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

Jerri of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'I'm Not a Good Villain'

The Heroes begin to recover their mojo and Boston Rob and Russell continue to bicker
Pre-credit sequence. We're starting at the Villains camp, because they had the more contentious elimination. "For the first time in all of those times, I was shocked last night," Rob says reflecting on the last Tribal Council. As he puts it multiple times, "Something just doesn't feel right."  They're all discussing how badly Tyson blew things and wondering what this will do to Russell's confidence. Courtney, silent most of this season, refers to Russell as a "Bandy-legged little troll" and makes fun of his schoolboy crush on Parvati. And, indeed, Russell and Parvati and Danielle are giggling and cackling, which frustrates Boston Rob. He doesn't know if the three of them are just stupid or if they know something he doesn't know about the people sharing his shelter. Rob notes, "I was born at night, but not last night." I prefer El-P's version of this particular truism.
[For a full recap of Thursday's (April 1) "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" click through...]
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<p>Jessica of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Jessica of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' goes after the 'Twilight' audience

In 'America's Next Top Vampire,' the girls get drenched in blood for a shoot

Oh, here it comes. We’re just far enough into Cycle 14 that the crying begins in earnest. Right off the bat, we get to hear from a model mommy who had to leave her baby for this, like, amazing opportunity. Now taking bets on how long it takes for Anslee to cry.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 31) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Tim Urban of 'American Idol'</p>

 Tim Urban of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to 9 for 'Idol'

After a 'Clash of the Titans' plug and a Diddy performance, one singer is sent home

9:00 p.m. ET Excellent. Tonight's "American Idol" results show has been brought to us by "Clash of the Titans." On Wednesday night's "American Idol"... Titans... Will... Clash!

[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 31) "American Idol" after the break...]

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<p>Jack attends to Sun's head wound that may be a clue to the nature of the split reality in the final season of 'Lost'</p>

Jack attends to Sun's head wound that may be a clue to the nature of the split reality in the final season of 'Lost'

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Recap: 'Lost' 6.10 - 'The Package' threatens to reunite Sun and Jin... but does it?

Another stepping stone episode drops one major bombshell

"A wise man once said war is coming to this Island.  I think it just got here."

This week's episode of the final season of "Lost" was deceptively simple, and at this point, watching fans of the show micro-manage their expectations from week to week is fascinating.  I think part of the problem is a sort of separation anxiety that's setting in, and so instead of enjoying the ride from here to the end, fans are starting to go a wee bit crazy.  As a result, anything that strikes them as less than perfect gets magnified and they seem to be lose focus.

Relax, kids.  Even a week like this week, where things seem very direct and surprisingly linear, is packed with information and answers and suggestions for where we're going in the next two months.  Also, let's be fair... almost anything would have seemed like a comedown after last week's Richard Alpert episode, but I think Paul Zbyszewski and Graham Roland did solid work in building this Jin/Sun-centric installment, and in a few moments, I think they may have given us some major peeks behind the curtain.

It had to happen eventually that we'd get an episode that focused on the drive to get Jin and Sun together again, and they've been hinting at it in moments, but tonight, this long-separated couple took center stage, and there were some powerful emotional punches thrown and landed as a result.  In TIMELINE A, we backed up a few steps from the point we've already seen, picking up with Jin and Sun at LAX, just after Jin has been questioned by customs about the $25,000 in cash he was trying to carry into the country.  He's released, but customs keeps the money.  When Sun asks why he was carrying it, he admits that he's not sure.  Her father gave it to him just before they left and, as he puts it, "I do what your father tells me."

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<p>&nbsp;Elizabeth Mitchell of 'V'</p>

 Elizabeth Mitchell of 'V'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'V' Returns - 'The Arrival'

After more than four months away, 'V' returns with a new showrunner in tow

First things first: "Welcome to the War" is, all told, a pretty good episode of "V." It doesn't fix all of the show's problems, but it gives a clearer indication that the show knows where it's headed than the first four episodes of the season did. New showrunner Scott Rosenbaum wrote it, and it meets his stated goal of including three or four moments that make the viewer go "Holy crap!" as they watch. And while the show is improved on that score and on the score of feeling like it's going somewhere, I don't know that it's improved on the show's fairly consistent problem of making each episode a distinct unit. Increasingly, the show feels like a collection of scenes, not a TV show. But let's back out to some TV theory for a second.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (March 30) "V" after the break...]

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<p>Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol'</p>

Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Soul and R&B for the Top 10

Usher mentors and Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox shine on 'Idol'

Tuesday (March 30) night is Soul and R&B Night for the "American Idol" Top 10.

After the unavoidable mockery that accompanied last week's guest mentor, a certain Ms. Miley Cyrus, I can't say anything bad about Tuesday's mentor. Usher's status in the recording industry and the world of popular music is hard to contest. Let's hope he can help the Top 10 on Tuesday.

