- New Girl
- The Mindy Project
Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. You know, when the leaves are still beautiful and on the trees, and you want pumpkin lattes instead of gingerbread. But hey – I’m not judging! Americans celebrating Thanksgiving in November just means that we get to celebrate a second time. OK, the gluttons among us get to celebrate a second time.
After all, Thanksgiving offers up some of the best special TV episodes ever. Which is why this Saturday, some friends and I will be celebrating “Yanksgiving”. We’ll eat, watch TV, ignore that weird Pilgrims/Native messiness that y’all have going on down there, and eat some more. Here’s the TV menu for the night:
It had to come to an end eventually, and the breakdown of this season’s dominant alliance on Survivor made for a good episode.
Guys, Caroline was saved! I was so happy with the results last week. I think Caroline’s duet of “Royals” with Tessanne helped her stay alive, and I wished she’d performed that instead of “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” I love Caroline so I was hoping she’d pull it together this week.
This week, Blake took his singers to meet Jay Leno. Cee Lo bought Caroline some gelato. And Christina worked on choreography with her singers. Coaching, guys. The lady is coaching the heck out of this season.
This week on The Amazing Race, the remaining five teams left the UAE for Indonesia. Jason wondered if he’d see “like, Chinese people or, like, Indian people” there. Because those are the only two Asian ethnicities, I guess. Marie kicked things off with aggressively telling her partner how he’s made more mistakes than her. What a great group we have this season!
Revenge – “Secrecy”
OK I’ll admit, the Lydia reveal this week on Revenge didn’t surprise me as much as it should have because I’d actually forgotten she was supposed to be dead. One of the pitfalls of the show going off the rails for a while was that I lost track of the details. That said, this should be interesting – and I’m glad that French girl finally has a purpose.
What I really love about this season is how intense it’s been. Emily’s deadline really amped up the drama, but with the impending wedding to Daniel occurring mid-season, how will the show keep going? We have to assume Emily will fail to frame Victoria for murder, and won’t run away to live happily ever after with Aiden – and that kills the suspense a little. My fear is that Revenge was a show with a limited lifespan – if Emily’s plan doesn’t wrap up soon, the show will return to the murky place it was last season.
Everything so far has suggested that Daniel would wise up and not marry Emily because, well, they’re miserable. So Ems’ fake pregnancy was the perfect play – after all, in theory she only would need to keep that charade going for two weeks.
Is the wedding episode this week? If so, I can’t wait.
Nashville – “Hanky Panky Woman”
I have a feeling that whether you’re enjoying this season of Nashville depends a lot on how you feel about Scarlett. Tying her life up with Rayna’s has meant a lot more screen time for her, which is just fine with me. I’m enjoying watching her navigate being a star on the rise, and this week was great in particular. She bombed, then she killed it, then she wondered if she’s really cut out for this at all. It was a good progression for the character.
Having Scarlett, Gunnar, Luke James and Rayna all on tour together, with Deacon around to support his niece at her first big show, it was the perfect combination. Unfortunately it made a couple of the other storylines look really weak in comparison. Peggy finally faked that miscarriage, but I’m so sick of her and Teddy that all I practically wanted to fast-forward through their scenes. And Juliette’s interactions with the rich couple wanting a threesome haven’t been the character’s greatest material.
I didn’t have a chance to write about Parenthood last week because of conflicting non-TV related events, but I really wanted to. Last week’s “The Ring” was a great episode… minus the election stuff, which really hasn’t been anyone’s favorite storyline I think. Which is why I was glad to see it wrap up this week. But I loved everything else last week.
Zeke coping with life alone and confusing Skype conversations with Camille was both funny and completely heartbreaking. I liked how it tied in nicely with Sarah’s small, but meaningful storyline of getting up the nerve to attend a party instead of haning’ with her old man.
Amber and Ryan’s storyline was uncomfortable, like most of their material has been this season. You could feel the tension in their relationship building, and knew it was over so much more than the engagement ring.
But the most heartbreaking thing last week was Victor’s reaction to the news that he was being sent back to fourth grade. I almost lost it, it was so sad. I was worried Joel and Julia’s storyline would be a very cliched story of adultery this season, but I was silly to think Parenthood would be that typical. Instead, it’s been a horrifying picture of a marriage going through incredibly rough times. I actually feel nervous watching it, because their problems are so raw and real.
Now, on to this week – a very big episode.