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On Tuesday: American Idol, The Mentalist & Housewives

American IdolEp. “11 Finalists Compete”

This week’s theme was one of Simone’s favorites and a crowd pleaser: country. I was excited and it was interesting.

Michael Sarver: Performed “Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up.” I must say I am tired of people picking this song to perform on American Idol. There are a zillion words and it is a Garth Brooks classic. Leave the song alone. Michael did alright, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.

Allison Irahetta: Performed “Blame It On Your Heart.” I thought the performance was alright. I am really starting to enjoy the tone of her voice more and more; she is kind of like a rocker with a touch of punk. A 16-year-old Pink if you will. I think she will definitely be moving on to the next round.

Kris Allen: Performed “To Make You Feel My Love.” I was a big fan of his performance this week. I liked that the song was really stripped down and so focused on the vocals. The whole time I watched it I thought he was singing it to his wife and it was really an emotional rendition. The judges loved it and I think he is definitely safe.

Lil Rounds: Performed “Independence Day.” I definitely agreed with the judges on this one. There are better songs for Lil that would have suited her more than this one. Also, that song had it’s Idol moment with Carrie Underwood singing it a long time ago. I think Lil is safe but I think that she can do better.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Ring of Fire.” I know there were mixed feelings about this one but I LOVED IT. They always talk about the contestants doing something unique with a song, and I thought that his rendition of a Cash classic was interesting and I was captivated. I plan in downloading it tonight.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Wild Angels.” I definitely wasn’t a fan today. I agree with Simon that Scott should be able to keep himself behind the piano; however, I thought the vocal was extremely mediocre. Also, I need him to choose songs that are not so “inspirational.”

Alexis Grace: Performed “Jolene.” I love this song. I love Alexis Grace. I loved the performance. Period.I do agree with Kara’s commentary though, some of Alexis’ edge was gone this week. Hopefully, it doesn’t hurt her.

Danny Gokey: Performed “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Finally one of the contestants had the balls to perform a song recorded by a past Idol winner. The one issue I had with his performance is that the entire first half of the song was in such a stationary tone and it isn’t Gokey’s strength. He definitely added some soul to the song but I don’t get that “chill” I was hoping for. He should be fine.

Anoop Desai: Performed “You Are Always on My Mind.” I am going to steal a line from Paula, “You’ve got tender, amazing, sweet vocals.” He definitely was able to redeem himself from last week. I think he might be safe again.

Megan Corkrey: Performed “I Go Walking After Midnight.” She is slowly growing on me. The song was a bit slow and not the most vocally challenging but she sang it well and it had the Megan Corkrey spin. Oh and she had the flu? I imagine that is why a few of those notes sounded a bit odd.

Matt Giraud: Performed “So Small.” So in one night we get two Carrie Underwood songs?! This week was the first time I looked at Matt as a good singer and artist. Everything prior to this seemed like he was trying too hard and this one seemed almost effortless even though it is a difficult song. I hope he keeps this road as the contest progresses.

The MentalistEp. “Bloodshot”

YAY! The Mentalist and Simon Baker have returned after what seems like weeks and weeks of repeats. This week we got to have quite a few comedic moments with Patrick Jane temporarily loses his vision after an explosion. Also, it was interesting seeing the flashbacks into Jane’s past when he was a “psychic.”

The overall case of this week was a bit predictable. I immediately thought the detective’s boyfriend was involved, and it turns out that he was the murderer.

The episode was highly enjoyable and I am glad that it is back. Can’t wait for next week.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “New York State of Mind”

I haven’t gotten to this one yet but I will write something the minute I get to watch it.

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On Monday: Dancing with the Stars & Castle

This week Heroes and Chuck took a little break so Dancing with the Stars and Castle were the only shows to really watch.

Dancing with the StarsEp. “Salsa & Quickstep”

I don’t normally watch this show but I thought I would try to so that I could add a new show to the blog and continue providing good material to the readers. I thought I would be able to write about the drama between the judges, about the contestants and their performances, about who was eliminated; however, after watching two shows, I honestly have nothing to say. I mean Bruno Tonioli is an absolute tool, but other than that…nothing. I am now amazed at how serious people are about it and how much the producers try to find drama to talk about. I am unsure if I will continue with this one.

CastleEp. “Nanny McDead”

I must say, I LOVE THIS SHOW! I think the concept is great, the acting is strong and the characters are witty and personable. I am glad that ABC was able to create another strong drama/comedy to add to their primetime lineup.

One of the other things I love about the show is the writer/storyteller aspect of the plot. Not often do you get to see the “craft” so well portrayed on TV as well as the strong power of the spoken word. The scene where Castle weaves a story around the tennant in Apartment 8B and how he could be the murderer was one of the major highlights of all television in recent weeks.

