Love came in many forms this Valentine’s week. Sure, there was plenty of the chocolates-and-roses variety, but also Grey’s solidarity, violent foreplay, and whatever rip-your-heart-out magic it is that makes Scandal‘s on-and-off-and-on-and-off leading couple so damn sexy and devastating all at the same time.
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 Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
The song: Stevie Wonder, “I Don’t Know Why”
The episode: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (214)
The hook: In an episode filled with conflicted sexual encounters, the circuit-room rendezvous between Liv (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) took last night’s ep to climax. Even as Liv tried to move past Fitz’s unceremonious dumping, this fleeting moment of reconnection was as wrenching as it was hot. Though “I Don’t Know Why” turns 45 years old this year, Wonder’s soulful howls — “Kick me when I’m down, that’s your rule… Oh you never stop your cheatin’ ways… I never knew how much love could hurt until I loved you baby” — could have been written specifically for Olivia as she, despite looking trés Jackie O. in her cream-colored Chanel suit, realized the President had relegated her to Marilyn status.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family)
The song: MS MR, “Bones”
The episode: “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted” (319)
The hook: Another chiller from these PLL favorites to close out Tuesday’s installment, which saw nearly everyone in Rosewood hoping to “dig up the bones” in one way or another. But Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Jason DiLaurentis (Drew Van Acker) were more literally on the hunt, probing deeper into the near-constant defilement of his sister Alison’s grave. Just as they got close to the truth, an elevator crash and Jason’s 59th-minute disappearance signaled there is much, much more digging to be done yet. ‘A’ wouldn’t have it any other way.
The song: Joanna Newsom, “Esme”
The episode: “The Ghost is Seen” (205)
The hook: Nice guys sometimes do finish first. Sunday’s ep pivoted on painfully shy Tyler (Mike White) as Amy (Laura Dern) tried to use him to gather incriminating intel about Abaddon. In a happy accident, Tyler found a love connection with the boss’s secretary Eileen (Molly Shannon) while doing Amy’s bidding. For a guy like Tyler, such a rom-com-ready plot would usually be stamped with the warning: “This will end disastrously!” But for at least one week, Newsom’s ethereal, episode-ending tune affirmed that “Kindness, kindness prevails!” and let us linger in the warm fuzzies from Tyler’s transition from “walking ghost” to man in love.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Ellie Goulding, “Dead in the Water”
The episode: “Hard Bargain” (915)
The hook: Though Rihanna’s Grammy stunner “Stay” played under a scene of active rebellion, it was what churned under the surface that drove last night’s Grey’s. During the final montage, the nightingale-voiced Brit’s deep cut from Halcyon played as a small group of Seattle Grace stalwarts reluctantly moved forward with a plan to incorporate and buy out the hospital. Though it’s not entirely clear whether “Dead in the Water” describes the fate of Saving Grace LLC, it’s a very strong possibility it applies to the relationship between Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) now that she’s hiding her coup d’Pegasus plans from him.
SWITCHED AT BIRTH (ABC Family)
The song: Sara Jackson-Holman, “Break My Heart”
The episode: “Human/Need/Desire” (206)
The hook: Bay (Vanessa Marano) got into the Valentine’s spirit Monday, throwing a singles party to score some alone time with her crush Noah (Max Lloyd-Jones). Jackson-Holman’s urgent track complemented Bay’s stress over Noah’s hot-and-cold behavior, but it turned out Noah wasn’t blowing off Bay. He just had more on his mind than she realized (he thought he was losing his hearing and worried he’d be a rebound guy). The night ended with a kiss, but in those moments before the new couple became Facebook-official, “Break My Heart” expressed all the agony and ecstasy of the teens’ emotional overdrive.
THE FOLLOWING (Fox)
The song: Farflung, “Silver Shrooms”
The episode: “Mad Love” (104)
The hook: Though a cover of Mazzy Star’s ’94 hit “Fade into You” (by Stumbleine feat. Steffaloo) provided dreamy relief at the end of the tightly wound series’ latest edition, the episode reached its fever pitch during a (literally) steamy moment between cultish kidnappers Emma (Valorie Curry) and Paul (Adan Canto). The former rivals found themselves hot, bothered, and in need of a shower after their hostage briefly escaped and her capture turned into murder-as-foreplay. The crescendo of the L.A. metalheads’ tantrically building 2008 track conveyed the former rivals’ sadistic, strange slow-burn sexual tension.
CSI: NY (CBS)
The song: Maudlin Strangers, “Long Way Down”
The episode: “Seth and Apep” (915)
The hook: With percussion by CSI: NY star Gary Sinise’s son Mac, Maudlin Strangers’ guitar throttler punched up a lab scene last Friday night with the pleading lyrics, “Stop me from the killing that you know I love.” The CSI crew is working on it, fellas.
HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
The song: Ke$ha, “C’Mon”
The episode: “Kekoa (The Warrior)” (316)
The hook: The self-professed ghost-lover‘s pop confections have been all over the TV airwaves these last few weeks, with placements on American Idol, Vegas, The Mindy Project, Bunheads, The Following, and Whitney. But it’s only appropriate that the Warrior‘s ode to wine coolers and getting up to no good appeared during a booze-soaked bachelorette party on Monday night’s Five-0 — the title of which translated to “The Warrior.” (Bonus: The scene before included Ginuwine’s Magic Mike-approved male stripper anthem, “Pony.”)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The CW)*
The song: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
The episode: “Trust No One” (113)
The hook: Like Rihanna, Mars tore up Sunday’s Grammys with his Police-evoking chart topper. The track got a little more love during a Valentine’s flash mob in last night’s Beast. Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) declaration of love for Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) was as fun as it was surprising because, really, who doesn’t love a well-timed pas-de-bourrée or a liberal use of jazz hands?
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