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Monday, May 6, 2013

The Groove Tube #70: Nashville's Big Gay Kiss



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
"Take These Chains from My Heart" (Episode 18/May 1, 2013)

Best Kiss and Most Surprising Plot Twist of the Week: Will (played by Chris Carmack) kissed Gunnar (I did not expect the show to go there - even though I was hoping it would).

Best Sex of the Week: Rayna and Deacon finally reunited romantically after she admitted that she still loved him.

Villain of the Week Runner-Up: Juliette's lover/new manager, Dante, who stole her money.

Best Return of the Week: Music producer Liam, who invited Rayna to go away with him for the weekend.

Best Musical Number: Gunnar's performance of his dead brother's song, "Gun for a Mouth".

Best Break-Up of the Week: Teddy broke up with boring Peggy after he learned that she leaked his divorce news to the press.

Grade: A+ (lots of delicious soapy drama - and I especially liked the gay plot twist)




2) Once Upon a Time
"Second Star to the Right" (Episode 43/May 5, 2013)

Best Flashbacks of the Week: I enjoyed seeing Rumpelstiltskin's son Baelfire end up staying with the Darling family from Peter Pan.

Villain of the Week: Greg, who used shock therapy to get the truth out of Regina about his father's whereabouts.

Saddest Exit of the Week: Poor Neal learned the truth about his fiancée Tamara, who then shot him and caused him to fall into a portal. But at least he and Emma finally confessed their love for one another just before he disappeared.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Runner-Up: A young Baelfire ended up on Captain Hook's ship, while Tamara and Greg plan to destroy Storybrooke with Regina's diamond.

Grade: A



3) The Mindy Project
"Triathlon" (Episode 22/April 30, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week: A shirtless Danny (Chris Messina) in a Speedo!

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Honorable Mention #1: Chloë Sevigny as Danny's ex-wife Christina.

Grade: A (a funny episode with Mr. Messina baring his bod - what more can you ask for?)



4) Glee
"Wonder-ful" (Episode 87/May 2, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week: Kate Hudson returned as Rachel's dance teacher, Cassandra July, who revealed that she was proud of her.

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Honorable Mention #2: Katey Sagal (Married... with Children, Sons of Anarchy) as Artie's supportive mother Nancy.

Worst Plot Twist of the Week: Blaine asked Burt Hummel's permission to propose to Kurt (I agree with Burt, who thinks they're too young to get married - and they're not even a couple anymore).

Best Musical Number: Cassandra and her students congratulated Rachel on her Funny Girl callback by performing "Uptight (Everything's Alright)".



Best Musical Number Runner-Up: The glee club's performance of "For Once in My Life" in groovy orange and yellow '60s outfits.



Best Musical Number Honorable Mention #1: Kurt sang Stevie Wonder's 1973 hit, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", to his father, whose cancer is in remission.



Best Musical Number Honorable Mention #2: Kitty's performance of Stevie Wonder's 1970 hit, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours".



Grooviest Dance Moves of the Week: Jake and Mike Chang's performance of "I Wish".



Grade: A (since I like Stevie Wonder's music, it was easy to enjoy this episode)

5) Modern Family
"Career Day" (Episode 93/May 1, 2013)

Grade: A (an amusing episode - especially Cam and Mitchell's attempt to convince Lily to give back the $100 they accidentally gave her for her tooth by having Haley dress up as the Tooth Fairy)



6) Mr Selfridge
Episode 7/May 5, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week Runner-Up: Trystan Gravelle as assistant restaurant manager Victor Colleano, who appeared shirtless in Lady Mae's bed.

Best Kiss of the Week Runner-Up: Agnes kissed the handsome Henri Leclair.

Nicest Character of the Week: Doris gave some money to Miss Bunting (who was fired from the store for stealing in a previous episode).

Grade: A-



7) Bates Motel
"The Man in Number 9" (Episode 7/April 29, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Runner-Up: Jere Burns as the mysterious Jake Abernathy, who checked into the motel.

Cutest Dog of the Week: Norman befriended a stray dog whom he named "Juno".

Most Disturbing Death of the Week: Poor Juno was hit by a car.

Grade: B+ (a sad episode)



8) Mad Men
"For Immediate Release" (Episode 71/May 5, 2013)

Best Kiss of the Week Honorable Mention #1: Ted kissed Peggy.

Most Awkward Meeting of the Week: Pete bumped into his father-in-law at a brothel.

Most Surprising Plot Twist of the Week Runner-Up: Don and Ted merged their two firms in order to win the Chevy account.

Grade: B+



9) Revenge
"Engagement" (Episode 42/May 5, 2013)

Best Re-Engagement of the Week: Emily and Daniel (although I prefer her with Jack, I like Daniel a lot more than Aiden).

Most Surprising Death of the Week: I wasn't expecting Aiden to kill Takeda - but I never cared much for the character.

Worst Storyline of the Week: Charlotte was arrested for underage drinking while out partying with her annoying new friend Regina.

Most Surprising Plot Twist of the Week Honorable Mention: Charlotte is pregnant!

Best Cliffhanger of the Week: While hacking the Amanda Clarke Foundation bank account in order to bankrupt the Graysons, Aiden and Nolan caused a blackout in Manhattan.

Grade: B+

10) Smash
"The Phenomenon" (Episode 29/May 4, 2013)

Worst Death of the Season: I hate that they killed off Kyle (I liked the character and his new romance with Tom).

Best Kiss of the Week Honorable Mention #2: Tom and Kyle (in a flashback).

Dumbest Character of the Week: Karen kissed Derek, but she couldn't sleep with him because she's in love with Jimmy (Derek has his issues, but Jimmy is the biggest loser).

Most Uncomfortable Poster Placement of the Week: Scott (played by original Rent cast member Jesse L. Martin) has a framed poster of the musical, Rent, on his office wall (that's just all kinds of wrong, Smash).

Least Surprising Plot Twist of the Week: Jerry announced that he is bringing Hit List to Broadway (we all knew that this was going to happen somehow).

Best Musical Number Runner-Up: I liked the cute Bombshell song, "At Your Feet", performed by Leigh (Bernadette Peters) and a young Marilyn.

Best Musical Number: Tom sang Billy Joel's "Vienna" to Kyle.

Grade: B- (this sad episode had some good moments, but killing off Kyle was a big mistake - and I think this Rent-esque storyline crossed the line into "don't go there" territory with his death)

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