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The second part of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 4 - HitFix Picks

From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z, our picks feature Poochie, obesity, Radioactive Man and more

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 4 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top.

How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'"

How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns.

And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight.

It's so good that we even let Drew write up a third favorite, because otherwise "Lisa the Vegetarian" wasn't gonna make our recommendations and that would have been sad, though his blurb doesn't mention any of my three favorite lines from that episode, which only goes to show how many great episodes are in Day 4 and how many great lines there are in some of these episodes.

But don't worry. We still found at least one episode for you to skip if you want to nap.

Check out our recommendations for Day 4 and chime in with your own favorites...

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Recap: 'Outlander' - The way out isn't with sugar and spice and everything nice

This week Claire tries to catch more flies with honey but will it work?

When we last left Claire, she was in the care of men who think entrapping would-be assassins and giving them access to your health care is a fine idea. It’s basically the world’s slowest game of Russian Roulette. I dub thee the Scottish Gambit!

And now I keep thinking about if Marvel’s Gambit had an 18th-century Scottish twin and…I need a moment.


Okay! Let’s see what shenanigans the gang is up to this week in “The Way Out.”


We open on Platform 9¾ as Frank is about to ship Claire off to Hogwarts for another year. Wait, no. Frank is shipping Claire off the front lines and he is not happy about it. Not that it matters because what enemy could even shoot straight while looking at Mrs. Randall is her stunning army uniform? Seriously, when is military chic coming back into fashion, Ms. Wintour?

But fashionable attire as armor aside, Frank is worried about Claire’s safety and jokes at the irony of this role reversal. The loving husband sending his wife off to war. He balances self-effacing jokes to his masculinity with legit fear and wow this show is doing a terrible job of making me hate Frank. As Claire swears to him she will return to him no matter what — FORESHADOWING — and disappears into the misty night, I am still solidly #TeamFrank.

Cut to Claire finally getting bath! It’s like they read my mind, you guys. Of course, standing in a basin while an elderly lady comments on the smoothness of your skin (creepy yet historically accurate) and douses you in ice cold water is not exactly the luxurious unwinding one hopes for when they hear the word ‘bath.’ But boiling enough water to fill a metal tub, then dragging said tub into the room, then moving all the furniture to make it fit, then bathing, then dumping it out and cleaning up would be such an arduous, sweaty task you’d need a bath from the act of taking a bath. So a brisk bit of cold water in a cold room it is! “Bloody hell” indeed, Claire.

However, the water seems to have washed away Claire’s common sense as well. While being dressed and having her hair brushed, she decides now is a good time to sound like a crazy person. If you’ve been wondering if the speech from the commercials was real— where Claire declares she fell through time and gives the audience a primer on her situation — this is the scene it came from. I appreciate the visual of having Claire wet and physically vulnerable during this emotionally vulnerable proclamation but girl, no.

Mts. Fitz does her best impression of trying to keep a straight face while internally screaming, but the waves of “This bitch is crazy” is radiating from her too wide eyes…and we’ve lost her. Mts. Fitz is convinced Claire is a witch, which RUDE. Clearly she’s just mentally unbalanced and/or has the worst cover story in the history of English spies.

HAHAHA JUST KIDDING. It was all a dream. Claire just pulled a “Who shot JR?” on us. My faith in her common sense is restored. 

But wait, what was Mrs. Fitz saying while Claire daydreamed about being burned on the pyre? Another gathering? With ALL the MacKenzie clan? It’s a Scottish Santa Smorgasbord! Hopefully they all wear their best mullet kilts.

Before we can go to Santa Valhalla though, Claire has to become the best damn medicine women since Dr. Quinn...or is Dr. Quinn the best damn medicine woman since Claire Beecham? Damn you time travel!

Most of what the previous healer was using was gross and unsanitary. Things like powdered human skull and the world’s grossest Surprise Can. You know, like when you open a can labeled ‘nuts’ and fake snakes pop out? Imagine that, only the can says “AOWIHJEOIF” (Gaelic probably) and out pops millipedes. The 18th century is awful…just awful.

