What to Watch Tonight: Community's Puppet Episode, an "Unthinkable" Event on Glee, and the Season Finales of Archer, Legit, and Go On

By Andy Daglas

Apr 11, 2013


What to watch on Thursday, April 11...


8pm, NBC
Community
It’s the puppet episode. I mean, yeah I could tell you how “Intro to Felt Surrogacy” is about the study group going on a hot air balloon ride, crashing in the woods, and winding up in the company of guest-star Jason Alexander. But really, all you need to know is, this is the episode where all the characters are played by puppets. Adjust your expectations accordingly.


8:30pm, NBC
Parks and Recreation
The titular department in “Animal Control” needs a revamp, Ron needs medical attention, and Sweetums’ new charity foundation needs donors. Can Leslie, Ann, and the trio of Ben, Tom, and Andy solve these respective conundrums? More importantly, which plan will Jerry somehow botch the worst? DAMMIT, Jerry.


9pm, FOX
Glee
Regionals are looming for the New Directions in “Shooting Star,” but their perspectives are shaken when McKinley High witnesses an “unthinkable event.” Studies have shown that the only event that qualifies as unthinkable in a Ryan Murphy universe is someone demonstrating subtlety, but I am not prepared to believe that such a thing is truly in our future.


SEASON 1 FINALE, 9:30pm, NBC
Go On
“Urn-ed Run” sounds the buzzer on Go On's freshman season with Mr. K and Anne trying to help Ryan move forward by devising a plan for his wife’s ashes. Meanwhile, discontent with their sessions leads the group to turn on Laura, unless Yolanda and Sonia can save her bacon (spoiler alert: they probably cannot, because they live in a sitcom).


10pm, TBS
Men at Work
Milo is harassed by a homeless fellow in “Will Work for Milo,” a title whose glib construction masks a wide range of disturbing possible interpretations, from indentured servitude to cannibalism. Elsewhere, Gibbs leverages a found pair of glasses into a classy new personality, and Tyler baits a new customer by faking a job.


SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, History
Chasing Tail
A group of hunters patrols the tony Connecticut suburbs, ridding the white-bread utopia’s sprawling estates of their most fiendish and invasive nemesis: deer. I am struggling to think of anything else to add here that won’t get me A) sued, B) shot, or C) both, so let’s just move on to FX’s finales, shall we? Lets.


SEASON 4 FINALE, 10pm FX
Archer
It’s ISIS vs. SeaLab and Jon Hamm’s megalomaniacal Capt. Murphy as “Sea Tunt: Part II” caps off the fourth season. Worlds will collide! Old footage will be repurposed! Residual highs from 2am at some dude’s apartment in college a decade ago will be triggered!


SEASON 1 FINALE, 10:30pm, FX
Legit
Continuity alert! The prostitute whose services Jim procured for Billy in the series' first episode returns, and as the title “Fatherhood” should indicate, she’s preggers as all get-out. Janice is taken aback by her maybe-future-grandchild, but Billy is inspired to contemplate the familial possibilities.


LATE-NITE:
– Charlie Sheen, Tony Hale, and Dropkick Murphys on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Avril Lavigne on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Edie Falco on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Legal scholar Cass Sunstein on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– LL Cool J, Andy Cohen, and Tegan and Sara on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Tom Cruise, Ke$ha, and Paramore on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Vince Vaughn, Amy Schumer, Joshua Topolsky, and Major Lazer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Carl Reiner and Anna Chlumsky on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:52am, CBS



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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  • FringeFanatic Apr 23, 2013

    VARYS:

    Speaking of enigmas, Lord Varys ( he of many webs) just might be the greatest one of all. Even with this episodes revelation of how he was "cut", we don't know much about the eunuch, and what we do know is shrouded in mystery.

    What IS his game? Whom DOES he serve? We know he has no love for Littlefinger or magical folk. And some of you may have forgotten, but his webs do indeed span the globe.

    Here's a look back on some awesome (and telling) quotes by the Spider:

    Varys: “The wolf and the lion will be at each other’s throats. We will be at war soon, my friend.”
    Illyrio Mopatis: “What good is war now? We are not ready. We need time. Khal Drogo will not make his move until his son is born.”
    Varys: “Delay, you say. Move fast, I reply. This is no longer a game for two players.”

