the middle of Henry and Molly flirting
Best Tom Sawyering - Hanson has Lucas do all the garbage sifting
Worst Timing / Biggest Douche - Henry tells Molly that he can't be with her at her hospital bed after she's been stabbed and almost died
Most Aware - Reece, who knows Henry has the hots for Molly
Weirdest Fetish - the 70's
Weirdest Date - Henry and Molly discuss murder, go to a crime scene, role play the supposed murderer's fantasy, and then got to the morgue. Can't say it was boring.
Best Pulling Rank - Jo uses her badge to get Henry into Molly's hospital room
The "Welcome Back" Award (character) - Molly Dawes
The "Welcome Back" Award (actor) - Emily Kinney from The Walking Dead
Best Reference - Saturday Night Fever / Anna Wintour
Best Quotes -
1. Lucas: "Oh, I love fondue. You can go like savory with cheese or sweet with chocolate. But the best part, it's social and therefore a Petri dish for communicable diseases. I'll get this tested." Jo: "Yum."
2. Molly: "Drinks and a trip to the morgue. This is the best date I've had in years."
3. Henry: "Is that the smell of molten cheese bubbling over a chemical flame? Mmm, fondue. My favorite."
4. Hanson: "Ah, homicide. What morning's complete without a 100 yard hike through garbage to a dead body?" Jo: "You picked up. When I pick it up, the crime scene is a fountain or a museum, some place nice. You pick up, it's a crack den or a tunnel." Hanson: "What? I've got bad crime scene karma?"
5. Henry: "I've got it. What if someone was impersonating the impersonator?" Jo: "Okay, that just hurts my head."



Agent Carter - 1.08 - Valediction

To be honest, this would have been an A- episode if they had made the Dottie vs. Carter fight scene a little longer and a little more evenly matched. It's been the #1 thing I have looked forward to in the show since we learned Dottie was evil. I loved that scene; don't get me wrong. It's just I wanted it to be slightly more epic. Other than that and the weird way it ended, I have no complaints. I'm sure ending on the villains was to please comic book fans or plug yet another movie but they really needed to have the villains meet before the last scene with Jarvis and Carter. After all, this show is all about their bond so it seems fitting that they have their power scene before Carter dumps Captain America's blood and we go off into the sunset to the soothing tunes of Bing Crosby. At least they didn't do as I feared and somehow have the blood going into the water trigger Captain America's return. That would have sucked big time. In the end, I will be sad to see this show go. I know it didn't have the ratings they were hoping for, but I found it along with The Flash to be the best TV show based on a comic currently on air. The short order of episodes to bridge the gap of SHIELD's return was perfect and quite frankly I looked forward more to Agent Carter than anything on SHIELD except May. (I'll probably leave the latter until hiatus, given the issues I have with Skye.) Here's hoping ABC tries this format again. I'd love for it to be Agent Carter again, but they have a wealth of other superheroes they can use I'm sure. It's nice to have short original programming to see us through the break.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - good ending to a great series
Best Scene - Jarvis gives Carter the blood of Captain America / Carter tells Sousa she doesn't need approval
Best Action - Carter vs. Dottie
Best Moment - all the men clapping when Carter walks into the SSR
Best Character Interaction - Jarvis and Carter
Best Reward - due to being such a great friend, Angie gets a nice, free home to stay in
Biggest Rookie Mistake - Sousa accidentally sprays himself with Howard's crazy making aerosol
Best Move - letting Dottie live to be a nemesis for another day
Worst Move - ending on the criminals instead of ending on Carter
Best Reaction - Thompson to Stark coaching him during the press conference / Dottie to Stark not remembering their dalliance
Least Likely to Recommend You - Howard snarks about the SSR's poor security and says he could do better. Not 10 minutes later he's talking about another time his labs were broken into and a dangerous weapon was stolen. That's 2 vaults and a mass of weapons in what, 2 years? I'll stick with ADT.
Best Plan - Sousa wears ear plugs so Ivchenko can't hypnotize him
Worst Plan - not cutting out Ivchenko's vocal cords so he can no longer speak
Most Over-Used Word - focus
Biggest Chuckle - Stark tries to bribe the cop with Rosalind Russell's phone number
Biggest Douche - tie - Stark / Thompson
Best Music - The Way You Look Tonight by Bing Crosby. What can I say? I have a thing for Bing.
Best Quotes -
1. Carter: "I don't need a Congressional honor. I don't need Agent Thompson's approval or the president's. I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."
2. Jarvis: "How refreshing to meet someone who appreciates the finer things." Carter: "I appreciate the finer things. I just don't want to know what's happened in and on the fine things."
3. Jarvis: "I owe Howard Stark a great deal, but he does not own my integrity. I am quite certain there is only one person in the world who knows what to do with this. You, Miss Carter."
4. Ivchenko: "A new opportunity has arisen." Dottie: "Just since I left the car."
5. Carter: "You weren't yourself. How are you now?" Sousa: "I still want to kill Thompson, but no more than usual."



The 100 - 2.14 - Bodyguard of Lies

I have mixed opinions about this episode and everything is topsy turvy. I didn't care one iota about Clarke and Lexa's disagreements though they are usually a highlight. I am relieved that Clarke said she wasn't ready for a relationship though. It would not have fit the timing at all and I maintain that the only romance The 100 writers are capable of writing is Octavia and Lincoln. Every other time has devolved all characters involved, so I'm not at all thrilled about throwing Raven smack into another romance either. She was at her best by far on the Ark when she didn't have romantic entanglements to distract her from being awesome. Nix the romance. Save the show. Another odd twist was exactly how much I loved Bellamy here. For the first time since maybe mid-season 1, he's the episode's MVP. I don't faun over him like the majority of the fandom and it's been awhile since I thought he was outstanding. In fact these last few episodes where he's been separated from Clarke and mostly communicating with Raven has been Bellamy at his best. I hope they continue to separate Clarke and Bellamy because I feel they are both more interesting apart. The most shocking part of the episode though was how much I enjoyed Murphy's snark. I still hope he dies but until then, gave him all the zingers. He almost made the interminable City of Light trek interesting. Almost. Wick also broke up the bleakness so I hope he becomes more present in season 3. Other than that, I missed Kane but Octavia rocked. So did Indra. In the end though, nothing much mattered in this episode. In fact, it feels like a penultimate episode in that it sets up the finale but doesn't do much to move the story along except for Bellamy and the acid fog. Time to start the war.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - everything in Mount Weather
Most Skippable - everything else (unless it had Octavia, who is immensely un-skippable)
Best Scene - Octavia tells Clarke she knows about the missile
Best Action - Bellamy blows the acid fog tanks
Biggest Hmm - Well perhaps the remaining 100 wouldn't have felt it necessary to kill your guards if you weren't trying to exterminate them. How exactly is this their fault, Cage?
The "Made Me Jump" Award - mid-joke the guy sets off a mine field
The "Don't You Even Think About It" Award - Lexa gives the order to kill Octavia. If I have to choose between Octavia and Lexa, the Grounder Queen is going down. No one takes out Octavia.
MVP - Bellamy
Most Missed - Kane / Lincoln
The "Told You So" Award - I knew Cage was going to regret launching that missile. If he hadn't, he could have taken out the majority of the grounder army during their march to the mountain.
Best Snark - Murphy with a close Wick second
The "Welcome Back" Award - Wick, who is growing even more on me. Here's hoping he's a regular next season.
The "You Might Survive but I Doubt It" Award - Maya, who isn't in this episode but whose situation remains a conundrum. I think I figured out a possibility. Maybe they extract the bone marrow from an Ark warrior who dies. I don't see any other way to save Maya because either the grounders or the radiation is going to get her.
Best Quotes -
1. Murphy: "Tell me. What level of crazy is too much for you? I'm just curious."
2. Wick: "I'll have you know, I was a god at fluid dynamics." Raven: "You think you're a god at everything." Wick: "Empirical evidence doesn't lie."
3. Indra: "I know what bothers you. They knew about the missile." Octavia: "How could you not hate them? Indra, they almost killed you." Indra: "They didn't do anything. The enemy did. Lexa's a great commander because she's ruthless. That's why we'll win this battle." Octavia: "That's wrong." Indra: "That's war."
4. Jaha: "We were meant to be here, John. These mines are just another test of our faith." Murphy: "Yeah well I was always cr** at tests so please after you, Chancellor."
5. Octavia: "Right, because you're in charge now and you decide who's disposable. You'd have fit right in on the Council."



Empire - 1.08 - The Lyon's Roar

Prejudices flew far and fast tonight, with almost all relationships breaking. It's also the first time the show did not end on a game changer, but resorted to a bleak Cookie singing in jail. While this episode had many shocks, I will say that Hakeem was the best surprise. I love how he tells Jamal to resolve his issues with Lucious or be paying a therapist over them in the future. It showed great wisdom from the Lyon who is usually the brattiest. I also like how he took a stand in all the relationships in his life. One of his greatest character moments was when Lucious made him talk about why he hates Cookie. It was raw and powerful and actually helped. Speaking of intense, even I felt bad for Andre and he tried to pimp out his wife for his career this episode. Watching him break down to The Pretender was heartbreaking. Lucious is such a prick! He doesn't value anyone except for what they can do to make him feel even more important. At this point, he's my least favorite character. Cookie didn't do herself any favors either, which she never does when she's coming off as a jealous loon. Still these two drive the soap opera of Empire largely in part because even if you can't like them, you can't ignore them. Four episodes left and I still have no idea where this show is going but I know I'm sticking around for the ride.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - 92% of all relationships crumble in this episode
Best Scene - Hakeem talks to Jamal about coming out
Best Awww Moment - Jamal promises to protect his daughter from the monsters and they sing together
Most Intense Scene - Andre breaks down in the recording studio, gun in hand
Most Wise - Hakeem, which is about as shocking as TV gets
Best Character Interaction - Jamal and Hakeem
The "Poor Baby" Award - Andre watches the rest of the family collaborate on a song, odd man out again
Best Confrontation - Anika just lays it on the line with Lucious. She knows about Cookie and she's going to use it to her advantage.
The "It's Got to be Love…Or Something" Award - Rhonda comes out in a green face mask and a ton of hair curlers but Andre and she are still making out and scheming their next move
Biggest Douche - Lucious, who proves it in all of his relationships tonight
The "Please Shut Up" Award - always to Cookie, always
Best Reaction - Rhonda to seeing Harold Blakely, the guy she's supposed to use sex as a weapon for
Most Surprising - Lucious says no to Andre being interim CEO / Jamal comes out at the White Party in song
Best Quotes -
1. Hakeem: "All dad cares about is making music and money. Come on, you know that." Jamal: "Which is exactly why we don't get along." Hakeem: "Look Mal, I know you've got issues with him but you've got to deal with it because in 25 years you're going to be in therapy wishing you'd done the right thing."
2. Jamal: "Momma, I'm telling you right now just be careful. You do not want to love that man." Cookie: "Why not?" Jamal: "Because he's incapable of loving anybody but himself."
3. Cookie: "Oh I get it. So Yoko Ono here wants to play on the song too. Well what can you do, Yoko? Can you play the tambourine?"
4. Hakeem: "She's always bossy me around, walking into rooms where she ain't supposed to and then act like she's running the show. Well you don't run the show. Dad does." Lucious: "He's 100% right." Hakeem: "And don't act like you ain't forget about me when you was away, but you ain't forget about Jamal, did you? You love Jamal more than me and you know it, but it's cool though."
5. Lucious: "The moment you brought that white woman into my house, I knew then I couldn't trust you. I knew than you didn't want to be part of my family." Andre: "She has nothing to do with this and you know it. You know why my family hates me? I know why. Because I'm not talented, not the way you want, right? Because I studied in school and got good grades and went to college. You hate me because I want to be accepted."



