TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (December 10)

It's the holiday season, which means it's time to check your self-restraint at the door and enjoy yourselves like the gluttons you are! All the 'nog we've been drinking has put us in a TV-watching hypnotic coma! So here's an extra-large batch of what we liked and didn't like about TV this week.


Swell:



Paul's Jimmy Stewart impression on New Girl

Jess trying out her new sex moves with role playing, starfish lingerie, and light choking was all fine and sort of funny, but Paul really stole the show with his Jimmy Stewart impression. Hilariously spot on and very, very unsexy.



Carrie's interrogation of the Saudi diplomat on Homeland

Brutal, tense, surprising, and masterful, the scene was an eye-opening glimpse at the (semi-illegal) lengths a CIA agent might go to get their job done. Note to self: don't get locked in room with CIA agent Carrie, but do get locked in room with Carrie the lonely alcoholic.



Marshmallow Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec

"His licorice arms are crossed because he's mad at the other marshmallow workers."



Man Up's cancellation

We don't normally celebrate others' misfortunes (publicly, at least), but no one in our office is going to cry over the loss of this stinker. And hey, ABC's gotta make room for Work It!



American Horror Story's stakes-raising twist

This week we learned that [SPOILER ALERT] Violet didn't survive her suicide attempt from a few weeks ago and she's now just another soul bound to the world's worst home. It was a genius way to ensure that the Harmon family will stay in the house for a while, but also a frequently unlikeable, two-dimensional teenager just got a lot more sympathetic.



Enlightened's penultimate episode, "Consider Helen"

It was a bold move to focus on a secondary character, but this artful, elegiac look into Amy's mother's daily life constituted an origin story of sorts: Helen's grief made Amy who she is today. Diane Ladd's powerful, understated work deserves all the awards. ALL of them.



The reveal of Mac's REAL name on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

And its simplicity was one of the funniest parts of one of the funniest episodes of It's Always Sunny in a long time.


Hell:



Alec Baldwin's brattiness

He acted like an entitled brat on his flight, was reprimanded, and then took to the web to make matters worse. Yes, Alec, 9/11 is preventing you from playing Words With Friends. Just shut up and go away for a while.



No more Hermain Cain for The Daily Show

The pizza-mogul-turned-lady-fondle-turned-presidential-candidate has withdrawn from the presidential race, proving that the comedy gods have a cruel sense of humor. As the Germans say, "Nein! Nein! Nein!" But Jon Stewart's piece on his departure was HILARIOUS, and the Pokemon Movie quote was a heck of a way to go out, Herm! We'll miss you! (Also: Plus one for a The Room clip.)



The continued success of Brandon on Survivor

While admittedly an interesting and complex guy, Brandon's ascension to power player is just a straight-up bummer. His bad decisions and righteous attitude may make for a great villain, but this one is just unpleasant to watch.



Sons of Anarchy ducking out during its finale

For 13 episodes, Season 4 was one of the greatest things ever. Unfortunately, Episode 14 featured a Deus Ex Machina for the ages.



Claire Dunphy's ribs

It's not just the fact that you can see them, it's that Modern Family's wardrobe department put them on blast this week by putting her in a bathing suit. Eat a cheeseburger, Julie Bowen!


What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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Misfits had a Zombie episode. That, it's Always Sunny and the Community swan song were the real highlights.
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Ronald Mcdonald. Enough said.
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my roomate's mom made $255939 so far just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this site...MakeCash7.com

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Can you believe Julie Bowen is the same girl from Happy GIrlmore? She was so curvaceous then! Now she is so thin it looks unhealthy. Maybe she is trying to audition for a half-decomposed zombie on Walking Dead?
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very true! Julie Bowen is gross looking these days. Did you see her at those awards? ewwwww
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Justin Long on New Girl? Damn I might actually have to start watching again.
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Who would have ever thought a presidential candidate would use a pocket monster quote eh?

