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Omg, no, Mindy. (Photo courtesy FOX)


THE MINDY PROJECT
FOX | Tuesday | 9:30 p.m.

First thing’s first — no one anywhere, at any time, is wearing that scarf, Schmidt-wannabe. NO ONE. WHAT WAS THAT SCARF?

Now that that’s outta the way… this episode of The Mindy Project was deeelightful! It made me want to rescue Max Greenfield from that already-so-over-it heap of whatever at New Girl (sorry, guys, I think I’ve given up?) and put him on a BRIGHT, SHARP, FUN COMEDY AGAIN! Max Greenfield is the best, guys! Leo D’Amato forever! (If only he could stick around… Sans scarf.)

Let’s talk about Peeeter Prentice, though. Each week he’s giving advice to his new BFF Mindy, helping her get over Danny, helping her land new dudes, sparrin’ with her ‘bout The Wolf of Wall Street (that was hysterical, btws)… But what is happening here, exactly? Now Mindy is changing him? He’s saying things like, “I should think like a Mindy”? Oh, iiiiinteresting. Thing is, that Mindy and Danny thing should never have happened. But because it did, it created this beautiful pathway for Mindy and her once-office adversary to bond in a pretty REAL way, man. How presh are they in these last couple of episodes? Methinks I see a lil’ spark…

(I know, I know — WHY when any female/male bond is created on a television show do we all decide it must be ROMANTIC? But don’t throw that on me because I was against the “Dandy” — omg I just said Dandy — from the beginning. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C. NEED I GO ON? I seriously whined about this every week apparently.)

Just sayin’. I’m in.

And what a sweet, sweet victory it was to, on the flip side, see Danny trying desperately to pal around the office in his sadness over not having Mindy around to chit-chat with. THAT’S RIGHT! Try to befriend Morgan and then stab him in the back! Try to befriend everyoneee and then wind up sleeping with a rando (okay, okay, she didn’t seem like a rando, but I don’t remember her?). So long as he doesn’t end up with the receptionist who’s in love with him… That’d be sad…

Final thought: ALSO BIG THING HERE — Mindy + Peter banter > Mindy + Danny banter. It’s true. Danny is such a curmudgeon. Peter is just hilarious! Who’s with meee?

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Dear Blaine, Pass the frozen hot chocolate. (Photo courtesy FOX)


GLEE
FOX | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.

Life in New York is just sunshine ‘n’ roses for our fave Glee-ers, right? They’re starring on Broadway, launching cover bands with Adam Lambert, landing pop deals (well, in LA) and… gaining lots of weight from Cronuts… and contracting Chlamydia… and… stressing their boyf’s out with waitin’-for-marriage-talk? Omg, NYC!

Things are starting off a little wacky in the post-Lima Glee world, let’s just face it. All of it I’m mostly okay with — I actually found the Sam and Mercedes chit-chat to be exceptionally charming, and really, really loved M and Rachel’s sweet moments talking about loooove and Finn. M’s encouragement of Rachel to not forget she’s a woman with neeeeeds (or somethin’?) was particularly sweet. These two as lady-pals is delightful!

And I’m actually okay with Artie’s weird multi-girlfriend situation because… Artie has always been sidelined with unimportant, unimpactful things to do (like callin’ ‘round to tell people he has an STD… that seems on point!) But, seriously, we had to throw that in there that Artie Abrams doesn’t use condoms? A) I feel I know Artie well enough at this point to know that he isn’t that guy and B) As much as we allow Glee to sound like an after school special sometimes… occasionally it just feels OBNOXIOUS, right? This was one of those times. MOVIN’ ON…

WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO KURT AND BLAINE? I hate it. These boys don’t fight! Don’t try to tell me that Blaine’s insecurities are throwing things off this much! Kurt is part of it too, and I don’t like the role he’s playing. Explore the dynamic shift and Blaine’s concern that Kurt doesn’t need him as much anymore, sure. Explore it ‘til the cowwws come home, but don’t act every.single.week. like we’re breaking these two up. My heart can’t take it. (It’s really too much.)

Broadway debut next weeeeeeek! Pretty exciting stuff. Pretty geekishly excited to check out some of Funny Girl. (Pretty geekishly hoping they actually show us some?)

