April, 2011 | Give Me My Remote

SUPERNATURAL: Mommy Dearest

April 30, 2011 by  
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Well, wow. Perhaps I should have, especially given Rachel the lady-angel’s warnings last week, but I did not see the ending of this episode coming. At all. It was a great reveal, and I still don’t know what to make of it, but I’m excited to learn more. Before we get to the end though, let’s first discuss what led up to it, shall we?

Something about watching Team Hunter use an iPad just seems completely out of place, doesn’t it? I feel like these guys live in a world of corded telephones and dial up connections – not one where there may soon be a demon tracking app, you know (Demon Findr)? Maybe it’s Dean’s car and cassette player, but even when they’re using cell phones and surfing the net, there’s still an air of vintage about them that makes an iPad seem very out of place, especially in Bobby’s hands.

Technology quibbles aside, ‘Mommy Dearest’ turned out very different from what I expected. I went into the hour expecting that Eve was going to really step up her game and announce her big evil plan for the destruction of the world; thereby setting up the main thrust of the last few episodes of the season. Instead, she stepped up her game, toyed with the brothers’ emotions for a while, and then promptly bit the dust. Problem solved. Of course, Sam and Dean’s lives are never problem-free, and there is definitely trouble still brewing, but we’ll come back to that.

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SMALLVILLE Recap: ‘Dominion’

April 30, 2011 by  
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Another episode of SMALLVILLE aired last night and if you missed it, all I can say is Lois was awesome! Not to mention Clark and Ollie’s crazy slow motion fight scenes, and the return of Zod! Before I get ahead of myself and continue to gush about the final hours of SMALLVILLE, let me get back to what went down in Justin Hartley’s directorial debut!

Using Slade Wilson as bait, Zod manages to get an unaware Clark to the Phantom Zone. Tess is at the controls and Clark wants to do this alone, but Ollie manages to transport with him. With only a small window of time before the gate to the Zone is destroyed, the duo show up and are unexpectedly face-to-face with Zod. And not a Zod we’ve seen before: he’s the angry and relentless General Zod – SMALLVILLE style.

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FRINGE Recap: ‘The Last Sam Weiss’

April 30, 2011 by  
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So, that just happened.

Much like the Bad Robot-produced shows that came before it (hat tip to ALIAS and LOST), FRINGE has a way of giving us 58 minutes of mind-blowing storytelling and then completely turning everything you thought you knew on its head in the last minute and a half. “The Last Sam Weiss” was no exception to that rule. In fact, this FRINGE episode was probably the most LOST-like hour the series has done so far.

Let’s talk about what went down…

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FRINGE Preview: ‘The Last Sam Weiss’

April 29, 2011 by  
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With just two episodes left in FRINGE’s third season, things are getting absolutely crazy.

First up, we have to deal with the conundrum of Sam Weiss. Last week, he recruited Olivia to take him to the machine and this week the duo are up to…something. Odds are it’s not really good. And given the warning John Noble (Walter) gave Give Me My Remote about Sam, I’m a bit worried about what he’s dragging Olivia into.

Can’t wait for tonight’s episode? Check out a preview, clip and promo for the rest of the season…

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GREY’S ANATOMY: ‘It’s a Long Way Back’

Well kids, it’s hard to believe, but this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY marks the beginning of the final run of episodes before the season finale! Not only was this the fourth from the last episode of the season, but we had to wait an agonizing four weeks to get to it. The good news is the writers made up for the wait by cramming eleven weeks worth of events into one hour, so I better get started recapping…

