<p>Dogen faces down Sayid in what turned out to be a pivotal episode of the final season of 'Lost'.</p>

Dogen faces down Sayid in what turned out to be a pivotal episode of the final season of 'Lost'.

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Recap: 'Lost' 6.06 'Sundown' brings some serious darkness

A Sayid-centric episode advances Smokey's endgame considerably

"There's a man in the jungle about a mile south of here by the outer wall.  He sent me back here to give you a message.  He wants you to know that Jacob is dead.  And because he's gone, none of you have to stay here any longer.  You're free.  The man that I met is leaving the Island forever.  Those of you who want to go with him should leave the Temple and join him.  You have until sundown to decide."

"What happens at sundown if we stay?"

"You die."

I'm looking at my Twitter feed right now as I gear up to write this week's recap, and the reaction to this season as a whole seems to be slowly but surely dividing "Lost" fandom.  There's a rift developing among fans that's as pronounced as the one developing on the Island, and it's interesting to see why people are checking out and suddenly proclaiming themselves to be upset.

First, I'm going to revise the way I've been doing these recaps, because I think I was falling into a bad habit of simply writing a transcription of what happened, instead of offering up any analysis or speculation, and that's the fun of a show like "Lost" in the first place.  One of you complained about it in the comments section last week, and then several of you also e-mailed me about it, and I think you're right.  We'll discuss what happened, but at this point, with only ten episodes to go after this, there's an endgame coming into focus that is absolutely worth discussing.

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<p>&nbsp;Alex Lambert of 'American Idol'</p>

 Alex Lambert of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 10 Men perform

How would the 'Idol' men respond to having their performances pushed up a day?

There ought to be a long, complicated German word to describe the sensation of settling in to watch Didi Benami and Lilly Scott and, instead, finding yourself watching Tim Urban and Alex Lambert.

That's what "American Idol" viewers experienced on Tuesday (March 2) night, when Crystal Bowersox's medical issues caused the show to reverse field and move the Top 10 "Idol" Men up by a night. After all, if the men were bad last week, what could be better than seeing how they'd do when rushed and underprepared? A little quick housekeeping: I've had a couple people ask me about my usual game of substituting all of the "Idol" judges' names for famous trios and quartets, leaving only Simon. For now, I'm holding off on that game because I'm confused about the judging dynamic this season. The joke always used to be that Simon was giving the valid opinion and the judges around him were interchangeable and irrelevant. Last week, though, both Kara and Randy were substantive and helpful. Only Ellen was superfluous. Was that an anomaly or is this developing as a topsy-turvy season?

Stay tuned...

And now, on to the recap of Tuesday's "Idol"...

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<p>&nbsp;Anil Kapoor of '24'</p>

 Anil Kapoor of '24'

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Recap: '24' Day 8 - '1 a.m. to 2 a.m.'

As CTU closes in on Farhad, Hassan realizes his family problems have only just begun.

You know “24” is slipping when the acronym of its fictional country is IRK. Go ahead, sound it out. I’ll wait. Yup, the show that IRKs me to know end didn’t quite think through the implications of having President Hassan rule over the Islamic Republic of Kamistan. That sort of short-sighted viewpoint is a hallmark of the show, which should probably be put into the bottom of the lake alongside the not-so-dearly departed Kevin sooner rather later. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here with that reference. Onto the recap!    

 

[Click through for a full recap of Monday's (March 1) "24"...]

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<p>&nbsp;Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'</p>

 Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'

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Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Fake Name'

In which Chuck does a bad, bad thing and we learn Sarah's real name
NBC just finished a two-week Olympic run featuring some of the network's highest ratings in years. During that time, when NBC was averaging 20+ million viewers per night (and a goodly number during the day and across different cable platforms), did anybody notice a single ad for "Chuck"?
 
I didn't watch every second, so that's not a leading question. It's completely possible that NBC promoed "Chuck" quite thoroughly when I was watching "American Idol" or "Survivor" or something.
 
I saw plenty of love for "Parenthood," which I like.
 
I saw entirely too much love for "The Marriage Ref," which was pretty poor.
 
There were copious reminders that after shooting the fall all to heck, Jay Leno is returning to 11:35. 
 
I also saw recurring spots for the baby coming to "The Office," Lisa Kudrow helping people trace their genealogy, Donald Trump firing a new pack of semi-celebrities and new slots for shows containing the words "law" and "order."
 
Heck, I may have even seen a commercial for "Wings."
 
But "Chuck"? Nowhere to be seen or heard from, even during yesterday afternoon's episode USA-Canada hockey game, when a "Hey, 'Chuck' comes back tomorrow" reminder might have been helpful. 
 
Thus endeth my rant. NBC really plugged the heck out of "Chuck" back in January, so you can't say the network has been utterly apathetic, just that NBC has been apathetic lately, when a little interest might have helped.
 
Plus, "Chuck vs. the Fake Name" was a good episode and I kinda hope people tuned in.
 
