FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (October 26)

This is the last FTW vs. WTF before Halloween, and we know you, you were too lazy to go to Costco for an industrial-sized bag of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters because you were watching a Monk marathon instead. Well don't worry, we've got you covered AGAIN. When kids in Miley Cyrus outfits come knocking at your door on Thursday, give them the ultimate trick: details on the best and worst things about television from several days prior! Let's run down the script:

[Knock knock knock]

[Open the door.]

Kids: "Trick or Treat!" 

You: "Awww, aren't you adorable. Remember when that zombie on The Walking Dead got squashed into the fence and died? Happy Halloween!" 

[Close the door, go back to watching Monk.]

And if any of those kids egg your house, just shout a recap of Sean Saves the World at them. There you go, another holiday saved by your friends at TV.com. Now, let's review this week's TV treats and tricks!





The Bones wedding was decidedly sweet

After nearly a decade of build-up, Brennan and Booth finally tied the knot, and their nuptials were pretty gosh darn cute. Whether it was everyone trying to keep Brennan from working on the case of the week so she could get ready or all the interns donning period clothing, "The Woman in White," had just the right amount of whimsy. Add in two sets of vows that were not only touching, but grounded in the show's history, and it was very fine way to marry the two characters in style.



Survivor's alpha-male loses his chance for redemption

Survivor has the tendency to fawn over the strong male types, but this season's Alpha, former NFL player Brad Culpepper, was simply too much. It's not that Brad, husband of former and current player Monica (Survivor One World), was an awful person or even much of a bully. But he just kept getting into the middle of things, and most importantly, he never shut up. Even when he was booted to Redemption Island a few weeks back in a shocking, awesome Tribal Council, he kept repeating that he wasn't mad on the way out. Thankfully though, Brad lost in this week's Redemption challenge, and now he's out for good. It's unclear who Jeff Probst will crush on next. 



The Vampire Diaries: She was dead the whole time!

J/K this isn't really about Bonnie or her funeral, because homegirl isn't even really gone (you know who IS gone and deserves all our sads? Alaric. Lexi. Aunt Jenna). It's about the person who arrived just in time for Bonnie's sad sham of a memorial: Tyler. After dipping out last season and then being emotionally negligent to Caroline since the start of Season 5, Mr. Lockwood arrived clad in his best "sigh, another one of my beloveds has perished" attire just in time to give Bonnie's "farewell" an emotional beat.



Supernatural nailed the Castiel-as-a-human story

The inevitable Being Human: Castiel stuff that was (sort of) played for laughs in the Season 9 premiere took an emotional turn this week as Cas faced the very real perils of being tired, hungry, poor, and homeless in the less-than-friendly real world. It was an effective and emotional storyline. Bonus points: The episode also gave us the new euphemism "angel sword," so there's that.



New Girl got its groove back


"Keaton" was weird and absurd, but also srs bsns as far as Schmidt's feels were concerned. Jess dress up as Batman. Winston's David Letterman was spot-on. And Nick-as-Michael-Keaton writing letters filled with wisdom and tenderness as a means of helping his buddy cope with life was both touching and hilarious. But none of that could stop Schmidt from—*gasp*—moving out of the loft, and into a smaller apartment that better reflects Arts District L.A., leaving the bartender, the radio producer, and the teacher to pay for a four-bedroom loft in one of the most popular areas of one of America's most expensive cities. Enjoy poverty, kids! At least until you can find a new roommate, that is. New Girl is taking a week off for baseball, but a certain someone we've all been waiting for is poised to return when we come back. (Coach. It's Coach.)



Shaw is thawed on Person of Interest

"Razgovor" was Samantha Shaw's best episode since her incredible introduction in Season 2, as the stone-cold former secret agent reluctantly set out on a character-defining adventure in search of her hard-to-find feelings. She found a relatable pal in the number of the week, a 10-year-old girl named Gen who'd taken up spying as a hobby, and the youngster helped Shaw get in touch with some deep emotions. As Gen said, "I figured you out. It's not that you don't have feelings, it's just like, the volume is turned way down, like the sound on an old tape. The voices are there, you just have to listen." It was an important episode for both Shaw and the POI fans who think she's crowding the series.



Death by fence for a Walking Dead zombie

True story: Tim once attended an Oasis concert in a small club and it was just as they were starting to get popular and the venue wasn't nearly big enough and he was in the front row and this is what he felt like.



