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California Literary Review » television recaps California Literary Review

Suits Recap: ‘War’ (Season 2, Episode 16)

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Costa

February 22nd, 2013

Finally, Mike reveals that that he never went to Harvard. Rachel slaps him across the face, and then, the two kiss. The series ends with a sex scene that is unusually explicit for the USA Network. Thus, we have been set up for the third season episodes, which are due to premier in summer 2013.

Suits Recap: ‘Normandy’ (Season 2, Episode 15)

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Costa

February 15th, 2013

Harvey realizes that there is evidence that the company accused of discriminating against female employees promoted one woman only after cancer left her unable to have children, removing the chance of future family concerns pulling her focus from work.

Community Recap: ‘Paranormal Parentage’ (Season 4, Episode 2)

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Newlin

February 15th, 2013

Previous episodes like “Epidemiology” and “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” have lampooned genre films and provided some of the series’ most memorable moments, “Paranormal Parentage” was just…boring. The story was subpar and the meta-references were practically winking at themselves. Is it possible to be nostalgic for something that aired less than a year ago?

Suits Recap: ‘He’s Back’ (Season 2, Episode 14)

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Costa

February 8th, 2013

Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) was under professional and personal threat in Suits’ most recent episode, “He’s Back,” and the vengeful individuals seeking her downfall attacked many members of the Pearson Hardman staff in their pursuit of her.

Suits Recap: ‘Zane vs. Zane’ (Season 2, Episode 13)

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Costa

February 1st, 2013

Rachel, who became the central focus of the most recent episode of Suits, has made many prior mentions of her father as a wealthy high-profiled attorney, who would have preferred to have a son.

Girls Recap: ‘Bad Friend’ (Season 2, Episode 3)

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Miller

January 28th, 2013

Last night’s episode of Girls, “Bad Friend,” will forever be known in my mind as “that time Hannah did coke.”

Suits Recap: ‘Blood in the Water’ (Season 2, Episode 12)

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Costa

January 25th, 2013

The great fun of the episode was again watching the family-like relationship between our characters. The kinship of Mike being a sort of kid-brother to the level-headed middle sibling, Donna, and the usually protective big-brother, Harvey, is always enjoyable.

Girls Recap: ‘I Get Ideas’ (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Emma
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Miller

January 21st, 2013

In the second episode of the season, Hannah sucks. Even more than usual. She’s petty and defensive, and she refuses to take responsibility for her actions. But, you know, she doesn’t get naked once in the episode’s whole thirty-minute span, so maybe that’s why she’s acting out.

Suits Recap: ‘Blind Sided’ (Season 2, Episode 11)

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Costa

January 18th, 2013

As Suits reopens its second season on the USA Network, the devious and divisive Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) has departed from Manhattan’s Pearson Hardman law firm, but demons in differing disguises endanger our loved (and occasionally, loathed) legal eagles.

Vegas Recap: ‘From This Day Forward’ (Season 1, Episode 12)

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Hunt

January 16th, 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, Ralph Lamb’s character and the police half of the show have been lightened and brightened; while this makes Vegas more fun to watch, it also points up the show’s weirdly dualistic nature.

Girls Recap: ‘It’s About Time’ (Season 2, Episode 1)

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Miller

January 14th, 2013

The lovably dysfunctional, self-absorbed twenty-somethings of HBO’s Girls have (finally!) returned. Don’t fear, dear watchers — last night’s season premiere promises that there is plenty more awkward sex and misadventures to be had this time around.

Vegas Recap: ‘Paiutes’ (Season 1, Episode 11)

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Holly
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Hunt

January 9th, 2013

Savino discovers he has an even bigger problem, when his banker storms in to inform him that the accounts holding the loan money for the Tumbleweed have been cleaned out. It seems that Rizzo has done with the money what he’d do with any other windfall – sent half back to the boys in Chicago and put the rest to work on the street.

Vegas Recap: ‘Estinto’ (Season 1, Episode 10)

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Hunt

December 19th, 2012

Another plus — the writers continue to explore the far western cultural landscape. Tonight we get references to the internment of Japanese-Americans and to tubercular patients moving west for the climate, as well as a lady evangelist with overtones of Aimee Semple McPherson.

Vegas Recap: ‘Masquerade’ (Season 1, Episode 9)

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Hunt

December 12th, 2012

And I have to say, while I admired Carrie-Anne Moss coming into this series, so far it’s been Sarah Jones as Mia Rizzo who’s been a revelation. She combines sexiness and steeliness in a way that makes her believable as a woman surviving in what’s very much a man’s world, and she has one of the great husky voices, on a par with Kathleen Turner’s.

The Mob Doctor Recap: ‘Fluid Dynamics’ (Season 1, Episode 9)

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Hunt

December 4th, 2012

I wish more people had been receptive to what, for me, makes the show appealing – a strong, morally ambiguous female lead and her deeply complicated relationship with her father figure (who may just be her father).

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