NCIS 9×23– “Up in Smoke”: As I said last week, I don’t care for these multi-episode arcs. Didn’t they do the same sort of thing last year in the eps leading up to the finale with that serial killer storyline? It’s just so boring because these temporary characters that we can’t possibly care about (even if it is Toby Ziegler this time around) take over the screen dominate the hour with their dumb plots against the entire Navy (and Gibbs too!). And do any viewers even care that Vance has been kidnapped? He hasn’t been in the past few episodes, and I can’t say that I’ve missed him. If he never returned again, would the show suffer? No, so why should I be concerned over this stupid “twist”? Thank god the season ends next week.
Cougar Town 3×11 — “Down South”: I liked Grayson trying to figure out a catchphrase for when he shuts down his bar. That seems like something he would do, and he failed miserably at it (as expected). But I HATED the Laurie/Travis stuff. I cannot stand Dan Byrd’s character on this show (I have felt from the first episode that he’s the weakest link), and think he and Laurie have ZERO chemistry. It doesn’t make sense for them to be together, but I guess the writes are determined to make it happen. Sigh.
Criminal Minds 7×22 — “Profiling 101″: This episode was kind of boring, but at least I didn’t have to watch some random unsub the whole time. I wish this show would get back to its roots, which is profiling. When was the last time the team came up with an interesting profile beyond the “white male, 30-40 years old, etc.”? Remember in Season 1 when Gideon predicted one of the killers would have a limp??? Now THAT was a profile! These days it seems that nothing differentiates the killers except their motive — and that’s not very interesting at all.