The Odd Couple - 1.02 - The Ghostwriter

Grade: C+

Best Reason to Watch - the secondary characters
Best Scene / Best Reality Check - Emily tells Oscar and Felix to stop whining about their lives
Best Reaction - Oscar to Felix and Murphy encroaching on his personal bubble space / throwing the pencil sharpener off the terrace
MVP - Emily
The "I Don't Even Want to Know" Award - Felix psychoanalyzing food is very creepy
Most in Need of Remedial English - Marcus, honey, goodly is not a word.
Most Pathetic - a grown man miming his way through psychology
Best Commiserating - Dani and Oscar trying to deal with Felix
Least Surprising - Teddy eats the fake hamburger
Worst Diet - one carrot and a seaweed cleanse
The "Welcome Back" Award - Geoff Stults from Enlisted. I still miss Enlisted. A lot.
Best Quotes -
1. Oscar: "Not everybody wants to share the painful details of their lives." Felix: "Oh really. Heard of Facebook?"
2. Oscar: "You know I always thought I'd write a book that would make people see sports differently like Moneyball or Seabiscuit. But instead I'm cranking out a book about a guy who has 2 talents: catching baseballs and not catching Chlamydia."
3. Teddy: "Alright, so you're done playing Mid-Life Crisis: White People Edition." Oscar: "Wow, look who turns into Chris Rock when he's hungry."
4. Emily: "Hey, I have an idea. Why don't you both shut up?" Felix: "I beg your pardon." Oscar: "Wah, wah, wah, I'm not as famous as some other famous person. Wah, wah, Seabiscuit. Do you guys realize how lucky you are? You get paid to do what you love. Look at me. Instead of designing jewelry, I spent the day scrubbing toilets and putting out a grease fire, which I started, but that is not the point."
5. Emily: "Felix, can I get you anything?" Felix: "I'll have what he's having." Oscar: "An existential crisis." Emily: "Is that one of those fancy drinks? It's only my first day."



Allegiance - 1.04 - Chasing Ghosts

I liked a lot about this episode, but I'm starting to feel like I'm being strung along. To be honest, we're right back where we were in the pilot's huge tease of a cliffhanger. This time it appears that Alex really will learn the truth, but it was false advertising last time so fool me twice. If he doesn't learn the truth in the next episode, consider this show on hiatus for me because I don't like promo baiting. As for this episode, surprisingly it was the slower aspects that really rang true. I liked Katya and Mark talking it out at the bus station. Mostly I like how they left even more of a team than ever. I even liked Natalie's back and forth with Victor. She humanizes him so I'm hoping those two crazy spy kids can work it out. Mostly though I am hoping that Sarah gets shipped off to boarding school and that next week has more action and suspense. This one was a little slow, stranding all the great cat and mouse chase in the beginning.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - the cliffhanger ending
Best Scene - Katya and Mark talk about their affairs
The "I Don't Get It" Award - Did they manage to download something on the flash drive? I have no idea how anyone can decrypt anything from a video of what a computer is doing.
Best Parenting - Hey, I firmly believe that parents need to spy on their kids so they don't get over their heads into trouble. I firmly support Katya reading Sarah's text messages. I also firmly endorse corporal punishment of brats. Just saying, Sarah.
Most Sympathetic - Natalie who is constantly being told to give up something or someone
Worst Poker Face - Alex
Best and Yummiest Prank - the CIA gives Alex a drawer full of chocolate Easter eggs
Worst Plan - checking to see what's on the laptop
Best Plan - videotaping it as it was deleted
Least Surprising / Worst News - Katya and Mark both admit to having an affair
Best Reference - National Treasure
Best Quotes -
1. Alex: "Mikhail's laptop was in city hall. The SVR just beat us to it." Director: "Really? Okay well, just dump that bucket of proof right over my head."
2. Katya: "Still when the time is right, I'm going to kill him." Mark: "What?" Katya: "Witness protection or no witness protection, that man has to die for our family to be safe."
3. Natalie: "You were the new guy, Stephen. He's just the guy."
4. Katya: "Any idea where the hell we are?" Mark: "Camden, Jew Jersey." Katya: "How could you possibly know that? We had bags over our heads." Mark: "The SVR didn't send you to recruit an idiot."
5. Katya: "You almost left me, Mark. You did leave me, just 3, 4, 6 months at a time. You said they were work trips but we both know that you could have gotten out of them." Mark: "No, stop. Stop. I wasn't perfect back then either." Katya: "I know." Mark: "You know. All these years you never said anything?" Katya: "I was trying to do one thing right for our children, just one thing." Mark: "We got through that. We can get through this, can't we?" Katya: "We have to. I can't make it without you."



How to Get Away with Murder - 1.14 - The Night Lila Died

I've said it before. I'll say it again. Everyone character in this show sucks. They are all so busy trying to throw each other under the bus that I almost wish there was a massive Greyhound onslaught. Only Bonnie came out somewhat clean, which is exactly why I thought she was the one who murdered Lila. Instead she just has bad taste in men, a fatal flaw of its own. Still it is Wes who causes the most damage and inadvertently gets one of the most interesting characters killed. I'd sure rather have Rebecca around than any of the interns. They all suck more as people the longer the show goes on. The class might as well be called How to Become a Douche in 3 Months or Less. I have to admit that I'm trepidatious about Rebecca's murder for another reason too. This show is a delicate balance of soap opera and logic fail. To add yet another murder that presumably will have to include a body dump, evidence cleanup, manipulation, and general mayhem might finally push it over. Are they seriously just going to keep killing people off to cover the first murder? The body count has gone into overdrive, but sadly, it's the least intriguing part. The pacing and acting remains the best.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - it's 3 murders for the price of one by the end of the episode
Most Intriguing - I don't care who killed Rebecca. I want to know what's up with Frank and exactly what Sam had on him.
Least Needed - the whole priest murder case
Best Throwing Shade - Rebecca hints that Wes might have killed his mom
The "Oh for the 190th Time" Award - stop talking about the murder in places anyone can overhear you
The "This is So Not Going to End Well for You" Award - What exactly did these fools think tying up Rebecca would do? They are in mutually assured destruction time right now.
The "Oh No You Didn't" Award - Agnes lies and says she was having sex with a priest while he was murdering someone
Least Surprising - Rebecca's dead
Most Surprising - Oliver has AIDS / Frank killed Lila
Best Plan - Rebecca finds the campus cop that saw the interns bringing out Sam's body
Worst Plan - Annalise arranges for Nate to get beat up to get him out on bail but it backfires
Least Sympathetic - I know I should feel for Lila, her ending up dead and all, but she grates my nerves
Best PSA - STD awareness
Best Quotes -
1. Annalise: "Enough, monsters. We don't tie people up and hold them captive against their will. Who have you all become?"
2. Bonnie: "Don't you dare put this on Frank. We have gone above and beyond here to try to fix this for all of you because this from the very start has been your mess. Each of you. And Frank and I have been more than willing to save all your stupid a**, not to mention Annalise, who for reasons beyond me continues to protect you and after what you did to her, what you took from her."
3. Annalise: "Don't worry. I still plan to win your case even if you refuse to help."
4. Annalise: "They've all lost their minds. That's the only thing I know for sure right know. I'm going to clear everything up, the entire mess."
5. Michaela: "I don't know what he is but I think you do or else you would not be here scared and nervous, begging a girl you do not like very much to marry your son. I'm sorry. He doesn't love me, but here's the thing. I love me so I'm done."




TBBT - 8.16 - The Intimacy Acceleration

This was a great episode of The Big Bang Theory because of the balance. Usually I like one of the segments but not the others. In this case, all 3 storylines were entertaining. Penny and Sheldon taking the test was the strongest merely for the character development. I like seeing them honest with each other because I get to know them better too. I especially like how it lay to rest the idea of Penny and Sheldon hooking up. I'm glad they see each other as family because they really have become like brother and sister. It's one of the better bonds Sheldon has and I like when these two have scenes together. Still, for all the heart that subplot contained, it was nicely balanced with the comedy of the other two. I want to go to an escape room now. It looked like so much fun, although $200 is pretty steep. Still it was nice seeing them all work together and enjoy themselves while doing it. No one was tearing each other down to find humor while they were there and it worked for me. Howard's emotions in the wake of losing his mother was powerful too. It shouldn't have been as funny as it was but they didn't lose the heartbreak in it either. Well done, TBBT writers. You created an episode that actually shows why this is the #1 rated comedy on TV.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - character growth of Penny and Sheldon
Best Character Interaction - Penny and Sheldon
Most Fun - the escape room
Best Moment - Amy tells the zombie to shut up so she can concentrate
Weirdest Moment - the zombie tells them they are solving the puzzle too quickly
Biggest Tearjerker - Howard regrets not driving his mom to the airport before she died
Best Aww Moment - Penny and Sheldon connect over the abilities they wish they could have
The "I Didn't Know That" Award - I had no idea you could carry cremated remains on a plane as either carry-on or checked baggage. It kind of surprises me that Howard didn't keep the ashes in his carry-on.
Biggest Ooops - I've had some crummy airline issues. Still losing someone's ashes is a huge deal.
Best End Card - Lorre reminds us that when communicating, online or not, we need to think before we say
Worst Sign - neither Penny nor Sheldon mention their significant others in their dream day
Best Quotes -
1. Raj: "What? I don't need science to win her heart. I have my family's wealth for that."
2. Bernadette: "You better find my husband's mother because one way or another, we're walking out of this airport with a dead woman."
3. Leonard: "I'm telling you, you can't create love in a few hours." Penny: "Uh careful. You're poking at the whole foundation of The Bachelor."
4. Sheldon: "Plus it's easier around people that I'm comfortable with." Penny: "Oh sweetie, I'm comfortable around you too." Sheldon: "Of course you are. I'm warm and soothing. I'm like a human bowl of tomato soup." Penny: "I meant more like a little brother." Sheldon: "Oh, well I suppose I do think of you as a sister and sometimes a mother." Penny: "It's getting creepy again."
5. Sheldon: "Well I suppose there's something satisfying about dying on my birthday." Penny: "Today's your birthday." Sheldon: "Yes." Penny: "Well, that's always been a secret. Not even Amy knows." Sheldon: "Well I don't enjoy presents and the thought of people jumping out and yelling, 'Surprise!' fills me with more dread than the words George Lucas' Director's Cut."



Backstrom - 1.06 - Ancient, Chinese, Secret

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - the way each character reacts to their fortunes
Best Scene - Nadia tells Niedermayer about her past
Most Intense - Backstrom interrogates Jimmy
MVP - Nadia, who has a lot of specialties
The "You Know It's a Bad Day When…" Award - …you have to 2-fist beer to forget it
Best Mystery - the person looking for Nadia
Worst Theory - grandfather's ghost killed the man
Smartest Plan - Jimmy confesses to murder to keep from getting deported
Best Back Story - Nadia's past and Almond's relationship with his daughter
Best Reaction - everyone to Niedermayer's zealous portrayal of the crime / me to Celia beating herself
Best Quotes -
1. Nadia: "Agent Cole is my contact, someone I can trust." Niedermayer: "You can trust me." Nadia: "I just did. With my life."
2. Backstrom: "Okay wait a minute. I have a very important question. Did everybody already do the jokes about psychics not seeing it coming because I don't want to repeat anything?"
3. Backstrom: "No one hates a con like another con."
4. Celia: "We can communicate with spirits beyond the grave." Backstrom: "Okay." Almond: "Then why don't you ask your brother who killed him?" Backstrom: "Because she needs the Cheech and Chong."
5. Backstrom: "Thank you Gravely for not being crazy and believing in nonsense." Gravely: "Oh I believe in ghosts. I saw one once." Backstrom: "Stop talking." Gravely: "I was by myself and it was a creepy little girl." Backstrom: "It was a mirror."