Final thought: Really, they are bringing Jane Lynch to NY so she can crap on Rachel’s Broadway debut? Somebody tell me I’m at least getting another Jeff Goldblum cameo outta this mess…

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Plz be careful with those stones & that purdy face. (Photo courtesy NBC)


ABOUT A BOY
NBC | Tuesday | 9:00 p.m.

Aww, the ol’ photocopy the fake money being used for trade in your elementary school class and reapppp the multitudinous rewards trick, eh? Don’t you know that never works out in the end, dear Marcus? Cuz it never works out. Ever. (Just ask a dude in my fifth grade class who thought he’d counterfeit our “Lion King Dollars” — HASHTAG DATED DISNEY REFERENCE.)

At any rate, Marcus’s idea was a little genius. I think he deserved more credit. Sure, it was awful and deceitful and obviously against everything that was supposed to be talk in this “Dickensian” “society” (ahem), but Slopmaster gotta pay the bills and eat cupcakes too, ya know? But, like, what were his plans for all those candles? Weird…

Will’s obsession with the doctor continues to kinda bug, but how adorable was the margarita party in the afternoon? Dude’s got movesss, and at least he isn’t still after that crazed Leslie Bibb mama, eh? I’ll let it pass…

Love.this.show. That is all.

Final thought: Who here knows how to write a hit song? I want royalty checks, too. Hit me back, yo.

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Follicular sacrifice, Exhibit A. (Photo courtesy FOX)


THE FOLLOWING
FOX | Monday | 9:00 p.m.

(Read no further if you haven’t watched Monday’s ep, obvs. Cuz…)

(No, really, go away! Spoilers spooooooilers!)

Hello, Lily Gray. Goodbye, Lily Gray! Amirite? It was soooo worrying that this whole Lily Gray storyline was gonna dethrone and overshadow ol’ Joe, right? But nahhh, the answer to what might come next for the show’s latest villainess was answered by one lil’ shot of Mike’s gun. Enter: the major issue. Do we care that Lily is gone? Efffff, no. Do we care that she was done away with at the hand of Mike, the mostly-moral compass of this little universe? Indeed we do. Oh, Following, you couldn’t just GIVE us this one?!

This is what these stories are about, right? The taking down of the good guy? The BREAKING of good in the face of such staggeringly awful evil? This was a doozy. Of all the bad that exists in the world of Joe Carroll, we had a few bright spots. One of them done burned out in last night’s episode. (The other is Max, I guess?) Fueled by rage, Mike let the dark side swallow him and he did it so purposefully and knowingly. (Chills, we had chills!) Ryan and Max both yelled at him to not do it! They both pleaded with him to not take the step down such a brutal path. But he couldn’t be stopped. Because even if Joe Carroll is finished by season’s end… Joe Carroll doesn’t LOSE, guys! Andddd, neither does Lily Gray.

(Side note: How great was Claire’s re-entry into the plotline, with that little message to Joe? Looooved it.)

Where is all of this leeeeeading, we must ask! Joe’s gonna wind up in a church with a gun to Mike’s head? And Emma and Claire are gonna be in a game of cat and mouse? And what the heck does this have to do with Tom Cavanagh and his son, like, BIG PICTURE? 

Thing is, guys, I have ZERO idea. And it’s more exciting that wayyy!

Final thought: But, like, I mean, how bummed are those creepy twins gonna be, right?

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Where’s Vinnie when ya need ‘im, eh, E? (Photo courtesy CBS)


FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES
CBS | Monday | 8:30 p.m.

Callin’ it. This show sucks. It had a whole lot of really great things happening that I wanted to make work. (I even embarrassed myself by saying I’d give it time. FOOL!) I wanted soooo badly to have James Van Der Beek and Kevin Connolly back on my TV screen — and in the same place was such a bonus! I love that dry wit of Zoe Lister Jones’ character! Majandra Delfino is married to David Walton and I love David Walton SO MUCH!

Alas, now we’re two episodes in and I can’t take it anymore. The switch flipped for me halfway through that ridiculous burger scene with Brooklyn Decker and Lister Jones. Like, no. Oh, it’s funny? Sorry, it’s also really dumb. And tired. It’s been done. Dumb, beautiful lady tries to reshape her life to suit her new dumb, beautiful fiance? But she’s afraid to tell him that she doesn’t WANNA be a vegetarian? Sorry, stupid. One pal is gonna help the other pal get back on the datin’ horse but then the dumb blonde in the bar wants to get it on with both of them and, wuh-oh, wants them to make out? Blerrrrrgh. The married couple who’s pregnant are cycling through sex-mania and GAS? Ah gee whiz!

