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May 21

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Rehab  Season 5, Episode 12

This week....
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married. Next!
  • North Korea may call off the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un over demands that the country denuclearize. John Bolton says on air they were using "The Libyan model," which turns out to be the worst thing he could have said; autocrats the world over have obsessed over Gadaffi's horrible death since it happened in 2011.
  • And Now: Local News Gets A Little Too British For The Royal Wedding ("Hello gov'ner." "Cheerio!" "Hallo hallo!" "Tally-ho." "A spot of tea?" etc.)
  • Main Story: Rehab, a 35 billion dollar industry. Federal law requires health insurance to pay for some of it, but there are no federal standards for what "Rehab" means, leading to a situation ripe for abuse by unscrupulous people.
  • And Now: Just Look At This Bunch of Royal Wedding Shit.
The Rehab segment is on YouTube. If you are suffering from addiction, instead of jumping right into a rehab clinic that may have a strong motive to take advantage of you, you could try The American Board of Preventative Medicine's search site for board-certified doctors, here. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 1:14 AM - 0 comments

May 20

Cobra Kai: All Valley  Season 1, Episode 7

When Johnny learns Cobra Kai is banned from the All Valley Tournament, he faces the City Council. Miguel asks Samantha out. Robbie takes lessons from Daniel, just as his buddies plot a heist from LaRusso Auto. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:34 PM - 0 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Jake & Amy  Season 5, Episode 22

Charles and the squad rush to save Jake and Amy's wedding day.
posted by numaner at 9:31 PM - 2 comments

Cobra Kai: Quiver   Season 1, Episode 6

Johnny's dojo class attracts a group of misfits while his son Robby, who harbors ulterior motives, lands a new job. Samantha makes a new friend in science class. Daniel inspires interest in karate from an unlikely person. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:22 PM - 0 comments

Westworld: Akane No Mai  Season 2, Episode 5

Shogun World extends a welcome to all. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet at 7:33 PM - 22 comments

Killing Eve: I Don't Want to Be Free  Season 1, Episode 7

Tensions are running high as the situation in Moscow escalates and Eve starts to question who she can trust. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:20 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 12:01 PM - 13 comments

Movie: There Will Be Blood

Daniel Plainview is an oil-man. He's traveled across half our state to be here and to see about this land. If he says he is an oil-man you will agree, and as an oil-man he hopes you will forgive his good old fashioned plain speaking. He is a family man, and his business is a family enterprise. Few oil-men understand that special bond. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 9:53 AM - 6 comments

Patrick Melrose: Never Mind  Season 1, Episode 2

At the Melrose family’s glorious house in the South of France, young Patrick has the run of the magical grounds. His father David rules with cruelty and his mother Eleanor has retreated into self medication and booze. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient out of necessity, 9-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with fear. They are expecting guests for the weekend, but this afternoon is profoundly unlike other summer days, and the shocking events that precede the guests’ arrival tear Patrick's world in two. Preview.
posted by myotahapea at 5:16 AM - 2 comments

Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey, Nicki Minaj  Season 43, Episode 23

Host: Tina Fey, Musical Guest: Nicki Minaj [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 12:25 AM - 14 comments

May 19

Cobra Kai: Counterbalance  Season 1, Episode 5

Cobra Kai gains it's second student. Daniel has an intricate plan to get payback on Johnny. Miguel defends Samantha against Kyler during lunch break. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 6:51 PM - 1 comment

Cobra Kai: Cobra Kai Never Dies  Season 1, Episode 4

Robbie is in hot water with his father. Johnny plans to shut down Cobra Kai after Miguel is injured. Samantha and Kyler's relationship hits rock bottom. A vandalized billboard creates tension for Daniel. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 6:42 PM - 3 comments

Book: Lamb

The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal [more inside]
posted by Frayed Knot at 4:44 PM - 4 comments

Movie: The Ballad of Cable Hogue

A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 4:01 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live in Dallas!