The Musketeers - 2.07 - A Marriage of Inconvenience

As much as I loved the twist of Fake Louise, it is the forward plot progression that makes this episode. Most importantly, Treville is now ready to let Porthos and us in on the big secret of his parentage. This is by far the most interesting part of the season and I cannot wait for it to unfold. Milady also knows of Rochefort's deceit and hopefully will start playing him. I really don't need her leasing out her services to him like the errand boy she was for Cardinal Richelieu because that storyline became old fast and Milady is too good a character to constantly be under someone else's command. I'd love to see them switch it up and have her controlling Rochefort instead. Either way though, someone now knows his secret and Milady is back in the game where she excels. On a more ho hum note, Bonacieux's death gives D'Artagnan and Constance carte blanche to get together. They are so far ruined for me that it doesn't matter what they do anymore. I just want them off my screen, at least together. Separate, they are palpable. My only real disappointment with this episode is the cliffhanger of Porthos' family and the fact that Fake Louise is dead. I think she could have made for a very interesting protégé for Milady.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - the plot moved forward in leaps and bounds in all segments
Best Action - attack on the Chancellor
Worst Plan - having to wait until next week to discover the mystery of Porthos' father
Biggest Hmmm - Why are the Musketeers' swords never bloody after battle?
Best Forward Plot Movement - Fake Louise informs Milady about Rochefort's spying for Spain
Most Clichéd - now there literally is Bonacieux's blood on D'Artagnan and Constance's hands
Worst Subplot - D'Artagnan and Constance
Best Reason to NOT Live in the 17th Century - tie - what passes for "modern" medicine / women being sold off to the highest bidder to ally countries
Biggest Shock - Treville is shot / Louise is a fake
Least Shocking - Bonacieux is shot
Biggest Cad - Aramis, D'Artagnan, and Constance are all in the running
Most in Need of Shutting Up - There is never time for a villain monologue. Never! Shut up and live to create chaos another day, Fake Louise.
Most Mad - Rochefort
The "Welcome Back" Award - Lemay, who has gotten a whole lot smarter since the last episode
Best Quotes -
1. Fake Louise: "I'm afraid the real Princess Louise never even made it out of Lombardy." D'Artagnan: "You mean you killed her." Fake Louise: "But on the positive side, I saved her from a dreadful marriage."
2. Fake Louise: "I haven't seen the king since we were children." Athos: "He's barely changed."
3. Athos: "This is everything I have. Take it and leave Paris." Milady: "First you threaten to kill me and now it's bribery." Athos: "A gift. There is a difference." Milady: "You think I'll accept your charity." Athos: "If you have any sense." Milady: "I'm not finished yet. Not by any measure."
4. Rochefort: "I have more than 500 guards under my command unless you killed any in a barroom brawl today."
5. Athos: "You, a known dissenter with a grudge against the Catholic church and a personal connection to the murder weapon. You're the last person we'd think of."



12 Monkeys - 1.07 - The Keys

Logically this episode bugs me to no end. It's the reason why time travel shows make no sense. If Cole died a week before, he shouldn't be able to come back a week later to get the information that will lead to his death - time traveling or not. Like all time travel shows, this is a plot device where literally nothing has any consequences. If you don't like the outcome, then all that needs to happen is a new time jump. Argh! It's the plot device to end all plot devices. If Cole dies, what's to keep them from sending someone like Ramse back with a note explaining that he's Cole's friend? There are literally no consequences for anything they have done so far and that lessens all the tension. Sure there was drama. Cassie falls apart at Cole's death. Cole, realizing that the jumps are going to kill him, stops to smell the roses and dance. But still, does anyone think this is the last we will see of Cole? Of course not. Therefore all this drama is contrived, drama for drama's sake. That is a terrible writing base and smacks of a lack of ideas. It is too early on in this show for it start floundering.

Grade: C

Best Reason to Watch - lots of action and drama
Most Intense - Cole tells Cassie that she can't tell him that he dies in Chechnya
Best Hardball - Aaron, who tells the Senator that if he goes down the Senator does too
The "You Can't Take Him Anywhere" Award - Cole and fancy shindigs don't exactly go together
The "100% Agreed" Award - I am with Cole and Aaron here. Sure Cole is going to die but billions of people should not if the virus really is contained.
Most Perplexing - as always time travel conundrums, which should mean Cole could not show up one week after he died
Least Sympathetic / Most Insane - Adam Wexler may be the biggest douche on TV
Best Lethal Weapon - Cole rigs a hay bale to take out the guy shooting at him
Best Future Thief - Aaron, who pickpockets the senator easily
The "Say What?" Award - Am I supposed to believe that the CIA hasn't already ransacked the bookstore and destroyed all the info they could find? Not buying it.
Best Reference - James Bond
Best Quotes -
1. Cole: "Why don't you grab a drink or some food and just be us for awhile?" Cassie: "I'm sorry. Have we met? The mission is this way."
2. Cole: "You're all dead men. Now you've got a choice. You can stay here, ride it out, and die like men or you can leave like cowards and kill everyone you've ever known. Families, wives, children."
3. Aaron: "Cassie, if we get caught…" Cassie: "What? Prison? Aaron, if this operation happens we all die."
4. Cassie: "You get used to it." Aaron: "Just worried about my tux."
5. CIA: "Well what the hell kind of assurances do we have that this stays buried?" Aaron: "You guys are the ones who seem to have trouble keeping your secrets."



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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Friday, February 27, 2015

The 100 - 2.14 - Bodyguard of Lies - Best Scene Poll









About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sleepy Hollow - 2.18 - Tempus Fugit - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Last Week in TV - Week of Feb. 15 - Reviews and Episode Awards



Hi and welcome to Last Week in TV, a weekly column where I hand out episode awards and give mini-reviews of the shows I watched. Last week's TV was somewhat of a puzzle to me. Most of the comedies I watched were not very funny and yet some of the dramas definitely were. Speaking of dramas, they varied a lot in quality with 3 shows being in contention for Show of the Week. Usually I know once I see it which show is going to take the top prize. This time I managed to narrow it down to two and they weren't even the most fun episode, which was by far Eye Candy. That show had me rolling in parts and was funnier to me than the nominated show, Brooklyn 99. Next week's randomly selected nominee is also a comedy - the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. I have to admit that this nomination intrigues me the most. I know long-time fans of the show hated the finale so I'm eager to see if I feel the same way even though I am at best a casual watcher of series repeats. By having no connection to any of the characters, will I enjoy the finale? Stayed tuned next week. Until then, if you have a show to nominate please fill out the short 2-question form below. Also comments are the wellspring of online life so let me know how your TV week went below. See you next week and happy viewing!








Show of the Week (TIE):


Agent Carter - 1.07 - Snafu

I will never understand why Agent Carter is not soaring in the ratings. Episodes like this one show how good the acting, writing, and pacing are. Sure, I could have done without the silly hypnotism and Howard Stark is a major douche, but other than that it was fantastic. I love how Carter finally lays it all on the line and explains exactly why underestimating her was a big mistake. I like even more how the whole SSR believes her now. It's good to have everyone working on the same side. As always the interaction between Jarvis and Carter was a highlight. Their table battering ram scene had me in stitches, while Jarvis attempting to get Carter free was sweet. They are my favorite characters. Dottie is also stunningly capable, having the best action sequence of the night. Her Matrix skills keep impressing. I was disappointed that I didn't get a Carter vs. Dottie fight scene, but since we are getting one next week, all is forgiven. Here's hoping it's as epic as it should be. Here's hoping the finale ratings are as epic as they should be.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - Peggy Carter rocks always, but especially in this episode
Best Scene - the interrogation, especially how all 3 approach it differently
Best Action - Dottie escapes the SSR
Funniest Scene - Carter and Jarvis trying to break the window with the table
Best Acting - Hayley Atwell when Carter hands over Captain America's blood
Biggest Douche - Stark doesn't even respond when Jarvis calls to say Carter's been arrested and who doesn't destroy faulty inventions that can kill people
Best Moment - Rose, the telephone operator, has a gun under her desk
The "Score One for the Perpetually Late and/or Cheap" Award - by circling the block 6 times, that guy kept his wife alive
Biggest Fake Out - Dooley's family dinner
Most Noble Gesture - Jarvis forges a Stark confession to try to rescue Carter
Most Disgusting - amputation / dead dentist / eye gouging
Most Surprising - Thompson plays good cop while Sousa plays bad cop
Biggest Sacrifice - Dooley jumps out the window to save everyone
Least Exciting Plot Device - hypnosis is right up there with amnesia for me
Best Quotes -
1. Jarvis: "Ready?" Carter and Jarvis: "I…2…" Jarvis: "Wait. What if there are people behind this mirror that we're breaking?" Carter: "Then they may get hurt. There'll be a spray of glass." Jarvis: "I see." Carter and Jarvis: "I….2…" Jarvis: "Now wait. What if these hypothetical people behind the mirror have guns?" Carter: "Then we may get hurt. There'll be a spray of bullets." Jarvis: "I see." Carter: "1…2…3." Jarvis: "No people. Everybody wins." Carter: "I've just thought of something." Jarvis: "We're still attached to a table." Carter: "We are still attached to a table." Thompson: "What the hell is going on in here?"
2. Carter: "No one's coming." Jarvis: "I know you may be universally despised in this establishment but they barely know me."
3. Carter: "You think you know me, but I've never been more than what each of you has created. To you, I'm a stray kitten left on your doorstep to be protected. The secretary turned damsel in distress. The girl on the pedestal transformed into some daft whore. You're behaving like children. What's worse..what's far worse is that this is just shoddy police work. You were inches away from the woman that you want when you loaded me into your car. You should be looking for Dottie Underwood, who by now I assume has shed her alias."
4. Carter: "Have you ever been hanged, Mr. Jarvis?" Jarvis: "I can't say that I have, no." Carter: "It is quite unpleasant."
5. Dooley: "I'm supposed to believe that you pulled off your own investigation without any of us noticing." Sousa: "And why would you go through all that trouble instead of coming to one of us?" Carter: "I conducted my own investigation because no one listens to me. I got away with it because no one looks at me. Because unless I have your reports, your coffee, or your lunch, I'm invisible."