Sheesh, guys. Is all of this just STRAIGHT out of terrible relationship-based sitcoms of yore? Like, I could reassign all of these situations to members of the How I Met Your Mother cast and you wouldn’t even bat an eye. I feel like everything that’s happening has happened before… elsewhere… and better. It’s painful. I can’t do it another week, either.

Sorry, Kev! Sorry, James VDB! I love you still!

(But perhaps, really, this one is best left to the masses? Because I’ve spent, what, eight years(?) hating the snot out of all the lame gags on How I Met Your Mother, wondering howww such a thing was beloved by SO MANY. Or really, for that matter, any CBS comedy offering. Apparently I’m off the collective mark. And I’m open to opinion. Weigh-in below in the comments — Whaddya think of Friends with Better Lives?)

Final thought: Was Kevin Connolly not at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards to present to Mark Wahlberg with the rest of his Entourage bros because he was filming this pile of poo? DOUBLE PROTEST. (Who else is excited for the Entourage movie, btws, eh?)

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meghananna said: Adam Pally as Peter Prentice is the best thing to happen on TV since Happy Endings got cancelled.


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If this is the future, I’M ALREADY ON BOARD. (Photo courtesy FOX)


THE MINDY PROJECT
FOX | Tuesday | 9:00 p.m.

There are a couple things that need to be said about last night’s Mindy Project. The first one is “WTFFFF WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO US?! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!” And the second is, “I would recognize your uterus anywhere. ANYWHERE!”

But really, are they kidding us with this Mindy/Danny stuff? We get 2.5 episodes of them being adorable, and then all of a sudden they are breaking up because Danny is afraid and Mindy can’t re-steer the ship, and then by ep 4 they are DATING OTHER PEOPLE (INAPPROPRIATELY)?! Soooooo not cool. SOOOOOOOOO not cool! I wasn’t even on board with this pairing! I, like Danny, thought that the idea of a female-male friendship on a great show like this was a freakin’ BREATH OF FRESH AIR! But then these douchebags convinced me it was a good idea! They made that kiss MATTER! And then they let me (US!) stew over it for weeeeeeeks while they teased us with the what-ifs that circulated in our brains. By the time last week had rolled around, I WAS COMPLETELY READY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. And now? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Jerks. All of ‘em, jerks.

WHATEVER.

Let’s talk instead for a sec though about how great Peter is becoming. I might even SUPPORT Mindy dating Peter. They have great chemistry! Adam Pally is adorbs! Peter has hidden depths! And HELLO, he is REALLY sweet to Mindy. Sure, he’s got his weirdly sexist one-liners, but the true nature of his character goes wayyyy beyond that. And he thought Danny was crappy to Mindy! HE RECOGNIZED IT WHEN NEITHER OF THEM COULD. He’s sloooowly and steadily becomin’ my fave male doctor at ol’ Shulman and Associates. Just sayin’. 

Final thought: And MORGAN. Man, Morgan. I don’t know where we’d be or how I’d even feel about this show without him. <3 (Take that, DANNY!)

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Side note: Is it bad that I really relate to Marcus? (Photo courtesy NBC)


ABOUT A BOY
NBC | Tuesday | 9:00 p.m.

This charmer just gets better with each week that passes and eeeverything about it is just a little bit magical! IT’S SO CUTE. That’s kind of all there is to say, really, right? The people are adorable, their interactions are adorable, and they are already growing together and as individuals BEFORE OUR VERY EYES! AND IT’S ADORABLE. (And, AND… it’s NOT cheesy. Like only 10% cheese. AMAZING!)

Fiona has chilled! Will has opened himself up! Marcus is… toughing it out on the social scene! Seriously, how freakin’ cute was it when Will came up with the perfect solution to Marcus’ problem with the scaaary movie selection at his first.big.slumber party? Magical! (I’m gonna try to employ that will my roommate, who typically just hides in her hoodie when she gets scared…) Will is becoming more ‘n’ more perfect by the day, guysss (errr, laaaaadies!).

And while we’re on the subject of perfect — Benjamin Stockham is just completely and absolutely terrific. 

Final thought: Fiona felt a little extra Minnie Driver-y this week, and that made the character REALLY come to life. What a refreshing peek at the future, eh?

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Oh yeah, and something involving Mercedes and Sam. (Photo courtesy FOX)


GLEE
FOX | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.

Startin’ to have real concerns about a glee club-less Glee, guys. Far be it from me to be into those whiny babies who were currently holdin’ it down in the glee club at McKinley High but… Doesn’t this all feel a lil’ removed from the PURPOSE? Sure, we still wanna see what our faves are up to, but didn’t Glee make a conscious decision to NOT go 100% in one direction, keeping us connected to what made GleeGlee? Aside from the fact that there are familiar faces and they’re singin’ songs to me, this doesn’t feel like the show I fell for…

Maybe I complain too much. I kinda miss Lima, Ohio? I miss Mr. Schue? I miss… Sue?

Not that New York doesn’t have fun things to offer. I mean, Rachel and Blaine and Kurt knocked out some UNbelievable performances this week during those NYADA exams. (I was a little confused as to why Blaine was taking the same “mid-term” as Rachel and Kurt?) As if I didn’t love Blaine Anderson enough already, dude decided to deliver some SWEENEY TODD?! F’real, dude, you just can’t do this to me. AMAZING. Aaaaamazing.

The backdrop of this ep, though, was pretty serious — the increase in crimes against minority groups at the forefront, and Kurt taking a beating at the hands of some haters to underscore the severity. And it was a bummer. And it reminded us just how much we love and respect the man that Kurt Hummel has become before our eyes! (SO PROUD, SNIFF!) But didn’t the arrival of Burt Hummel just kinda make you miss Lima, and the good ol’ days? And didn’t Kurt and Rachel fighting make you just wish that things could go back to NORMAL?

What is happening to me? But, really, what is happening to this SHOW? What is it going to become? And are we gonna get to see MORE OF FUNNY GIRL FINALLY, DANGIT? (I wanna see some Fanny!!!!)

Final thought: Really, though, am I overreacting? How do you feel about the “new” Glee?

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Well, this is awkward… (Photo courtesy FOX)


THE FOLLOWING
FOX | Monday | 9:00 p.m.

Ohh, Mandyyyyy! Well you came and you gaaave without taaaking! And I sent you away, ohhhh Mandy! Too soon? Sorry. All due respect to the youngest (?) member o’ the Following world to hit the skidssss. It was brutal, too! So hard to watch, even though this little stinker has been pretty annoying since the start! But she thought she was making the right decision! She thought she’d get away. Trouble is, she strolled into the arms of Mama MADWOMAN, Lily, and it got her killed. Tragic story, here, no matter how you spin in.

The magical part of this story sideline is the amaaazing rift that it created between Joe and Emma (!!!), which *I* think gives a little extra juice to my theory that Emma might not make it ‘til the end of this weird, weird season. Three eps left, whaddya think her chances are? I mean, I’ve always kinda thought Emma was the most threatening of the lot — clearly easily influenced by emotion and whimsy, and no need for anything like a real, developed MOTIVE or anything. At the same time, she’d be a great way to continue this mega effed-up legacy into a third season…

One big question I’ve got three episodes from the end, and it’s really just a little tiny thing. TINY, REALLY! But, ummmm, WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH LILY GRAY? She’s really, really nasty, guys. What’s her motivation? WHY is she doing all of this? Why do her and her psycho twins even EXIST IN THIS WORLD? There’s more to this story… I hope it’s a real, crazy twisttt.

Seriously, WHAT IN THE HELL IS COMING IN GENERAL? Ryan is gonna infiltrate the cult now (by posing as one of them?), and I have to believe he’ll be OK in the end, but… Will Joe actually be defeated? WILL LILY? What’s The Following Season 3 going to look like if this actually concludes? AND WILL CARRIE COOKE JUST DIE ALREADY? (Sorry! I’m stressed!) I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!

Final thought: It went without mention last week, but Tom Cavanagh in this world just doesn’t quite compute for me. Right? Really, Tom Cavanagh outside the world of Ed and Carol Vessey doesn’t really make sense to me…

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More fitting imagery than ever before… (Photo courtesy Showtime)


HOUSE OF LIES
Showtime | Sunday | 10:00 p.m.

