Succession: The Vaulter Season 2, Ep 2
Roman and Kendall do a "routine health check" of new media brand Vaulter to determine the future of the company. Tom tasks Greg with sniffing out waste at ATN, as Greg wonders if the divisive media outlet is the right fit for him. Connor and Willa host a soiree to mark their return to New York. Shiv brings Tom into the loop about her future at Waystar and with Gil's campaign.
Asia is shocked by a very public, very unexpected marriage proposal from her new boyfriend DeWayne. New recruits talk about their goals and expectations at a gang orientation. A church service devolves when congregants take to the mic with self-centered motivations. Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman turns a toast at her sister's wedding into a teachable moment. (also a 227 reboot, and the continuing 'After the Event' sketch) [more inside]
Succession: The Summer Palace Season 2, Ep 1
Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.
A perpetually-late-to-work Shayla decides to forgo her morning makeup routine, to her coworker Toni's dismay. Trinity the Invisible Spy hunts down The Reclues, an elusive villain with a surprising identity. An array of average, awkward contestants perform before a panel of judges at the Basic Ball. Security guard Fatimah helps an office worker investigate who stole her missing mug. Robin, Quinta, and Gabrielle uncover a shocking truth about Ashley's nighttime ritual. (plus a wedding vow sketch) [more inside]
Euphoria: Season 1 discussion Season 1, Ep 0
Euphoria follows "a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship." [more inside]
Two women seek an escape from an ominous fog. 1960s soul group Claude and The Boppers perform their hit song "Ice Cream Shop." A world-renowned author and "philosophizer" promotes her latest masterclass. Maya's confession in a support group gets a less-than-supportive response. Trinity, the Invisible Spy, meets a formidable adversary. (HBO broadcast premiere) [more inside]
Big Little Lies: Kill Me Season 2, Ep 5
Renata deals with the fallout from Gordon's legal troubles and attempts to help Celeste; Bonnie relives painful memories from her past.
The Deuce: We're All Beasts Season 2, Ep 6
Candy shoots her film guerilla-style on the streets of New York. [more inside]
Big Little Lies: She Knows Season 2, Ep 4
Celeste accuses Mary Louise of overstepping boundaries with Jane; Renata endures a prying court hearing with Gordon; Jane opens up to Corey at Amabella's birthday party; Madeline continues to try to make things right with Ed.
Big Little Lies: The End of the World Season 2, Ep 3
Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane; Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal; Madeline is forced to confront her issues at couples therapy; Celeste struggles with her memories of Perry.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Impeachment Season 6, Ep 15
Episode 6-15 was about the U.S. process of presidential impeachment, the means provided by its Constitution to remove a sitting President from office. But impeachment itself doesn't imply the process will be successful--Clinton was infamously impeached. To this day the process has never been successfully used to unseat a president. What would it entail, and what are the pros and cons of impeaching Donald Trump? On YouTube (20m)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Equal Rights Amendment Season 6, Ep 14
Ep 6-14 was on the Equal Rights Amendment, which infamous got all the way up to the finish line but stopped just short of being ratified by enough states, and because of it sex discrimination is not unconstitutional. What is it, and why did it stall out? Here's the piece on YouTube (16m).
Euphoria: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Rue returns home from rehab and meets Jules; Nate and Maddy attempt to make each other jealous; Kat is pressured to lose something.
Big Little Lies: Tell-Tale Hearts Season 2, Ep 2
Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble; Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry; Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.
Gentleman Jack: Are You Still Talking? Show Only Season 1, Ep 8
Season One Finale. Difficult news from Shibden spurs Lister to leave behind her new lifestyle in Denmark. [more inside]
Gentleman Jack: Are You Still Talking? Books Included Season 1, Ep 8
Season One Finale. Difficult news from Shibden spurs Lister to leave behind her new lifestyle in Denmark. [more inside]
Big Little Lies: What Have They Done? Season 2, Ep 1
Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie’s behavior and, later, is shocked when Abigail says she doesn’t want to go to college. Mary Louise, Celeste’s mother-in-law, offers her unvarnished assessment of Madeline’s character. Jane learns from her new coworker, Corey, that she’s known in town as one of the “Monterey Five.” Directed by: Andrea Arnold Teleplay by : David E. Kelley Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
Gentleman Jack: Why've You Brought That Season 1, Ep 7
Lister travels to London with her old flame Mariana Lawton, a trip that exposes crippling memories of their past relationship.
