I don't like non-elimination legs on "The Amazing Race." Well, sure, I'd have gladly taken a non-elimination leg when poor Team Aspy lost their documents and went from first-to-last in an instant. And I guess I wouldn't have turned the reprieve down any of the two or three times in the past that non-elimination legs have saved teams that I genuinely liked. But in general? I'm not a fan.
It's been awhile since we've had a chance to visit "Saturday Night Live," but besides missing what turned out to be a popular hosting stint by none other than Taylor Swift it seems this season hasn't necessarily turned around yet aside. So, it was with great hope that we tuned to catch "Mad Men's" January Jones inaugural stint as host. Who knew Jones would be forced to resort to potty humor and it would turn into Jason Sudeikis' night to dominate the show instead?
Intro: A Message from the Vice President
Sudeikis gives us a taste of things to come as he appears once again as Vice President Joe Biden. Seems Biden has crashed the Oval Office while President Obama is overseas in Asia. Biden admits he's not allowed in the White House, but explains "Why am I here? Because Joe Biden follows his heart and not instructions." He also promises that while Obama's gone he'll solve one of the three following problems: Afghanistan, Economy or Health Care. Afghanistan? Not possible, "It's worse than Scranton." Fix the economy? "We already did it. The stimulus is working. Remember: the stimulus is working!" Health Care? "We're gonna crave in like crazy. [The President will] literally sign anything. Remember that public option? Poof!"
Instead, Biden promises to get Health Care passed and add a middle class tax cut. "Joe, how are you going to pay for a 1.2 trillion plan by cutting taxes? Finally..."
...it's live from New York, blah, blah, blah...
Bonnie gets possessed this week on “The Vampire Diaries,” but it’s only the centerpiece around which juicy other happenings sizzle beneath the surface. A hot new teacher? Check. Paul Wesley crying AND shirtless? Give us more. Damon’s secret unveiled? You betcha. But with all of the nods to “New Moon,” is “The Vampire Diaries” piggybacking on this month’s “Twilight” movie?
[Full recap of Thursday (Nov.12) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It's time for Fashion Week! Or at least a whiff of Fashion Week, because it's part one of the finale so we're not all the way there yet, but at least we're close. Althea, Carol Hannah and Irina are getting ready to duke it out which should be all kinds of good TV, and I'm bracing myself for those tedious Very Special Home Visits we usually get subjected to, but hey, you've got to take some bitter with the sweet, I suppose. I'm hoping it will all be worth it because Irina will somehow make a horrible misstep and design total crap, though I know that's about as likely as Carrie Prejean doing a sex tape... hey now, wait a minute!
[Full recap of Thursday's (Nov. 12) "Project Runway" after the break...]
Erin is still here -- in the bottom four, actually, by the skin of her skinny teeth. Being in the final four is like, soooo weeeeird for Nicole, the childhood nickname "Bloody Eye" apparently falling into the category of, like, booo-ring.
"Jen," Nicole intones, looking at the winning photo from last week, "I am obsessed with your leg muscles!"
"I know, they're like, insane a little bit," Jennifer replies.
Like, I know, right!?
[Full recap of Wednesday (Nov. 11) night's "America's Next Top Model," with results, after the break...]
It’s fitting that the main villain of this season’s “Heroes” can create sinkholes, since this week’s episode was all about fighting formless enemies. In “Shadowboxing,” the stories themselves didn’t quite overlap, but all featured fights against an invisible foe. Some were external, and a few were internal. Unfortunately, none were all that compelling. As “Redemption” reaches its halfway point, it’s high time for Samuel’s master plan to start revealing itself. All these feints, dekes, and stalemates are growing colder than Matt Parkman’s body in the back of that ambulance.
[Full recap of Monday (Nov. 9) night's "Heroes" after the break...]