FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 1–7)

It's June, which means the calendar has provided the year's best-rhyming excuse to go shopping for gifts, the unofficial season of Dads and Grads. Stumped on what to get your pops or your dog who just threw his cap after finishing obedience school? Well did you know that FTW vs. WTF makes for a great gift for both Dads and Grads? Dads can stuff FTW vs. WTF in their ears to drown out the sound of their evil spawn, and Grads can read it when they get sick of combing through the classified ads and begging Dad for money and scraps of food. So let's see what made us glad and what made us sad about TV this week in this special Dads n' Grads edition FTW vs. WTF!   


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of Game of ThronesFargo, Orphan Black, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 




FTW:

John Oliver rants about net neutrality—and gets results—with an internet troll battle cry


As John Oliver pointed out at the top of his full report on the topic, net neutrality can be dull to explain. But the Last Week Tonight host provided a solid survey of the issue, covering everything from corporate lobbying to the Tom Wheeler appointment ridiculousness to cable companies' double-talk about information speeds. And all that would've been swell—but then he took things to the next level by addressing the entire internet and enlisting its trolls to flood the FCC with comments about the proposed rules:

His marching orders to "do some f*cking karate" in the name of "preventing cable-company f*ckery" managed to crash the FCC's commenting system. And while it wasn't on the scale as Stephen Colbert's Super PAC takedown, the result demonstrated Oliver's possible reach and influence, and we can all be thankful for that.


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Orange Is the New Black is ready for your binge


The highly anticipated second season of Netflix's women's-prison drama dropped on Friday and if you had the superhuman ability to watch only one or two episodes, then you are stronger than we are because Season 2 was built for gorging. Stories evolve more thoroughly than they did in Season 1, making each installment better than the last. After a strong first season without much pre-air hype, OITNB didn't have the advantage of the element of surprise in Season 2, so it had to work that much harder—and it came out even better.


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Game of Thrones breaks our hearts once again... and it hurts so good


The big brawl between the Mountain and the Red Viper to prove Tyrion's innocence was one of the series' best scenes, and in keeping with Game of Thrones' flair for messing with its fans, killed off one of Season 4's best characters. With a splat and a crunch, the Mountain popped Oberyn Martell's head like an overripe zit, even after it appeared Oberyn had won. Why did you have to deliver the victory speech before you confirmed the victory, Oberyn? Only dumb villains in movies do that! Oberyn's gory demise was sickening to watch—so difficult, in fact, that we've only watched it about a thousand times. Four seasons into this show, we're still shocked by its surprising character deaths... and we're also starting to enjoy them in some sick, twisted way. 


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Silicon Valley dives into the mathematics of crowd-jerking


With the guys' TechCrunch Disrupt presentation in shambles, Erlich vowed to win the cup for Pied Piper even if it meant he'd have to manually bring every attendee to climax (a fancy way of saying "jerk them off"). But the logistics of such a feat posed a puzzle that these left-brained nerds couldn't let lie, so instead of working on a new strategy to win the competition, they fell down a rabbit hole of problem-solving to devise a scheme that would allow Erlich to handle all 800 dicks in the auditorium in just 10 minutes. It was complicated, crass, and one of the funniest things we've seen all year. 


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The new Lester Nygaard and his big decision


Halfway through "The Heap," Fargo jumped forward a year to reveal a pregnant Molly and her happy postman husband Gus, as well as a new and improved Lester Nygaard with more swagger than a man twice his size. The made-over man we saw developing before the time travel, this Lester was a ladies' man, the 2007 Insurance Salesman of the Year, and as alpha as F. He could take on anything and anyone. Except maybe one man, Lorne Malvo, who put Lester on his current path. And when Lester saw Malvo man in Vegas, he froze and reached a point of difficult decision-making: How does he approach Malvo, if he even approaches him at all? 


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Brett Gelman brings his weird to @midnight

Tim is a huge Brett Gelman (you know, Mr. K from Go On, Brett from Eagleheart) fan, and Comedy Central's nightly game show actually let the weirdo stop by on Thursday (watch the episode here). Naturally, his first gag was to get his foot stuck in a trash can and prance around the stage before shouting "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" in what we're guessing was a tribute to Chevy Chase's Gerald Ford impression. And here's how he captioned a bad engagement photo of a couple posing with unicorn: "This woman and this horse with a dick on its head has put a spell on me." All that AND the brilliant and dapper Paul F. Tompkins was one of Gelman's fellow guests, making for a rousing time all around. 


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Holy Tilda Swinton! Orphan Black's new clone is... Tony?


The show's ongoing exploration of identity reached a whole new level in "Variable and Full of Perturbation" with the introduction of transgender clone Tony. In addition to a new credit on Tatiana Maslany's resume, the character adds yet another layer to the series' complex premise, which tackles the question of who and what makes us individuals. The fact that Tony had already experienced a gender-based identity crisis meant that he took the news that he's a clone fairly well, making his debut both important and understated in the perfect way.


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Starz's Power is more electric than you'd expect


The debut of the premium cable network's new drama flew extremely under the radar and the pilot ran through a slew of familiar beats, but you know what? It was still pretty good. Omari Hardwick is really, really great as a conflicted drug dealer who's trying to go straight, and the supporting cast is full of capable, entertaining performers (well, at least until 50 Cent shows up in Episode 2). 




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Sing Your Face Off: The gimmick that keeps on giving (whether you want it to or not)

This ABC reality show quietly debuted last Saturday night (a summer reality show on a Saturday night? Yikes!) and the premise sounds like something cooked up during a 3am Jaegermeister binge: semi-celebrities (including Jon Lovitz, Sebastian Bach, and NBA player Landry Fields) are transformed into music icons (including Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, and Rihanna) and then they sing a song (that's Jon Lovitz as Sir Elton John in the pic). The makeup, wardrobe, and celebrities' efforts are all impressive, but if you want to see a show pass its expiration date about 10 minutes into its run, give Sing Your Face Off .a shot. Why is John Barrowman hosting this garbage?


FTWTF:

Halt and Catch Fire doesn't catch on


Something fishy is going on with AMC's new period piece. The network gave the computer-revolution drama a gimmicky pre-launch preview on Tumblr, and the result was a mere 1.2 million audience stat for the first episode. On top of that, AMC only screened one episode for critics, leaving us mostly in the dark about the potential quality of the series. The pilot was solid with a few frustrating parts, and reviews were mostly positive. So what gives, AMC? Do you not want people to watch this show or what?


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Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wives Big Brother is going HD


It's kind of nuts that the long-running CBS reality series hasn't ever been presented in definition before now, but when you start to think about all the gross things that happen in that house, it starts to make sense. Are we sure the world is ready for full-blown HD shots of insane, bored houseguests?




WTF:

Adam Scott and Alison Brie's Smirnoff ads


Individually, the three things that make up Smirnoff's new ad campaign are pretty great: Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott, Community's Alison Brie, and alcohol (though admittedly we're more fond of bourbon around these parts). But together, they're like a tall glass of warm vodka and soy sauce. This campaign has been running for a while now, but it's started to grate on us so much that we just couldn't not mention it. Alison Brie's doe-eyed ditz is a sad low for one of television's rising stars, but it's Adam Scott as a smug expert on moderately priced vodka that's the biggest drag. Get over yourself, Smirnoff!


WTF:

Louie gets handsy—too handsy—with Pamela


Louis C.K. loves to make us feel uncomfortable, and usually he pulls it off to great effect. But "Pamela Pt. 1" featured what was pretty clearly sexual assault when Louie physically grabbed his friend (and on-again-off-again crush) and held her against her will in a sequence that was obviously meant to be scary. C.K. is smart enough not to do this sort of thing just for shock value, and we'd bet a dollar that as this arc continues, the payoff will soften the blow. But right now? We're like, "What the F was that, Louie?" 


WTF:

Penny Dreadful gets drunk, goes to the theater


It wasn't terrible or AHEM dreadful (sorry, that was terrible and dreadful), but the fourth episode of Showtime's supernatural mash-up must've forgetten to take its Ritalin or something, because it sure lacked focus. Ethan downing absinthe was a predictable montage of nonsensical imagery and the long monster play was just that: long. Oddly enough, it feels like the show has lost its human angle with Proteus's death.


