As we kept our ears perked up for this week’s best show tunes, we saw a trend: Family. In fact, we had a TV Jukebox first, with songs from both British folksters Richard and Linda Thompson and also their son Teddy.
As the Thompsons would know as well as anyone, family can take you on a crazy ride. This week’s music expressed that poetically and, at times, hilariously. From letdowns to glorious build-ups, harboring dark secrets and sweet memories, and encompassing Irish oddballs and naked roommates (see: New Girl), family takes all kinds. See this week’s picks below:
NEW GIRL (Fox)
The song: Yellowman, “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng”
The episode: “Naked” (104)
The hook: Back from a World Series-induced hiatus, New Girl turned in a hilariously off-kilter song choice as roommate Nick stripped to his skivvies to the tune of “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.” It all started when Jess and Schmidt made Nick self-conscious about his physique before a big date. So what did this modern man do to boost his confidence? He got his nekkid groove on to a 27-year-old reggae joint from an albino Jamaican dancehall star. Did we understand Nick’s reasons? No. Did it make for a priceless moment? Yes!
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Matthew Perryman Jones, “Looking for You Again”
The episode: “Heart-Shaped Box” (808)
The hook: A song as lovely and lilting as “Looking for You Again” is like air to Grey’s fans, and its placement during a montage of reconciliation and reminiscence showed once again why this show is known for its music selection. The moment saw Jackson choose his career over his love life, and Teddy move toward reconciling with Henry after a fight — only to discover him coughing up blood. But most memorable for vintage Grey’s lovers, though, was the middle of the montage as Cristina, Alex, and Meredith went to Joe’s to remember dearly departed George O’Malley, whose mother returned in this episode. Alex summed up the shift in the show over the last several seasons: “George is dead, and Izzie is gone, and we’re all different. We’re different.” But that change didn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.