Now, before I start, just a marginal slip up I made from last week.
Last week was the 8th TV Weekly, not the 7th as I accidentally put there. So, my apologies for that and let's get right into this week. This is the 9th edition of
This week, again, there's no new How I Met Your Mother, Community, The Middle, Modern Family, The Office, Parks & Recreation, or 30 Rock this week but as always, I'll manage. We start off this week as usual with the best episode of the week:
This week is a four-way tie for best episodes of the week and it might even be controversial of me to say this but screw it, it's my opinion. My four-way tie for best episodes of the week are The Simpsons' "The Scorpion's Tale", Bob's Burgers' "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?", Family Guy's "The Hand That Rocks The Wheelchair", and The Cleveland Show's "The Blue, The Gray, and The Brown". So, basically all of FOX's animated comedies on Sunday.
All four episodes were very funny and every one with the exception of 'Family Guy' were my favorite episodes so far this season. I'll give a description for each episode before I talk about why these are my best episode picks this week.
After Lisa notices that a Springfield Silvertongue flower in Springfield's desert at a field trip makes normally aggressive scorpions passive, Homer gives some to Grampa, after he is kicked out of the old folks home and causes trouble around the house, which cures his usual crankiness, only for a drug industry employee from Hottenhoffer Pharmaceuticals named Walter Hotenhoffer (formerly known as Augustus Gloop) (voiced by Werner Herzog) to try to duplicate the liquid's effects in pill 20mg form as MusBeNys - including its side effects.
Bob becomes a cab driver to make the extra cash to pay for Tina's 13th birthday.
Meg assists Joe while Bonnie is out of town and develops a serious crush on him. Stewie accidentally creates an evil clone of himself which he and Brain must neutralize before it wreaks complete havoc on Quahog.
The Cleveland Show:
After Cleveland fights to save the town’s drive-in movie theater, his efforts to preserve the town’s history is noticed by the Stoolbend Preservation Society and he is invited to attend a private dinner party at the home of the great-great-grandson of the town’s founding father. Whilst there he learns about the town past. He finds out he is being used for slave labour because of his skin colour.During a war re-inactment, he doesn't follow the script and wins it for the north.
The Simpsons' episode was very funny and Werner Herzog's guest spot was really great and it proves that Herzog can be a good actor as well as a director. Bob's Burgers, the biggest surprise of the four considering how I almost gave up on the show three episodes in, was really funny with a really great unrecognizable performance from Kevin Kline as Bob's rival across the street. Family Guy's episode was a lot of fun to watch with the Brian & Stewie subplot, once again, being the highlight of the episode. Meg's story in the episode proves that while you feel sorry for Meg most of the time for all the stuff she goes through, she can get really fucking crazy sometimes not just in here but also in Barely Legal. Also, the last shot of the episode which is a riff on Thriller was the perfect end for that episode. The last episode, The Cleveland Show's episode is possibly the best episode of the second season. The episode had a lot of good laughs and a compelling story to go with it.
All four comedies worked very well together mixing good comedy, good stories, and some serious moments. This week, the FOX animated comedies take the spot for the best episodes of the week.
Onto the rest of the week starting this week with
"The Chicago Code" (Season 1, Episode 5)
After a teenage boy is murdered in Chinatown when spreading the word of his church, detectives Wysocki and Evers ask for Superintendent Colvin's assistance. When the unofficial mayor of Chinatown is uncooperative, Colvin gets the help of Gibbons who accelerates the investigation. Teresa's brother-in-law Robert (Rockmond Dunbar) asks for her help where he believes a rival company of his friends is laundering money. Unaware to her, Robert received $50,000 in exchange for Terersa to help with getting the rival company shut down. She is forced to turn him in to the FBI as her involvement in the business deal would implicate her and her department. Undercover officer Liam gets closer with the Irish mob when he's allowed on a job, to commit arson which leads to remodeling work where they would get paid. Liam then finds out that someone died during the fire.
