Weekly Roundup: September 28-October 4

Weekly Roundup

The TV season is in full swing, and we have a lot of things to discuss.

So let’s go ahead.

TYLL’s Debriefings (in order of broadcast date):


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(c) FOX

(c) FOX

  • Sunday Funday: Brooklyn Nine Nine‘s return to our TV screens last Sunday was as funny as it was when it left in the spring. I enjoyed how quickly it wrapped up the undercover mission but had an excuse to show us more of Jake in that persona. Despite all of the fun moments I could describe (be it the squadroom catchup, Jake’s party and Gina/Broyle’s storyline), I have to give it to Terry Crews impersonations: those scenes were downright hilarious. I also very much enjoyed how Jake’s confession played out – the way the show has held off on it is effective and not contrived at all.
  • Death in Springfield: As you might have heard, there was a death on last Sunday’s The Simpsons – Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky. Even if it wasn’t a huge character, the death itself had a big impact on the characters (Krusty, especially). I might not have been very impressed with that, but I loved the storyline with Lisa being worried about her dad’s mortality (and terrible eating habits).

    (c) Showtime

    (c) Showtime

  • Master Reveals: Masters of Sex‘s sophomore season ended last Sunday with some very interesting reveals: Libby has known about her husband’s affair for a long time, but has repressed it; the TV interview from the last couple of episodes will not air and the mastermind behind that sabotage is no other than Masters; Virginia’s ex-husband gained the custody of their kids (Virginia depended on that documentary airing). This season might have had some high highs and some lows, but this episode sure wrapped it up effectively while setting up interesting conflicts for Season 3.

    (c) FOX

    (c) FOX

  • Guest Star of the Week: I’m going with Kaitlin Olson on this one; I love her on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and she was just so funny on New Girl this week as Jess’ high school nemesis turned future stepmom (you can read more about the episode on Nels’ debriefing). Honorable mention: Lili Taylor on Gotham.
  • Ichabod-ism of the week: Even though Nels did a magnificent job of collecting them all in her post, I am still not over “These people entrust you with their fortune, and you can’t entrust them with a pen?” (or the nab at the wedding industry). Tom Mison’s face was phenomenal.
  • Scheduling Changes You Might Have Not Heard of: From next week on, Utopia will only air on Fridays. Its Tuesday slot will be occupied by Masterchef Junior come November 4th.
  • Renewal NewsYou’re the Worst and Married have been renewed for slightly longer second seasons (of 13 episodes) by FX, with the former moving to FXX. I adored YTW so I could not be happier by these news.

    (c) FOX

    (c) FOX

  • Performer of the Week: I always feel bad about the people I leave out (Michael Sheen and, particularly, Lizzy Caplan rocked the MOS finale) but I cannot not give this to Bones’ Emily Deschanel – she truly owned the latest episode and not only demonstrated how she knows this character through and through, but allowed us to reminisce on Brennan’s wonderful evolution through the years. There were two particular scenes that made this stand out: one was the heated argument Brennan had with husband Booth, in which she called him out on his dark downward spiral and got him to snap out of it. It was just so flawlessly acted by both her and David Boreanaz, who also deserves many props for his performance in the episode. The other one was the wonderful (and spontaneous) eulogy to their fallen friend Lance Sweets, which was fitting for both Sweets and Brennan, and practically floored everyone. It is safe to say that, after ten years, Deschanel isn’t phoning it in and is still delivering great performances. (And so is the rest of the cast, too. Carla Gallo, for instance, delivered her best performance on the show, and made Daisy shine in such a terrible time for her character.)
  • (c) CBS

    (c) CBS

    Reality Roundup (TAR Edition): This week’s TAR leg took us to London and Oxford, which had me excited; the route marker at Tower Bridge made me squeal. The detour had two interesting tasks to choose from, but why didn’t people choose the pancakes one? It took less time. (Yes, being part of the Royal Guard is fun and all, but the judge for that was harsh and it took longer.) The punting not-roadblock at Oxford was cool but it rewarded teams with upper body strength, allowing the wrestlers and the firefighters (who got there last) to pass Dating Couple Dennis and Isabelle and the Flight Attendants, who struggled. In the end, the Californian couple was eliminated. Also notable: Surfers Adam and Bethany got an Express Pass, which will no doubt come in handy; they very deservedly won the leg, too.


What were your TV moments this week? Anything or anyone you think deserves a mention as well that I might have missed? Comment below!

 

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
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