In the end, it was the friend who killed the nanny because she was sleeping with the husband on the 15th floor.

CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK!!

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On Sunday: Amazing Race, Kings, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives & Rock of Love Bus

The Amazing RaceEp. “She’s A Little Scared of the Stick”

This week the contestants remained in Syberia while attempting to obtain a lead on the other contestants. In the midst of the race, Michael identified a new archetype; the “sinister deaf kid” has now entered the mainstream. This label was created after Luke and Margie were identified as the ones who used the “blind road block” in the previous leg. Also, Tammy and Victor have put themselves on the radars of other teams as they have employed less than ethical race tactics. I think that they were kind of idiotic when dealing with the situation. Since they had already said that they were going to work with the other two teams, to decide to break from the pack even though continuing to work with the other teams would have been more beneficial to them in the long run. Also, the ened up getting ot the location after the others anyways. Bad move Victor and Tammy!! Now none of the teams trust you.

In the end, Christie & Jodi were the last to arrive at the pit stop in the Russian ballet but they were lucky that this was the first of who knows how many non-elimination rounds. As such, Christie and Jodi are able to move on to the next leg but they will encounter a speed bump that could cause them to not achieve their goal…beat one other team.

Desperate Housewives

Ep. “The Story of Lucy and Jessie”

So apparently Orson’s kleptomania cannot be stopped. Just like last week, I have decided to just comment per housewife.

Edie Britt: So this week, Edie begins to really investigate the past of David Dash. She goes to the newspaper archives and discovers that both David’s wife and child were killed in a car accident three years ago. She has yet to realize the connection to Mike in the incident.

Gabrielle Solis: Gabby has to deal with the death of Carlos’ boss and is pleasantly surprised when Carlos is promoted to the president of the company. However, not everything is dandy in the Solis house as Carlos decides to hire one of his old flames as his vice-president. The woman isn’t what Gabby would peg as a threat but when she finds out that Carlos loved her even with the weight, she begins to freak out.

Susan Mayer: Susan’s story this week was actually pretty interesting. She has to deal with her accidental lesbian advances on her boss at the school and the uncomfortable tension was palatable. The best part was watching them discuss the incident in metaphor while trying to teach an art class. Which is it? The rhinoceros or the gazelle?

Lynette Scavo: Lynette spends the episode looking for a job. She has a bit of difficulty in that she appears to be too old for the advertising industry. She does end up landing a job, but turns it down to work at Carlos’ firm as the director of marketing. She now has a good job and is Gabby’s spy.

Bree Van de Camp: Bree is still dealing with Orson’s kleptomania even though she thought the issue was dealt with in the previous week. She decides to take Orson to counseling and secretly replace the items in the appropriate houses under the guise of neighborly visits…”Can I borrow a screwdriver?”

One of the major points in the episode is in discovering why Daniel hates Mike so much. The car accident that drove Mike and Susan apart was also the accident that killed his wife and child. Now, David, Katherine and Mike are headed to the woods and David’s plan is being set in motion. Next week someone is supposed to die! Can you say, “EXCITED!!”

In other news, I must apologize for my poor posting in the past few days. This was the end of my finals week and coursework had to take priority. I do plan on amending these posts as I get to watch the shows so come back to see what I have to say about Kings, Brothers & Sisters and Rock of Love.

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On Thursday: Smallville, Survivor, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy & Millionaire Matchmaker

SmallvilleEp. “Infamous”

So after a few week hiatus, Smallville has returned during sweeps to give us…Linda Lake? Of all plot lines, of all possible villains, they decide to reprise Tori Spelling’s character during sweeps? Come on!

Now in the episode, washed-up reporter (pardon the pun) Linda Lake returns to try and become the press box for “the red-blue blur.” In conjunction with her desire to write about Clark’s heroic efforts, she also has decided to publish the exposé on Clark’s extra-terrestrial past. As a result, Clark decides to release his story on his own terms and asks Lois to be the author.

It turns out that the episode really wasn’t about Linda Lake or the fact that Clark reveals his powers to Lois; it was actually about teaching Clark another valuable lesson on the importance of hiding his identity. When he revealed himself to the public, paparazzi and reports were all around him, and eventually, with the help of Linda, became public enemy number one. To correct this obviously poor decision, Clark uses the time-traveling ring from the Legion. The sucky part is that in “this future,” Chloe learns that Davis is Doomsday and Clark returns to past mere seconds before Lois revealed his secret.

The episode wasn’t the most riveting, but they have set themselves up for some seriously good episodes in the future. Doomsday will return!