It's Always Sunny in Westeros... sorta

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrote this week's episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (we know, whaaaa?), and "Flowers for Charlie" proved that the pair can step into any world and make it great, as Philly's weirdest janitor took some experimental intelligence pills that made him read books and learn Mandarin (supposedly). However, the highlight of the episode was Sweet Dee getting her hand "caught" on one of those glue-covered rat traps after she stuck her arm through a hole in a wall. Thankfully, things turned out better for her than they did for Jaime Lannister.



Pleased to meet you, Samantha Jones!


The Carrie Diaries introduced Carrie's future BFF in its Season 2 premiere, and so far, she's wonderful. 



American Horror Story's Madame LaLaurie wasn't ready to see a black president


But her reaction to the news was nothing short of amazing. A small highlight in episode full of so much discomfort and WTFery that its sheer audacity deserves a spot in FTW. 



The Big Bang Theory's ode to nerds and Bernadette


It was basically "couples week" on TBBT, and while some parts of "The Romance Resonance" were stronger than others, we're suckers for lots of geek references set to music. Howard really pulled this performance off well, and we couldn't help but sway along.



Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Halloween hijinks

We're liking this show more and more with each passing week, and "Halloween" was a delightful outing that featured quality storylines for lots of different characters, plus an in-office caper that came together quite cleverly in the end. 





Jim Beaver's on Revolution! Annnnd Jim Beaver's off Revolution

The Supernatural and Justified and Deadwood star dropped by NBC's powerless drama for a guest role as a Texas Ranger, and we were super excited to see our favorite character actor appear on another show. But then he was killed at the end of the episode, making the celebration a short one. We didn't even have time to buy him a cake.



NBC's Dracula


The latest spin on the famed bloodsucker takes plenty of creative liberties, not the least of which is having him pose as an American businessman who wants to bring clean energy to Victorian-era London. But hey, NBC has done worse, and if the show is willing to have some fun with its ridiculous premise, it has the potential to offer some Friday-night fun. 





Beware The Batman causes superhero cartoon deja vu

The latest animated incarnation of Batman hasn't been as entertaining as we'd hoped it would be after its promising series premiere—the show's Metamorpho episode was especially terrible—but Cartoon Network's unannounced pulling of the show from its schedule is the Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series debacle all over again. The cable channel is staying mum on why it yanked the show and when it might return. And while we're not necessarily mourning Beware's disappearance, it's what the disappearance means that matters: Cartoon Network seems to have little patience for action animation these days, even if the show is founded in a strong franchise.



NBC wants to remake Murder, She Wrote

What the hell is Bob Greenblatt thinking? Octavia Spencer is terrific in anything, but she deserves a project that's more than just a "vintage" show with a significant meaning for an older audience. It's like NBC hasn't learned a single thing from Ironside's failure.



Pretty Little Liars' Halloween special: the hour-long informercial for Ravenswood

Rather than carefully structuring its annual October soiree to titillate longtime fans while also providing a fitting farewell to Caleb as he transitions to the new show, PLL had its titular Liars stumble and shriek through the washed-out colors and creeptacular dying-swan labyrinth of Ravenswood. It might've been their most pitiful outing as women to date, including Hanna and her beau's anticlimactic kiss goodbye as she sent him off to hang with a would-be corn-chips seducer. "Hey, bus mate, you want to watch me stick my butt out for these corn chips while we talk about how we're orphans?" Talk about a meet-cute. Also: [SPOILER BUT NOT REALLY IF YOU'VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION] Alison's not dead.



Netflix has more U.S. subscribers than HBO!

Thanks to the Emmy award-winning House of Cards and beloved Orange Is the New Black, Netflix likely has about 30 million subscribers to HBO's measly 28.7. Sure, most of us are just using our subscriptions to watch Quantum Leap reruns, and HBO still makes some of the best TV anywhere ever, but if the next "supreme" (as AHS: Coven might put it) has its druthers, Netflix will follow HBO's model to the bitter end... of cable. Of cable! 