    (A snippet of conversation heard by Arya while trying to catch a cat under the Red Keep in the first season.)

    What should we construe from that conversation? As some of you may know, Illyrio Mopatis is a wealthy and powerful Magister (Merchant) in the Free City of Pentos. But more importantly, for a time he served as custodian of the exiled Targaryens and (from what we know on the TV show) now seeks to return them to the Iron Throne.

    Does this mean Varys is playing the very, VERY long game to supplant Joffrey with Dany?

    Well, not so fast. Last season Tyrion eventually tired of the riddles and wordplay and asked Varys outright "What do you want?" Varys responded "If we're going to play, you'll have to start." After some clever exposition by Tyrion, Varys finally opened up and told him about Dany and her three dragons saying "it'll be years before they are fully grown and then there will be nowhere to hide." Varys appeared to be fearful of what the dragons could mean for the realm, further muddying where his loyalties lie.

    Further confusing matters is late in Season 1, Varys seemed to be the one in contact with his “little birds” across the Narrow Sea following Daenerys. Most likely he is the one who set up the wine salesman with the poison wine in order to kill Daenerys. It was also Varys who sent Ser Jorah Mormont, currently protecting Daenerys, the letter stating his pardon for his crimes and the ability to return to Westeros upon Daenerys’ death. What we don’t know is what else the letter stated. Perhaps something to change Jorah Mormont’s mind?

    Varys is a master of the game. But just what game is he playing? Is he saying one thing but really thinking another? Making moves to throw off the other players or purposely moving them into positions he or maybe they want. Does he serve himself or is there someone else? If he does serve Master Illyrio then why does he seemingly work against bringing Daenerys back or is that all show for the other players? Or as he explained to Ned Stark in answering his poignant question “Who do you truly serve?”, Varys replied “The realm, my lord. Someone must.” Is Varys this noble character truly serving the people of the realm?

    One constant of his character that must be observed is his abhorrence towards the abuse of power. He does not want Stannis on the throne because he serves a magical deity. He does not want Littlefinger to climb ever higher, because he recognizes the terrible cunning he possesses, and is wary of what a man like that would do with an army at his disposal. And as I iterated above, we don't know if he's working FOR or AGAINST getting a Targaryen back on the Iron Throne. What we do know, without a shadow of a doubt, is that he is no pawn in this game of thrones.

    "The storms come and go, the waves crash overhead, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling".

    - Varys to Tyrion

    JAIME/BRIENNE:

    Jaime Lannister is a man who has fallen from grace. Hell, grace kicked him out, scattered his possessions to the wind, and won't even return his phone calls at the moment. He is finally experiencing the harsh side of Westeros, and slowly realizing that all the gold and strength of Casterly Rock counts for nothing in the mud and muck of the world. Such is the sadly state of the once mighty Kingslayer. But thanks to a tactically misogynistic pep talk from Brienne, Jaime isn't checking out of the game just yet.

    And a bloody good thing, too! The eldest of Tywin's sons is my second favourite character in the books, and this is not an uncommon thing amongst ASoIaF readers. So I understand why Tim felt the need to defend Jaime in his review.

    BUT

    I also would understand if many show-only people (showies for short) still hate the guy. He loves Cersei, which is totally gross. Not because she's his sister (which yeah, okay, yuck), but because Cersei is just straight-up vile. And that whole pushing a 10-year-old kid out a window thing wasn't his finest moment. He was introduced to us as a villainous, incestuous kid- killer, and that's not the easiest characterization to come back from.

    Jaime Lannister, in this GoT fans opinion, was (key word "was") the best swordsman on the continent. He defined himself with his fighting prowess. And was content to allow others to define him however they damn well pleased. But contrary to his own opinion, he WAS and is more than just his sword hand. He was cocky, brash, bold and cleverer than most would think. He saw the world as it was, in all its ugliness and hypocrisy. His way of life was shedding the blood of others, but it can never be said that he was a cruel man. To summarize, he is as complex and enigmatic as they come.

    The question now is how will he respond to losing the very thing that crafted his character. He tried to kill a boy for love and saved Brienne from rape and possibly death. Who is Jaime Lannister? Who is he really? Well, dear showies, you're about to find out.

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    Go On????? You have to be kidding...

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