Travis is on vacation, so here's our live show in Dallas from earlier this year! Tres Horny Boys reunite to help out some old friends who've run into some stiff competition with their small business, and perform more than a few explosive stunts along the way.
posted by Lurch at 2:31 PM - 1 comment

RuPaul's Drag Race: Breastworld  Season 10, Episode 9

A parody of Westworld and the acting challenge of season ten, with Broad City stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson guest judge on this week's episode. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:56 PM - 9 comments

May 18

Fear the Walking Dead: Laura  Season 4, Episode 5

The arrival of a wounded visitor in John Dorie's life forces him to change his ways. [more inside]
posted by jimw at 11:23 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Up in Smoke

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 10:16 PM - 3 comments

Book: Wolf-speaker

"When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it's not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath's rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath's lord and lady plan to use this power to overthrow King Jonathan -- even if it means irreversibly damaging the land and killing their workers. On a mission to save both her animal friends and her human ones, Daine has to master her wild magic in order to fight for the kingdom and triumph over the would-be usurpers."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:58 PM - 1 comment

Archer: Danger Island: A Warrior in Costume  Season 9, Episode 4

Archer keeps an eye out for a past nemesis. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:44 PM - 12 comments

Cobra Kai: Esqueleto   Season 1, Episode 3

Miguel helps Johnny advertise Cobra Kai on the web. Daniel agrees to chaperon at the Halloween dance so he can keep an eye on his daughter. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 3:07 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Deadpool 2

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:51 AM - 30 comments

Arrow: Life Sentence  Season 6, Episode 23

With a new ally on his team, Oliver engages Diaz in an epic final battle. (Season 6 finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:57 AM - 6 comments

May 17

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Venezuela  Season 5, Episode 11

This week....
  • A Trump aide was heard to say something unkind about John McCain, regarding his dying of brain cancer, thus fulfilling everyone's dreaded expectations for the kind of people Donald Trump would employ in his office.
  • Scandals swirl around the Trump administration yet yet again again, as Michael Cohen comes under allegations for selling access to Trump.
  • And Now: Local News Gets Real About Mother's Day
  • Main Story: Venezuela. A piece reminiscent of the pre-Trump era, about the serious problems faced by a country that isn't the United States, about the trials currently suffered by Venezuela, which are less about socialism and more about epic levels of mismanagement. Its next elections are on May 20. Its former President was Hugo Chávez, an extremely popular leader who nationalized the oil industry and allowed his citizens to reap the rewards, although his government was notoriously corrupt. His successor, Nicolás Maduro, has not fared nearly as well. It's a long and very interesting piece, ending with Lin-Manuel Miranda in a bird suit pleading with Maduro to get his act together.
The main story is on LastWeekTonight's YouTube channel. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:59 PM - 4 comments

Supernatural: Let the Good Times Role  Season 13, Episode 23

Sam and Dean continue to be tested in the battle between good and evil; an impulsive decision could alter the life of one brother forever.
posted by litera scripta manet at 6:54 PM - 14 comments

Movie: Shaft

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:39 PM - 5 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Unimatrix Zero  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 26

[Season finale; part 1 of 2] Seven discovers a virtual reality realm inhabited by drones escaping the torment of their real lives. And they call it…THE OASIS [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 4:20 AM - 6 comments

May 16

The Americans: The Summit  Season 6, Episode 8

Philip brings Elizabeth up to speed on his spy activities. Elizabeth's nursing job comes to an end, and her relationship with Jackson takes several turns. Stan continues piecing together information and watching the Jennings. Renee gets notice of a job interview. Philip visits Stavos, tries on a new suit, and rents a video. Elizabeth questions an order from Claudia, and asks Philip to relay a message to Oleg.
posted by orange swan at 11:09 PM - 50 comments

The Expanse: Immolation  Show Only   Season 3, Episode 6

The protomolecule replicates, infiltrates and disseminates. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 11:07 PM - 29 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: REPTILICUS  Rewatch   Season 11, Episode 1

