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IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY 11X04 Debriefing: Dennis and Dee Make A Porno

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA -- "Dee Made a Smut Film" -- Episode 1104 (Airs Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Rob McElhenney as Mac, Danny DeVito as Frank, Glenn Howerton as Dennis, Kaitlin Olson as Dee, Charlie Day as Charlie.
CR: Patrick McElhenney/FX

The big day has finally arrived — Dee gets an actual speaking role in a movie! Only, her “art house” movie takes a strange turn, and the gang has to break it to her that her movie might not be as “foreign” as she thinks it is…

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

AGENT CARTER 2×03 Debriefing: Frosty relations

peggy wilkes

Hot on the trails of last week’s disaster, Peggy and the SSR are on the hunt for clues about what happened to Dr. Wilkes and Whitney Frost. Can they find out what happened to the Zero Matter before it starts another ice age?

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

THE X-FILES 10×02 Debriefing: Never ‘just’ anything

Courtesy Fox

Is this an embarrassment of riches, or what? Not only are The X-Files back, but we get two episodes within 24 hours!

Tonight’s outing is classic X-Files, with human experiments and alien DNA and Mulder and Scully getting into a whole lot of trouble. Add in a dash of personal reflection on past choices, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for pretty riveting — and heart-wrenching — episode to follow up yesterday’s premiere.

With only six weeks to tell this particular story, the show is wasting no time to jump into the action, so let’s dive right in with our favorite agents back at the FBI and ruffling feathers.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

THE X-FILES 10×01 Debriefing: Same old conspiracy song and dance

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder.  The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

*Insert “The Truth Is Still Out There” pun here*

Fourteen years after the original series went off the air, and eight years after its last movie was released, it feels downright strange to be reviewing a brand-new episode of The X-Files. Like we’ve hit some sort of collective rewind button, sharing this trip down memory lane all together.

Yet somehow, the most quintessentially ‘90s show feels topical, since it seems like maybe all those government conspiracies Fox Mulder raved about to anyone who’d listen (and many who wouldn’t) over the last few decades aren’t so fantastical after all. Mulder and Scully are back, a little older and wiser and battle-worn, but don’t let that fool you — these two are in the thick of it, and for that, we should all be grateful.

Grab your tinfoil hats and alien-grade icepicks, because it’s about to be a bumpy ride.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY 11×03 Debriefing: Forget it, Charlie, it’s Party Mountain

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA -- "The Gang Hits The Slopes" -- Episode 1103 (Airs Wednesday, January 20, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Glenn Howerton as Dennis, Danny DeVito as Frank, Charlie Day as Charlie. CR: Patrick McElhenney/FX

There isn’t much that hasn’t done in eleven seasons, but this week, Sunny manages to find a new one: the gang goes skiing! In a hilarious send-up of every 80s movie ever, Dennis, Dee, Mac and Charlie head to Party Mountain, but they’ve all got different missions on this hill.

It’s time to shred, dudes!

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

AGENT CARTER 2X02 Debriefing: We’re just getting started

peggy

We pick up right where we left off in our previous chapter. Peggy’s consorting with swimming pools and movie stars — by way of Howard Stark’s mansion. There’s still work to be done at the SSR, so there’s no living the fab life for our intrepid heroine.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

AGENT CARTER 2×01 Debriefing: Silver spoons and perfect skin

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She’s back!

It’s been nearly a year since Peggy Carter last graced out screens, and boy, does she know how to make a comeback! With a transcontinental move and some old friends by her side, and foes at her neck, she proves that there’s nothing a little sunshine can’t make better.

Agent Carter is here to tell the world that women are just as powerful — and capable of evil — as their male counterparts, and it’s utterly fascinating to watch. If Season 1 was about Peggy clawing her way through the patriarchy, Season 2 seems to be setting up a whole new way of running the world, and it’s about time we all listened.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY 11×02 Debriefing: The gang goes time-traveling!

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA -- "Frank Falls Out The Window" -- Episode 1102 (Airs Wednesday, January 13, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Kaitlin Olson as Dee, Glenn Howerton as Dennis, Rob McElhenney as Mac, Charlie Day as Charlie. CR: Patrick McElhenney/FX

Okay, maybe not really, but this week on Sunny, a fortuitous event leads Frank and his children to stroll down memory lane. Which means Dee, Dennis, Mac and Charlie want to right the wrongs of the past decade — not by becoming better people, naturally, but by conning Frank out of the money he squandered once he re-entered their lives. Of course!

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Season 11 Premiere Debriefing: “It’s like all those other games too, but different enough legally.”

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA -- "Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo" -- Episode 1101 (Airs Wednesday, January 6, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Andy Buckley as Andy, Danny DeVito as Frank, Charlie Day as Charlie, Rob McElhenney as Mac, Kaitlin Olson as Dee, Glenn Howerton as Dennis. CR: Patrick McElhenney/FX

In its season 11 premiere, the gang revisits past glories with a sequel to its Game of Games. CharDee MacDennis is back with a vengeance — and even more incomprehensible rules. When an executive from Mattel (The Office‘s Andy Buckley) drops in at Paddy’s and expresses interest in the product, it’s all hands on deck to prove why CharDee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo is the thing we all wish Santa had dropped off this holiday season.

The gang tries to be on its best behavior to spin their game to their guest. “We just have to not care who wins,” they claim. Fat chance!

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

BONES 11×09 Debriefing: “Giddy Up!”

BONES: Cast L-R: John Boyd, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. The 11th season of BONES premieres Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

Mosey on over! On Thursday night, Bones had two radically different episodes. The first hour featured the return of Buck and Wanda, Wild West edition: Big River Buck, and Wildcard Wanda. As is the norm with most undercover episodes, this outing was a lot of fun because it gave the audience a peek into how the characters would behave out of their comfort zone.

The make-believe was not everything there was to this episode, as storylines that have been brewing for the past few episodes come to a head: Angela’s desire for more kids plays front and center, and Cam’s relationship with Sebastian casts doubts on going forward with him.

More thoughts after the jump!

Disclaimer: Yes, there will be two recaps. I apologize for the delay in posting this one, and I apologize for how late the other is going to be. You can blame finals and holiday travel!

… 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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