<p>Brent &amp; Caite of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Brent & Caite of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race - 'Dumb Did Us In'

The teams head to Singapore for ice cream sandwiches, drumming and dumbing
Unlike "Survivor" or "Big Brother," "The Amazing Race" isn't really a social game. Yes, teamwork is essential to strong performance within each team, but alliances and friendships between different teams tend to be largely irrelevant as a determining factor.
 
We all know that reality TV contestants only rarely go on shows to make friends, so the motto on a show like "The Amazing Race" probably should be the same as that Latin phrase often misattributed to the Hippocratic Oath: Primum non nocere, or "first do no harm."
 
That is to say that nobody is requiring you to become Facebook buddies or to exchange e-mail addresses and stay in touch with your rivals for a million bucks, but you probably shouldn't go out of your way to make enemies. Because having allies rarely helps you on "The Amazing Race," but having enemies can sometimes bite you in the rump. 
 
That was the lesson learned by Brandy & Carol on Sunday (April 11) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."
 
[Full recap after the break...]
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<p>Tina Fey</p>

Tina Fey

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Tina Fey's Sarah Palin returns, while Justin Bieber acts and sings

Watch: 'Date Night' star has a welcome return and Steve Martin has a cameo

In a season that has been fairly low on high-profile hosts and musical guests, “Saturday Night Live”  decided to kick off April with quite the combination. Tina Fey is a former cast member (great for drawing in jaded fans who insist that “SNL” has gone downhill), the star of a “hip” television show (NBC’s own “30 Rock,” so bonus points for network synergy), and currently starring in a hit movie (“Date Night,” which will open strong at the box office this weekend according to early estimates). Combine with the fact that she intends on bringing her Sarah Palin impression (which brought huge ratings in the leadup to the 2008 election) out of retirement, and the fact that Fey is actually very funny and likeable, and you have a host that manages to be good for NBC’s bottom line while being great for the show as well. 

Of course, NBC had to go and ruin it all by bringing in some teenage singer no one’s ever heard of to be the musical guest; has anyone even heard of “Justin Bieber?” I mean, it’s not like he’s been consistently trending on Twitter for what seems like years or anything, right? And I’m sure he doesn’t currently have the #1 album in the country - that just seems crazy. If he was that successful, though, he’d be quite the coup for the show, and they’d truly have a hit episode on their hands. 

And by hit episode, I mean one of the most humorously incongruous pairings in the show’s history, which is at least good for a laugh. 

[A recap of the Tina Fey-Justin Bieber "Saturday Night Live" showdown after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Let the Right One In'

Stefan's in danger as a storm brings drama to Mystic Falls…

The "Vampire Diaries" folks aren't messing around this week, getting things going with the quickness as Stefan is attacked the morning after fending off the new vampire Frederick in last week's episode. As Stefan finds himself in mortal danger, Damon, Elena, Alaric, and Caroline find themselves headed to Pearl's house in the woods. The heat, as they say, is on!

[Full recap of Thursday's (April 8) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Let the Right One In," after the break…]

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<p>Emilio of 'Project Runway'</p>

Emilio of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'The Big, Top Designers'

It’s the last challenge before Bryant Park – and one designer chokes

Eeeek! It’s the last challenge before Bryant Park! Can you stand it? Best of all, Anthony is not only back but riding a win, so part of me is thinking this might be his Cinderfella moment and he’s going to prove to those judges they screwed the pooch giving him the boot because he is back, bitches! I love storybook endings, don’t you? I will say I am a little sad that there’s only one girl left, and it happens to be Mila, which hardly counts. But this is exciting, isn’t it?

[Full recap of Thursday's (April 8) "Project Runway" after the break...]

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<p>John Noble and Anna Torv of 'Fringe'</p>

John Noble and Anna Torv of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.'

As Olivia struggles to keep Peter's identity secret, someone from her past catches the team's attention.

I’m not sure any “Fringe” fan expected the show to continue on the level exhibited in last week’s return, but the awkwardly titled follow-up “Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.” largely spun its wheels, content to let the “will Olivia tell Peter” tension simmer over a bland freak-of-the-week case. But what transpired wasn’t part of The Pattern, at least in the way that the show defined it last season. It was perhaps the start of the next phase of the War of the Worlds.  

