the telethon runner

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TWD: Twice as far

I think I belong in the minority that actually loved this episode, despite its shortcomings. Although decidedly slower than we’ve been used to lately, it lacked neither action nor character development, and had a couple of interesting twists to boot.

I think I appreciate it even more because comic book fans were left in the dark this week as much as we were, both in terms of this new Carol development and Denise being the one receiving the fateful arrow to the head.

So much to talk about so let’s get to it:

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The Top Chef top10 celebrate Ten Years of TC (how’s that for a tongue twister?)

We’re down to the top 10 this week, and after a few weeks of “TC Roadshow” our chefs are headed back to Los Angeles to cook in the Top Chef kitchen once again. Everyone’s upset about Wesley’s elimination and Karen is over the moon about her win, but it’s a new day, which means new – harder – challenges are up ahead.

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Top Chef: Palm Springs, solar cooking, golf courses and overcooked corn

Another week, another location for the Top Chef contestants. This time they’re off to cook in Palm Springs – or, as Jason puts it, the Gay Mecca: lots of gays, lots of old people, apparently. I’m really taking a liking to Jason – his discomfort at being surrounded by the macho-group of chefs in the hot tub was adorable.

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The Leftovers: I Live Here Now

Wow. Just wow. I had kept my expectations pretty low for the season finale since last week’s episode, but boy did this one exceed them by a mile. Every other show on TV, take note: this is how you do a finale. 

Not only is this a pretty near perfect capper for this season, but it could have been the actual series finale and I wouldn’t have minded the unanswered questions one bit; I would just let it go and go on to declare this one of the top five shows on television in recent years, hands down.

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The Affair: now we’re getting somewhere!

This one was a pleasant surprise, for two reasons: for one thing, it was a solid episode. For another, I thought this would be the season finale, seeing as there were only 10 episodes to the first season, but apparently not: we’re getting an extra couple of eps for season two, and I, for one, am not complaining!

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The Affair recap: Noah is such a dick.

Just when you think Noah Solloway can’t get any more despicable, there he goes and acts like a major douche once again.

The penultimate episode of this season of The Affair follows Noah, Alison, Helen and Cole during a nasty storm, but that’s the least of our characters’ problems.

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The Leftovers: Ten Thirteen

Well, I guess it serves me right. After my weekend ode to The Leftovers, and just one week away from the big season 2 finale, we got an episode that just fell short.

Until the last few seconds, I found myself mostly bored. Don’t get me wrong: Liv Tyler’s performance was wonderful, the cinematography (and the soundtrack!) was phenomenal as always, and we did get some answers to our questions concerning the Guilty Remnants’ present status and operation, as well as a sort-of explanation for Meg and Tom’s run-in a few episodes back… but all the while, I kept wondering what’s going on with Kevin and the rest of the Garvey family. Meg isn’t that intriguing a character for me, I guess.

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Grey’s Anatomy: most awkward dinner party ever?

I guess we’re done with the more cheerful episodes now? Five whole episodes, must be some kind of Shondaland record!

Guess who’s coming to dinner picks up right where we left off last week: Callie and her new girlfriend Penny arrive at Meredith’s, she answers the door… and it’s a shock to the system.

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Bones: the Carpals in the Coy-Wolves

Is it just me or does the alliteration motif in the episode titles seem a little forced as of late? Not that I blame them, really – it’s been eleven seasons!

Anyhoo, another day, another gruesome murder for our team to investigate. It’s also the day Brennan decides to kill off a beloved character in her new book: Agent Andy, based on Booth, is shot through the chest. Booth’s not taking it very well, and doesn’t seem like he’s going to let it go any time soon regardless of how much Brennan keeps reassuring him, in her usual ever-rational manner. Agent Aubrey’s teasing isn’t much help, either.

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