Sometimes with a show like House of Lies, you get so caught up in the actions of your favorite characters that you forget that they are actually sort of terrible people. Sometimes the bad guys are just so charming! Sometimes we want them to just get away with it, in hopes that they’ll make better decisions next time! As I cruised through the season finale of House of Lies last night, I had to remind myself to NOT feel that way. A LOT. Because — remind yourselves — these people had it comin’… 

As much as we enjoy the soft spots of Marty Kaan’s heart, what he’s doing on a day-to-day basis is ALWAYS BAD. When he’s not outwardly lying to people, he’s crafting stories to entice them into bad deals, playing them against themselves and each other, and generally being preeeetty despicable. It’s true! I too love Don Cheadle’s magnetic presence, his great smile, kind eyes. And I love how much Marty loves his kid! His outside-the-box, sometimes-tough-to-understand, struggling kid! IT’S ALL SO GODDAMN CHARMING. And I want him and Jeannie to love each other. But at the end of the day, these are a coupla cold fish who actually just deserve some big-world consequences. BOTH of ‘em. Now it looks like Marty’s gonna suffer some of those consequences for the lot of ‘em, while the rest… hopefully learn valuable lessons?

Thing is, we’re gonna wait 9+ long months to get back to this storyline. By then we likely will have jumped through Marty’s trial and sentence, we’ll be post-consequences and possibly post-jail time (yesss, I think he should do some time). But where will dear Jeannie be? Right where we love her — sittin’ pretty at the head of Kaan & Associates! Alone, spiteful and POWERFUL! Jeannie who knowingly involved herself with every piece of dirty laundry responsible for Marty’s downfall. Jeannie who may or may not have played this stuff from the beginning. Sure, we’re lead to believe at ep’s end that Jeannie didn’t want any of this to happen (she just wanted Maaarty!), but SHE created the situation and SHE withheld the information from the K & A crew. She just did it all priorrrrr to her and Marty’s new status as loved-up new-lease-on-life-rs. Is Jeannie in a race to prove Monica’s theory false on her meteoric rise? And is anybody else starting to feel like her story is slowly becoming the major arc of the series as a whole?

Do Marty and Jeannie deserve each other? Or does Marty, gulp, deserve better? And more importantly, will anyone in this whole mess ever realize that scheming and being generally sh*tty to everyone is ALWAYS gonna blow up in your face? I MEAN COME ON! (I bet Doug TOTALLY gets that.)

I get it, I get it… The scheming and the manipulation are the fun part. But it might be nice for some reality to knock things around a bit…

Until next time, HoL-ers…

Final thought: Why is this show absolutely convinced that the only way to up the drama at the point is to perpetually rip our fave little pod apart? WHY? I dunno. They’d just frickin’ found their way back to the original foursome halfway through this ramshackle season and NOW MARTY IS OUT FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER. I mean, just give me season one magic again, you know?

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I can tell that we are gonna be friends. (Photo courtesy HBO)


SILICON VALLEY
HBO | Sunday | 10:00 p.m.

I know it’s too early to judge just yet, but daaang I’m into this new show from Mike Judge about techies in Palo Alto.

Thing is, I was just talking last week about these idealized lives that are lived on TV and in movies in places like New York and San Francisco, and how there is no supplemental mention of how-freakin’-expensive the lifestyle is. My roommate and I recently grumbled after watching Zac Efron’s book cover-illustrating character in That Awkward Moment (we saw it twice in theaters, b-t-dubs — full disclosure.) somehow affording this huuuuge apartment in NY without any roommates. How hard would it have been for Miles Teller’s character — his coworker! — to be his roommate? Or to make his apartment, like, a hallway where none of the three bros could adequately maneuver when all hanging out at the same time? I mean, IT’S THE TRUTH and also, hello it’s funnyyy? Just sayin’. (This convo was originally sparked by those GLORIOUS AND PERFECT apartments in About A Boy's version of San Francisco, where a rarely-employed, new-to-town single mom somehow lives with her son in a giganto apartment next door to a rich-snobbish songwriter livin' off royalties. I WISH I LIVED THERE.)

