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'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 Lady Bug 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 Apr...

'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 ...

‘Blue Bloods’ S5 Ep3 Frank Bashes The Catholic Church

October 11th, 2014 1:16pm EDT
This week, The Reagans take on the cardinal, gay bashers and...Spiderboy.

“Frank” (Tom Selleck) arrives home after a long day and finds his father “Henry” (Len Cariou) has a guest over and she needs a favor: Sister Mary wants Frank to get his pal the cardinal to keep her school from closing.

Frank makes her case to His Eminence, who engages in a little parochial quid pro quo: he will see what he can do to honor the sister’s request, if Frank will finally agree to host some big fundraising gala for the Archdiocese.

Well, that’s settled, until a case caught by “Danny” (Donnie Wahlberg) and...

'Manhattan Love Story' Season 1 Episode 2 Recap 'In The Mix, On The Books, And In The Freeze'

October 8th, 2014 10:28am EDT
Manhattan Love Story
The only thing that “Peter” (Jake McDorman) and “Dana” (Analeigh Tipton) have going for them is their mutual friends “Amy” (Jade Catta-Preta) and “David” (Nicolas Wright), whose apartment gives our love story couple a place to accidentally-on-purpose run into each other.

Ordinarily if things go as badly for singles in Manhattan, or anywhere for that matter, as they have for Peter and Dana, the people would just never see one another again.

This week Peter goes over to pick up his brother David to go golfing, and while he's there asks Dana, who's still living with her married friends, to d...

‘Forever’ Season 1 Episode 4 Recap 'The Art Of Murder'

October 8th, 2014 9:56am EDT
‘Forever’ Season 1 Episode 4 Recap 'The Art Of Murder'
No more dying for “Henry” (Ioan Gruffudd)?

The creators of this show have clearly gotten wise to the fact that both the gimmick of having him croak every week, and the stalker character, are not really doing anything to move the story along. So for the second week in a row, those two elements have been deleted and I think the current episode is better for it.

What remains is the police drama with flashbacks that made the evening's events even more relevant, as Henry knew the 91-year-old victim back in the 1950s when she was a young, beautiful socialite.

The story begins at a museum’s bla...

'Selfie' Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: 'Untag My Heart'

October 8th, 2014 9:20am EDT
'Selfie' Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: 'Untag My Heart'
In the world of “Eliza Dooley” (Karen Gillan), having haters online means you're famous. Her mentor “Henry” (John Cho) explains that in reality, having haters means people hate you -- like their colleagues at work who talk about Eliza behind her back because her clothes are too sexy and she's always flirting with someone; currently it’s Freddy from Business Affairs. It seems he’s another in a long line of co-workers she's slept with. Except this time, she’s interested in more than sex and wants a relationship with Freddy.

Here's where Henry the guru comes in. He tells her that if she real...