FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 1)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the television capital of the world, Los Angeles, California. SoCal is currently in the midst of a weather catastrophe: pouring rain. We've heard reports that the downpour has caused the cancellation of at least seven Botox injection appointments, left the fate of four Oscar parties in limbo, and soaked the interior of one white VW Cabriolet convertible. If you'd like to donate to the cause to make L.A. dry and sunny again, send cash contributions to Tim Surette at TV.com and he'll make sure they're put to good use. Or we could all just tell L.A. to get over itself and suck it up. Also, here's what we liked and didn't like about television this week—share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!



FTW:

Russia closes out the Olympics with a joke

The Sochi Closing Ceremonies winked at the instantly-globally-derided Olymipic-ring malfunction from the Opening Ceremonies with a cheeky, human-powered replay. What yuksters! (However, please let us never speak of those stolen-from-a-Chuck E. Cheese mascots ever again.)


FTW:

The Americans hits the ground running


Wednesday's highly-anticipated Season 2 premiere fell right back into the swing of things like a perfectly executed dead-drop, stealthily offering everything we hope for in a great episode of the '80s-set spy drama: tense missions, marital strife, wigs, old technology, a high body count, ruthless emotion, and a sex scene that shocked us just as much as it did Paige. The Jennings are that rare TV family with believably naive children, so the fact that Paige and Henry are also part of this season's collection of threats means there are fascinating, difficult times ahead. Also, John Carroll Lynch dropped by to carry out an op at an amusement park, so maybe Communism isn't all bad. Also, 69, dude!


FTW:

Suburgatory joins the cult of Mae Whitman


The Arrested Development and Parenthood actress stopped by Chatswin this and brought all her "musical nomad" pals—you know, Carol, Tommy, Lonnie, Dami, Nonnie, Connie, Bahami, Mikey, Likey, Tikey, Psyche, Moop, Meep, Nimmy, Dimmy, and Luke—providing Tessa with a much-needed respite from the terrors of Senior Tanning. That is, until she realized—and Dallas hilariously confirmed—that she'd totally joined a cult. Congrats on getting out without that exit beating, girl! Also, good to see you again, Alan Tudyk!


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And we thought Vikings didn't use soap

Yes, that opening battle in the Season 2 premiere was gratuitous and exactly what we want from the show, but right now our focus is on the oddly hilarious Ragnar–Lagertha–Aslaug love triangle and Ragnar's request for a polygamous relationship (it's good to be the Earl). Yeah, things getting a bit soapy, but as long as we get to see reactions like Lagertha's when she saw Aslaug's baby bump, it'll be worth it. 


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Portlandia is back! 


The wacky sketch show's Season 4 premiere revealed just how fine-tuned the humor of Carrie, Fred, and the citizens of Portland has become. Highlights included a visit from universe regular Kumail Nanjiani as someone who checked the accuracy of facts stated conversationally between a guy and his date, as well as a bit about couple that had trouble finding parking downtown, then made the most of a rare 15-minute zone by rushing through the likes of art museums and hospital visits. Between an ad campaign by real life art photographer Alex Prager and celebrity guests including Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, and the Portland Trailblazers, IFC's comedy show owns its earned legitimacy by remembering to be confident in its silliness every step of the way.


FTW:

Hannibal sets the table for its second season


Starting with the brutal and operatic future fight scene between Jack and Hannibal, one of television's best dramas kicked off its second season with a bang and then didn't let up. Thankfully, "Kaiseki" didn't magically undo Will's incarceration by the end hour; instead, Hannibal seems committed to exploring the ramifications of Will's mental instability from last season and Dr. Lecter's masterful frame-up for all its dramatic worth. And while the episode leaned more heavily on its psychological intensity, it still delivered a knockout bit of murder art with mural of an eye made out of—what else?—human beings. CREEPY.


FTW:

Helix gets back on the right vector(s)


After a two-episode arc featuring Jeri Ryan as a corporate enforcer and regular old humans as threats, "Level X" reset the action with a tense hour that brought Helix back its roots as a show about scary things with black goop pouring out of every orifice. Also, Dr. Hatake let Julia in on his biggest secret with this awesome cornball of a line: "You have your father's eyes." LOL. This show is a tasty can of cheesy puffs.


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The WWE Network makes its debut

Hey, let's talk about wrestling! This week, WWE unveiled its long-anticipated online network featuring thousands of hours of archived content plus a daily schedule of live and/or new programming. So it's on demand when you're seeking something specific, but just like a normal TV channel when you're in the mood for, say, 30 minutes' worth of random suplexes and traditional notions of masculinity. Sure, the launch was plagued by its fair share of bugs, but when (not if) the network ultimately succeeds, we can look forward to seeing other content providers consider similar endeavors. 


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Arrow is making an effort to fix its Laurel problem


It's no secret the series has been struggling with Laurel's character all season, and some of use were this close to writing a very strongly worded letter to the good people of The CW to demand that they sort her out. This week, after blowing up at a family dinner because Oliver is boning Sara again even though she's only been been back for like five seconds, Laurel stormed out with Oliver hot on her heels. Instead of apologizing or trying to comfort her, though, he finally gave her the verbal bitchslap she needed to hear and told her to stop blaming other people for her problems. FINALLY. OLIVER, WE COULD HUG YOU. 


