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'2 Broke Girls' Season 4 Premiere Recap: The One With Kim Kardashian

October 28th, 2014 11:09am EDT
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'Max' (Kat Dennings) and 'Caroline' (Beth Behrs) are back, and after four years, they’re still broke; working at the diner by day and working their cupcake window by night.

Just to remind us who we’re dealing with, the opening sequence has the business partners closing up when, who they think is their last customer comes up to rob them, threatening that he’s got a gun. Remember they live in Williamsburg, so it’s a hipster hold-up. Caroline stands behind a physically, mentally and existentially exhausted Max, who tells the would-be thief that he better not miss because, if she’s still stand...

'Forever' S1 Ep6: 'The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths'

October 22nd, 2014 12:02pm EDT
'Forever' S1 Ep6: 'The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths'
If you’re going to catch a murder case, make it a legendary one.

“Jo” (Alana De La Garza) needs “Henry” (Ioan Gruffudd) down at the stationhouse ASAP. A package has been delivered to the squad room and there’s a human heart inside.

Henry works his medical examiner magic and discovers the heart belonged to a woman. Jo takes over the investigation and finds out that the woman was a prostitute named Mary Kelly – the same name as the last victim of Jack the Ripper.

In fact, she was killed the exact same way. Henry should know, since he was there for that murder too.

And so was Adam, Henry’s...

'Manhattan Love Story' Season 1 Episode 4: 'It's Complicated'

October 22nd, 2014 11:03am EDT
'Manhattan Love Story' Season 1 Episode 4: 'It's Complicated'
“Dana” (Analeigh Tipton) and “Peter” (Jake McDorman) think it's time they had sex.

These two give me a migraine. It's four weeks in and I'm still not sure they even like each other. It seems as though they're still just curious. And they've never had a real, fun, I-can't-get-enough-of-this-person date. Each time they've been together, it's either turned into an argument or they've taken the opportunity to define their relationship: it isn't one. That's why they are still seeing other people.

Both Dana and Peter see something in one another that tells them they could get serious, but nei...

‘Selfie’ S1 Ep4 “Nugget Of Wisdom”

October 22nd, 2014 8:53am EDT
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No good deed goes unpunished. At least that’s how it seems when “Eliza” (Karen Gillan) does something helpful as per her next lesson from mentor “Henry” (John Cho).

After Eliza tells Henry of her weekend plans, which include among other things trying to beat her best friend who’s gaining in Instagram followers, Henry suggests that the best way to get outside herself is to do something for someone else.

Eliza says she will dial down the fun and take on the job of helping another, if Henry for once will not work on the weekend and cut loose, to which he agrees.

“Charmonique” (Da’Vine Joy ...

'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 6 Finale Recap:

October 20th, 2014 10:19am EDT
"It's a different day and everything's changed." Cousin Kathy's words refer to The Guidices' sentencing, but can easily describe the whole lot of them.

Although Dina's Ladybug Charity is the main focus of the episode, everyone's life goes through some sort of transformation: Melissa and Joe Gorga break ground for their next McMansion, which is going to be even bigger and more garish then their present abode; and Amber cut her hair for cancer. She's been growing it for five years, and now will donate the locks to make a wig for a child.

The one thing that hasn't changed is that Teresa Apre...

'Blue Bloods' S5 Ep4: Did Hot Head Danny Use "Excessive Force"?

October 18th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Did he jump or was he pushed?

That's the question of the day when "Detective Danny Reagan" (Donnie Wahlberg) is accused of throwing a young black man out of a third-floor window.

Danny and "Baez" (Marisa Ramirez) were taking a coffee break when they interrupted a robbery at a small bodega. They chased the suspect, who ran off after throwing hot coffee all over Baez, and Danny cornered the guy in the hallway of an apartment building. A little boy opened his door and was watching the two men, when Danny told him to go inside, but the kid didn't obey and heard Danny say, "Hands against the w...

'Manhattan Love Story' Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: 'Gay Or British?'

October 15th, 2014 10:35am EDT
Manhattan Love Story - Gay or Brittish
The couple who is not really dating go on a date.

“Dana” (Analeigh Tipton) and “Peter” (Jake McDorman) take a walk in Chinatown where she thinks the designer bags they are selling on the street are real Fendi, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. We also find out Peter’s favorite ice cream is vanilla, because it’s uncomplicated and doesn’t ask much from you. Got it. She’s naïve and he doesn’t want to be burdened with anything.

From last week, we learned that the couple is going to see each other but keep it loose, seeing other people and not rubbing the other people in each other’s faces.

Their mut...

'Forever' Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: They're Trying To 'Punch' Up This Show

October 15th, 2014 10:17am EDT
'Forever' Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: They're Trying To 'Punch' Up
“Henry” (Ioan Gruffudd) may not be able to die, but this show is having no problem – except its death is long and slow.

In the set up, we see a boxer in a rundown gym beating the hell out of the bag. A little boy comes up behind him and asks, “Who you mad at?”

Three days later the question is, “Who’s mad at him?” since he’s found in Alphabet City (the neighborhood made famous by ‘Rent’) in an empty apartment. The pugilist, whose name is Raul, has had the life beaten out of him, has a heroin needle sticking out of his arm, and fresh tar/gravel on the soles of his shoes.

When Henry and “J...

‘Selfie’ Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: 'A Little Yelp From My Friends'

October 15th, 2014 9:42am EDT
‘Selfie’ Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: 'A Little Yelp From My Frien
#BFFsAtWork. Turns out neither "Eliza” (Karen Gillan) nor “Henry” (John Cho) have any.

Eliza is still struggling to let go of her 24/7 attachment to her smart phone, evidenced by the way she is texting wildly during the staff meeting, for which Henry is giving her the evil eye.

She’s called out for her rudeness in the meeting by co-worker Joan, a colleague who is the right-hand person to their boss “Sam Saperstein” (David Harewood) and who also hates Eliza because the selfie-taking sales rep keeps eating the lunches that Joan leaves in the office refrigerator. (FYI: Eliza munches her lunc...

‘RHONJ’ Season 6 Episode 13 Recap: 'Sorry, Not Sorry'

October 13th, 2014 9:10am EDT
This week’s title implies that, as Elton John sang, sorry seems to be the hardest word…or maybe it just refers to what a sorry bunch they all are.

Now that everyone has returned from Florida, the whole group is back on the party circuit: Rino and Teresa are having a “tasting” to introduce the menu of their new restaurant, and Dina’s charity event Project Ladybug is coming up.

Jacqueline and Chris go over to Kathy and Rich's house where they and Rosie are making cannolis, which were requested by Teresa Aprea for her party. Nicole shows up to pick up the pastries for her sister and ends up ...