Thoughts on Monday's "Chuck" after the break...
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<p>&nbsp;Amanda Seyfried of 'Big Love'</p>

 Amanda Seyfried of 'Big Love'

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Recap: 'Big Love' - 'Next Ticket Out'

Amanda Seyfried leaves 'Big Love' in a messy episode with some brilliant moments.

"Next Ticket Out" is another deeply flawed episode of "Big Love," but at least it's not as bottom-scraping as last week's episode. Indeed, the whole thing moves with the illogic and terror of a nightmare, with all the strengths and weaknesses that that implies. Some of the episode's best sequences - and there are many - have that sense you get when you wake up in the middle of the night, your gut churning with the sense that something has gone wrong, not quite able to remember the dream that sent you in that direction. And some of the episode's worst sequences have the feeling you get in a nightmare, where logic and reason are tossed aside simply because it's time for more bad stuff to happen. Nobody's running from any monsters here, but they are running from the sense that all of their bad decisions are slowly catching up to them, and there's nothing they can do to fight back.

[Full recap of Sunday's (Feb. 28) "Big Love" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Heidi and Joe of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Heidi and Joe of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'Run Like Scalded Dogs'

The teams go from Chile to Argentina, as the Cowboys capitalize on a friendly Roadblock
I reckon I probably ought to begin my recap of Sunday (Feb. 28) night's "The Amazing Race" by noting the sad timing of an hour that found the contestants departing Chile after spending parts of three episodes in the nation that now finds itself coping with a horrible natural disaster.
 
The episode was preceded by a CBS Cares PSA featuring Phil Keoghan and it makes sense to precede this recap with an obligatory link to the Red Cross home page where, as one might imagine, they're mobilizing donations for relief efforts in Chile (as well as Haiti where, as you might be shocked to learn, the infrastructure hasn't magically become repaired).
 
With that out of the way, click through for thoughts on Sunday's "Amazing Race"...
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<p>&nbsp;Jennifer Lopez</p>

 Jennifer Lopez

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jennifer Lopez sings, acts and even plays Rihanna

Curling jokes aplenty and a Betty White reference boost a mixed 'SNL' return

When "Saturday Night Live" decides to do single-billing, with a performer doubling up as both host and musical guest, I always get worried. It’s not that people can’t pull double duty, but I sometimes wonder why they’re doing double duty: is it because they are particularly good at both, or because they’ve (like Jennifer Lopez) hot both a movie and an album to promote at the same time and need the entire hour and a half to do their promotional machine justice? Heading into the show, I don’t know which I’m more concerned about: her music has never inspired my interest, but neither has her acting, and while she’s not going to have trouble embracing the zaniness of "SNL" I don’t know if she is capable of any nuance from a comic perspective (have you seen "Mother-in-Law"? No? Good. Me neither. But I’m sure it would make this argument work better, so let’s pretend we did). 

In other words, I was not “Waiting for Tonight.” 

Full details on J.Lo’s "SNL" single-bill, with infinitely less song title puns, after the jump.

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Esai Morales

Esai Morales in tonight's episode of "Caprica."

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Recap: 'Caprica' - 'There Is Another Sky'

As Tamara struggles to find her way out the virtual world, Joseph struggles to break through William's grief

“Caprica” stepped up its game this week, with an episode that matched its big ideas with big visuals. While the show need not feature epic space battles to meet its predecessors’ style, seeing large, expansive vistas as a backdrop for the Adamas’ grief and the Graystones’ brave new world helped make this episode stand out from other episodes since the two-hour pilot. Did scenery alone make this episode? Of course not. Joseph came to grips with his son’s grief, Tamara came to grips with the true nature of her existence in the virtual world, and the Graystones came to grips with a new world order. Onto the recap!

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<p>&nbsp;Jerri of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 Jerri of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'That Girl Is Like a Virus'

The claws come out between Jerri and Parvati and a challenge gets physical

Pre-credit sequence. The Heroes return to camp a fractured tribe. They're growing moldy with discontent. Or that's what I interpret from the perplexing time-lapse photography of growing, sprouting, spreading fungus. Arty. James is insisting that he just wants to win and Tom is trying to play nice, insisting that at Tribal Council, they aired things that needed to be said. Tom tells the camera that it was "nasty, brutish bullying" that James brought down on Stephenie. Meanwhile, JT is scrambling and trying to make nice with Tom. That doesn't work either, as Tom tells us that he feels betrayed by JT and he hopes to maybe guilt JT into keeping him safe. Plus, this is also the point in the game at which Colby has his "I don't know if I want to play the game if it's going to be this way" moment. Colby likes a noble game of "Survivor" where everybody plays with gentlemanly strength and wisdom. This, alas, is not the way the game is played or really has ever been played by anybody other than Colby.

 
[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 25) "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>Janell Wheeler of 'American Idol'</p>

Janell Wheeler of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - The first 4 singers head home

With plenty of bad performers, America chose to vote out the mediocre performers instead

Welcome to the season's first "American Idol" results show. As usual, this recap will take a minute-by-minute format as we spend an hour on Ford commercials, lip-synched group performances and special guests before finally sending the season's first four singers home.

Click through for both the filler and the results.

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