Claire powers through because what’s a handful of bugs when you’ve been elbow deep in a screaming infantryman? She sorts through the useful stuff from the garbage, all while her guard watches from the stairwell. Hey buddy, maybe be a little less creepy with the phallic handling of your knife while staring daggers into the lady’s back. Or get bored because she’s just helping heal the the injured and not doing any cool Spy Stuff™ and go get a drink. 

It’s so hard to find good guards these days. If Claire were really an English infiltrator, these drunks would be dead in their cups by now.

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Do the Emmys matter anymore?

Do the Emmys matter anymore?
That the Emmys have been relegated to a Monday night in August this year should be a cause for concern. Yes, the Emmys had an eight-year high last year, but that was thanks to football. As Verne Gay notes, the Emmys are "sliding into, if not outright irrelevance, then senescence … That's the harsh view, and maybe an unfair one, but the numbers appear to confirm that slow, inexorable slide.” PLUS: How Emmy voters vote, and play the Emmy drinking game.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” unveils a split-tongue trailer
Check out “Lick.”

Fox explaining “Gotham” with a 4-part online special
The 20-minute series explores the mythology behind the Batman prequel.

Seth Meyers would rather celebrate than roast TV at the Emmys
“This is a time to remind people how good the good is in television right now,” he says. “It’s maybe better than ever.” PLUS: Meyers and Brian Williams have lunch together, and Meyers gets why people are upset over the reported James Corden pick.

Peter Capaldi explains how his “Doctor Who” is unique
"He's sort of fiercer than Matt," Capaldi says of predecessor Matt Smith. "But he's not grim; he's actually very funny and passionate. He loves the universe and this job that he has, this freedom to travel through time and space. He's a guy who's passionate about life and art … and he gets impatient with people who don't recognize how fantastic the universe is.” PLUS: Steven Moffat says Capaldi looked “incredibly right” for the role, a beginner’s guide to “Who,” Moffat seems to preoccupied with the Doctor’s age in the premiere, Capalidi’s gravitas and wry eccentricity make up for his lack of youthfulness, and Capaldi is instantly endearing.

“The Simpsons” boss would like to end the series with Episode 1
Al Jean tweeted: "My idea for last episode -- ends w/arrival at Xmas pageant (beginning of first episode). Whole series a continuous loop…” PLUS: What happens when you watch 24-straight hours of “The Simpsons” marathon?, Wisconsin farm creates a “Simpsons” corn maze, James L. Brook says: “We are misty eyed in Simpsonland,” Hank Azaria says he’s lived the “Simpsons” marathon, and the marathon gets big ratings for FXX.

Happy 75th birthday, Valerie Harper!
The “Rhoda” star is “seemingly indestructible.”

Aaron Paul starts a production company, inks a deal with “Breaking Bad” producer Sony TV
Under the deal, Paul will help develop and produce new series.

“Silicon Valley” creator Mike Judge may attend Burning Man for “research”
Burning Man has become a must-attend event for rich techies.

“Houdini” star Adrien Brody was told that doing TV could help revive his movie career
The Oscar-winning actor, who hasn’t done any high-profile movie projects in years, was told that the 15 million viewers watching the History channel could showcase his talents and put him up for better roles.

Melissa Joan Hart launches a clothing collection for boys
The "Melissa & Joey” star created the line because she found the clothing for her three young boys lacking.

Revisiting the “True Blood” pilot
Bill Compton’s hair sure has changed since Episode 1, but Sookie has been working as a waitress since the beginning. PLUS: Recalling the “True Blood-iest” sex scenes, where “True Blood” buys vampire gear, the 17 most disgusting deaths, ranking the best and worst villains, and ranking the sexiest characters.

