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'Supernatural' recap: Cartoons and confessions

Last night’s Supernatural was, in one word, bizarre. In two words? Bizarre and fantastic.

The episode centered around Sam, Dean and new hunter Cas looking into a series of strange deaths in which the victims’ deaths were seemingly ripped right out of a classic cartoon — a man’s heart exploded out of his chest, someone was killed by an anvil, etc. But, surprisingly, as far as cases go, this one didn’t have too many twists and turns.

The trio was fairly quick to zero in on their father’s former friend Fred Jones, an elderly psychokinetic who was now catatonic and living in a retirement home. They realized that the man was messing with reality and creating a “bubble of weird” that would create these strange scenarios around him. (Note that not all of the strange happenings were deadly. See: exploding cake.) READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' recap: Heaven Only Knows

ALERT: If you haven’t watched tonight’s Supernatural, we recommend you avert your eyes. All the rest of you may proceed…

I have so much to say about tonight’s episode of Supernatural, but I’m pretty much obligated to start with the episode’s most important moment: CAS IS BACK! CAS IS BACK! CAS IS BACK!

Yes, we knew it was coming. (Thanks, promo department!) However, Dean did not, so when he started seeing Cas all over the place — alongside the road, outside their window — the poor boy thought he was losing it. And Sam quickly caught on that something was off about Dean, too. Surprisingly, Dean ‘fessed up about his Cas sightings fairly quickly — and, by the way, I loved that. These two would bring home gold if avoiding problems was ever an Olympic sport, so it was incredibly refreshing to see Dean and Sam actually communicating about an issue. It only took 8 seasons!

Not long after, they learned that Dean’s vision of Cas were not visions at all — because the angel was back. For real. And he had a beard. (Movember?)

The boys probably could have grilled Cas forever, but there were definitely bigger fish to fry. Not only were they tracking a case involving several people who went missing under strange circumstances (weird weather patterns, no immediate connections among the missing), but soon Kevin’s mom called asking for help. READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl' recap: Dumping ground

Some TV shows get a kick out of having annual Halloween episodes, but on Gossip Girl, it’s common practice to dress up and pretend to be something you’re not. Luckily, the Upper East Side has its own version of a Pagan holiday — Cotillion! Except this annual tradition has less virgin sacrifices — because let’s face it, where are we going to find a virgin among this crowd?

Alas, this parade of “innocence,” in which Sage was set to participate (HAHA!), was the focal point of all the action this week.

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'Gossip Girl' recap: Keeping it in the family

After six seasons of Gossip Girl, it’s hardly a surprise when we learn that the new boyfriend on the block has been around the block. But I had to feel a little pain for poor Serena van der Floozy in tonight’s episode because I can’t imagine it’s fun to learn that one of the stops on your boyfriend’s tour de man-slut was your own mother.

But that’s exactly what happened when the Spectator blasted a story confirming that Steven (Barry Watson) had a once hooked up with Lily. That face you’re making after reading that sentence — that was pretty much Serena and Sage’s reactions, too. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' recap: Vampirates!

It’s been a legitimately long time since I’ve begged a television show — out loud — to continue after it finished airing an episode. It’s not a logical request by any means — that I know. There’s no point in me using vocal power to say “NO! Don’t STOP! Show another episode now!” But sometimes it just comes out against my will, and that’s what happened tonight after Supernatural.

I went into tonight’s episode thinking I knew everything that was going to happen. (Dean saves Benny; Benny is thankful but needs more help; Dean calls Sam; Benny meets Sam; Sam hates Benny.) At it’s core, that’s what happened, but the beauty of a great episode is that even when you think you know what’s going to happen, it delivers surprises (Oh, Benny…), great moments (brotherly bickering between Sam and Dean!) and lots of storyline advancement! Of course, I’d expect nothing less since the episode was written by Ben Edlund, a fandom fave. And he’s a fave for a good reason…

So, to get this recap on the road: Dean did go save Benny. He had called Dean after getting into a fight with four members of his old “crew.” At first, it wasn’t made entirely clear why there was so much hostility between Ben and these people from his past, but later, a much deeper backstory was revealed. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' recap: Then he walked in...

SPOILERS! I’m not going to bury the lead here — who gasped during tonight’s Parks and Recreation? Who cried? Who lost all hope that Ben Wyatt would one day walk out of their television and ask for your hand in marriage? Answer to all three? This girl!