FTW:

Adam Scott's killer tango, Joffrey impression


Parks and Recreation's "Anniversaries" was strong all around, but we especially enjoyed Ben's romantic boy's day out with Larry and his ridiculous reaction upon receipt of his own Iron Throne. No one does "conservative fanboy" like Ben Wyatt! And just for the record, NBC: If you can get 'em off the radio, we would totally subscribe to a "Thought for your Thoughts" podcast co-hosted by Derry Merbles and August N'gutu Liebowitz Clementine. Bonus points if they regularly invite Ron Swanson to stop by and share some of his latest "reviews."  


FTW:

Grimm returned with its best episode in a while

It was serious, big stuff happened, and yet it was LOL funny at times. Adalind is finally giving birth to her monster baby, Monrosalee isn't breaking up, and Nick brandished a knife at the dinner table when the Wesen started acting up. 




FTWTF:

Probably the next Bachelorette Andi Dorfman


The brunette lawyer from Atlanta was the only finalist smart enough to realize that Juan Pablo was a pile of garbage in sheep's clothing and called him out for treating her like a contestant rather than a real person after their night in the Fantasy Suite fizzled. His words: "It was amazing." Her words: "I couldn't wait to get out of there." But the latest words are that the practicing assistant district attourney has ditched work in the middle of a murder trial to be groomed into the next Bachelorette. The person who's case she was working must be feeling a little like Andi did on The Bachelor right about now.




WTF:

We don't need another Heroes


Last weekend, NBC announced that it's bringing back Tim Kring's superhero show and giving it the miniseries treatment even though it was stupider than a speeding bullet by the end of its four-season run. And dammit, we just know we're going to be powerless and unable to resist watching it.


WTF:

Mixology's toxic bro-dude Bruce


There's a lot wrong with ABC's new comedy (it's not funny, it's not funny, and it's not funny) but the Bruce character is the worst. In the series premiere, the unkempt redhead played the part of horny self-proclaimed ladies' man to an intolerable degree, going on and on about "smashing out some A" and "popping off" and employing all kinds of other sex slang that the show's writers—the same scribes who wrote The Hangover–must have found hilarious as they washed the Axe Body Spray stains out of the armpits of their Ed Hardy shirts. There's room for lusty and rude characters on television, but only when they have at least a minuscule amount of charm to balance things out. Seriously, Bruce is THE WORST.


WTF:

Is everyone in Mystic Falls really dense and stupid now?


We'd never accuse the people of Mystic Falls of being particularly observant (if they were, they'd have left town years ago), but now the disease that has infected the general townsfolk with obliviousness is spreading like herpes to our protagonists. Katherine has barely been pretending to keep up the Elena charade, and still no one thought it was weird when she started spouting off random historical facts like a pro. This is the same "Elena" who made it to like, four days of class during high school. It wasn't until she basically begged Stefan to kill Damon that the dimmest of light bulbs went off over his head. Come on, Stefan! 


WTF:

The Red Road disappoints in its debut


This one's more of a WTMeh, but still: The premiere of Sundance's second original scripted series checked off the usual storytelling boxes with little fanfare while introducing a world with lots of dramatic potential. This is the type of show that could be good depending on the focus in subsequent episodes (ideally it'll delve into the engaging world of New Jersey's Native Americans), but so far it doesn't feel distinguished within the genre. We're wishing nothing but the best for the show, but after Rectify, we definitely expected more.


WTF:

Game of Arms LOL


On one hand, the debut of AMC's new reality show about competitive arm wrestlers netted the network its highest-rated weeknight unscripted premiere ever. On the other hand, it's a reality show about competitive arm wrestlers. Also, the first episode was boring. Come on, AMC, get your act together! You can do better this!


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?


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Mar 04, 2014
FTW : Fiona and Lips confrontation on this weeks episode of shameless. they deserve more props then they are getting. WAY MORE
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Mar 03, 2014
FTW - MY TV IS BACK TO ITS ORIGINALLY SCRIPT PROGRAMMING! *hugs*

...Also, competitive arm wrestling? Wut?
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Mar 04, 2014
Right?
Competitive arm wrestling sounds more like an awesome Community episode.
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Mar 03, 2014
I thought the Saturday Night Live skit of tryouts for '12 Years as a Slave' where the white male actors kept saying things like, "Please don't make me" and "Don't you have any Northern characters left?" was pretty funny.
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Mar 03, 2014
So glad to have the excellent Cold War-era spy drama The Americans back! Great stuff so far!Grimm is back in good form as well.
I'm foolish enough to watch another Heroes show, even if it remains to be a disappointment. I found Mixology to be fairly funny, and I like the spin they take on the typical dating sit-com. But yeah that Bruce guy feels way out of place with all of the other performances.
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Mar 03, 2014
WTF: Mind Games buying into its own pop-psychology idea you should lead with your weaknesses. It might work in negotiations (???), but it doesn't work in TV when you start a pilot with everything people might dislike about your main characters.
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Mar 03, 2014
I don't care what anybody says, Over the Top is the greatest movie ever made.
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Mar 03, 2014
OMG for a second I thought they are doing a Dexter - the Lumberjack Spin off - shocking
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Mar 03, 2014
To all those who are glad the Olympics are over, I know how you feel. I'm so glad that awards season is over. FTW! (It IS over, isn't it? Please say it's over.)
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Mar 03, 2014
FTW/WTF: So 'Being Human' the SyFy remake of the, superior, British series of the same name puts out its best episode, possibly ever, in 'Gallows Humor' an hour with great scenes from all of the main actors/characters and from Katharine Isabelle as 'Suzanna the Vampire, Vampire-Slayer' (who became an 'Angel' after killing her and Aiden's child), the best part for the best guest star the series has had, and the next day announces that the show is canceled. What a shame. FU NBC!


