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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 10 Recap (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:05AM
The Good Wife Season 3, Episode 10 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Parenting Made Easy']

I'm a sucker for Julianna Maruglies walking down hallways in tears.

What does that mean? A few things first:

Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Carpenter and John Michael Higgins (he was freed from 'Happily Divorced' for a hot second!) all sat around in a room with Alicia for much of the episode. MJF turned in an understated performance, in a good way. Carpenter was pretty convincing as a uber Christian professor trying to get her job back and a far cry from potty-mouthed Deb Morgan. Quite refreshing. JMH fit the role of greedy arbitrator nicely.

For the first time in a while, the case of the week wasn't overly complicated, nor did it have to contend with an action-packed installment of the Eli Gold show. It had space to grow. It wasn't the most compelling, but that's OK.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 10: Brody Runs Right Over Carrie

by Michael Hogan, posted Dec 4th 2011 11:00PM
What is Brody up to?

Every week, I watch 'Homeland' and find myself caught up in the trajectories of all kinds of sub-plots and supporting characters, only to return in the end to that same question: What is Brody trying to accomplish? Who is this secretive, seemingly tortured soldier, really? What does he want? What makes him tick?

Though the episode was titled "Representative Brody," Sergeant Nick's story line was a lot less interesting than Carrie's this week. Things had been looking up for poor Carrie, but the what-goes-up-must-come-down logic of this show demanded that she must suffer, and suffer she did. Start with the look on her face when she realized what a fool she'd been to think that she and Brody might have a future together. She'd gone to the trouble of introducing a bottle of white to her desolate refrigerator and cueing up a bit of Miles Davis, and all he wanted was to make sure that she had no intention of ever telling anybody about their little weekend at the cabin. Claire Danes earned her inevitable Emmy nomination with the expression of tasered hope that crossed her face. I felt like crying for her.

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'Once Upon a Time' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap: Prince Charming's Identity Crisis

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 4th 2011 10:50PM
Prince Charming['Once Upon a Time' - 'The Shepherd']

Well, no-one said that it was going to be easy. The course of true love never did run smooth, as Shakespeare wisely wrote, and for those of us hoping that Snow White and Prince Charming might find their happily ever after six episodes into the show's first season, this week's installment of 'Once Upon a Time' certainly had its share of emotional ups and downs.

We were treated to a little of Snow and Charming's backstory in episode three, but 'The Shepherd,' written by genre mainstays Andrew Chambliss ('The Vampire Diaries,' 'Dollhouse' and 'Heroes') and Ian Goldberg ('FlashForward' and 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles') proved to be a perfect companion piece to 'Snow Falls,' bringing us right up to the events of that episode while also providing some surprising revelations about "Prince James."

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'Dexter' Recap: 'Ricochet Rabbit' Sets Up Explosive Season 6 Stretch Run

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 4th 2011 10:10PM
Last week's 'Dexter' twist revealed that Professor Gellar, who we thought was the mastermind of the Doomsday Killer's apocalyptic murder spree, was actually a frozen figment of his disciple Travis' demented imagination. 'Ricochet Rabbit' re-focused our attention on Travis, who emerged as a a fully-formed 'Dexter' villain, a worthy adversary for Miami Metro's own Bay Harbor Butcher.

Travis can no longer be seen as a confused, kind-hearted kid who fell under the influence of a deranged cult-leader -- he's a dangerous, deluded psychopath who's just as evil and crazy as we thought Gellar was. He spent much of this episode in the midst of a full-blown psychotic hallucination, talking to Gellar like he had blocked out killing him three years ago. We also learned he was diagnosed psychotic at an early age and probably murdered his parents. It's now clear just how how warped Travis' brain has been all along, and how good a job Colin Hanks has done of portraying what it can look like when a crazy person latches onto a violent religious ideology.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Steve Buscemi is Not a Pervert and the Return of 'Sex' Ed Vincent

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 4th 2011 11:50AM


Oh, glory be, after more than 13 months, "Sex" Ed Vincent has returned to 'Saturday Night Live.' Funny, back in October of 2010, if I would have had a sneak peak at the upcoming hosts for the next year, yeah, my initial reaction would have been, "Yep, 'Sex' Ed will return during the Buscemi show." Speaking of Buscemi, honestly, I can't remember a thing about the last time he hosted in 1998 (and I watch a lot of 'SNL') – that will not be the case this time around. Buscemi's show was such a solid engagement... that is until, for the second show in a row, an eccentric Kristin Wiig character brought the show to a screeching halt. On to the scorecard!