We begin the episode with Callie and baby both still recovering from their respective traumas – Callie having been thrown through a windshield, and baby having been pulled out of a uterus. Neither one of them is in great shape, but they’re hanging in there. The baby is too premature to leave the ICU, meaning Callie can’t even see her since Callie can barely lift her arms, let alone get out of bed. Needless to say, she’s pretty depressed about it, and over the next few weeks she pushes herself hard so she can get strong enough to hold her tiny daughter. Too hard — her wound opens up again and she has to be rushed back to the OR at the same time as the baby needs heart surgery. Both of them pull through, although there’s a pretty tense moment during the baby’s operation. Weeks later, Callie finally gets cleared to go home with her baby — which means she has to get in a car for the first time since the accident. Panic attack. She’s right in the middle of an anxious speech about how a car is too dangerous for an infant when Bailey steps in with some good old fashioned Bailey Words of Wisdom. Yes, the world is a dangerous place for a baby, she tells Callie. But she doesn’t feel that way because of the accident — she feels that way because she’s a mom. (It’s a good speech, Bailey, but I kinda think the accident has something to do with it, too. Either way, Callie stops freaking out and goes home to start living a normal family life. That is, as normal as it gets when there are three parents.)

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COMMUNITY Recap: ‘Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts’

April 29, 2011 by  
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This week on COMMUNITY marked a landmark for one our characters, and the resolution of a many-episode mystery: the birth of Shirley’s child, and the revelation of whether the father of the baby is Shirley’s reconciled husband Andre (guest star Malcolm Jamal-Warner), or their former Spanish teacher Chang. It was a really sweet episode overall, and it shined a light on the different plots and character development strings they’ve been tugging at for the better part of the season.

The episode starts with the “final exam” of the group’s Anthropology class, which consisted mainly of drinking, merriment, and Annie’s indignancy at being the only one who actually studied for the exam.

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BONES Recap: ‘The Pinocchio in the Planter’

April 29, 2011 by  
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Hey BONES fans, how did you like this episode?

Maybe Booth is right, that some things are better left unsaid. But if that is completely true, we wouldn’t have much to talk about. So instead, let’s discuss! Starting with…

THE CASE:

The Scene of the Crime: A “tweenage” (imdb’s word…not mine!) boy is caught peeping through the window of a community center’s womens’ locker room, and when he’s caught, he falls backward into a large, long flower bed, or “planter,” as the episode title suggests. And therein lies the Pinocchio.

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TV Chat with Team GMMR – Join Us Every Friday!

April 29, 2011 by  
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Every Friday at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST, Team GMMR will host a LIVE chat to talk all things television. What’s coming up on your favorite shows? What did we think of what went down on TV this past week? It’s your chance to come ask your most dire TV questions.

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Friday’s SNAP JUDGMENT – SMALLVILLE

April 29, 2011 by  
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Another day, another SNAP JUDGMENT!

What is SNAP JUDGMENT, you ask?

Every day we’ll pick our favorite promotional picture from that night’s new television episodes and we’ll showcase it here. Then you guys can speculate what goes down in the scene/what you’d like to see happen/caption the pic however you want in the comments section.

So which show made our Friday edition of SNAP JUDGMENT?

SMALLVILLE!

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Tonight’s TV Spotlight…Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011 by  
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Is it lame to still quote Rebecca Black? I don’t care! It’s Friday, Friday! We are so excited!

Also exciting? Tonight’s TV lineup. Check it…

Kitchen Nightmares | 8pm on FOX
“La Frite”
Chef Ramsay visits La Frite in Sherman Oaks, CA. Find out if his efforts to turn the restaurant around will be enough to keep the its doors open.

Friday Night Lights | 8pm on NBC
“The Right Hand of the Father”
Coach Taylor struggles to impose discipline on his players. A figure from Vince’s past reenters his life. Meanwhile, Julie forms a bond with a faculty member and Buddy (guest star Brad Leland) receives troubling news about his son.