FTW: 'Banshee' - Demetrius Grosse's 'Deputy Emmett Yawners' got the spotlight this week in the first episode of the final three episodes of the season and damn, he made the most of it. In the episode he lost his baby and turned in his badge and the 'going through the pain' performance of Grosse throughout his finest/darkest hour made it one of the series best. His final conversation with the man known only as 'Lucas Hood' threw his performance into another level. There really is so much to love about 'Banshee', there is going to be an enormous void left when its all over. (So glad to know we don't have to wait to know this 'Banshee' is coming back next year.) BANSHEEEEEEEEEEE!
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Mar 03, 2014
FTW - Bitten S01E07 "Stalking"
FTW - Men at Work S03E07 "Molly"
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Mar 03, 2014
In regards to the vampire diaries..how did Bonnie not notice Katherine dying?
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Mar 03, 2014
A++ on everything Parks and Rec this week. Ron Swanson is an American treasure. "Dear Frozen Yogurt, you are the celery of dessert. Be ice cream or be nothing."
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Mar 03, 2014
Mixology is the worst...gross.
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Mar 03, 2014
FTW: The good thing is that there way more of those than WTF this week from Arrow, True Detective, Hannibal, Grimm, Tomorrow People, Teen Wolf, Vikings,and Banshee. Honestly, there is so much good television that I simply not going to lose my time and effort with the WTFs. I am happy.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: Psych reminding us it can do the emotional gut-punch as well as the funny. The Lassiter and Juliet scene where they get to express their love and loyalty as friends and partners was perfect.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: Shameless blew all other tv out of the water I.M.O. There was some serious acting going on in that episode.
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Mar 03, 2014
How come nobody ever notices Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White? Will this season's incredible performances by both finally get them noticed?
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Mar 03, 2014
Really spectacular performances year after year Rossum, all really all of the cast. It has never had a bad season and is forever overlooked by not just this site but most tv reviews/discussions alltogether. I really cannot think of a time when Shameless was not on my top 5 seasons of the year list.
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Mar 04, 2014
Kind of seamless departure of Jimmy/Steve. They knew his story was done and they never skipped a beat dropping him. (I am still of the belief that on a tv show if you don't see a body, the character ain't dead). They cast Sammi wrong and Frank's entire story would be overlooked but Emily Bergl has been so good with Macy.. Every story every character is in is working and they've just brought back 'Ian'. Speaking of which, Noel Fisher has made Mickey Milkovic the stand out 'Not a Gallagher' supporting cast member. Mickey's story, his road to becoming more responsible this season has been so funny and so sad and so good. There is no better show on Sunday night. You know a show is great when in its fourth season you are still getting something new or something better from everyone in this superb cast. And the writers have kept this story going with different ideas each season and not just finding a spot and repeating what works. . There are a lot of Sunday shows that can't say the same.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: Two things rarely recognized for a sense of humor: Russia and Olympic ceremonies. Way to go for getting basically ONE THING right, Sochi. Turning a gaff into a joke, well done.

FTW: Hannibal. Always Hannibal.

FTW: Raylon Givens being outrun by by a one-legged computer geek. And making friends. Justified, I love you.

FTW: NCAA Basketball. March is here.
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Mar 02, 2014
I liked Mixology but TOTALLY agree on Bruce
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Mar 02, 2014
WTF: The bad rating for Mind Games
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW - TV is back!
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Mar 02, 2014
I'll reserve judgement on Laurel Lance and the producers' interest in fixing the mess they made until there's more than one episode in a row getting it right.

WTF indeed to Heroes Reborn. I will resist watching.

Man, with so much content hitting tv last week, surprised there wasn't more to talk about.

FTWTF to Psych for coming back, but also being a confusing mess of an episode with imagined flashbacks and a relatively easily solved plot that barely involved Mutt & Jeff, also having Juliette leave us.

FTW to Mythbusters for making a supersonic ping pong ball cannon and usable ice cannonballs.

FTW to Britta for keeping it real.

Uhhh to SVU for the standup comic who rapes.

FTW to Ashton Kutcher for being great at limbo. Also to Alice Eve for being a damned interesting guest.

WTF to Mind Games for being too frenetic and repeating beats of other shows and having too little to say.

WTF to Castle not having any idea how 3 people could cop to the same crime of killing an actor, no way he couldn't come up with anything, hell, the ending wasn't even as believable as the setup led one to.
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Mar 02, 2014
Maggie and I couldn't get through two minutes of Mind Games as we both said, in unison, "Gawd, I hate this." We also agreed that Castle's episode was not very good--awful, actually...
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Mar 02, 2014
I kinda liked Mixology. The pilot wasn't spectacular but it was okay, I like the way they told the story
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: - Jackson and April geetin' married (Grey's Anatomy)
- Mike hittin Luke amost to death (The Following)
- Finally someone realized Katherine was in Elena's body (TVD)