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I thought Mac's name being revealed as Ronald McDonald was absolutely hilarious. I also agree that Alec Baldwin whining and trying to bring up 9/11 was insanely annoying. I actually am a fan of Alec's but blaming 9/11 when a flight attendant asked you to turn off your phone is a bit much. Sorry, Alec but turning your phone off before a flight has been a requirement since long before 9/11. Man up and move on.
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I love that Mac's real name is Ronald McDonald, that was just hilarious, and that show needed something truly funny like that, its been getting bad the last couple of seasons. But what was up with The Kings of Leon just makin a cameo, that was pretty random.
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Swell: Abed on Community. Abed and Shirley from Community on Chuck!
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Soooo...Abed. Hey, me too. :-P
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Swell: Two episodes of Grimm this week

Hell: The conversation between Travis and Gellar on Dexter. Usually, I'd say that was waaay worse than the Sons of Anarchy plot reset, but seeing as it's a finale, I'll go so far as to say they are at least equally disappointing.
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So Julie Bowen is not fat? Well that is unamerican!!!! Yeah, eat a cheeseburger like every other person!
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Its safe to say you missed the point.
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In other words, you think if Julie Bowen gains any more weight, she'd be considered fat? She is unhealthily skinny. The weight she's at now, if she and I ever met and she was nice enough to give me a hug, I think her chest bones would stab me and I'd bleed to death.
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He was implying that she's too thin. Which she is. No one's saying contribute to the current obesity problem but you should never see a person's ribs like that. Contrary to popular belief being too thin is equally as problematic as being too fat. She reminded me of Kelly Ripa, who also puts on things that show off the fact that you can see her ribcage, her sternum, her swallowing a grape for crying out loud. I once seen her heart beat.
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He was implying that she's too thin. Which she is. No one's saying contribute to the current obesity problem but you should never see a person's ribs like that. Contrary to popular belief being too thin is equally as problematic as being too fat. She reminded me of Kelly Ripa, who also puts on things that show off the fact that you can see her ribcage, her sternum, her swallowing a grape for crying out loud. I once seen her heart beat.
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I think he was impling that she was too thin.
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what the heck does Abed mean? someone please tell me. and i see it everywhere

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Is this a joke? Or some form of sarcasm I'm not aware of? Because if your serious, this is one of the funniest questions I've ever seen on TV.com. Where do I even begin? Well, just to cover my bases, if your looking for the definition of the word, it means to be in bed or confined to a bed. But I'm pretty sure that is not the context in which you have been seeing the word/name. Abed, is also the name of a very popular character on the television show, Community. He co-hosts a very popular morning show, titled: Troy and Abed in the Morning, among other things. Just in case you wanted to know the origin and meaning of the name, It's origins are Arabic and it means worshiper. I'm still not sure if this question is a joke or not, and I'm half expecting you to reply with: YOU JUST GOT PUNKED! (Forgive me for the outdated reference.)
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He's a character on NBC's Community.
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That bit with Mac's name on It's Always Sunny was so perfect that I had to replay it after I stopped laughing. Even thinking about it now is making me chuckle. Seems like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been really good this season compared to the last few. Chardee McDennis may be the show's high point.



As for hell, Community disappearing is far more a hell than Alec Baldwin's inability to play video games. I know I'm not original for calling out that hell, but it's true.
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i actually loved the sons finale.i thought it wrapped everything up really well
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Correction no let off just checked time it was posted - i live in the UK and had *cough* downloaded and watched it before this list was put together!!!
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How did you miss this (unless this is written friday in which case i'll let you off - but it has to go on next weeks)



SWELL: Abed & Shirly on Chuck : Shirly : Who's the new guy!?



Was kinda hoping they'd make a commuity plea but still abosolutely brilliant!!!!!!!!!!
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I was going to complain about the lack of Community on this list, but then I remembered it makes this list almost every other week, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to complain.
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Sarah Hyland looks greats, though. Before anyone freaks, she's actually 21
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ABC needs to be making room for Cougar Town. DO THE RIGHT THING ABCCCCCCCCCC YOU BASTARDS!
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Swell: There was episode of Fringe on Friday, even though it was just a re-run.

