How I Met Your Mother – Disaster Averted (S07E09)

How I Met Your Mother – Disaster Averted (S07E09)

CBS

I like Barney and Nora.  I really don’t like Robin and Kevin.  And yet despite all that, I enjoyed this episode.  The perfect combination of humour and heart.  The staple of HIMYM. Oh and the double-meaning of Disaster Averted.

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The Last Slap Is Tonight: Slap Bet Countdown (HIMYM)

The Last Slap Is Tonight: Slap Bet Countdown (HIMYM)

CBS

It’s time.  The Slap Bet Countdown went live 4 days ago, which can only mean one thing.  The last slap.

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How I Met Your Mother – The Slutty Pumpkin Returns (S07E08)

How I Met Your Mother – The Slutty Pumpkin Returns (S07E08)

CBS

The long-awaited return of the Slutty Pumpkin, now known as Naomi (Katie Holmes), was tonight and surprisingly, it felt like the b-story of the night.  What could top a Slutty Pumpkin?  Barney being Canadian.

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The Good Wife – Affairs Of State (S03E06)

The Good Wife – Affairs Of State (S03E06)

CBS

Carey got the focus this week dealing with a Lockhart Gardner case and with internal office politics; literally, as Carey’s office space changed three times this week.  We also met Eli’s ex-wife Vanessa (Parker Posey), though it looks like she won’t be coming back any time soon.

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The Mentalist – Where In The World Is Carmine O’Brien (S04E06)

The Mentalist – Where In The World Is Carmine O’Brien (S04E06)

CBS

The rest of the episode matter little compared to this gem.  Lisbon’s brother, Tommy, played by none other than Henry Thomas.  Who’s Henry Thomas?  None other than Elliott from E.T. The most famous kid to ride a bike in the sky ever.

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How I Met Your Mother – Noretta (S07E07)

How I Met Your Mother – Noretta (S07E07)

CBS

It was a jam-packed week on How I Met Your Mother this week with Barney’s brother James (Wayne Brady), Nora (Nazanin Boniadi) playing a big role, and Kal Penn sticking around as Kevin for another week (regrettably.)  Oh and every one of the gang’s parents show up in creepy cameos.

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The Ultimate Guide To Throwing A Garden Party by James Trickington (The Office)

The Ultimate Guide To Throwing A Garden Party by James Trickington (The Office)

NBC

We only got a glimpse at Jim’s book on the last episode of The Office, but thanks to NBC, the full text of the 10-chapter book is available for all to see, though they did make a few errors.  “The Ultimate Guide To Throwing A Garden Party”, written under the pen name, James Trickington, was the best part of the episode and we couldn’t avoid posting it.

We had Chapters 2, 4, and 9 read to us by Jim, and the final chapter referenced the closing ceremonies, but the rest is really unknown. After the jump, read every …

The Good Wife – Marthas and Caitlins (S03E05)

The Good Wife – Marthas and Caitlins (S03E05)

CBS

The best episodes of The Good Wife are when the COTW (Case-Of-The-Week) fades into the background and makes room for the backroom deals, negotiations, and backstabbing that goes on behind-the-scenes at Lockhart Gardner.  With Lisa Edelsetin back as Celeste Serrano, David Lee (Zach Grenier) trying to get his niece a job, and Eli working for Peter again, this week was particularly juicy.

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The Mentalist – Blood And Sand (S04E05)

The Mentalist – Blood And Sand (S04E05)

CBS

A pretty good mid-season episode with no important references to any longer story arc. Of course, we did see some anger issues from Van Pelt, after being completely level-headed last week, so there was that…

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Parenthood – Tales From The Luncheonette (S03E06)

Parenthood – Tales From The Luncheonette (S03E06)

NBC

As predicted, the Luncheonette featured heavily this week with Adam & Crosbie breaking their backs to get ready for their first major artist: Cee Lo Green.  Small coincidence, Cee Lo is on another NBC show, The Voice.  Funny how that happened.

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How I Met Your Mother – Mystery vs. History (S07E06)

How I Met Your Mother – Mystery vs. History (S07E06)

CBS

Although I disagree with the conclusion, I thought tonight’s comparison between 2005 and 2011 was pretty much dead on.  Debates on factual issues are now easily resolved with one Google Search.  And, to me that leads to more accurate knowledge.  And as the show depicts, the debates are on things that have no right or wrong answer; like the question of mystery vs history or whether to learn the sex of your baby.  Oh and Barney was still wearing the Ducky Tie.

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The Good Wife – Feeding The Rat (S03E04)

The Good Wife – Feeding The Rat (S03E04)

CBS

The tiny details of mergers, acquisitions, and surviving during a down economy are boring.  But, it’s exactly this kind of minutiae that keeps me coming back to The Good Wife every week.  It’s their irresistible secret sauce and it was dished out generously this week.

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The Mentalist – Ring Around The Rosie (S04E04)

The Mentalist – Ring Around The Rosie (S04E04)

CBS

Now we’re seeing The Mentalist we all love.  Special Agent Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady) is the intriguing new mental opponent for Jane and he’s already shown he’s willing to study and learn to beat Jane.  On outcomes, they are on the same side, but the battle to see who rules the CBI is going to be fun to watch.

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The Office – Garden Party (S08E04)

The Office – Garden Party (S08E04)

NBC

Does it feel to anyone else like the writer’s don’t know how not to focus on the boss?  I know Andy is an important character now, but it feels like he’s become the central focus of every episode so far.  Which is silly when you have James Spader playing Robert California as the CEO and a variety of ways to explore his character.  Having said that, Josh Groban and Schrute Farms made this episode quite a good one.

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Suburgatory – The Chatterer (S01E03)

Suburgatory – The Chatterer (S01E03)

ABC

After a great episode, we were left with an abrupt mini-cliffhanger that could have been a joke or not.  With Suburgatory, parsing Tessa’s statements to her father is difficult at best.  She’s incredibly sarcastic and George has a hard time reading her. But, before that was wall-to-wall comedy.

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