SurivivorEp. “You’re Gonna Want That Tooth”

So this week on Survivor: Tocantins, Jalopao and Timbira continue to battle the elements of Brazil as their tribes return to an equal number, 5 on 5. In tribe news: Taj and Stephen have secured the hidden immunity idol that was in the Jalapao treemail; Jalapao wins the reward challenge and receives letters from home, food and a real bathroom; Timbira continues to deal with the “all-knowing” Coach; Timbira wins immunity by a hair;  Taj “gets hot” after the immunity challenge and puts herself in jeopardy just before Tribal Council; Spencer is eliminated at Tribal Council.

Now that the little things are out of the way, here is the notable news. Brendan, Sierra, Stephen and Taj strengthen their “Exile Island” Alliance when Sierra talks to Brendan before the reward challenge and when Stephen and Brendan go to exile island. JT is f-ing hardcore! I mean the man had a chunk of his front tooth forcibly removed from his body when someone from Timbira accidentally hit him with their net, and he just spit the tooth out and threw it into the dirt. The guy obviously is determined. Also, Spencer came out to the audience but not to his tribe for fear that his gayness would put a target on his back and disrupt relationships with other tribemates. Well now that Spencer is eliminated, I guess the tribe will learn of that little secret when they watch the tapes after the show is over.

Next week it looks like people get a little stir crazy and I cannot wait to see it.

Ugly BettyEp. “A Mother of a Problem”

So this weeks Ugly Betty was primarily about Betty meeting Matt’s mother. Of course, the rich, white woman accidentally thinks Betty is one of her maids and their relationship just goes downhill from there. Betty is invited to a dinner party at her home and is able to somewhat hold her own, but Momma Matt still finds Betty to be unsuited for her son. Their confrontation in the parlor is one that many other girlfriends of momma’s boys have dealt with through the ages. “You are not good enough for my son,” blah, blah, blah. The cool part was that Matt was there to stand up for Betty and tell his mother that she wasn’t going anywhere (something many man won’t do, might I add).

The other aspect of the episode dealt with the Suarez family trying to hook Hilda up with the Queens councilman and with Wilhelmina attempting to adjust her lifestyle to suite her new financial situation.

Grey's AnatomyEp. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”

Grey’s Anatomy is finally back after God knows how long of a break. In the episode, Izzie had the interns help her identify “Patient X”‘s dilemma and Shepherd dealt with his impending law suit while also trying to come to grips with killing one of his patients.

I was very glad that we finally discover what ailment Izzie is dealing with. The apparent diagnosis is “metastatic melanoma with mets (metastases) to liver, skin and brain”—and her prognosis, even with chemo and radiation, is supposed to be no more than a few months. Izzie lets Christina know but still keeps her condition a secret from Alex and George.

Also, what is going to happen to Shepherd and Meridith? They have a big fight and Derek takes a driver to the engagement ring. Things are not boding well for their future.

Millionaire MatchmakerEp. “Daniel & Chris”

To start the episode, Patty is visited by none other than season 1 millionaire, Robby Love. If you don’t remember, he is the short, sex toy giant with a stripper pole in his living room. Patty tells him that she cannot help him until he changes and then moves on to the new guys for the episode, Daniel and Chris.

Daniel MDaniel Maltzman, age 46, is a name-dropping celebrity artist. In the beginning, when I saw his tape, I thought the exact same things as Patty. He’s a man obsessed with celebrity and incapable of humility. Patty gives him some constrictive criticism that he takes to heart and he definitely changed my opinion of him by the end of the episode. He took Lauren on a date to Dolce, (which I thought was funny since the last date that was there in season 1 was a disaster) but the date seemed to go well and Lauren and Daniel had obvious chemistry. Daniel also gave Lauren a painting of herself that was quite good. His art is pretty amazing; in fact, if you want to see any of it go to his website, www.danielmaltzman.com. Lauren and Daniel are apparently still dating to date.

Daniel PChris Palzis is a 39-year-old children’s book author who has a little bit of an ageist issue. He apparently will only date petite, brunette women between 21 and 28. The thing about Chris that I did like was that he didn’t let his success go to his head. He is basically a bohemian millionaire. A mellow surfer who doesn’t care about money or status as long as the waves are breaking. The ageist issue was a major portion of the show; Patty sends him to a therapist to try and “cure” him as well as stock the mixer with women over 30 to prove her point. He ends up dating a laidback yoga instructor, Yvonne, and they have an unorthodox (millionaire) date at the beach surfing. I personally think dates like that are the best. They’re unpretentious and fun. In the end, Chris somewhat figured out Yvonne’s age and stuck her in the “friendzone.”

