December may have ushered in the cold, but Jukeboxers and shippers alike were feeling the heat these past two weeks — as were fans of dueling divas and devilish solos by scantily clad nuns.
So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
The episode: Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere, “Wrong Song”
The episode: “Lovesick Blues” (107)
The hook: There was Twitter support for The Cadillac Black’s saloon-ready “Get Your Buzz On,” but we couldn’t resist the stiletto stomper from the show’s leading ladies. Nemeses with chemistry Rayna (Britton) and Juliette (Panettiere) closed out Wednesday’s ep with this original that one character predicted “is gonna be huge!” We agree.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)*
The song: Ed Sheeran, “Kiss Me”
The episode: “My Brother’s Keeper” (407)
The hook: Midway through last night’s episode, Laura Veirs’ “Little Deschutes” played during a couples’ dance at the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) weren’t dancing, but the line “I want nothing more than to dance with you” set the stage for an elegant bit of wish fulfillment at the end of the ep. Sheerhan strummed, the star-crossed vamps swayed, and shippers swooned.
The song: “Dark Side,” originally by Kelly Clarkson
The episode: “Dynamic Duos” (407)
The hook: Glee‘s Thanksgiving night episode ended with a rousing group rendition of fun.’s “Some Nights.” Though Jukebox did enjoy the show’s gorgeously harmonized spin on the breakout single from the Brooklyn boys, we have to give the edge Blaine’s (Darren Criss) gloriously torn version of Clarkson’s tour opener. Nothing like Klaine drama set to a midtempo belter to tug at our heart strings.
SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)*
The song: The White Buffalo, “The Whistler”
The episode: “Darthy” (512)
The hook: As Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and the SAMCRO guys shamed Clay (Ron Perlman) by blacking out his tats on Tuesday, the growly track from Cali’s self-proclaimed “hard-touring, hard-drinking” rocker built to primal scream climax that sounded both bottled-up and bottle-fueled. What better way to whet our appetites for next week’s finale than this weary whistling start that evoked a Wild Wild West showdown?
The song: Graffiti6, “Calm the Storm”
The episode: “The Long Fuse” (108)
The hook: While there’s no doubt Watson (Lucy Liu) works well with Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), she has struggled to be a soothing presence in his life. Enter Alfredo (Ato Essandoh), Sherlock’s new sponsor. Though the detail-obsessed detective pushed back against Alfredo’s presence throughout last night’s episode, London duo Graffiti6’s tranquil track provided a spot-on outro as the new guy craftily sealed the deal by giving Holmes the opportunity pick a Ferrari lock. Well played, Alfredo.
ARROW (The CW)
The song: Gem Club, “I Heard the Party”
The episode: “Muse of Fire” (107)
The hook: “Party” of two? The indie collective’s minimalist mopefest played during an emotional scene between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and revenge-driven Helena (Jessica De Gouw), who was visiting her dead fiancé’s grave. Its theme of loneliness foreshadowed their inevitable, lusty falling together, underscored by The Veils’ “Through the Deep Woods,” at the end of the ep.
COVERT AFFAIRS (USA)
The song: The Maccabees, “Heave”
The episode: “Lady Stardust” (316)
The hook: Auggie (Chris Gorham) paid Annie (Piper Perabo) an unexpected visit to at the end of the Nov. 20 finale to “talk.” Well, lips were certainly moving, but not a lot of words came out. And yet the message was clear: Auggie was finally submitting to his feelings for Annie. We’re not sure who was heaving more during the hottie CIA operatives’ subsequent makeout session — Auggie and Annie, or viewers.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (FX)
The song: Lesley Gore, “You Don’t Own Me”
The episode: “The Origins of Monstrosity” (206)
The hook: It’s hard to sum up this moment better than our own Jeff Jensen did — this was Sister Mary Eunice’s (Lily Rabe) “freak flag victory dance.” The possessed nun’s subversive sing-along to the 1963 track served as a serenade to many of Briarcliff’s dysfunctional inhabitants, including Jessica Lange’s controlling Sister Jude, but Jesus bore the brunt of Sister Mary Eunice’s, ahem, righteous indignation (“Don’t tell me what to do! Don’t tell me what to say!”) as she slithered around in Jude’s red lingerie and flung her rosary at the crucifix.
The song: David Bowie, “The Man Who Sold the World”
The episode: “Five-Twenty-Ten” (507)
The hook: The last time Jukebox checked in with Walter Bishop (John Noble), he found hope among the ruins. Unfortunately, Nov. 16 didn’t find old Walter quite so well. Enveloped by gloom, he listened to Bowie’s 1970 meditation and reflected on his own life. The sci-fi-tinged song straddled the dark episode’s plotlines about both Walter and Peter (Joshua Jackson), whose vengeance quest against Observer Windmark (Michael Kopsa) continued as the hour ended. The doppelgänger-haunted hero in Bowie’s song “never lost control,” but will we ultimately be able to say the same about Peter (Joshua Jackson)?
HART OF DIXIE (The CW)
The song: Jesse Terry, “Let the Blue Skies Go to Your Head”
The episode: “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” (207)
The hook: Though yet another addictive Milo Greene track played us out this Tuesday, the Nov. 19 ep welcomed New England singer-songwriter Terry to Dixie. Sure, Zoe (Rachel) and Wade (Wilson Bethel) have been dancing around their monogamous-but-not-committed relationship for weeks, in the context of Terry’s rightthisminute track (with lyrics like “You ain’t always gonna be young”), you had to ask, What’s so bad about living in the now? As long as the sun’s shining, they might as well play. Preferably naked.
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