<p>Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill on &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill on "Modern Family."

Credit: ABC

'Modern Family' - 'Mother's Day': Big boys don't cry

A childhood memory sparks a surprising response for Jay

Last night's "Modern Familywasn't quite up to the level of "Someone to Watch Over Lily" or "Manny Get Your Gun" - for one thing, the Cam/Mitchell storyline had the kind of lazy/predictable quality the show unfortunately falls into when it keeps those two off on their own for most of the episode - but it had one of my favorite climactic scenes the show has ever done. 

Where it sometimes feels like the big emotional climax to an episode can feel forced, Jay's outburst at the dinner table worked really really well. Part of it is that the show played it for laughs, paying off earlier subplots involving the Dunphy kids and Phil's desire to bond with Jay, but the actual heart managed to co-exist with the jokes. It helped that Ed O'Neill is so terrific, but also that they kept it so simple. Like Jay says, you only get one mom, right? 

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Margo Martindale in the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Margo Martindale in the "Justified" season finale.

Credit: FX

Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Bloody Harlan'

Raylan and Mags have one final confrontation in a fantastic finale

A review of the "Justified" season finale coming up just as soon as there's a river between us with no bridge to cross...

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<p>&quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;closes out a strong season tomorrow night.</p>

"30 Rock" closes out a strong season tomorrow night.

Credit: NBC

Review: How '30 Rock' rebounded its way to a strong season 5

More focus on the leads, a happier Liz, and more

With a few exceptions (Liz taping the pilot for her failed talk show, Jenna dating James Franco), the fourth season of "30 Rock" was so dire that I came close to walking away from it altogether a few times, and was relieved the Emmys didn't rubber stamp another Outstanding Comedy Series win for the show.

But a very funny thing happened as the fifth season (which ends tomorrow night at 10) got going: "30 Rock" became good again. At times, close to its early greatness.

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<p>Peter (Chris Noth)&nbsp;confronts Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Peter (Chris Noth) confronts Alicia (Julianna Margulies) on "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

'The Good Wife' - 'In Sickness': Moving out

Alicia doesn't take the Peter/Kalinda news well, and Martha Plimpton returns

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I leave the baby monitor on...

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<p>Jennifer Beals in &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Beals in "The Chicago Code."

Credit: FOX

'The Chicago Code' - 'Bathhouse & Hinky Dink': Undercover blues

The show turns its focus back to Gibbons, but something's still lacking

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I treat you like one of the boys...

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<p>Lily (Alyson Hannigan)&nbsp;and Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>
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Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Perfect Cocktail': Drunk trialing

Some amusing Robin/Lily stuff, but when will Zoey go away?

 A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get weirdly good at beat-boxing...

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<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


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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