What to Watch Tonight: Robin Sparkles on HIMYM, Senator Bracken's Return on Castle, and the Series Premiere of Monday Mornings
What to watch on Monday, February 4...
How I Met Your Mother
“P.S. I Love You” gives new meaning to the word “Canadastravaganza” when Barney uncovers a Behind the Music-esque profile of the rise and fall of Robin Sparkles. Stuffed into this 22-minute outing like the filling in a Tim Horton’s bear claw are notable Canadian personages Alan Thicke, Jason Priestley, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang, Steven Page, Geddy Lee, Luc Robitaille, and Dave Thomas, along with honorary Ottawan James Van Der Beek returning as Robin’s ex, Simon.
A scientist developing clean energy technology is murdered, and Kiera suspects Liber8’s handiwork. Elsewhere in “Matter of Time,” Liber8 head honcho Kagame mysteriously arrives in the present day, while Kellog strikes it rich on the stock market.
8pm, ABC Family
Switched at Birth
Kathryn volunteers to work at Carlton in order to cozy up to Bay, and Daphne experiences discomfort around Travis. In other news, this installment’s marvelously baroque title, “The Acquired Inability to Escape,” is setting an early high bar for my favorite TV episode title of the week.
SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 8:30pm, CBS
Rules of Engagement
As the old adage goes, the only things you can count on in life are death, taxes, and Rules of Engagement returning to plug a hole in CBS’s midseason lineup. “Liz Moves In” finds Liz wearing out her welcome as a houseguest of Jeff and Audrey’s, while Adam and Timmy forge a ping-pong partnership.
“The origin of Hardy and Carroll’s relationship is revealed,” according to the episode summary for “The Poet’s Fire.” I’ll bet they were both minor league ballplayers scraping by on nothing but a dream and a love of the game, and they bonded on the rundown team bus between Kenosha and the Quad Cities, but then Carroll was all, “Hey bro, you ever kill anyone and then read some poetry about it? It ROCKS!” and Hardy was all, “WTF dude?! You read poetry?!” And that was the beginning of the end...
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, TBS
Based on a novel by co-executive producer Sanjay Gupta, David E. Kelley’s latest foray into a world of dedicated and quirk-bedazzled professionals centers on a fictional Portland, Ore. hospital. Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Alfred Molina, and Ving Rhames lead the cast.
Mia’s debutante ball ends in disarray when the mind-boggling truth about her mother comes out in “Why Wait.” Meanwhile, Joanna puts her relationship with Will on hold so she can hurry up and start solving Vivian’s murder, since that’s why the good people at the National Broadcasting Company have seen fit to give her a television program in the first place.
Sinister Senator William H. Bracken is back in Castle and Beckett’s sights after they uncover links to his involvement in a woman’s murder. Can the detective duo bring the pernicious politician to justice? Why am I talking like the narrator from the Adam West Batman? Find out in “Recoil”—same Castle-time, same Castle-channel!
The series goes back to its roots with “Hookman,” a remake of an Emmy-winning 1973 episode of Original Recipe Hawaii Five-0. Guest-star and director Peter Weller plays a maimed man who blames some cops—including McGarrett’s father—for the loss of both his hands, and now is out for revenge. Max Weinberg, of Conan and E Street Band fame, also guest-stars... though, really, if you’re gonna have a drummer appear on an episode about an amputee, how do you not call Def Leppard’s Rick Allen? Who dropped that ball?
– William H. Macy, Harland Williams, and Vintage Trouble on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Guest host Dave Grohl on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Justice Sonia Sotomayor on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Bolton on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Gov. Chris Christie and Elvis tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Melissa McCarthy, Mark Duplass, and Anita Baker on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Russell Brand, Katharine McPhee, and Jim James on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Zooey Deschanel and Adhir Kalyan on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?
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