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A potential romance (or two) is hatched, Rachel sticks it to Cassandra, and Brittany hits rock bottom as a new GLEE delves deeper into the Britney songbook with surprisingly awesome results.
It begins with Brittany giving herself a voiceover about the good in her life (though she misses Santana). She leads the Cheerios in “Hold It Against Me,” before Sue brings her to her office. Brittany got an F- on an exam (she drew Happyville on the back), and since she’s a bad role model for the Cheerios, Sue is kicking her out. Kitty is going to be the head cheerleader. Though Santana briefly comforts her via Skype, she has to leave for her own cheerleading practice.
Meanwhile, in New York, Cassandra July tells Rachel she isn’t sexy enough for the tango. And I agree. Rachel is too sexy as French fries are to healthy.
I love that she thinks Jesus lives at the North Pole. I love that she draws crayon pictures of Happyville — the place where math was never invented — on the back of her math tests. I really love that her go-to comfort foods are cashews and bacon. But most of all, I love that she’s really not stupid.
If Glee’s carbon-copy replacements turn out to have been crafted to reflect that aspect of real, live high school, I will be impressed, even if it would have made more sense to bestow the appropriate titles upon characters we’ve grown with over the last three seasons, characters who’ve been groomed to step up to the mic as their older counterparts left. I really like Marley so far, but part of me is angry on Tina’s behalf because she was always meant to be Rachel’s successor (according to Glee’s own philosophy, at least).
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People’s lives don’t have plots. And that brings us to one winning aspect of the series “Parenthood.” The show’s writers make connections, establish themes, and develop characters and the relationships between them, but one rarely feels, as a viewer, that one is in the grip of a plot. And that’s a good thing. Family dramas, in general, shouldn’t feel like Bruce Willis action vehicles.
Tonight’s second episode of the 4th season is called ‘Left Field.’ On tonight’s show as the family adapts to their new son, Julia communicates her love in an unusual way to Victor. Meanwhile Crosby and Jasmine work as a couple to add structure and boundaries to their marriage. If you missed last week’s premiere episode you can read our full and detailed recap here!
However, Kristina’s immediate agenda is to replace Haddie (Sarah Ramos) with a dog. If she wants to simulate parenting Haddie, she should get a cat who will reject all of Kristina’s attempts to show affection for her. But Max (Max Burkholder) is excited about getting a dog. He falls in love with an expensive golden retriever. Adam understandably balks at paying 1,200 dollars for a puppy. Someone else buys the dog while Adam is contemplating spending Haddie’s tuition on a canine. Max goes into full meltdown mode and Adam leaves Kristina to deal with him on her own because he has to take a shower. Adam turns into a “Mad Men” era father when it suits him.
This Victor kid sure doesn’t want to go to school, does he? Still trying to adjust to newly-adopted life, Victor, on the first day of school, refuses to go and buys a few days time “faking” sick, or in other words, Julia giving up and Joel just letting him play video games. Victor eventually caves under the dedication of Julia, who promises to stay outside of school all day, acting as a safety net, which he never utilizes. Joel is proud of Julia’s commitment, as too is Victor who thanks Julia and receives some Erika Christensen hugs and kisses, realizing that “Hey! This family actually really cares about me”. The ending was a little cutesy, but I’m all for getting passed this “honeymoon” stage of Victor feeling like an outsider, although done well enough, can feel like a drag if they keep going back to this same well. So, hopefully Victor feels more like a part of the family so he can teach Sid how to fake sick better (Joel knows how to bait her with the promise of art at school!).
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It was an episode of ups and downs in the season finale of Royal Pains titled “Sand Legs”. In the season finale, HankMed is acting as the on-site physicians at the Hamptons Labor Day Invitational, which leads to Hank (Mark Feuerstein) treating an amateur beach volleyball player who he believes, may be suffering from more than just a summer bug. As Hank’s diagnosis becomes much more worse for the volleyball player, how does that effect his relationship with Harper (Kat Foster) who has asked him to meet her family?
During the past few episodes of this season, we’ve seen a lot of situations in various characters’ lives that began rough but were finally coming to satisfying conclusions. Paige, who had been so upset to find out that she was adopted and that her parents had lied to her, had supposedly found her birth mom. In addition, Paige and Evan’s relationship was growing stronger than ever and, despite some bumps, they were still on their way to walking down the aisle together. Divya, after being nearly forced to go through with an arranged marriage, had finally found love. And Hank, who hadn’t had too much luck in the romance department since his engagement was called off and Jill had left town, was finally with someone he was ready to commit to.
Then again, he knows how important family is to Harper, so shouldn’t he have foreseen that his last minute exit would have a severe impact on the future of his relationship with her? From her tone with him on the phone, it’s clear Hank is going to have some serious sucking up to do to get fix this one.
Hank and Harper’s romance wasn’t the only one that got a little rocky this week, either. Divya and Rafa had a serious falling out there toward the end of the episode. I guess she should have guessed that she wasn’t the only one on Rafa’s lady circuit.