Recap of the performances after the break...

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<p>Zachary Levi of 'Chuck'</p>

Zachary Levi of 'Chuck'

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Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the American Hero'

A pivotal episode delivers Chuck-Sarah goodness and Shaw staring down The Ring
Tonight, we're going to talk about Passover. We're not going to talk about it for very long, because it's 10:30 and I'm only returning from my Seder and I may or may not have had four cups of wine and I may or may not be feeling a bit sleepy already. I'm gonna ramble a bit and let y'all fill in the blanks with "Chuck vs. the American Hero" observations...
But the essence (an essence) of the Passover Seder lies in performativity, in role-playing. Central to the mitzvah of the Seder is recounting the story of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt, but we aren't supposed to tell the story as a detached third-person narrative. No. You're supposed to recount the story of the Exodus as if every one of us were slaves in the Land of Egypt and that, with an outstretched hand, God led us each individually out of Egypt. For Jews, it's about continuity through the generations, about the Seder recitations that tie us to our grandparents and to our ancestors all the way back to Moses. Their story is our story. We behave as they behaved. We play the roles they played.
Yes, that's random. But I bring it up for a reason, a reason that goes beyond the Seder I just attended. 
I'd like to direct you to the 33rd minute of your DVRed "Chuck." Ellie, having just bailed Awesome, Morgan and Casey out of jail after a misfired plan that began as an attempt to give Chuck alone time with Sarah and ended in shattered glass and contact with The Ring, stares Chuck down. They've done a very silly thing, which might be interpreted as a very romantic thing. We expect Ellie to be mad at Chuck, but she's not.
"You didn't go far enough, Chuck. Sarah is special," Ellie tells him. "I know it, you know it. If you love her, if she's the one then you don't stop. You don't quit. You never go too far. You're a Bartowski, Chuck. Start acting like one."
Great scene for Sarah Lancaster. 
Don't stop your DVR. Keep playing. 
Cut to The Castle. Agent Shaw is about to do a very silly thing, which might be interpreted as a very heroic thing. He's about to sacrifice himself to expose the location of the Ring Hive and possibly to help eradicate the Ring director, probably at the expense of his own life.
"Shaw, please. You're moving too fast. You're not thinking this through," Sarah tells him. 
Shaw responds, without hesitation, "We're spies, Walker, started acting like one."
[More on "Chuck vs. the American Hero" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Cherry Jones of '24'</p>

 Cherry Jones of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '5 a.m. to 6 a.m.'

The President learns the price for keeping NYC safe and a major cliffhanger

It’s a bittersweet time to be a “24” fan, given that we now know this will be the final season of the show. We’ve had ups, downs, and unfortunate appearances by cougars over the years. At its best, the show has provided enough adrenaline and fast-paced action to satisfy even the most jaded of fans. At its worst, it turns into a parody of itself, with fans able to spot the plot twists and narrative machinations hours before anyone in CTU can.  

But I come neither to praise nor bury “24”: I come merely to recap the latest hour. So here we go! 

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<p>Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'

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Recap: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Caballo Sin Nombre'

As The Cousins approach, Walt tries to reconcile with his family and Jesse makes an investment

One of the best things "Breaking Bad" has in its corner is its complete willingness to play with our expectations. It's a show about a man who loses whatever moral center he had when he turns to cooking meth, so while it's obvious the show is going to be getting back to Walt's side occupation (and, increasingly, his real one) sooner rather than later, the series' willingness to let this play out with some sense of how it might really play out when a man had to choose between making a lot of money and getting his family back is commendable. I like a show that takes its time. But I also like a show that just jumps to what you know the end will be. Since the twins crossed the border last week, we've known they'd figure out who Walter was and have a run-in with him. But I don't think anyone would have predicted it would happen this quickly.

[Full recap after the break...]

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<p>Steve and Allie of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Steve and Allie of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'Anonymous?'

In the Seychelles, putting coconuts in a cart proves difficult for several teams
Here's a conundrum for you:
Let's say you hate Non-Elimination Legs of "The Amazing Race," but you somehow find ways of accepting them when they save teams you like. But then say that the team that you like so clearly deserved elimination that you find yourself resenting the team you like because you can't even find any way to enjoy having seen them skirt death. But you can still find pleasure that it was the team you like that dodged elimination, rather than the team that you hated that would have otherwise survived, because at least the Non-Elimination leg didn't have to be wasted on that team you hate.
Does that make sense? Because that's the way I felt at the end of Sunday (March 28) night's "Amazing Race." I was relieved, but frustrated and also a bit disappointed. That's too many darned emotions for one man.
Full "Amazing Race" recap after the break...
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