What to watch on Monday, February 25...
“The Fact in the Fiction” welcomes new intern Oliver to the Jeffersonian, and tempts fate by adding to the ignominious history of new TV characters named Oliver (see also: The Brady Bunch, The O.C., Coupling). He immediately unmoors Brennan with his mental acuity, which is perhaps why she surprisingly suspects time travel as a contributing factor in the murder of the week.
8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
Carrie receives an internship offer from Larissa, while Maggie receives a blackmail threat from Donna in “Caught.” Also, Mouse chalks up her stumbling academic performance to her romance with Seth, though some personal disarray should be expected when you enter into a relationship that yields the couple-name “Meth.”
How I Met Your Mother
Earlier this season, Barney destroyed his fabled Playbook in a moment designed to signal significant character growth, an irrevocable break from his philandering past. So naturally that’s being completely retconned now. The Playbook returns in “Weekend at Barney’s,” as The Barnacle applies it to helping Ted court yet another lady love.
2 Broke Girls
With the cupcake shop in danger of going under, the gals turn to Caroline’s wealthy, vindictive, and ironically monikered Aunt Charity for a cash infusion. The heart leaps, contemplating all the rich punning opportunities “And Not-So-Sweet Charity” promises.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, ABC Family
Yes, it’s still Season 1, and the TV listings are calling “Next!” the season finale even though ABC Family’s marketing calls it the “winter finale,” because ABC Family might up and extend Season 1 by nine or 13 or 34 more episodes, because that’s how ABC Family rolls. As Fanny returns home, Michelle heads to Los Angeles for an audition—with the girls secretly tagging along.
Liam’s plot to deep-six Aidan goes sideways, putting Erin in danger, in “One Is Silver and the Other Pagan.” Meanwhile, Josh and Sally reconnect with loved ones, and Kenny gets mixed up with a scheming sexy vampire. [NB: This storyline is mentioned solely for the SEO boost from the phrase “sexy vampire.”]
Castle enlists extralegal assistance when the FBI’s efforts to rescue his daughter come up empty, as “Hunt” concludes the two-parter. In the process, he realizes Alexis’s abduction is linked to even more nefarious machinations. Perhaps Castle Père (guest-star James Brolin) can help shed some light?
“Forks Over Knives” doesn’t quite sound like a kosher surgical practice to me, but then again, I washed out of TV-med school after earning dismal marks in Looking Sexy in Scrubs 301, so what do I know? Anyway, that’s the title of this episode, in which Tina has an out-of-the-ordinary procedure in mind for a patient with obsessive-compulsive disorder and Sung is sued by a former patient.
– Zooey Deschanel, Ben McKenzie, and Japandroids on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Quvenzhané Wallis on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Donnie Wahlberg on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Author Simon Garfield on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Russell Crowe, Eli Roth, and Robert Randolph with The Slide Brothers on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Alec Baldwin and Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Matthew Fox, Radha Mitchell, and Ryan Bingham on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Alan Cumming, Michael Phelps, Kate Upton, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Keith Olbermann and model Coco Rocha on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?