At any rate, enter into the convo Silicon Valley (since that’s what the convo IS, after all. Sorryz, I get distracted). Silicon Valley's premiere episode last night showed us a more relateable version of the tech-overrun world that's our reality. A bunch of schlubby nerds in Palo Alto — two of which work for Google-like corp Hooli — live in a crappy house with a weirddd master tenant who allows them to live there on the cheap because they give him a percentage of their latest and greatest app idea (right?). They discuss that the rent is outrageous, citing a $4500 place with multiple roommates (UGH!), and they make fun of the mega-worlds that surround them (including an opening-scene party where a company just acquired by Google is hosting Kid Rock). It's all in good fun, but it's also RIGHT ON THE FRIGGIN' POINT. 

Of course there’s alsooo the fact that the show is funny, smart and even a lil’ endearing that works too. I’m already totally in love with the lead guy, Richard, and his teeny, tiny, sheepish mannerisms. I love “Big Head” and I love Martin Starr no matter what the situation (except in the V Mars movie, obvs. :{{{{{ ). HBO alum Matt Ross even shows up as the earth conscious and globally-minded (let’s throw those in quotation marks) leader of Hooli, mooostly so far to bring back my terrifying memories of Alby Grant, but perhaps also eventually to show off his lighter side (sure hopez). I dig it, and in the absence of e’ery single one of my Sunday night funtimes (Girls! House of Lies! Downton! True Detective!), I really needed this.

Final thought: Were you watching? What’d ya think?

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STAND DOWN, MARK CYR 2.0 (Photo courtesy NBC)


PARENTHOOD
NBC | Thursday | 10:00 p.m.

So, like, hypothetically speaking, is it better for your wife to sleep with someone while you’re separated that ISN’T the guy she kissed previously and one of the points of instigation FOR your separation, or is it worse because it’s another human that she’s finding more interesting and enticing than yourself? Like, it’s complicated, you know? All this to say — #(*$)&@#$)(&#$@#!!!! JULIA!

Girl, get it together. We know you’re feeling lonely and a little more than bummed about the maybe-dissolution of your marriage. But you know what ain’t gonna win back your Prince Charming? Word gettin’ ‘round via the MOM NETWORK at school (you know they got spies everywhere!) that you’re bonin’ a teacher. That there is a SCANDAL. Do you want to be part of such a thing? Particularly when you’ve already clocked time on the lips of a DAD at the same school? All while your husband committed no offense other than BEING HURT and GETTING HIS OWN JOB? Time for some self-reflection. And while you’re at it, wipe that shizz-eating grin off of your face. 

UGH! BUMMED ABOUT THIS, GUYZ.

I fully acknowledge that the last few weeks of Joel-behavior has been crappy. I fully acknowledged that the writing crew had messed with Joel to the point that he’d become at times completely unrecognizable from the character we grew to know and love! But then I remembered that Joel’s initial problem, and the cause of the other problems that popped up between these once-perfect ‘shipmates, was that Julia was acting like a BIG HUGE BABY because he was employed and she wasn’t. AND HE WAS RIGHT. And that makes me sad for him, and sympathetic to his cause. He’s been tough, and a little annoyingly so, YES, but it was with good reason. If he finds out about Julia’s night in the arms o’ another man? Well, this feels irreparable. (And if he doesn’t find out and things start heading toward Reconciliation-ville, well… ew.)

I CARE TOO MUCH ABOUT THESE FICTITIOUS PEOPLE!

In other news — Zeek and Camille’s house storyline finally seems to be concluding and I’m glad because GOD I’M OVER IT. Who cares? Move! Don’t move! I can’t believe this is all that these interesting people have to offer in the way of a story. And, really, throughout all of this they’re unable to make even the smallest comment about the RIDICULOUS PRICES OF SAN FRANCISCO REAL ESTATE? All I’m asking for is one line about the sale of their house, the purchase of a new one and the VALUE OF PROPERTY, SOMETHING. (‘Cuz guys, this place is real nuts. Not mentioning it just ranks high on the lame-scale of lacking-authenticity, and I see enough of that every week when I watch About A Boy and wonder how a single mom with inconsistent employment is renting an apartment for herself and her son IN THIS CITY. There are ZERO ways that is actually happening. Sorry, RANTY, I KNOW.)

