Off-screen, the news has been nothing but good for the 'Bones' family. The series has been renewed for a 7th season while 'The Finder,' the backdoor pilot which aired a few weeks ago, was picked up.
If that wasn't good enough, 'The New Girl,' a comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel's sister, was also ordered by FOX for the 2011-12 season.
On-screen, the news wasn't as good. In fact, it was quite tragic. Sniper Jacob Broadsky was back and this time he was literally gunning for Booth. Lining himself up in a construction crane which pointed towards the Jeffersonian, Broadsky thought he had Booth in his sights. Unfortunately, the thermal imaging he used did not show faces. Instead of killing Booth, he killed someone else.
Boy, that was fun! Well, except for the ending, of course. Other than that shocker, this week's penultimate episode of 'Chuck' was perhaps one of the best of the season. It was jam-packed with action, adventure, a few 'Star Wars' references, a 'Terminator' reference, and a stab at the whole British spy franchise. Oh, and the last scene that made all us viewers scream at the television.
So let's stop tiptoeing around to avoid any spoilers and get right to the recap!
As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan deals mostly with the dead, whether it be a recently murdered victim or a skeleton from an ancient civilization. However, her particular career path does also allow her to explore the characteristics of living beings when needed.
Such was the case with this week's 'Bones,' as the good doctor was asked to use her skills to determine how a deaf and uncommunicative teen came to be covered with blood and holding a very imposing knife. Her subsequent investigation brought to the surface a number of feelings amongst those helping with the investigation. The result? A twisty, tension-filled, emotional episode which was quite enjoyable.
During Monday night's performances, the leaderboard got shaken up once again, with first-time front-runner Romeo plummeting all the way to the bottom and Ralph Macchio shooting from the bottom to the top for the third time. All the contestants had to perform two routines -- an individual dance and a group number -- with the two scores being combined.
Dragging the bottom of the leaderboard alongside Romeo was Kirstie Alley, who, even though she suffered a fall and lost a shoe in past weeks, had yet to find herself in serious jeopardy of elimination until she raked in her lowest scores to date. Meanwhile, aspiring lap-dancer Kendra Wilkinson somehow managed to pull in a better score, albeit by just one point. Week after week she skirted elimination when she should have been the one to go, seemingly becoming this season's version of Bristol Palin.
Oh those pesky creators over at 'Chuck.' They wanted you to think this week's episode was about Chuck's crazy bachelor party and all of the antics of Morgan, Casey, Jeffster and Big Mike. But then they turned it around and gave us an international adventure, an exploding house and the revelation of who Agent X was.
I'll defer to the wise words ancient vampire Elijah gave Elena on last night's 'Vampire Diaries' after he told her that he and Klaus are brothers: "I'm a little behind on the times, but I believe the term you're searching for is OMG."
And I'll defer to poor Elena when she told him moments before, "I heard that, I'm still processing."
...you mean I have to string words together and form sentences to discuss this episode? All I really want to do is type Klaaaaaaaaus over and over again. I'll try my best, though, after the jump.
When you take away all the spy work, the Intersect, and Yvonne Strahovski walking around half-naked once an episode, 'Chuck' is a show about family. The lead character has a number of families: his own, the CIA, the dysfunctional one at the Buy More and soon-to-be-one with Sarah. In another example, Morgan has his own family, is indirectly connected to Chuck's, is part of the CIA and Buy More family structures, and will probably end up part of Casey's family one day.
The examples of family connections are nearly endless. Still, there's room for one more family: The Volkoffs. What differentiates this family from all the others?
While all the other family connections are inherently good, the Volkoff family is very, very bad. Well, one of them is now very, very, bad; the other seems to be having a change of heart.
It was bound to happen. Hart Hanson, co-creator of 'Bones' probably stepped into the special effects room one day and asked, "Hey, could you provide us with a few of your most disgusting decomposing bodies for a body farm?" After a resounding chorus of "Yes!" the team set forth to produce some of their grossest corpses yet.
The results were on display this week as Booth and Bones tiptoed through the decaying bodies during a murder investigation. Lesson to be learned by their visit: Don't stand near a corpse whose bodily gases and acids come together to make his insides come out in a grand explosion. It doesn't make for a pleasant meal time.
