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“Chuck” Recap: Chuck Versus The Truth

Spoiler Alert: Rachel Bilson is adorable. I will forever refer to her as my future ex-wife. Wow. I have to warn you. This blog writer is under the same truth serum influence as the characters from last night’s Chuck episode. I can’t be held responsible for anything in the bold font. It’s the serum talking and I have no control. With just over a half-dozen episodes under its belt, Chuck has finally begun to shed its new employee status and the writers appear comfortable at their place of employment. Sure, week after week they tend to throw spy cliches our […]

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“My Name Is Earl”: Randy In Charge (…Of Our Days And Our Nights)

Better late than never with the Earl recap, I guess. With this week’s lackluster episode, maybe never was the better idea. “Randy In Charge (…Of Our Days And Our Nights)” finds Earl called to the warden’s office to assist him with the Scared Straight program. Earl will get five weeks knocked off his sentence if he organizes a group of prisoners to attend a school and scare kids. Randy, as we know, is not the best prison guard, and Earl is constantly bailing Randy out of trouble. Earl decides that Randy should be the guard for their Scared Straight visit, […]

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“My Name Is Earl”: Our Other COPS Is On

“Our Other COPS Is On” opens with the prison inmates watching TV until their time is up and Randy has to turn the TV off. But the inmates stole the knob off the TV, so it stays on. Turns out that COPS is on. And it happens to be the other episode of COPS that was filmed in Camden County on July 4, 2002, the first July 4 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. There’s lots of jingoism and paranoia at the celebration on the fairgrounds. The Camden County cops were shipped a bunch of anti-terrorist equipment by mistake and […]

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‘Scrubs’: ‘My Own Worst Enemy’

Posted by SH Hope you weren’t staying up nights wondering if J.D. and Elliot would resume their ill-advised romance, because the suspense was over pretty quickly, and dispensed of like so much medical waste. As J.D. ponders their impending lip-lock, eyes closed, he opens them only to find he is kissing air. Eliot apparently moves very fast when there is romantic disaster brewing. “How did you do that?” J.D. asks, incredulously. A long time to wait for such a tame gag. The hopeless pair decide that their near-smooch wasn’t about their feelings for each other as much as their anxiety […]

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“My Name Is Earl”: Frank’s Girl

It’s Conjugal Day at the prison! Frank (Michael Rapaport) is in the hot box for biting someone’s earlobe off, so he won’t be able to meet his girlfriend Billie (Alyssa Milano) for Conjugal Day. Frank shows Earl a nude photo of Billie, who has a tattoo of angel wings, uh, down there. Billie shows up for Conjugal Day, but Earl has to tell her that Frank won’t be coming. Billie’s upset that Frank got tossed in the hot box, but then becomes even more upset when Earl reveals that he saw her nude photo. Billie breaks up with Frank, and […]

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“My Name Is Earl”: Creative Writing

Please respect the meat, my friends. Please respect the meat. “Creative Writing” starts with Earl taking a creative writing class with some other inmates. He wants to come up with an imaginative story, but all that ever pops into his head is a male gymnast. Randy takes up a creative writing project of his own, imagining a story in which he, H.R. Pufnstuf and a chimp battle a puppet sniper, a sumo guy with a bazooka and a bunch of ninjas. But all Earl can think of is the gymnast. Joy has a story idea, too. (See where this is […]

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“My Name Is Earl”: The Frank Factor

In “The Frank Factor,” Joy visits Earl in prison, still feeling guilty about him doing time for her. Suddenly, Earl spots a guy in prison he knows, Frank (Michael Rapaport), and it turns out they have quite a history together. Flash back to seven years ago. Earl’s parents are having their house fumigated, so Earl and Randy are homeless, sleeping outside on someone’s discarded sofa. But trash day comes, and Earl and Randy are homeless again. Earl spots an ad for a cheap room to rent, and he and Randy sublet the kitchen floor of Frank’s trailer home. Paco, Frank’s […]

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“No Deal” To Breast Cancer

I don’t normally like NBC’s Deal Or No Deal, but I do have to applaud the show’s upcoming campaign to help fight and raise awareness of breast cancer. On an October 19 special episode (8pm ET), the show goes “pink” to show its support for the battle. Host Howie Mandel will be garbed in pink socks, the briefcase models will waltz on stage in pink dresses (carrying pink briefcases), and even the Play At Home Lucky Case Game has a “pink” theme, with home viewers having a chance to win $10,000 and a limited edition “Warriors in Pink” Mustang. A […]

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New “Gladiators” Wanted — No Mullet Required

As you may have heard, possibly from Channel Guide Magazine, NBC is “reinventing” the “classic” (at least, according to ESPN Classic) early ’90s competition series American Gladiators. But in order to do that, they first need some competitors — and some gladiators. If you feel you fit either of these bills (of course, none of you will ever be able to replace “Lace” in my heart of hearts), the network invites you to try out and prove it. According to NBC, what they are looking for in “contenders” are “weekend warriors who have excelled and take pride in their level […]