BONES: L-R: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor in the "The Nightmare Within The Nightmare" season finale episode of BONES airing Thursday, July 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Bones 11×22 ‘The Nightmare Within the Nightmare’: Return of the Squintern

Season 11 finally comes to a close, revisiting the “Puppeteer” who thoroughly creeped us all out earlier this year. Yet we’re all in for a heck of a whammy when the team finally cracks the case about who their foe really is. And Bones proves that over a decade later, it’s still able to bring the goods with the best of them.

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Mr. Robot 2×03 ‘eps2.1k3rnel-pan1c.ksd’: The fallacy of control

Do you guys remember Sons of Anarchy?  That biker show that was pretty good for a few seasons, but went insane when it hit Season 6 because Kurt Sutter’s scripts were so obnoxiously self-indulgent?  Well, this episode of Mr. Robot kind of reminded me of Sons of Anarchy, not because of any of the content, but because Sam Esmail has such a singular command over the show AND because we’re treated to an extended 60 minute (without commercials) episode.  Kurt Sutter was notorious for creating absurdly long episodes where not much happened, dragging the show down every time we got an extended episode.  And here, in this episode of Mr. Robot, we get a taste of Sam Esmail indulging himself, extending things a little longer than necessary, including scenes that probably could have been cut.

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Baby Daddy 5×18 ‘She Said, Ben Said’: Oops!

Can we just get to next week to see what will come of Emma playing “Poke the Condom?” I don’t know how I feel about Baby Daddy other than, feeling antsy about fast forwarding a week in time. Riley and Danny are back together and now think they are the super couple of all couples with the most insight on how to make things work – huh…they wound up almost costing Ben his new found relationship with Sam. Meanwhile we finally saw Tucker and Bonnie take their relationship to the next level, only in a comical way.

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Pretty Little Liars 7×05 ‘Along Comes Mary’ and Jenna and Sarah and Noel

There are too many suspects! Mary Drake, Jenna Marshall, Sarah Harvey, Noel Kahn! The writer’s are throwing everyone we’ve ever suspected at us all at once. I am so overwhelmed! They have to be up to something. How else would these three sneaks have come together?

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Bones 11×21 ‘The Jewel in the Crown’: J’accuse

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned whodunnit to get everyone buzzing, and this week’s episode of Bones definitely pays tribute to classic film capers. With a little help from French Inspector Clouseau Rousseau, it’s all hands on deck to figure out whose sticky fingers are making off with the family jewels.

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Baby Daddy 5×17 ‘The Love Seat’: Chair-reem Abdul Jabbar

FINALLY! Our favorite ship has docked, and another ship that I’m sure will be sinkin’ soon on Baby Daddy. Riley realized she didn’t have to always be right thanks to a Toddlers and Tiaras meltdown, and Ben finally got the girl of his 16-year-old dreams. There are only a few episodes left in this season though. With that, will the Wheelers brothers be able to hold onto the so called women of their dreams as we head into a season finale?

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Mr. Robot 2×01 – 2×02 ‘ /”: The impossibility of revolution

If there’s one concern I’ve always had about Mr. Robot, it’s that it sometimes keeps its head in the clouds without coming down for a reality check.  There’s something true about its criticism of the way that technology infects our lives.  We’re dependent on it to keep us deluded, we look at news that reinforces our beliefs, we descent into catatonic states playing hours and hours of video games, we worry about Instagram likes and Facebook comments.  Technology changes our reality in ways we don’t entirely understand.  Not to mention how technology is used to reinforce power structures, from NSA tracking to drone strikes. But that’s a little cynical, isn’t it?  Technology keeps people alive, connects people in ways previously unimaginable, allows us to see the face of a loved one 3,000 miles away.  It’s not all good, but it’s certainly not all bad.

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Pretty Little Liars 7×04 ‘Hit and Run, Run, Run’ straight to the bar

Guess who just came ‘tapping through town’? That’s right, Jenna’s back. And of course along with her comes a whole new set of unanswered questions. Could she be the mysterious person behind the tinted car windows during Charlotte’s funeral? How is she connected to Elliott? And what is she really doing back in Rosewood?

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The Mindy Project 4×26 ‘Homewrecker’: What happens now?

If there’s one thing The Mindy Project knows how to do, it’s make a good finale. “Homewrecker” was no exception. The finale brought back all of season 4’s themes: Mindy and Danny’s relationship, Jody’s love for Mindy, and Mindy’s desire to be a good doctor and mother.

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Baby Daddy 5×16 ‘Double Date Double Down’: Boiling bunnies

Just last week Riley was all about going all in with Ross on Baby Daddy. This week? Yeah, she’s over that just as much as Ben is over his fantasy fling with his former biology teacher Ms. Gilcrest. The two band together to get rid of their older lovers but in the grand scheme of thing wound up proving why they do not belong with mature partners. Meanwhile, Bonnie and Tucker decided to bet against Danny when it came to hockey. They may have a problem on their hands…

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Pretty Little Liars 7×03 “The Talented Mr. Rollins” is no more.