Even as a kid, Kelsey Grammer looked like “Frasier”
See a photo of Grammer from "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Every MTV Video Music Awards, ranked
Why the 1995 VMAs = No. 1.

“SNL’s” Kenan Thompson: An appreciation
Going into his 12th season, Thompson appears to be the old guy who never moves on. "'Why is Kenan still on this show?' is a commonplace thought,” notes Rembert Browne. "And it’s understandable when, well after you’ve reached the decade milestone, you still aren’t a beloved cast member. But that lack of universal acceptance sheds light on why Kenan is special. And in a small group of ‘SNL' cast members who can pull off a very difficult, built-to-fail brand of performance art.” PLUS: Meet the “SNL” editor responsible for all those viral videos.

MTV reality star Diem Brown diagnosed with colon cancer
Brown is now battling cancer for the third time after being treated for ovarian cancer twice.

Lizzy Caplan thinks “Real Housewives” stars deserve Emmys
"Clearly they all deserve Emmys for those riveting performances as normal human beings,” the “Masters of Sex” star tells NY Times Magazine. "I find reality television to be so delectable. I cannot even fully express how much it means to me.” Why is that? "It’s this idea of taking a somewhat normal human being and then putting them on this frying pan of fame. In real time, you can watch fame ruin somebody and makes them go insane.”

A “Pawn Stars” episode lasts 3 minutes when you cut out all the filler
Here is what the History channel reality show looks like without the padding.

What is the future of “Rectify”?
Ray McKinnon says of a possible Season 3: "There were a lot of things left open, if they brought us back, we would try to figure out a way to confound expectations if we can.” PLUS: “Rectify” overcame some growing pains in Season 2, and Aden Young talks about the season finale.

Ranking the “America’s Next Top Model” judges
J. Alexander is the best.

“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams passed her driver’s test
The event was so important that her driving school wrote up an article about it.

Every “My So-Called Life” episode, ranked
Is the pilot the best episode?

“Dating Naked” stars are getting married
Will they get married naked? PLUS: 8 things that “Dating Naked” should ban.

“Mad Men” in a hospital? PBS presents “Breathless”
The “Masterpiece” miniseries, starring Jack Davenport, takes place in a hospital in the ‘60s. It premieres Sunday night.

“Scandal” nabs a “Mistresses” hunk
Matthew Del Negro has been cast in "a secret, yet juicy role.”

“Today’s” Jenna Wolfe is pregnant again
She’s expecting her 2nd child with NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk.

“Bojack Horseman” is more clever than funny — and bleak
The Netflix animated comedy, available for streaming now, is very comfortable with darkness and being lonely. PLUS: It’s strange and somewhat delightful, and it’s not very good.

BBC America’s “Intruders” is a show about body snatchers that doesn’t mess around with mythology
Premiering Saturday after “Doctor Who,” “Introducers” stars John Simm and Mira Sorvino. PLUS: There is not enough life in this concept.

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Cristela'
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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Cristela'

Cristela Alonzo is funnier than her ABC sitcom suggests, at least so far

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 3 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 3 - HitFix Picks

A teddy bear, a gummie Venus, a sea of rakes and a Bort license plate make appearances

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands."

For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-E-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image FXX was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.]

My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose.

And guess what? Day 4 was even HARDER, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. 

[I'm trying to change up the format with this to make it more useful as a guide, so recommendations are now in order by air-time within the marathon. And, whenever possible, I'm gonna try to post an hour or two BEFORE midnight ET, just so we're not springing our recommendations on you at the last season.]

Check out our recommendations for Day 3 and chime in with your own favorites...

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Watch Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy biopic trailer

Watch Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy biopic trailer
Amanda Fuller plays the “Clueless” star in "The Brittany Murphy Story."

An ABC special will attempt to determine the best “Schoolhouse Rock” song
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson will host "The ABC’s of Schoolhouse Rock” special, airing at 7 pm on Sept. 7.

