If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/16/12

Only 3 season finales tonight! *gasp* Compared to other nights this week with 8 in one night, 3 is easy peasy lemon squeezy, is it not? lol Still some great episodes on, though, so check out what we think you should be watching. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice #1

Last week’s Law & Order: SVU was really quite sad. It started off with Finn’s son meeting Munch for dinner or drinks, along with his fiance. Shortly after leaving the restaurant, the fiance was kidnapped off the street and severly beaten as part of a gang initiation or something. That story then just got lost (yes, they got the guys that did it, but did the fiance ever wake up after surgery? How did the talk with Finn & the other man’s father go? SO much was just left hanging in my opinion) in what turned out to be the main story: another man was kidnapped off the street and beaten, but that turned out to be because he’d been accused of sexually molesting a high school student he taught. In the end, we found out it was really the seemingly-sweet, pretty, young teacher, although blame was shifted from the man to another really mentally fragile/crazy teacher, finally ending with the boy killing the real teacher who he’d been in some sort of sexual relationship with. It was really convoluted and sad, both for the male teacher who was beat up and blamed and for the kid. But the fact that the gay beating story line with Finn, his son Ken, & Ken’s fiance was shoved to the back burner just irritated me. Regardless, the previews for tonight’s episode looked CRAZY, which is why it’s getting my top pick tonight.

On tonight’s episode, “Strange Beauty,” while off-duty, Detective Rollins spots a young woman screaming in the back of a moving taxi. The SVU squad quickly identifies the victim as a rebellious teenager, estranged from her family and experimenting in the world of tattoos and self-mutilation. The case takes an unexpected turn when the Medical Examiner presents the detectives with a cleanly severed leg, reminiscent of a similar finding in an old unsolved case. The detectives are drawn into the psychological elements of self-mutilation and ritual amputation as they investigate two brothers (guest stars David Eigenberg and Patrick Fischler) in order to link the cases and find the missing woman.

Don’t miss it tonight on NBC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Law & Order: SVU @ Clicker.
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Lisa’s Choice #1

We made a trip back in time last week on Revenge, and the Hamptons were still heinous! Emily was Amanda Clarke at that time and living a wayward and reckless life. That is until Nolan was able to convince her to read her father’s journals. Everything began to sink in for Amanda as she began staking the Grayson home and identifying key Grayson Global players that her father described in his journals. Amanda’s anger and frustration built up into desperation, determination, and focus. This is where Amanda’s plan for revenge began, how she thought of executing it, and how to bring justice to her father’s name.

On an all new episode, “Grief,” a painful loss forges a stronger bond between Emily and Jack. Victoria forms a new alliance that could seal Conrad’s fate. Also, Charlotte sets her sights on Declan and begins her vendetta against him.

The flames rise higher in the Hamptons at 10/9c on ABC. Learn where to find episodes online of Revenge @ Clicker.

Megan’s Choice

Criminal Minds is just one of those shows that no matter what happens, I never tire of. Yes, I wish that Garcia and Morgan would hurry up and get together, because they are meant to be. 🙂 I love this cast regardless, and Reed is one of my secret nerd crushes. All that aside, I actually watch for the cases of the week. There is something about the way they present the crimes, unsubs, and the method to solving the case that intrigues me week after week. Last week’s episode where they were teaching profiling was really interesting, and there were some intense scenes with Rossi.

On the first part of this two hour season finale, “Hit,” the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C., and the team tries to negotiate the situation unfolding inside the bank, but the stakes rise when one of their own becomes a hostage.

Then on the second hour, “Run,” the BAU continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers and determines the suspects have a bigger target in the nation’s capital – and with one of the team still a hostage, they must work quickly to diffuse an explosive situation. Also, wedding bells ring for one of the BAU, and Prentiss ponders her future.

To see if they save the day and who ties the knot, tune in to CBS at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Criminal Minds @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching American Idol, Suburgatory, Law & Order: SVU, and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23.