Revenge's fourth episode erased everything that happened in the first three

Look, we're all for Revenge returning to its soapy badass roots, but this week's episode, which undid pretty much everything that preceded it, was kind of weird. We're glad Conrad's fake illness is gone (boy oh boy, was that awful), we're fine with the confession storyline hitting a brick wall, and we're 100 percent on board for whatever Nolan's doing with Patrick, but we're also ready to get down to business. How about some forward momentum on the season-long arc, Revenge? And if you're not going to do that, at least have someone push a random stranger over a railing or set a yacht on fire! This is the Hamptons, after all. Where's all the juicy,  over-the-top drama?



Orange Is the New... blackface?


Uh, does Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough know what year it is? On Friday night, the dancer/singer/ignoramus dressed up as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black. But wait, Hough and award-winning actress Uzo Aduba have dissimilar skin tones, so... ugh. Shame on you, lady!



Homeland's big "twist"

Screw you, Homeland! It's not that Saul and Carrie working together the whole time was bad, it's that you spent almost four hours tricking us with things that didn't make sense once the truth came out. You're in the doghouse, show.



CBS will celebrate Christmas by airing a pair of I Love Lucy episodes IN COLOR


On December 20, CBS will air two episodes of I Love Lucy as one single "Christmas special": the iconic grape-stomping "Lucy's Italian Movie" and the lesser-known "Christmas Episode." But in a completely inexplicable move, the episodes will be colorized. Is there any reason to colorize them beyond, "You know what will make the younger demographic stay home on a Friday night and watch two hilarious episodes of a 1950s multi-cam sitcom? TECHNICOLOR!"  We're all for trying to woo a younger generation with the antics of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred, but Instagramming them seems like a really cheap way to do so. You leave Lucy alone, CBS. You leave her alone.


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


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My favorite moment this week: America Horror Story... that scene with Madame LaLaurie's reaction to Obama! I laughed my ass off and it was such sweet justice.
you put almost all my favorite shows (Bones, TVD, TWD, Supernatural, New Girl, AMH:C...) on the FTW side and that is awesome. and I can't wait for COACH!! However I agree that you should have put Haven on there for it's FINALLY moment. I don't see Haven on here enough anyway.
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The premise for Murder, She Wrote was already remade... I believe it's called Castle.
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if they were on Long island that would work haha. remember the Hamptons episode? that actually did remind me of MSW!
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I agree with most of the FTWs this week (especially Bones & Supernatural) but you forgot HAVEN!!!
Double triple whammy FTW to Nate's I love you & Audrey + Nate's kiss (had to see it at least 3 times) Aaawww
Actually for Vampire Diaries I would of FTWed the scene where Jeremy was telling Damon about Bonnie, great work from Ian Somerhalder
A double triple WTF about Murder she Wrote & Charmed reboots, SERIOUSLY???
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dang, i thought i was missing a show when the wife & i watched things this week.
Brooklyn 99 didnt record.
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To be honest, I had given up on Bones but watched this episde because of the FTW. And it was a good one. Becauee of the nerves Seeley and Bones were the old and sometimes irritating themselves, the murder was, although a sidestory, at least entertaining and the wedding was kinda sweet. I liked it.,
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Anyone else stunned that Booth and Bones actually got married? I was expecting another stupid TV writers contrivance to ruin the wedding. Pleasantly surprised.
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WTF/FTW: ALL TWD SCENES!
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WTF: New Girl has not gotten back into any groove by still focusing on a very depressed and unfunny Schmidt
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You guys really should do a review of Survivor once in a while. It remains the best reality show on TV after more than a decade !
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only if you ignore The Amazing Race
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I like TAR too but it feels a little repetitive now and they have introduce very little new elements. Survivor have too many returnees, TAR have too little. Its really time they do a new All-stars season.
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It seems that the Cartoon Network wants success on the level of Justice League and Batman: The Animated Series without doing the work.
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FTW: The Big Bang Theory's - ode to Nerds and Bernadette.
FTW: Bones - Brennan and Booth finally ties the knot.
FTW: TVD - Tyler returns.
FTW: Scandal - Olivia and Jake's make-out session.
WTF: CBS wants to reboot Charmed
WTF: NBC wants to remake Murder, She Wrote.
WTF: I love Lucy in colour for Christmas.

