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'Supernatural' recap: Blade of Glory

Our first glimpse at Dean in possession of the First Blade that he and Sam have been chasing for the last few episodes has instilled me with great fear. Fear because he seems aggressive and brutal…and dangerously unpredictable.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I would be remiss to glaze over the efforts the Winchesters put into obtaining said blade. So allow me to recap… READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Remember this...

I’m not ready to say goodbye. Well, yes I am. But also not. Actually, it’s ok. Not really. Ugh. Welcome to my brain for the last six weeks.

Here’s the problem: When How I Met Your Mother is good, it’s really, really good. And when encountered with one of those Really, Really Good episodes, my heart swells five sizes, I smile like I just found five accidental curlies in a basket of straight-cut french fries…and I also become very upset that How I Met Your Mother is almost over. Tonight’s episode — “Gary Blauman” — was one of those really, really good episodes of which I speak.

What made the episode — about a polarizing wedding guest Gary Blauman — particularly special was that it was told both as a story from Ted to the kids and from Ted to the Mother, who was hearing the tale three days after the wedding while she and Ted were on their first date. READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' recap: Courtroom Brown

The ep may have been called “Fired Up,” but it fizzled more than sizzled, no? Is Schmidt’s sudden descent into poverty a long held-over karmic make-good for his cheating? Why does Nick’s former life in law keep resurfacing? Why hasn’t Winston gone off to police academy yet? What is the point of Cece’s new relationship (if you can call it that)? And would it be too soon if we never saw another episode of Jess at school? Ponder those questions as you read… READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': Live-in Lovahs

We had two returns to celebrate tonight, Newbies! First (and most importantly) FURGUSON! Oh yeah, and a financially ruined Schmidt is moving back into the loft. Also, Abby’s moving out. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same… READ FULL STORY

'SNL' recap: Jim Parsons tries to prove he's 'not that guy,' while new 'Update' anchor debuts -- VIDEO

Now that the Olympics are over, NBC has finally returned to its normal programming, which means that Saturday Night Live is back…with a bazinga! Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known for playing practical jokes on The Big Bang Theory, tried to trade away his nerdy persona to host the show for the first time with musical guest Beck returning for his seventh time on the SNL stage. The show’s return also marked the debut of new Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost, who replaces current Late Night host Seth Meyers.

Well, actually I guess NBC is still obsessed with winter sports, because a hockey game delayed the start of the show. Rude. Anyway, the opening featured Kate McKinnon as this year’s Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres and made some uncomfortably dark jokes about her constant dancing and 12 Years a Slave. And that was just the first reference to the film of the night. Actually, there were a lot, maybe too many, sketches and jokes about the Oscars and this year’s nominated films (mocking Barkhad Abdi’s Captain Phillips character twice in one episode is a little much). Also, why are more and more hosts appearing in the opening now? Melissa McCarthy did in her latest outing as host, and Parsons’ first appearance of the night was as flamboyant figure skater Johnny Weir. Is it just me or is something lost in seeing the host before the monologue? It seemed like a weird sketch to open with anyway. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' recap: All about Tran

After several seasons of Supernatural, I’ve gotten used to saying goodbye to people and waiting several seasons to see them again. (See: Jake.) So when the late Kevin Tran showed up on last night’s episode as a ghost, it was a surprise to say the least. But even more surprising than an appearance from Ghost Kevin? The re-appearance of the thought-to-be-dead Mama Tran!

The result of this ghost-mom reunion was one of the sweetest episodes so far this season. READ FULL STORY

'NCIS' recap: Poorly equipped

There may not have been a bomb or international baddie being tracked down in this week’s episode of NCIS, but there were certainly lives on the line.

The team found themselves on a case that had them investigating the source of faulty body armor that was being sent to servicemen and women overseas by well-meaning loved ones, who were worried that the troops weren’t being properly equipped. The problem with this good intentioned act was that the non-sanctioned equipment the troops were receiving was not only ineffective but dangerous. When hit by powerful weapons, the ceramic plates inside these vests would burst and the shards would embed themselves in the flesh of the victims. In other words, there was double the danger to those being shot at.  READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' recap: Good Cop, Bad Girl

Now this was an episode. I know the reaction to Abby has been mixed, but I liked how she spiced up the dynamic in “Sister II.” No doubt she’s annoying and self-obsessed — like, well, everyone else on this show at times — and despite the fact she is actually dangerous to be around (Sky Knife!), the gang needed a jolt. You can’t say that she hasn’t provided one. That it will likely be temporary is good, but that it happened at all is an improvement in my book.

Also, WINSTON!!! The writers managed to do what has heretofore eluded them by giving him a primary story line that showed substance beyond a new set of tics. Yet the episode also allowed Lamorne Morris to run wild with his brilliant improv skills — the very ones that have made him my favorite character in season 3 in spite of Winston’s flimsy character development. Tuesday’s episode inched him a step closer to being fully fleshed-out.

So let’s not delay anymore, Newbies! READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Never again

Ten hours before Robin and Barney were set to get hitched, the gang found themselves making vows of a different kind — to never drink to the point of Hangover Hell ever again.

The declarations were brought on by the aftermath of Barney’s drinking bender that, as we saw in the last new episode of How I Met Your Mother, left him befriending lost bros while wandering the streets.

In this week’s episode, Barney’s adventures in drunkenness were very much over, and what was left was a pile of useless suit-covered flesh. Any other day, this wouldn’t have been too much of an issue, but as I mentioned, we have now arrived at Barney and Robin’s actual wedding day. There were things to do. Specifically, Barney and Robin were set to take their wedding pictures, but since he couldn’t hold himself upright, that was going to be tricky to pull off. Again, this would usually not be a problem because Robin’s a cool bride, but in this case, Robin father was paying for everything and his reaction should Barney show up in a less-than-desirable condition was going to be a big problem. READ FULL STORY

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