What to watch on Thursday, May 9...
SEASON 4 FINALE, 8pm, NBC
As Jeff checks off the last credit he needs to graduate from Greendale, the Darkest Timeline encroaches upon our reality once more, just to be sure it’s left no evil-twin or alternate-universe trope unspoofed. If “Advanced Introduction to Finality” doesn’t turn out to be the series finale, will Season 5 have any choice but to end with “Honors Advanced Introduction to Finality”?
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
It is my professional duty to inform you all that “The Walking Dead” of this episode’s title are not zombies, but rather ghosts who flood Mystic Falls during a blackout. (As professional duties go, mine are often quite ridiculous.) Elena and Caroline are too busy to notice such spookiness—the former plotting to eradicate Katherine, the latter sending out graduation announcements. Hey, we all have our hobbies.
The Big Bang Theory
The ladies’ plans for a Vegas vacation fall through, and Plan B is to join the guys for some vigorous Dungeons & Dragons questing. With a title like “The Love Spell Potential,” could this episode open new doors for Sheldon and Amy’s relationship? Pfft, could a +5 Flaming Longsword make mincemeat of a hobbled Kobold? Exactly.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 9pm, CBS
Person of Interest
“God Mode” pits Reese, Finch, and some unlikely allies against the twin threats of Decima and Root, with the fate of the Machine in the balance. Elsewhere, Carter’s mission to nab Beecher’s killer lands her in HR’s crosshairs, while flashbacks reveal more of Finch’s origin story.
SEASON 4 FINALE, 9pm, Fox
The New Directiopolitans are Regionals-bound in “All or Nothing,” but can they out-warble a Hoosiderdaddies squad headed by American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez? Why, with Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter perhaps in their corner, they possibly can! Maybe!
The Dunder Mifflinites await the debut of their documentary, and they’ll be stunned to learn it’s been retooled as a sweeping profile of Creed Bratton. Meanwhile in “A.A.R.M.,” Dwight searches for a new assistant and gets ready to propose to Esther, Angela is forced to bring her rugrat to the office, and Andy auditions for an a cappella show. Somewhere along the way, the hour-long episode will squeeze in Aaron Rodgers, Clay Aiken, Mark McGrath, and even more guest-stars.
Grey Sloan battens down the hatches with a gigantic storm looming in “Readiness Is All.” Amid the preparations, Meredith and her baby stumble into danger, bonding with Ethan sets Owen’s biological clock a-ticking, and a crisis drives Jo to seek Alex’s assistance.
“Any Questions?” finds Cyrus in the midst of a momentous White House controversy and Olivia’s team reeling from a sudden betrayal. Boy, the loglines for this show are getting more and more tight-lipped as the end of the season approaches. I suspect that means the Crazybritches Alert Level has hit Orange.
What’s this? That maniacal miscreant Moriarty contracting Sherlock’s services on a case? Will the Dynamic Detective follow the lead straight to the Napoleon of Crime... or into a trap?! And what could make “Risk Management” even dicier for our harried hero but the return of former femme fatale flame Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer)? Tune in to find out—same Holmes-time, same Holmes-channel!
Lecter, you sly dog you. Courting Alana while the team investigates a murder involving organ theft in “Sorbet”? You planned this just so you could hit her with the line, “You have stolen... my heart.” Don’t try and deny it. I’ll let it slide, but I wonder if your new therapist, Gillian Anderson, will be so forgiving.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, AMC
Small Town Security
Hey, you know all those inane commercials blaring at you discordantly at the top of every Mad Men ad break? The ones that look like they’re about a sheriff’s office, and you’re not really sure if what you're watching is scripted or an oddball reality show or a social experiment in cognitive dissonance? This is what those ads are for. Whatever it is apparently gets meta in the season opener, as the gang deals with the community’s reaction to the show’s very existence.
– Don Cheadle, Pete Holmes, and RNDM on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Edie Falco on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– David Sedaris on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Baz Luhrmann on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Shakira, Marc Maron, and Tom Jones on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jack Hanna and Benedict Cumberbatch on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Tobey Maguire, Kerry Washington, and will.i.am on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Jane Lynch, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lady Antebellum on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Bob Saget and Sarah Hyland on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS