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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Groove Tube #62: The New Normal's Bewitching (and belated) Halloween

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: Glee
"Girls (and Boys) On Film" (Episode 81/March 7, 2013)

Best Musical Number: Will and Emma's fun performance of "You're All The World To Me", which Fred Astaire sang in the 1951 MGM musical, Royal Wedding.

Best Musical Number Runner-Up: The mash-up of "Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend" and Madonna's "Material Girl" by the glee club girls.

Best Musical Number Honorable Mention #1: Kurt's fantasy of him and Blaine singing "Come What May" from the 2001 film, Moulin Rouge!

Best Musical Number Honorable Mention #2: Will's performance - with a boombox and a little help from New Directions - of "In Your Eyes" from the 1989 film, Say Anything..., in order to win back Emma.

Best Musical Number Honorable Mention #3: Blaine and Brittany's performance of the 1959 Isley Brothers' tune, "Shout" (which brought back memories of my own Animal House/college days). This was also the show's 500th musical number.

Best Musical Number Honorable Mention #4: Jake and Ryder's "duet" of The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" from the 1990 film, Ghost.

Best Tribute to the Early Macho Cinema of Tom Cruise: The mash-up of "Old Time Rock and Roll" (from 1983's Risky Business) and "Danger Zone" (from 1986's Top Gun) by the glee club boys.

Best Reconciliation of the Week Runner-Up: Will and Emma

Best Love Triangle of the Week: Jake, Marley and Ryder (she told Jake that Ryder kissed her).

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #1: Finn upset Will when he confessed to kissing Emma.

Grade: A+ (I haven't given an A+ to Glee since its 3rd season opener back in September 2011. I enjoyed all eight musical numbers, and the dramatic storylines were good as well. My only disappointment is that we didn't get to see Brody come out of the shower)

2) Once Upon a Time
"The Miller's Daughter" (Episode 38/March 10, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Stars of the Week: Rose McGowan as young Cora and Barbara Hershey as old Cora.

Best Flashback of the Week: I enjoyed learning about Cora's younger days.

Best Couple of the Week: Rumplestiltskin and young Cora

Best Father and Child Reunion: Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold and his son Baelfire/Neal.

Saddest Death of the Week: I will miss Cora, who died in Regina's arms after Regina put her mother's cursed heart back into her.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #2: Regina realized that Snow White is responsible for Cora's death because she cursed Cora's heart in order to save Rumplestiltskin's life.

Grade: A

3) The New Normal
"Para-New Normal Activity" (Episode 18/March 5, 2013)

Best Halloween Costume: Jane as Endora from TV's Bewitched.

Hottest Hunk of the Week: Justin Bartha looks mighty fine dressed as a football player.

Most Surprising New Friendship of the Week: Jane and Rocky went out together in their Halloween costumes to West Hollywood where drag queens drink for free.

Best Line: "But Halloween wouldn't be complete without curling up on the couch and watching scary movies - the scarier the better: Psycho, The Exorcist, 27 Dresses" - Bryan

Grade: B+ (I'm glad we finally got to see this amusing episode, which was pre-empted back in October by NBC's coverage of Hurricane Sandy)

4) Dallas
"The Furious and the Fast" (Episode 17/March 4, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Runner-Up: Ted Shackleford as Gary Ewing (Valene left him a year ago when he fell off the wagon).

Most Boring Storyline of the Week: The big race at the Texas Motor Speedway was downright dull.

Best Mother and Child Reunion of the Week: Emma decided to stay in Dallas and move in with Ann at Southfork.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week: Someone shot J.R. while he was on the phone talking to John Ross.

Grade: B (the "Who Shot J.R.?" cliffhanger redeemed this episode, which spent way too much time making me yawn with its boring race)

5) Revenge
"Retribution" (Episode 37/March 10, 2013)

Most Boring Storyline of the Week Runner-Up: Padma (and I will continue to be a broken record until she goes away).

Worst Couple of the Week: Emily and Aiden.

Saddest Funeral of the Week: Poor Amanda (and you gotta feel sorry for a devastated Jack).

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Runner-Up: Emily was reunited with her foster brother at Amanda's grave after 14 years.

Grade: B

6) The Walking Dead
"Arrow on the Doorpost" (Episode 32/March 10, 2013)

Best Reconciliation and Best Sex of the Week: Maggie and Glenn (and I was so relieved when nothing bad happened because they abandoned their guard post to fool around).

Grade: B- (this episode wasn't that exciting to watch)

7) Smash
"The Read-Through" (Episode 20/March 5, 2013)

Worst Guest Star of the Week: Sean Hayes as movie star Terry Falls, who was obnoxious and not at all funny.

Best Cameo of the Week: Playwright Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities), who apparently dated Tom years ago.

Hottest Hunk of the Week Runner-Up: Jeremy Jordan (Jimmy).

Worst Break-Up of the Week: Nick, who is now in prison, ended his relationship with Eileen (I liked them as a couple).

Best Musical Number: I loved Tom and Karen's "Public Relations" number from Bombshell.

Musical I Would Love to See: Karen's roommate Ana once did a workshop of Towering Inferno the Musical - did she play Faye Dunaway's role?

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #3: The episode ended just as Eileen was about to announce which Bombshell script she thinks should be used - Julia and Peter's new version or an older draft that Tom and Jerry both like.

Grade: B- (this struggling show, which now has less than 3 million viewers, is just too nice this season. I miss Karen and Ivy's rivalry - and the latter's bitchiness)

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