WTF: - Sara being "perfect", I hate it ! (Arrow)
- Now Klaus wants to kill Rebbeka (The Originals)
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Mar 02, 2014
WTF: Making fun of people in L.A being rightfully afraid that they'll lose their homes to mudslides but hey I guess that's cool.
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Mar 02, 2014
The vast, vast, vast majority of homeowners in LA are not in any danger of losing their homes to mudslides. I know, I am one, and my family has also lost a home in a rain disaster in the past - and you know why it was lost? Because it was stupidly built where it's not actually safe to build homes, like on the coast, or on cliffsides, or on hills that are actually landfills that have been turned over (that's why I don't like going to the Getty Center). And don't forget those who vote for deforestation only to find out too late that the plant life was what kept the land from sliding. That's how it goes here. So yeah, pity those who are actually in danger of mudslides because it sucks, but don't forget that some of those folks took the risks, and that the vast majority of those in Los Angeles are in no such danger but still freak out at the first drop of precipitation.
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Mar 02, 2014
Well I'm one also and seeing as how we just had to help shovel our neighbor mud out of her living room....not finding it funny. We don't live on a hill or near one. We live in an area where drainage is bad but that's not our fault. The city doesn't clean out the gutters and such as they should. I know people that live in PV and I don't think it's smart to build your home on stilts but hey people live there. Yeah some are over dramatic but some aren't. Doesn't make it ok to poke fun.
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Mar 03, 2014
Sorry to hear your neighborhood has it rough. It wasn't a shot at you, you're just raw from having it happen recently. Once you're further from the incident and have more perspective, you'll regain the ability to laugh at Los Angelinos who pee themselves in distress every time a drop hits their windshields. Ellen made a joke about it at the start of the Oscars - it's a cliche.

As for those in Palos Verdes who build on stilts, they are gambling on having a better view in a beautiful neighborhood but they know they are spending money on what could be a very temporary house for that risk. Are they less worse off than whatever part of the area you are in because of that? If so, what about the poor people in Tujunga who couldn't afford to live anywhere safer? That's where I went through floods when I was a kid, there and the Sun Valley region at the base of the foothills area and we almost died a bunch of times from improper drainage, but since we didn't, now we laugh. There's a wide spectrum here, and NONE of the jokes are aimed at those who are suffering, the significant majority of those in the LA area crying about the rain - and there are plenty - are just being spoiled because they don't like an even-slower commute.

BTW, as someone who lives in a smaller city in the LA area, there actually is something that can be done to a degree, local politics - I know a lot of LA residents don't believe in them because of how messed up LA city and county politics can be, but there actually are still avenues, make sure taxes are spent on things that matter to people like better drainage, it is possible.
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Mar 02, 2014
As a fellow LA-er for almost six decades, JT is absolutely correct. Malibu is beautiful, but living there is certainly risky. Fortunately most of its residents have several other homes to fall back on, and if they don't, they shouldn't be living there. Same goes for the Hollywood Hills and other high-risk areas.
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Mar 02, 2014
That's true. But it seems like the TV.com staff simply made an 'easy jab' to feel superior to Angelenos. Or because they are jealous that they don't live in So Cal.
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Mar 08, 2014
"Hey, hey, hey. I live in LA!" Was that one of your HS cheers?
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Mar 03, 2014
@JT_Kirk et al.

People get used to certain weather.

I lived in Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois for a time and some people would treat 40 or 50 degrees Fahrenheit as nice weather. Rain is no problem when one lives in a place that gets snow. Streets are plowed and whatnot and things are fine.

When one lives in a place where one hardly needs an umbrella, where snow is only seen when going on ski trips or snowboarding or whatever, one is not prepared for heavy rain and such.

Heavy rain is a problem for those who ride bikes, scooters, have cars without good 'rain tires', those not used to driving in the rain, etc. etc.

Also, some have to drive for quite some time to get to work and rain makes commutes longer and sometimes unpredictable.
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Mar 03, 2014
To be fair, Los Angelinos are huge crybabies when it comes to rain, there are 11 million of us in LA county and very, very few are in any danger of mudslide disaster. There was actually a flash flood warning in my neighborhood (it was a swath from West LA to La Crescenta where I used to live, THAT area has a lot of flood issues), and the reality is that 99.9% of us in the area are just whiners about rain. People in the majority of the US are frozen out while we're complaining because it's in the low 60s and the sun isn't out the entire day, there's a little rain on the roads and the miserable drive down the 405 will be even worse than usual because magically everybody ELSE is a worse driver - It is comical. Luckily, most of us have really thick skins about it because the rest of the winter we lord our perfect 72 and sunny days by the pool over our friends in lesser climates (which I enjoyed plenty of last month), so we can take it.

Also, Kaitlin is Fat Albert, never knew that! Hey hey hey to you too, Kaitlin.
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Mar 03, 2014
Hey, hey, hey. I live in LA!
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Mar 02, 2014

i like horoes return FTW to me
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW; Ragnar's face at the table between the two women was hilarious. I know the show isn't supposed to be a comedy but damn, it had some seriously funny moments.

Lassiter made Chief in Psych. WTF Juliette moved. FTW great episode.

WTF; I still can't believe there is a show about arm wrestling. Didn't anyone learn from that crappy 80's movie with Stallone?

WTF; NBC green lighting a J-LO cop drama. There is so much wrong with that statement that I don't even no where to begin.


The biggest WTF of the week however is how in the hell is Hannibal on NBC. It just doesn't make any sense.
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Mar 02, 2014
Parks and Rec does nerds and nerd references like a million ties better than Big Bang Theory could ever hope to. Adam Scott is a genius and should finally be Emmy-worthy this season if there is any justice in the world. Between his performance here and in the Cones of Dunshire, he's basically become my favorite dude on television.
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Mar 02, 2014
I think the secret is that Parks & Rec taps into the real life nerds hiding in goverment, burocratic jobs or other average positions that you can't figure out just by looking at them.

