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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Groove Tube #67: Mr Selfridge's Oliver Jackson-Cohen can paint my picture anytime

Welcome to The Groove Tube, a weekly recap of the highlights (and lowlights) of some of the scripted TV shows I'm watching (in order of preference):

TV Series of the Week: Nashville
"My Heart Would Know" (Episode 17/April 10, 2013)

Best Smile of the Week: Scarlett's neighbor Will.

Best Love Triangle of the Week: Juliette caught her mother kissing Dante, and Jolene realized that her daughter was sleeping with him.

Dumbest Scene of the Week: Will's truck almost got hit by a train while he was driving around with Gunnar - and he thought it was fun.

Worst Decision of the Week: Juliette hired her lover Dante as her manager.

Worst Firing of the Week: I'm no fan of Avery, but Dante shouldn't have fired him just because he walked in on him and Juliette making love.

Best Musical Number: Scarlett and Will's performance of "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)".

Grade: A+ (now this is good soapy drama)

2) Bates Motel
"Trust Me" (Episode 4/April 8, 2013)

Best Opening Scene of the Week: Dylan, who followed Norman to Shelby's house, paid a visit to the deputy in order to give his brother a chance to escape - but the frantic Asian girl tried to stop Norman from leaving. A tense opening to say the least.

Best Sex of the Week: Norma and Shelby.

Best Sex of the Week Runner-Up: Norman and Bradley.

Best Brother of the Week: Dylan agreed to help Norman find the incriminating belt in Shelby's possession.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week: The sheriff arrested Norma for Keith's murder.

Grade: A

3) Dallas
"A Call to Arms" (Episode 22/April 8, 2013)
"Love & Family" (Episode 23/April 8, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week: A wet Christopher after taking a shower.

Worst Father of the Week: When Pamela confronted Cliff about his sabotaging the oil rig, he told her the death of her babies was "a blessing in disguise".

Best Confession of the Week: Drew revealed to his sister, Elena, that he built the bomb that blew up the oil rig.

Best Couple and Best Wedding of the Week: John Ross and Pamela got hitched (I like them together).

Grade for "A Call to Arms": A
Grade for "Love & Family": A

4) Modern Family
"Flip Flop" (Episode 92/April 10, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week: Paget Brewster as Trish, the new fiancée of Gloria's ex-husband Javiér.

Best Line: "Just like there’s no such thing as a professional Broadway enthusiast" - Jay to Manny

Grade: A

5) Mr Selfridge
Episode 4/April 14, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week Runner-Up: Painter Roddy (played by 26-year-old Oliver Jackson-Cohen), who was falling in love with Rose, learned that she was Mrs. Selfridge.

Worst Father of the Week Runner-Up: Agnes' drunken father showed up at the store and made a scene.

Best Firing of the Week: Harry fired his mistress, Ellen Love, as the face of Selfridge's after she invited herself to a publicity event at the store.

Grade: B+

6) Glee
"Shooting Star" (Episode 84/April 11, 2013)

Most Humiliating Scene of the Week: After Coach Beiste confessed that she wanted Will to be the man in her life, he told her that he was back together with Emma.

Most Interesting Plot Twist of the Week: Sue was fired after she confessed that her gun accidentally went off at school - but she was really covering up for Becky.

Best Pet of the Week: Brittany's cat, Lord Tubbington.

Best Gift of the Week: Sam gave Brittany another cat, Lady Tubbington.

Best Musical Number: Ryder's performance of Elton John's "Your Song".

Grade: B+ (I don't usually like Glee's "issue" episodes, but this one - which focused on school violence - was well-written without being too heavy-handed. Some people might think it's too soon after the Sandy Hook school shooting to go there, but I disagree because gun control is a topic that desperately needs to be addressed in this country. And it seems like every other week another kid is showing up at school with a gun - or shooting someone accidentally. Glee did a good job of presenting this sensitive subject in a dramatic storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat)

7) Smash
"The Dress Rehearsal" (Episode 26/April 13, 2013)

Most Amusing Cameo Appearance of the Week: Jaime Cepero briefly returned as Ellis Boyd, whom Tom woke up to find in his bed - in his nightmare!

Best Nude Scene of the Week: Ivy's slip fell off during the dress rehearsal of Bombshell - and this sells some tickets.

Worst Bitch of the Week: Jimmy, of course.

Grade: B+

8) The Mindy Project
"Santa Fe" (Episode 21/April 9, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Runner-Up: The fabulous Chloë Sevigny as Danny's ex-wife Christina, who showed up at the end of the episode.

Grade: B

9) Mad Men
"Collaborators" (Episode 68/April 14, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Honorable Mention: I didn't recognize Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, ER) last week as Don's secret lover Sylvia.

Worst Flashbacks of the Week: I didn't care much for Don's childhood flashbacks.

Best Confrontation of the Week: Trudy confronted Pete about his infidelity after she realized he had an affair with their neighbor.

Grade: C+

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