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Mad Men Recap: “To Have and To Hold” (Season 6, Episode 4)

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April 23rd, 2013

Don asks Sylvia to remove her cross. She tells him she won’t, and he turns it around so he can’t see it. She tells him she prays for him to find peace. What she doesn’t yet realize (or maybe she does; Sylvia is an interesting character, beautifully played by Cardellini) is that Don Draper will never find peace.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (Season 1, Episode 14)

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April 23rd, 2013

There are two ways to view tonight’s episode of Revolution, both equally valid. One involves completely shutting off one’s brain to an extent that very few television shows or movies require you to do and enjoying the ride. The other involves taking it with a modicum of seriousness, which means going after ridiculous plotholes and developments.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Knots’ (Season 4, Episode 10)

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April 19th, 2013

I wish someone could Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind me so all memory of this terrible season could be wiped from my brain. Ignorance is bliss and it would be wonderful to live in a world where Season Four of Community doesn’t exist.

The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘A Sister for Sky?’ (Season 5, Episode 7)

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April 18th, 2013

The episode opens at RZ’s home and she is hanging with her hair stylist/Bestie Joey Maalouf. He is the Marcie to her Peppermint Patty. Joey starts in on RZ about having a second child. RZ is hesitant because she is already so busy and has such a good thing going with Skyscraper.

Mad Men Recap: “The Collaborators” (Season 6, Episode 3)

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April 15th, 2013

All the main characters are tangled in complex collaborations, whether willingly or unwillingly, sexual or chaste. Everyone’s wrestling with guilt in this episode, handling and mishandling situations as a result. Don Draper is, as ever, standing at the center of the tempest, acting as though he’s a port in a storm when really he’s rocking harder than anyone else.

The Office Recap: ‘Stairmaggedon’ (Season 9, Episode 19)

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April 12th, 2013

How many episodes of The Office: An American Workplace did they release to the press? Assuming that each “night” corresponds with a “season,” Senator Lipton did not appear until Season 7 and he was not officially outed until Season 9. Does each episode focus on a different character instead? Also, the poor documentarians had one thing of public interest in all their footage, and the news had to go and spoil it.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Felt Surrogacy’ (Season 4, Episode 9)

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April 12th, 2013

In puppet world, we learn that the group grew tired of the monotony of Greendale, left campus, hopped in a hot air balloon, took off without the pilot (played by Sara Bareilles), crash landed in the woods (unharmed), met a former Greendale student turned wood-dweller (Jason Alexander), ate some trippy berries and then shared their most intimate secrets with each other resulting in the awkward silence that opened the episode.

The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘Godzilla Rachel!’ (Season 5, Episode 6)

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April 12th, 2013

The episode opens with RZ showing Rodg and her intern, Co, some new duds she picked up for their son Sky Mall (who’s velcro booties are worth more on the black market than my unfertilized eggs).

Mad Men Recap: “The Doorway” (Season 6, Episode 1-2)

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April 9th, 2013

In the opening scenes of the episode – up until about seven or eight minutes in – everybody else is talking at Don, and he, that master of manipulation, doesn’t say a damn word. It’s eerie, actually. His wife, who’s evidently come into some fame from TV roles, is voluptuous and sexy in a way Betty Draper never was – and she’s reveling in it.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (Season 1, Episode 13)

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April 9th, 2013

When Revolution was first proposed, those were some of the interesting concepts that one could imagine it dealing with. After Revolution premiered, it was obvious it wasn’t going to tackle them well, but they still existed and post-apocalyptic landscapes are kind of cool. What I didn’t expect was that we’d actually have to contend with a “find the nuke” plotline. At least not this soon.

Community Recap: ‘Herstory of Dance’ (Season 4, Episode 8)

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April 5th, 2013

I think the episode had its funny moments and was more of a return to form, but it just seems like too little too late.

The Office Recap: ‘Promos’ (Season 9, Episode 18)

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April 5th, 2013

Does this mean that the ten years of filming has reaped maybe 18 hours at most of usable footage? Who sponsored this mad project!?! And why would the Dutch care!?!

The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘Maj In Manhattan’ (Season 5, Episode 5)

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April 4th, 2013

Let me just start by saying I LOVE Rachel Zoe. I once joked that I want to be just like her when I throw up. But that stemmed from thinking about how much I admire her drive, talent and the exceptional life she has built for herself. That being said, let’s rip her a new one…

Revolution Recap: ‘Ghosts’ (Season 1, Episode 12)

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April 2nd, 2013

Tonight’s episode of Revolution, entitled “Ghosts,” showcases some of the best and worst elements of the series. Interestingly enough, the “good” portion harkens back to one of the show’s earlier concepts that it never really explored as much as it should have. The “bad” portion, unfortunately, is particularly hurt by the fact that it’s Revolution‘s exponentially-losing-its-novelty formula.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Welcome to the Tombs” (Season 3 Episode 16)

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April 1st, 2013

After a frustrating third season full of jerky accelerations and sudden brakes, The Walking Dead brought the crazy to a jarring, effective halt in last night’s season finale.

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