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Murder, She Wrote: Unfinished Business Rewatch Season 3, Ep 3
Re-re-retired Lt. Barney Kale decides to use his new-found freedom as a private citizen and re-examine his last unsolved case, in which Lowel Dixon "accidentally" drowned ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development scandal. Cabot Cove's Dr. Seth Hazlit is pulled in the new investigation as a former investor in the development, which draws Jessica into the case. When a young man with no apparent connection to Dixon is killed in a cabin by the lake, it seems like a simple case of mistaken identities, but nothing is ever that simple when Jess is around.
Gotham: Welcome Back, Jim Gordon Season 1, Ep 13
When the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, Gordon suspects that it’s an inside job and looks to an old friend for information. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes control of one of Fish Mooney’s prized possessions, as she gets a gets a small taste of her own medicine.
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Broad City' And Required Reading
On this week's show, the Comedy Central half-hour Broad City and the many hours we spent reading classics because we had to. (And sometimes wanted to.) [more inside]
Sons of Liberty: The Uprising Season 1, Ep 2
From the Boston Tea Party to Lexington Green.
Bob's Burgers: Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise Season 5, Ep 10
Bob gets a plot in the community garden, in exchange for giving Louise's nemesis Logan an unpaid internship at the restaurant so Logan can get into a competitive summer program. Bob find's his happy place, while he turns the restaurant into a living hell for Louise and Linda, due to the presence of Logan and his mom Cynthia, who camps out in the restaurant to write Logan's essay on his crappy job.
Mr Selfridge: Episode 1 Season 3, Ep 1
Two weddings and a funeral. [more inside]
Black Sails: IX Season 2, Ep 1
The Walrus crew is stranded on the beach with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the gold on Urca de Lima. Which is the only reason Flint is still alive, i.e. he was right about the gold, despite lying about almost everything else. Gold puts pirates in a forgiving mood [more inside]
Looking: Top to Bottom Season 2, Ep 3
Patrick buys an enema. Augustin gets his beard trimmed. Dom plays rugby. Doris gets laid.
Game of Thrones: The Kingsroad First Watch Season 1, Ep 2
Bran's fate remains in doubt. Eddard Stark and his daughters leave Winterfell, to travel with King Baratheon's entourage to King's Landing. Jon Snow heads north to join the Night's Watch. Daenerys tries to learn how to please her new husband.
The Problem: Left means wall. (Note: By very popular demand of our listeners, here’s a recent unreleased episode of Roderick on the Line. It was recorded on November 24, 2014.) [more inside]
Sons of Liberty: A Dangerous Game Season 1, Ep 1
"As young men, Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-Jame), John Hancock (Rafe Spall), and Dr. Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold) join forces as the Sons of Liberty seeking to start a revolution in this three-part miniseries." -- Metacritic [more inside]
The expansion of Genghis Khan's conquests continue, with locations as far apart as Europe and China feeling the bloody effects of Mongol warfare and retribution. Can anything halt the carnage?
Breaking Bad: Buried Rewatch Season 5, Ep 10
While Skyler's past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt. [more inside]
Galavant: It's All in The Executions Season 1, Ep 8
Galavant hatches a scheme to try to save the day.
Steven Universe: Coach Steven Rewatch Season 1, Ep 20
On a mission, Garnet and Amethyst fuse to form Sugilite, a tremendous brute with an unstable personality.
Downton Abbey: Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 4 Season 5, Ep 4
Breakups! Breakups for everybody! And awkward declarations of love that aren't returned, awkwardly! Oh, you English! [more inside]
The Internet is the one place where it's safe to say whatever you want — nobody will know it's you. But the same protections that make commenters invulnerable are what make the Internet scary — even downright dangerous — for the commented upon. In this week's show: what happens when the Internet turns on you?
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (IMDB) Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto in the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small television station who discovers a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. Layers of deception unfold as he uncovers the signal's source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent hallucinations. (wikipedia) [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Defense Rests Season 2, Ep 14
Things get a little out of hand when Jake invites himself to a party thrown by Sophia's boss (guest star Chris Parnell). Meanwhile, Holt weighs whether to torpedo Wuntch's bid to become chief of the Boston PD, and Boyle's dad seeks Gina's blessing to marry her mother. [more inside]
The Man of Steel has a new love interest and a new nemesis. [more inside]
A throwback to 60s sex comedies from the director of Bring It On and starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
The Book of Negroes: Episode 1 Season 1, Ep 1
CBC's production of Lawrence Hill's acclaimed epic novel begins by introducing 11-year old Aminata Diallo, just as she is stolen from her home in West Africa and forced into slavery. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Toll for the Brave (Pivoting Trap) Season 1, Ep 15
UFE and Vers forces prepare for battle in their respective asteroid bases. Magbaredge informs Inaho about some findings from research on activating Aldnoah Drives using Asseylum's blood. Slaine continues facing contempt from other Vers Counts for being a Terran, but is defended by Saazbaum. Finally the battle starts when the Trident and Marineros bases near each other. Saazbaum also joins the battle in his refurbished Dioskuria II.