 

[Full recap of Thursday's (April 8) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Courtney of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

Courtney of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Expectations'

The implosion continues for the Villains and a new power player plots a scheme
Pre-credit sequence. Following one of the most comically over-the-top recap packages in memory, the Villains return to the camp, where Russell and Parvati are giddy and giggling at their triumph. "He ain't nothing on me..." Russell gloats. "I'm controlling this game." Coach, meanwhile, is angry at Russell, who he calls a bully. Jerri is also upset at losing Boston Rob. Gee, morons. Maybe you shouldn't have made the choices you made? Now Coach finds himself in "an alliance of lies." He approaches Jerri as asks Jerri if now might be the time to make a move against Russell and his pack, but Jerri says she'd rather just sit back and wait for the merge. Why is Jerri still invited to All-Star seasons? She was ineffectively evil in her first season, just ineffective in "All-Stars" and this season, she hasn't even risen to the level of "ineffective." Jerri is making Danielle look active and involved. Coach looks around and, like Colonel Nicholson at the end of "Bridge on the River Kwai," he realizes that he's screwed everything up. "We're done," Coach complains. "We're toast. Pray for the merge."
 
[Full recap of Thursday's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Angelea of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

 Angelea of 'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Smile and Pose'

No vampires on 'ANTM' this week, as the girls learn to be real while being fake

Welcome to the next episode of "ANTM," Cycle 14! Anslee is still in the running, and she’s a mom, so it was only a matter of time before she got a letter from her child and started to cry.

“It’s like walking around feeling empty,” Anslee blubbers, and she isn’t referring to the typical model starvation.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 7) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Aaron Kelly of 'American Idol'</p>

 Aaron Kelly of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - 'Idol' voters put the Judges on the spot

Surprising voting results force Simon, Ellen, Randy and Kara to make a decision

9:01 p.m. ET Set to "Hey Jude," the recap of Tuesday's Lennon & McCartney performance show does a fine job of making a so-so show look superlative.

9:02 p.m. "Prepare yourself for a surprise or two," Ryan Seacrest says, kicking off Wednesday's (April 7) show. 

Prepare yourself, indeed, after the break...

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<p>Desmond Hume once again finds himself central to the Island's mysteries in this week's amazing episode of the final season of 'Lost'</p>

Desmond Hume once again finds himself central to the Island's mysteries in this week's amazing episode of the final season of 'Lost'

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Recap: 'Lost' 6.11 - 'Happily Ever After' suggests a not-so-happy future for Desmond

Have Damon and Carlton finally shown their hand?

Tonight was a pivotal moment in the final season of "Lost," which should come as little surprise since tonight was the return of Desmond Hume to active duty.

"The Constant" is a dividing point for many fans.  The ones who hate the time travel and the alternate timelines and the donkey wheel... well, "The Constant" is pretty much enemy number one for them.  And I can see how if you don't like the way the "Lost" writers play with those ideas, the last few seasons must feel like a major letdown after getting invested in a story that was laid out, for all its mysteries, in a fairly simple and linear manner.  One story on the Island, one story in flashbacks.  People trying to survive, and the things that haunt them from their past.  There was a shape to it that was fairly comfortable.

And then the show exploded.  Literally.  Timelines fractured.  Structure caved in on itself.  And it became a very different show.  The characters are all still there, and we are definitely still dealing with story threads that were introduced five or six seasons ago, but so much more has happened since those early seasons that we're starting to realize now that we're not watching the show we initially thought we were watching.  And that can be a disconcerting thing for a viewer, no doubt about it.

This season in particular has been an upset for some people thanks to the flash sideways storyline that's been the subject of much debate since the season premiere.  I've read reactions calling the alternate timeline "confusing," "pointless," and "a train wreck."  I've also read reactions from people who have been engaged by the puzzle presented to them by the show this year, at least a half-dozen different interpretations of what they're watching.  I've certainly speculated about the nature of what we're seeing openly here in these recaps, and my theories have evolved over the course of the season.  I've used a shorthand while describing the separate storylines, referring to one as TIMELINE A and one as TIMELINE B, although I'm fairly sure it's not as simple as a rift in time or space.

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<p>&nbsp;Morena Baccarin of 'V'</p>

 Morena Baccarin of 'V'

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Recap: 'V' - 'Pound of Flesh'

Anna looks for infiltrators, as the rebels look to infiltrate and send a message

There were times in tonight's episode of "V" when I thought, "Finally! A show I might enjoy watching from week to week!" There were times in tonight's episode of "V" when I questioned just why I volunteered to cover this show week-to-week. And there were a few times in between. It's kind of a "best of 'V,' worst of 'V'" scenario, really. You have a pretty fun plot about the resistance infiltrating the main "V" ship right next to a plot where Erica brings Tyler to hang out with his dad, a plot that seems like it might make Tyler worth caring about before just making him as boring as he always is. (Honestly, if the show had just seen fit to let him stay with Krycek up in the north woods for all time, I doubt too many people would have cared. Instead, Lisa's going to hang out with him.) And, worst of all, the episode just ladled on the portent.

[Full recap of Tuesday (April 6) night's "V" after the break...]

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