Makes the episode all the more relateable IMO.
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Mar 02, 2014
I second every word of this.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: Chicago PD, Law and Order SVU crossover
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Mar 02, 2014
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Parks and the Iron Throne. But I really wanted Leslie to say "We can arrange to have you carried" cause that scene might be my favorite thing ever.
Arrow: The Laural stuff was good, but I was so surprised and now really excited by the end of that episode. I kept asking when Oliver was going to find out and did not expect it to be this soon.
Teen Wolf: The asylum was legit creepy.
The Americans: Everything from the premiere. It was so good
All the new Orphan Black promos. I cannot wait for the new season.
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Mar 02, 2014
What??? They're bringing back Heroes? WHY? That show absolutely sucked from the start of season 2. But yeah, I'll probably watch it again anyway.
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Mar 02, 2014
YEP! It is such a bad idea that it may actually end up being something good...
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Mar 03, 2014
The problem is we oft tell ourselves that and it still ends up sucking. haha.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: Game of Thrones Posters! (And how awesome is that everyone knows what GOT stands for?)
WTF: Heroes "teaser" promo (I know Jack Bauer, I've seen Jack Bauer and you Sir, are no Jack Bauer!)

FTW: A character may know what cause the Walkers in The Walking Dead!!!
WTF: The Oscars are opposite The Walking Dead this week.
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Mar 02, 2014
I just want to be best friend with Ben Wyatt, nothing romantic since he's married with an awesome lady, but I think we could talk a lot about GoT and Star Wars. Who knows, may be we could go to Comic Con together!
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Mar 02, 2014
I don't normally have huge WTF but this week NEW GIRL really won a huge one...

Whoever made the decision to bring additional recurrent characters rather than build on the audience's love for the existing ones, should be fired... The Coach (re-)introduction was clumsy and meh but we got there... we kinda like him now that he can mentor Winston and he's not snogging CeCe but now... now... NOW they bring this Abby... the most awful and yet cliched of 'naughty' sisters for Jess and who makes every other character idiotic and/or dislikable... No wonder the show is tanking in terms of ratings, it has become unwatchable...
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Mar 03, 2014
Huh, that's interesting. For me, Linda Cardellini is saving the season just in time...
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Mar 02, 2014
In TVD's defense, while Elena may not have attended school, she did live with her history professor at home...
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Mar 02, 2014
WTF: The CW pretending audiences actually care about The Vampire Diaries (check your ratings people: if it ain't working, it probably needs fixing)
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Mar 02, 2014
Don't get me wrong, The Vampire Diaries' ratings are lagging far behind the numbers for the first few seasons, and I've never had much interest in the show, but it's still a smash for the CW, especially when DVR, OnDemand, and internet numbers are accounted for.

I think the problem is basically inherent to most supernatural (and romantic) dramas in the same vein. The premise just doesn't hold up for multiple lengthy seasons.
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Mar 02, 2014
I'd say a romantic drama can hold just fine as long as it is consistent. Problem is: the more consistent romantic drama is a by-product of comedy couples Sheldon & Amy or Ben & Leslie rather the actual romantic drama that was supposed to sell it.

(Hence why I'd say If it ain't working...)
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Mar 02, 2014
As was discussed plenty of times, CW supernatural shows are often low on Nielsen ratings but are extremely high on internet downloads.
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Mar 02, 2014
I could say the same thing for actual supernatural hits like The Walking Dead, American Horro Story and - the number 1 hit on internet downloads - Game of Thrones.

They also have the ratings to back it up.
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Mar 02, 2014
It's not just the CW. At least they have a vested interest in the show. This site is obsessed with it as well.
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Mar 02, 2014
It would have more credence if Parks and Recreation wouldn't have had a highly buzzed episode at the same time slot (otherwise it rings kind of desperate IMO).

By the way: FTW: Parks and Recreations episode this week!
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Mar 02, 2014
Laurels is a lost cause!! its time for Katie to move on, Don't get me wrong I'm a huge Katie Cassidy fan but she is a waste on space and effort on Arrow!!
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Mar 02, 2014
I'm mostly hoping they just kill Laurel off. I don't necessarily hate her so much as I absolutely love Caity Lotz and don't want anything to come in the way of seeing more and more of her on tv (especially if it involves more tights and sports bras!)
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Mar 04, 2014
I'm with you I love Caity as Sarah plus Bex-Taylor Klaus as SIN speaking they need to get SIN more involved!! Arrow would be better without Laurel now I wouldn't kill her off just have her leave Starling city
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Mar 04, 2014
Her, Thea, and Moira can catch the same train out of town if you ask me!
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Mar 02, 2014
I may have agreed with you near the beginning of the season. But Oliver and Sara have been so ridiculous over the last few episodes that the writers ploy to make me sympathize with Laurel has worked.