Shark Tank | 8pm on ABC
“Episode 207”
A fiery entrepreneur from Washington, DC comes to the Shark Tank with her line of luxury maternity gowns; a Southern belle from South Carolina believes her homemade cakes will be the best the Sharks have ever tasted; and a couple from Minnesota believe their business idea of a cooler fitting inside a golf bag is a sure-fire way to save money on the golf course. Also, the Sharks fight over a product invented by a stay-at-home dad inspired by his long days cleaning up after his kids, and there will be a follow-up on the duo behind Grease Monkey Wipes — whose impassioned plea in Season 1 landed them a deal with Robert and Barbara.

Smallville | 8pm on The CW
“Dominion”
Tess learns that General Slade was found unconscious on a street corner, proof that someone has gained access to the Phantom Zone’s escape portal and sent him back. Clark decides to return to the exiled land to make sure other phantoms are not fleeing and is furious when Oliver tricks Clark into taking him along. With Clark’s powers gone, the two are immediately captured by the Zoners who take them to their new leader, Zod, who is thirsting for revenge on Clark for banishing him to this Kryptonian jail. Meanwhile, Lois learns Clark trusted Tess with a secret, but didn’t tell Lois.

SO MUCH MORE. KEEP READING…

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THE OFFICE: A Fond Farewell to Michael Scott

April 29, 2011 by  
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Michael Scott is the rarest of television characters. Created as a proxy for David Brent’s irreverent boss on the UK version of THE OFFICE, the role of Dunder Mifflin’s main man in Scranton, Pennsylvania was doomed to fail on paper. Skeptics howled at NBC’s decision to import Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant’s work stateside, and wondered aloud if the show would suffer the same quick death that had befallen the Peacock Network’s 2003 British import, a horrific FRIENDS copycat called COUPLING.

Thankfully, someone forget to tell Steve Carell that playing Michael Scott was a dead end career move. Instead, the comedic pride of Concord, Massachusetts went to work forging an iconic prime time presence. With an outstanding team of writers and performers surrounding him, Carell put the franchise on his back and gave us six years of memorable moments.

While a simple Google search will provide hundreds of places to find Steve Carell’s funniest moments or favorite catchphrases, I want to spend a few minutes looking back at an episode that helped turn Michael Scott from a hapless boss into a hopeful man.
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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: What Comes Next?

April 28, 2011 by  
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[Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen tonight’s episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, please stop reading and go watch it. Trust me. You won’t want to read this post until after you’ve viewed “The Last Day” because it will spoil the hour.]

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES fans, have you picked your jaws up off the floor? A lot of things went down in “The Last Day,” and Give Me My Remote has some answers for you about what went down and what’s coming up straight from a press event the cast and crew attended earlier this week…

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Who Went Home on AMERICAN IDOL?

April 28, 2011 by  
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With only a handful of contestants left, the AMERICAN IDOL results show is going to get tougher and tougher each week. Tonight, a fan favorite left the IDOL stage to the surprise of many.

So was it Lauren, Scotty, Casey, Hayley, Jacob or James who left the show today?

Find out after the break.

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NIKITA: Shane West Talks ‘Mikita,’ Percy, Division and More

April 28, 2011 by  
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Is anyone else obsessing over NIKITA?

The series was fun when it started, but week by week it’s becoming one of the few shows on my “must watch new episodes ASAP” list. Combined with the always fun THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, it makes for a killer Thursday night lineup on The CW.

But what’s coming up next?

Shane West (Michael) talked with reporters last week to preview the rest of the season, the fallout from Percy’s betrayal, “Mikita” and much more…

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: ‘The Last Day’ Teases and Preview

April 28, 2011 by  
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As THE VAMPIRE DIARIES heads towards the end of its second season, the drama is in no way slowing down.

There’s a brand new episode tonight,”The Last Day,” and you will not want to miss it. Damon crosses a major line with someone he cares about, people are kidnapped, there are multiple fights, Tyler returns, lives are in jeopardy, and so much more.

While I can’t spill whether anyone dies in “The Last Day,” TVD executive producer Julie Plec noted there needs to be real stakes for our characters so the audience doesn’t feel jerked around.

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