WTF:

Comedy Bang! Bang!'s "series finale" disappoints

We LOVE Comedy Bang! Bang! and were super excited for this week's episode, which was presented as the series finale from the future. But sadly, it squandered its potential. The addition of Jenny Lewis (meow!) as the pregnant bandleader replacement for Reggie was nice, but the episode didn't do much else with what should've been a fantastic premise; only Zach Galifianakis's face saved it from being a major flop. 


WTF:

24 needs to get its moles checked


Hey, it's not a season of 24—not even a shorter "event" season, of 24—without an out-of-the-blue reveal regarding a MOLE in some government agency. Six episodes into Live Another Day, the show simply couldn't hold back any longer, giving us the all-too-familiar twist that Benjamin Bratt's Navarro is, almost inexplicably, a mole. 24, everybody!


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The Season 2 finale of Inside Amy Schumer? The season premieres or Longmire and Mistresses? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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WTF--and it's still a big one. I'm not lazy and I'm very good with computers, but it still really annoys me to find that going to your site is a hassle. I get this ominous warning each time that TV.coms not a good place to go because your certificate is crap. I thought you people were in the big leagues, and were above this kind of junk, but I guess not, so I'm living with it--Bushers.
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I love TV.com's bitching about Penny Dreadful especially when they were more than okay with a show like Helix. Bring it on!
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I don't want to watch a drama show about some pass computer-revolution! I want to see one reality show of one BRAND new computer-revolution!!
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Sing Your Face Off sounds like Stars in their Eyes...
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WTF/FTW: Oberyn.

WTF: Tony.

Am I the only one who hated the new clone? They should never have tried this for the same reason that they shouldn't introduce a clone that isn't the same age as the others: They can never make it look right. Tony looked like an attractive young woman with some pubes glued to her face, and a sock and a sausage in her underpants.
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i have to agree. She's an awesome actress, but that make-up was awful. Male hormones change so much: fat distribution, muscle development and even bone density changes that can't be mimicked with a little face scruff and trying to talk a little lower. That character just doesn't work for me.
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Yeah... you make that sound like european porn :)
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Knowing 24, we should have a mole that has a relation with the antagonist, so Margot El Harazi. That is not Navarro. What his plot is with Katé's husband I don't know, but it is a distraction from the real mole we haven't seen yet. My money is on the lady supporting the UK prime minister.
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First I think Navarro (24) has nothing to do with the drones, but with Morgan's husband betrayal And second... I can´t get over Oberyn's dead :'(
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Also, WTF to Boondocks for their last two episodes which have been their worst yet. Aaron Mcgruder is probably rolling over watching these poorly written, asinine, offensive pieces of work he used to be able to proudly call his own. Like if Huey's Christmas play in Season 1 went on without his "vision," the show's direction is lost without Mcgruder's guiding voice and the show has turned to a mess.

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WTF to Louie indeed. It was a misstep of grand proportions and incredibly mishandled if he ever wanted to make a point with it, whatever that could be. I'm all for people making harmless and sometimes not-so-harmless mistakes, but to try to write off something so harmful and hurtful as rape or someone who deliberately degrades another person or something that truly and deliberately harms another as "oh, whoops...shouldn't have done that" as something that isn't harmful for the character we are supposed to sympathize with and root for is where I say enough is enough.
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I'm sorry, but I think Louie is full of shit most of the time. Sure, he has moments of brilliance, but not all of it works, like this one doesn't.
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The show's definitely hit-or-miss and is much better than Season 1. This season's been interesting at least, but that scene just left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and showed the worst side of him, especially considering that last season's finale was genius (if you haven't seen it, I would).
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OMG I cant imagine the head of the CIA being a frigging mole. @4 has just blown my mind again. I though for sure the computer guy was the mole he has access is computer savvy and is in love with our pretty agent. I bet its a super secret group he's reporting to and this is just to throw us off. It was too easy a reveal and 24, oh just doesn't ever do easy!
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Binge watched all 13 new episodes of Orange Is The New Black. I know no restraint.
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WTF: 24 was so watchable so far and then....
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I agree. I didn't watch the last season of 24 because it seemed that when the plot started to falter, they would always come up with a "mole". When I started watching this season, I promised myself that at the first mention of a mole in the CIA, I was done.