Chernobyl: Vichnaya Pamyat Season 1, Ep 5
The fallout. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Medical Devices Season 6, Ep 13
This week's topic is medical devices, specifically those made to be implanted in the human body, and how there's much less FDA oversight of the development and sales of these devices than one would think. There is a real and huge difference between the phrases FDA Approved and FDA Cleared, as many have recently discovered. The segment is on YouTube (19m).
The residents of Deadwood gather to commemorate Dakota's statehood in 1889, ten years on from the end of the series. The railroad and the telephone lines have civilized the town; at least on the surface, old wounds still ache. [more inside]
Gentleman Jack: Do ladies do that? Season 1, Ep 6
Lister faces a heart-breaking decision as Ann Walker's mental state takes an alarming downturn. [more inside]
Chernobyl: The Happiness of All Mankind Season 1, Ep 4
Valery Legasov and Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina consider using lunar rovers to remove radioactive debris; Ulana Khomyuk faces government hurdles in determining the truth about the cause of the explosion.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Death Investigations Season 6, Ep 12
This week's topic is on the subject of the folk who's job it is to examine dead bodies in forensic autopsies, coroners and medical examiners, jobs that are often woefully underfunded and ill-equipped, and in the case of coroners, doesn't even require a medical license or degree to perform, often being an elected position. Cases of abuse and incompetence are rife, and we've known this since 1857. Here it is on Youtube (22m). Also covered is a group entered in the Eurovision contest, Hatari, who are, in their own words, an "Islandic Award-Winning Anti-Capitalist Techno Performance BDSM Band." LWT is off next week.
Chernobyl: Open Wide, O Earth Season 1, Ep 3
The Chernobyl Commission begins the investigation into the causes of the disaster. [more inside]
Gentleman Jack: Let's have another look at your past perfect Season 1, Ep 5
Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax and, with encouragement from Mrs. Priestley, sets his sights on Ann Walker. Meanwhile, Lister presses on with the transformation of her estate, but her ambitious plans threaten to lead her into trouble. [more inside]
Barry: berkman > block Season 2, Ep 8
Barry is out for vengeance; Sally takes an acting detour.
Game of Thrones: Game of Throne Episode 8.6 Show Only Season 8, Ep 6
In the aftermath of the attack on King's Landing, the survivors deal with the future. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Green New Deal Season 6, Ep 11
This week's main topic is the Green New Deal, a piece of legislation the right endlessly maligns despite the fact it was defeated in the Senate weeks ago. According to Fox News, the bill takes away hamburgers, airplanes and cars, despite the fact that it's a non-binding piece of legislation. What's really in the Green New Deal? The main story is on YouTube (19m).
Gentleman Jack: Most women are dull and stupid Season 1, Ep 4
Dr. Belcombe confirms that Lister is the perfect tonic for Ann Walker's nervous disorder. When news of a friend's death arrives, Ann's desperate reaction makes Lister suspect that she has secrets of her own. [more inside]
Veep: The Final Season Season 7, Ep 0
Selina Meyer runs for President again. [more inside]
Barry: The Audition Season 2, Ep 7
Barry prepares for his first audition under Gene's guidance; Sally takes a stand in a meeting with a major TV producer; Noho Hank bares all.
Game of Thrones: Game of Throne Episode 8.5 Show Only Season 8, Ep 5
The armies of Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen face each other at Kings Landing.