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Tonight’s episode, “Vested Interest”, was written by creator Jeff Eastin, and beautifully directed by Russell Lee Fine. The FBI part of the plot has Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) attending an FBI conference where someone is trying to steal high valued defense technology. However, they soon discover the thief has a brazen plan to take something much more valuable away from the conference.
The episode picks up with Neal and Peter still at odds, Neal blaming him for Ellen’s death and angry that he investigated Sam, which caused him to bolt. Peter tries to reconcile with Neal, who doesn’t even want to talk to him. The two however have to put aside their problems as there is an FBI conference, and they have to speak to why they make such great partners. There are some great lines during the presentations, both Neal being a smart ass and Peter admitting to having faith.
Neal returns home to find Mozzie (Willie Garson) and Sam (Treat Williams) in his apartment. Neal agrees to keep Peter out of things going forward and the three come up with a plan to draw out the person after Sam. Neal plans to steal an embeddable tracking device from the FBI conference. He’ll then get Peter to sign a surveillance authorization form for a safehouse where Sam will be. When the person after Sam arrives, Neal will embed the tracker into their skin.
Oh, but Peter feels bad that maybe it was his fault that Ellen got murdered and that Sam disappeared because he ran their names through the FBI database and probably got them found in witness protection. So to make up for it he’s fixing the coffee maker at headquarters. He’s so proud of himself by the end I half expected to carry Neal the coffee along with his newspaper and slippers in his mouth. Instead he stands in the office doorway and wags his tail as Neal ignores him.
The New Rachel
Glee season 4 premieres with episode 1, “The New Rachel” that begins with Rachel in Cassandra’s Dance 101 class. She doesn’t get off up to a good begin, and also Cassandra centers this girl insults on this girl. Meanwhile, she hasn’t known from Finn in 2 months and also her roommate is sleeping her method through NYADA.
The episode opens in NYADA because Rachel experiences the heck of her first dance class with Cassandra July. She could possibly be excellent bitchy, but I surely get the good sense which she will give Rachel a nudge within the correct way. After dubbing Rachel “David Schwimmer” and also calling Ohio “a giant turd that Michigan simply cant pinch off of, Cassandra makes it obvious that “Rachel sucks.” Ouch.
Of her performance, EW’s Ken Tucker appears to see Cassandra because a bit of the stock “Glee” character. He composes, “She satisfies the today time-honored Glee conference to be a fictional character that says a lot of viciously cruel things, cutting until other cast bleed emotionally, to ensure that other subplots can virtually sing the praises of tolerance, love, and anti-bullying. She did have a potential to do a requisite song and dance quantity, to prove to the college students that she can outperform any sort of one of them. No less than Rachel excelled in impressing Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg) and also getting her position. However Brand new York was actually proving brutally lonely for this girl.
The impulse to shake up the status quo is a good one. I’ve liked the overall “Glee” ensemble cast since the start, but there’s virtually no question which the tv series has always had more cast than it can comfortably juggle. And if the post-graduation plan signifies we are going to feel observing a good deal less of Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley and Harry Shum Jr. in both the brief or long term, I’ll skip them. But I’d be happy with a particular increased focus throughout the kids left behind. Or perhaps to see the apparent movie stars, Lea Michele as well as Chris Colfer, option into the limelight in New York.
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Last week’s episode of White Collar ended with a cliffhanger and tonight’s episode, “Gloves Off,” brought viewers right back to the Burkes’ living room where Neal sat with Peter and Mozzie, prepared to watch the tape Ellen had made for him when he’d been a little kid. The tape brought out Neal’s emotional side and Peter’s protective side. But we all knew from the episode promos that the two were heading for the boxing ring. The only question was how much of that fight was going to be real?
Honestly, this childish dynamic makes tons of sense in the world of White Collar: Much like the FBI, friendships often entail several levels of security clearance depending on your place on the totem pole. Like, if your second-best friend tells you a secret, you can only share that secret with your first-best friend, as your first-best friend has the highest level of security clearance possible. But major conflicts arise when the second-best friend believes that he or she is actually your first-best friend: THEN what are the proper clearance levels of secrets disclosure? This conflict is bound to happen when you weight relationships like this, but often your two best friends will TEST their security clearances by forbidding you to disclose information to the other, which is always the first step toward a huge friendship meltdown. That’s basically what “Gloves Off” was all about: Neal found himself caught between TWO parties who each demanded best-friend status, and it did NOT end well for anybody.
The episode also makes it somewhat obvious that Neal’s promises made to Sam are more important than those made to Peter. Even though he barely knows Sam. Suspecting, whether stubbornly or too easily, Neal believes Sam is the key to finding out who murdered Ellen. (And secondarily, where his father is.)
The serendipity of how they overlapped just in time to send a furious Neal hurtling wildly toward an unsuspecting Peter, thereby bringing their issues of mistrust to a head in dramatically entertaining and visceral fashion? Well, it’s a lot to conspire without undoing every thread, and enough to make one’s eyes roll incredulously. Fortunately, the action is shot with a manic, fishbowl realism. The punches themselves land frequently and bluntly, preventing the entire climax from careening into self-parody.
