<p>Gary and Mallory of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Gary and Mallory of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'We're Good American People'

Would fondue be a fon-don't? And would it pay to have allies?
In an eerily prescient 1624 poem, John Donne wrote, "No 'Amazing Race' team is an island entire of itself."
 
Now you may be impressed that Donne was able to anticipate the advent of "The Amazing Race," but I find it even more amazing that he was specifically anticipating Sunday (April 24) night's episode. Because for most of the 18 season history of "The Amazing Race," it was actually entirely possible for a team to be highly successful while barely interacting with the other teams along the way. "Survivor" is CBS' social reality show, but "The Amazing Race" requires only that the two people on individual team remain aligned for a few weeks. Anything else is gravy.
 
But on Sunday night, one "Amazing Race" team finally fell victim to its isolationist stance. 
 
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls... On Sunday night, it tolled for...
 
[Full "Amazing Race" recap after the break...]
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<p>Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'</p>

Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - '6:02 AM EST'

When the Doomsday Device turns on by itself, Peter concocts a plot to save both worlds

Finales are hard work for some shows. On some levels, they are easy, in that they get to burn through story they’ve been holding back on all season long. But pacing everything in a satisfying manner can be difficult, often leading to rushed episodes that are sound and fury signifying…well, something, but something much less than potentially intended. “Fringe” is attempting to get around that conundrum by essentially staging a three-part finale, which kicked off tonight. As Act 1 of that trilogy, “6:02 AM EST” laid some satisfying groundwork for the next fortnight. But as an actual episode? It left a little something to be desired.

[Recap of Friday's (April 22) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Joseph Morgan's Klaus on Thursday's 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Joseph Morgan's Klaus on Thursday's 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Klaus'

Elijah’s back with juicy secrets to reveal

Elijah is BACK! Or, at least it seems fair to assume he is, as Elena plucked the dagger out of his chest last week. I’m also assuming that Elena hasn’t come to her senses and decided that said plucking was a CRAZY thing to do and promptly plunged that dagger right back in. I know, I know, she’s trying to save Bonnie’s life, as the dagger can be used to kill that other pesky original Klaus so that dear Bonnie doesn’t go toes up using her witchy powers to do the same thing. But that sort of overlooks the little complication that Elijah will not have a dagger in his chest during that time, and he’s SO much more agreeable when he’s sort of dead. Elena has her heart in the right place, but I fear that by the time this episode is over the rest of her organs may be in the wrong place and mostly dead.

[Full recap of Thursday's (April 21) "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
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<p>Jacob Lusk of 'American Idol'</p>

Jacob Lusk of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to 6

David Cook and Katy Perry perform and another contestant heads home

Welcome to another Anything Can Happen Thursday (April 21) on "American Idol." Last night's recap predicted that Haley would go home, but several commenters disagreed. So who knows what might happen?

I certainly don't.

Click through for the full recap...

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<p>Steve of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>

Steve of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Rice Wars'

Accusations of racism and ricism boil over at camp and Tribal Council
Pre-credit sequence. Matt is a broken man. As we begin the episode on Redemption Island, Matt's praying to various facets of the Trinity making it clear that he'd just as soon go home, but that he's willing to stick around and fight if it's God's will. Matt isn't sleeping and while he says he's trying to hold onto his sanity, there's ample evidence that that particular ship has already sailed. He's ready to go head-to-head with Marine Mike, when David walks into their little camp. Suddenly, Matt is going through a list of people who wouldn't quit. That list includes his dad, his brother and, of course, Jesus. "My mind's completely blown at this point," Matt admits. Nobody has a clue what to expect from future Duels or from possible positions on the jury. Why won't God or Jeff Probst explain things to them?!?
 
Full recap of Wednesday's (April 20) "Survivor: Redemption Island" after the break...
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<p>Celina Tio and John Currence of 'Top Chef Masters'</p>

Celina Tio and John Currence of 'Top Chef Masters'

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Recap: 'Top Chef Masters' - 'Diners to Donors'

The elimination challenge is full of surprises – including the winner

Eeeeee! Tonight is the bug challenge! This is both exciting and revolting at the same time, not unlike a Charlie Sheen podcast. Although part of me loves that “Top Chef Masters” comes up with some wacky challenges for our chefs, I do wonder if making them cook bugs is a bit too far, as I’m not sure it really shows whether or not they’re good chefs. I mean, I wouldn’t hold someone’s fried scorpion against them, literally or figuratively. Of course, that’s assuming I would eat the thing anyway.

[Full recap of Wednesday's "Top Chef Masters" recap after the break...]

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<p>Casey Abrams of 'American Idol'</p>

Casey Abrams of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 - Songs of the 21st Century

Several singers don't push hard enough, but one kisses Jennifer Lopez

Tuesday (April 20) night's "American Idol" theme is Songs of the 21st Century, which ought to give our Top 7 the chance to be a little bit more contemporary than our recent string of old-skewing themes.

Who benefited from going modern? Click through for my recap...

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<p>'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - A fourth star departs

The wrong couple gets the boot

Bah, humbug. It’s elimination night, and unless you’re wildly excited to see Toby Keith perform, there’s just not a lot to be excited about. With couples flip-flopping between the top of the leader board and the bottom week to week, it’s hard to guess who would be going home tonight. However, it’s easy to assume that whoever it is, we’ll be sad to see them go. Okay, I won’t cry if Kendra gets the boot, but even she’s good for some BLEEPING laughs from time to time.  

[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 19) "Dancing with the Stars" results after the break...]
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<p>Gwyneth Paltrow in the 'Night of Neglect' episode of 'Glee'</p>

Gwyneth Paltrow in the 'Night of Neglect' episode of 'Glee'

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Night of Neglect'

Sue seeks to undermine plans to raise money for a trip to Nationals

Well, after what seems like 45 years, “Glee” returned tonight to start the march towards the end of its second season. Many shows would take the time to hone scripts, rethink final arcs, and generally sharpen things up on the way to an all-too-close finale. But “Glee” isn’t most shows, so “A Night of Neglect” was a typical grab bag of plots, tones, and enough characters to fill the wide shots in an epic motion picture. Odd, since so much of the episode took place in a sparsely filled theatre.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 19) "Glee" after the break...]

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<p>Sarah Roemer of 'The Event'&nbsp;</p>

Sarah Roemer of 'The Event' 

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Recap: 'The Event' - 'Cut Off the Head'

Senator Lewis tests blood, while Leila questions her blood ties

If  nothing else, “The Event” gave me my favorite moment of the series, tonight. For the most part, “Cut Off the Head” is a dull transition episode, moving from the reveal of Sophia being a genocidal maniac, to the climactic end-game battle between humans and aliens that appears to be coming. It’s not nearly as bad as much of the show has been, but it’s relatively inert (the cliffhanger is a closeup of a coffee mug!)

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