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


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“Truth for a Truth” – McCall races to save the team after they’re put into extreme danger by her former CIA colleague Michelle Chambers (guest star Ilfanesh Hadera) while she discovers the truth behind the CIA withdrawal in Venezuela that led to the death of one of her friends, on the fourth season premiere of the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs). Pictured: Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall. Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Let’s talk about Sunday night’s TV!

AMERICAN IDOL: Yeah, Mackenzie is going to win over young women. My personal highlights: Meggie Iyer’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Ajii’s  “Lose Control,” and Blake Proehl.

With only three platinum tickets, I’m fascinated by Odell Bunton Jr. getting one. He’s very good, to be clear, but it felt like the judges reacted much stronger to other contestants. Also fascinated by Jack getting the crew to revolt to give him a second chance. It’s a nice moment, but how is that the first time that’s happened? And, uh, why?

I’m a little wary about how far McKenna Breinholt will go—not because of her talent, but it feels like those who get big packages in recent years don’t go as far—but…yeah, her story made me cry.

This is a silly note, but there feels like such a difference when they’re behind a table versus just sitting on chairs. It’s dumb! It shouldn’t make a difference. And yet it feels way too casual without the desk. (Yes, I feel like Grandpa Simpson, shaking my fist at the cloud, thanks for asking.)

THE SIMPSONS: Absolutely perfect that the power plant has a form for all of Homer’s random exits from his job. (Yeah, they should not hire him back as often as they do.)

It actually makes a lot of sense that Frink would be Homer’s “brain”…also makes sense it would fall apart, spectacularly. A solid episode.

THE EQUALIZER: Okay, Dante going into The Sanctum actually made me gasp, because it was both a major moment and kind of unbelievable it hadn’t happened yet.

But I do love the messiness of him being so welcomed into the team—nothing like a near-death experience to bring people together—as he also has to technically separate himself from them, too, as he goes back to the NYPD. I love that Harry (and Mel) found the proof that cleared Dante’s name, but I’m a little sad we didn’t get a couple of episodes of them all working together without, technically, differing priorities. I’m intrigued to see how things go next week with him back at work.

The show is no stranger to having longer-arcing villains, but I’m so intrigued to see how a shorter season plays into the way they bring back Michelle. With her breaking out at the end, she’s instantly out there and a threat. And she knows Robyn—and Robyn knows her. What will their final showdown look like?

(Also, Dante sending Robyn flowers?! My heart.)

[For more on the episode, here’s what Tory Kittles shared.]

THE GREAT NORTH: I would absolutely die to know the notes the writers got about this episode, especially the hallucination of Beef’s, um…crotch. I truly cannot believe this is an episode that exists. (Yes, it was funny. But oh my God, how did this air on Fox?!)

Which shows did you watch last night?

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