Hell: still have to wait until January for new episodes.
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Swell: Person of Interest it was really good this past week, HIMYM was heartbreaking and it was nice to have a change from all the goofiness,

Hell: Modern Family I didn't notice Julie's ribs because I thought the whole episode wasn't all that great. I feel like the writers ran out of ideas and should get some new people in fast because the show is getting kinda boring. The Walking Dead not being on.
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Really? I thought the "Express Christmas" of "Modern Family" was GREAT! Hilarious!
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Swell: Conan O"Brien's Ron Paul F-150 ad parody.

Hell: The Daily Show's Declaration of War on Christmas sketch, a potentially funny idea scuttled by Jon Stewart's trying to mimic multiple presidents and being overly pleased with his own crappy delivery; it was like Tim Conway and Harvey Korman laughing at their own jokes on steroids.
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I wouldn't quite call it Hell, but Eureka's Christmas episode missed out on a lot of opportunity. The animation was unimpressive but the story seemed to just be slapped together. There was a great opportunity for parody and humor that was just missed. And there was no recognition of the animation styles. Animatiacs did a similar type of episode that criticized the limited animation styles of other studios, but they mimicked them perfectly. Was this just an attempt to avoid the musical episodes of other shows?



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Oh, and I totally agree with Julie Bowen's incredible skinniness. She doesn't flash them much on the show, but in any interview I've seen her where she's wearing something sightly revealing, she reveals her skeleton! It sucks because I think her face is very beautiful... her body just creeps me out.



Also, I'm with Taccado. Sarah Hyland was looking really good this episode, I spent the entire episode just watching her.
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You and me both! Lol! Sarah's getting hotter!



And I noticed Julia at the Emmy's. Woah, her face is beautiful, but I never thought she could be THAT skinny, almost anorexic. Now, she creeps me out too.
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Swell: All of Community's "musical" gleeful numbers.



Hell: Community now being on hiatus and having an unknown return date.
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Amen!
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Swell: both The Office and Parks and Rec bashing the Black Eyed Peas.
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Justin Long is a underrated actor, I remember the little stint he did in jeepers creepers and drag me to hell, small but good stuff....Zooey is cute ok but as a actress...hmmmmm
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The finale of ANTM was Hell. Not even the challenges or anything like that, but the way they just told us, "oh, yeah, Angelea is just out for no reason..." and then Allison didn't even win!
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True. But I also think the whole series was shit. The premise though was good; to bring back people who have already had the chance to make it in the industry after their respective cycles. But the execution was terrible. The idea that the next step for a model should be to turn into a generic reality wannabe with perfumes, songs and acting was stupid. There could have been so many options to challenge them with when it comes to modelling, and then the show turned them into some performing monkeys.
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+100000000000
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Oh come on, SOA on the hell list? I think people who were dissapointed by it should go read some of Sutter's interviews. The whole CIA thing is loosely based on actual things that happened and was planned from the onset. This whole season was about Jax deciding to fight for the club, take the reigns and try and get the MC back to the vision his father had for it. If Jax taking the SO NS rings of the grave and putting it on, and him sitting at the head of the table, gavel in hand doesn't get you then I just don't know. I loved that stuff.
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First, I don't see what the "reality" of the CIA thing, and that Sutter had planned it from the onset has anything to do with the quality. It still kind of stunk. Secondly, I agree that Jax taking the gavel and reigns of the club was really cool, but that was about the only thing well done in the episode. I don't think one good aspect means the rest of the episode wasn't disappointing.



Really, it wasn't that bad an episode, but it was disappointing considering just how awesome the previous 7 episodes or so were. Building up all that tension and drama, just to have it all settle down quietly (until next season) by Romeo flashing a badge? Bleh.
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Agreed. One of the few things they did set up i'm looking forward to, the power struggle between Gemma and Tara. Those eyes they threw at each other previews a battle ahead!
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The swell ones weren't that swell this week. But I give thumbs up to the "Consider Helen" episode. I have respect for Enlightened because it's trying to do something different.



To tell you the truth, I didn't even notice Julie Bowen's ribs. I was staring at Sarah Hyland the whole time.
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She is scary skinny.
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Amen! All this time I thought it was just me being increasingly disturbed by Julie Bowen's anorexic like physique...
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to go along with the homeland scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hskVSq2lQKE

epic. so great.
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