Damn you Arrow writers!! (shakes fist at sky)
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Mar 02, 2014
Totally agree with you! How many times has Oliver professed his undying love about Laurel and yet he wastes no time in bedding Sara again. The Birds of Prey episode will be interesting to see because Helena Thinks Laurel was Olivers true love, Slade Thinks that Laurel is Oliver's true love because of the Picture he carried with him on the Island and how will Oliver react when he finds out that Laurel was right about Blood?
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Mar 02, 2014
Quite frankly, I think Oliver's mistaken about what he feels for Laurel. They both have this weirdly idealized vision of their former lives together, a time before the wreck of the Queen's Gambit, but that's already been shown to be a fiction anyway. I believed Oliver last season when he said he loved her—he really believed he did—but he's not the same man he was, no matter how much he may want to recover those fragments of his former life. Sara's got significant problems, but at least she sees Oliver for who he is and wants to be with him anyway. I don't see their relationship lasting, but at least it's not as dishonest as one with Laurel would be.
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Mar 03, 2014
That is so true he had this idealized version of Laurel that she was perfect. He also felt a lot of guilt about running away with her sister and what happened later to Sara. Guilt is where his feelings are coming from and that has clouded his judgement. It will be interesting to see how Laurel's character develops when she finds out the whole truth, which will probably be in the season finale. I don't really see Ollie and Sara's relationship lasting long either, but I can't really see him ending up with Laurel either (I wouldn't get back together with someone who slept with my sister). However I do hope that Laurel can become an intregal part of the Arrow team instead of the writers continually placing her in the damsal in distress role.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: That ending of Parks and Rec was amazing!

WTF: How is it that Caroline is Elena's bestie, Damon and Stefan have both claim to be in love with Elena, but Matt was the first one to figure out that Elena was actually Katherine? Dense is right!
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Mar 02, 2014
I LOLed so hard at Leslie Knope's " Our starship is in trouble.! " after Ben Wyatt's GOT impressions. Woman try learning the gist of his hobbies!.

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Mar 02, 2014
I love Ben Wyantt's GOT impressions (Now, that's a catch Leslie!)
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Mar 02, 2014
We definitely need another Heroes.
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Mar 02, 2014
If for no other reason than course correction
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Mar 02, 2014
WTF: Grimm. If that's what passes for a good episode, I really need to stick to my decision to quit the show. (I have quit a couple of times before, and I didn't watch the two episodes before it, but I watched this one because people said it was good). It wasn't any worse than Grimm usually is. In fact, it was probably a bit better. But it still wasn't worth watching.
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Mar 02, 2014
Have to agree with you, if this was one of the better episodes, I think the show might be doomed. The cliched parents-not-accepting-son's-choices nonsense with Monroe, or the hey-there's-more-than-one-monster non plot twist, and the Juliette playing at-home detective for Nick was all made slightly better with the terribly boring Royals backup story and their hunt for Adalind.
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Mar 02, 2014
Ya, what happened to this show? It's funny, I actually like Nick a lot more than I did in the beginning (I never really bought into the bad ass Grimm thing) but the show has progressively gotten worse. This show needs a real big bad with a deep and mysterious mythos like whoa! Those royals and their politics are boring.

Whatever happened to the reapers?
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Mar 02, 2014
The reapers were a joke for Nick even when he was starting off, its hard to imagine them giving him much trouble now that he's literally evolved.
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Mar 02, 2014
You really do need to quit watch it. I only let it play in the background when I do other stuff. I have absolutely no idea what people like about that show.

It's not like shows other people like and I can say "okay, not my taste" or shows that I absolutely hate. It's that I really have no idea what people see in it.

There's no plot, there's no tension, no drama, the random case of the week is boring and really has nothing to do with the supernatural, the special effects are 'meh' and any form subtext is out the window when you hear an episode about supposed racism and characters screaming "that's just ignorance"

And for the love of whatever, it's been almost full 3 seasons and I still have no idea what's so special about the stupid Grimm. Any moron with a gun can kill him, why are people so afraid of him?
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Mar 02, 2014
WTF: Everyone is saying that everyone on TVD should have known immediately that Katherine had replaced Elena. Do you really think it would have made more sense if everyone had gone "OMG! Katherine!" the first moment Elena acted a bit off? Sometimes people can surprise you, even by proving themselves to be smarter than you thought they were.

The fact that makes it especially weird to complain about how they weren't able to use that information to figure it out, is that they were able to do that. The first moment they talked about how Elena is acting weird and Nadia is up to something, they put it all together almost immediately. If anything, they were too smart.

The history scene was funny though. It made me think of Safibwana's suggestion a couple of years back, that if you want to know if you're dealing with Katherine or Elena, just give her an IQ test, because Katherine wouldn't be able to fake being that stupid. The scene made me wonder if that was how Katherine was going to get busted. It probably contributed, but it was the heavy flirting and the "did she really want Damon dead?" moment that really gave it away.

Bonnie should have known from the start of course. That's a major plot hole. But since she didn't, you can't use her to argue that the others should have known.
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Mar 03, 2014
I wonder if being with Damon has changed Elena into a person they don't recognize because I don't think Elena's real response to hearing Caroline slept with Klaus would be "how was it?" especially not where Tyler can hear them talking.Tyler & Elena are friends.Her real reaction(especially if he's in the room)would be to take her into another room asking Caroline what she was thinking.
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Mar 02, 2014
The Bonnie thing was a huge problem to begin with.
But even leaving that aside there were loads of clues.

It's not just that she knew history, it's that she insisted on knowing more than the book says... That alone is a huge red flag that not only she isn't a complete moron as usual, but that she actually lived in the times.

Even if the first thing that comes to their minds isn't "Elena is really Katherine" this show had multiple doppelgangers and multiple people switching bodies (Klaus into Alaric, Klaus into Tyler, Esther into Bonnie, Esther into Rebekah).

