About Last Night...AMERICAN IDOL, THE EQUALIZER, MAGNUM P.I., and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


April 24, 2023 by  


“No Way Out” – Aunt Vi enlists the help of McCall and the team when she realizes her masseuse is a victim of domestic abuse. Also, McCall trains Dee on situational awareness and Dante goes against orders by chasing after the man who shot his friend Manny, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, April 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured: Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Vi” Marsette. Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Let’s talk about Sunday night’s TV!

THE SIMPSONS: I absolutely buy that Lisa would become fanatical about a musician given, well, everything about her. And while there were definitely parallels to real musicians in the episode, I’m glad the show didn’t lean entirely in on it being about one singer, because…yeah. It could apply to several.

And I loved, loved, loved Homer’s song for his family juxtaposed with old show clips.

AMERICAN IDOL: We do not need three hours of IDOL. Especially when it felt like a runaway train and everything kind of blended together.

I’m intrigued by so many original songs, and I’m curious to see how it shakes out…it’s one thing to take a swing, but when the top 20 is going to the top 12…it feels like a big risk.

There were a number of good performances, but it felt like the second 90 minutes were stronger than the first. Though I think Iam Tongi was probably my performance of the night.

THE EQUALIZER: Well, the episode made me sick to my stomach…but I mean that in the best way possible. Lorraine Toussaint was absolutely incredible as Aunt Vi navigated trying to help a friend out of an abusive situation. And when Aunt Vi couldn’t pull the trigger and Robyn stepped in? And then Aunt Vi’s breakdown at the end? My God, that acting in that scene. The whole episode, really. I wasn’t expecting it, but the hour brought me to tears.

And Harry helping Mel get closure, of sorts, on her friend who had been abused? Such a lovely gesture. I’m glad Mel’s friend was able to get out of that relationship.

Also: Dante. Sir. What are you doing? Hopefully the fact the suspect he was chasing took a running jump off the building will make it so Dante isn’t wrongly incriminated in the guy’s death, but…let’s think about our life choices, please and thanks?

THE GREAT NORTH: Beef not wanting to get his hopes up on his birthday is very on brand, as were the very, very extreme steps he took to avoid any kind of celebration.

MAGNUM P.I.: The midseason finale was a lot of fun. (Okay, it’s weird to say that when one character was shot and the other was kidnapped, but you know what I mean.)

First of all: TC. Poor TC. I assume he will fully recover by the end of the season, but I hope he doesn’t isolate too much as he tries to navigate his new world.

I’m obviously glad Rick is okay—and very glad he was not tortured the way I feared—but I’m a little bummed he didn’t ride that figurative high and actually tell Suzy what he was feeling. Maybe it’s not the healthiest way to declare your love, but it’s certainly understandable. And they’ve been at a standstill for a while.

Also, that episode-opening fight sequence? WOW.

[For a lot more on the episode—and what’s to come—here’s what showrunner Eric Guggenheim and stars Stephen Hill and Perdita Weeks shared.]

FAMILY GUY: Honestly, the most surprising thing about the TikTok story was that Stewie and Brian didn’t try to get in on it for the fame portion rather than the reward money scam of pretending Brian was their “lost dog.”

Which shows did you watch last night?

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