There were party crashers aplenty in this week’s Jukebox — and, as such, “show tunes” appropriate for any party you might want to throw. 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 NEW NORMAL (NBC)*
The song: John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”
The episode: “The Big Day” (122)
The hook: Never one to be upstaged by his dads’ nuptials, baby Sawyer crashed the celebration on Tuesday when Goldie (Georgia King) went into labor. Lennon’s 1980 ode to his son Sean played throughout the birth sequence and then closed out the season finale as Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) gleefully settled into their lives as new fathers. As the former Beatle sings in the song, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” — and birth, apparently, is what happens when you’re planning a wedding in the New Normal-verse.
THE MINDY PROJECT (Fox)*
The song: “Locked Out of Heaven,” originally by Bruno Mars
The episode: “My Cool Christian Boyfriend” (120)
The hook: This week’s Mindy twofer was packed with great music. Last night, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) hijacked Danny’s (Chris Messina) dinner party to turn it into a rager with some playlist-worthy tracks, including Miss Amani’s “Who’s on My Rocket?” and Sugar + The Hi-Lows’ “This Can’t Be The Last Time” (a favorite of TV Jukebox’s Twitter followers). For sheer comedy, though, we have to give the edge to Tuesday night’s WTF performance of Mars’ Police-sampler (which also appeared, in its original form, on Sunday’s Client List) by Mindy’s new boyfriend Casey (Anders Holm), a minister who probably should have read the song’s lyrics closer before including it in an address to his congregation. Gives new meaning to “Sermon on the Mount,” no?
The song: Dave Alvin, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”
The episode: “Ghosts” (413)
The hook: After fan hubbub when the series’ signature season-closing tune (performed by Brad Paisley) was held back from the third season finale, Tuesday’s season ender saw the song resurrected with a cover by one of the series’ in-house favorites Alvin, who performed in a season 2 bar scene. EP Graham Yost told Mandi Bierly “there was something a little more mournful about [Alvin’s] version” as Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) sat outside the home of his late father Arlo (Raymond J. Barry), beholding his family members’ gravestones and — after arranging the murder of a rival a few scenes before — perhaps his own plot just beyond.
The song: Current Swell, “For the Land”
The episode: “Masquerade” (218)
The hook: The great music from the Stowaway sometimes makes it into the office upstairs, too. When Nolan (Gabriel Mann) paid Jack (Nick Wechsler) a visit, the British Columbia-formed indie outfit’s mellow melody belied Jack’s decidedly un-chillaxed intent: to take down Conrad (Henry Czerny).
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
The song: Lykke Li, “Unrequited Love”
The episode: “The Wheels of Justice” (419)
The hook: A potentially steamy makeout session, set to the Swedish songbird’s doleful tune, between Will (Josh Charles) and legal rival Laura Hellinger (Amanda Peet) was cut short Sunday when Hellinger told Will she recently had reconnected with an old flame. Was it the truth or a lie? Only time will tell, though the next shot — Alicia (Julianna Margulies) in her bed alone — testified to the complicated dynamic between the three lawyers embroiled in this “unrequited love” triangle.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)*
The song: Foals, “My Number”
The episode: “She’s Killing Me” (920)
The hook: After a pair of Syrian doctors arrived at the hospital to learn life-saving tactics, April (Sarah Drew) talked boys with Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) over an exposed lung. Whether the most pressing was life-or-death or love-or-like, the Oxford rockers’ bouncer provided the backbeat for all for it.
ARROW (The CW)*
The song: Flux Pavilion, “Blow the Roof”
The episode: “Unfinished Business” (119)
The hook: A Verdant clubthumper opened Wednesday’s Arrow. Before a hit-and-run took things to the dark place, Joshua Steele’s “Roof”-raiser made for a workout playlist-ready dubstep delight.
COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
The song: “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” originally by Simple Minds
The episode: “The Criminal Mind” (413)
The hook: Tuesday’s ep paid homage to The Breakfast Club, with the “a goodie two-shoes, a freeloader, a handsome dick, a firestarter, and a criminal” stuck in
Saturday school grocery story jail. What better way to end the night than with a voiceover by Jules (Courteney Cox) to a cover of Simple Minds’ 1985 hit? Pump those fists this weekend, Jukeboxers!
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