I am done.
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FTW: I find it amazing, that in June of all places, There's so much good stuff to chomp on while we wait for summer to get into full swing with more Annie Walker and Mike Ross coming soon to a TV near me. As the networks begin to crumble before the mighty cable onslaught, we the viewers are the real winners here, because summer's no longer TV's dead zone. And besides, the networks still have much to offer, despite all the turkeys about. I enjoyed the pilot for Halt and Catch fire, but if it doesn't catch fire I will only be slightly miffed because of all the treasures yet to behold. And then there's the anticipation of the long awaited Under the Dumb on the very cusp of the horizon, and Steve's writing the first episode his own self--how bad could it be? We are rich beyond our wildest dreams people, and have much to keep us busy these days, so don't halt, but enjoy the summer. I know I will.
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FTW: Arya's amazing laugh in Game of Thrones and Congratulations The Hound, it's a girl (you're going to be a terrific Dad, no one has ever made her laugh but you!)

FTW/WTF: I have a confession to make, I close my eyes whenever the Mountains kills Oberyn, that being said it was one, if not THE, greatest fight sequence I've ever seen. Farewell my Viper, may you join Khal Drogo and Ned Stark in the most awesome corner of Westerosi afterlife.

FTW: They didn't kill Suzie Costello! Ellaria is alive, alive! First time for an Indira Verma character!!!
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Agree with @stanking, You act as if all of us males are bad apples. If you really think so, I feel for you and hope you can get some therapy so you will learn there are a lot of males who are really nice.
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Your interpretation needs therapy.
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LOL!!!!!!!
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Yes it's exactly like that! 1in 6 people are sacrificed to slender man. You might want to rethink that comparison.
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Game of Thrones' the Mountain vs. the Red Viper should lead the FTW and the WTF list!
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Oh, yeah, 24 did the thing I feared the most: the mole thing, for the nth time! I had some hope for its return, now I'm not so sure... Governmental agencies must be the most insecure places to work ever!
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I was in shock with GofT. I really was. Even my body was pumped with adrenaline. I agree: after 4 seasons it death still sneaks up to suprise us in the most grossome way. And we love it...
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FTW/WTF BBC America Intruder teasers