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What's up with all those reboots this year?
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I HATED the Castiel episode of Supernatural, not because of Cas but what they are doing to the Reapers, the guys that take the souls of the dead to the afterlife. Season 1 introduced the concept of the Reapers, and Tessa the Hot Reaper expanded it. They are invisible entities that appear only when someone is dead or close to being dead. They are not good nor evil, they have no interest in politics, they just do their job. They normally look like old people in black suits, but they can change themselves into more appealing figures depending on who they are supposed to reap (Tessa is an understanding and slightly maternal figure for Dean and a little kid, Bobby had a no-nonsense and gruff Reaper waiting for him.) They work under Death the Horseman, and only Death's scythe can kill them. That's what they were for SEVEN seasons. The "Coyote Reaper" of season 8 was a deviation from the norm, given that SAM AND DEAN SAW HIM WHILE HEALTHY! But now Reapers have angelic powers and weaknesses, able to possess humans, revive the dead (apparently), team up with full fledged villains, and they get killed exactly like angels. Seriously, Supernatural, why are you screwing up your own mythology NOW? Couldn't the Big Bad of the episode get a demon to help him, since Cas has lost the ability to detect demons? Why mess with the Reapers?

I don't get why Bones's Wedding was done mid-season. It was handled very nicely, and its lovely showing how she's matured and now has lots of friends that would do anything for her, but the wedding itself should be put either in the season premiere or they should've waited for the season finale. Putting it in the middle of the season just seems off. Which is ANOTHER reason why I despised Palant as the Big Bad for 3 seasons- he produced an unnecessary delay in the wedding and provided unnecessary tension. In my opinion Palant should've died when Booth shot him in the face. I don't see any reason why he shoud've been put in 2 extra episodes, though his last appearance seemed to set up a NEW Big Bad.

Dracula is an attempt to ride Sleepy Hollow's success. Granted they were produced at the same time, but don't you think it's a little weird that NBC waited until 5 episodes of SH and a lock for renewal before releasing Dracula?

I loved Howard's song. He's become the most mature character of the series, yet he always acknowledges that his maturity is all because of Bernadette. This song really showed how much he loves her.

Murder She Wrote should NOT be renewed. Rebooting classic series where the main characters are now being played by black actors doesn't show that the networks are becoming more diverse, they're showing that all it does is make us MISS the original actors. It isn't just Ironside, either. Anyone remember the failed Ving Raymes "Kojak?" No? My point exactly. Reboots fail 95% of the time, the only exceptions being "Buffy" (Rebooted the movie universe into TV land), Hawaii 5-0 (AKA CSI: Hawaii) and Dallas, which is a sequel now and will most likely be canceled now that the most popular character, JR, is dead both in show and real life.
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WTF: TVD's owfully boring episode, New Girl gets damaged and unwatchable and yeah: Charmed reboot
FTW: everything else i guess...
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Its little things like these what makes me grateful for Sleepy Hollow this year.
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grateful is the right word indeed! i feel the same...
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wtf: I agree on the stupid much anticipated Halloween PLL episode

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FTW-
Elementary - interesting twist on their usual methods
POI - best episode on TV this week
Howard's song on Big Bang
The Good Wife
Brooklyn 9-9's Halloween episode
Walking Dead

WTF -
NBC is going to air a comedy awards show - the same NBC that just put Parks and Rec on a break, but is still airing Sean Saves the World
New Girl - it was a bad episode
Dads got renewed
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WTF after Kojak & Ironside failed to work with a black actor in a reboot series they will now give a black actress a similar chance. I guess they can try Charmed that way too.......
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FTW: Person of Interest!!!!

WTF: TV.com's inexplicable bias against Netflix in its WTF column. I mean, it's one thing if you don't love Netflix as much as I do, but it an entirely different thing when you go out of your way to say that their success is a "bad" thing.
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I don't understand why Schmidt had to temporarily move out to have Coach back, why didn't Coach just take the lost across the hall? sitcom common sense, so stupid.

it might just be me, but the zombie fence death seems wrongfully placed.. the parts that burst open on the face don't all line up with the fence lol

I don't mind I Love Lucy being in color, but I don't see a reason to do it other than just "because we can". on the plus side, color doesn't make me fall asleep!
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Call me cheesy, but for me this week's FTW was Rayna's performance in Nashville, with her loving audience. And I agree about The Good Wife this week continuing to be a big FTW.
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FTW to The Blacklist for The Courier being creepy and then not the central focus, way to change it up, show.

FTW to @ Midnight on Comedy Central, a cute gameshow where comedians dissect daily internet stuff. I would recommend going to an every-other-day format though, lest it become stale.

