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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Groove Tube #68: Once Upon a Tom Ellis

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: Mr Selfridge
Episode 5/April 21, 2013)

Best Kiss of the Week: Rose's daughter saw Roddy Temple kiss Rose.

Best Kiss of the Week Runner-Up: Victor kissed Agnes.

Best Confrontation of the Week: Harry and Rose had a fight about his affair and her secret meetings with the hot painter, and she told him to go to hell.

Best Confrontation of the Week Runner-Up: Ellen Love paid a visit to Rose to tell her about her affair with her husband.

Best Confrontation of the Week Honorable Mention: Harry confronted Agnes' father and ordered him to leave London.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week: A despondent Ellen took an overdose of pills, while a drunken Harry crashed his car.

Grade: A+ (an outstanding episode filled with lots of drama)

2) Smash
"Opening Night" (Episode 27/April 20, 2013)

Best Cameo Appearance of the Week: Rosie O'Donnell informed a surprised Julia that Tom was planning to direct a revival of the musical, City of Angels, next.

Best Cameo Appearance of the Week Runners-Up: Smash composers/executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman attended Bombshell's opening night on Broadway.

Best Cameo Appearance of the Week Honorable Mention: Raymond J. Lee as Agnes' employee Jon (he was a Groovy Reader of the Month last year).

Worst Cameo Appearance of the Week: Tony winner Donna McKechnie didn't even get one lousy line as a Bombshell audience member (I had to look up the episode's cast credits online to make sure it was her).

Most Boring Couple of the Week: Scott and Julia have absolutely no romantic chemistry (I wish she had become involved with Peter the hot dramaturg instead).

Cutest Couple of the Week: Tom and Kyle got together.

Best Musical Number: Ivy and Karen's fabulous duet of "That's Life" at Bombshell's opening night party.

Best Musical Number Runner-Up: Ivy's performance of "Don't Forget Me".

Grade: A (this was the best episode so far this season because Jimmy wasn't his usual bitchy self and Ivy and Karen got to perform together)

3) Bates Motel
"Ocean View" (Episode 5/April 15, 2013)

Most Shocking and Violent Death of the Week: Dylan's co-worker Ethan was shot in the neck.

Most Shocking and Violent Death of the Week Runner-Up: Dylan ran over the guy who shot Ethan with his truck.

Best Dismissed Case of the Week: The murder charges against Norma were dropped after "Mr. Wonderful" (aka Deputy Shelby) stole the incriminating evidence (a carpet sample) from the police station.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Runner-Up: After Norman and Emma found the Asian girl on Keith Summers' boat and brought her back to the motel, she identified Shelby from a newspaper pic as the man who held her prisoner in his basement. Norma was shocked to say the least.

Grade: A

4) Once Upon a Time
"Lacey" (Episode 41/April 21, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week: 34-year-old Tom Ellis as Robin Hood.

Most Disturbing Dream of the Week: Mr. Gold dreamt that he killed his grandson, Henry.

Best Magic Trick of the Week: Regina used magic to help Belle remember who she is - a barfly named Lacey, who likes bad boys.

Best Bar of the Week: The Rabbit Hole

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #1: Greg and Tamara brought their "package" to Storybrooke - Captain Hook!

Grade: A (it was fun to see actress Emilie de Ravin get a chance to play an anti-Belle character)

5) Mad Men
"To Have and to Hold" (Episode 69/April 21, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week: Ted McGinley (Dynasty, Married... with Children) as the "swinging" head writer of Megan's daytime soap.

Best Expression of the Week: Don's when he realized another married couple wanted to "swing" with him and Megan.

Best Retro References of the Week: Harry pitched a fictitious TV special, Broadway Joe on Broadway, starring Joe Namath and guest stars Joey Heatherton, Julie Andrews and John Wayne (Namath did briefly host his own talk show in 1969).

Grooviest Go-Go Boots of the Week: Harry's secretary Scarlett has boots in both black and white.

Grade: A (my favorite episode so far this season)

6) Dallas
"Guilt by Association" (Episode 24/April 15, 2013)
"Legacies" (Episode 25/April 15, 2013)

Worst Break-Up of the Week: Christopher broke up with Elena after she revealed that she let her fugitive brother Drew escape.

Best Arrest of the Week: Harris Ryland was finally sent to prison for drug trafficking - with a little help from his beloved daughter Emma.

Best Arrest of the Week Runner-Up: Cliff Barnes ended up in a Mexican prison for killing J.R. - but J.R. framed him.

Saddest Plot Resolution of the Week: We finally learned the truth about Christopher's mother Pam, who died in 1989 from pancreatic cancer - but Cliff kept her death a secret.

Saddest Plot Resolution of the Week Runner-Up: J.R., who was dying from cancer, had his best friend Bum shoot him.

Best Plot Twist of the Week: Cliff started a new feud when he gave Elena a deed that proves J.R. swindled her father out of some oil-rich land years ago.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #2: A married John Ross was revealed to be having an affair with Emma.

Best Line: "Actually I'm not, Harris, because I'm not a sick, sadistic prick like you are" - Ann's response when her ex-husband said she was enjoying his downfall

Grade for "Guilt by Association": B
Grade for "Legacies": B+

Overall Season Grade: A- (I liked Dallas' season finale, but I didn't love it. I was disappointed to learn that Pam was dead since I was hoping Victoria Principal would return to the show as its new bitch ala Dynasty's Alexis. And the resolution of J.R.'s death was a tad too sentimental for me. However, I am curious about Elena's childhood friend, Joaquin, whom she visited after receiving the deed. And, overall, the second season was a lot of fun - especially Judith Light's scenery-chewing performance and the return of Gary, Val and Afton. So I'm looking forward to Season 3, which will debut in early 2014.

7) Glee
"Sweet Dreams" (Episode 85/April 18, 2013)

Best Return of the Week: Puck, who is attending college with Finn.

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Runner-Up: Idina Menzel returned as Rachel's biological mother, Shelby - but I didn't care much for their duet of "Next to Me".

Most Annoying Storyline of the Week: Sam pretending to be his twin brother.

Best Nickname of the Week: New Cheerios coach Roz Washington called Blaine "Fruity Fonzie".

Best Reconciliation of the Week: Will and Finn

Best Musical Number/Audition of the Week: Rachel sang Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at her Funny Girl audition, which got her a callback.

Grade: B

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