What to Watch This Weekend: Hannibal and Mad Men's (Half-)Season Finales, Orphan Black, and HBO's The Normal Heart

By Andy Daglas

May 23, 2014

What to watch on Friday, May 23...

The shocking conclusion of this two-part miniseries about the mysteries that ensnare one French woman in the 13th century and one in the 21st. I mean, I assume it’s shocking. Honestly, neither The CW nor Wikipedia is providing much in the way of details here. Miniseries conclusions are usually shocking, right? And hey, if it’s not, couldn’t you consider the lack of shock sort of shocking? Either way I think I’m on pretty solid ground here.

8:25pm, Disney
Mickey Mouse
Minnie’s new perfume grabs a whole city by the nostrils in “Eau du Minnie.” Luckily, there’s still time for you to go out and buy one of those fancy new Smell-O-Vision TVs so you too can experience the full olfactory effect.

10pm, Syfy
A case with Dillon forces Kiera to swallow some harsh truths in “So Do Our Minutes Hasten.” Elsewhere, Julian shines a light on a corporation’s dirty dealings, And Alec faces scrutiny in the wake of Carlos’s revelation.

With the pieces of their respective plans falling into place, Will and Hannibal are each certain that they’ve got the other man in the perfect tight spot. What? No, not like that, I’m talking about manipulation. Honestly, you people. Either way, “Mizumono” is bound to reveal how Hannibal and Jack got into that knock-down drag-out in the kitchen—but will Jack walk away from it alive?

– Seth MacFarlane, Thandie Newton, and Rascal Flatts on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jon Favreau and Carrie Keagan on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, May 24...

MARATHON,11am, Reelz
Bomb Girls
All six episodes of the first season air today, and the first seven episodes of Season 2 air Sunday starting at 11am. Then on Monday, May 26 starting at 4pm, the final five episodes of Season 2 lead up to the U.S. premiere of the series-capping movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy.

MARATHON, 8pm, Starz
Da Vinci’s Demons
Ahead of next week’s finale, catch up on the previous four episodes of the season, starting with “The Rope of the Dead.”

9pm, BBC America
Orphan Black
Sarah and Helena team up to hunt for clues in “To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings,” which should make for a classic road-trip adventure but with more potential for stabbing. Elsewhere, Cosima and Delphine make a medical breakthrough, and Alison winds up alongside Vic in rehab.

10pm, BBC America
In the Flesh
The PDS “Give Back” scheme winds up pairing Kieren with ULA member Simon, in the grand tradition of mismatched buddy comedies everywhere. Meanwhile, Freddie Preston’s return from the grave is tarnished by the discovery that his wife has taken up with another man.


What to watch on Sunday, May 25...

8pm, PBS
The National Memorial Day Concert 2014
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host this commemoration of American armed forces veterans from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Megan Hilty, Dianne Wiest, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), and the National Symphony Orchestra are among those scheduled to appear.

American Dream Builders
The season comes down to two designers, who must each renovate a Ventura, CA beach home with the help of some surprise guests and the $250,000 grand prize on the line.

The Normal Heart
Mark Ruffalo stars as a writer striving to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic afflicting the gay community in 1980s New York. Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, and Taylor Kitsch also star in director Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-award winning play.

9pm, AMC
Despite Abe’s misgivings, Anna attends a hoity-toity gala thrown by British spymaster John Andre in “Challenge.” Will she unearth vital enemy intelligence, or at least get her fill of tasty canapés?

9pm, NBC
In “Collapse,” Bo’s terrifying vision spurs her and Tate into action in hopes of averting tragedy. Elsewhere, Dani gets acclimated to Orchestra and proves her mettle to Skouras.

9pm, Showtime
Nurse Jackie
Antoinette confronts Jackie about her addiction, and drops her own bombshell in the process. Meanwhile in “Rat on a Cheeto,” Coop realizes a longtime ambition, Akalitus dubs Zoey nurse of the month, and Jackie is torn after discovering drugs in Grace’s room.

9:30pm, Showtime
Rath sends Hank back to the drawing board in “Smile,” while Hank and Levon undercut the career advice Julia receives from her new boss. Elsewhere, Stu’s offer appeals to Charlie and Marcy—until Atticus’s butler comes up with a Plan B.

10pm, Showtime
Penny Dreadful
Dr. Frankenstein is haunted by his past in “Resurrection,” while Vanessa is haunted by a vision of Mina.

10pm, WGN America
“The Red Rose and the Briar” puts Alden and Cotton up close and personal with a genuine witch, and I’ll bet they immediately run away after hovering in mid-air with their legs spinning like wheels for two or three seconds. Elsewhere, Mary thinks up a way to ease the tension within the coven that may or may not involve Phyllis Diller and the Harlem Globetrotters.

10pm, Lifetime
Devious Maids
Rosie’s attempts to aid Lucinda only create more problems in “Private Lives.” Meanwhile, Genevieve butts into Valentina and Ethan’s relationship, Zolia has a date, Carmen readies for a performance, and Marisol uncovers more of Opal’s secrets.

10pm, NBC
Gibson deploys a parent on a mission that could push U.S.-China relations over the brink in “You Do Not Know War.” At FBI HQ, Dunn and Finley brief the president on their latest theories; while at the mansion, Ian discovers that the hidden passageway to the kitchen command center was in the study, which should have been pretty obvious when you think about it.

Mad Men
In “Waterloo,” Don, Peggy, Joan, and Pete strike out for new careers as a feather-haired Swedish pop act that… wait, that doesn’t sound right. Actually, we have Don and Roger each fielding worrisome communiqués, Pete clashing with Cutler, and Peggy taking a gamble that could reroute her future path. But rest assured, Bert Cooper will definitely unleash his stellar rendition of “Dancing Queen.”


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