They should have picked up on something being wrong.

Let's not forget she seems to be spending way more time with Nadia than she does with Jeremy, Bonnie or Caroline.

But quite honestly, I wasn't bothered by it as much as by the stupidest line of "Young Hybrid beats Old Vampire anytime"
Yeah... Daemon and Stefan killed them so easily?
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Mar 02, 2014
Knowing something that isn't in the book could mean that she had studied from another source. It's not what you'd expect from Elena, but it's not enough to go "OMG you're Katherine". It's just one clue to add to the pile. And the moment that this "pile" of evidence got big enough (later in the same episode), they cracked it.

I totally agree about the hybrid comment. The hybrids were so easy to kill that they were a complete joke.
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Mar 02, 2014
I said above, Elena also lived with an actual history professor for several years... But that wasn't the only clue. A pipe suddenly being ripped out when "Elena" was standing next to the car?

Nadia whose sole reason to be in town was Katherine doing scheme?

Elena spending so much time with Nadia rather than Bonnie\Caroline\Jeremy?

There were loads of other problems arising. Again, these aren't normal people like you and me, these are people that have seen so much of this stuff happening its absurd. Stefan and Damon could easily tell them apart in the past.

It reminded me of an old episode of Charmed, one sister gets confused about something and everyone are instantly on shapeshifter alert. That is how actual characters in that situation would act.
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Mar 02, 2014
The speech that Oliver gave to Laurle on Arrow deserves a good spot on the FTW section, because letting aside what Ollie said, Stephen Amell was outstanding in that performance.
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Mar 02, 2014
Yay Russia for injecting a little humour on your serious ceremonies. Now if you could just not start World War 3 this week, that'd be peachy. K? Thanks.
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Mar 02, 2014
We are not intersted in WW3, trust me. We are just like you, and we want to live in peace. I wonder why do you think we are your enemies? Why?!
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Mar 02, 2014
Perhaps you could stop invading sovereign countries, for a start.
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Mar 02, 2014
Hahahahha... good one. I wonder who plays the Ukraine against Russia for 12 years... hmmm which countries are always playing with fire hmmm... Examples:
Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, former Jugoslavia, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Georgia, Ukraine, various countries from Asia, Africa and South America...
It's ALWAYS one of those: USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Israel, the EU - pick one and start educating yourself.
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Mar 02, 2014
Sorry, I have a degree in History as well as Business, Psychology and Counseling. I just don't hate America.
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Mar 02, 2014
I'm guessing your Lithuanian from the way you spelled Jugoslavia?
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Mar 02, 2014
@smorbie:Well than you're well educated in biology, or law, or arts, or in the pseudo academic science of economics but you are terribly educated in politics, geopolitics, media sciences and/or sociology.
"America has always turned countries back to the people"
MY ASS!
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Mar 02, 2014
I'm a retired college professor, quite well educated, thank you.
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Mar 02, 2014
oh please if you are British or American or for that matter French you shouldn't say stop invading sovereign countries Russia is the only one who has not violated as much human rights as Britain or America despite that Britain has huge history of colonizing and for America we all knows
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Mar 02, 2014
And as for your comment below (why do I not see 'reply' button there?..) - thanks, I really appreciate it.)
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Mar 02, 2014
I personally do not invade any country, trust me.)) Just like you, I guess.
And you know, USA also could stop invading sovereign countries and bringing "democracy" everywhere.)) Or you think, as Latin said, what Jupiter is allowed the ox is not?))
I think every country has to live its own life and mind its own business. Including both Russia and USA.
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Mar 02, 2014
For the sake of the time-space continuum I really hope you're not American. The overload of irony could open a black hole ;)
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Mar 02, 2014
Notice how America has always turned control of those countries back to the people. Nevertheless, Chudoyudo, I apologize for my earlier comment; I was out of line and hope you can forgive me. I
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Mar 02, 2014
I don't, trust me. I totally posted the same thing when it was the US invading random countries for a laugh as well.

The difference being, maybe, that not all Americans took it as a personal insult when somebody criticised their government's policy. Many agreed and some have funny TV shows built entirely on the concept of complaining about it. I can't imagine within Russia everybody is just cool with invading frickin' Crimea, either.
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Mar 02, 2014
I really appreciate your comment below (coundn't reply there, sorry).
And you know... I am actually surprised with myself, but I totally agree with you.
I do have to learn to separate such things like "love for the country" and "love for my roots, my culture, etc". You are right.
And we do need this... healthy scepticism. Just have to learn this too.))
Because of people like you this world looks better. Thanks.)
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Mar 02, 2014
You know, I think it's just about love for your own country. I love Russia. And it hurts me personally when I read insulting stuff about Russians. But also I have to admit that I am not objective in such discussions.
As for Crimea (I really hate politics) I totally agree with you, Russia shouldn't intervene in the affairs of Ukraine. We have a lot of our own problems we need to solve. Again - it's politics! Russia should mind it's own business as well as USA and EU. That is all.
Sorry for the mistakes if there are any.))



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Mar 02, 2014
While I get your point, I wish more people could separate "insulting stuff about Russians" from "insulting stuff about what Russia's government is doing".

The whole misplaced patriotism thing has been a disaster for two centuries, and I don't just mean in Russia, but worldwide. I think we should all start getting over ourselves and the whole "I love my country" crap.