Rewatch! Starting in on Season 11, Reptilicus, and the show's new premise and cast. It's been a year since Season 11 debuted, how does it hold up? Previously.
posted by JHarris at 10:02 PM - 4 comments

Cobra Kai: Strike First  Season 1, Episode 2

Daniel is dismayed to find a new Cobra Kai dojo has been opened up. Johnny learns his dojo has to pass several safety requirements before he can actually start teaching. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 8:23 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Boys in Company C

In 1967, five young men undergo boot camp training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Once they get there, the experience proves worse than they could have imagined. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 5:49 PM - 3 comments

Legion: Chapter 15  Season 2, Episode 7

David vows revenge against Farouk. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 6:36 AM - 26 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: "Seeds"  Season 2, Episode 5

Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick; Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.
posted by Bibliogeek at 3:46 AM - 11 comments

May 15

Movie: Papillon

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:37 PM - 3 comments

The Flash: Think Fast  Season 4, Episode 22

DeVoe assaults an A.R.G.U.S. facility to complete his Enlightenment Machine, in the penultimate episode of the season. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:35 PM - 10 comments

Cobra Kai: Ace Degenerate  Season 1, Episode 1

34 years after losing the All Valley Karate Championship, Johnny Lawrence decides to reopen the Cobra Kai Dojo while his school adversary, Daniel LaRusso, runs a successful auto business. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 5:31 PM - 11 comments

Elementary: Pushing Buttons  Season 6, Episode 3

Holmes and Watson investigate a case in which the victim was killed during a Revolutionary War re-enactment; Holmes grows frustrated with the length of his cognitive recovery; he finds solace in his growing friendship with Michael.
posted by litera scripta manet at 2:09 PM - 7 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 406: Face 2 Face: Sweet Dreams, Timothy

Travis is on vacation this week, so we're happy to present to you our live show in gorgeous Columbus, Ohio from our most recent tour! It's got thrills, chills and spills, and also a new method for handling audience questions that resulted in some REAL humdingers.
posted by Tevin at 12:27 PM - 9 comments

May 14

Movie: The Endless

A Lovecraftian horror story about two brothers who return to the cult they escaped from 10 years earlier only to find...well, something other than what they thought they were running away from. Directed by and starring Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the duo behind the 2012 meth addict horror flick Resolution and 2014's Spring, The Endless is currently at 97/80 on Rotten Tomatoes.
posted by mediareport at 8:39 PM - 12 comments

Book: The Ionian Mission

In the eighth book of the series, Captain Aubrey's prospects are limited to the Worcester, seventy-four, the wall-sided mouldy rotten old floating coffin pride of the British shipyards. She is ordered to join the blockade at Toulon, back in the Mediterranean where Jack and Stephen first met. Blockade work is hell – Sisyphean tacks – and despite Handel and Hamlet, Aubrey's spirits sink as low as London Bach's old man can take them, for Maturin is often away. (Maturin himself is overmatched by Professor Graham, the unnatural philosopher, who will have none of Stephens' triced gumbril puddings, by and/or large, and will not use a coaster on Diana's gleaming object). Furthermore Jack is under the eyes of his old nemesis, Admiral Harte who will end Jack's career for good and all if Jack bungles the Mediterranean machinations of the disgusting British Empire. All told there are too many rhinoceroses, parsons, Lesbians, Beys, and double-bottomed defecators for Jack's comfort. Spouse-breach is in the air, while on the water lurks the Torgud, firing thirty-six pound marble balls from the monstrous Portuguese cannons in her waist. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 8:19 PM - 4 comments

The Terror: The C the C the Open C  Season 1, Episode 9

Hope comes in strange forms, and the question of what the men are willing to do to survive begins to be settled in both noble and horrifying ways. (IMDB)
posted by Countess Elena at 7:25 PM - 9 comments

Book: Wild Magic

"Thirteen-year-old Daine has always had a knack with animals, but it's not until she's forced to leave home that she realizes it's more than a knack -- it's magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but also she can make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen's Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student. Under Numair's guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she begins to sense other beings too: immortals...."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:12 PM - 5 comments