Helix: Reunion Season 2, Ep 2
In the future, Julia and Caleb dig up Alan’s grave and make a discovery that only adds more questions about the plague. Evidently Alan left a clue in the mismatched bones in his grave, instead of just a note, because why make anything simple when trying to deadly contagion ? In the present day on the island, a plague ridden child appears in the "safe haven" and then is mysteriously healed, prompting much WTFing from the team. Meanwhile, Sarah and Alan have a (see episode name) and we discover the horrifying truth of what happened to their baby. Seriously, any women who saw this episode are probably having nightmares.
Elementary: The Illustrious Client Season 3, Ep 11
Watson starts her new job as an investigator for an insurance firm, but ends up joining forces on a case with Sherlock when a threat to Kitty emerges.
Cowboy Bebop: Mish-Mash Blues Rewatch Season 1, Ep 27
Due to the violence portrayed in the series, and the violence occurring at the time in Japan, the series was briefly canceled and "Mish-Mash Blues" (fansub transcript; part 1, part 2) was created. The characters provide a philosophical commentary, set to hip-hop loops and played over clips from the first 12 episodes, and it ends with the words: "This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real 'Cowboy Bebop' Someday!" [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2 Rewatch Season 3, Ep 2
One murder leads to another as Jessica finds herself chasing down false alibis and the employees of a rival circus. Just when she thinks she has all the funny business behind her, a stunning confession will throw everyone for a loop.
Mad Men: For Immediate Release Rewatch Season 6, Ep 6
Roger changes tack to make new business. Pete has an awkward run-in with a client.
Saturday Night Live: Blake Shelton Season 40, Ep 12
Blake Shelton handles himself admirably as host and musical guest, with assistance from a Kate & Aidy musical joint and a surprisingly strong Weekend Update.
Constantine: Quid Pro Quo Season 1, Ep 10
John, Zed and Chas race to save Chas's daughter after her soul is taken by an evil wizard.
Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect that our expectations can have on the people around us. You’ll hear how people’s expectations can influence how well a rat runs a maze. Plus, the story of a man who is blind and says expectations have helped him see.
Star Trek: The Alternative Factor Rewatch Season 1, Ep 28
While investigating and scanning an uncharted planet, the Enterprise and its quadrant of space are subjected to a violent force that seems to cause a 'blinking out' of everything near them. The crew goes to the planet's surface and encounters Lazarus, a reality jumping madman. [more inside]
Banshee: A Fixer of Sorts Season 3, Ep 3
Lucas' secret is threatened. Tommy Littlestone organizes a second strike against Proctor.
World leaders head to Davos, but the big question has to be asked... where's Bono? [more inside]
Glee: The Hurt Locker, Part 1 Season 6, Ep 4
I take back everything I said about Glee getting good again. Now I shall discuss my rage. [more inside]
12 Monkeys: Mentally Divergent Season 1, Ep 2
The trail of a mysterious organization called the “Army of the 12 Monkeys” leads Cole to a mental institution in 2015, where a patient holds the key to the plague that destroys the world. Meanwhile, despite warnings that her involvement may disrupt the course of history, Dr. Railly risks her life to help him.
Grimm: Tribunal Season 4, Ep 10
Nick gathers Wu and the team to track down Monroe, who was abducted by the Wesenrein; Juliette learns more about being a Hexenbiest.
Project Runway All Stars: Versatile Tops and Bottoms Season 4, Ep 10
Or the QVC Challenge in which Dmitry's sneer almost took over his whole face. [more inside]
Steven Universe: The Test Season 1, Ep 38
Steven finds out the mission to the Sea Spire was a test, and asks for a new one.
Archer: The Archer Sanction Season 6, Ep 3
Archer, Lana, and Ray strip down and bivouac together. No sexytimes ensue. [more inside]
Breaking Bad: Blood Money Rewatch Season 5, Ep 9
As Walt and Jesse adjust to life out of the business, Hank grapples with a troubling lead. [more inside]
Adventure Time: Astral Plane Season 6, Ep 25
Oh my glob! [more inside]
Based on the true story of a U.S. sniper who served in Iraq.