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Hurts Like A Mother
Rafa and Divya have been making sweet love and as odd as it seems to Royal Pains fans, the medical assistant has thrown caution to the wind.When the Rafa character was introduced weeks ago, he was starring in the polo matches that weren’t expected to stretch past one episode. We got a big surprise when Divya and Rafa became an item at the conclusion of that show.
He has stuck around to serve as the romantic partner Divya never knew she wanted. In a video clip of tonight’s show, she tells Dr. Hank Lawson that she couldn’t be more surprised to be with a man like Rafa.
What I liked most was that Paige seemed to bond and connect with Fiona not only as a fellow college freshman, but also as someone who felt like they were on the outside looking in. Seeing Paige connect with her and care for her like she did was refreshing. I would have loved for someone to have supported and taken care of my academic life in the same situation; it was almost like something a big sister would do, and I loved seeing Paige fill that role.
Similarly, I enjoyed watching that relationship inform and transform Paige’s perspective on her parents. She finally came around to a conclusion that they may not have made her, but they made her who she is as an individual now, which is the most important thing.
On the Evan and Paige front, the couple is expected to continue to manage their emotions as best they can about the sudden changes in their lives.
When Neal is involved in a heist stealing Greek antiques, sent in of course undercover for the FBI, things go slightly astray when he’s arrested, on tonight’s episode of White Collar. Back at home base the team discusses the possibility of Alex being involved since she’s recently been released from prison and is now here in the city. For Neal this explains the clue he found in the back of the police car; an oragami note in the shape of a flower.
It was a particularly fine episode for Mozzie, who redeemed himself after leading Neal so far astray last season. When Neal received an old Betamax tape bequeathed by Ellen, he’s determined to watch it with Sam and only Sam. Mozzie, who trusts Sam even less than he trusts the FBI, chose an “unholy union” with the Suit rather than see Neal duped by someone who might mean him harm.
Speaking of Neal’s past, he gets a package marked “To: Neal Bennett, From: Kathryn Hill (AKA Ellen before she became Ellen).” Ellen wanted Neal to have this tape if she never saw Neal again. The tape is old – a beta max – that Neal wants to watch with Sam. Mozzie’s not happy too about it, to the point that he ends up telling Peter about Sam and the tape.
NYPD keeps interfering with the case, and it is a great source of humor. Hopefully this won’t be the last time Neal and Peter run into NYPD. Another great aspect of this case is Alex. She outsmarts everyone, and ends up with the treasure. It’s always nice to show that Neal, Peter and the FBI are not necessarily the smartest out there. Alex plays them all, and they don’t suspect it until the end. Does anyone else love that Alex won, and did you love the NYPD?
Willie Garson was on fire tonight, turning Peter into a veritable bumbling Clouseau by fouling up his stakeout. Except instead of the Pink Panther, all Peter got was a lacy bra and red-herring manila envelope. (Sort of. Mozz’s maligned sticky enclosure did lead to at least one arrest.) You had to love it, and in retrospect get the prickly undercurrent, when Mozz quipped to Neal, “You’re the only one who gets to live in luxury?” and just plain chuckle at his chicken-shit cowering from Alex and concerns about “supplemental hiding” of his U-boat haul.
“Gloria’s pregnancy has repercussions throughout the family,” reveals Modern Family executive producer Christopher Lloyd of the surprise bun in the oven. “Jay [Ed O'Neil] is unnerved about being a dad again and briefly sees a therapist; Gloria [Sofia Vergara] is in a bit of denial and refuses to stop wearing her usual clothes; and Manny is concerned the parenting duties will fall to him.”
As for the growing baby bump, revealed in the ABC hit’s September 26 premiere, “Phil is transfixed by the changes to Gloria’s physique,” adds Lloyd. “And so is Claire, who secretly delights in it.”
After last week’s less than stellar episode, White Collar was back to its true, fantastic form with tonight’s episode, “Compromising Positions.” Neal, Peter and the FBI were going up against a talented fixer with a little help from Sara and Mozzie and Neal finally made contact with the mysterious Sam. But can the former cop be trusted?
This episode needed to include a warning: Do Not Drink While Viewing. In the four years White Collar’s been entertaining us, I don’t believe there has been a funnier scene than the one in tonight’s episode, superbly written by Matt Negrete. The entire episode is a perfect blend of serious and hilarious.
The episode started with Sam picking up Neal and asking him a bunch of questions. Neal explained his FBI consultant deal and he assured Sam that he could trust Peter. Sam felt the FBI was somehow responsible for what happened to Ellen since she’d been safe all these years until she landed on the FBI radar.
Sam basically kicked Neal out of the car, but Neal broke off his key in the door so he could use it to trace Sam’s whereabouts. He brought Mozzie in on the plan, but Mozzie warned Neal that Sam might not be trustworthy and he wasn’t sure it was a good idea to keep Peter out of it. But Neal was worried about Peter doing anything off book since he’s still on probation.
When he tells Mozzie, Neal receives interesting advice about keeping Peter informed on the case. Seems like a surprising turn from Mozzie to trust and include Peter, but if you think about it, Peter’s always had Neal’s best interest at heart (as does Moz) and has proved that loyalty over the past years.
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