Of course, Robby Love is coming back next week as one of the millionaires. That should be entertaining.

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On Wednesday: Top Model, Idol Results & Make Me a Supermodel

So with Lost skipping a week my Wednesday night suddenly became filled with reality TV to watch. I mean tonight there are two model shows, a singing competition and a new restaurateur race. But at least there was still a new Damages on tonight to make me feel a little better about myself.

America's Next Top ModelEp. “Do You Light the Way I Look?”

YAY the makeover show! This is always a ANTM milestone and one of the best shows of the season. The producers have continuously moved this episode up so that more girls are there. They didn’t disappoint this year, there were tears and screams, but by Cycle 12, a lot of the girls have realized that its inevitable and they just got to take it (Well, most of them). Natalie decided she didn’t want her hair cut so she got nothing. Fo was really upset by her makeover. She is the one who got the “short” cut and she thought she looked butch. I, however, thought she looked really cute and edgy, especially with all those freckles.

The photo shoot was with photographer/judge Nigel Barker and the girls were tasked with “finding their light” by holding flash rods. Some of the girls did really well but others were somewhat drab. Now for the judging, Nole Maron (panel judge from Cycle 1-3) came back after doing True Beauty as a guest judge and he did not disappoint. He was brutally honest with those ladies and it was AWESOME to watch. “Ugh, you look like a hushpuppy”…classic!

In the end, Teyona was the winner for the week and Jessica from Puerto Rico was eliminated.

American IdolEp. “1 of 13 Eliminated”

First, the title of this episode was flawed. At last nights performances, Simon Cowell told everyone that 2 would be eliminated from this first week to bring the number down to 11. Second, I was for once somewhat exciting about other parts of the Results show that were beyond the results themselves. I mean Kelly Clarkson and Kanye performing, announcement of new “judges save” rule; how couldn’t that be exciting? That said, I was not excited about everything. I still cannot stand the awkward group song and had to fast-forward through it as always.

Now here are the two contestants who were eliminated:

Jasmine Murray

Jasmine Murray

Jorge Nunez

Jorge Nunez

No surprise on those who were eliminated. I am glad that Anoop get’s another chance.

Now with regards to the other parts of the show. Kanye performed “Heartless.” I love that song and his last album was the one that finally converted me. I have had a major issue with his sampling practices in the past but songs like “Heartless” are just cool! Also, I didn’t know that a late-80’s inspired, all-denim getup was acceptable and I would like Kanye to put that outfit back in the closet. Kelly performed “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Having heard the rest of her album already, I don’t think this is the best song on it, but it is her wildly successful single from the album and I understand why she performed it. She definitely has grown as a performer and I look forward to eventually seeing her in concert. BUY HER NEW ALBUM!!

Make Me a SupermodelEp. “Eye Candy”

So oddly enough, it was makeover day on Make Me A Supermodel today as well. The contestants first had an extreme artsy photoshoot where they were tasked to portray candy. Just like ANTM, some of the models fell flat and others really shined, creating compelling and artistic photographs.

Following the shoot, the contestants were visited by Tabatha who consultated each of the contestants on a potential new look. CJ was the most averse to the idea, not wanting to change her thin blonde hair. Tabatha didn’t take “no” for an answer and made her an edgy, short-haired brunette.

The catwalk was done in pairs and the contestants did a pretty good job. Candy seemed to be a recurring theme because the models had to carry over-sized lollipops and red vines down the runway with them.

In the end, Branden was the winner of immunity and overly-feminine Chris was eliminated.

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On Tuesday: American Idol & Housewives

American IdolEp. “13 Finalists Compete”

So this week the contestants hit the “Big Stage” and it was an interesting week. The contestants were given the repitoire of Michael Jackson to

Lil Rounds: Performed “Way You Make Me Feel.” I am not going to lie, every time I hear this song I think of the movie Center Staged. I know how horrible that is. But in relation to Lil Rounds performance. I thought she did a great job. I loved the little liberties she took with the melody and wooooh does she have a falsetto.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Keep the Faith.” I must say, I haven’t really been a fan of him thus far, but this week he turned me. The judges weren’t lying when they said we needed to hear him on the piano. The performance felt heart-felt and the song was a good one. Way to go Scott! Did anyone think of Mika when he did that high note?

Danny Gokey: Performed “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” Whoo that was a performance. The man has some pipes! My one thing is I question whether he would be able to sustain that kind of voice for an entire concert. The “soul” he possesses is definitely something that doesn’t seem normal for a white guy. He is like a white SEAL from Michigan.

