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Monday, May 13, 2013

The Groove Tube #71: Colin O'Donoghue is the Hottest Pirate of 2013

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 8/May 12, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Runner-Up: I didn't even recognize 68-year-old Michael Brandon as Selfridge's old friend Frank Winfield Woolworth. The actor was quite an attractive man when he appeared in the films, Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) and A Change of Seasons (1980), as well as the 1983-84 prime time soap, Emerald Point N.A.S.

Hottest Hunk of the Week Runner-Up: Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Roddy Temple, who became friendly with Rose's teenage daughter Rosalie to make her jealous.

Best Sex of the Week: Agnes let her hair down while spending the evening with the handsome Henri Leclair.

Worst Break-Up of the Week: Miss Mardle and Mr. Grove's 12-year affair reached an unhappy end.

Worst Promotion of the Week: Snarky Kitty received the senior assistant position instead of sweet Doris.

Grade: A+ (excellent episode filled with lots of delicious drama)

2) Revenge
"Truth, Part 1" (Episode 43/May 12, 2013)
"Truth, Part 2" (Episode 44/May 12, 2013)

Villain of the Week: Conrad, who won the election for Governor, sunk to new depths as he tried to kill Jack by sending him to Grayson Global just as the bomb went off. It was also revealed that there was no "Initiative" and that he was the mastermind behind everything.

Biggest Bitch of the Week: Regina lied to her that Declan hit her and stole her money - and Charlotte later ended her friendship with the nasty girl.

Best Break-Up of the Week Runner-Up: Aiden kissed Emily goodbye when he had to leave town because he was a terrorist suspect (he also realized that she was in love with Jack).

Saddest Death of the Week: Poor Declan died from injuries he received in the bomb explosion - but since we didn't actually see him die onscreen, is there a chance that he might still be alive?

Worst Arrest of the Week: Nolan was arrested by the FBI for being a terrorist mastermind like David Clarke.

Best Cliffhangers of the Week: Did Daniel shoot and kill Aiden (I do hope his character isn't returning next season)? Who will play Victoria's long-lost son Patrick, who showed up on her doorstep? And how will Jack respond to Emily's shocking revelation that she is really Amanda (but I'm relieved that she stopped him from shooting Conrad during his victory speech)?

Grade: A (the two-hour season finale was great - even though I'm not happy that Declan was killed off - and I especially enjoyed The Manchurian Candidate-inspired ending with Emily trying to prevent Jack from killing Conrad)

Overall Season Grade: B (Revenge suffered a sophomore slump this season with the horrible "Initiative" storyline and some less-than-exciting new characters - Aiden, Padma, Regina, Marco and the Ryan brothers. However, I did enjoy the performances of Margarita Levieva as "Amanda" (until they killed her off), Jennifer Jason Leigh as Amanda's mother Kara, Collins Pennie as Amanda's foster brother Eli, and Adrienne Barbeau as Victoria's mother Marion. Creator Mike Kelley will no longer be running the show next season, which hopefully will be a good thing - and I plan on tuning in again just to see Victoria's long-lost son and Emily and Jack's changed relationship)

3) Nashville
"Why Don’t You Love Me" (Episode 19/May 8, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week: 47-year-old Charles Esten as Deacon.

Best Couple of the Week: Rayna and Deacon.

Best Break-Up of the Week Honorable Mention: Deacon broke up with sweet but boring Stacey and gave her his cute dog.

Best Kiss of the Week: A drunk Juliette kissed Avery, who declined her invitation to go home with her (so he's not such a bad guy after all - and I like them as a potential couple).

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #1: Dante called Juliette and revealed that he has a sex tape of them.

Grade: A

4) Once Upon a Time
"And Straight On 'til Morning" (Episode 44/May 12, 2013)

Nice Gal of the Week: Regina risked her own life to contain the energy of the diamond that would destroy Storybrooke.

Best Reunion of the Week: Belle regained her memory after drinking a magic potion, and she and Gold were happily reunited.

Grooviest Duo of the Week: Emma helped Regina contain the power of the diamond, saving Storybrooke from destruction.

Best Cliffhangers of the Week Runner-Up: Greg and Tamara kidnapped Henry and jumped into a portal to escape, while almost everyone got on Hook's ship to go search for Henry, whom the mysterious Peter Pan in Neverland wants. Also, in the Fairytale World, Henry's injured father Neal/Baelfire was discovered on a beach by Mulan, Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip.