In reference to the last one, I actually knew that would never happen — because Ben is not my true love. He’s Leslie’s. (Also, not a real person. But whatever.)

And in tonight’s episode, Ben came to realize what many have known since the geeky state auditor watched a beautiful, plucky, flu-plagued Leslie deliver an unforgettable speech in season 3. Leslie is the person he’s meant to spend his life with, and tonight, he made sure she knew that. He proposed. (Sigh.)  READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' recap: In focus

I’ll preface this recap by saying that season 3′s “Ghostfacers” was not one of my favorite episodes of Supernatural ever. (Supernatural episodes need the Winchesters and the more we can have of them, the better, I say.)

So going into this found-footage episode, which I knew would be told largely from the perspective of three college kids who were making a film, I was already anticipating (and not too happy with the idea of) minimal amounts Sam and Dean. I tried to keep an open mind about it, however, and I’m happy to report that the lack of Sam and Dean didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. In fact, I enjoyed seeing some moments that we normally don’t.

For example, after one of the teens (a good-looking jock named Michael) was attacked by a mysterious creature, we got to see what happens afterward. Typically, we only get to see the beginning part of a victim’s attack, hear screams, fade to black, then see a body. In this case, we followed him home, where we saw him panicked, nervous, and writhing in pain from his bad injury, which turned out to be a werewolf bite. This was a neat departure. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' recap: Heart of the matter

It was back to business as usual for Sam in Dean in this week’s episode of Supernatural — a case, a kill — but the difference was that throughout the episode, Sam made it quite clear that he has very little interest in “the usual.” And, lately, some fans have been faulting him for that. “Why are they making him ‘selfish’?” “Why is Sam being ‘ruined’?” Etc. But this week’s episode took a stab at explaining Sam’s perspective a bit — and if you didn’t understand his way of thinking by the end of the episode, you probably never will.

But let me back up.

We knew Sam and Dean’s conflict over their hunting future would take center stage in this episode after it opened with the brothers arguing over organic produce at a Farmers’ Market. (Sam’s in favor; Dean doesn’t give a f—) At the heart of the matter, though, was the fact that Dean was angry about the fact that so many cases had fallen through the cracks while Sam was out of the game and busy enjoying “the good things” in life. (The bigger issue? Sam’s shockingly low standards for what is considered “the good things” in life. Fresh apples? Really? That’s cute.) READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Family

I hate to say it, but I feel more and more like this season of How I Met Your Mother is going to be the last. Why? Because more and more I see the gang preparing for real life in some pretty profound ways. (Real life = when every day seems filled with eights and higher.)

Tonight’s “Who Wants to be a Godparent?” for example, dealt with death, specifically Lily and Marshall’s. They began to wonder what would happen to Marvin if they ever weren’t around to take care of him. Who would teach him life’s important lessons? (The birds and the bees, how to take responsibility, how to deal with heartache…) One thing they both agreed on? Their parents weren’t the right ones for the job.

But they had three solid candidates. So they did the sensible thing: THEY HELD A COMPETITION!

What followed felt like old, pre-Marvin times. Ted was the responsible-yet-square guardian, who taught using puppets. Robin was the tough love giver, who advocated sending Marvin to the British Columbia Military School for Boys, where she went to school. (Line of the night, by the way? Robin’s take on bow hunting: “At the British Columbia Military School for Boys we called it ‘making lunch.’”) And Barney was downright ridiculous in the way we totally expect him to be. (‘Fess up, boys: Who owns a reversible belt?)

Then, reality check. This wasn’t the old times. And everyone’s true feelings about their post-Marvin relationship came out. Robin, Barney and Ted were sad that they couldn’t talk to Marshall and Lily anymore like they used to. Marshall and Lily wanted their friends to understand that they had to put Marvin first. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Happy Bangtoberfest!

C’mon How I Met Your Mother. That’s not fair.

This is the second week in a row that an episode tricks me into thinking we’re in for a half hour of pure silliness, and I end up being run over by a truck of emotions in the final minutes. I HAVE TO PREPARE FOR THIS KIND OF THING! Wait. No, no. I blame myself. I should know this by now…

Just like last week, most of the episode was spent in a state of silly. Marshall and Lily launched a search for nannies but failed to find a reasonably priced Poppins. Ted and Robin competed over whose relationship was stronger, faster and more superhuman — maybe just the first two. And Barney was on a mission to bang. But there was, in the end, more to it. READ FULL STORY

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