<p>Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt in &quot;United States of Tara.&quot;</p>

Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt in "United States of Tara."

Credit: Showtime

'United States of Tara' - 'The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions': Building a better rat trap

Tara and Dr. Hatteras get to work, and Wheels meets her grandma

At the start of this season of "United States of Tara," I said there would be some weeks where I might not have a review, even a short one, and simply put up a post for the rest of you to discuss the latest episode. This is going to be one of those weeks, in part because I'm way behind on work due to taking a chunk of last week off for a funeral, in part because this was largely a transition episode, focusing on Tara's work with Dr. Hatteras and how the alters are working within the confines of the arrangement.

So - after you've read Fienberg's interview with Eddie Izzard - have at it. What does everybody think of what went down between Neil and Mrs. Crane, with how Kate's doing on her new job, Marshall's movie plans, etc.?

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<p>Sarah Lancaster on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Sarah Lancaster on "Chuck."

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. Agent X': Vecas, baby! Vecas!

Chuck's bachelor party is disrupted by big news on the Volkoff front

A quick review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I apologize for dishonoring your shirt...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 71: 'Justified,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 71: 'Justified,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' and more

Alan and Dan answer a lot of listener mail this week

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It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I look back over the about-to-end seasons of "Justified" and "Fringe" and answer a bunch of your questions - most of which somehow take us back to the subject of "Parks and Recreation." The run-down: 

"Justified" pre-finale -- 01:00 - 20:30
"Fringe" pre-finale -- 20:40 - 33:00
Listener mail: Can a comedy be "the best show on TV" -- 33:22 - 39:15
Listener mail: Low-rated networks getting audiences -- 39:15 - 43:10
Listener mail: The decline of the lead-in -- 43:20 - 47:20
Listener mail: Shows that were successful after cast departures -- 47:30 - 58:5
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>Michael wants an ETA&nbsp;on Phyllis' farewell gift on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Michael wants an ETA on Phyllis' farewell gift on "The Office."

Credit: NBC

'The Office' - 'Goodbye Michael': And goodbye Steve Carell

Belated thoughts on the sweet, funny farewell to the show's leading man

Thanks for the kind thoughts last week, folks. They were much appreciated in a difficult time.

Like I said, I'm going to skip over most of the shows I missed while I was away, but I knew I would want to belatedly weigh in on Steve Carell's final "The Office" episode. (Though Fienberg did a great job with his own post-game review while I was away.) Some thoughts on "Goodbye Michael" coming up just as soon as my improv credits transfer...

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<p>President Obama announcing the news that US&nbsp;forces had killed Osama Bin Laden.</p>

President Obama announcing the news that US forces had killed Osama Bin Laden.

Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Osama Bin Laden news unites TV news, social media for a night

The rare story everyone could agree on

Midway through his speech announcing that US special forces had killed Osama Bin Laden, President Obama recalled the sense of unity that Americans had felt on 9/11, acknowleding, "I know it has, at times, frayed." Nearly 10 years after the towers fell, the Pentagon burned and Flight 93 crashed, we are in many ways a more fractured society than we were on September 10, 2001. But for a few hours, at least, late on a Sunday night in 2011, TV news and social media made us feel whole as a country again.

I'll leave the political impact of this to other writers on other sites. I cover TV, not politics, and I learned a long time ago that politics is a subject that almost no one can discuss rationally anymore, and certainly not on the Internet. (And it should go without saying that if the comments to this post start turning into attacks against one side of the aisle or the other, or individual posters, that stuff's getting deleted post-haste.) But what struck me in tracking this story both on TV and online was how unified everything became.

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<p>Clarke Peters on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Clarke Peters on "Treme."

Credit: HBO

'Treme' - 'Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky': Making the band

Everyone wants music to save their soul in a low-key episode

A review of tonight's "Treme" coming up just as soon as I listen to my fish...

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<p>Michelle Forbes in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Michelle Forbes in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'What You Have Left': One debate and a funeral

The Larsens bury Rosie, while the cops keep looking at Bennet Ahmed

A quick review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I look like I donate plasma for a living...

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<p>Miltos Yeromelou and Maisie Williams in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Miltos Yeromelou and Maisie Williams in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' - 'Lord Snow': War stories

Ned settles into King's Landing, and we get a lot of history lessons

A quick review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I know a story about a boy who hated stories...

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<p>The Doctor (Matt Smith)&nbsp;in chains on &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

The Doctor (Matt Smith) in chains on "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' - 'Day of the Moon': One small step

The Doctor tries to use Neil Armstrong's boot to save the world

A review of tonight's "Doctor Who" coming up just as soon as I open all the doors to the swimming pool...

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<p>Jess (Jurnee Smollett)&nbsp;helps Vince (Michael B. Jordan)&nbsp;keep in shape on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Jess (Jurnee Smollett) helps Vince (Michael B. Jordan) keep in shape on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'The Right Hand of the Father': Quite the character

Michael B. Jordan's performance highlights another uneven season five episode

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

A review of tonight's "Friday Night Lights" coming up just as soon as I get real familiar with bleach...

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