Grade: A (I liked the show's dramatic season finale, which set up some intriguing new adventures for next season)

Overall Season Grade: A- (I enjoyed almost everything about this season, especially the handsome Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook, the scenery-chewing Barbara Hershey as Cora, and the surprising revelation that Mr. Gold's long-lost son Baelfire was Henry's father)

5) Bates Motel
"A Boy and His Dog" (Episode 8/May 6, 2013)

Best Taxidermist of the Week: Emma's father, who taught Norman his unique skills when the boy brought his dead dog to be stuffed.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #2: Norma was shocked to find Zack Shelby's corpse on her bed after she ordered the creepy Jake to leave the motel.

Grade: A

6) Modern Family
"My Hero" (Episode 94/May 8, 2013)

Hottest Ex-Boyfriend of the Week: 42-year-old Larry Sullivan as Teddy, Mitch's ex-boyfriend whom everyone loves (the actor also played Will's boyfriend in a 2001 episode of Will & Grace).

Grade: B+

7) Mad Men
"Man with a Plan" (Episode 72/May 12, 2013)

Nice Guy of the Week: The sweet and adorable Bob Benson took Joan to the emergency room when she got food poisoning.

Nice Gal of the Week Runner-Up: Joan saved Bob's job.

Best Confrontation of the Week: Peggy chewed out Don for getting Ted drunk.

Best Break-Up of the Week: Sylvia ended her twisted affair with Don.

Retro Music of the Week: Friend and Lover's "Reach Out of the Darkness" (which was a Top 10 hit during the summer of 1968) - it played during the closing credits along with news coverage of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.

Grade: B+

8) Smash
"The Transfer" (Episode 30/May 11, 2013)

Worst Storyline of the Week Runner-Up: Daisy blackmailed Derek with a sex tape in order to take over Ana's role in Hit List.

Best Musical Number: Ivy's performance of Julia and Tom's song, "Grin and Bare It", during the cabaret revue.

Snarkiest Line of the Week: After Derek gave Ana "a break" from her Hit List role, she said: "You know who else had a break? Erin Dilly in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sutton Foster went on for her. Guess who's still on a break?" (Ms. Dilly received a 2005 Tony Award nomination for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and played the mother in 2012's A Christmas Story: The Musical, so her Broadway career obviously survived the Millie situation).

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Honorable Mention #3: Ivy learned that she is pregnant!

Grade: B+

9) Glee
"All or Nothing" (Episode 88/May 9, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Stars of the Week: Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter as lesbian couple Jan and Liz, who befriended Blaine and Kurt.

Least Surprising Revelation of the Week: Unique finally admitted that he was "Katie", Ryder's online secret admirer.

Worst Storyline of the Week: After learning she is a mathematical genius, Brittany turned into an unbelievable bitch.

Oddest Musical Number: Rachel performed a Céline Dion song, "To Love You More", at her callback audition for Funny Girl - it seemed like an odd choice to me (but I'm also not a Céline fan).

Worst Break-Up of the Week Runner-Up: Brittany dumped Sam during her bizarre personality transformation.

Best Musical Number: The Waffletoots performed "The Rainbow Connection" at Regionals (and their lead singer was cute).

Most Boring Regionals Ever: Except for "The Rainbow Connection", I didn't care for any of the songs performed by the Hoosierdaddies or New Directions (the winner of Regionals).

Best Surprise Wedding of the Week: Emma and Will were finally married in an impromptu ceremony right after Regionals.

Grade: C+ (it was a disappointing season finale with no resolution to Rachel's Funny Girl storyline or Blaine's plan to propose to Kurt - but at least Brittany returned to her old self before leaving for MIT. I usually like summer cliffhangers, but this episode - with its dull musical numbers and bad Brittany storyline - didn't leave me wanting more)

Overall Season Grade: B+ (I enjoyed this season, which split the action between McKinley High and NYC. The new kids on the block - Marley, Jake, Ryder and Unique - were all worth watching, and I even liked Kitty by season's end. Meanwhile, in NYC, the hunky Brody was always a pleasure to see - too bad it didn't work out between him and Rachel - and recurring guest stars Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker were both great. It will be interesting to see where Glee and its many characters go next season)

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