So, are we just not going to talk about Alison getting supposedly kidnapped at the end of last episode? That didn’t get explained at all! One minute she is being pushed out a door filled with heavenly light and the next she is attacking her husband with her IV tube wrapped around his neck and her legs wrapped around his waist. You think they would have thrown in an explanation, even if it was a dream cop out. I guess there was some bigger fish to fry, or to be hit by a car, a red herring perhaps.

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The Mindy Project 2×25 ‘Freedom Tower Women’s Health’: The saga of bad decisions continues

Bad decisions are the foundation of TV. If we didn’t have bad decisions, we wouldn’t have had some of the greatest shows of our time. (What if Walter White hadn’t cooked meth? What if Ned hadn’t left Winterfell? What if Michael Bluth hadn’t tried to save the family business?) While they hurt the characters we love, they make for great stories. This is good news for The Mindy Project’s audience, it’s bad news for Danny Castellano.

Actually, the only one who makes good decisions in this episode are Mindy and Morgan. Mindy’s pretty straightforward: she knows she likes Jody, and once he breaks up with Courtney she wants to date him. On one hand, this could come off as a quick way to pair Mindy and Jody up, but it makes a lot of sense. This season has seen Mindy mature and evolve in her dating life; she knows what she wants now, and she goes for it. She’s also not willing to take any drama from the men in her life. When she realizes Jody has chlamydia, she immediately throws him out of her apartment.

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Baby Daddy 5×15 ‘Unholy Matrimony’: Faking it

No one was in a real relationship tonight on Baby Daddy. Danny was set up with a rising star for publicity, Riley was back with Ross to get back at Danny and Ben was dating…Bonnie? Yeah, it was a weird night for everyone and in the end we still didn’t get our OTP back.

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Pretty Little Liars 7×02 “Bedlam”

These girls get kidnapped so often it’s like going to the mall. Hanna doesn’t need to go to the hospital or report it to the police; she just needs a glass of wine and to make some poor life decisions. That seems pretty on brand for this show.

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Game of Thrones 6×10 ‘The Winds of Winter’: The more things change…

It’s shocking, but it all makes sense.  People are part of cycles, of waves in history, and while they like to think that they can stake their unique claim to a portion of history, often enough they’re filling a role created by somebody else.  That realization is difficult to have because it reminds us of just how small we are, just how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.  Even the greatest victories fade over time.  Even the most triumphant families and names eventually crumble away, covered by the snow of winter.  And when we think of that, we tend to forget the long game, how we really do resonate throughout time.  We tend to do things that make us feel good, things that may lead to darker times down the road.

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Bones 11×20 ‘The Stiff in the Cliff’: How to kill friends and cannibalize people

We’re sticking with the ice theme this week, only this time it’s of the outdoor variety. It feels like, at some point, everyone at the Jeffersonian has been accused of murder, and this week it’s Clark’s turn, because the poor guy hasn’t been put through enough in the last few seasons. But if there’s one thing the squints are good at, it’s proving that one of their own is innocent against all odds.

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Baby Daddy 5×14 ‘Not So Great Grandma’: Emotional improv

Loni Anderson guest starred as the grandma from hell on this week’s Baby Daddy. Sorry, but I didn’t buy for one second that she was as great as Ben and Danny thought her to be. If there’s a reason a mother doesn’t want someone around their kids – there’s a dang reason. So I was on Bonnie’s side from the start. On the flip side Tucker and Riley were learning improv for their jobs, and sizzling from the heat.

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Pretty Little Liars 7×01 Tick Tock Bitches “The Bell tolls for Hanna”

Well we started off with quite a bang. The girls, minus Hanna, are digging a grave, tears streaming down their faces. Please tell me it’s not for Hanna. NOT HANNA! PS Was I the only one that forgot Hanna was kidnapped last season? It was a long hiatus for me. Read more »

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The Mindy Project 2×24 ‘My Kid Stays in the Picture’: One step forward, two steps back

This week’s The Mindy Project was incredibly frustrating for me, because it backtracked on the character progression of just last week’s episode. I enjoyed “There’s No Crying in Baseball” because it referenced how the show (and Mindy Lahiri) were trying to bounce back from Danny leaving. It looked like Mindy had made progress when she opened up to the idea of a serious relationship with the sporty, kind Drew. It was a big moment for the character, as she had been having only short term relationships in the wake of breaking up with Danny. Not only did this make the story seem repetitive (it seemed like every other week we would meet a new love interest, and then they would disappear), but it made it hard for any new love interest to stand out. This is why I was so relieved when it was implied that Drew would be on the show for more than a few episodes.

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Game of Thrones 6×09 ‘Battle of the Bastards’: The price of power

Tyrion isn’t wrong.  Death really is abstract when it isn’t you that is dying.  It is why the slavers are so confident when they come up against Daenerys, up until the point they know that they’re done.  It is why Daenerys is willing to torch all of these cities until she gets them back.  It is why Ramsay is willing to fire arrows ar his men and Jon’s men alike. But it’s also why Davos, Tormund, and Jon, men who have all been in the thick of a battle, shy away from embarking on a destructive streak.  As men who have survived insane odds, who have experienced the chaos and carnage of large-scale combat, they have empathy for the very real human consequences of the actions of powerful men.  And that’s why people like Ramsay, even people like Daenerys, can be so dangerous.  It’s easy to forget the worth of a life, especially when you command so many lives.

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