This was a big week for television.
The Walking Dead
ended its fourth season on a rather grim
How I Met Your Mother
infuriated almost every fan they had
and incited them to claim it was the worst series finale ever (which means they’ve
clearly never seen the Roseanne
Once Upon a Time
killed off one corner of a triangle – and ticked
of a whole legion of their fans (which, even if you’re not a fan of Neal and
Emma, just wasn’t a smart move).
And The Following
brought someone back from the dead. Again.
Okay, that wasn’t even close to a surprise.
So, what were this week’s top entertainment moments?
After announcing that he was leaving the law firm –
which caused Harvey to freak out – Mike
ultimately changes his mind and admits
that he had a friend hack into the records for the Bar Association and make him
a lawyer. “I made a mistake.” While I love the bromance between Mike and
Harvey, I’ve often thought that Mike’s predicament was an albatross hanging
around the necks of this show. This “fix” doesn’t really fix anything. While it
is an obviously new wrinkle in the situation, there’s still a lot that can blow
up here. I was also a fan of Donna’s when she told Harvey he couldn’t tell
Scottie the truth – especially because they always run so hot and cold on one
another, and Scottie would probably use that as a weapon to hurt Harvey at some point. For me, that’s the reason the Harvey and Scottie relationship will never
4. Once Upon A Time:
This show is really starting to write
itself into a corner. This week’s outing ended with the death of Neal – which makes
absolutely no sense at all. Neal is the son of Rumplestiltskin and the father of
Henry. Forget the romantic entanglements – which are so annoying anymore I want
them all to be banned on this show – but look at the character. How can Rumple
ever be a better man and get his happily ever after now? How can Henry? To me,
this was just another way to prop the Hook character – and I’m so over that. I
don’t think Emma should be romantically involved with anyone right now. She’s
got a lot to deal with – and she still hasn’t come to grips with who her
parents are and who she should have been. Neal was important to the history
(and balance) of this show – and I think the writers just made a huge mistake
in killing him off. I’ve been struggling with the writing all season. This is
just more reason to worry for me.
Raylan is having a tough time right now.
Feuding with his mentor, Art, was bad enough when
the man was just going to
retire. Now that he’s fighting for his life in a hospital – and Raylan knows
that Daryl (not his young nephew/brother) is responsible for the hit – Raylan is
truly spinning out of control. Between pairing with Boyd (which is always funny
and charming), to trying to cajole Ava into helping him (which she stupidly
fights) to locking Dewey Crowe up, Raylan continued to push his agenda.
Finally, Raylan came to a different conclusion and went to a judge and asked
for a favor. What was that favor? Raylan informed a furious Daryl and Wendy
that young Kendal would be tried as an adult for his shooting on Art. See, the
Crowes were banking that Kendal would only do a few years in juvie and then be
set free – and Raylan has made sure that Wendy had a choice to make: Her
brother or her son. I can’t wait until this week’s season finale. It’s bound to
get bloody between Raylan and Daryl.
2. The Walking Dead:
This whole season was about coming to
grips with who you are now and letting go of the person you were in the past –
or even the person you want to be. That’s what Rick found out when the “claimers”
decided they were going to try and rape Carl and Michonne and he completely
broke from his “Farmer Rick” persona and literally bit a man’s throat out. That’s
what Daryl found out when he offered to sacrifice himself for Rick, Carl and
Michonne. “I didn’t know what they were.” That’s what Carol found out when she
had to off Lizzie and admit that she was the one who killed Karen. And that’s
the idea that Rick truly embraced in the final seconds of the episode when he
informed his fellow survivors that the Terminus folks have “screwed with” the
wrong people. Something tells me that the Terminus inhabitants are going to
wish they’d never met the Ricktator.
1. How I Met Your Mother:
Sorry kids – but I was not
infuriated by the HIMYM finale. To be fair, I quit
watching the show several
seasons ago because I couldn’t get over what a betrayal the Robin and Barney
relationship was and how Barney would never really do that to Ted. So, when I
was watching the finale, I couldn’t help but think it was a little ingenious
how they had planned this out from the beginning. The truth was, Ted did love
the mother of his children. She was just never his greatest love. That honor
went to Robin – who tried to make her life fit around Barney but, ultimately,
realized that she wanted to be with Ted. Like the finale or hate the finale, it
got big ratings and it got everyone on social media all fired up. That was a
big win for CBS – any way you look at it.
Honorable mentions go to:
Law & Order: SVU:
Olivia and Cassidy break up because
she wants a family. It just seemed a little contrived. I wish Cassidy would
have rejoined SVU – but the development is what it is and this show is long past fresh.
This show has had a rough two seasons, but I
actually liked this outing. Since I’m a cynic, I scoffed that the reason this
was happening to these two families was probably because of inbreeding. Who
knew I would ultimately be right? Still, great casting for the episode and nice
ambiance. Plus there was none of that pesky “private lives” stuff that is
dragging this show down all the time anymore.
A teasing Elizabeth asks Philip to show her
what kind of “animal” he is with his “other
wife.” When Philip shows her – as Clark
– he leaves Elizabeth a crying mess on the bed. I’m guessing the role playing
is going to stay out of the bedroom from now on.
Ryan has a new girlfriend he likes and Claire
is suddenly back. This should go well.
The Big Bang Theory:
Sheldon can’t decide between Xbox One
and PlayStation 4 – but watching him try is always entertaining. Plus, Wil
Wheaton’s cameo this week was just hilarious.
Will is starting to lose his humanity – and he
proves it by sending a “fan” after Hannibal. Hannibal survives (of course) but
more (and more) people are starting to get suspicious of Hannibal.
What do you think? What were the most entertaining moments
of the week?