Michael Sarver: Performed “You’re Not Alone.” I kind of feel bad for him because he had to follow Danny. Also, I really couldn’t stand how nasally he sang the song. And the fact that his voice kind of gave after the first power note does not bode well for me. It was aight.

Jasmine Murray: Performed “I’ll Be There.” She did good. She has balls though. I mean to do a song that has not only been performed by Michael Jackson but covered by Mariah Carey! That takes balls; and she did alright. I really agree with Kara that she needed to move down about 1/2 a key and she would have sounded effortless.

Kris Allen: Performed “Do You Remember.” So the performance was alright, he sang well, but I don’t know if it was as good as other performances. Now he was very smart though; he added a guitar to his persona. He was the “hot guy” for the girls, but now he is the “hot guy with the guitar.” This show is going to have a hard time getting rid of them. Note: As a man who has been MRAZ-merized, I love to hear Randy say a performance is Jason Mrazy.

Allison Irahetta: Performed “Give Into Me.” Smart decision at song choice. She chose one of the few Michael Jackson “rock ballads.” I really liked the performance but the women rockers haven’t ever held on too long. Only time will tell.

Anoop Desai: Performed “Beat It.” So I love this song and I have to say the minute they announced that this was Michael Jackon Week, I placed this on the list of songs the contestants shouldn’t touch, just below “Thriller.” I think I was right, and the judges agreed. The man is a performer but he just can’t match Michael Jackson with that song.

Jorge Nunez: Performed “Never Can Say Goodbye” by the Jackson 5. I don’t know why but Jorge reminds me of Ricky Martin merged with Marc Anthony…and that’s not a good thing. Now on top that this week, he seemed like he was in a lounge in Vegas. It was so ballroom I didn’t know what to do with myself while he was singing. Not my favorite tonight!

Megan Corkrey: Performed “Rockin’ Robin” by Jackson 5. She definitely has a relevance for the music industry right now but I don’t know how far she is going to get on the show. It just sin’t a voice that can really be showcased in a “mainstream” competition.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Black and White.” So another good performance by Adam. I do think he needs to expand his song selection a bit so that he doesn’t seem to be doing the same rock song thing every week…I will eventually will I get tired of the “rock scream.” However, it was definitely one of the best performances of the night.

Matt Giraud: Performed “Human Nature.” So it only seems appropriate that the duelling pianist plays the piano the same night as Scott MacIntyre. I thought the performance was not strong enough to really hold up to the other preformances of the night. This one might not get him through to the next round. I guess I’ll found out tomorrow.

Alexis Grace: Performed “Dirty Diana.” So she is one of my favorite artists. She not only has a unique sound, but she is cute and personable. I thought the performance was awesome and she has to move on. Side Note: does she look a bit like Majandra Delfin from Roswell?

So I think this is going to be one great Top 13. The contestants came out tonight and the majority of them sang songs that work for them and had killer performances. In the end, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds and Alexis Grace were my favorites. I think Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Jorge Nunez and Jasmine Murray are the ones who need to be worried about the results tomorrow night.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “If You Have Nothing Nice to Say…”

So last week was the “spa/wellness” episode; this week we have the “home decor” episode. The show started with Jill dealing with her “gay husband” redesigning her apartment and then moved to Alex and Simon talking with an architect about their renovations. My thoughts on the matter…I wonder why Jill listens to her “gay” because I think his taste is HORRIBLE and I wonder if Alex and Simon are only doing these renovations because of the feedback from season 1 about their gross apartment. Later, Ramona and Kelley go to the Richard Meier “showroom.” Richard Meier is a world-famous architect just continuing the theme of the episode.

In other news, Bethenny gets a cover shoot with Social Life magazine and when LuAnn makes the comment, “Are they doing any retouching?” Bethenny gets upset. Now, I see how Bethenny took it, but in the same sense, LuAnn was a model and understands the photo shoot experience and I don’t think that she meant it in the way that Bethenny took it. I am glad that Bethenny maturely handled the situation by privately having lunch with her. But then she turned that right around by gossiping about it in the Social Life issue launch party. Tisk tisk Bethenny.

So the drama this season might be petty, but at least they are laying on the drama like the ladies of the OC without any issue.

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On Monday: Chuck, Heroes & Castle

So first I apologize again for delaying my commentary on these shows. The Finance final went pretty well today so taking the time away from television for a night was probably worth it, but I hope to not do that again.

ChuckEp. “Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon”

So this week Chuck had to deal with the aftermath of the MI-6 Agent Cole Barker getting abducted in last week’s episode. Well, there is one perk to it for Chuck; he gets to live with Sarah until the threat is removed. Lucky bastard!

The one issue I have with this episode is that they brought Agent Barker back so quickly. I mean let the pot stew for a minute or two.  Also, there is something off with the guy; he is just too calm and too spy.” Something’s going to happen where he ends up not being who he says.

In general, the episode is about securing the safety of Chuck with Agent Barker’s knowledge of him being the Intersect as well as finding a FULCRUM scientist codenamed Perseus, the mastermind behind their attempts to rebuild the new Intersect. In the end, Perseus is killed, Chuck and Sarah don’t move in together, Agent Barker leaves, Morgan and Anna are moving in together, and we find out that Chuck is trying to find a way to remove the Intersect from his head. He has a new lead…ORION

Last thing, did anyone realize the great Karate Kid quote they used throughout the epsidoe?…”Sweep the leg!”

Heroes

Ep. “Chapter Six: Shades of Gray”

So here’s the lowdown. Clair takes on a cover job at a comic book store so that they can then help the “rebel.” But by the end of the episode, her “free pass” expires and the forces of the government go to take her; however, in a surprising twist, Nathan flies to California and saves her.

The majority of the episode revolved around Nathan and Sylar.

Nathan’s plot dealt with him trying to oust Danko, who straps explosives to Matt Parkman’s body and puts him outside of the US Capital Building. Nathan comes to help Matt disarm the bomb and the “fallout” is what instigate the rest of the episode. It was basically the straw that broke the camel’s back in the Nathan-Danko conflict.

So the strange part about the bomb scene was this. It was obvioulsy supposed to be a high tension situation (drugged Matt Parkman, explosives, Washington D.C., Nathan, impending death of two “heroes”); however, for some reason I really didn’t care. I was watching it and usually a scene like that would have my heart racing to see how it ends, but in this case, I was just like “whatev.” It is an issue that after 3 seasons of a show, I feel completely indifferent to the possible death of two of its main characters.

Sylar now finds his father, Samson Gray (played by John Glover). Now I don’t know if you are a Smallville fan, but in the episode, Samson makes a reference an epic battle between a father and a son ending in the death of the father and how it never happens that way. I am not sure if the writers realized this when they wrote it, but the funny thing about the comment is that John Glover’s last role was as Lionel Luthor in Smallville and he WAS murdered by Lex Luthor (his son) as a conclusion to an epic battle between father and son. Oh, the irony! I don’t know I thought it was hilariously ironic. The rest of their plot dealt with Sylar learning a bit more about his power and the futility of it. Also, Samson and Sylar have a fight in the house resulting in Sylar leaving his dying “father.”

That’s it for Heroes.

CastleEp. “Flowers for Your Grave”

Alright so this is the first episode of the new ABC series, Castle, and I have been eagerly anticipating this one. I am a big fan of Nathan Fillion from Firefly and the concept of this show looked awesome.

Here’s the rundown. There is a best-selling mystery novelist, Richard Castle, who is not the most law-abiding of citizens and somewhat of a chauvinist. He is dealing with writer’s block after he decided to kill off the main character of his widely successful book series. Enter Kate Beckett, a hardened, control-freak NYPD detective dedicated to her work. She is working on a case dealing with a copy-cat killer who’s reenacting the murders in Castle’s books. Castle then goes on as a consultant for the investigation while he searches for inspiration for his next book. The case is closed by the end of the episode and Castle found his inspiration…it’s Kate. Now he needs to do research.

As a private note, I thought the show, even though it is supposed to be a drama, was hilarious. The scene where Castle is playing pocker with other mystery novelists, like James Patterson, was hysterical. Also, the romantic chemistry between Castle and Beckett is going to be very interesting as the show progresses.

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On Sunday: The Amazing Race, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives & Rock of Love Bus

The Amazing RaceEp. “It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots”

This week the contestants traveled to uncharted land for The Amazing Race…Siberia. On top of it, a new twist was added to the game; the U-Turn is now “blind.” First, I found it interesting that they decided to name this new U-Turn the “Blind U-Turn” after there is already a handicapped contestant…so now there is the deaf and the blind. Second, it turned out that it was the deaf contestant who decide to Blind U-Turn Amanda and Kris. Third, due to the U-Turn, they were not able to come back from having to do both of the roadblocks and were eliminated.

I must say though, that the luge/rollercoaster thing they did this week looked like so much fun. I mean I would have signed up for that challenge instantly. Also, that challenge would finally allow me to showcase the skills I have developed after hours and hours of Scrabble and Twirl (Facebook app). “Chekhov” it would have been staring at me like a fat kind on a diet stares at the dessert cart.

Eliminated Team: Amanda & Kris

Eliminated Team: Amanda & Kris

It was definitely a good strategy on Margie & Luke’s part to roadblock probably the most physically threatening team. They have showed their ability to power through the challenges quite a few times in the earlier legs, but they just weren’t able to power through this one.

