Break-ups, breakdowns, and… Britney? As finales continue, this week’s Jukebox has them all. 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: Tegan and Sara, “Goodbye, Goodbye”
The episode: “Responsibly Irresponsible” (302)
The hook: Don’t let the bouncy beat fool you. The twindie rockers’ break-up song hews deep and sad at is core — just as Matty (Beau Mirchoff) did Tuesday when he found out Jenna (Ashley Rickards) hadn’t told him about a pregnancy scare. Fortunately for the finally-DTR’d couple, this “Goodbye” will only be temporary — there’s still plenty of getting to know each other to be done.
THE AMERICANS (FX)*
The song: Squeeze, “Slap and Tickle”
The episode: “Covert War” (111)
The hook: Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Sandra (Susan Misner) had a Harvey Wallbanger-fueled ladies’ night to this ’79 disco gem on Wednesday. The sexually euphemistic tune provided a bit of lighthearted ambiance before things got really ugly due to infidelity suspicions and near-murderous vengeance sprees.
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
The song: The Kills, “No Wow”
The episode: “Rape: A Modern Perspective” (420)
The hook: The Brit rockers’ 2005 track opened Sunday’s ep as a high school student accused a popular, Princeton-bound peer of rape. The Kills’ guttural thrum resurfaced at the end of the hour, serving as a rallying cry for Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) as she uploaded the rapist’s previously unseen confession to a hacker website in order to torpedo a mistrial, get the imprisoned accuser released, and serve justice. “No Wow”? More like “Oh, wow!”?
The song: The Mavericks, “Come Unto Me”
The episode: “Legacies” (215)
The hook: Though Jukebox fans on Twitter enjoyed The Unknown’s “Liar” — a song that previously appeared in season 2’s fourth episode — the Miami-formed Mavericks’ bilingual track injected Monday’s double-stuffed finale with a bit of Tex-Mex flair. Though the ep didn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, the reveal that John Ross (Josh Henderson) has been in cahoots with Emma (Emma Bell) this whole time, possibly meaning he’s never truly cared for Pamela (Julia Gonzalo), leaves plenty of tantalizingly unanswered questions. Add to that, the Mavs’ lyrics, “There is nothing that anyone can say to me to persuade me to change my mind needlessly,” and we can be sure that John Ross will doggedly pursue his newly revealed agenda once we hit the ground running come season 3.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Caught a Ghost, “You Send Me”
The episode: “Pictures of You” (419)
The hook: Prom night in Mystic Falls signaled lots of good music — to name a few: Hunter Hunted’s “Keep Together” (a tweet-quest), a particularly pointed mirage moment between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) backed by Phosphorescent’s “Song for Zula,” and an emotional Stefan-Elena (Nina Dobrev) dance to Rihanna and Mikky Echo’s “Stay” (which we featured in Jukebox a few weeks back). But just like Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Matt (Zach Roerig), Ghost’s spooky cover of the 1957 Sam Cooke crooner took the crown.
The song: Blind Pilot, “One Red Thread”
The episode: “Stray Dogs” (222)
The hook: Wednesday’s season finale got Jukeboxers tweeting thanks to Joe Purdy’s, “Mary May & Bobby,” the Chapin Sisters’ cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” and a season-ending rendition of the series’ theme by George (Jeremy Sisto). But an emotional turnabout, set to Portland folkies Blind Pilot’s 2008 track, was the most evocative moment of all. After walking out of her father’s house indefinitely, Tessa (Jane Levy) found herself alone and teary-eyed at a train station, futilely calling friends for a place to crash. In a stroke of good luck, Tessa spotted her recently returned mom Alex (Malin Akerman), who revealed she’d skipped a trip to Europe for some mother-daughter bonding. Though the show’s father-daughter relationship hangs in the balance, Alex’s sudden maternal instinct couldn’t have come at a better time. Perhaps that “One Red Thread” is the strengthening bond between the two gingers.
The song: Marc Scibilia, “Something Good in This World”
The episode: “The Party in the Pants” (822)
The hook: The Buffalo singer-songwriter’s anti-grudge anthem was an appropriate capper to Monday’s episode, which explored the complicated relationship between Booth (David Boreanaz) and his mother Marianne (Joanna Cassidy), who had abandoned him 24 years earlier. Booth extended an olive branch as he gave away his mother at her wedding, and Scibilia sang, “It takes a lot of time. There’s so much you’ve got to leave behind. Hold it like a treasure if you can find something good in this world.”
90210 (The CW)*
The song: Ron Pope, “Everything”
The episode: “A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Call Girl” (518)
The hook: After Liam (Matt Lanter) learned Annie (Shenae Grimes) had betrayed him by writing a thinly veiled portrayal of him in Undressed — her roman à clef about that time she was a hooker — he told her disgustedly that he “didn’t need to know how the book ends.” But it was pretty clear how their relationship would end as he walked up the stairs to Pope’s angsty piano play about being “hurt and wounded.” Unfortunately for Annie, it didn’t look like things would get much better — Liam’s departure marked the return of Patrick (Chris McKenna), who solicited Annie’s services during her call girl research and can’t be happy about her latest literary endeavors.
MAD MEN (AMC)
The song: Bing Crosby, “Just a Gigolo”
The episode: “The Collaborators” (603)
The hook: Though Megan (Jessica Paré) is still in the dark about the affair between Don (Jon Hamm) and Sylvia (Linda Cardellini), the guilt is catching up to the dallying Mr. Draper. He literally crumpled under the weight of his own infidelity at the end of Sunday’s episode, and Crosby’s 1931 tune provided an ironic subtext for Don’s irrepressible urge to wander.
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)*
The episode: “Walk of Punishment” (303)
The hook: Perhaps one of Jukebox’s more unexpected selections, Sunday’s GoT ended with a good old-fashioned drinkin’ song written by Thrones novelist George R.R. Martin. Whether your poison is mead, wine, or ale, let it flow freely as you listen to this punky rocker.
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