HIMYM: A decent episode. Not amazing, but enjoyable. I liked how they referenced Marshall's obsession with the Loch Ness monster, I chuckled at the TiVo prayer, and I loved the "Sensory Deprivator 5000." This episode was a little weaker in terms of plot compared to the rest of the season, but still, I'm continually amazed at how much this show has improved this season. A friend of mine recently spoke to someone on the HIMYM set, and this anonymous source mentioned that a big part of the improvement has to do with the addition of Greg Malins as an executive producer. Having been a huge part of the Friends-era, Greg has used his experience to apparently help refine the storytelling of the show. Thank you, Greg. TV Squad has an interview with the creators, who also discuss this season's different tone and a forthcoming wedding on the episode.
The Class: There is something very wrong with the world right now. I've really enjoyed the Class lately. Am I crazy here? For the first time ever, I laughed more during the Class than I did during HIMYM. You can check out the episode on Innertube. Now, if someone would just cut Duncan's heinous hair, I might start spreading the word about this show.
Heroes: Still need to catch up on the last two, but I've heard ca-ra-zay things. Looking forward to it.
Veronica Mars: Ditto the above, minus the "ca-ra-zay."
Office: Some great lines in this one, but overall, a so-so episode. Favorite bit was Michael addressing the stripper as Stripper.
30 Rock: The funniest episode of all the sitcoms this past week. You must watch the episode here. If only to see Paul Reubens as Gerhardt Habsburg, the last male member of the Habsburg family, so inbred to the point that his body no longer produces joint fluid. Amazing. Isabella Rossellini also guest-starred as Jack's ex-wife, and it was great to see Will Forte too (nicest of all the SNL cast members). Oh, and Jane Krakowski was surprisingly smokin' in that dress.
Grey's: Princess Sparkle and I had a friendly wager going regarding the previous proposal cliffhanger. Unfortunately, I bet that Christina would say 'no.' Christina and Burke's last scene was quite endearing though, so I'm kinda glad I lost the bet. I thought this episode was okay, I enjoyed the Meredith-Mom-Chief story, I loved and will always love all things Katherine Heigl and Kate Walsh, but that was about it. George and Callie need to bring it down a notch. Holler at your boy Denny though, he's coming back from the dead.
The OC: "The Case of the Franks" was, to be frank, pretty weak. Thank you. There were some cute moments, but not even Taylor Townsend could save this episode for me. The flashbacks, the forced resolutions, it was all a bit too much. Still, only three episodes left, I will "love you till the end," OC. Anyway, one fun side note, Michael Schur, JJ Philbin's husband and writer for the Office, made a little cameo appearance in this episode as the G.E.O.R.G.E. rep. Max Greenfield, aka Deputy Leo, from Veronica Mars also dropped by as a young Sandy Cohen. Check out Give Me My Remote for the full report.
Friday Night Lights: Not up to par with the last two episodes, but still pretty good. I don't really get into the big-issue episodes regarding race and things with, you know, actual substance. I prefer the simple relationship drama, what can I say, I'm a simple man. It was great seeing Tyra closeline Lyla during the powderpuff game. And now, many of you will not watch this show because I just said "powderpuff game." But no, really, this is the best drama on television right now! Episodes are finally available on iTunes, where you can download the pilot for free. Now go and catch up, I'll be waiting right here for your thoughts. Seriously, go now. [waiting] Okay, you're back, wow that was fast. You didn't really watch, did you? Fine, whatever, you never listen to me. I hate you.
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How I Met Your Mother - "Monday Night Football"
"Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn and John [buy album]
Veronica Mars - "Poughkeepsie, Tramps & Thieves"
"Yeah!" - The Golden Dogs
"Wheels" - Mark Lanegan
"A Thousand Kisses Deep" - Leonard Cohen [buy album]
*thanks Princess Sparkle!
"Never The Same Again" - Moonlight Towers [buy album]
Veronica Mars - "There's Got To Be A Morning After Pill"
"I'll Take Care Of You" - Mark Lanegan [buy album]
"Western Meadowlark" - Brown Recluse Sings
Friday Night Lights - "Upping the Ante"
"I Remember" - Chris Brokaw [buy album]
"Sexyback" - Justin Timberlake [buy album]
"Jesus Christ" - Brand New [buy album]
"So Divided" - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead [buy album]
Friday Night Lights - "Blinders"
"Lord Give Me A Sign" - DMX [buy album]
"Huddle Formation" - The Go! Team [buy album]
"U & Ur Hand" - Pink [buy album]
The OC - "The Case of the Franks"
"Theme From Picnic (Moonglow)" - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra [buy album]
"Talk About The Passion" - R.E.M. [buy album]
"Start Today Tomorrow" - Youth Group [buy album]
"Unaware" - The Midway State [buy album]
Grey's Anatomy - "Wishin' and Hopin'"
"Runaway (feat. Psapp)" - Sybarite [buy album]
"Elevator Music" - Beck [buy album]
"Barracuda" - Miho Hatori [buy album]
"Canal Song (End of Sentence)" - Iain Archer [buy album]
"Believer" - Susanna & The Magical Orchestra [buy album]
"Fireworks" - The Whitest Boy Alive [buy album]
Scrubs - "His Story IV'"
"Thrift Store T-Shirt" - Brent Jordan [buy album]