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“How I Met Your Mother” Recap: The Third Wheel

Two words: “the belt.” At this point, we don’t know what they mean, but Ted does, and as he speaks them over the phone to Barney from the men’s room at McLaren’s, they’ve got him freaking out. Barney also seems to grasp the importance of the belt, while the rest of us must wait for a flashback to “less than 30 minutes ago” to find out what’s going on. And here it is. Ted, Barney and Marshall are headed to McLaren’s. Or, at least, that was the plan, until it took Ted too long to suit up and achieve that […]

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“The Office” Recap: Dunder Mifflin Infinity

As we start the second of four straight hourlong episodes set to begin Season 4, Toby witnesses Jim and Pam sharing an intimate moment and, out of equal parts jealousy and loneliness, issues a memo warning employees against engaging in public displays of affection in the workplace. And that’s how the until-now secret relationship between PB&J (which, thanks to Kevin, is how we will always refer to Pam Beesly and Jim from now on) is revealed to the rest of the office. Somehow everyone is surprised, and everyone has an opinion on the subject. Dwight thinks that both Jim and […]

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Countdown To Extinction: A “Cavemen” Recap

Last night saw the premiere of Cavemen, one of the most talked about new shows of the fall season. Sure, most of that talk has been people saying things such as, “Can you believe they actually made a show out of those stupid GEICO commercials?” or “I think Cavemen is really going to suck.” But we’ve decided to give it a chance anyway. Like The Onion once did with John Leguizamo’s abysmal sketch show House of Buggin’, we’re going to provide weekly recaps of Cavemen until it gets canceled … which could happen by the time you’re done reading this. […]

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“How I Met Your Mother” Recap: We’re Not From Here

This week’s episode (sadly, the first Mandy Moore-less one of the season) begins with Lily and Marshall explaining the concept of “death folders” to Ted and Barney. Should either husband or wife die unexpectedly, the folders are supposed to include any pertinent information that the surviving spouse might need to settle the affairs of the deceased — and, as Marshall learns during the conversation, they are also supposed to include a personal letter. Realizing that all Lily would find upon opening his folder are a bunch of bank statements and a list of funny things to do with his ashes […]

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“The Simpsons” Recap: The Homer of Seville

After a summer movie that was, if not great, at least well above average, and a season premiere that was equally solid (at least during the first half), I had almost forgotten just how unbearable a bad episode of The Simpsons can be. Now I remember. The bad ones usually start out with a ridiculous premise — such as the Simpsons unwittingly crashing a wake after their post-church search for a meal yields only long lines at establishments such as Griddler on the Roof, Thank God It’s Fried Eggs, Luftwaffles, Bodacious Frittata, Buffet the Hunger Slayer and Denny’s. If the […]

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Catching Up With The Gang: An “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Recap

With The Office returning with an hourlong episode last night on NBC, and two new episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airing on FX, I watched so much TV last night that my left eye has been twitching all morning. Then again, that may be the result of the stress caused by watching my beloved Cubs send Steve Trachsel to the mound yesterday in a critical game against Florida. The Cubs disappointed but It’s Always Sunny didn’t. The first episode, “The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty McGoo,” featured go-to guest star Judy Greer — who you might remember as the […]

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“The Office” Recap: Fun Run

At the start of last night’s Season 4 premiere, Michael is feeling great. It’s going to be a good year: Jan has moved in with him, Jim’s back at the Scranton office, Ryan has landed a job at corporate, Dwight and Andy are making sales … then, as he pulls into the Dunder Mifflin parking lot —bam! — Michael hits Meredith with his car. After a brief update on Jim and Pam’s relationship status — they claim to be just friends (to quote Kevin, “Are you kidding me?”) — Michael breaks the bad news to the rest of the office […]

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“How I Met Your Mother” Recap: Wait For It

… dary! We waited all summer for those two syllables, and as expected, Barney delivered. This is so going in my blog! Now on to the rest of the episode. Robin returns from her post-breakup vacation in Argentina with a new boyfriend named — Kyle? Gail? Girl? — Gael (played by the moleless-since-2003 Enrique Iglesias), who’s so perfect he makes Robin, Lily and even Marshall swoon. He’s a masseuse, a musician and major wake-up call to Ted, who realizes that Robin has moved on and that it’s time for him to do the same. Now determined to “win” the breakup, […]

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“The Simpsons” Season 19 Premiere Recap

Posted by Mike (who is aroused … and confused) If you’re like me, you loved the Season 19 premiere of The Simpsons. Of course, if you’re like me, that means you’re also a rabid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Joe Jackson (not the one who played for the Chicago White Sox) — all of whom were featured in the episode. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Simpsons is one of the only shows on television that offers its viewers something new each week during its opening credits, and this week’s sequence was reworked to include […]

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Catching Up With The Gang: An “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Recap

Two episodes into its current run, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia faced the daunting task of topping what is destined to be the funniest moment of the season: Charlie tripping on acid and dancing incognito among the McPoyles as Green Man in last week’s “The Gang Gets Invincible.” The quest began last night with a pair of new episodes, “Dennis and Dee’s Mom Is Dead” and “The Gang Gets Held Hostage.” Since the titles pretty much tell you what happened, we could probably just skip the recap … but we won’t. “Dennis and Dee’s Mom is Dead” begins with Frank […]