WTFTW to White Collar for "killing" Mozzie and then having him birth Diana's baby, that was a weird nonsense of an episode.

WTFTW to The Good Wife's Outside the Bubble, a mostly compelling episode where stuff happened all over the place, and yet a WTF to Diane's crazy eyes and nobody noticing them.

WTF to SHIELD for 2 of the worst "Chinese" locations, stuff that looked so bad you wouldn't even believe it was a real place in Los Angeles, much less Hong Kong.
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Completely agree about @Midnight. Fluffy, moderately dirty fun.

Although I've been watching on Hulu, so it's been mostly @7pm.
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I don't care what anybody says.I missed Tyler and I'm glad he & Caroline reunited although it was on a sad day
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Beware the Batman wasn't great, but it was getting better little by little, so for Cartoon Network to pull a Cartoon Network for the second year in a row is so disheartening. What's the point of watching anything on CN if they're going to treat it so shabbily? They never air reruns of anything good at times when kids might respond to it, yet they flood the station with their hyperactive content reruns morning, noon, and night.

Why should Netflix having more subscribers be a WTF? They offer more content and a more diverse quality of content, apples vs oranges, my friend.

Ugh, that Lucy still looks putrid. The christmas episode colorization looks a little better, but this Italian one is just awful with its vintage-color styling. Why would they even do this? Nobody wants this, total waste of money.
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That GIF of Madame LaLaurie is the sole reason why someone should invent GIFs with sound.
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Vine?
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Video?
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FTW: ...from the moment that we met you Bernadette and, of course, "the zone" (Go Amy!).

WTF: The Minotaur, nuff said.
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Yeah I agree!!!
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I actually completely disagree on the Revenge claim, if anything it was one of the best episodes in a long, long, long time. Did we watch the same episode? I thought it had a lot of juicy entertaining drama. Maybe it's just me but I actually think they're moving along the storylines really quickly. Take for example Conrad's illness, I was sure they were going to drag that storyline and instead it by this episode it was done.
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They not saying that Revenge was bad it's just a WTF moment ;)
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FTW :
Bex Taylor Klaus is back !!!
The Tomorrow People is better than expected.
Arrow's storylines keeps unfolding and they're all great.

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Homeland : the big revelation doesn't make the show great ; it just proves that the 4 first episodes of this neason were useless. That's sad, just sad.
Haven : this show keeps getting ridiculous.
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Howard's song for Bernadette was one of the sweetest things I've seen. It was light and funny and sweet without being saccharine. Leonard's reaction upon the discovery of Penny's box was also sweet. I must say, though, I'm really feeling sorry for Amy and Raj. All that love floating around and none for either of them.
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Samantha Shaw's (POI), even after this eppy she's is still crowding the series for me....sorry. WTF Tara Teller from the Sons of Anarchy, she morphed into Gemma 2.0. Totally agree about Homeland...just seems like Carrie got the raw end of the stick on this one...what this girl won't do for this her country, I wish we can find out at some point.
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FTW: Castle time travel episode was AMAZING.
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We need more DC characters on TV. Disney and Marvel have at least three different shows on. Beware The Batman was a different take on the character showing a lot of new villains instead of the tired old ones everyone knows too well. Although it's possible CN found the show too dark and possibly too scary for it's young audience.

With luck Beware the Batman will return some time after Christmas, although it could be only to burn off the rest of the episodes. It's reasonable to expect we won't see it until August 2014.
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I don't think Cartoon Network can hide behind the claim that Beware the Batman was too dark. It was rated TV-PG, same as Mad, Regular Show, and Adventure Time -- and there's no move to pull those. (Although, those seem to push the envelope a lot more IMHO).

Plus CN bounces back and forth between shows with different ratings. I frankly don't think they really care.
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FTW/WTF: The mentioning of Ra's Al'Ghul on Arrow.
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Netflix has more subscribers than HBO? Does that take into account people who "borrow" Netflix and HBOGO passwords from friends and family?

FTW: 9-9's Halloween episode, Once Upon a TIme's Neverland storyline, Nell with a gun on NCIS:LA.

FTWTF: Grimm returns (yay!), and kills off Baron Samedi (boo!).

