FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (October 28)

Geez, has another week gone by already? Well, let's talk about some of the awesome and not-so-awesome TV that aired during it, then!


FTW



Rebekah channels her inner mean girl on The Vampire Diaries


We've long enjoyed Claire Holt's performance as Rebekah, the world's oldest teenage girl, but this week saw her in straight-up mean girl mode, terrorizing Elena every chance she got. And in case you're wondering, THIS is the meanest thing one vampire can do to another:



Maggie's farewell speech on The Walking Dead


In "Sick," week Maggie bid adieu to her father Hershel... before he ended up recovering. But for those few painful, tear-soaked minutes, actress Lauren Cohan took Maggie from a supporting character to a lead with seemingly minimal effort and maximum impact. As fun as The Walking Dead's high-intensity zombie sequences can be, at least some of us still enjoy its slower and quieter moments. This tear jerker of a scene was no exception.



American Horror Story: Asylum gelled into a focused hour of must-watch TV


We had some misgivings about the premiere episode of American Horror Story's second season—too many characters, too much editing, too few reasons to become invested—but in week two those doubts fell by the wayside with an episode that was tight, clever, and compelling. Credit where credit's due: Despite its sprawling ambition and seemingly haphazard story elements, American Horror Story knew what it was doing all along. ALSO:



A very Sunny Halloween


How does the Paddy's Pub crew incorporate zombies into It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? With a McPoyle wedding and milk spiked with bath salts. The decaying meatbags from The Walking Dead have nothing on these tripping inbred yokels.



Last Resort puts it all together


Episode 5 was Homicide's Frank Pembleton versus The Shield's Dutch as Andre Braugher and guest-star Jay Karnes went at each other during some tense negotiations in an outstanding hour of television. If the struggling ABC thriller can maintain this level of quality, we're looking at the next great show to get canceled well before its time.



The Battle Rounds have come to an end on The Voice


THEY'RE OVER. THEY'RE FINALLY OVER. Battle Rounds wrapped up on Tuesday, which means we finally get to the live stuff... wait, what do you mean we still have to do the Knockout Rounds? What the hell are those? Two members of the same team face off for their mentor's favor? But that sounds like the Battle Rounds! And they aren't live either?

Well, at least we're moving forward in theory, and that's a good thing.



We're reunited with Happy Endings and it feels so a-mah-zing


We missed those friendos.



Timothy Olyphant as Wesley-san on The League


His white sushi chef character from O-ma-ha, Nebraska was awesome, bro. Hai!



Law & Order: SVU hits a milestone


Three hundred episodes! Here's to another three hundred more.



New Girl's Soviet cracker commercial


And also pretty much everything involving Cece's roommate Nadia.



WTF



Tyler's "dental work" on The Vampire Diaries


We understand that television is not real, but that doesn't mean we need to see things like this:



New Girl's mid-episode Ford Fusion commercial


And the award for Most Obnoxious Product Placement goes to...


Well, turns out there wasn't much we didn't like this week. What's on *your* list of TV loves and hates?

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FTW: The Supernatural episode "Bitten." Rigsby's father telling him he was proud of him without actually saying so and his death scene on The Mentalist.

WTF: The cancellation of Animal Practice (only NBC show I was watching). The reaction of some Supernatural fans to "Bitten" (e.g., shouting in all caps how it wasn't a Supernatural episode and how people who didn't want to see Sam and Dean could any number of other shows). Another Greg-centric CSI: episode focusing on Greg's obsession with old-time mobsters, with too few suspects to make the killer much of a surprise. There are Nick-centric episodes that are arguably great; why is it so difficult to write a good Greg episode? Maybe some characters second-stringers no matter how long they've been on show.
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I'm in favour of product placement - if it keeps shows on the air with all the DVRing then I'm all for it - it's much better to incorporate as a joke than to have close up shots of people answering phones and checking their range.
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I agree, as an Australian who illegally downloads as we dont get most shows her, I support them as a way that TV can keep getting made for different formats.
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It's Always Sunny was amazing, probably the best episode in 2 seasons, since Chardee MacDennis.

SVU was ok, better than a lot of recent episodes.
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Law & Order SVU: - 300 is enough. Time to shut that puppy down.



Happy Endings is great! Glad to have it back. Also happy to have Don't Trust the B** back!
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The league gets no love and is one of the best comedies on TV
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FTW: Fringe rocked it again!



not really a WTF but sad about Etta
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Product placement = UGH! I use to love Pawn Stars till they killed it with Subway product placement, don't watch it anymore. Chuck was also ruined by Subway.
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WTF should be Last Resort not getting many viewers. It's my favourite new show. So sad that it seems like a one-and-done show. Hope the writers manage to tie it up.
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i don't understand why last resort is not doing better it's a great show and could kick homelands ass anyday . all homeland does is end me to sleep so i say to all who try last resort and stop watching give another try it's worth it
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Biggest WTF: Etta
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I agree with TrueTvWatcher. The product placement was not that bad at all! It seems, for you guys any product placement is bad! Chill out. It was a very funny scene.

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To be fair, TV.Com once did a special feature about product placements and how they should be done. They did point out the good ones.

However, I do agree that in New Girl it was very good placement. The scene was so funny I actually didn't realize that was product placement until almost the end of the scene and I thought "Oh, this is product placement.. Well, it's nice they are doing this in a funny way".
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Wow the FTW is awesome!

Rebekah was awesome as were the other characters!

Maggie had some touching scenes

Pepper is the best!