Desperate Housewives

Ep. “Crime Doesn’t Pay”

So what is with Orson’s kleptomania! Like really, he is stealing all this little stuff and it makes so sense. Dude’s weird…that’s all I’m saying. Because this show has so many characters and so many plot lines, I am just going to comment per housewife.

Edie Britt: The one noteworthy thing surrounding Edie this week was that while at a liquor store with David, they run into a priest who is apparently from David’s past. David shoves him off but Edie later confronts the priest at church and inadvertently learns of David’s former last name, Dash. Now, she is really beginning the investigation into her husband’s past.

Gabrielle Solis: Gabrielle dealt with the infidelity of Carlos’ boss and with keeping the secret from his wife. In the end, she gives him an ultimatum that he will either tell his wife or she will. As a result, Carlos is to lose his job. Tables are turned, however, when the wife ends up stabbing her husband after he tells her about the affair. Now we will have to wait until next week to find out what is going to happen next.

Susan Mayer & Katherine Mayfair: Their story lines this week were basically interwoven. Katherine is moving in with Mike and planning a homecoming party. The drama starts when Katherine finds out that the painting she liked on the mantel was painted by Susan. They get in a fight about competing for the same man, past love, all that, and in the end Susan goes and takes the painting out of Mike’s house to appease Katherine.

Lynette Scavo: Lynette spent this week’s episode dealing with her grieving husband as he sells off the family restuarant and coming to the realization that the wants to pursue her career again. The best scene related to her portion of the show was when her and Tom bicker over a job opportunity while at Bree’s house for dinner. Boy did it get ugly!

Bree Van de Camp: Bree wasn’t in a very prominent role this week. Basically, she was just there to instigate the other characters plots. She deals with Orson’s theivery as well as organize the dinner at Katherine’s homecoming party and Tom/Lynette’s  job opportunity. Apart from that she was basically not in the episode.

It was a very good episode and it seems like next week’s will be pretty interesting.

Brothers and Sisters

Ep. “Taking Sides”

This show is AMAZING. I mean to have an episode with so much tension and drama to occur directly following the “movie special” last week was awesome. I mean not only was Tommy being arraigned and Robert dealing with his invalid status, but the entire family was trying to prepare for Ryan Lafferty’s dinner without telling Norah about Tommy’s situation (talk about an elephant in the room!).

In the beginning of the episode, when I found out that they were going to have another “half-sibling” dinner, I got really excited. For some reason, the blowup dinners are my favorite part of this show and to have one at such a trying time in the family just created so much anticipation. Oh they did not disappoint! The torrent that blew through the dining room after Ryan accidentally told Norah about the embezzlement was something to be remembered.

Unfortunately, Rebecca and Justin break up over the difficulties between their two families in relation to Ojai Foods. It is really sad because I really liked them as a couple but who knows what the future holds. There is a chance they will be able to get back together after the drama is over, but not if Ryan gets to her first.

Rock of Love BusEp. “Panama City”

So this week the ladies went to the “Redneck Riviera” that is Panama City Beach, FL. Before I get into the commentary, I must say YAY FLORIDA and let you know that Ithink I have actually been to that resort. To start the episode,  the girls are made to watch a group of children while at the pool. I must say I was really impressed by Ashley’s maternal skills. She might not be the whore I thought she was. Afterwards, the girls go to Coyote Ugly Saloon with Bret and OMG did you see it when Beverly crotch-crunched Bret’s face into the bar?! HILARITY!

Also, the girls are really starting to hate each other. Beverly can’t stand to watch the other girls with Bret. Mindy and Taya get in an altercation with Farrah and Ashley. The dates weren’t that exciting. In the end, Farrah gets eliminated. Apparently she fell into the FriendZone.

I also watched Celebrity Apprentice but have so much to do this week I just can’t take the time to comment on it tonight.

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On Friday: Dollhouse

DollhouseEp. “Grey Hour”

There is an aspect about this show that I really find fascinating. Basically, just like real life experiments, the Dollhouse organization truly doesn’t know the long term effects of their process on their “actives” and that they are learning about their patterns and behaviors while we, the audience, are.

This episode was a pretty good one. In it Echo is turned into a master burglar in charge of an antiquities heist. The part that made the episode interesting, however, was when Echo is remotely wiped and enters her “tabula raza” state while locked inside the vault. I have to give Eliza Dusku props because she did a great job at shifting acting personas so easily. In the end, she obviously gets out of the vault (thanks to a smoke bomb) and returned to the Dollhouse wiped clean of her robbery exploits.