Supernatural: The Hunter Games Season 10, Ep 10
Dean remains affected by the Mark of Cain and he fears continuing down that dark path. After having exhausted their efforts to find a cure in the lore, in desperation Castiel reaches out to an unlikely source for help. Castiel is also trying to find a way to help Claire, despite her anger and rejection of him. Crowley and his mother Rowena spend a little time together in hell.
Moonstruck is an American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis. Moonstruck was nominated for six Oscars at the 60th Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. (wikipedia) Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry (the best friend of her late husband who died seven years previously). (IMDB) [more inside]
This episode the the gang considers: Ainsley Harriott; Extreme Wink Murder; standing desks; Britney Spears’s haircare range; Barry Norman’s pickled onions; Paul Simon’s chicken and eggs; yellow dusters; skateboarding and similar activities; having ‘a bit of fun’ on Tinder; and Chicken Kiev. [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
The 100: Remember Me Season 1, Ep 9
The alliance faces its first challenge.
Podcast: Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period: 12 Devil in a Blue Dress (w/ Kathryn P. McMurphy)
Special guest Kathryn P. McMurphy returns to discuss the 1995 neo-noir mystery Devil in a Blue Dress with Kevin & Kamau. They talk about Denzel passing the ball to Don Cheadle, try to figure out the deal with that guy cutting up all the trees in the movie, and get into the sexiest Denzel moment in film history. Plus, a quick update on Carbon Copy! [more inside]
Broad City: Mochalatta Chills Season 2, Ep 2
New opportunities arise as Abbi is finally able to train somebody at Soulstice and Ilana finds success as a corporate overlord.
Empire: The Devil Quotes Scripture Season 1, Ep 3
A family dinner is held. Hakeem has two girlfriends now. Cookie meets up with an old friend to give her ex-husband a musical "blast from the past" he's not too happy about. Jamal hits his limit on his father's dissing of him. Andre and his wife have some kind of ah, interesting arrangement. Lucious is having more ALS symptoms. Also, this show is so Dynasty. [more inside]
A simple primer on (and multiple warnings about) short-selling stock. Fun fact: Unlike the risk of buying a stock, shorting one opens the trader to possibly losing much more than the original investment. [more inside]
Arrow: Left Behind Season 3, Ep 10
As Diggle, Felicity and Roy start to fear the worst after Oliver's disappearance, Melyn continues to scheme, Ray gets a new suit, and another vigilante appears in Starling.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Teacher's Pet Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
After her science teacher encourages her, Buffy is shocked to find him dead the next day. His replacement, the beautiful Ms. French, takes a liking to Xander. Iffy student/teacher relations aside there's one big problem: She's a giant praying mantis. Really. Ugh this episode.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Yearning for a normal high school experience, Buffy tries out for the cheerleading squad. As her competitors suffer bizarre afflictions, she must hunt out the witch before it's too late.
Steven Universe: Rose's Room Rewatch Season 1, Ep 19
Steven's Gem unlocks the old room of Rose Quartz in the Temple, which appears to grant him anything he wants.
In the early 80's, way before the world wide web existed, the French government shipped a $200 terminal to every home with a phone line, and created a service that for decades ran alongside the internet. It was called The Minitel. Producer Carla Green speaks to reporter Jean-Marc Manach, who, in the early 90's, made a living posing as a woman in sex chat rooms on Minitel. [more inside]
(1948, B&W, Lippert, Adventure, Short) Pilots land in Africa to search for Greta, an heiress lost in a crash at a young age. Now she's worshiped as a goddess by a native tribe. Greta and Pilot Mike must overcome the machinations of both the tribe witch doctor and the other pilot to make to back safely to hamburger sandwiches and french-fried potatoes. A fairly good episode mocking a movie with some pretty unfortunate racial stereotypes. Also: The Phantom Creeps, part 1: Bela Lugosi is Dr. Zorka, who threatens the world with his inventions: a goofy-looking robot and a collection of explosive walking Ding-Dongs. YouTube (1h38m) First aired October 6, 1990. [more inside]
The Coen Bros. do Dashiell Hammett. With links to Yojimbo. Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American gangster film by the Coen brothers starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a power struggle between two rival gangs and how the protagonist, Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne), plays both sides off each other. (wikipedia) [more inside]
American Horror Story: Curtain Call Season 4, Ep 13
The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy prepares for his debut performance. Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.