This week's episode was probably the weakest one of the series so far but at the same time, it was still a good episode. I think where this episode falters is that the one subplot with Teresa's brother-in-law, while it was cool to watch, felt like it was being shoved in there and should have been saved for another episode. Other than that, it was still a good episode. 3.5/5
"Glee" (Season 2, Episode 15)
When free-spirited substitute teacher Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for the absent sex education teacher, she joins forces with Mr. Schuester to teach the kids of New Directions the facts of life. Meanwhile, Emma heads up the Celibacy Club, and she and Dr. Carl address some issues in their personal life.
I've only seen three episode of Glee this season, the season premiere episode "Audition", the Super Bowl episode "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle", and this episode. And out of all three, this one was the best one. Gwyneth Paltrow's a great guest star on the episode even though I haven't seen the first episode she was on. She's also a really good singer too and it was one of the great things about Country Strong was her singing. Overall, the episode was a much better episode than the two that I saw earlier but it's still nothing that makes me want to keep watching every week, I was just watching it because there's nothing good on Tuesdays that's on during my break at work besides that. 3/5
"Lights Out" (Season 1, Episode 9)
Lights alliance to Ed Romeo, his new boxing mentor comes between him and his family. Although, Romeo likes Teresa and the girls, he wants Lights to cut his father and brother out because he thinks they're weighting him down. This doesn't sit well with Lights, who in return, tells Romeo he doesn't feel free of them, but feels controlled by him and decides to free himself of his eccentric trainer. Meanwhile, at the gym, Johnny and Romeo get into a fight, which ends up in an unfortunate accident for Lights.
Another really good episode, haven't catched the last couple of episodes because I keep forgetting to watch but I did manage to catch this one. 4/5
"Justified" (Season 2, Episode 5)
Raylan gets a tip from Dewey that the Bennetts are into something big, and further agitates the clan by looking into fraudulent check cashing. Boyd's new scheme comes to pass, with unexpected results.
This was close to being my favorite episode of the week but I thought that Raylan's part of the story lagged a bit in the middle. The real highlight of the episode is Boyd's story and that's because it has a really good ending to his story. Boyd is possibly my favorite character on the show and maybe that's why I really enjoyed this episode so much. 5/5
"Archer" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Hollywood actress Rona Throne (voice of Rachael Harris) spends a week shadowing the agents at ISIS for an upcoming movie role.
A really funny episode, not quite as great as last week's, which ended up being best episode of last week, but still a funny episode especially the end. 4.5/5
"Fringe" (Season 3, Episode 16)
The team investigates a group of thieves who are able to break the laws of gravity. Walter attempts to delay the damage he has casued.
A good episode with a great premise. The acting, as always, is top-notch and many of the special effects especially near the end are well done. However, two of the special effects shots I felt were really lacking. The first one, it's the last shot before the beginning of the opening credits after the cop shoots the thief where you see the guy levitating up and then, as he levitates, you can see the string on the bottom. I don't know if that was intential, if anyone can tell me, please let me know in the comments.
The second special effect shot that I felt was bad was when the kid in the wheelchair was given the powers for the first time, the hands looked way bigger than they should be. Those were the only two effect shots that I really felt were lacking.
Other than that, I really liked the episode. The other special effect shots were well done, Alan Ruck does a great job as a bad guy, and Jorge Garcia cameoing with Walter in the beginning of the episode was well done. I also liked the way the very end of the episode does a great job setting itself up for the next episode which looks great. 3.5/5
So, that's it for this week. Next week, look for not one but two TV Weekly blog posts on both Monday and Friday.
On Monday, I'm going to do a special TV Weekly blog post about the top 10 shows that, I believe, are on the brink of cancellation and desperately need to be watched. It's a blog post I'm calling "Top 10 Shows That You Need To Be Watching."
Then, on Friday, I'll do another edition of TV Weekly looking at the newest episodes of the week.