How I Met Your Mother
The Song Jack Dolgen, ”Daytime”
The Scene Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) left a gaping hole in the gang’s McLaren’s booth when they moved to the suburbs on Jan. 16. Dolgen’s chanting chorus (”I got you/And you still got me”) signaled a shift over a shared stack of pancakes, as the city dwellers made peace with the new house and realized the heart really is where your homies are!
The Song Dum Dum Girls, ”Coming Down”
The Scene Soap opera + Sub Pop! The Golden State indie outfit’s striking, sinking track jangled on during a dramatic Jan. 15 flashback when Blair (Leighton Meester), strapped to a stretcher, watched life seemingly slip away from Chuck (Ed Westwick). But hark, he lives! Alas, James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of ”Wicked Game” soon boded less well for Blair.
The Secret Circle
The Song Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey, ”Room for Happiness”
The Scene The DJ’s pounding synths helped put the ”high” in high school dance, crescendoing into a frenzy on Jan. 12’s Circle as resident bad girl Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) siphoned dark magic from Cassie (Britt Robertson) so she could literally play with fire. As the beat dug in, the flames went up.
The Song Sleeping at Last, ”Tethered”
The Scene Life at Seattle Grace may be as tangled as frontman Ryan O’Neal’s ”cat’s cradle,” but it was the simplest things — the first tottering steps taken by Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) adopted baby Zola, the sweet plucking of a guitar — that were the most monumental on the show’s Jan. 12 ep.
The Song Patty Griffin, ”Forgiveness”
The Scene It’s not always sunny in Miami. Griffin’s piercing voice accompanied the last testament of a cancer-stricken techspert who had orchestrated his own death in order to expose an international weapons cover-up. The procedural’s Jan. 8 episode may have been extra twisty, but the message was simple: ”Everybody needs a little forgiveness.”
The Song Wale, ”Triumph”
The Scene The rapper’s horn-heavy, drum-banging demand for respect provided a rousing wrap-up to the Jan. 10 season premiere, as Derwin (Pooch Hall) impulsively punched Trey (Chaz Lamar Shepherd) in the face — not in the baby-making area! — after learning Trey had fathered a child years ago with Derwin’s now wife, Melanie (Tia Mowry Hardrict).