Supernatural - 10.14 - The Executioner's Song

Now that's my Supernatural, the one I gave up on ever returning after the colossal failure of season 8. I love when the brothers have a mission, support each other, and then do what it takes to get things done Winchester-style. Even better Dean was vulnerable, scared, fierce, defeated, and victorious all in 42 minutes. This episode gave Jensen Ackles something to sink his teeth into and he excelled…like usual. Cain's speech to Dean was also a high point. I don't think Dean will ever kill Sam but I could definitely see him killing Crowley. That is if Crowley doesn't try to kill him first. That demon has put up with a lot from the Winchesters and they keep mocking him for it. I'm not saying be friends with him because…well, King of Hell. I am saying respect the position because Crowley has been a thorn in their side before and they tend to get more done in cooperation with him than against him. Of course that was the awesome version of Crowley, not this self-doubting pawn in his mother's game. I like Rowena just fine, but she now needs to go. She's making the King of Hell look like a sap. I'm not fond of sad sack Crowley. I want the evil, snarky King to come into his own again. As for Sam, he's still awesome. I love that he can be there supporting Dean through his crisis in the same way that Dean has been there for him. He won't give up on Dean, but he's running out of options. In many ways, this reminds me of the end of season 5 when Dean finally just had to let Sam jump, standing by him for moral support. Let's hope it doesn't end so tragically though.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - Dean finally deals with Cain
Best Scene - Dean vs. Cain prefight verbal sparring
Best Action - Dean cuts off Cain's hand to recover the First Blade
Best Moment - Dean collapses in Sam's arms and Sam tells him that he did it
Biggest Aww Scene - Dean tells Sam he's scared
Worst Hobby - studying serial killers
Most in Need of Going - Rowena simply because she's making Crowley look incompetent
Most Right - Dean cannot let Cain keep killing people. He just can't, no matter the consequences.
Most Surprising - Dean gives Castiel the blade
Smartest Plan - Austin is an illusion / Crowley doesn't give Dean the blade until right before he needs it
Worst Plan - purposely antagonizing the King of Hell is only going to backfire and they keep doing it
Most Twisted Plan - Cain wants to kill off his bloodline, up to 10% of the world's population
Best Phone Name - Not Moose. Bwah! I love Crowley's nicknames.
Worst Trend - the only way we ever seem to see Crowley is if Cas is in the episode too
The "Welcome Back" Award - Cain
Best Quotes -
1. Sam: "It's called true crime, Dean. It's a hobby." Dean: "No, bass fishing, needlepoint, that's a hobby, okay? Collecting serial killer stats…that's…that is an illness."
2. Dean: "My turn." Sam: "Dean look, we want to help." Dean: "No, no. With you in the ring, you'd just be a liability." Cas: "Dean?" Dean: "I'd be too worried about what he could do to you…or what I could. Plus I need you three out here to take out whatever comes out of there. And I'm serious. I mean whatever comes out." Crowley: "Happily."
3. Rowena: "You've got the crown, but you're no ruler. Not really. A sad, bored, wee boy on the throne who flew a** up the second those Winchesters, hunters who'd as soon see you dead as to have you to tea, asked you too. You're no king, not anymore. You're their b**."
4. Cain: "This may be hard to believe in light of what I'm about to do to you, but I care about you Dean. I truly do and I know I'm doing you a favor. I'm saving you." I'm saving you." Dean: "Saving me from what?" Cain: "From your fate. Has it ever occurred to you? Have you ever mused upon the fact that you're living my life in reverse? My story began when I killed my brother and that's where your story inevitably will end." Dean: "No, never." Cain: "It's called the Mark of Cain for a reason. First, first you'd kill Crowley. There'd be some strange mixed feelings on that one, but you'd have your reason. You'd get it done. No remorse. And then you'd kill the angel, Castiel. Now that…that I'd suspect would hurt something awful. And then, then would come the murder you'd never survive. The wound that would finally turn you into as much as a savage as it did me." Dean: "No." Cain: "Your brother Sam. The only thing standing between you and that destiny is this blade. You're welcome, my son."
5. Rowena: "Whiners beget whiners. You can't reward behavior like that."
6. Dean: "Your bloodline's tainted, so you say." Cain: "So I know. Not all killers are my descendants and not all my descendants are killers but enough are. Enough for me to know that extinguishing them is the least I owe this world. Can you honestly tell me that humanity's not better off with fewer Tommys and fewer Leons. Fewer yous."



Nominated Show:


Brooklyn 99 - 2.06 - Jake and Sophia

I see the appeal of this comedy. There are several quirky characters but all differ in how they are quirky, which makes the interaction between them fun. I especially liked the interplay between Diaz and Santiago in this one. Even before the characters spoke everything from their dress to their posture made me instantly recognize them. You've got the laid back, rule-flaunting tough cop and the uptight, rule abiding future management go-getter. Generally that means a lot of insults from both sides, but I didn't get that here. They are funny more than mean-spirited and I also love how the Captain is desperate not to be drawn into their union president conflict. I like that he ended up intervening even better. In fact, I loved every scene Andre Braugher was in. My biggest problem with this comedy though is its main star. I just don't get the appeal of Andy Samberg. He comes off as obnoxious instead of funny to me and he's the #1 reason why I don't see myself watching much Brooklyn 99 in the future. Jake is too immature, although Boyle and Linetti aren't any better. I didn't laugh in any scene they were in. I guess I am just more picky about my comedies than my dramas. If it doesn't make me laugh AND have heart, it's not for me.

Grade: C+
Ranking - 2
Audience - fans of workplace comedies with zany characters or those who like manchild comedies

Best Reason to Watch - the union election subplot
Best Scene - Captain tells Amy to run for union rep, even though he spends most of the time avoiding that conversation
Best Physical Comedy - Jake and Sophia with the extra spicy hot wings
Best Character - Captain Holt
Best Plan - Amy promises to bring back party sub leftovers to win the union election
Best Reaction - Boyle's dad to Gina's mom suggesting a romantic interlude
The "I Would Fall for It" Award - I'm with Terry. Meatloaf the singer is awesome.
The "Welcome Back" Award - Eva Longoria, famously from Desperate Housewives / Stephen Root from Newsradio and Pushing Daisies / Sandra Bernhard from stand-up comedy
Best Reference - Die Hard
Best Quotes -
1. Amy: "Writing things down is nerdy? What do you do?" Rosa: "Just forget stuff like a cool person."
2. Sophia: "What? You think John Adams was just some idiot?" Jake: "No, I think John Adams was a mini-series I didn’t watch because it looked like a book."
3. DA: "Gary, the defense attorney, isn't going to be here." Jake: "Oh, is he sore from high fiving criminals he's gotten out of jail?" Terry: "Did he get a murderer off who then murdered him to celebrate?"
4. Sophia: "I can't believe I slept with a cop. It's like I had sex with Hans Gruber." Jake: "What? I'm not the Gruber. You're the Gruber."
5. Jake: "Not to overstate it but I'm definitely going to die alone and work is all I have."



New Show:


The Odd Couple - 1.01 - Pilot

I tend to be a fan of Matthew Perry's characters, so I really would like this to be a hit. Sadly though, it has a laugh track. That's automatic points off any comedy. I don't need people to tell me when to laugh and it's just painfully awkward when the laugh track's going at something I don't find funny. While I did laugh several times in this episode, it was generally shallow comedy - the stuff that made Two and a Half Men famous. Still the premise holds much potential and I love the side characters already. If they continue to make use of them, especially Emily, it could be a long-running hit. This is definitely in the wait and see category for me because right now I don't know why we need this remake. It's no Go On, which was criminally underrated.

Grade: C+
Ranking - 3
Audience - anyone who likes typical CBS comedies and aren't overly bothered by a laugh track

Best Reason to Watch - to see how it differs from the original / lots of quotable sayings
Best Character Interaction - Emily and Felix although I found Felix and Oscar funny too
Biggest Oops - the other girl Oscar played the mail trick with knocks on the door while he's with Casey
Best Match - Oscar and Casey decide to double date because they both have high strung emotional wrecks in their lives
Most Cool - the title sequence does a great job of playing with the original show but making it their own
The "Welcome Back" Award - Matthew Perry of course / Yvette Nicole Brown from Community / Leslie Bibb from Popular and About a Boy
Most Flexible - Felix and his yoga
Most Frustrating - laugh track
Best Quotes -
1. Oscar: "Well when Gabby left, she took the maid." Felix: "Are you sure? I think I saw something moving under that pile."
2. Oscar: "Clearly you were sent from your planet to tidy up ours."
3. Oscar: "Teddy, you filming my sports ticker." Teddy: "And your 10 TVs. The next time my wife tells me I'm spending money like an idiot, I'm gonna show her this." Oscar: "You know what you should get a sports wall. You're my agent. Tell Diane you need one for work." Teddy: "Oh Oscar, you get a wife or a wall. No man gets both."
4. Oscar: "Trial separation? You were in couple's therapy for 8 years and the last year, you were the only one who was going."
5. Felix: "I'm fine. In fact, I think I'm going to be staying here with Oscar." Emily: "You are?" Oscar: "Yes, this is his home now." Emily: "Oh, I'm so happy for you guys. Blink if you're being coerced."



Weekly Shows:


Perception - 3.11 - Brainstorm

This was one weird episode of Perception. From the beginning mind twist where everything was a dream to solving an Agatha Christie crime where the whole thing didn't exist, Perception went around the bend this week. I loved the interactions Daniel had with his mom and dad, both in the dream world and in real life. I also really loved the montage of all the people who care about him trying to get him to talk. Donnie dissing on the Cubs while talking up the White Sox made me laugh, largely because I'm from St. Louis where we love to rag on the Cubs. The whole montage did a great job of summing up the individual characters and how they react to stress. My only real problem with this episode is that we only have a few episodes of this series left so I need them to make every second count. Giving the dream focal point, it made sense that many times it felt like this episode was drifting but I would rather have a clear focused Daniel to lead us out.

Grade: B-

Best Scene - Dream Mom reminds Daniel of the good times he had with his dad
Best Awww Scene - Daniel visits his dad and asks about the baseball game in Scottsdale and then they watch baseball on the TV together
Biggest Mind Twist - the whole opening sequence that ended up being a hallucination
Best Character Interaction - Daniel and his mom
Biggest Douche - Roger by a whole lot
Best Montage - everyone tries to get Daniel to talk
Funniest Logic - Daniel discounts his mother as the killer based solely on the fact that she never tried to kill his father
Best Approach - Donnie rags on the Cubs and talks up the White Sox to get Daniel to talk. Love it!
The "Poor Baby" Award - Daniel gets so excited that his schizophrenia may be asymptomatic after the blast but it's all just a dream
Biggest Clue Moment - Daniel gathers the whole family in the drawing room to eliminate suspects one at a time and point the finger at the murderer
Most Surprising - Dream Daniel wants pancakes instead of his usual grapefruit
Worst Position - Paul, who has to decide whether to remove a piece of Daniel's brain or not
Best Tough Love - Kate says she's not coming back until Daniel starts talking
Best Make Over - I didn't realize that Alice and Celia were the same person until Daniel said it
Best Quotes -
1. Daniel: "Go forth. Make bad decisions. Discover something."
2. Max: "You know I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why it is you won't talk to us and just right now I finally figured it out. It's got nothing to do with your disease or the surgery. It's about you being a stubborn a**hole, Doc."
3. James: "Roger, if you say another word about my son I'm gonna shove that glass so far down your throat it's going to pin your a** to the chair."
4. Daniel: "You can tell that Benedict Arnold teaching assistant of mine that I am fine and he is fired."
5. Doctor: "Mr. Pierce, have you ever discussed a situation like this with your son?" James: "What to do if he's blown up in a house?"
6. Kate: "You are forgetting one very important thing." Daniel: "What's that?" Kate: "None of this is real."



State of Affairs - 1.13 - Deadcheck

For what is likely the series finale, this episode was kind of a snoozer in the middle. The pacing seemed way off and I found myself getting up a few times to take a random break. That should never happen in a finale. I am glad that they resolved the bomb vests and as for me, I believe the show ends the second Charlie assassinates Fatah. I don't even care if it was Nick or Jack in the truck racing towards her or that the President betrayed her in the end. I'm just happy Fatah is dead and the bombs have been neutralized. That's enough closure for me. I am however very disappointed at how disjointed the whole thing felt. Perhaps it would have been a better idea to take the super slow penultimate episode and make it the one where they concentrated of finding all the bombs. Then that wouldn't be the only rushed subplot in this episode. They could have then spent all of this one tracking down and killing Fatah. You can't even blame the somewhat shoddy ending on the ratings because as far as I know, this whole show was shot before the premiere aired. I'm still glad that I spent 13 hours watching this, if only because it reminded me of how much better a show can get from its pilot. I liked the plot and some of the twists, even the ones I saw coming. And yes, I liked the acting - all of the acting. Still I can't help but feel disappointed that the payoff was this episode.