My reactions to the intruders teasers
#1 hmm interesting
#2 ????
#3 intriguing
#4 Holy F**k I want to see that.
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wow, first I've seen this,loved Simm in life on mars, not so much as the master on Doctor Who.
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He's also great in State of Play
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Original U.K. State of Play is so good. All the thumbs-ups.
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FTW Holy smokes Orphan Black and that's all Ill say
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That scene from Louie was really uncomfortable to watch, especially because Louis is known for championing equality and gender rights. Hopefully he will make it right in upcoming episodes.
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I think the intention behind the scene wasn't to champion Louie's thought process in that moment as much as to reprimand him for the way he's chosen to interact with Pamela, especially right after Amia's departure. It's as if Louie has felt the desire to regress in the face of this change. I hope the next episode calls him out on this a bit more.
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Because shows have to stay PC all the time? Grow up!
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I do not suggest that shows have to stay PC all the time. In fact, I like shows that are politically incorrect or otherwise deal with difficult topics. But it doesn't mean that I wouldn't feel uncomfortable every now and then. And sexual assault and harassment are certainly issues that I do not take lightly, so I do care about how they are portrayed in TV shows.
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The term you used was "make it right"
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Yeah, as in not just leaving that scene unexplained. I would expect rapey behaviour from many characters on TV, and just accept it as part of fictional stories. But Louie's story lines are inspired more or less by Louis' life, his thoughts about the world, he likes to include moments or realization for the character of Louie, and he is in total control of the scripts. That scene was there because he wanted it to be, not because someone else told him to have it there. And since Louis is a socially aware guy and tries to highlight issues both in his stand-up comedy and on this show (like e.g. "Fat Girls speech a few episodes ago), I would expect him not to completely brush off this scene between Louie and Pamela, but to address it in some shape or form in the future. That's what I meant with "making it right", to somehow try to deal with what happened in the way Louis often does on his show.
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I'm seriously tired of hearing all this whining about Proteus' death on Penny Dreadful. If you were honestly that naive to think that character would live, being that he was so happy and friendly and this show is called Penny Dreadful, you should never have been watching in the first place. This is not going to be a happy show. Penny Dreadful(s) were horror/murder/thrillers and the point of them was not to leave their audience cheerful and exuberant. I really do not think adding the show to the WTF column for an overall opinion of one episode being slow, lagging, etc is useful at all. Perhaps if there was something shocking, horrible, or severely wrong with the episode (which other than it continuing the slow pace/ character buildup by letting us watch the characters reacting/interacting with the world) I could understand adding it to the WTF column. Sorry about this rant, but this is like the 3rd time I've seen the complaint about Proteus, and I think it's time they either just stop watching and write some Proteus fanfiction, or just get over it. I personally love that it's not following the standards of 'here's some mythology, here's some exposition, here's a phone conversation moving the plot along, here's some macguffin to keep you interested, here's some other deus ex machina to fill in plot holes, etc) I like that after each episode I know the general direction the show is headed, and have more insight into the plot/mythology behind the show, but that it takes the time to show us different aspects of the characters personality and how they relate to their world. I thought even as slow as the episode was it was nice seeing the characters take the time to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, and it gave us a look at the madness that Ethan seems to be living with.
rant over ^-^
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Agreed. I personally am sad about Proteus but it happened and I moved on because the show is entertaining!
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well said!
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I haven't heard a lot of whining about Penny Dreadful. But then there's not much talk about the show, period. It's really a small blip on most people's radars.
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agreed. I don't know why the writer chose to put it on the WTF section when in fact it was a solid episode for me. I know I like Proteus but Caliban is much more interesting as a character.
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Totally agreed - I was already bored of Protheus' wide eyed marvelling at the world after 5 minutes... Sure he was cute and sweet but the actual monster is a much more interesting character even if he is a bit of an a-hole
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FTW: The Mountain killing Oberyn
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"[...] Oberyn Martell's head like an overripe zit, even after it appeared Oberyn had one"
Oh my god, for a second I thought you were saying that Oberyn had an overripe zit! :D
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Better to die zit free than to live an eternity with blemished skin.
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Truth! But, we've fixed the mistake and gouged out the eyes of the editor who didn't catch it. R.I.P. Jen
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FTW as an Australian John Oliver's take down of our incompetent Prime Minister Tony Abbott was nothing short of sensational :)
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Though much of the attention on Game of Thrones was the battle between The Red Viper and The Mountain (and rightly so), I must say I really liked the scene before that with the conversation between Tyrion and Jaime Lannister, talking about their cousin Orson and his bug smashing (Kuuh! Kuuh! Kuuh! Kuuh!). Much like their cousin Orson smashing the bugs, so too are men by their god(s) in GoT.
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So glad to have Longmire back! This is another quality show that seems to go unnoticed by so many.
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tv.com has too muhc hatred for Penny Dreadful, the show is entertaining and interesting. Can't wait for what I believe will be further reveals of its characters.
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On the GOT description, y'all worded it to sound like Obeyron actually had a zit...Should be "won" instead of "one". Or maybe he actually had a zit, I don't know.
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I like those Smirnoff ads and Alison Brie is a huge part of that!
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Just looking at Alison Brie is a huge FTW. :D Could care less about the ad or acting, haha. Never saw those on TV anyway.
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I made this jump as well but I was as wrong as you are. We have no idea who Navarro was talking to but all we found out is he is in on the plan to frame Adam Morgan for being the mole. We have no idea why or if he is covering for himself or someone else. For all we know, it was simply to get Adam busted and out of the way.

It is easy to make the jump and say he is just covering for himself. But actually knowing how this show works, I'd say it is misdirection and we find Navarro isn't the bad guy but acting on someone's orders higher up (the Chief of Staff possibly?).
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Orphan Black was just wow!
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FTW: Orange Is the New Black is back and better than ever!
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I liked the Smirnoff commercials. Brie was hilarious.
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I could watch her "sweep the leg" all day.
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YES. The Brett Gelman shoutout. This episode was so insanely good that Comedy Central uploaded the unedited episode - 35 minutes instead of the usual 20 - on their website.
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