I don't particularly love my country. Love the culture, love the people, love the lifestyle... don't much care for the political construct. You want to insult the government? Be my guest, I'll be right there with you. It's no offense for me, it's help in the very healthy, democratic scepticism we all should have about our leaders. And man, right now it really feels like Russia could do with a heavy dose of popular scepticism before somebody does something rash.
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Mar 02, 2014
"We don't need another Heroes"

Tv.com, turning music puns into TV puns.
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Mar 02, 2014
Ben on the Iron Throne gives me hope that one day--just one day--Peter Dinklage will appear on Parks and Recreation.
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Mar 02, 2014
That would be AWESOME!
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: The Olympics are finally over, the return of Grimm, Olivier and Slade finally meet in the present on Arrow.
WTF: Katherine's obsession with Stefan on TVD.
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Mar 02, 2014
YES! I don't get the whole obsession with Stefan either.
She came to mystic falls (according to season 5) because of him... So why on earth did she makes the moves on Daemon?
How does that make sense?

Let's not forget that after the tomb fiasco, she ran off and never bothered telling him she's even alive nor did she bother making any moves on Stefan for the past 4 years either.

Why is he suddenly her "true love"?
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: The surprise return of Dr. Steve Brule as the third season of Check It Out premiered on [adult swim]. The horrific accident and its aftermath at the airfield were hilarious. RIP Linda Barungle, er, Barengi, er, Barelli.
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Mar 02, 2014
FTW: Jared Leto's speech after winning Best Supporting Actor at the Spirit Awards.

WTF: Unfortunately, it seems like IFC has done away with broadcasting the show live and is now showing a recording of the show for the evening, which like NBC with the Olympics has edited the (WT)F out of the show that took away some of the greatness from Jared Leto's speech.
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Mar 02, 2014
There were FOUR seasons of Heroes?!
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Mar 02, 2014
Yes, like there were four India Jones movies. ;-)
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Mar 03, 2014
And four Terminator movies.
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Mar 02, 2014
More like "Yes, like there were four Highlander films" though, seeing as there was only one good season of Heroes, while there were three good Indiana Jones movies.
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Mar 02, 2014
3 Indiana Jones movies, I never remember a 4th movie. NEVER EVER EVER REMEMBER A 4TH MOVIE!
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Mar 02, 2014
You missed a big FTW from Monday: TEEN WOLF!!! Did you even see Echo House? That was one dark, intense, scary, AWESOME episode!!
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Mar 02, 2014
You mean the episode when they know their friend is possessed and its only a matter of time until he gets repossessed and they just let him wonder off on his own in an asylum with no supervision of anyone who can do anything about it?

Yeah... That's for the WTF department for being the most absolutely dumbest episode in Teen Wolf's history.
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Mar 02, 2014
That Oliver speech to Laurel would have been brilliant in any other context however, the reason why he was giving it to her just made him look like an asshole. He has stuck by her through so many irrational decisions and ridiculousness (when she was railing against his mother for the death penalty, he was worried about HER) yet the one time she has something legitimate to be upset about he cuts her out? She's upset because he jumped back into bed with her sister, five seconds after she got back into town when that's the reason they broke up in the first place. That's fair. Don't really know what reaction he was expecting. A hug? Play-by-play of their bed action?
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Mar 02, 2014
Except Sara's been in town much longer than "five seconds". Laurel and her family don't know it, but they've already been cooperating for months. That's no even accounting for the months (perhaps years) the two spent on Lian Yu, which even the viewers are still discovering. I agree that it probably wasn't the wisest idea to come with Sara to the dinner, but neither Sara nor Oliver were privy to just what kind of dinner they were walking into, a dinner that was more or less designed by Quentin and Laurel. And they came (ostensibly) as friends, two friends who both survived a traumatic shipwreck and five years trying to outlive the aftermath. Even if they weren't having sex, it would make sense to me that these two would look to each other for support, since they're the only ones who could possibly understand each others' experiences.

Either way, Laurel needs to get over thinking that whatever Oliver and Sara have (or don't have) has anything at all to do with her. Not everything is a conspiracy to make her life harder.
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Mar 02, 2014
I said the same thing. It was completely inappropriate for him to go to that dinner. Sara needed support but did he stop to consider the other people at the table? Did he really thing that Laurel was going to be cool with it or her parents for that matter. Everything that happened, happened because he couldn't keep it in his pants. So his solution is to start screwing her again and bring it to the table the very night the family is trying to make amends. Right speech, wrong time.
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Mar 02, 2014
Oliver's behavior isn't exactly rational. He also stood by his mom through the pretty horrible things she did, but went nuts and rejected her completely for a relatively small thing. Didn't he also get upset with Felicity for no reason a few weeks back?

It seems like this hero character is just an irrational jerk when he's talking to or otherwise dealing with women.
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Mar 02, 2014
I thought the same thing about Arrow's Oliver and Laurel. Laurel is legitimately justified in her anger about the "boyfriend dating the sister" situation. Unacceptable!
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Mar 02, 2014
But it's ok for Laurel to date Oliver's best friend and then sleep with Oliver breaking Tommy's heart? Don't think she has the moral high ground that she seems to think she has.
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Mar 03, 2014
Oliver and Sara were dead to the world when Laurel and Tommy got together.
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Mar 03, 2014
The first time but they'd broken up when Oliver returned and then got back together and then Laurel slept with Oliver so in my book she's the one who was unacceptable and has no right to judge who Oliver sleeps with. She needs to start taking responsibility for her own poor choices.
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