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'Nikita' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 3rd 2011 12:00AM
Nikita['Nikita' - 'Guardians']

It's definitely going to be a long month as we wait for 'Nikita' to return from winter hiatus; this week's midseason finale threw a lot of knives up in the air, and I'm very intrigued to see where they land.

I have to admit, I've been anticipating the episode's final twist for a few weeks now, but even though I wasn't surprised by the revelation, it doesn't preclude me from being interested in how the story evolves from here.

If anything, it adds more meat to Alex's story and gives her further motivation in wresting control of Zetrov from the duplicitous Semak, who is definitely long overdue for cancellation.

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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 5 Revealed - Who Was Double-Eliminated?

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 1st 2011 9:10PM
X FactorIt was Michael Jackson week on 'X Factor,' and, for reasons probably known only to Simon Cowell, another excuse for a double elimination.

Thankfully, the poor Jackson clan weren't subjected to the results show as well as the performances (Blanket thanks you, Fox) and we're not about to prevaricate either. The remaining contestants sang 'Man in the Mirror,' with Marcus and Melanie acquitting themselves well while Chris Rene missed more notes than he hit.

Despite Steve Jones' hyperbole, only Melanie turned in a performance really worthy of the artist they were celebrating, meaning that many of the acts should've been in danger of elimination. The two artists who were sent home were ...

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 7 Perform Michael Jackson Songs (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 30th 2011 11:10PM
X Factor judgesCan you feel it, 'X Factor' fans? I'm not so sure that Michael Jackson's kids did -- the poor moppets were trapped front row center as the contestants cycled through some of their father's greatest hits, but it seemed like Blanket was not at all amused by their shenanigans. (Grandma Katherine Jackson, on the other hand, seems to be the series' biggest fan).

Thankfully, now that we've trimmed a few of the extraneous acts -- and thirty minutes of the show's airtime -- I was feeling it, for the most part (except for the part with 'Can You Feel It,' I wasn't feeling that). The M.J. love was infectious, and though some of the acts hit a few sour notes, by the time we reached the end of Melanie's powerhouse performance, it was hard to be grumpy; even L.A. found complimentary things to say this week.

Hit the jump for our verdict on the Top 7, and weigh in with your own reactions in the comments.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4, Episode 13 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 29th 2011 11:00PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'To Be, Act 1']

The shocking ending of last week's 'Sons of Anarchy' episode made me wonder if tonight's hour would be dominated by Clay Morrow; even in absentia, the club president casts a huge shadow.

For the most part, however, this week's gripping hour belonged to two of the people Clay has hurt most -- Tara and Jax. The scenes that featured those two characters talking to each other or to Gemma were flat-out fantastic, and once again demonstrate that the show's secret weapon isn't its crackling action but its top-flight cast. Katey Sagal was terrific this week, as always, but in 'To Be, Act 1,' Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff's performances gave me chills.

Many storylines are reaching the boiling point right now, but this terrific hour wisely focused tightly on the couple who have the most reason to despise everything that Clay and Gemma stand for. What made the hour tragic was the fact that Jax and Tara stand on the brink of becoming Clay and Gemma.

And they know it.

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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: Santana Comes Out and There's a New Class President

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 29th 2011 10:45PM
glee season 3 episode 7 recap['Glee' -- 'I Kissed a Girl']

Uh. Maybe it's time to bring the leprechaun because 'Glee' could really use some magic. Sure, every season has its good episodes and its not so good episodes -- unfortunately, 'I Kissed a Girl' was one of the not so good ones. In fact, it was down-right frustrating.

