If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/16/11

For a sweeps month, we’ve had an unusually light lineup of new episodes the past few days. Tonight, while still unseasonably light, brings the return of my favorite ABC comedies! So enjoy a great night of new TV on this hump day, and remember that one week from now, we get a nice long weekend of Turkey Day and Black Friday insanity!

Kyle’s Choice

I really missed not having the ABC Wednesday comedies last week, as The Middle is probably my favorite comedy currently on TV. While the whole Heck family makes me laugh every week, Sue and Axl really make the show for me. In the last episode, hilarity ensued when Sue and Brick stole their aunt’s cell phone, and things quickly got out of hand as they discovered the joys of texting. Meanwhile, Axl disappointed his parents with his uncharacteristic model son behavior for a college football scout. I can’t wait to see what the Heck kids get up to this week….(whispers) week!

In tonight’s episode, “The Play,” Frankie and Sue are cast in a community-theater production of “The Wizard of Oz,” but things get awkward when Sue’s role is in jeopardy. Elsewhere, Brick invites Uncle Rusty (Norm Macdonald) to participate in Special Friends Day at school. Chris Kattan also guest stars.

See the new episode tonight on ABC at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Middle @ Clicker.
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Jenny’s Choice #1

Last week on Criminal Minds, the BAU went to Kansas to investigate the bodies of boys who turned up after tornadoes. Not all that surprising, until they learned that the boys had been killed before the storms. You had to feel a tiny bit sorry for the UnSub, who was really simply loony, trying to play Dr. Frankenstein, using pieces from different people’s bodies to recreate his brother, who had been murdered years before. The guy was really kind of insane, and I felt kind of bad for him when he offered himself and the headless body he had pieced together up to the tornado. It was kind of cool watching both fly up into the funnel! lol The creepiest part for me, though, was that the boys who were murdered came from 3 cities my family & I have lived in over the course of the last 10 years. haha Scary! Anyway, tonight should be good, because not only does Garcia get out of the office, but she’s a huge part of the case!

On tonight’s episode, “Hope,” it’s personal for Garcia when the BAU investigate the disappearance of a woman in her survivors’ support group whose daughter went missing seven years earlier. Guest stars include Jack Coleman (Heroes) as Bill, a man in Garcia’s survivors support group, and Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives) as Monica, Garcia’s missing friend.

Don’t miss it tonight on CBS at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Criminal Minds @ Clicker.

Lisa’s Choice #1

On the last episode of Revenge, Tyler made a new bedfellow, literally, with Nolan. Emily’s past was uncovered by Frank, who ended up meeting an untimely end. Lydia awoke from her coma after being pushed off of a building and falling on top of a taxi cab. Charlotte grew closer to Declan, who made a rousing impression at dinner with the Grayson family. Tyler let Ashley in on a hidden secret, and Emily received a visit from the real Emily Thorne. Things are going to get ugly, and it’s going to get ugly really quickly. Of course, Revenge fans wouldn’t have it any other way!

Tonight, on an all new Revenge, Emily’s plot against the people who murdered her father continues to unravel. Tensions escalate for Victoria with her relationships in her family. Lydia’s memory raises concerns with the Graysons, and the real Emily Thorne starts to play dirty. CCH Pounder (Warehouse 13) guest stars.

Watch the smackdown happen at 10/9c on ABC! Learn where to find episodes online of Ringer @ Clicker.

Megan’s Choice

When a legal drama has the ability to pull on our heart strings, while still tickling our funny bones, we should stand up and take notice. Harry’s Law does this on a weekly basis. Harry (Kathy Bates) is amazingly witty and has a sense of morality second to none. When she takes on a case, she gives her client her everything, and then some.

Last week’s episode had Harry as her own client, after she was fined for driving a foreign car in a county that has a “buy American” law. She refused to pay the fine and ended up going to court, on the principle that taking away a person’s right to choose was anti-American. She eventually won the case, but unfortunately, Adam didn’t. Adam was fighting for parents who’d had their child taken away and given up for adoption and now wanted to get her back. It wasn’t a black and white case, and the adoptive parents ended up winning custody, but hearts were broken all over.

On tonight’s episode, “Insanity,” Oliver and Cassie defend a teen who killed three students when he opened fire on a college campus, but the emotional nature of the case causes tension between them. Tommy represents a mortuary owner who uses bodies as ferilizer.

To see how these difficult cases turn out, tune in to NBC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Harry’s Law @ Clicker.

Jenny’s Choice #2

The last new episode of Suburgatory (2 weeks ago) was one of the best of the series, imo. Tessa kept seeing how much food her peers and adults around her wasted—throwing out perfectly good apples in the school cafeteria, dumping a bowl of chicken soup because there was rice instead of stars, dumping a perfectly good tray of deli meat—and she decided she was going to speak up about it. The counselor at her school is a total idiot, and when Dalia suggested helping the residents of Florida because of their bad, sun-damaged skin, he went right along with it. They decided to send some little appliance that is supposed to help the skin, which annoyed Tessa. She spoke out again, even bringing in a transvestite homeless (wo)man she had become friendly with while living in NYC. Totally misunderstanding what Tessa was trying to say, the community rallied around her & George, showering them with silly little gifts, like a snow cone maker, an air multiplier (haha), and used, stolen lipgloss. Tess ended up sending almost everything to her homeless friend, who sold everything to buy a pop up tent and prepaid cell phone so it was easier to set up clients as a hooker. lol Speaking of George… While working on a sky light in his friend Noah’s bathroom, he decided to try out the amazing shower Noah had bragged about. The maid walked in, surprising him, and he slipped and fell trying to go after her to apologize, cracking his tooth. When he got the bill from Noah for $2600, he was outraged, and they fought. In the end, Noah fixed his tooth and they were all good. It was a cute little side plot to the other story.

On tonight’s episode, “Sweet Sixteen,” when Tessa tells Dallas that she wants a simple get together for her sixteenth birthday, Dallas convinces her to let Dalia plan the ultimate birthday extravaganza at the country club, complete with a live performance by her favorite band, specialty drinks, and go-go cages. Meanwhile, George throws his back out, and Sheila Shay (Ana Gasteyer) takes it upon herself to care for him, even though George is terrified of her.

Check it out tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Suburgatory @ Clicker.

Lisa’s Choice #2

Last week on Psych, Shawn and Gus hit it out of the park! Literally. The boys investigated a murder in a local baseball team that had Shawn pinch hitting as a coach and Gus stuck as the mascot in an itchy costume. With the help of some inside investigation, the guys were able to strike out the murderer and put another case under their belt. Of course, all of this is done with a lot of misguided humor that provides laughs upon laughs. It’s never a dull moment for this dynamic duo!

Tonight, Shawn and Gus do some detecting at a mental hospital in order to investigate a billionaire that’s accused of murder. Molly Ringwald and Brad Dourif guest star.

Tune in to USA at 10/9c for an all new episode! Learn where to find episodes online of Psych @ Clicker.

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