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'Orphan Black' Castor Clone Havoc

April 27th, 2015 8:11am EDT
'Orphan Black' Recap: Brotherly Love?
Previously - Sarah wasn't thrilled upon finding out Mrs. S had Helena snatched and shipped. She also impersonated the now pencil-free Rachel to discover Rachel had a plan to kill all the Leda girls and snatch Kyra. Helena is pregnant, imprisoned, and talking to scorpions. Alison is running for the school board. And Cosima is keeping Duncan's clone cypher close to her vest. Or dashiki. Or cruelty-free hemp tunic. Or whatever hippy-dippy garment she's clothed in this week...

I'm a jerk for foreshadowing that I'm not going to love the Castor clones like I love our main girls, right? I loved ...
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'The Americans' Game Changing Season 3 Finale Recap

April 23rd, 2015 10:10am EDT
'The Americans' Epic Season 3 Finale Recap: Get Off The Phone Pa
Previously - Phillip and Elizabeth thought it would do their traumatized daughter good to fly to the U.S.S.R. and meet her dying grandmother (um...). Stan is on to Martha being the pen bugger. "Clark" took his wig off for Martha.

With nary a punch, gunshot or tire fire, the last 10 minutes of The Americans' season three finale ( "March 8, 1983") were completely epic and game-changed the show AGAIN. That would be three game-changers (Paige knows, Martha sees the wig come off, Paige tells) in one season!

Paige Jennings is the born-again Christian who is going to be the ruin of her family si...
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'Orphan Black' Season 3 Premiere

April 20th, 2015 10:38am EDT
'Orphan Black' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Girl Clones? Meet Boy Cl
Previously - Do you have an hour? Allison and Donnie revived their marriage by conspiring to cover up Max Headroom’s (Dr. Leekie’s death) accidental death together. The ailing Cosima discovered what may be dead Duncan’s clone cypher. Rachel took a pencil to the eye. Mrs. S let Paul ship Helena off to a gulag somewhere. Sarah discovered the existence of Project Castor - the male counterpart to Project Leda.

Picture this. The other Mr. Harvey has been curious about Orphan Black. He hasn’t watched seasons one and two, but I’m always raving about it. So he thought he’d give it a try. The “Pr...
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'The Americans' Season 3 Continues To Crush It!

April 16th, 2015 11:22am EDT
'The Americans' Season 3 Episode 12 Recap: The Wig Comes Off!
Previously - Stan figured out Martha is the traitor. Paige continued to be a brat, but at least she has good reason. Elizabeth seduced that hotel manager to get info to intercept the bloodthirsty guy from Afghanistan.

Was the ending of last night's episode the best ending of a TV episode since...wait, did King Joffrey bite the big one at the end of the episode or somewhere in the middle? Anyway, when he took that wig-piece off and finally showed Martha just why the devil she keeps finding bobby pins all around the apartment...it was television history!

This has been the best season of a s...
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'The Americans': What Is Paige's Next Move?

April 2nd, 2015 9:25am EDT
'The Americans' Recap: Game Changed As Paige Finds Out The Truth
Previously - Elizabeth killed an old woman so she wouldn't talk. The FBI's mail robot was bugged for nefarious KGB purposes.

Well, they went and did it. Phillip and Elizabeth finally told Paige the truth. She is the daughter of deep cover Soviet spies. What she will do with that knowledge will definitely inform the the final episodes of season three. And, despite the criminally low ratings, The Americans will be back for a fourth season. I wonder if Paige will? *cringe*

Phillip is working at the world's worst travel agency. The wood paneling can't disguise this place of subterfuge and tra...
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'The American's Recap: 'Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep?'

March 26th, 2015 1:11pm EDT
'The Americans' Recap: That Time Keri Russell Killed An Old Lady
Previously - Martha falls for "Clark's" line. The Jennings' South African colleague brutally murdered the apartheid guy with gasoline and a tire. Frat boy turned bungling political activist Todd was allowed to go free.

The Americans is the series that you assumed would never involve an Artificial Intelligence. When you assume it makes an...anyway,I give you FBI Mail Robot! I kid, I did glean a little bit more from this stark, disturbing episode. Guest star Lois Smith brought it all, and her scenes with Keri Russell were like a really intense play. They should have just handed these two Emm...
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'Girls' Recap: A Bathtub Full Of Pregnant Crazy

March 23rd, 2015 10:21am EDT
'Girls' Season 4 Finale Recap: Rough Birth
It's like the season just started! Although, it has been kind of a long journey from an unfriendly writer's workshop at the University of Iowa to a bathtub full of pregnant crazy in Brooklyn.

The season finale sends everyone off on strange new adventures. Some ridiculous (Jessa will be the WORST THERAPIST EVER. And I had a therapist once tell me I had fat thighs), some intriguing (Marnie going solo with much better material this time), and some that feel just right (Hannah and Fran getting together).

"Home Birth" revolves around Adam's earthy-crunchy-crazy sister Caroline giving birth. Th...
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'The Americans': Stop Drop And Roll Doesn't Always Work When On Fire

March 20th, 2015 8:30am EDT
'The Americans' Season 3 Episode 8 Recap: Wheel Of Fire
Previously - Joan Jett...I mean Phillip and Elizabeth captured the Apartheid Two. Martha realized that her husband "Clark" is in now way who he says he is.

Two important things happened on The Americans last night. The first being that Martha figured out that Clark is in no way who he says he is, and that their entire life together is a damnable lie. The other is my discovery that FX must have some sort of quota imposed upon the show. The quota requires one hugely disturbing scene per episode. They tire necklaced a dude last night. For those of you at home who are not up on your brutal exe...
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'Girls': Jessa Acts Like A Human For An Episode

March 16th, 2015 10:25am EDT
'Girls' Season 4 Episode 9 Recap: Mimi-Rose, We Hardly Knew Ye
Previously - Hannah's Dad came out. Marnie and Desi got engaged.

This is a banner recap of Girls. It's the first one for Season 4 that doesn't actively hate on Jessa. Those of you who have been reading these recaps know that Jessa is basically the most evil thing going, and it's shocking that the nations of the Girls universe haven't banded together to end her galactic threat. They might have been given pause, though, due to her hilarious (and necessary) outburst directed at Ace (Zachary Quinto) and Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs) in last night's episode. Let's press pause on that for a sec, th...
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'The Americans': Someone Is In Grave Danger!

March 12th, 2015 10:34am EDT
'The Americans' Recap: Martha, You In Danger, Girl!
Previously - Phillip learned that his long-lost son is a soldier in the Soviet Union's paratrooper division. Elizabeth began laying the groundwork for recruiting Paige. I realized that Season 3 of The Americans has upped the wig game SO HARD.

Martha hasn't been around much this season. There's been a noticeable absence, because she's an intriguing character. Allison Wright (the actress portraying her) is talented enough to make us root for her even as we shake our collective head at her gullibility. The producers made up for Martha's absence this season by making last night a virtual Marth...
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