Grade: C+

Best Reason to Watch - If you've watched this far, you might as well see the end.
Best Scene - Charlie and Fatah confrontation
Best Place to End - Charlie assassinates Fatah
Best Moment - PotUS and Charlie hug
Biggest Bleeeep - You can watch Charlie's mouth start cursing but they turned the sound off for that part
Most in Need of Dying - Gantry and his company
Most Intense - the chase between Kurt and Emily
Worst Plan - privatizing the CIA / David resigning
Best Plan - Kurt undercover
Most Creative - Fatah using constellation points for where he's bombing
Best Character - Syd
Best Sense of Closure - the vest bombs are all secure
Best Use of My Hermione Voice - chanting, "What an idiot!" about the dummy who still got drunk with a tattooed assassin and then messed around with a bomb vest instead of waiting for an expert to come defuse it
Least Surprising - Whenever they make the camera fuzzy to create some sense of surprise I guess, it's exactly what you think it is. What a poor way to create drama in your narrative.
Worst of Business - creating a terrorist in order to drive business in the protection business
Best Quotes -
1. Charlie: "There was never a Dr. Jekyll. Just Mr. Hyde."
2. PotUS: "Are you asking me for a contract?" Gantry: "No ma'am, I am asking you for a hunting license."
3. Kurt: "You guys know, right?" Givens: "Yeah, we're just sharing this awkward moment with you."
4. PotUS: "What you're doing is treasonous." Gantry: "What I'm doing is free enterprise."
5. Navaro: "Charlie's wading into deep water. I'll be damned if we're going to let her drown."



Eye Candy - 1.06 - ICU

This may be the least plausible episode of TV that I have ever seen. In my whole life. But that doesn't mean that it wasn't supremely entertaining because it was. This was another fast-paced winner of an episode where the wit is high and the adrenaline flows. There wasn't one moment that dragged but there wasn't one moment that made a lick of medical sense either. It's a check your brains at the door and just enjoy the ride kind of episode and I love it. I howled all the way through the spinal tap scene, as in tears running down my face from laughing so hard. I'm not sure which was more hilarious - George giving Lindy a disease with such painful treatments, the hate you vibe from the affianced, Tommy hearing that he had to be tested to, or Doctor Wells' reaction to it all. Either way, no comedy is outdoing it this week. I also liked the twist of the mystery. I knew there was no way Erika would live through the episode. Eye Candy loves killing off at least one person a night. However, I didn't get the crazy, revenge-driven psycho killer vibe off of her so it was a complete shock that she was willing to kill people to take down the hospital. The bonus of it all though was more George, who cracks me up every time. His whole innocent routine in the van is a sure sign he should NOT play poker, but he is the best friend you can have in a pinch. That's if he doesn't end up being the Flirtual Killer of course.

Grade: B+ (because logic fails demand a grade reduction even in a fun episode)

Best Reason to Watch - it was hilarious and fast-paced
Best Scene / Funniest Scene - the farce that is Lindy getting additional tests
Best Save - Tommy comes in right before Lindy gets jabbed in the spine with a huge needle
Least Plausible - everything that happens from the time Lindy is admitted
Most Ridiculous Visual - The hospital is strewn with papers everywhere. What? Did someone say, "Screw this. No lights. Woo hoo. Confetti, it's a parade." Just because the equipment malfunctioned would not mean the hospital suddenly became a zoo.
Least Necessary - the reminder that there are 2 mass murderers in Lindy's life
Biggest Twist - Tommy asks Lindy for her help
The "Welcome Back" Award - Elizabeth Alderfer, who was in the latest Forever episode
Most Useful Information - Lindy fakes illness using exercise and energy drinks. Teens around the country find a new way to ditch school.
Least Useful Information - George quotes all the ways a relatively healthy person can die in a hospital
Best Plan - Wells wears a ring to keep patients from asking her out
Best Hospital Ever - patients get nifty robes with huge pockets perfect for transporting all your electronics
Least Surprising - Erika dies from a malfunction
Most Surprising - Erika committed suicide by uploading a virus into the hospital's servers
The "This is Why You Google" Award - George gives Lindy a fake disease she couldn't possibly have and it's one that's particularly painful to test
Best Quotes -
1. Tommy: "We need to communicate better, darling. It can be very disturbing when you do things on your own." Lindy: "But we agreed. You can't control me. I don't work for you." Tommy: "You know what, test away."
2. Lindy: "Would it help if I drew a line with a Sharpie?"
3. Tommy: "You're wirelessly routed directly to the command server of the hospital. Not exactly legal." George: "Well you know that depends on your definition of legal." Tommy: "The opposite of illegal." George: "Ah yes, that would make sense."
4. Wells: "Wow, she certainly does get around, doesn't she?"
5. George: "They're not really going to do what I think they're going to do, are they?" Yeager: "Yeah." George: "Gross."



Fresh Off the Boat - 1.05 - Persistent Romeo

This episode starts off really slow and doesn't get funny until the end. Still at the end I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. Jessica's paranoia might be frustrating but it does lead to comedy gold and stuffed animal nonsense. The skewering of newsmagazine's fear mongering was classic. I don't really care about Eddie and Brock's rivalry and I'm pretty sure that even middle schoolers in the 90's would not confuse a sexual harassment video with a porno. I mean they might not know the terms but they've seen enough PSA's by that time to recognize one. The 90's lived for the PSA on everything from drugs to wearing a helmet when riding a bike. Perhaps Louis should have done the sex PSA because he seems to have been thorough at the very least. No flowers and watering cans for him. Ha!

Grade: C+

Best Reason to Watch - the last 6 minutes
Funniest Scene - Jessica attacks Eddie to explain date rape. Yes, I know that sounds odd and the topic is
serious, but it really was funny.
Most Paranoid - Jessica and apparently whoever ran Nightly News in the 90's
The "Shut Up" Award - Evan's shrieking noise MUST stop. He's a torture machine in a little body.
The "Say What?" Award - no middle school kid is so naïve to confuse a harassment video with a porno
Best Character - grandma and her poker winning ways
Worst Seminar Ever - Jessica sexually harasses the employees in her Sexual Harassment Seminar
Best News - the restaurant has a waiting list so they are less likely to go under
Worst Reason to Come to America - to have sex
Best Quotes -
1. Jessica: "I don’t have to say I'm sorry to him, Louis. I gave birth to him. Life is worth a thousand I am sorry's."
2. Louis: "These are not the type of crabs Maryland is known for, and most important, like we always say during the SNL monologue when a musician hosts, wrap it up."
3. VO: "My mom convinced my dad to let her give the Sexual Harassment seminar by…well, pretty much harassing him."
4. Louis: "I guess he's not a kid anymore. I can't believe it's time to give him the talk." Jessica: "I know. Well I will let you know how it goes." Louis: "Oh hell no, you created this whole situation. I'll handle this now, father to son."
5. Principal: "My wife did all the illustrations." Louis: "Oh is that what your wife does with her free time? My wife worries about sexual harassment, razorblades in apples, baby thieves, my favorite blue sweater getting me mistaken for a gang member…" Jessica: "It's a nice sweater for a Crip to get shot in." Principal: "I'm going to Applebee's after this. Do you think I'll be okay?" Jessica: "No, I don't."



Rizzoli & Isles - 5.13 - Bridge to Tomorrow

I have some serious reservations about these characters. No one but Maura confronts Jane for jumping off a bridge? A bridge! If my best friend or family did that, we'd be having a serious conversation about their self-preservation instinct. That's insane. Other than that, this episode was a welcome return. I love how on target the character interactions were, especially those between Frankie and Angela. The scene where she got Frankie to help her practice the interview was sweet and funny. Anyone else think she's going to end up managing Korsak's new bar? Loving the storyline for Korsak by the way. He's made some interesting changes and it's helped to keep his character fresh. The friendship between Jane and Maura continues to make me awww and the ending scene with the bucket lists and pasta machine were both heartfelt and funny. That's a winning combination in any show.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - all the great character interactions
Best Awww Moment - the first item on Maura's bucket list is to do something on Jane's
Best Character Interaction - Frankie and Angela
Best Reaction - Jane to Moira getting her a gift but not letting her open it
Most Surprising - Korsak buys the bar
Most Enthusiastic - Angela over the thought of having a pension
Most in Need of a Gibbs' Slap - Jane for jumping off the bridge
Biggest Back Story - Nina's boyfriend died by a middle school gang member
Biggest Burn - Korsak leaves The Feminine Mystique for the woman hating psycho
Biggest Oops - another candidate for the job mistakes Angela for an applicant's mother
The "Not Sympathetic" Award - Sorry but I don’t feel your pain, Paul. If you fell in love with someone else, get a divorce. Don't commit adultery.
The "Welcome Back" Award - Jamie Bamber, most famous for Battlestar Galactica
Best Quotes -
1. Jane: "Any clues from the letters?" Maura: "They reveal someone intelligent, probably college educated. She's clever, manipulative, and a woman who is clearly disturbed and frustrated." Jane: "You just described how I feel about this case."
2. Jane: "Bye, bye alibi." Korsak: "Later, later perpetrator."
3. Jane: "So there's this place in San Diego and they put civilians through Hell Week." Maura: "Hell is something I'm trying to avoid."
4. Frankie: "Hey, I'm proud of you how you went after that job. And let me tell you something. No college degree is going to compete with the PhD you have in a life well lived."
5. Korsak: "I've been over this guy's case files and one thing's very clear. He hates women. The last time I looked, you're a woman." Jane: "It's easy to see how you made detective."



The Flash - 1.14 - Fallout

This is a tale of 27 subplots, about most of which I do not care. Time travel gives me a headache. Gorilla Men make me snicker. Iris' gig as the Girl Friday of metahumans makes me yawn. Even Wells the evil Yellow Flash is stuck in the mud. When in the world are the people in his life going to realize he has his own evil agenda? Seriously. However take away the subplots and I really, really liked this Metahuman of the Week. Stein brought all the lovely snark an episode can handle. Plus he's played by the fabulous Victor Garber, who always makes TV better. Ronnie brought the heart but not in an overly sentimental way. Plus this is the best role Robbie Amell has ever had. (We'll just pretend that The Tomorrow People never happened.) Combining both of them into one superhero was inspired and I certainly expect that they will return on a regular basis, especially now that I hope General Eiling is gone. Score one for the big ape. I thought Caitlin was phenomenal this week too. I expected her to be more clingy and less willing to let Ronnie fight the battles he needs to but she was every bit the hero herself. Sometimes it's harder to know your loved ones are going into battle where you cannot help them than it is to go into that battle yourself.

Grade: B- (A- for the Human Torch stuff)

Best Reason to Watch - the Ronnie and Dr. Stein mash up
Best Reason to Fast Forward - always time travel
Best Character Interaction - Stein and Ronnie
The "Hokey Pokey" Award - Grodd the Gorilla Man is as cheesy as they come
Biggest Comeback - Morse code, which is been in 2 shows so far this week
Biggest Hero - Ronnie
Best New Snark - Dr. Stein
Best Aww Moment - Ronnie confirms that he is himself
Biggest Buffy Moment - Does everyone know Barry is The Flash except Iris? To quote Buffy: "Having a secret identity in this town is a job of work."
Worst Plan - anything that starts with smashing a hole in the space-time continuum is not a good plan, nope, unh hnh
Biggest Mind Warp - Joe tells Barry that he time traveled back to the night of his mom's murder and tried to stop it
Biggest Pet Peeve - There is NO cone of silence, people. That coffee shop guy isn't even an arm's length away from this conversation.
Most Cranky - Ronnie and Stein, who are thoroughly sick of each other's company
Subplot I Care Least About - Iris the intrepid metahuman reporter
The "Thanks for NOT Clarifying" Award - Joe, just stop asking about time travel. It never, ever makes sense. Still Cisco cutting through the mumbo jumbo with Terminator and Back to the Future analogies sped up the exposition.
Biggest Nitpick - What is up with Barry's eyebrows? Is there something different or is this just the first time I've noticed how funny they are?
The "Keep the Faith" Award - Joe, your instincts about Wells are right so keep going even in the face of disbelief
Niftiest Trick - Ronnie and Stein can now join together and come apart when they wish
Biggest WTH - Shouldn't Stein tell someone that Wells drugged him? Seriously, how long are we going to drag out the reveal that Wells has another agenda?
Best Background Music - the swelling hero opus when Ronnie tells Caitlin he has to help save Stein
Biggest Douche - Wells for turning Stein into the General
Best Quotes -
1. Stein: "Excuse me, are we all planning to sing Kumbaya next?"
2. Caitlin: "I had Ronnie but then I lost him. Then I found him again but he wasn't actually Ronnie. Then I got him back, but just for a day until I lost him again." Cisco: "You guys are like 10 seasons of Ross and Rachel but just like smooshed into one year."
3. Barry: "Impossible's just another Tuesday for us, remember?" Cisco: "Yeah but this is like some Twilight Zone level stuff, and I say that knowing full well that we have a guy locked up in our basement who can turn himself into poison gas." Ronnie: "Wait. Really?" Cisco: "Dude, that was like week 3."
4. Caitlin: "It's okay. I understand you have to go." Ronnie: "How'd you know?" Caitlin: "I'm connected to you too."
5. Joe: "I left you three messages." Barry: "Yeah, I know. I'm sorry." Joe: "About the lack of communication or that new hole out in the Badlands?"
6. Stein: "Oh Mr. Allen, I suppose it's too much to hope you moonlight as a pizza boy. I am famished."



