Private Practice 2×07 — “Tempting Faith”: I thought this was a very solid episode from beginning to end. I liked how the obvious differences between Addison and SWAT guy were finally addressed (and look at that — he was wearing a new shirt!), because it’s clear that the whole blue-collar thing had to come up at some point. What wasn’t clear was whether or not Addison and Kevin actually broke up. When they were talking at the hospital, it sounded like it was over, but when Addie returned home, she told her brother that Kevin is “her boyfriend”. I don’t know, maybe her “don’t quit on me” speech got to him. (Aside 1: Their mother’s name is Busy?? Aside 2: I was sooo hoping that the intruder was Mark Sloan! Aside 3: Addison has a $25 million trust fund waiting for her? Wow!)
The other storylines were fairly interesting as well. I was happy to see Cooper finally stand up to Charlotte because she treats him like an afterthought far too often for that relationship to be a healthy one. Now let’s see if she tries to get him back, and if he goes for it. Good to see Pete’s girlfriend back too (what’s her name?); hope she becomes a recurring character for at least the rest of the season. And Naomi has finally moved on from Sam. Good. Now maybe he’ll do the same and everyone can just get on with their lives.
Bones 4×11 — “The Bone That Blew”: This was another great episode of Bones as well! I’m very happy with the way the writers have decided to tone down on all the constant flirting between the two leads and instead just give us little moments, like the two minutes at the end of the ep when Booth and Brennan were watching Brennan’s dad with Parker. That’s much better than clobbering us over the head with all the sexual tension stuff, as they were doing earlier this season.
Anyway, I like the idea of Brennan’s dad working at the museum. I think this will add to the human dimension of Bones’ character, and maybe soften her around the edges just a bit. Plus, he does have some good ideas, like that wind tunnel experiment that he helped Hodges with. Speaking of which, how cool was it to see Hodges acting giddy about an experiment again? That hasn’t happened since Zack broke out of the institution. (And yay! for no mention about Angela’s lesbianism this week!)
House 5×09 — “Last Resort”: This whole storyline felt familiar to me, as though I’d seen something similar before. I watch so many movies and TV shows, however, that it’s impossible for me to remember the details. But the scenario of someone holding a gun on doctors and forcing them to treat him, while testing out meds on other people first, was totally like déjà vu.
Anyway, I hated how Thirteen had to be the doctor trapped in there with House and the gunman. I can’t stand that character, and dislike how she always has such a major role in each episode. How about giving some equal time to the other doctors?
Not a whole lot else to say about the ep, as it followed the standard House formula, besides the hostage situation, of course. The House/Cuddy interaction was just right again, and I’m relieved to see that the writers are handling this angle very well considering all the potential for problems.
Entourage 5×12 — “Return to Queens Blvd.”: I loved how Vinnie fired E. He actually had a point about all of Eric’s missteps in terms of not listening to Ari, so I wish that whole thing had been allowed to carry over for at least one more episode. I thought they made up far too quickly — though I suspect that their relationship has been damaged at least a little by the firing.
It’s cool — albeit a bit odd — that Vinnie got the lead role in a Scorsese film. It’s odd because if his acting wasn’t good enough for Gus Van Sant, why would it be good enough for Scorsese? And Vinnie as a modern-day Nick Carraway?? Sorry, but I just don’t see that at all. The good part about this storyline is that Vince is working again, so we’ll finally get something other than all the depressing career crap that has been going on for the whole season. Back to big spending and partying!! (And yay for Turtle and Jamie-Lynn Sigler lasting this long!)