If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/13/14

Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away, and I’m already plotting my Black Friday shopping strategy, noting which stores have great deals on TV-on-Blu-ray releases I want to add to my collection. However, before I add more things to my To-Watch list, I should probably concentrate on clearing my TiVo backlog—I have at least 10 shows with 3 or more episodes piled up, and the free space is dwindling! I look forward to the long Thanksgiving weekend in a couple of weeks, when I’ll have extra time to catch up (or make those tough cuts). But in the meantime, here are some suggestions to help you fill your own DVRs…

Kyle’s Choice

parenthood1113smallParenthood is coming down the final stretch—there are just 6 episodes left! Last week was about people realizing they may not be better off splitting from their spouse. Joel had given up hope of reconciling with Julia—he agreed to give her the house and be done with it all. He was ready to sign his divorce papers when Zeek told him to fight for his daughter, so Joel went back to Julia and declared his intentions. Meanwhile, Hank apologized to his ex-wife, telling her about his Asperger’s and admitting that their marital problems were all his fault. This seemed to spark some old feelings in Sandy, who now wanted to spend more time reconciling and reconnecting with her ex and their daughter as a family, leaving Sarah feeling like the odd woman out. And elsewhere, Amber decided to test her skills as a future parent by babysitting Max and Nora, which was a big wake-up call as to what she was in for.

Will Joel and Julia get back together, or is she ready to move on with her relationship with her boyfriend? While I think that Joel and Julia should fix their marriage, the show has made her boyfriend such a nice guy that it’s a very difficult situation! And speaking of people getting back together, does Sarah have to worry about Sandy stealing Hank from her? And last week, it almost seemed like Zeek recognized his impending mortality when he was trying to bond with Drew—will he survive the next 6 episodes?!

On tonight’s episode, “Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped,” Max experiences heartache, which leads him to wage a propaganda campaign against a classmate. Meanwhile, financial troubles leave Crosby with a sense of defeat and propel Jasmine to get a new job; and Ruby exploits her father’s trust.

Check out the familial drama tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching (but mostly just recording) The Big Bang Theory, The McCarthys, Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Bad Judge, A to Z, Bones, Gracepoint, White Collar, and Covert Affairs.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

tbbt1113smallI don’t know about you, but I absolutely squeed with happiness at the end of last week’s The Big Bang Theory. The entire episode was great… Amy and Bernadette decided they wanted to have their own prom since they had pretty awful experiences in high school (poor Amy, dancing with the mop! LOL). Penny was feeling pretty blah about it until Leonard admitted that he was kind of excited because he would get to be going with her. So everyone got dressed up to have the prom up on the roof. First, Raj, Emily, Howard, and Bernadette rode in a limo to pick up Stuart and his date—much to Howard’s relief, Stuart wasn’t taking Mrs. Wolowitz, but much to his dismay, Stuart’s date turned out to be Howard’s second cousin, whom Howard had lost his virginity with. But the highlight of the episode was Sheldon and Amy. When Sheldon saw Amy in her dress, he basically freaked out and had a panic attack. When Amy went to talk to him, he admitted that he was worried that they would be expected to have sex, since that’s a “normal” prom activity. Amy assured him that she didn’t expect anything, that they were taking things at their own pace, not anyone else’s. She started hemming and hawing, and we could tell she was about to admit her feelings for him, but she couldn’t get the words out…and then Sheldon took pity on her and interrupted her to say that he loved her too! *squee* Amy questioned it, and he said he’d thought about it, and that was the only conclusion he could come to, to explain how he felt about her. She then had her own panic attack, and when Sheldon told her to lie down, she headed into his room. Of course, in his own special way, Sheldon said no way and steered her toward the living room. It was just way too cute. I’m excited to see where they go from here. I know they’ll take it at their own pace, just like they’ve done so far, and that’s fine with me. 🙂

On a sad note, Carol Ann Susi, who voiced the role of Howard’s mother, passed away Tuesday from cancer. She was a great actress who guest starred on many, many shows. Our condolences to her friends and family.

On tonight’s episode, “The Septum Deviation,” when Leonard gets minor surgery on his nose, Sheldon is the one in need of sympathy. Meanwhile, Raj’s parents’ impending divorce causes Howard and Bernadette to work on their own marriage.

See why Sheldon needs sympathy tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Bones, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthys, Beat Bobby Flay, Elementary, & Pawnography.

Megan’s Choice

themccarthys1113smallMy TV-viewing schedule is quite full of dramas and competition shows, but what it needed more of was comedies , so I was very pleased when I tuned in to watch The McCarthys and loved it. This family is a little odd and slightly insane, which is exactly why I loved them—it may be something to discuss with a therapist that I find comfort in crazy families, but for now I’m not going to question it. Last week, we watched as Ronny met his new boyfriend Ben’s family, and it made him realize that his family isn’t as open with their feelings as Ben’s, so he decided to try to make them appear like they are. In the end, the truth came out, but Ben liked his family anyway, and we got to see some touching moments between Arthur and Marjorie. I’m not sure exactly where this season is going, but I do know it’s going to be hilarious along the way.

On tonight’s episode, “The Good Coach,” upset that Arthur chose Ronny to be his assistant coach, Sean and Gerard apply for other coaching jobs and wind up competing against each another. Meanwhile, Marjorie becomes jealous when she thinks Ronny has a boyfriend.

To see what’s got Marjorie’s panties in a twist, tune in to CBS at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Food Truck Face Off, Scandal, Mom, A to Z, Parenthood, and Elementary.

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