Have to watch Always Sunny

Last Resort was Awesome!

New Girl was sweet and that commercial was hilarious!

I didn't mind the scene where Tyler gets a giant needle in the gums so much as the idea of it in the first place.

I didn't really care about the product placement because Zooey was hilarious and beautiful
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The League is severely underrated. Its Always Sunny people should be watching it.
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I see the promo's after Sunny and its been a show that I've been wondering whether or not to check out. If its good enough for Timothy Olyphant to appear on I definitely will be catching up now.
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WTF: It still isn't October 19.
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FTW: Homeland's unbelievable (not implausible, rather shocking) plot twists, with last week being just another example.
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I don't care at all at the "Ford Produc Placement" because that scene was hilarious.

And by any case, who would buy a car just for seeing it on a tv show scene (where you can see Jesse being sexy and awckardly funny at the same time).
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FTW: Howard and Bernadette as smurfs on BBT (Also the TARDIS photo booth!)



WTF: Still not any good mysteries on Elementary. Sigh. It's supposed to be a crime show, so if the crimes are boring what's the point? I'm gonna stick around for a few more episode because I really like Millers take on Sherlock's addict thing, but if it doesn't get sorted out by episode 7(ish), I'll probably give up.
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Definitely the Parks & Rec proposal FTW. And thanks for (briefly) mentioning SVU's 300th episode. I was all ready to be mad at you for skipping it.
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WTF: Nikita getting under 800,000 viewers for its second episode. I'm really worried that The CW will cancel it halfway through the season even though it got a 22 episode order for its 3rd season.
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It's The CW. You don't have to worry. They kept The LA Complex on all summer even though it got the LOWEST RATINGS OF ANY SHOW IN NETWORK HISTORY. They never cancel anything!

This week's Nikita was kinda weak, though. I was hoping the little girl would be something like River Tam but no.
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Can CW afford to eat that contract? I mean can anything be worse than replacing a show with Whitney?
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Shark Tank's continued love affair with T-Mobile and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Stop that asinine product placement. What are we, 2?
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So that would be a WTF then?
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I actually thought that the Ford Fusion commercial was pretty well integrated as far as product placement can be integrated. Though it's always hard to find a balance between shamelessness and using it to your advantage, which Stephen Colbert seems to pull off four nights a week.
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- I'm really enjoying AHS this year, and only after two episodes. While I liked the first season, it did feel a little bit like a horror soap opera. Not that scary, but revolving more around relationships and a few quirky characters. But so far the second season has really turned up the scare factor. By the way, have you seen what the character Pepper looks like in real life? Naomi Grossman is her name. What a difference a little bit of make up can make.

- This week's episode was the best of Last Resort so far. It was really intense.

- And how about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? That show still manages to come up with great story lines. This episode was, once again, awesome.

- Let's put Happy Endings, The League and New Girl in one group and give them a collective cheer. Happy Endings being back makes me happy, Timothy on The League was great, and I haven't laughed this hard watching a sitcom in a year as I did when I saw the cartoon on New Girl.
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(with due credit paid to Tim Surette):

FTW: CBS responds to audience wishes and pulls Kalinda's violence/sex backstory from The Good Wife. (I'll never eat soft-serve ice cream again.)

WTF: ABC still hasn't removed Declan and company from Revenge.
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I am soooo disappointed Amanda's fall from "Revenge" isn't on here.



And no Phoebe Tonkin! ):
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I can't believe Parks and Rec isn't on the FTW list! It was one of very few television moments that has caught me off guard and I didn't know what emotions were coming out of me. When Leslie and Ben get married, it better make it on this list.
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Word. This show has become so amazing.
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I tend to agree - both Sunny and Parks have had two great weeks in a row. At least Sunny was mentioned - that was one hell of a good episode. The back story to the whole thing was so well developed that it all made sense in the Sunny world. Perfectly outrageous!
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I mostly come here for the WTFs, too bad there weren't more.
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I actually loved the scene with the car in New Girl. The product placement didn't bother me at all ;)



WTF: The final minutes of Fringe.
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I agree with this about the car commercial within New Girls episode. I didn't mind it at all. I feel like it was done perfectly to not make it seem so blatant.
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Don't trust the bitch in apt. 23 was absolutely hilarious this week. If you haven't started watching this show, start with this episode and you'll be hooked.
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agreed
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FTW: The Arrested Development joke on Up All Night. (Heeey brother.)

WTF: TV.com not watching Up All Night and thus that joke.
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Ben's proposal to Leslie on Parks and Recreation definitely should have been on this list.
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FTW of course.
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You guys are totally right! As one of the biggest Parks and Rec fans on the TV.com staff, I'm to blame... I can't believe I forgot to include it! Yikes. Maybe I should have paused my DVR to remember every bit about the scene, Leslie-style. Not only was it completely FTW, I love how the show is so stealthy with its romance "milestones," like when Andy and April surprised us with a wedding in "Fancy Party." Congratulations, Leslie and Ben!
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Timothy Olyphant on The League was a big FTW for me. I LOVED Olyphant guest-starring, and I loved the episode. I watched it, like, 5 times ;)

Other FTWs: The Walking Dead, New Girl, Last Resort and Don't Trust the B in Apt 23.

I can't really remember any WTFs this week.
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I watched it six times.
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WTF: Etta
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Red Dwarf meeting Jesus of Caesarea was awesome.
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Craig Ferguson's fued with Katie Couric FTW
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Pretty much everything on Ferguson this week was a win.
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