WTF: Marcia Wallace's passing, Lucy in color, Murder She Wrote remake, the World Series' annual messing up of Fox's schedule.
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FTW: Carter's confrontation with her partner on Person of Interest. That was like something out of Justified, and it was on network TV; CSI's 300th episode was a good showcase for Sara and Greg without completely ignoring the other characters (in contrast to the 200th episode); the final montage at the end of CSI's 300th episode, featuring "Best I Ever Had."

WTF: NBC's announcement of a revival of Murder She Wrote (agree with everything you wrote about it); CBS's announcement that it might reboot Charmed. I didn't watch the original the 10 years it was (just) on. If the networks insist on recycling concepts, they should try interesting but obscure shows that most people won't even realize are remakes, like Coronet Blue or Search; the absence of Nick from CSI's 300th episode.

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Whelp, now that Homeland is spoiled for me......... I was taking my time with it this season, as Dana is really getting on my nerves, but what the hey, this is kinda good news.
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As you seem to have realized, it shouldn't be considered a spoiler, since it will only make you less irritated about how much of an asshole Saul is in the first few episodes.
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FTW: Covert Affairs episode - Since the show was in the FTW section last week, I guess it cannot go back there again this week, but this week's episode was excellent.

FTW: Haven episode full of twists that nobody actually expected so soon and changing the whole game.

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Carrie Diaries is a FTW and Homeland WTF???? World gone crazy...
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FTW - Definitely POI and Shaw. I've been in love with Sara Shai since the amazing short-lived "Life" with Damian Lewis.
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FTW: The Mentalist great twist as we count down the Red John Suspects.
FTW: Castle's awesome Time Travel episode and all of its Time Travel references.
FTW: The Bone's Wedding was awesome.
FTW: POI awesome Shaw episode.
FTW: GRIMM is Back and it is AWESOME.
WTF: OUAT's Awful plot line about Rumble/Pan
WTF: Criminal Minds Lame filler episode. Really Writers my cat could have written a better filler episode.
WTF: NO SLEEPY HALLOW no one cares about stupid baseball. Put it on another day or on the net.
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Homeland sucks, same as usual. While I haven't watched Bones since, I think, season two or three, I'm glad to see Brennan and Booth finally tied the knot. Must have been a real pleaser to hardcore fans, as even non-fans are happy about it. Never quite happened in the X-files, though the movies largely hinted at it. TWD and AHS continue to be awesome, and Bates' performance was very, very welcome.
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For me, Homeland's "twist" a FTW in the week.
Another FTW for me that wasn't mentioned: the truth about Skye comes out in AoS and it was a touching moment.
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wtf: heard that a re-imagination of charmed is in discussion.


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(Warning, this comment contains spoilers for Homeland)

For what it's worth, here's my defense of the latest big twist in Homeland. I think that what we've seen leading up to the ending of this latest episode, and the revelation at the end, doesn't jive as much as it would first appear. Provided we hypothesize that Saul and Carrie weren't working together the whole time, that is. I agree that it's quite the stretch for the writers to claim that they were in cahoots from the moment Saul outed Carrie on live television as being bipolar and in a relationship with Brody. There are so many moments that contradict this, from Carrie confronting Saul's wife to all those times when she was alone and she genuinely seemed distraught. It really, really seemed like she did not expect Saul to throw her under the bus when she saw it on TV, and it would be incredibly far-fetched for the writers to claim that she and Saul had planned that whole thing together.

However, things start to make a whole lot more sense if they started to work together after the fact. Here's what I think happened. Either Saul felt really guilty about throwing Carrie to the wolves, or he had this play in his mind from the beginning. Either way, Saul knew for a while that Carrie would soon be in a perfect position to be approached by rivals of the CIA. And since the CIA was/is currently focused on taking down the perpetrators of the second 9/11, that is the organization that would most benefit from approaching Carrie.

Anyway, I think that Saul probably brought Carrie on-board right before the trial that sent her to the psych ward. Either he needed her to not know the plan until then, so that everything she did until that moment seemed genuine because it was, or he had only recently formulated the plan. I tend to think it's the former, since he told Carrie's family that he was looking out for her best interests a while ago. He also told Quinn to "have faith" a little while back, when he expressed displeasure at what they were doing to Carrie. Now that we know that he is actually working with Carrie, him saying those things to Quinn and Carrie's family seem a whole lot more genuine than they did before. This indicates that when he said those things he already knew he was going to be working with Carrie, or they were already working together.