The 100 - 2.13 - Resurrection

I'll be honest. If Kane had died, the grade for this episode would have been lower. I spent the entire time waiting for them to kill off another favorite character. That's this show. No one but Clarke and probably Bellamy are safe and the stakes just keep getting higher. I do think that Clarke got off too easily for her role in the missile strike, but I love how Kane reminded Abby that they each carry their own sins too. No one is righteous on this show and they all have battle scars in the war to survive. I'm not even sure that the 100 are the good guys as Abby claims. Sure, from the side we see they are, but all groups are equally capable of being ruthless to get what they want. All groups have blood on their hands. Probably the most fascinating part of this episode is how they cemented Clarke as warrior over healer in it. In the end, Abby asks Clarke to stay and help heal but the war is calling her. No longer is Clarke leader and healer in equal measure like she was in season 1. It has been a fascinating character study to watch and I expect things to get much worse for Clarke before they get better. If they ever get better, and on this show that's NOT a given. I also liked the reconciliation between Indra and Lincoln. He proved his worth to her and hopefully this will allow us to see grounder life from Lincoln's point of view again. Plus it should allow him to stay with Octavia at least for an episode or two. Provided neither of them die as well. I swear I spend more time worrying about the health of my favorite fictional characters on this show than I do my own family.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - the war has begun and it's intense
Best Scene - Kane and Abby talk about their sins on the Ark
Best Moment - Indra shakes Lincoln's hand and hugs him back into the fold
Most Haunting Visual - horse with its tail on fire running from the missile strike
Best Back Story - Maya's parents were freedom fighters
Best Story Choice If I'm Not Jinxing It - Kane will live. Of course he could also die from complications or another attack in the next episode, but for now I am hanging on to his positive prognosis for dear life. They cannot kill ALL the peacemakers on this show.
Best Continuity - remembering the 300 who gave their lives to allow others to have more oxygen
The "Um, My Vast TV Watching Says This is a Bad Plan" Award - I don't watch many medical shows but one clear message from them all is moving a victim can actually cause more damage. I doubt there's a good wheelchair selection in the grounder camp, so perhaps you should stop pulling on Indra, Lincoln.
Best Aww Moment - Lincoln repeats the words Octavia told him in the last episode
The "I'm Not Buying It" Award - How in the world is it taking that long to find one sniper? They can follow the sound of it to get to a general location and these people are trained warriors. Plus, exactly how much ammo doe this guy have? He can't be lugging an armory with him.
Worst Leader - Jasper, who needs to be voted off this island
Worst Kept Secret - Abby tells Kane that Clarke knew about the missile
The "Welcome Back" Award - Genevieve Buechner, who played Lily in Bloody Mary on Supernatural / Ian Tracey, guest star extraordinaire
Best Music - Couldn't Stop Caring by The Spiritual Machines
Best Quotes -
1. Abby: "I'm sorry Marcus. I'm so sorry." Kane: "It's not your fault, Abby." Abby: "It is my fault. She's my daughter." Kane: "What are you talking about?" Abby: "She knew." Kane: "Clarke escaped before the attack? She knew it was coming." Abby: "Yes. How could she do something like this?" Kane: "Because she grew up on the Ark. She learned what to do from us." Abby: "She let this happen. She could have stopped it." Kane: "She made a choice like executing people for stealing medicine and food. Like sucking the air from the lungs out 300 parents so they could save their children." Abby: "Like floating the man you love to save your people." Kane: "Yes. We have to answer for our sins, Abby." Abby: "After everything we've done, do we even deserve to survive?"
2. Abbie: "Your femoral artery is lacerated. The weight of the beam is the only thing keeping you alive." Kane: "Hell of a bandage."
3. Monty: "So what do we do?" Bellamy: "Stay alive and be ready to fight. War is coming."
4. Lincoln: "Just let him kill me. Then take him out. Come on Clarke. Please, your people need you." Clarke: "You are my people."
5. Monty: "Nope, leave the hallway cameras. We'll need eyes out there." Jasper: "You can do that?" Monty: "Have you met me?"



The Goldbergs - 2.13 - Van People

Murray is one of my favorite characters on TV these days. I love that heart of gold that lives within the gruff exterior and peeps out usually at least once an episode. He makes me laugh and he makes me awww. For me, he is the center of The Goldbergs even though Barry and Beverly usually get the most attention. So obviously my favorite part of the episode is Murray and Erica's interactions. That being said, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me that these two were going so hard at each other. It's not like the show isn't full of instances when both back down, even pretty quickly sometimes. Plus I don't get Erica's objections to filling the car up with gas. She is the one driving it. I guess because there are sooo many things that parents and teens fight about, even back in the 80's, I have a harder time buying this one even if it did lead to the comedy of the van running out of gas. Adam's quest to be funny also left me cold and was ironically the least funny part of the episode. Part of it is that I never much liked Andrew Dice Clay or most of the others mentioned. Good thing Barry and Beverly took on sympathetic roles. I loved the interactions between them too.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - all the heart
Best Scene - Murray and Erica on the porch swing
Best Middle School Student Ever - Dana, who is the most well-rounded kid on the planet
Biggest Hmm - I understand stubborn. I don't understand this level of stubborn, especially since we haven't see it consistently from either Murray or Erica. They both always cave.
Funniest Moment - Beverly sneaks food to Barry, who devours the corn
Best Character Interaction - Murray and Erica
The "Gross but Thrifty" Award - Barry buys milk and then just eats other people's scraps at lunch so he can pocket his leftover lunch money
The "That Takes Talent" Award - bubblegum landing you in the hospital, hmmm
The "Voice of Reason" Award - Beverly and that's terrifying
The "Poor Baby" Award - It's not easy to be a teacher, especially not a middle school teacher. I feel for you, Mr. Woodburn. Still you might be better off in elementary school where the kids for the most part still like you.
The "Murray's Always Right" Award - Barry runs out of gas, just like Murray warned them about
Best Reference - A-Team
Worst Reference - most of the comedians Adam loves
Best Quotes -
1. Beverly: "Our babies can't live in a van. They could get snatched by a kidnapper, who wouldn't need a creepy van because he's being conveniently provided with one."
2. Murray: "Well if you were trying to kill us from worry, you're the big winner here." Erica: "No, you are. I know I always talk about how much I hate this house and your dumb rules, but when I actually got a chance to go I couldn't do it." Murray: "Yeah this one really got away from us." Erica: "I am so damn stubborn that I almost ran away because I didn't want to put gas in the car." Murray: "Alright, so you and me, we don't back down. I don't see that as a bad thing." Erica: "You don't seriously believe that, do you?" Murray: "Oh yeah. When I was your age, I was a cr** student. There was this guidance counselor who told me that I should take up a trade 'cause no college would ever take a guy like me. So out of spite, I worked my butt off. I got into Penn State and that's where I met your mother." Erica: "So I literally wouldn't be here if you weren't such a pigheaded jerk." Murray: "That is correct and mark my words, when you do finally leave this house the world better watch out. But give me a few more years. I'm not ready to let you go just yet."
3. Pops: "I just don't understand how you could say those horrible things about Old Mother Hubbard. That's her dog. They're friends."
4. Erica: "What's that smell?" Barry: "The smell of action."
5. Murray: "They tried to live in a van. Those morons didn't even make it through the night." Beverly: "What my husband means is that there was a minor disagreement that resulted in our kids briefly moving into a carpeted vehicle."



Empire - 1.07 - Our Dancing Days

It's easy to see why this show is a juggernaut. The soapiness mixed with actually good music combines the best of entertainment with the worst of reality TV. Still it may be going overboard with the high drama subplots at this time. I really did not need the Cookie-Lucious-Anika love triangle to become an even bigger mess. I never need to see Lucious and Cookie screwing and spiking an addict's drink when they are trying to stay sober is the epitome of evil and selfish. What is wrong with these people! They are all repulsive and that's what makes this show so successful. Still in all the ways this show makes me feel like I need to take a shower after its done, there are moments of real heart. For instance, Rhonda calming Andre down when he's freaking out over his dad's death was heartwarming even as she was reminding him of his cold-hearted plan to take over the family business through any means necessary. The way Jamal and Hakeem put their differences aside to be there for their dad's big night made the best music the show's had so far even better. Then there's Cookie's big speech which was funny, loyal, and downright awesome. Just when I feel like I cannot stand the characters anymore, they throw in the warmth that draws me right back in.

Grade: B- (for the love triangle going full steam)

Best Reason to Watch - the investor celebration
Best Scene - Lucious breaks the news of his disease to his family
Best Speech - Cookie's bid to the investors
Best Moment - Rhonda calms Andre down
The "Say What?" Award - Lucious had Jamal marry Olivia…and when he was 18. What kind of crummy parenting is that?
Least Needed Subplot - Lucious and Cookie hooking up and Anika seeing them
The "Get Over It" Award - Cookie, did you really think you should be with Lucious instead of Anika in the ambulance? Get a reality check. Now!
Biggest Witch - Anika, who spikes Elle's drink because she's jealous of Cookie. That's it. You suck out loud too.
Biggest Idiot - Hakeem. Did he really think a necklace with his name on it was going to make his girlfriend ecstatic?
Worst Plan - abandoning your kid in an elevator
Least Subtle - Cookie asks Deveaux to beef up security at her place because she's single
Most One-Sided - Now I am no fan of Hakeem. Not at all. But this feud is not all on him so Cookie needs to start seeing it for what it is. Both of them trying to outdo each other.
Best Music - the mix of Dire Straits' Money for Nothing
Best Line in the Music - "Look mom, I'm on TV."
Best Quotes -
1. Cookie: "Shut up, both of y'all. One night of your little selfish lives. Now your brother Andre is out there trying to hustle up big time investors, trying to make your father's dream come true. And he worked his a** off for this moment, right here, right now. Fought his way like a dog out of the projects for you two ingrates. Now can you please come together for this one thing your father needs so he can bring this thing home for you. You hear me? I said, 'Do you hear me?' " Lucious: "Hakeem, listen to your mother. A very wise woman. You all take a minute."
2. Lucious: "Well how do you know it's not his baby?" Cookie: "You've got to have sex to make a baby, Lucious."
3. Hakeem: "He's dying and you're worrying about an IPO."
4. Cookie: "This is your fault, Lucious." Lucious: "Why is this my fault?"
5. Chef Roble: "Bro, it seems like your lady's on a completely different date than you are, but…uh, that chicken right there doesn't turn that around, I don't know what will."
6. Michael: "I love you but you're in love with your music. You don't have room for anyone else."



