So, where were we? Oh yes, the HOH has nominated Monet and Britney for the block. Monet’s initial reaction is to punch Rachel in the face. But she doesn’t, and an opportunity for great lowbrow TV catfighting is lost. Waah!
Rachel struggles as HOH â€“ and nominates a volunteer pawn for the block
Jason meets a mystery girl, Lafayette has a date, Eric has a flashback and Franklin is bonkers
As we open on "True Blood" episode five, poor Tara has been dragged to the mansion of the Roy Orbison Vampire King of Mississippi and is being inspected by the King’s minions. Tara is ruled to be “spicy,” which does not impress her. She’s even less amused when Vampire Bill arrives back at the mansion with Lorena and the King, the three of them covered in blood from their takeout mission. Franklin, he of the Woebegone Undead Eyes, has sort of claimed Tara as “mine,” which I guess means she is not to be eaten. Franklin does say he has a present for the king, but it doesn’t appear to be Tara. Poor Tara, meanwhile, begs Vampire Bill for help -- he could at least bite through the ropes binding her, you know, for dessert, but he refuses.
[Full recap of Sunday's (July 18) "True Blood" after the break...]
The mean girls may be in trouble, but itâ€™s Rachel whoâ€™s blown it
You know, I can’t say I’m 100 percent behind chemistry geeks Brendon and Rachel, but I do find it intensely amusing that Rachel being HOH completely screws with the Brigade’s nefarious little plans. Of course, that doesn’t mean the happy couple doesn’t have enormous targets on their backs and could still find themselves in dire straits with just one little twist of Julie Chen’s finger, but for the time being, they have the brigade/junior mafia/hopeless narcissists on the ropes, and I’m going to enjoy every minute.
A new face is in the bottom three â€“ but will he go home?
So, boo, hiss, it’s Thursday. And, yes, someone is going home, and it’s sad and painful and just takes us one step closer to the end of the season. Plus, it makes Cat sad, and really, who wants that? But the good news is, we kick things off with a Broadway opening number! So, really, all is forgiven. I’m always glad to see Broadway if for no other reason than the Great White Way is probably where most of the “SYTYCD” alums are going to find regular work, so why not give them all the practice they can get? It’s a Toasty Oreo number (and yes, I know his name is Tyce Diorio, people, come on, and I don’t care if other bloggers call him Tasty, either) and all kinds of fun, have to say.
[Full recap of Thursday's (July 15) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
Hmm, I don’t think I saw Ashley in the opening number (I’m watching on a tiny, tiny computer screen with poor resolution, so maybe someone else can say yeah or nay on this point more definitively), which makes me wonder if we’re going to be hoodwinked the way we were when Alex left the show – God knows we couldn’t possibly reveal an injured dancer is going home without torturing two other contestants into dancing for their lives.
Who is The Saboteur? Who went home? And did Julie Chen cover her shoulders?
There's a hefty agenda on tap for Thursday's (July 15) "Big Brother." Somebody's going home! We're going to discover the identity of The Saboteur! Maybe we'll be told which hamsters have been friends for years? But mostly, we're going to fill an hour of kinda live TV with Julie Chen and banter.
Click through for all of the fun, done in the minute-to-minute style that makes "American Idol" results shows tolerable for me all spring...
Nigel says he sees a new frontrunner â€“ but is he right?
It’s the Top Seven. Yay. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m still unreasonably sad that Alex is gone. I know, I know, get over it, but still, it’s just depressing. I’m wondering who all the Alex loyalists are throwing their vote behind, too. It really could be anyone given that there’s such a strong batch of dancers this season. Yikes, Cat has announced another contestant has been injured – Ashley. What the hell? Drink more milk, kids, and remember to stretch!
The POV competition gets one nominee off the block â€“ but not the alliance
So, Rachel and Brendon are on the chopping block. And there’s a saboteur loose in the house. Oh, and Annie has a target on her back for having gotten buddy-buddy with Rachel and Brandon, even if she did make gagging noises while they geek-flirted with one another. And Kathy and Andrew are either savvy manipulators or incredibly sucky game players. Well, can’t say this season of “BB” is off to a slow start or anything.
Things get darker with Bill and the Vampire King, while Sookie and Alcide bond
OK, as we open on the fourth episode of "True Blood" Season Three, we’re definitely Team Werewolf. Alcide the hot werewolf is shirtless and letting Sookie mop up his wounds. She’s also pumping Alcide for information about his love life, but that’s fine, as long as it keeps the scene going and, ergo, provides us with a lingering view of Alcide’s hot abs. Team. Werewolf.
Oh, bye bye, Alcide. There he goes. Sookie is getting phone dumped by Vampire Bill and has to walk away from Alcide’s frame so she can argue and cry. From his new player mansion in Mississippi, Bill is telling Sookie that he’s once again taken up with his maker, Lorena, and that “we f***ed like only two vampires can.” Oh, and also, “I am death.”
[Full recap of Sunday's (July 11) "True Blood" after the break...]
The first nominees are put on the block â€“ but are they the right ones?
So, last we saw our latest batch of hamsters, they were going all kinds of “Lord of the Flies” on one another, as Julie had revealed the presence of the saboteur. I was talking about this with a friend of mine, and he brought up the very valid point that “BB” blew it by revealing the saboteur twist this early in the season, as now everyone is too paranoid to form alliances and may actually isolate themselves in order to wallow in their growing paranoia. And we know that’s always good TV, people locked in a house staring suspiciously at one another in nervous silence.
Would bad dancing or bad health doom the latest 'SYTYCD' contestant?
Oooh, this is a nerve wracking episode. We kick things off with a heavenly (literally) Mia Michaels routine with all the dancers floating around on little puffy clouds, then Nigel gets to prattle on about Emmy nominations, Adam gets excited about getting nominated for the Oscars, and finally Nigel gets excited about National Dance Day. But can we really focus on any of this when we’ve got an injured front runner and two other dancers about to join him in the bottom three? Seriously, this is not good for my heart.