“State of Affairs” books James Remar, plus Courtney B. Vance as husband to the president of the United States
Vance will play the First Gentleman to POTUS Alfre Woodard, while Remar will guest as a CIA agent.

Lifetime puts out the first 5 minutes of “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story”
The film debuts on Labor Day.

NBC won’t proceed with its “Wizard of Oz”-themed series
“Emerald City” had been ordered straight to series for next season.

“Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore sells a romantic comedy to NBC
Highmore is teaming with “Bates” co-creator Kerry Ehrin on a venture capital-themed romantic comedy they came up with at the Critics Choice Awards.

“Sleepy Hollow” headed to Hulu Plus
The Fox drama will be available on the streaming service the day after each episode airs.

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Images from 'Selma' feature David Oyelowo as MLK, Tom Wilkinson as LBJ and more

Director Ava DuVernay has kept an impressive photo diary of the film's production

Ava DuVernay's "Selma" is going to come around at a particularly noteworthy time. Yes, it's been 50 years since the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and yes, it's been 49 years since the passing of the voter rights act. But as we look around today, it's perfectly clear: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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NFL settles with M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger

NFL settles with M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger
The confidential settlement ending the NFL's $16.6 million lawsuit comes after the league levied a $12,000 fine on Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel for flashing his middle finger during a “Monday Night Football” preseason game this week.


Oprah Winfrey Network sends Iyanla Vanzant to help Ferguson heal
Tuesday’s episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will bring together Iyanla, Ferguson’s police chief and Michael Brown’s uncle.

Mindy gets a new “Mindy Project” rival: Niecy Nash
The "Reno 911!" alum will play the new hospital chief who happens to be a lesbian.

Could “SNL” replace Don Pardo with Darrell Hammond, his impressionist?
Hammond pretended to be Pardo when he filled in for him several times on "Saturday Night Live," and says he would be “honored and thrilled” to carry on his announcing duties.

Twitter will debut a zip-line camera above the Emmy red carpet
The live zip-line footage will be shown on NBC’s Twitter account and on “Access Hollywood.”

State Farm reviving classic “SNL” characters Hans & Franz and Rob Schneider’s “Richmeister”
As part of “SNL’s” 40th-season celebration, Lorne Michaels is teaming with State Farm for the ad campaign, launching during the VMAs and featuring Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey as well as Schneider’s “Making Copies” guy, which you can watch right here.

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<p>&quot;Inherent Vice&quot;</p>

"Inherent Vice"

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More details on NYFF-bound 'Gone Girl' and 'Inherent Vice' surface

Plus: A new image from Paul Thomas Anderson's wild ride

All eyes are on the fall festivals now as Venice and Telluride are set to gear up next week with Toronto shortly after. And just on the horizon: New York. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pretty much won the day this season by landing the big premieres of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderon's "Inherent Vice," while the choice of "Birdman" for closing night — despite the fact that it will have already played Venice and likely Telluride prior — felt like a natural progression. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones recently spilled a bit on the Fincher and the Anderson, two films hotly anticipated this season.

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

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Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding drama series

Will 'Breaking Bad' repeat for Outstanding Drama Series? Or will 'True Detective' play spoiler?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for 'Parks and Rec’s' final season

“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for “Parks and Rec’s” final season
She’ll play the nanny to Leslie and Ben’s triplets in a one-episode role that could be expanded.

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Uncanceled Showdown Final 4: After thrashing 'Firefly' can 'Jericho' be stopped?

Uncanceled Showdown Final 4: After thrashing 'Firefly' can 'Jericho' be stopped?

'Deadwood,' 'Freaks & Geeks' and 'Almost Human' also make our semifinals

We're down to the Final 4 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown and we have to admit...

We didn't see this coming.

Sure, we knew that "Jericho" fans were well-trained when it comes to mobilizing to send nuts, but like many of you, we just assumed that when it comes to mobilizing to skew online polls, nobody could top Joss Whedon fans in general and Browncoats in specific.


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