Stalker - 1.17 - Fun and Games

Yikes! I think my heart stopped 3 times in this episode. I am so glad I watched this in the light of day. Ray makes a great unsteady villain and I love the idea of finally being rid of Perry. I suppose Perry should be given points for trying to help Tracy but he just doesn't. He's the creepster who started the whole thing. Besides, he was a whiny, spoiled brat who needed to leave my screen. Ben however doesn't, so I am trusting that he will pull through. I am also trusting that CBS will air the remaining episodes like usual because you cannot leave a show's fans on such a big cliffhanger. I want to know how Beth goes free and quite honestly I hope it is Beth who saves herself. She knows this guy better than anyone. She knows his weaknesses. She's also good at her job and can use the skills she's learned working with other stalkers to turn the tables on him. I will actually be ticked off if Beth suddenly turns into a damsel in distress who needs Jack and Janice to rescue her. Let Beth outsmart Ray and then take him down herself.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - it ends in one heck of a cliffhanger
Best Scene - Ray finds Beth and shoots Ben
Best Action - junkyard
Biggest Idiot - Perry, who at least should have waited to try to run
Best Back Story - Beth explains what happened with Ray
Biggest Understatement - Perry: "I've…uh, misjudged the situation a bit."
Biggest Hmm - If Ray served his sentence and his family kept him locked up anyway, shouldn't the psychiatrist who broke him out have needed the family's permission to let him leave? Otherwise Ray could have walked out on his own at anytime without outside help. That story is even more fishy now.
Least Surprising - Perry and Ray in Beth's house in the cold open was a dream
Most Helpful in a Pinch - Vicki, who is not above threatening the NSA
Best Plan - Ray may be an ice cold psychopath but using Tracy to lure away most of the police was smart
The "Too Little Too Late" Award - While I am glad Perry tries to save Tracy, he is the cause of the whole mess. I feel no sympathy.
The "Welcome Back" Award - Mira Sorvino, mostly of movies
Best Quotes -
1. Perry: "The way you come and go…I have no idea what you're up to." Ray: "Because you disapprove of my actions, Perry. That judge-y face of yours is extremely annoying."
2. Vicki: "Calm down, John. That was not a veiled threat. It was right out there in the open."
3. Jack: "Jack Larsen." Vicki: "Yes, transferred from NYPD homicide." Jack: "Yeah, and I make a bad first impression. Just to warn you." Ben: "I can vouch for that."
4. Gene: "So is this Ray a violent guy or is he messed up in the head, kind of like…" Perry: "Like me?" Gene: "No, what I meant…nah, that's what I meant."
5. Perry: "I don't want any innocent people to get hurt." Ray: "Oh that is such the appropriate thing to say but we both know that is a lie. You secretly want me to be the bad guy. That is why you went to Seattle to spring me out of the crazy house, because you do not have the courage to do it yourself." Perry: "That's not true." Ray: "Oh yes it is." Perry: "That's not true." Ray: "And it's okay. Just don't be such a nagging, little b** about it. Just let it happen. You want Beth, we have to break her bit by bit. She will start to unravel, weaken, make poor decisions. She'll start to separate herself from others. And I do realize that that this is not exactly the nicest way to treat someone you love, but I do believe it will all work out in the end."



Allegiance - 1.03 - Surreptitious Entry

The cat and mouse game of the laptop drove the pacing of this episode and added necessary tension. As did speeding up of time table. I'm still not feeling the relationship between Natalie and Victor. There seems to be many risks with little reward. In other words, not a good plan for a spy. Katya and Mark working together however made the night. I love how they each bring their own skill set to the operation. I also like Natalie standing up for her mom with her sister and the understanding they come to on the roof. To be honest though, what I am really excited about is the next episode. If the promos aren't just a huge tease, the stakes go sky high next week.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - the race to get to the laptop first
Best Scene - Alex almost catches his own parents
Best Character Interaction - Mark and Katya
Least Likely to be Late - Alex is like my kiddo. You have to be there super early just so you aren't one minute late. It's annoying.
Best Travel Convenience - fold up desks on the train are very cool
The "Not Them Again" Award - the Freemasons had zero free time if their ties to all the conspiracies of the world are correct
Most Disgusting - putting your finger in a gunshot wound to stop the bleeding
The "Oh My Poor Child" Award - Sarah doesn't know who Rocky is
The "Say What?" Award- Why did Mark just talk about the plan to betray the SVR when Victor is listening?
Smartest Guy in the Room - Alex by far
The "Welcome Back" Award - Fred Dalton Thompson, best known for Law & Order
Best Quotes -
1. Natalie: "Haven't you heard of the Masons? It's like a cool secret society." Sarah: "Well if it's so secret then why do they give public tours."
2. Sam: "Have a beer with her. Just don't take her to a dive bar or anyplace where some drunk guy might try to grab her butt. It won't end well for them. And don't…do NOT get into a game of quarters with her. That won't end well for you."
3. FBI Leader: "If you keep this in your pocket, you can have your ball back."
4. Sam: "Because the CIA encourages its undercover officers to avoid places filled with reporters and news cameras. We leave that to our friends at the FBI." Alex: "Right." Sam: "Get the hell out of there."
5. Mark: "I'm an engineer, honey. It…it's impressive."



Elementary - 3.15 - When Your Number's Up

It is a rare when I feel more sympathy for Sherlock than Watson. Granted this season it's been hard to find sympathy for either giving their continual fighting, but in this episode Sherlock is the clear winner. He steps on egg shells to make Watson feel more comfortable but also realizes that she is fleeing her old life because of Andrew's death. I like that he confronted her about it, even if she was a little bratty with him. In fact, the way he took care to make it easier on her to return to her old life should she choose to later was the sweetest thing he has ever done. I expect that it was quite expensive as well. No way that apartment was cheap. I hope now that Watson has moved her things into the basement to create her own office, it is also a signal that we are coming to the end of the constant bickering between the main characters. It's beyond old now and they need to move past it. Other than that, I found the flipped format more intriguing. I am a fan of the show Motive, which also takes the same approach. Of course this killer was far less sympathetic than Motive's tend to be. Alicia Witt seems to be typecast these days as the ice cold witch.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - formula flip so we know who the killer is before Sherlock and Watson do
Best Scene - Sherlock questions whether Joan is moving too fast by moving into the brownstone
Most Cynical - the idea that a formula can tell you how much a person is worth
Most Evil - killing a homeless person
Most Insightful - Sherlock, who wonders if Watson is hiding by moving back into the brownstone
Best New Set - the brownstone basement
Worst Motive - only a psychopath becomes a mass murderer to shop more
The "Welcome Back" Award - Alicia Witt from Friday Night Lights and The Librarians
Best Quotes -
1. Sherlock: "Yesterday, you asked me why I held on to your apartment. You worried that I'm having second thoughts about your return here. I merely question your haste, the timing of it all, so I took steps to keep your options open for your benefit." Watson: "Do you want me living here or not?" Sherlock: "I do. I've never wavered on that. Even having you here the last few days has had a measurable benefit to our process." Watson: "Then what is it?' Sherlock: "For a long time I have argued that you should fully embrace the life of a detective. You've always had a valid rebuttal. I might not share your need for a more balanced existence but I accept it. Now, abruptly, my words hold more truth for you. You're rushing to shed the skin of your former self. You're abandoning your belongings as if leaving the site of a contamination."
2. Sherlock: "Luc speaks not one word of English. In fact, he barely speaks at all. It is but one of his many virtues and a real moving company will step foot in the brownstone over my moldering corpse."
3. Cardenas: "You know they're calling him the Aceway Killer?" Sherlock: "I can only imagine how infuriating that must be when you worked so hard to earn that moniker all by yourself."
4. Sherlock: "I know that you and Andrew were only together for a short while, but I worry that in the aftermath of trauma you might be overadjusting. That moving back might not be the progression that you believe it to be, but might be a regression, a retreat into the safety of the known. I suppose I just want to insure that I haven't been too quick to encourage. That I haven't unwittingly cast myself in the role of enabler."
5. Sherlock: "That you will spend the bulk of your remaining days in prison is, well it's a virtual certainty. What kind of prison on the other hand…" Bell: "You can find yourself in a hole in the ground…" Sherlock: "Or a room with a view, somewhere with a yard, exercise equipment, more white collar criminals than blue. I mean it really just comes down to this Mrs. Powell. What do you think you deserve?"



How to Get Away with Murder - 1.13 - Mama's Here Now

This episode was a seminar in acting lead by Cicely Tyson and Viola Davis with everyone stepping up their game. The scenes were intense and emotionally fraught. Yet it was that very thing that made this episode feel like it dragged on. Yes, I know I am the only person who thought this episode moved at a snail's pace and therefore did not enjoy it as much as usual. What can I say? It dragged in the middle. While I enjoyed watching Annalise fall apart and then build her confidence back up in the light of her mother's confession, I didn't need it to take as long as it did. Annalise is the show and when she is absent even to have Anna May take her place, it causes the show's flaws to stick out a little more. It didn't help that neither Annalise's molestation or Mama's arson surprised me. It felt like the show was building up to a big twist that was already spelled out in neon lights. For me it was more of a surprise that Bonnie actually won the case because they seemed intent on making her look incompetent for the last few episodes. Not that her judgment is sound because Asher? Really? Urgh! I also don't know what to make of Frank watching it. I do like the new twist of Wes not trusting Rebecca and it would be cool if it ended up that Rebecca really is the murderer. Talk about coming full circle. Still Annalise is back and she has a plan for Nate like everyone suspected. I can't wait to see how she works her magic this time.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - the acting
Best Scene - Mama admits to burning down her house with Uncle Clyde in it because he raped Annalise
Best Twist - Bonnie wins in court
Most Intense - Annalise confronts her mother about being raped as a child
Best Character Interactions - Annalise and her mama / Bonnie and Frank
MVP / Best Character - Mama
The "For the Love of My Sanity" Award - Stop talking about killing Sam in public places. Stop talking about it around Asher. Stop talking about it in hallways. Just freaking stop talking! Argh!
Best Tough Love - Mama trying to get Annalise out of bed
Most Creepy - Mama talking about Annalise and Wesley and sex in the same breath
Worst Time to have Doubts - after you kill someone for your girlfriend may not be the best time to entertain doubts about whether she killed someone beforehand
Worst Way to Celebrate - screwing Asher
Best Recap - Mama, who sums up the season so far better than the previouslies did
Biggest Oops - Bonnie says the jury should find her client guilty and then doesn't cover by saying she's guilty of being a good person or whatever. She admits it was a slip of the tongue.
Least Surprising - Annalise was raped as a child by a relative / Mama killed him
Most Surprising - Connor says no to sex
Best Reaction - Annalise to hearing that her mother killed the man who raped her as a child
Best Subplot - Laurel and Wes visit Rudy at the mental facility
Best Return - Annalise instead of Anna May
The "Welcome Back" Award - Cicely Tyson, acting legend / Mark Famiglietti, a blast from the big time past who starred in Young Americans
Best Quotes -
1. Mama: "Oh I know how…how you've been torturing yourself about what went on here, baby. Maybe you did something real bad. I don't know. Don't much care if you did. I know if you did, you had your reason because sometimes you got to do what you've got to do even if all you've got is a long match and a very flammable hooch."
2. Bonnie: "Why'd you lie to me about Sam? I asked you to your face what happened and you said you didn't know." Frank: "We're not doing this while you're wasted." Bonnie: "She told you not to tell me, right?" Frank: "Do you blame her?" Bonnie: "No, that's why I can't go up there."
3. Connor: "Wow, you even know how to kill a natural high."
4. Annalise: "Oh I learned Anna May belonged in a hand-me-down box. Go home, Mama. I don't need you."
5. Jolene: "Are you sure this is going to work?" Bonnie: "No, but we'll both feel really awesome if it does."



