What to watch on Thursday, April 25...
The Big Bang Theory
In “The Closure Alternative,” Amy tries to help Sheldon move on after one of his favorite TV shows is yanked without a satisfying ending. I feel you, Sheldon ol’ buddy. We all wanted to know what the heck the deal was with those Nazi clocks.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Backdoor spin-off pilot “The Originals” sends Klaus on a sojourn to New Orleans, where he reunites with a former vampire protégé who’s now a local power broker. Elijah, on his brother’s heels, discovers that Hayley has stumbled into some trouble of her own while exploring her family history in the French Quarter. Rebekah being Rebekah, they probably forgot her at a rest stop outside Winston-Salem.
Annie and Shirley hatch a cunning plan to undermine Leonard after they learn he’s besting them both in the race for class valedictorian. Who knew snack food reviews on YouTube counted for extra credit at Greendale? In the title-inspiring portion of “Basic Human Anatomy,” freakiness ensues when Troy and Abed act out a scene from a body-switching movie.
Can local talent agent Roseanne Barr propel Andy to industrial film stardom? And if so, who will be his E, Drama, and Turtle? Kevin is practicing his cry of “Victory!” just in case. Around the office, Dwight and Angela flex their stationery-engineering prowess in a paper airplane contest, hence the episode title, “Paper Airplane.”
Person of Interest
When a medical nabob is dosed with a deadly poison in “In Extremis,” Reese and Finch race to administer a cure to the victim and a proper clobbering to the attacker. At the PD, Fusco may be busted when an informant supplies Internal Affairs with evidence of his past misdeeds.
With Bailey enveloped by a CDC investigation into the deaths of several of her patients, Jackson and the board clash over the right PR approach. If this were the ‘90s, it’d be a lock that this storyline would’ve had them hiring Pope and Associates for a two-part crossover. Meanwhile in “Sleeping Monster,” Owen tends to Ethan as the fate of the boy’s parents remains uncertain, and Cristina gives Alex grief about his secret feelings for Jo.
See, Revolution? When the power goes out, you don’t have to lose your shit and traipse across the continent swordfighting anything with a pulse. You can take a cue from the New Directiputians, who this week will chill with some mellow acoustic grooves during a blackout at McKinley High in “Lights Out.” Wait, did I just use Glee as an example of a TV show not flipping the bugnuts switch? What harrowing alternate reality is this?!
SEASON 11 FINALE, 9pm, Lifetime
Michael Kors is the guest judge as the two-hour finale crowns this season’s snazziest fashionista. Three designers enter the Fashion Week showdown at Lincoln Center... and, presumably, all three will leave, barring a shockingly draconian rule change at the last minute.
Parks and Recreation
Ron’s proposed budget cuts would eighty-six Pawnee’s putt-putt, which naturally draws Leslie’s ire, she being a stalwart defender of both sport and tiny pencils. While she’s seeking support from an unlikely source in “Swing Vote,” Andy and Ben celebrate a hefty donation to the Sweetums Foundation, and Ann helps Tom get his love life on track.
After the murder of a blackmailer who targeted the families of rape victims, Sherlock and Joan must track down the scuzzball’s partner-in-scuzziness. “Dead Man’s Switch” also finds Holmes reaching his first sober anniversary, and conspicuously avoiding commemoration of same.
“Seven Fifty-Two” fills in Huck’s backstory, which is sure to be littered with wholesome activities like crossword puzzles and trips to Build-A-Bear. Elsewhere, Olivia and Fitz are less than discreet with their latest fiery discourse, while Mellie makes a choice that could land the entire administration in the soup.
– Topher Grace on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Episcopal bishop and author Gene Robinson on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Gwyneth Paltrow, JB Smoove, and Billy Ray Cyrus on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jim Parsons, Snoop Lion, and the Madden 25 cover athlete on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Kaley Cuoco, Goran Visnjic, and Olly Murs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Susan Sarandon, Anthony Mackie, The National, and Aaron and Bryce Dessner on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Zac Efron and author Anna Quindlen on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS