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Person of Interest 4×10 ‘The Cold War’: It has begun

Apparently this week’s Person of Interest was the first part of a trilogy of episodes revolving around the Samaritan vs. Machine battle that this season has been setting up. I’m rather confused about the placement of this story as the fall finale when last week’s episode was a far better cliffhanger. However, it was a good finale that brought us teases and foreshadowing as to what may have to Team Machine come 2015. The showdown has begun, let’s jump into “The Cold War.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

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NCIS 12×10: ‘House Rules’: “Sometimes, you’re wrong”

It doesn’t even feel like NCIS has been on a three week hiatus. But alas, it was, and now we jump from a Thanksgiving episode to a Christmas one. A Christmas episode having to do with cyber attacks (talk about “There’s no such thing as a coincidence”). But who’s complaining? I’m certainly not, especially since it’s narrated by McGee (cue my inevitable excitement).

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Scorpion 1×12 ‘Dominoes’: Tiny Tim fell down a sinkhole?

It’s a Christmas Miracle on Scorpion. 10 year old Owen is trapped in a sink hole by a rockslide and apparently that’s a job for homeland security. And it’s a good thing too because the situation is SO specific that only Walter and his team can get him out.

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Bob’s Burgers 5×07 ‘Tina Tailor Soldier Spy”: Cookie Secrets

Tina must come out of retirement from her Thunder Girls troupe to uncover a mole stealing cookie leads, in a clever homage to John le Carré’s 1974 espionage novel “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

Louise gets in on the action in the only way she knows how: stirring the pot and watching the mayhem ensue. The end of the episode brings up the notion that Louise did it all to spend time with her big sister, and I love seeing another glimmer of sweetness beneath Louise’s mischievous façade. Still, the end was the first time that ulterior motive was even hinted at. Unlike past episodes focusing on Louise’s family relationships – I’m thinking two of my all-time favorites “Spaghetti Western and Meatballs” and “Mother Daughter Laser Razor” here – her desire to spend time with Tina was shoehorned in. It didn’t detract from the episode, and not everything has to be explicitly spelled out, but it seems odd to introduce the concept at the end of the installment.

Linda’s brunette-to-blonde subplot definitely takes the easy way out. Instead of giving her something to do with blonde hair, the writers make her distracted and ditzy and resolve that almost instantly. The episode didn’t really have room for a full additional plot thread, but I thought that Linda’s dye job would eventually work its way into the mole hunt. While amusing, this was the only really underwhelming element of this episode. That said, her attempt to seduce Bob as a blonde was hilarious.

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Nitpicking aside, I did love this episode. Overall, the writers really fulfilled the potential of this story very well. Tina is always the underdog, so it was fun to see her outsmart the mole by being her uncool uptight self. Bringing the high stakes of international espionage down to the Girl Scout Thunder Girls level made the intensity of the troupes all the sillier.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to read “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and try to avoid imagining George Smiley with Dan Mintz’s voice.

Some highlights:

Burger of the Day Gags: The “Cajun Gracefully Burger” and the “Blondes Have More Fun-gus Burger (Comes with Mushrooms)”

Tina: But how can there be a mole in Troupe 119? We pinky-swore we’d be friends forever. Except for that one girl who didn’t have a pinky and moved away. She had a lot going on. Ginny: I had to eat Troupe 257′s cookies from my own break room.
Tina: Well, you didn’t have to-
Ginny: I had to, Tina, I had to!.

Louise: Wait wait wait, your troupe has a mole? A Thunder-mole?
Tina: What? Where did you get that idea?
Louise: Is she giving away your cookie secrets or something?
Gene: That’s my stage name: Cookie Secrets.

(The kids are speculating on the identity of the mole using Equestranauts dolls with suspects faces on them. Gene adds a sixth pony with a piece of paper that says “Gene”)
Gene: Look at this suspicious character.
Louise: Gene…
Gene: Just let me into your world!

 

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The Affair 1×09 ‘Episode 9′: Everything just keeps getting worse

And here I thought I was feeling depressed enough today, this show had to go and drag me down even further. Usually all I get out of this show is some deep seated anger toward Alison and Noah for their stupid, selfish antics fooling around. But this time I had to watch a woman break down into an anxiety attack, inflict wounds on her legs, and try to drown herself. I was pretty much sitting here sobbing as this entire portion of the episode was happening. I can’t be mad at a woman who lost her son to secondary drowning.

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Once Upon A Time 4×11 ‘Heroes and Villains’: Two more stops to make

What a spectacular mid-season finale! I enjoyed every minute of it. However, I kept asking more and more questions as the episode went on. The episode was good closure for the Frozen arc, but it got super confusing.  Read more »

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Homeland 4×11 ‘Krieg Nicht Lieb’: Look who’s in the car.

After last week’s craziness who knows what the last two episodes of this season will hold. Will Quinn survive? Will Carrie ever follow a direct order? What is Saul going to do back in the states? Will Haqqani ever be stopped? Can we trust anyone left in Pakistan? Obviously there’s a lot of unanswered questions to account for.  We open on Carrie and Aasar having a heated conversation about the events that transpired last week.  Read more »

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Hawaii Five-0 5×09 ‘Ke Koho Mamao Aku’: Mele Kalikimaka!

Merry mid-season finale on Hawaii Five-0! It’s Christmas time and the team are off to the big island to solve a cowboy’s murder. Meanwhile Danny and Steve look to find the perfect Christmas tree by any means necessary and Max runs into an old frenemy. What this episode lacks in action, due to Steve’s absence in the investigation, it makes up for in McDanno moments and holiday joy. Who knew that a Christmas episode would feature cowboys and bull riders? Only in Hawaii. Five-0 is on the case in “Ke Koho Mamao Aku.”

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Constantine 1×08 ‘The Saint of Last Resort’: No price is too high to save the innocent

Okay, exactly how many people were involved in this Astra business? I get that exorcising a demon is going to take a whole team of people, but surely there has got to be a better way to introduce a new character? It seems as if they’re intentionally keeping us in the dark about the Astra Incident just so they can keep referring to it.

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Elementary 3×07, ‘The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction’: The Nose knows

Welcome back, friends, to the penultimate episode before Elementary goes on mid-season break!  Ah, mid-season.  That wonderful time of year when instead of our favorite shows, we get old reruns, holiday variety specials starring Carrie Underwood, and lots of football games.  Yawn.  But let us be thankful, in the spirit of the holidays, that we are still getting new adventures with our dear detectives, instead of yet again being forced to watch Charlie Brown whiff the football and grumble fatalistically with morose self-doubt that no child should ever possess.  Snoopy, maybe, as canines don’t have a lengthy lifespan, but that dude is as chipper as they come.  You would be, too, if you were a dog with your own biplane. Read more »

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The Vampire Diaries 6×10 ‘Christmas Through Your Eyes’: Hang onto your candy canes

Ah, another drama-filled episode.  This one had me at first like, “Nope, don’t care.”  But by the end of it, I was wishing it was a two hour episode because I want to know what happens next!  As is custom, one character is slated to die but since everyone waits around to do their killing, the character survived.  Duh.  And of course, there was a big surprise that I wish I had totally seen coming, but I didn’t. Read more »
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Gracepoint 1×10 ‘1.10’: Congrats on figuring out your phone.

Well folks here we are at the final episode of Gracepoint which in my opinion was executed very well from start to finish. Having seen the finale I can tell you with total confidence that the ending of Gracepoint is quite different from Broadchurch, and if you haven’t seen it you can watch both and get an entirely different experience. I definitely feel like the American version wasn’t as fully fleshed out as the British version. There’s some major characters that we never get closure on in Gracepoint that Broadchurch wrapped up rather nicely. Anyway, what happened in the final episode? We open on Det. Carver interviewing Tom about his smashed laptop.          Read more »

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The Big Bang Theory 8×11 ‘The Clean Room Infiltration’: “Tijuana sex show”

Okay, this holiday episode of The Big Bang Theory was as bland as Amy’s wool tabletop game. That is until the very end where tears started to occupy my ducts. It was half hour of bird miracles, gift giving and…wool games.

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Bones 10×10 ‘The 200th in the 10th’: Wise Guys and Dolls

Bones celebrates its 200th episode in an old-fashioned madcap whodunnit set in 1954. It’s not the first time the show’s done a sort of “alternate universe,” but it is remarkable in its commitment to the theme for the entire hour. Our favorite characters are transplanted into another era where science is ignored by police work, liquid lunches are the norm and women are considered second-class citizens– wait, I guess nothing has changed, has it? (I kid.)

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Chicago PD 2×09 ‘Called In Dead’ A junkie in a bathtub, a hostage situation, and an ex-lover’s quarrel

Erin’s got a junkie overdosing in her bathtub, and she is not happy about it. Nadia, in a well meaning attempt to save her friend’s life and keep her out of jail, brings Alicia back to Erin’s apartment after she does a little too much heroin during her most recent relapse. This is the catalyst that fuels the action this episode. Next thing you know the Intelligence team is breaking into a club, all black masks and shotguns, and ripping off 20 kilos of heroin.  Read more »

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Arrow 3×09 ‘The Climb’: Season 3 gains momentum

There are no easy ways to say this but each week I found myself a little less excited for Arrow than Flash. Maybe it’s just because I’ve always been such a big fan of the character (Wally West 4 life) or perhaps because I haven’t been completely on board with the mystery of the season. Looking back, the multiple red herrings were basically the show spinning its wheels. At the very least, it was never boring. That’s something. And now I’m back in 100% with this game-changing episode.

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Stalker 1×11 ‘Tell All’ : Don’t believe everything you read

 

The moral of this week’s Stalker? Don’t write tell-all books if you don’t want to die. Our latest victim made the mistake of penning a book that trashed a whole lot of people. Therefore, when she started getting stalked, there were a whole lot of suspects. Man, do these TAU people ever get easy, open and closed cases? No, of course they don’t, that would make for boring TV. Read more »

The Middle 6×09 ‘The Christmas Wall’ : Did you get into the eggnog already?

It’s holiday time again, for us as well as our TV people. In the Heck house, Frankie decides she’s not going to ‘do’ Christmas, Brick fixates on people he’s never met, and the other kids…well they don’t do much of anything.

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Baby Daddy 4×02 ‘It’s a Wonderful Emma’: Operation Needle

Hey Melissa & Joey, please take note of what your neighbor Baby Daddy does. They did that whole “what if something something never happened or existed” and managed to make it entertaining and enjoyable even though it’s a story we’ve seen done a million times before.

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Melissa & Joey 4×02 ‘A Melanie & Josiah Christmas’: Waste of space…

There’s not a lot that can be said about this episode because as you can tell from the title…I thought it was a waste. It was one of those Christmas tales that tell us the origin of a family heirloom but in reality it was just a recycled episode set in a different time period.

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