Lucifer: A Devil of My Word  Season 3, Episode 24

Shocked by someone's death, Chloe, Lucifer, and the rest of the team work together to investigate and take down the killer. (Season/Series Finale)
posted by oh yeah! at 6:15 PM - 13 comments

Movie: Dirty Harry

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:00 PM - 9 comments

Killing Eve: Take Me to the Hole  Season 1, Episode 6

A female assassin is taken into custody in Russia, and Eve and Carolyn head out to Moscow to negotiate access, believing her to hold the key to the organization that runs Villanelle. Meanwhile, Villanelle is smuggled into the same Russian jail. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:22 PM - 5 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: The Haunting of Deck Twelve  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 25

While the USS Voyager is without power for several hours, Neelix tells the children a ghost story of the events that lead up to it… or is it more than just a story? This is really going to be scary... I'm not kidding you this time! [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:23 AM - 7 comments

Patrick Melrose: Bad News  Season 1, Episode 1

Get ready for the lowdown on the British upper class. This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn tracks Patrick from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain. At once harrowing and hilarious, Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the troubled titular character. [more inside]
posted by myotahapea at 8:04 AM - 6 comments

The Department of Time: La leyenda del tiempo (The Legend of Time)  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 8

Season finale. When the Ministry discovers that a young Salvador Dali has designed a film poster in 1924 depicting a modern electronic tablet computer, the team is sent to investigate. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 6:36 AM - 7 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: White Whale  Season 5, Episode 21

Rosa and Amy track down a killer who's manage to elude them for seven years; Terry helps Jake with his wedding chores; Holt and his rival try to convince each other to resign from the campaign for Commissioner.
posted by jeather at 4:54 AM - 7 comments

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 210 - ICE to See You feat. Jake Flores (5/13/18)

The boys take a moment to salute the life and achievements of Sen. John McCain, and then are joined by comedian Jake Flores (@feraljokes) to hear all about his run-in with the Department of Homeland Security. [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 2:51 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 59 - Activia (w/ Tawny Newsome)

After over three years missing, Activia Barleyfoot, daughter of Otok, returns to the tavern. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 2:33 AM - 2 comments

May 13

Arrow: The Ties That Bind  Season 6, Episode 22

Diaz targets Team Arrow and their loved ones. Oliver struggles with Felicity putting herself in danger when she gets the chance to stop Diaz for good. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:49 PM - 7 comments

Timeless: The General; Chinatown  Season 2, Episode 9

The Mothership jumps to South Carolina in 1863, where the Time Team partners up with Harriet Tubman; then part 2 of the season finale leads to 1888 San Francisco and the resolution of Jiya's fateful vision. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:47 PM - 11 comments

Westworld: Riddle of the Sphinx  Season 2, Episode 4

Is this now? If you're looking forward, you're looking in the wrong direction [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet at 7:54 PM - 85 comments

Babylon 5: Spider in the Web  Season 2, Episode 6

A negotiation between Futurecorp and the Provisional Martian Government is derailed by the assassination of the Futurecorp Representative... and Talia is next on the hit list. "You threw one [telepath] out a third-story window on Io." "There was an ample pool beneath the window!" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:36 PM - 0 comments

Supernatural: Exodus  Season 13, Episode 22

Sam and Dean devise a plan that will save innocent lives; Jack continues to wrestle with the consequences of his decisions.
posted by litera scripta manet at 6:20 PM - 14 comments

Movie: Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)

Two years after giving birth to her daughter, a very pregnant Ali Wong returns in her second original stand-up comedy special, filmed at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 9:58 AM - 4 comments

Movie: Blazing Saddles

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 8:01 AM - 35 comments

Saturday Night Live: Amy Schumer, Kacey Musgraves  Season 43, Episode 22

Host: Amy Schumer, Musical Guest: Kacey Musgraves [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 12:16 AM - 10 comments