What to watch on Thursday, April 11...
It’s the puppet episode. I mean, yeah I could tell you how “Intro to Felt Surrogacy” is about the study group going on a hot air balloon ride, crashing in the woods, and winding up in the company of guest-star Jason Alexander. But really, all you need to know is, this is the episode where all the characters are played by puppets. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
Parks and Recreation
The titular department in “Animal Control” needs a revamp, Ron needs medical attention, and Sweetums’ new charity foundation needs donors. Can Leslie, Ann, and the trio of Ben, Tom, and Andy solve these respective conundrums? More importantly, which plan will Jerry somehow botch the worst? DAMMIT, Jerry.
Regionals are looming for the New Directions in “Shooting Star,” but their perspectives are shaken when McKinley High witnesses an “unthinkable event.” Studies have shown that the only event that qualifies as unthinkable in a Ryan Murphy universe is someone demonstrating subtlety, but I am not prepared to believe that such a thing is truly in our future.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 9:30pm, NBC
“Urn-ed Run” sounds the buzzer on Go On's freshman season with Mr. K and Anne trying to help Ryan move forward by devising a plan for his wife’s ashes. Meanwhile, discontent with their sessions leads the group to turn on Laura, unless Yolanda and Sonia can save her bacon (spoiler alert: they probably cannot, because they live in a sitcom).
Men at Work
Milo is harassed by a homeless fellow in “Will Work for Milo,” a title whose glib construction masks a wide range of disturbing possible interpretations, from indentured servitude to cannibalism. Elsewhere, Gibbs leverages a found pair of glasses into a classy new personality, and Tyler baits a new customer by faking a job.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, History
A group of hunters patrols the tony Connecticut suburbs, ridding the white-bread utopia’s sprawling estates of their most fiendish and invasive nemesis: deer. I am struggling to think of anything else to add here that won’t get me A) sued, B) shot, or C) both, so let’s just move on to FX’s finales, shall we? Lets.
SEASON 4 FINALE, 10pm FX
It’s ISIS vs. SeaLab and Jon Hamm’s megalomaniacal Capt. Murphy as “Sea Tunt: Part II” caps off the fourth season. Worlds will collide! Old footage will be repurposed! Residual highs from 2am at some dude’s apartment in college a decade ago will be triggered!
SEASON 1 FINALE, 10:30pm, FX
Continuity alert! The prostitute whose services Jim procured for Billy in the series' first episode returns, and as the title “Fatherhood” should indicate, she’s preggers as all get-out. Janice is taken aback by her maybe-future-grandchild, but Billy is inspired to contemplate the familial possibilities.
– Charlie Sheen, Tony Hale, and Dropkick Murphys on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Avril Lavigne on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Edie Falco on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Legal scholar Cass Sunstein on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– LL Cool J, Andy Cohen, and Tegan and Sara on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Tom Cruise, Ke$ha, and Paramore on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Vince Vaughn, Amy Schumer, Joshua Topolsky, and Major Lazer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Carl Reiner and Anna Chlumsky on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:52am, CBS