Chernobyl: Full series Season 1, Ep 0
A five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. [more inside]
Gentleman Jack: Oh is that what you call it? Season 1, Ep 3
Lister confides her hopes for a future with Ann Walker to her aunt, as Mrs. Priestley's inkling about the two women's relationship presents a threat. Meanwhile, John Booth is surprised at his own romantic success. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Lethal Injection Season 6, Ep 10
This week's main story is about capital punishment, how there is absolutely no way to do it humanely, and the suffering perpetrated in its name. It's on YouTube. (19m) LWT added another site to its growing list, at Wikileaksorwhatever.com.
Barry: The Truth Has a Ring to It Season 2, Ep 6
Barry works with Gene to get into character; Sally embraces her truth; Fuches goes on a mission.
Game of Thrones: Game of Throne Episode 8.4 Show Only Season 8, Ep 4
The Battle of Winterfell is over and a new chapter for Westeros begins.
Gentleman Jack: I just went there to study anatomy Season 1, Ep 2
Lister begins a playful but dangerous courtship of Ann Walker; Lister's plan to excavate her coal mines brings her into the path of local magistrate Christopher Rawson and his brother Jeremiah; Lister's servant offers a solution to Eugénie's problem. [more inside]
Barry: ronny/lily Season 2, Ep 5
An encounter that Barry never could have predicted has surprising effects. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: The Long Night Show Only Season 8, Ep 3
The army of the undead arrives at Winterfell and the battle for life begins. [more inside]
Barry: What?! Season 2, Ep 4
Barry's patience is put to the test when a figure from Sally's past arrives in LA. Gene gets a pleasant surprise and encourages Barry to believe that change is possible.
Gentleman Jack: I was just passing Season 1, Ep 1
Rejected by her would-be companion Vere Hobart, Anne Lister returns to her shabby ancestral home. (HBO broadcast premiere) [more inside]
There are two topics covered at roughly equal length this week. The first is the long-awaited release of the Mueller Report, the contents of which reveal things that are entirely insane. On YouTube (15m). The other, almost as insane, is the story of Chiitan (TWITTER), an unofficial mascot for the Japanese city of Susaki. The behavior of Chiitan, a cartoon otter with a turtle on its head, was random, bizarre and violent, and so was asked to stop, by the city Susaki, associating with its official mascot, Shinjo-Kun (INSTAGRAM). But where some ways part, others join, so LWT sent one of their own mascots, Chii-john, a cute otter version of John Oliver, to Susaki to be Shinjo-Kun's new friend.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Opioids Again Season 6, Ep 8
The main subject was a return to the opioid crisis, and the role of big pharmaceutical companies in causing it. Specifically one Richard Sackler, who pushed Purdue Pharma into heavily marketing Oxycontin. LWT created the website Sackler Gallery, which features a number of actors reading transcripts of court appearances by Sackler. On YouTube (21m). Other topics: Brexit gets pushed back to Halloween, and Julian Assange was thrown out of Ecuadorian embassy and brought into police custody for extradition.
Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Show Only Season 8, Ep 2
The battle at Winterfell approaches and a number of characters come to terms with what's coming. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mobile Homes Season 6, Ep 7
Main subject: Mobile homes, and the scarfing up of trailer park property by investment groups like the Carlyle Group, who can then raise rents with impunity and force owners with newly-immobile homes to pay it or else abandon their property. On YouTube. (16m) Other topics: Trump's nominations of Herman Cain and Steven Moore to the Federal Reserve Board (with clips from Oliver's hilarious series of Daily Show interviews with Cain) and the corruption of Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The WWE Season 6, Ep 6
Main subject: The unwillingness of the WWE to support its wrestlers even as a lifetime of performances leaves them broken and often to an early death. On YouTube. (23m) Other topics included the submission of the Mueller Report and Barr's summary of it.
Game of Thrones: Winter is Here (full season) Books Included Season 8, Ep 0
Winter is here, and the show has outpaced GRRM's writing, but in case we want to talk about the books, here's a thread for speculating on this season.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Public Shaming Season 6, Ep 5
Main subject: Public shaming culture and how it can be taken too far. On YouTube. (27m) Also covered: the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand, and the (awesome) boy who eggs (literally) Austrialia's (awful) right-wing senator Fraser Anning, and Brexit.