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Gretchen Alice is a pop culture enthusiast who enables her breakfast taco addiction by living in Austin, TX. She has a habit of falling in love with fictional characters.

Week in Review: Season Finale Edition

With three shows closing for the season and one show debuting, it was a busy week for television. Let’s take a look at what happened.

Bones, “The Prisoner in the Pipe”: For a full review of the episode, check out Ashley’s take here. I thought that the prisoner plot wasn’t nearly as intriguing as it could have been. The birth scene felt rushed, although the baby-in-a-manger aspect did make me laugh. Mostly, I’m interested to see how this impacts the future of the series and the relationship between Booth and Brennan.

New Girl, “Secrets: Everybody’s got a secret to keep. With the big revelation about Schmidt and CeCe out in the open, the roommates came clean about the secrets that they’ve been hiding. Nick took lessons from Schmidt on how to (im)properly treat college girls and Jess and CeCe ran a race together. The most surprising reveal of all, though, came when we found out just how funny Winston could be. Let’s hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Theodore K. Mullins.

Raising Hope, “Sabrina’s New Jimmy”: I don’t know, this episode felt even more hi-jinky than usual. Instead of focusing on the good parts of Sabrina and Jimmy’s relationship, the writers seem to be causing turmoil between them just for the sake of “Now that they’re together, what do we do?” The only redeeming factor of “Sabrina’s New Jimmy” was Shelly’s increasingly disturbing collection of Sky Store products that she bought while stuck on an airplane for seven hours.

One Tree Hill, “One Tree Hill”: I haven’t watched One Tree Hill in years. This week, the show and cast said goodbye in their series finale. This caused many people to ask, “Wait…One Tree Hill is still on the air?”

Bent, “Mom/Tile Date”: Farewell, Bent. You were fun while you lasted. A second season renewal is extremely unlikely, which is a pity because the show was really finding its groove. The chemistry between David Walton and Amanda Peet was palpable, the supporting cast was hysterical, and the child actor was remarkably likeable. Do yourself a favor and catch the six-episode run online while you still can.

Best Friends Forever, “Pilot”: It’s nice to know that as shows leave for the summer that there are new shows to take their place. This end-season offering real-life best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair as on-screen best friends Lennon and Jessica. (Mind-blowing, right?) The pilot episode was enjoyable and had moments that spoke to what the show could someday achieve. Fingers crossed that Best Friends Forever gets a chance to explore that potential.

Happy Endings, “Four Weddings and A Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)”: The second season finale took us to another wedding (Derek and Eric–should their portmanteau be Deric or Erik?) and coined the phrase “So Dujardin” and introduced us to Mandonna. All in all, that’s not a bad way to go out. For those that are depressed by the show leaving so early in the season, there will be one more stand-alone episode at some point in the upcoming months. We’ll take what we can get.

Community, “Pillows and Blankets”: Piggybacking on last week’s battle between Troy and Abed, this week took us deep into the heart of the epic war between Blanketsburg and Pillowtown. It was only a matter of time before Community took on a Ken Burns-style documentary and it was so worth it. From the narrator maligning Britta’s photography skills to the long explanation of the North Hall and the English Memorial Spanish Center, this episode also brought us the invisible friendship hats of Troy and Abed. “Leonard likes this post.”

Up All Night, “Up All Night”: The first season ended last night, leaving us with a smidgen of a cliffhanger, but nothing too earth-shattering. Instead, the episode mostly focused on the race between Shayna and Ava. It was a 10K against literacy–or was that for literacy? Will Forte came back as the slacker dad and Fred Armisen stopped by as the personal trainer. Their were two stand-out moments. The first was the pillow fight with Ava, Shayna, and the silver fox Asian men. What the what? The second was the sublimely awkward conversation between Reagan and her rival, Luke, where she discovered that he did have a crush on her, set to the dulcet tones of Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You.” In the realm of Up All Night, it truly doesn’t get better than that.


Categories: TV

Tags: Bent, Best friends forever, Bones, Community, Happy endings, New girl, One tree hill, Raising hope, Up all night