It turns out that Echo’s wipe is traced back to the rogue “active,” Alpha. The upper management of the Dollhouse told the other workers that Alpha was taken care of after he massacred a number of people and then broke out of the complex, but as an audience, we have know that it was a lie for a while. Topher realizes Alpha’s involvement in the incident and, as such, receives a higher security clearance. Only time will tell if we get to learn more.

I think as the show progresses, there is going to be one big problem. As of now, the only characters the audience care about are Echo and her handler, Boyd. Characters like Topher, Victor, Peter and Sierra are not seen enough to really make anyone care if something happened to them. Although after this week, I think they may start working on this.

Great episode. Great show. Great end to the long week.

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On Thursday: Idol Wild Card, Ugly Betty, Hell’s Kitchen & Millionaire Matchmaker

American IdolEp. “Judges’ Wild Card”

I intended to write about all the performances by the wild card contestants tonight, but I thought with performances and the results all in one night it would just be too much. Instead, I decided that just an overview of the show and the decision of the judges would suffice. This time the contestants definitely paid more attention to their song selection; many of them had songs that really seemed to represent who they are as a vocalist. In the end, the judges decided to put 4 wild cards through to the Top “13.” So for the first time in Idol history, there are going to be 13 contestants vying for the title of American Idol on the “big stage”

Here are the Wild Cards…

Jasmine Murray

Jasmine Murray

Anoop Desai

Anoop Desai

Megan Corkrey

Megan Corkrey

Matt Giraud

Matt Giraud

So now that the Wild Cards have been selected, the real fun of the show begins. I know some people really enjoy the early audition rounds with the horrible singers, but me, personally, I really look forward to the Top 12 rounds (or Top 13 this year) because then the real performances begin.

Ugly BettyEp. “Sugar Daddy”

So this episode had some potential as the Meade empire tries to deal with the aftermath of the Connor Embezzlement 2009. Also, amidst the work drama, Betty has to deal with a new man in her life, Matt from YETI, and the possible eviction from her home in Queens.

Of course, the Meade portion of the episode centers around Daniel and Wilhelmina trying to get bail out money from the government. I love that they played off the whole “government giving money to everyone” sentiment that is sweeping the nation. I mean if the government is willing to give money to the dying automotive industry, then why not the print world?

Side note: Did anyone see the awesome placement of the Charles Schwab ad right after Daniel said he didn’t receive the bail out money? “First of all, who’s going to bail me out?” Bravo Charles Schwab!

I also loved the “Kitchen Rumble” part of the episode. Watching Ignacio grind his molcajete made me laugh hysterically. Of course, the cooking battle was fixed, but in the end Ignacio was able to get the $10,000 he needed to keep the house.

Hell's KitchenEp. “12 Chefs Compete”

The allure of this show for the majority of its viewers is obviously to listen to Gordon Ramsay get really angry at the competing chefs. The most aggravating part of this show (at least for me) is that damn narrator and FOX’s editing decision to always cut to commercial before anything happens (no matter how small). I just HATE it!

The episode was alright. Once again both teams got caught up on the meat station and Ramsay shut down the kitchen with less than half the dining room receiving their main dishes. I was kind of proud of Lacey and her determination to prove herself to the blue team.

Millionaire MatchmakerEp. “Harold & Jeff”

On Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Patty took on another two millionaire clients: Harold and Jeff. Here is what I think about them:

Jeff KozJeff Koz is a 49-year-old, Grammy-nominated jazz musician/producer (and the brother of famous jazz musician Dave Koz). He joins the Millionaire’s Club after a divorce, and according to Patti, he is dealing with “divorced-dad-itus.” According to her, “his picker is off.” He really seemed like a great guy. I thought his dates were pretty entertaining. His first date with Clarissa was hilarious because he just didn’t know what to do with her. His second date with Brandi was obviously more comfortable for him. Unfortunately, Brandi wasn’t feeling him as much. Poor Jeff!

Best Quote: “I was just on a date with Mother Teresa…a hot, slender, ballet dancing, Ace-bandage wearing Mother Teresa.”

Harold WrobelHarold Wrobel is 49, old and lonely. He is a returner from season 1, but he is still the gross letch he was before. To help him with his younger-woman issue, Patti decides to take drastic measures to help Harold get over his narcissistic ways by giving him a “dating intervention.” This time, Patti decides to just give him a date with a woman that she thinks is right rather than having him go through the typical mixer process. I think he is disgusting. I don’t understand his infatuation with younge women when he is soooo old. And I don’t know if I am totaly off on this but for some reason he reminds me of Stephan from Top Chef. Also, what was that intimate information he told Michelle? I NEED TO KNOW!

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