The story lines were all over the place, the music was awful -- which was especially upsetting because I happen to really like chick rock -- and the worst part? It made me stop caring about these characters. Not to mention that I think I fell out of love with Blaine. This could be a problem.

In fact, the only character I sympathized with this episode was Santana (and Coach Bieste, but I'll get to that). The one thing I think 'Glee' does consistently well is demonstrate how gay teenagers feel about coming out. This episode featured an emotional scene between Santana and her grandmother -- her beloved abuela.

Not everyone is as accepting as Burt Hummel, and Santana learned that first-hand.

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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: Top 3 OMG Moments (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 28th 2011 10:30PM
Chuck and Blair['Gossip Girl' - 'Rhodes to Perdition']

They say blood is thicker than water, but on the Upper East Side, few things are thicker than money -- a lesson that the artist formerly known as Ivy learned all too well this week. She misguidedly seems to think that the Rhodes name has earned her a bulletproof vest, but in reality, it's only painted a bigger target on her back.

While far too much of this week's 'Gossip Girl' was concerned with Chivy drama, it was nice to see Nate at the center of his own storyline for once (even if said storyline was still kind of a snooze), and the scenes between Chuck and Blair were both touching and tragic. Finally, we saw Chuck admit what we already knew; now it's just a matter of time before Blair comes to her senses, right?

The episode was somewhat lacking in twists and turns this week, so instead of struggling to find our top five jaw-dropping moments, we narrowed them down to three instead. Join us after the jump for our favorite scenes.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 10: Jimmy Pays His Debts

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 28th 2011 12:00PM
Jimmy Darmody may possess the keys to Atlantic City, but in 'Georgia Peaches,' he found out the hard way that Nucky Thompson's old job isn't so easy after all. With his latest shipment of whiskey collecting dust in a distillery after Nucky flooded the town with Irish stock, Jimmy's partners and creditors rapidly lost patience with 'Boardwalk''s prodigal son, and his wife Angela payed a dire price for his hubris.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 9: Is Brody's Motivation Believable?

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 28th 2011 12:15AM


The worst part of any monster movie is the moment when you finally see the creature itself. Not the first glimpse, but the first real good look at the thing. After an hour or so of imagining it in all its unfathomable horridity, you're suddenly presented with an actual entity -- the best the special-effects team could come up with. How could it possibly live up to your expectations?

That's kind of how I feel about the back story presented, via flashback, in this episode of 'Homeland' on Showtime. Last episode, after weeks of hinting one way and then the other, the writers let us know, once and for all, that Sergeant Brody has some kind of connection with Abu Nazir, the most wanted terrorist in the world. This week, we found out why. And while the story wasn't horrible, I had some major issues with it.

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'Once Upon a Time' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 27th 2011 11:00PM
Archie and Regina['Once Upon a Time' - 'That Still Small Voice']

Though I had an embarrassingly extensive collection of Disney movies as a child (who am I kidding, I still have them), Pinocchio was never among the VHS tapes I wore out beyond repair. Because of this, the idea of an episode centered around Jiminy Cricket didn't exactly leave me hopping with anticipation.

Still, 'Once Upon a Time' already proved that it is adept at subverting expectations in its first four episodes, and 'That Still Small Voice' proved to be an undeniably satisfying hour of television, deepening our understanding of Archie/Jiminy's character and giving us some welcome development in Mary Margaret and David's tragic romance. I don't know about you, but I really could watch a whole hour of those two playing hangman and innocently flirting and need nothing else from the show.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 27th 2011 10:05PM
The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Recap['The Walking Dead' - 'Pretty Much Dead Already']

Hey, zombies are human, too! Well, I guess not, as Shane so eloquently demonstrates with a couple of well placed rounds through the heart. Honestly, why does the voice of reason on this show have to be such an asshole? Yes, Shane has become the voice of reason. And not just because he was 100 percent right about the walkers in the barn being dangerous – I mean, look at the risk Rick and Hershel took while trying to "guide" those two walkers into the barn. But, without Shane, we'd still be watching a show about a group looking for a lost girl in the woods. It took seven episodes to find her. They did find her. At least that's over.

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