Kyle’s Choice

Last week, Bravo kicked off a new cooking competition series called Around the World in 80 Plates. In the premiere, the 12 chefs split into two teams and raced across London in a Pub Crawl. Afterwards, they had to recreate the classic dishes they’d tasted for some pub regulars. The problem was that in order to finish the crawl a quickly as possible, both teams opted to drink yards of beer rather than taste one of the dishes, so they didn’t even have a reference as to what the dish should be like.

What’s different about this show is that it the chefs on the losing team vote out one of their own; the judges don’t make the decision. So it is not necessarily the best chefs who move on – it is those who have the best personalities or those who can talk a good talk and persuade the others not to vote for them. The latter was the case in last week’s episode where Chef “Nookie” admittedly had the worst dish but saw an insecurity in Chef Clara and exploited it to get the rest of the team to vote her out.

What I didn’t understand was why Clara didn’t vote for “Nookie” after she heard him cast his vote for her. She really didn’t have any kind of strategy or plan – she was there to cook and not to play the mental/strategy part of this game. As for the other contestants, I cannot stand the overly arrogant Chef Kevin. I’m hoping that now that he knows how eliminations work, he will tone down the attitude, as he can’t afford to upset his teammates. I like this twist on the reality cooking competition show – not only do we get the competitive cooking, but we also get to travel the world experience this new strategy element to the game. It’s no longer just about the skills.

In tonight’s episode, “Forget Paris,” the 11 chefs land in Lyon, France, where they visit the countryside and serve traditional meals at bistros. Gregory Cuilleron is the regional culinary expert.

See it tonight on Bravo at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Around the World in 80 Plates @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Criminal Minds, The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23, Revenge, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, and Total Blackout.

Lisa’s Choice #2

Chloe always has a new scheme up her sleeve, and when it comes to paying rent, she pulls out all of the stops in order to raise it or scam someone in order to pay up. Last week on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23, June struggled to make ends meet, and in order to pay her rent, she came up with the creative way of mass producing and selling her homemade jam. Chloe decided to team up with her and get in on the action, but instead of actually helping to produce the jam, she took it as an opportunity to create a fetish site to make money off of June. Also, James Van Der Beek started his own line of super skinny jeans, which he called Beek Jeans. However, his attempt at promoting them through billboards ended up a disaster.

On tonight’s episode, “It’s Just Sex…” Chloe decides to take it upon herself to teach June to be sexually empowered and to dabble in some casual sexual encounters. However, Chloe’s own sex life catches up to her, as well as to James, when an old sex tape of the two leaks out to the public. James freaks out about how it will affect his likeability on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Watch the train wreck go down at 9:30/8:30c on ABC! Learn where to find episodes online of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 @ Clicker.

Tonight, I am also watching The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family.

Jenny’s Choice #2

I’m happy, because both TV Land comedies are new tonight, rather than a clip show like Hot in Cleveland had last week. On last week’s Happily Divorced, they celebrated Mother’s Day. Fran forgot to make their annual lunch reservations, hurting Dori’s feelings. Peter and Glen thought they’d lost the dog, although it turned out it was just hidden in the couch. lol And Rosie O’Donnell guest starred as a pet psychic/floater at the department store/waitress. It was a cute episode, but not one of my favorites (although seeing Peter get excited about sports because of the cute guys in their “costumes” was hysterical).

On tonight’s episode of Hot in Cleveland, “Storage Wars,” after winning a bid on an abandoned storage unit, the ladies discovery an item of potentially historical significance and seek out the expertise of Artie Firestone. Joy learns how to use a CB radio and befriends a handsome trucker. James Denton (Desperate Housewives) guest stars.

Following that on Happily Divorced, “Fran-alyze This,” Fran finds herself being drawn back to Elliot after being set up on a date with a doctor that doesn’t go well. Elliot convinces Fran to join him in a therapy session so that they can work on their various commitment issues. Dan Aykroyd guest stars.

Laugh along with me tonight on TV Land at 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Hot in Cleveland & Happily Divorced @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’m also going to be watching/DVRing Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23, Around the World in 80 Plates, Restaurant: Impossible, Total Blackout, & maybe Criminal Minds.

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