['The Vampire Diaries' - 'Know Thy Enemy']
You know, I almost pre-wrote my intro to this recap before last night's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' even started, because I knew that some crazy, messed-up, highly entertaining and dramatic stuff was about to go down. SPOILER ALERT: That stuff totally happened. I feel like we can just do away with episode descriptions altogether and just use this line from now on: "Tonight on 'The Vampire Diaries,' some crazy, messed-up stuff is about to go down. And also someone will die."
More specifically, though, we learned a whole lot about Katherine, John and Isobel's intentions, along with their places in this whole doppelganger sacrifice/breaking the curse situation. Namely, that they're all pawns. (But, you know, duh.) Also, Bonnie was able to channel the power of 100 witches and martyr herself once again (we get it Bonnie, you're super loyal and willing to die for Elena) and Matt apparently turns into the Hulk when he gets mad. To that last part I say: less shirt! More anger!
'The Real World' has chosen to mark its 25th season in the sinningest of cities -- Las Vegas.
Nearly a decade after the first go-round in Sin City, though, the latest 'Real World' installment doesn't really seem all that scandalous.
Sure, the cast is young, tan, beautiful, reality-TV savvy and, most of all, drunk. But in a post-'Jersey Shore' world, is that enough anymore?
With a title like 'The House Guest,' we knew at least one person on Thursday's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' would arrive unannounced to cause some major trouble for our Mystic Falls residents. Well, let's be honest -- someone causes trouble every week. Mystic Falls would actually be a terrible place to live, despite the adorable waiters at the local watering hole and near-constant stream of town-wide parties. People die at an alarming rate for a sleepy Virginia town.
But that's all beside the point, because OH MY GOD. Just ... wow. What started out as the most lighthearted, high school-centric episode of the season turned into yet another heartbreaking, gasp-inducing, masterfully written installment. And how about that Nina Dobrev? Girlfriend can ACT, am I right?
Overheard while watching last night's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries': What? Ah! WHAT?! EEEEE! NO WAYYYY. WHAT? Is that-- wait, is he-- what? Holy crap! Ahhhhhh!
Now imagine that with three times as many inappropriate expletives and you'd have a realistic transcript of my verbal interjections during what was hands down the best episode of the season.
To make a long story short: Stefan had sexy long hair and was evil and killed lots of ladies, Lexie came back (!!!) and made him good again, Alaric killed Elijah (yes I said ALARIC), ELIJAH CAME BACK TO LIFE, Elena STABBED HERSELF, Elena KILLED ELIJAH (yes I said ELENA), Katherine came back. But the long story's much more fun ...
Given how much I hate Pierce, the thought of this Pierce-centric episode was worrying me all week. I really don't like disliking this show. Luckily, it didn't come to that.
Pierce being in the hospital was much less Pierce-centric than you'd think, which is just fine by me. And while this was very much a group episode, I think Abed was the star, even if he was behind the camera most of the time.
After Pierce's downward spiral into the glorious world of pill-popping came to a screeching halt -- "I saw awful, horrible things! Demons, aliens, 'Critters 3.' Something called Bruce Willis 'Surrogates.'" -- he took his recovery time not to reflect but to exact some psychological revenge on the group. Typical.
When Jules first showed up in Mystic Falls, we knew she was there specifically to cause trouble for the vampires in town. We dealt with her obnoxiousness anyway because watching the Salvatores kick ass is really quite entertaining, but after last night's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries,' I'm pretty sure all I want to do is punch her in the face. Repeatedly.
Do you think we could make a drinking game out of that? Every time Jules' annoying face shows up on screen, drink! (Just kidding ... of course we could make a drinking game out of that. I can make a drinking game out of anything.)
To lesbian or not to lesbian? To threesome or not to threesome? To stay addicted to painkillers or revert to being an insufferable ass? These are the questions in this week's 'Community.'
Starting with Troy and Abed both lusting after the same hot librarian. Being best friends, they approach Jeff for advice on how not to ruin their friendship over a lady, but Jeff doesn't believe in love or best friends or anything, apparently.
Jeff is gonna have to open his heart one day, and in a great classic sitcom-y move, today is that day people.
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