Tue, April 21
For most visitors to Washington, D.C., a stop at what literally is the city's center attraction is a must. This new special traces its history, as well as those of such related landmarks as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. A major element of the Mall's background is the 1963 civil-rights march on Washington, whose symbolism has endured. So has those of such Mall-connected initiatives as the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Is someone copying crimes from the past? That's how it appears to Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team in "Check." He also has other matters to worry about -- namely, two of his former wives, who have something urgent to talk with him about while he's working the case. His colleagues are particularly intrigued by the ex-wife they've never met. Melinda McGraw and Jeri Ryan ("Body of Proof") guest star.
Cliff! None other than "Cheers" alum John Ratzenberger turns up in the new episode "11 Chefs Compete," filling a rather appropriate role: serving drinks from behind a bar, along with sommelier Marino Monferrato, as the contestants have to use the liquids in the course of preparing dishes. The winners then skate at Los Angeles' Moonlight Rollerway and taste various beers at a brewery, while the others have to get linens ready for the dinner service.