FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (October 28)

By TV.com Staff

Oct 28, 2012

Geez, has another week gone by already? Well, let's talk about some of the awesome and not-so-awesome TV that aired during it, then!


FTW



Rebekah channels her inner mean girl on The Vampire Diaries


We've long enjoyed Claire Holt's performance as Rebekah, the world's oldest teenage girl, but this week saw her in straight-up mean girl mode, terrorizing Elena every chance she got. And in case you're wondering, THIS is the meanest thing one vampire can do to another:



Maggie's farewell speech on The Walking Dead


In "Sick," week Maggie bid adieu to her father Hershel... before he ended up recovering. But for those few painful, tear-soaked minutes, actress Lauren Cohan took Maggie from a supporting character to a lead with seemingly minimal effort and maximum impact. As fun as The Walking Dead's high-intensity zombie sequences can be, at least some of us still enjoy its slower and quieter moments. This tear jerker of a scene was no exception.



American Horror Story: Asylum gelled into a focused hour of must-watch TV


We had some misgivings about the premiere episode of American Horror Story's second season—too many characters, too much editing, too few reasons to become invested—but in week two those doubts fell by the wayside with an episode that was tight, clever, and compelling. Credit where credit's due: Despite its sprawling ambition and seemingly haphazard story elements, American Horror Story knew what it was doing all along. ALSO:



A very Sunny Halloween


How does the Paddy's Pub crew incorporate zombies into It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? With a McPoyle wedding and milk spiked with bath salts. The decaying meatbags from The Walking Dead have nothing on these tripping inbred yokels.



Last Resort puts it all together


Episode 5 was Homicide's Frank Pembleton versus The Shield's Dutch as Andre Braugher and guest-star Jay Karnes went at each other during some tense negotiations in an outstanding hour of television. If the struggling ABC thriller can maintain this level of quality, we're looking at the next great show to get canceled well before its time.



The Battle Rounds have come to an end on The Voice


THEY'RE OVER. THEY'RE FINALLY OVER. Battle Rounds wrapped up on Tuesday, which means we finally get to the live stuff... wait, what do you mean we still have to do the Knockout Rounds? What the hell are those? Two members of the same team face off for their mentor's favor? But that sounds like the Battle Rounds! And they aren't live either?

Well, at least we're moving forward in theory, and that's a good thing.



We're reunited with Happy Endings and it feels so a-mah-zing


We missed those friendos.



Timothy Olyphant as Wesley-san on The League


His white sushi chef character from O-ma-ha, Nebraska was awesome, bro. Hai!



Law & Order: SVU hits a milestone


Three hundred episodes! Here's to another three hundred more.



New Girl's Soviet cracker commercial


And also pretty much everything involving Cece's roommate Nadia.



WTF



Tyler's "dental work" on The Vampire Diaries


We understand that television is not real, but that doesn't mean we need to see things like this:



New Girl's mid-episode Ford Fusion commercial


And the award for Most Obnoxious Product Placement goes to...


Well, turns out there wasn't much we didn't like this week. What's on *your* list of TV loves and hates?

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  • vicbjones Oct 31, 2012

    FTW: The Supernatural episode "Bitten." Rigsby's father telling him he was proud of him without actually saying so and his death scene on The Mentalist.

    WTF: The cancellation of Animal Practice (only NBC show I was watching). The reaction of some Supernatural fans to "Bitten" (e.g., shouting in all caps how it wasn't a Supernatural episode and how people who didn't want to see Sam and Dean could any number of other shows). Another Greg-centric CSI: episode focusing on Greg's obsession with old-time mobsters, with too few suspects to make the killer much of a surprise. There are Nick-centric episodes that are arguably great; why is it so difficult to write a good Greg episode? Maybe some characters second-stringers no matter how long they've been on show.

  • LydiaWilson1 Oct 30, 2012

    I'm in favour of product placement - if it keeps shows on the air with all the DVRing then I'm all for it - it's much better to incorporate as a joke than to have close up shots of people answering phones and checking their range.

  • whatsername24 Oct 30, 2012

    I agree, as an Australian who illegally downloads as we dont get most shows her, I support them as a way that TV can keep getting made for different formats.

  • JT_Kirk Oct 30, 2012

    It's Always Sunny was amazing, probably the best episode in 2 seasons, since Chardee MacDennis.

    SVU was ok, better than a lot of recent episodes.

  • sduvoisin Oct 30, 2012

    Law & Order SVU: - 300 is enough. Time to shut that puppy down.



    Happy Endings is great! Glad to have it back. Also happy to have Don't Trust the B** back!

  • hockeyrick Oct 30, 2012

    The league gets no love and is one of the best comedies on TV

  • Cortexifan Oct 29, 2012

    FTW: Fringe rocked it again!



    not really a WTF but sad about Etta

  • TeddyBearZA Oct 29, 2012

    Product placement = UGH! I use to love Pawn Stars till they killed it with Subway product placement, don't watch it anymore. Chuck was also ruined by Subway.

  • soapieaddict23 Oct 29, 2012

    WTF should be Last Resort not getting many viewers. It's my favourite new show. So sad that it seems like a one-and-done show. Hope the writers manage to tie it up.

  • PeterGellar Oct 30, 2012

    i don't understand why last resort is not doing better it's a great show and could kick homelands ass anyday . all homeland does is end me to sleep so i say to all who try last resort and stop watching give another try it's worth it

  • bicelis Oct 29, 2012

    Biggest WTF: Etta

  • SokkaAppa Oct 29, 2012

    I agree with TrueTvWatcher. The product placement was not that bad at all! It seems, for you guys any product placement is bad! Chill out. It was a very funny scene.

  • bicelis Oct 29, 2012

    To be fair, TV.Com once did a special feature about product placements and how they should be done. They did point out the good ones.

    However, I do agree that in New Girl it was very good placement. The scene was so funny I actually didn't realize that was product placement until almost the end of the scene and I thought "Oh, this is product placement.. Well, it's nice they are doing this in a funny way".

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