TBBT - 8.15 - The Comic Book Store Regeneration

I don't keep up with TBBT spoilers so while I knew that Carol Ann Susi (the woman who voiced Mrs. Wolowitz) died, I didn't realize that this is the episode in which the character would too. I was watching it late at night and the surprise of it hit me hard. One minute we're watching Nathan Fillion and the next Howard is breaking the news. It was jarring but in the end it was about as realistic as TBBT gets. Sometimes there is no warning and the fallout effects everyone. While I liked the characters reminiscing about their time with Howard's mother, the real gem was the consistency. I often overlook that Sheldon's father died while he was a kid so I too expected him to say something inappropriate. Really he is the one who can most relate and Sheldon is rarely in that position. It was the best twist they could have given. Still the moments leading up the sad news ranged from good to meh. The comic shop's return being the best and the weird Fillion encounter falling closer to meh. It just didn't gel for me and outside the bonnet line I didn't find any of it funny. In fact the whole episode fell short on laughs. Maybe it was supposed to.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - Sheldon is the most empathetic of all
Best Scene - reminiscing about Mrs. Wolowitz together
Worst Friends - Amy and Sheldon testing Penny and Leonard
Best Twist - Sheldon has the exact right words to say
Biggest Guest Star - Nathan Fillion
Biggest Baby - Howard, who needs to let the situation with Stuart go
Biggest Hmm - How does Amy not know about Thomas Edison and the light bulb quandary?
Worst Way to Make a Point - Sheldon trying to throw a dryer sheet
Smartest Plan - Penny gets Sheldon to fold her laundry
Best Sign - the one in the laundry room says, "Please keep your clothes on while doing laundry"
Best Return - the comic book shop
Best Quotes -
1. Sheldon: "May I say something?" Leonard: "Not right now Sheldon." Sheldon: "But I think it will be comforting." Leonard: "Buddy…" Howard: "No, it's okay. What?" Sheldon: "When I lost my own father, I didn't have any friends to help me through it. You do."
2. Sheldon: "I'm sorry you had to see that." Penny: "I'm sorry I didn't have a camera."
3. Nathan: "Oh I think you've made a mistake. I'm not an actor." Raj: "Don't say that. I mean you're no Dame Judi Dench but you're pretty great."
4. Bernadette: "Howie if the store succeeds, Stewart has a source of income and he can move out of your mother's house. It seems like some old furniture is a reasonable price to pay for that." Howard: "That is a good point, but I didn't marry you for good points. I married you to blindly support me, no matter how ridiculous I'm being." Bernadette: "This is why I had to rewrite our wedding vows."
5. Leonard: "Come on, let's have a toast. To Mrs. Wolowitz, loving mother…to all of us. We'll miss you."



The Musketeers - 2.06 - Through a Glass Darkly

I know there are many out in TV Land who hate Milady and want her to die, but every time she is on screen she steals the show and this episode may be her finest. I adore how she takes charge when she gets to the Musketeers and her bravery in the face of a madman. I'll save my death wishes for King Louis, an arrogant, cowardly prig of a man who hides his own shortcomings by berating those better than him. Even though it is not possible for the show to kill him off, oh how I wish he'd be kidnapped or on extended holiday for an entire season or two. He always gets on my nerves. At least I don't have to suffer through Louis to get my Milady time anymore. While Milady is the MVP of the episode, I did love how complicated Marmion was too. Yes, he was crazy but for once it was for a good reason. Unlike other shows (cough Arrow cough), his psychosis makes sense. In a twisted way, his punishment fit the crime. He blamed the king for killing off his village so he planned to kill off the king's entourage. Of course I'm not saying he was right but at least he didn't try to kill thousands because his wife died in a mugging gone wrong. Marmion's background made him a little easier to tolerate but it was his brother Robert who garnered a little sympathy, even before he sacrificed himself. I am glad that my initial prediction of Marmion killing him in cold blood did not come true. All in all, with the exception of some slower scenes and the continued onslaught of Constance and D'Artagnan, this was one of the better Musketeer episodes of the season.

Grade: B

Best Reason to Watch - the complicated villain
Best Scene - Marmion explains how he watched his family die one by one
Best Character - Milady / Robert
Best Character Interaction - Porthos and Rochefort
Least Surprising - the random guy we don't know guesses wrong and dies
Biggest Shock - Marmion shoves Aramis out of a window
Biggest Douche - King Louis
Biggest Hmmm - Why does Aramis climb up the wall instead of climbing down and scouting for a place to enter at ground level? It would seem prudent to at least try to scout the place first. He could always climb up if there was no other way.
The "Gee, I Don't Know" Award - Why does everyone hate you, King Louis? Maybe because you are a spoiled, vain, whiny prick who constantly puts his own needs before everyone else's.
Most Surprising - I knew Robert would die by his brother's hand. I did not know it would be in sacrifice for D'Artagnan.
The "Nope, Still Don't Care" Award - nothing about D'Artagnan and Constance's romance interests me at all
Most Painful - Porthos allows for a dislocated shoulder so that Rochefort can get the hook
Best Moment - Athos has to lift Milady onto her horse
Best Milady Quotes -
1. Milady: "Frankly I would rather be dead than listen to your endless babble for one more minute."
2. Milady: "What? You've never seen a woman before? From the look of you, probably not."
3. Milady: "So that is the reward for virtue. To be left with nothing." Athos: "Not entirely. You have my respect." Milady: "Once upon a time that might have been important to me."
4. Milady: "Aramis is dead, the king is in terrible danger, but by all means let's discuss my moral character. We have all day."
5. Milady: "Why do you keep staring at me?" Athos: "I am surprised. For once you actually seem to care about something other than yourself." Milady: "The king dies, I lose my position in court. It would be a catastrophe." Athos: "Forgive me for being naïve."
6. Milady: "Never keep a lady waiting."
Best Other Quotes -
1. Athos: "I heard you broke a window." Aramis: "Better that than my neck."
2. Robert: "Marmion is my brother. I would follow him to hell if he asked me." Marguerite: "Hell is where you're going for this." Robert: "I've been there already, milady. It doesn't frighten me anymore."
3. Rochefort: "Can't you Musketeers do anything useful?" Porthos: "Of all the people in all the world, I've got to be chained to you." Rochefort: "Your friend should have kept his mouth shut. We wouldn't be here and he might still be alive." Porthos: "Aramis will be alright." Rochefort: "Are you mad? The fall will have broken his neck." Porthos: "You don't know Aramis." Rochefort: "I admire your optimism however deluded."
4. Porthos: "What's she doing here?" Athos: "She's helping us." Porthos: "You'll have to explain that to me later."
5. Porthos: "Next time try using the door, alright?" Rochefort: "This is all very moving but can we get on with the business of saving the king?"
6. Rochefort: "Aren't you going to plead for your life?" Marmion: "Why? Are you going to show mercy?" Rochefort: "No." Marmion: "You can't kill a man who's already dead." Rochefort: "Mmm. I've never much cared for riddles."



12 Monkeys - 1.06 - The Red Forest

This episode is basically a reset where the only thing that really happens is Aaron is now on board the time travel train. Other than that it is simply a stopgap to negate what happened at the end of the last episode and to jump start yet another conspiracy. This time it's courtesy of the CIA in the form of Operation Troy. The title is pretty much on the nose if it a biological weapon. We also now have some whistleblower in Chechnya, who is likely never going to survive. Either the 12 Monkeys crew or the CIA is going to take him out but not before he screws the entire world over in the process. Thanks hacker. Easily the best part of the episode was Aaron, who could prove to be an excellent ally. Here's hoping he isn't secretly part of the 12 Monkeys because I really want to like this guy.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - Aaron
Best Scene - Cole sees Ramse in the alternate world
Biggest Game Changer - Ramse and Jones talk about his future and now there's another reason besides the power core for them to only jump when necessary
Best Switch - Cole and Aaron working together
Biggest Oops - Aaron accidentally shoots Cole instead of the Pale Man
Best Twist - Ramse is in charge of the West Seven in AlterVerse
The "I'm a Believer" Award - Aaron watches Cole disappear. That'll make anyone believe.
Most Bizarre - the red forest stuff
The "Welcome Back" Award - Demore Barnes, formerly Raphael on Supernatural / Alisen Down from Gracepoint
Best Quotes -
1. Cole: "I've got a buddy back in 2043, always says this thing. Everybody's got 2 wolves inside them. Both of them are starving. The one wolf is anger, envy, pride. The other one's truth, kindness. Every day they tear each other apart, but it's not the better wolf that wins. It's the one you feed. Cassie feeds the good one."
2. Cole: "You're a good man in any reality." Ramse: "Eh, see you on the flip side."
3. Aaron: "Operation Troy? How do you know about that? That's classified." Cole: "Where I come from, it's history."
4. Aaron: "So how the hell we doing this?" Cole: "We go in. We get Cassie. We get out." Aaron: "That's it. How about a plan this time?" Cole: "Everybody wants a plan. There's no time." Aaron: "You're a time traveler."
5. Jones: "James, you and I are breaking the unwritten rules of the universe. In time, it's going to take what its owed. Eventually, it will kill you." Cole: "How many jumps have I got left?" Jones: "Not as many as I'd like." Cole: "Is it enough?" Jones: "It has to be."



Backstrom - 1.05 - Bogeyman

One of my big pet peeves in TV and Hollywood in general is how the last group you can mock openly and tear apart is Christians. A big part of why I chose to watch Backstrom beyond my typical 3 episodes is the Almond character. To see even part of a sermon on TV and not have the person giving it end up being a hypocritical murderer, adulterer, or pedophile is unheard of and refreshing. To witness a show on mainstream TV give homage to the power of prayer even more so. That's not to say that this is a modern Highway to Heaven, because it most certainly is not. Backstrom is as douchey as ever but we get some good back story on him and even more on Valentine, who is rapidly becoming the most sympathetic character. However the best reason to watch this episode is the happy ending. As cynical as I get, I still have a soft spot for ending with optimism.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - both kidnapped girls are alive and the church is saved
Best Scene - Backstrom interrogates Lewis
Most Intense - Valentine's confession of what happened to him
Best Reaction - Backstrom literally collapses when he hears the missing girl he looked for 7 years ago is alive
Best Moment - Moto gets Backstrom into a prayer circle
Best Back Story - Valentine was abducted and tortured for 3 days / Backstrom was in psych ward as a kid
Worst Detective Work - It took me 3 seconds to realize that GiGBBiB meant Good is Good but Bad is Better. Why did it take them forever to pick it up?
Least Appealing Art - granted there are worse things that pass as art out there, but no way I pay for a bronze otter
Most in Need of Sex Ed - Claudio
Biggest Brat / Most Crazy - Amber
Dumbest Teen - Someone seriously went online looking for a vampire to turn her? Urgh! Too much Twilight rots your brain.
Best Plan - using Valentine as the vampire lure
Least Surprising - Talia's friends sent the ransom
Worst Teen Slogan - "Good is good but bad is better." Okay…not liking your chances, Talia.
The "Poor Baby" Award - Valentine's story of being abducted and abused as a new street kid
The "Welcome Back" Award - Fred Koehler, who I recognized from Grimm / Maddie Phillips, most recently guesting on Supernatural
Best Quotes -
1. Amber's Dad: "I don't appreciate your tone, Detective Almond." Almond: "Your daughter's a drug user and an extortionist. I'm not sure I appreciate your parenting skills."
2. Backstrom: "I have you for a 72 hour hold. I plan on us spending every minute of that together." Almond: "Cruel and unusual punishment."
3. Niedermayer: "Lieutenant, we're running out of time. We have to think of something fast." Backstrom: "Damn it." Almond: "No, it's time to think of something slow. We need to pray." Backstrom (laughing): "Yeah, seriously. Okay, good. Knock yourselves out." Moto: "Lieutenant, you said that you'd do whatever it takes to catch that bogeyman."
4. Gravely: "I am sending you the restricted video file. I hope that you will come visit me when I'm in Leavenworth."
5. Valentine: "Just making sure. You do know that vampires aren't real, correct?"



About the Author - Da
hne
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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