I actually had an actual essay to discuss issues on both Shameless and The Good Wife - but both were more season long ruminations, than episode specific so I’ll get to them in time. So, I settled on particularly short musings on the last week in TV. I’m rather certain no one is particularly antsy to read them, but it’s part of my insistence on logging all that I watch, or trying to at the very least.
Shameless; “Hurricane Monica” – Season 2, Episode 9 [B+]
The Good Wife: “Long Way Home” – Season 3, Episode 17 [B+]
A bit inorganic in the way Caitlin leaves, but a satisfying episode nonetheless with much needed development of some arcs which need development with some excellent character building moment for Alicia and Cary. Also, good use of Peter – something the season has been lacking.
Smash; “Chemistry” – Season 1, Episode 6 [C+]
Cougar Town; “A One Story Town” – Season 3, Episode 5 [B/B+]
In theory, I appreciated the blend of zany humour with pathos and sweetness but it didn’t work as well as I’d have hoped despite bits of awesomeness like the acapella singing group, Jules and Ellie’s machinations and the end gag.
Modern Family; “Send out the Clowns” – Season 3, Episode 18 [C/C-]
Community: “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts” – Season 3, Episode 11 [B+]
30 Rock: “St. Patrick's Day” – Season 6, Episode 12 [B]
It doesn’t stand alongside the season’s best, but there are more than a few laughs to extrapolate from it. True, both the Jenna/Tracey and Jack storylines took too long to truly find the hilarity, and true Liz’s storyline felt overly long but ultimately good prevails.
The Office: “Get the Girl” – Season 8, Episode 18 [B/B+]
The best use of Nellie yet (and that’s saying something), a brilliant chance for Jim’s greatness to shine through and a final settling of the Andy/Erin business makes for a wholly satisfying 20 minute comedic romp.
Grey’s Anatomy: “One Step Too Far” – Season 8, Episode 17 [B]
Still sweetly easy as it tends to be as of late, and I’m grateful for that. Debbie Allen’s charm is still worth entrance price, and the main issues like Meredith’s error or Cristina’s trouble are handled as sensitively as I could hope.
Emmy Rossum in Shameless B+
Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife B+
Tina Fey in 30 Rock B+
William H. Macy in Shameless B+
Gilliam Jacobs in Community B+
How is Smash developing for you? What do you make of Cary’s confession? Happy about Community and its return? What did you watch this week?