Anyway, I'm sure we'll find out in the next episode exactly when this whole rodeo started happening, but it probably occurred after she went to that reporter, and before the start of the latest episode. I strongly doubt the reporter bit was staged, seeing as Carrie was willing to reveal that Brody wasn't behind the attack and who knows what else. So at some point afterward Saul approached her.

Now, it's possible that Carrie could have come up with the plan, and then got Saul on board. This would have had to have happened after she was approached by the guy from the banking company. However, I think this isn't that likely, seeing as it would have taken a lot of convincing for Saul to believe her. And I doubt that Carrie could have put the pieces together about Iran and American banks having been out of the loop for a long time. This also would seem to contradict the idea that Saul made Carrie's life miserable only because he had to make her the perfect bait. So again, I think that it was Saul who approached Carrie.

One last point is that it's likely that only Saul and Carrie know about this operation. Saul used the CIA to make it look like Carrie was being shunned and shut down by them, but they are obviously oblivious to his true intentions. Carrie has similarly been keeping it quiet, though admittedly she has very few people to tell about an uber-off-the-books mission that requires her to look as crazy as possible so that the CIA see her as a liability. So the reason that Saul issues that one guy orders to keep Carrie in the psych ward, or keep her off the streets, is so that she looks appealing to the terrorists as a potential asset. But he doesn't tell that guy what's actually going on, because let's face it: no one (besides Saul) would ever trust Carrie to go undercover into a dangerous and powerful organization as herself. Especially after all that's happened.

So yeah, based on some key things that were said by certain people these last several episodes, especially Saul, it seems clear that the writers laid the groundwork for Saul and Carrie's coalition early on in the season (which isn't saying much). And even though there are a number of moments that contradict the idea that the two of them planned this out at some point in the premiere, thing make a lot more sense all-round if Saul filled Carrie in later. But while there are little things that you can point to as being clues of the plan (Carrie refusing to let Quinn vouch for her at her hearing, and her making a scene so as to ensure that she would be institutionalized, to name a few), it's still very difficult to connect all the dots with what we've been given. As such, the next episode will no doubt have its work cut out for itself explaining what Saul and Carrie did behind the scenes, and when they started doing it. However, this won't be as impossible a job as a lot of people believe.
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FTW: One of the best TVD episodes ever. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried like crazy during Bonnie’s memorial. TVD has gotten so much better since Klaus and his siblings left the show!
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My own personal WTF this week was learning that a Charmed reboot was on the cards
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Lucille Ball has never been funny, so color really doesn't bother me. Oh, and tell Tim that Oasis is fucking terrible, but it does explain why his brains have turned to shit. Listening to that garbage will turn you stupid.
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Excuse me, but Lucille is a comedy legend.
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You're excused this once, but try not to have such shit taste in the future. High-pitched whining and screaming is NOT comedy.
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I loved howards song it just made me smile it like a nerd romantic anthem
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FTW: - Madame LaLaurie is an amazing character I love her.

WTF: - How can Klaus play with Camille's mind that way ? That's awful (The Originals)
- Was that dress realy the dream of Bones ?
- Even though it was planned, it seems like Carrie likes being in a mental institution (Homeland).

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We sure as hell waited long enough for that Booth/Brennan wedding! Wooohoo!
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OK not sure if it's WTF for this week or next week, but after American horror story what's the show most deserving of a Halloween episode?
Sleepy F***king Hollow, but do we get one?
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That's exactly what I said in last week's FTW/WTF. Sleepy Hollow is the one show (as you said, next to AHS) that should have a Halloween ep and will not. So f'n tired of Fox and it's f'n baseball. Also, I don't think AHS is halloween this week either, judging from the previews. So basically boo.
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The World Series is one of the prices you pay for making us watch all those episodes of the Mindy Project, New Girl, Carrie Diaries and the romcom movie (there's really only one) that they keep changing the title of and reissuing.
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Haha! I hate all that shit too. I prefer horror to romcoms. And I like baseball... but not at the expense of my shows. There's room for both Fox!!
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That's a shame as well, but I give them a pass as AHS had one of the best Halloween episodes ever in season 1.
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Very true! I was just thinking I would watch it again this week.
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FTW: Shaw on POI, human Castiel on Supernatural and the premiere of Grimm.
WTF: The whole boring episode of TVD and Charmed's reboot
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