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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...

'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...

'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...

'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...

'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...

Keri Russell And Matthew Rhys Are Killing It!

March 5th, 2015 10:26am EST
'The Americans' Recap: Keri Russell And Matthew Rhys Are Killing
And killing it hard! Rhys' portrayal of Phillip's moral confusion over whether or not to bed Kimmy is subtle but intense. Keri Russell's Elizabeth is parallel with his crisis as she tries to get up the nerve to indoctrinate Paige into the spy game. You can see the love for her daughter vs. the love for her country playing out across her face, as she desperately sneaks cigarettes in the garage. I love The Americans.

Paige wasn't playin' about getting dunked for Jesus. Phillip and Elizabeth sit stoically amongst the congregation as creepy Pastor Tim dips her in the holy bathtub. Phillips' fa...

'Girls' Recap: Hannah Horvath And The Double Date From Hell

March 2nd, 2015 8:45am EST
'Girls' Recap: Hannah Horvath And The Double Date From Hell
Hannah, Hannah, Hannah. A hot guy asks you out and what do you do? You bring him to your ex-boyfriend's current girlfriend's art show. No, really. For those of you who didn't watch the episode, that's exactly what Hannah did. This handsome, funny, sweet dude asks her out in the teacher's lounge...

Oh, wait. If you'll recall, last week Hannah decided to be a teacher because writing wasn't working out. "Those who can't do, teach." That's what Jessa said in response. Jessa is the worst, but that pretty much sums up this storyline.

Moving right along. Fran asks her out, and she actually radia...

'The Americans' Recap: Phillip's Job Crisis

February 26th, 2015 1:45pm EST
'The Americans' Recap: Phillip's Job Crisis
In this episode, we learn that Phillip is as screwed up as his wife. Sure, Keri Russell’s Elizabeth character was separated from her family, brutally raped by a superior, and forced into a fake marriage with a guy she didn't know. But Phillip had to do the dirty with a guy with manboobs as part of his training. He’s straight. And did I mention manboobs?

His seduction of the CIA program head’s underage daughter Kimberly (and how far he might have to take it) is torturing him. It’s especially squicky because she’s around the same age as his daughter. Isn’t turning her to the cause almost a d...

'Girls' Recap: Hannah's Here To Help

February 23rd, 2015 10:26am EST
Girls Season 4 Ep 6
Hannah Horvath is free. For maybe the first time on Girls, she’s untethered by boyfriend or career pressures. Even her therapist comments on how well she seems to be doing. And indeed, except for a minor meltdown over perma-roomie Elijah eating all of her cereal, she does seem unburdened. Big dopey Adam ending their relationship combined with her decision to leave writing behind has opened up realms of possibility. Scary, yes. Exhilarating? Kinda.

During a lunch with her less than helpful friends, Hannah realizes what the next step in her personal and professional growth should be. Her tr...

'The Americans' Recap: Elizabeth And Phillip Argue About Paige Some More

February 19th, 2015 8:40am EST
'The Americans' Recap: 'Dimebag' - Elizabeth And Phillip Argue A
Early 80s electropop duo Yaz ,and their seminal debut album Upstairs at Eric’s, figure heavily into this week’s episode. Kimberly, the CIA chief’s daughter whom the Jennings have decided to turn, is listening to Yaz when Phillip first insinuates himself into her life. He later buys the album for his daughter. Is he trying to win Paige's favor from Elizabeth? Or is he softening the blow for when Paige finally finds out who her parents are? He’s using one child and trying to protect another. The spy game is really not a place for parents. The late nights alone! Mom has to go recuperate in som...