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Prison Break: Bang and Burn (mid-season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 12th 2007 11:33PM

Lechero (Robert Wisdom, L), Whistler (Chris Vance, C) and Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) re-emerge into Lechero's lair from the hidden tunnel in PRISON BREAK.
(S03E08) "Take them all out." - Gretchen

The writer's strike hits again. We were supposed to get five more episodes before this season's fall finale. Instead we got a plain ol' ending comparable to any regular episode of Prison Break. Certainly not what I would have expected based on this show's history. It's not a bad thing, just disappointing. I understand the need to stockpile and space out the dwindling supply of new episodes, but it's unfortunate that it results in segmenting seasons in such sloppy fashion. Enough with the complaining though. The writer's strike is happening and we knew what to expect. If you can look beyond that, this episode really was quite good. It left us with plenty of questions to ponder as we wait for Prison Break to return in January.

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 5th 2007 8:36AM

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (S03E08)(S03E08) "We've been throwing rocks at cats for years Dennis." - Charlie

Well... this was funny, but it didn't quite do it for me after how good last night's earlier episode was. One thing I did like was how it took some hints from Curb Your Enthusiasm by introducing something early on in the show ("Diaper Time" on the public access station) and then brought it back right at the end of the episode for the punchline.

The theme for the majority of the installment was fame and how you achieve it. Obviously, that led to some disastrous results including just what the title says. Frank set Dee on fire. Twice, actually.

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Numb3rs: Hardball

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 12th 2006 10:33AM

Rob Morrow(S03E08) After I saw the previews for this episode last week, I wasn't too excited about it. Baseball stats just seemed like too easy a topic for this show to cover. But I was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty good actually.

The focus was a has-been player who was trying to make a big league comeback. So naturally he was juicing (it killed him) and there was involvement with a BALCO-type corporation. I loved how at one point there was a built-in PSA during a conversation between David and Colby. They were talking and all of a sudden Colby started listing off all the side-effects of steroid use. It was horribly cheesy and stood out like a sore thumb. Numb3rs -- watching out for America's youth.

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Entourage: The Release

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 30th 2006 11:56PM

Johnny Drama

(S03E08) Vince really is his own man. If he doesn't believe in something, he won't stand behind it. Unfortunately, it's looking more and more likely that this sort of behavior is slowly killing his career. We'll get to what I'm talking about in a minute. I'm really starting to like Drama's character more and more. I love this sort of fake past that's been created for him. For instance, he turned down a lead role in The Brothers McMullen to take a three episode arc on 90210 where he played a guy who sexually harassed Tori Spelling's Donna Martin. Just look at his resume. Priceless.

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Deadwood: Leviathan Smiles

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 30th 2006 11:19PM

Deadwood - Leviathan Smiles

(S03E08) This show just continues to impress. After missing last week's episode, I sat down an hour early tonight and got a double dose. Talk about a great two hours of television. We pick up the morning after Al's impromptu meeting with the rest of the camp elders. Tensions are high as Merrick and Blasinov distribute fresh copies of The Pioneer around camp. The waiting game came next as it would only be a matter of time before Hearst saw Bullock's letter to the families of the murdered Cornishmen. And find it he did. He had some words with Merrick about printing the letter. But Hearst is no fool. He knows it was published to embarrass him and shed light on the murders he clearly had a hand in. If anything, all this has done is strengthened his already powerful dislike for the camp and its residents.

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Rescue Me: Karate

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 26th 2006 10:38AM

Rescue Me(S03E08) Ahh, my glorious return to the age of power... well sort of. All my power is back but the internet is still down. So I'm at the office and I feel like everyone has more to say about this episode than me because they all saw last week's installment. But I feel pretty caught up. I've read some other reviews and the "previously on Rescue Me" montage at the beginning of the show was pretty complete. All I'm saying is bear with me since I'm still trying to connect all the dots.

That being said, great opening sequence. Huge warehouse fire and some men from another house get trapped in the basement. The Probie was the only one not in the building yet and he risked his life to find the man down and got him out. It was huge. High fives, pats on the back. He was on cloud nine. He's definitely no longer The Probie after this act of courage. Though I wonder if the rest of the crew even know his real name is Mike?

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