So we’ve got two episodes left in the season and a whole mess of things left unsorted. Hank and Sarah need to find some sorta resolution to their awkwardness. Drew needs to have a serious big-boy convo with Natalie. Julia and Joel need to… omg, I don’t even want to think about it. Crosby needs to pay for his hardwood floors. And Camille and Zeek need to move out and into their reasonably-priced dream-home-with-a-view. (And apparently Kristina’s friend needs to die of breast cancer, and Ryan needs to be wounded and sent home for Amber to cry over — BECAUSE JULIA AND JOEL AREN’T GONNA MAKE ME CRY ENOUGH ALREADY.)

Oof, that’s a lotta ground. Let’s see what happens, shall we?

Final thought: Anybody else notice how little shriekiness has been comin’ out of Jasmine this season? And now that you’re aware of it, isn’t it — mhmm mhmm mhmm — SO NICE?

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Noooooooooooooooo. (Photo courtesy The CW)


THE 100
The CW | Wednesday | 9:00 p.m.

Well, that sucked. It sucked for a couple reasons — I was just about to decide that The 100 wasn’t for me and then it got interesting, and poor poor Wells finally got his girl to acknowledge his existence again (and forgive him! and maybe someday love him?) and then XXXXXXX. I don’t even really give a crap about these people and that sorta massively bummed me out. Like I may or may not have had a tear in my eye. 

Thing is, I thought this show would move a little quicker and get me INTO IT a little sooner. After all, this is what the CW’s primary function is — to engross the fast-moving brain of a hormonal teenager (and their twenty and thirty-something buds who still like ridiculously attractive folks enacting angsty drama). Is it just me, or is The 100 more than occasionally a bit of a snooze?

The premise is interesting. And Clarke is a heroine I can get behind. And Fin, well, whoofty. But overall it’s taking a long time for it to get anywhere, taking a long time to get characters established (there ARE a freakin’ ton of them), and it’s resulted in my half-attentiveness.

But now with some heightened dramz and Clarke finally not throwin’ shade at poor Wells (wasn’t that obnoxiously unbearable?), I’m gonna give it some time. Maybs this is the start of something goooooood…

Final thought: One request… Could Bellamy lighten up on just a lil’ of the jerkiness?

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Don’t let our leg-folding synchronicity scare you, we’re.. Wait, no, scary. (Photo courtesy NBC)


ABOUT A BOY
NBC | Tuesday | 9:00 p.m.

Confession — I actually recorded Mindy Project last night and watched About A Boy live. LIVE. REALLY. LIVE. Part of that was just DVR logistics, but part of it was related to the fact that Mindy left me so, so long ago, and in the meantime I’ve been seriously falling in love with this cute little NBC sitcom. Anybody else?

Thing is, the show is great. Not only does it have Jason Katims at the wheel, but it boasts a cast that’s won me over more and more as the weeks have progressed. It’s so great to finally see David Walton in a role that offers up both his charming and dazzling ladykiller skillz, along with his ability to be non-lame sincere. Will fully accepts his fate at this point as Marcus’ pal, but also still makes incredibly honest mistakes in dealing with the kiddo. Everything feels sweet and sincere, and not in the smack-me-upside-the-head-with-cuteness way. Refreshing would be a word for it.

And that kiddo? Benjamin Stockham slays me. The writing on this show makes this kid work, and every single time he starts talking about his feelings wheel, I just melt to pieces (and giggle!). He’s so nerdy and likeable and we FEEL for him every time Will disappoints him, and every time his mom does something weird that embarrasses him (and it so lovely how oblivious he is to that most of the time!). And this week, with the knife landing in his foot and the resulting Skype-like mom-stalking? Too adorbs. The kid is just too adorbs.

Minnie Driver and Leslie Bibb are growing on me (at first I seriously couldn’t take Minnie Driver!), as long as they aren’t busy getting in the way of the bromance between these two cute lil’ neighbors. I honestly just wanna see what these two will get up to next… (Though, note to NBC, I’m not craaazy interest in Will having a long-term girlfriend, even though I realize that goes against how much I love to see him grow as a human. SUE ME.)

Final thought: I was just thinking about how great David Walton was on New Girl last season and it made me feel all happy inside. Mayhaps I should revisit his best (not worst) roles of yore? Internet, let’s! And Bent! Omg, Bent! (Pro tip: Even though it SEEMS like a good idea, do not watch the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie with Julia Stiles. I’ve been down that road and I would prefer to save you the awfulness. Ya’hear?)

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