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On Thursday: Vampire Diaries, Survivor and Real Housewives of New York City

Ep. “Let the Right One In”

This show continues to get more and more interesting. Apart from the city of Mystic Falls apparently being the center of vampire activity dating back to the Civil War era, the characters actually have something to them that makes them compelling to watch week after week. Jeremy continues to fascinate me, especially since he would not stop hassling Anna to turn him into a vampire. The show made you think that it was because Jeremy wanted to be with Anna, but when Vicky’s remains are found by Caroline during a tumultuous storm, Jeremy’s true intentions come out. He was manipulating Anna to turn him so that he could find and be with Vicky. Now, the question remains as to how Anna and Jeremy’s relationship will evolve in episodes to come.

On another note, Stefan is kidnapped by Frederick (a vengeful vampire from the 1860’s) and his band of vampire minions and is tortured in the basement of the house they have occupied with Pearl. Damon immediately goes to save him, but discovers that the owner of the house has been compelled to not let him in to save his brother. As a result, Elena and Damon manage to convice Alaric to help them infiltrate the house and rescue Stefan. The rescue mission was quite entertaining with Alaric manipulating himself into the house and then killing the vampire hoard alongside Damon as they rescued Stefan.

However, Frederick chases after Stefan and Elena as they run away from the house, and Elena has to give Stefan her blood to restore his strength before Frederick kills him. Afterwards though, Stefan cannot seem to control himself and the episodes ends with Stefan sitting in the middle of his living room with a number of IV bags littered around him. Apparently, when he goes off of a diet, he really goes off of it.

Ep. “Expectations”

So this week, the manipulator becomes the manipulated. I gaine so much respect for Sandra after she finally realized that if she plants the seed of doubt in Russel that Russel hones in on that person as his next target. It happened in the last Survivor, it happened to Boston Rob, and this week, it happened to Coach. Now, Coach was kind of asking for it. He has definitely been much less enjoyable this season as he seemed to mope about all the time. He was much more of a pawn this time and not so much the “Dragonslayer” of old.

For general details about the episode, J.T decides to go off and look for the hidden immunity idol and finds it, but he has no choice besides telling everyone about it, as Amanda caught eye of J.T.’s mischief. In the challenges, the Villains misinterpret the reward challenge clue and bring their entire camp with them as they suspect a merge (they were wrong) and the Heroes destroyed them in a bowling challenge akin to the one from Survivor: Somoa. Later, the Villains lose by a mile in a muddy obstacle course challenge, leaving the Heroes with a hidden immunity idol, team immunity and a lot of momentum and the Villains bruised, battered and defeated.

It is amazing that after 20 seasons, this show can still be so entertaining.

Ep. “Ambushed”

TEAM BETHENNY! RA, RA, RA!

Okay, so I thought that no season would be able to rival the Real Housewives of Orange County when it came to fights, especially after their last season, but the Real Housewives of New York continue to baffle me from week to week. This year, the show started off with a bang, and it has just gotten juicier and juicier every week. I must say I am definitely on Bethenny’s side when it comes to her fight with Jill, and I applaud her for her ability to enter into that completely awkward discussion at Ramona’s apartment. I could not believe, however, how much LuAnn kept on trying to get in the conversation with her tea and the car, etc., etc. Let the women talk it out, you crazy woman! And Jill really needs to be more understanding. Bethenny is not the “toxic” one. Holding a grudge is what is toxic. Forgive, move on and become cordial again. But at the same time, this fight is quite entertaining television.

But, apart from the Jill-Bethenny conversation, the episode was relatively boring. I wonder when they are going to announce Bethenny’s pregnancy. I’m looking forward to it!

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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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