Sons of Anarchy
The Song: Battleme & the Forest Rangers, ”Lights”
The Scene: While Gemma (Katey Sagal) tried to regain the trust of Clay (Ron Perlman), Jax (Charlie Hunnam) officially lost his in Juice (Theo Rossi). Sons‘ de facto house band hit a solemn note on Nov. 6 with the haunting refrain ”Tell me who you think you are,” as Jax tailed SAMCRO’s newly outed rat.
The Song: Muse, ”Madness”
The Scene: The bludgeoning of a college coach in the Vegas procedural’s Nov. 7 installment led Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) and Hodges (Wallace Langham) to test blood-spatter patterns on basketballs to the epic Brit rockers’ appropriately sterile electro-infused track. Indeed, there was method to this ”Madness.”
Hart of Dixie
The Song: Milo Greene, ”Take a Step”
The Scene: As George (Scott Porter) and Tansy (Mircea Monroe) moved closer on Nov. 12, Lemon (Jaime King) and Lavon (Cress Williams) were at a disappointing standstill. She helped him win reelection; he helped her…to a candle. The L.A. indie outfit’s urging title aside, it was a step in the wrong direction.
How I Met Your Mother
The Song: The Swell Season, ”Low Rising”
The Scene: Glen Hansard’s slow-burning ballad suddenly surged during Victoria (Ashley Williams) and Ted’s (Josh Radnor) breakup on Nov. 5, signaling the importance of Ted’s decision to remain loyal to his HIMYM family — especially Robin (Cobie Smulders).
The Song: Frank Ocean, ”Super Rich Kids”
The Scene: How better to kick off a night of cotillion prep on the Upper East Side than with Ocean’s slyly syncopated satire about children of privilege? The Nov. 12 episode saved all its X’s and O’s for tracks by the R&B It Boy, including ”Thinkin Bout You,” ”Pyramids,” ”Sweet Life,” and ”Lost.”
The Song: Wake Owl, ”Gold”
The Scene: Months after surviving a plane crash, Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) were still righting their upside-down lives on Nov. 8. The Vancouver indie folkies’ song about ”falling up against the sky” struck a poignant chord as Cristina came to Meredith’s door to finally bridge the emotional distance between them.