Guess who’s coming to dinner, ‘Chuck’
November 30th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Guess who’s coming to dinner, ‘Chuck’

Last night’s episode might have been titled “Chuck vs. the Leftovers,” but the show served up a main course.

This season’s main bad guy, Volkoff (former 007 Timothy Dalton) knows that Chuck is still alive. What he DOESN’T know is that Chuck is the son of his object of affection. When he finds out, and discovers that she has a daughter too, he wants to… impress them at a family dinner?

As long as it ends up with Dalton playing charades, I’m willing to go along with it.

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‘Chuck’ throws down like an '80s action movie
November 23rd, 2010
02:30 PM ET

‘Chuck’ throws down like an '80s action movie

I went to watch last night’s “Chuck” and ended up in the middle of an ‘80s action movie… and it was AWESOME! (Note to aspiring super-villains: Don’t kidnap a spy whose girlfriend can wreak havoc across an entire country on her way to finding him. Just a little tip from me to you.)

Chuck needs to flash. I mean, he REALLY needs to flash… like now… before he has his entire brain wiped clean. But no matter how many dream sequences he walks through, he just can’t do it.

Give Chuck some credit though; he recognizes that he’s in a dream each and every time. The original premise of this whole show was that Chuck is a bumbling goofball, but he’s also incredibly brilliant, and I thought the dream recognition was a nice way of reminding us just how well and quickly his brain works. Plus, it gave me some hope that he can continue his spy career even if he never flashes again.

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'Terriers': Hello. Is It Me You’re Looking For?
November 18th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

'Terriers': Hello. Is It Me You’re Looking For?

If you’re not watching “Terriers,” the best new show of the fall, check out my reasons why you should be.

If you are watching, let’s (finally) talk about last night’s episode, “Sins of the Past.” Or as I like to call it, “So That’s How We Got Here.”

Quick check of what we learned last night: how Hank and Britt met; how Hank got kicked off the police force; what led to the end of Hank’s marriage; and how Hank let his old partner, Mark, down. Turns out, it’s all tied around a rape case that happened three years ago.

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'Top Chef: Just Desserts' serves up a sweet finale
November 18th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

'Top Chef: Just Desserts' serves up a sweet finale

We haven’t been recapping this first season of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” but we wanted to whet your appetite (yup, I went there) for “Top Chef All-Stars,” which premieres in two weeks. So, just this once, you can have your dessert before the main course.

Normal spoiler rules apply, so if you haven’t seen last night’s finale yet, stop reading and go watch. We’ll wait.

Ready? Good.

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'Terriers': The best new show you're not watching
November 16th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

'Terriers': The best new show you're not watching

I started off this TV season with high hopes for a bunch of new shows. Two months later, I’m down to just one: "Terriers." It’s the best new show of the fall… but I might be the only one watching it.

Here’s the two-sentence lowdown: Hank is an ex-cop and recovering alcoholic. He and his partner Britt are low-rent private investigators who often find themselves in just a little over their heads.

There are just two episodes left in the show’s first season, and it may not be back for a second. So why should you be watching "Terriers"? Glad you asked, because I've got five reasons:

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Be afraid, 'Chuck.' Be very afraid.
November 16th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Be afraid, 'Chuck.' Be very afraid.

If you’re not caught up on the current season of "Chuck," here are a few things you should know: Chuck is working as a spy. Morgan is working as part of the spy team. The Buy More is one big CIA front now. Chuck and Sarah are officially a couple.

Oh, and Chuck has found his long-lost mom, who it turns out was a spy and might be a double or even triple agent. Honestly, that part gets a little confusing. Luckily, last night’s episode took a break from the Mama Bartowski roller coaster and just gave us a straightforward Chuck and the Gang adventure.

There’s something wrong with the Intersect, the giant computer stored in Chuck’s head that gives him every piece of information known by the CIA and awesome fighting abilities when the need arises. Yes, we’ve done the “what’s wrong with Chuck’s head” plot a few times, but there’s a twist here: the Intersect isn’t gone, it’s just being suppressed, and the CIA has to figure out how to get it going again.

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