TV Jukebox: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Bones,' more music-on-TV moments
Have you found yourself wondering wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)*
The episode: “The Romance Resonance” (706)
The hook: Thanks to a little nudge from Big Bang‘s Executive Producer Bill Prady, Jukeboxers on Twitter made their voices heard! Even as “Bernadette’s Song” name-checked every geek totem from String Theory to Buffy, Thursday’s heartfelt ode from Howard (Helberg) to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) — written by comedy singer-songwriting duo Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome — was a refreshingly poignant moment amid Bang‘s yuk-yuk universe.
The episode: “Don’t Open That Door” (205)
The hook: There was Twitter love for Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Gunnar (Sam Palladio), and Zoey’s (Chaley Rose) strummy cover of Birmingham duo John & Jacob’s “Be My Girl,” but you gotta give it to Rayna (Britton) for reclaiming her voice Wednesday with an emotional performance. If you weren’t also crying by the time the crowd gave her a vocal assist, then you check your heart to see if it’s broken.
The song: Cyndi Lauper, “At Last”
The episode: “The Woman in White” (906)
The hook: Another five-hanky moment came Monday during the wedding of Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz). Just after Booth admitted he’d been ready to marry Bones for years, she walked down the aisle to the smoky-smooth voice of Lauper as the aptly named psychic Avalon Harmonia. Just like the singing seer, we knew this day was coming, and we loved every second of it.
Read Sandra Gonzalez’s reaction to Bones’ vows (SPOILER: There were tears) and her exclusive videos of the rehearsal dinner, then check out Lindzi Scharf’s style scouting report and listen to David Boreanaz’s interview on EW Radio
The song: Nina Simone, “Wild Is the Wind”
The episode: “Say Hello to My Little Friend” (304)
The hook: The jazz chanteuse’s satiny timbre stood in marked contrast to the jolts of a 21-gun salute as Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) footed the bill for a fallen soldier’s funeral. Simone’s voice was as haunting as the President — and the soldier’s killer Huck (Guillermo Díaz) — was haunted.
MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime)
The song: Dean Martin, “Sway”
The episode: “Thank You for Coming” (104)
The hook: Whose music is better for getting soused to than Dino? The 1954 hit played during an uncomfortable dinner party Sunday as Dr. Ethan Haas (Nicholas D’Agosto) self-medicated after a messy split with with sensual secretary Ginny (Lizzy Caplan). Think laughter’s the best medicine? Nope. Scotch.
The song: Beginners, “If That’s Not Enough”
The episode: “Surprise!” (311)
The hook: As the lyrics “How do we move on?” played underneath Tuesday’s closing moments, birthday-girl-behaving-badly Jenna (Ashley Rickards) was supposed to give Collin (Nolan Funk) the kiss-off after much too much sneaking around on her boyfriend Matty (Beau Mirchoff); instead, she gave him a big, wet kiss. Little did the cheating teens know, Matty — and all of Jenna’s friends and family — were waiting on the other side of Jenna’s door. They though Jenna was getting a surprise party when in fact theywere the ones in for a shock.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX)*
The song: Fleetwood Mac, “Sara”
The episode: “The Replacements” (303)
The hook: Coven discharged another Mac Attack Wednesday as swamp witch Misty (Lily Rabe) lay with Frankenteen Kyle (Evan Peters) and desperately longed he might join her “tribe” — a feeling echoed by Stevie Nicks’ yearning lyrics: “Wait a minute baby, stay with me a while.”
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)*
The song: Birdy, “Without a Word”
The episode: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (504)
The hook: Twitter approved of the Brit’s brooding ballad when the TVD gang held a funeral for Bonnie (Kat Graham). The recently deceased witch advised them all on how to carry on without her, but the lyrics “But while you wave goodbye, I’ll be getting closer” worked on many levels — Bonnie bidding adieu also ushered in the return of hybrid heartthrob Tyler (Michael Trevino).
RAVENSWOOD (ABC Family)
The song: Civil Wars, “The One That Got Away”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: “Oh, if I could go back in time” — a fitting sentiment for the eerie new Pretty Little Liars spinoff series, in which two main characters saw their own pictures on gravestones. Joy Williams and John Paul White’s anguished voices played over a major cliffhanger during the series opener’s final moments: The show’s main characters encountered a ghostly roadblock that sent them careening into icy waters. Will they be the ones that got away? Unlikely. But it was an effectively foreboding ending to the supernatural pilot.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Mackintosh Braun, “We Ran Faster Then”
The episode: “Map of You” (1006)
The hook: The Portland electropop group’s wistful tune underscored a rare ep-closing voiceover from Derek (Patrick Dempsey) about connection — even as many of its characters were severing theirs.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family)
The song: The Mynabirds, “Wolf Mother”
The episode: “Grave New World” (413)
The hook: Playing as the Liars entered a graveyard for a costume party during the show’s trademark Halloween episode, the Omaha-bred indie poppers’ ominous guitar licks set the mood for a spooky night on Tuesday.
REIGN (The CW)
The song: A. Void & David Young, “Wistful Thinking”
The episode: “Snakes in the Grass” (102)
The hook: Still favoring The Lumineers, who factored heavily into last week’s premiere, the freshman seriesspotlighted “Flowers in Your Hair” — a song Jukebox called out last year — on Thursday. A bit later, Brooklyn-based songbird Rosi Golan’s gentle duet with Johnny McDaid, “Give up the Ghost”, played during a tentative introduction between two child monarchs-to-be who were also spouses-to-be. The tender moment beautifully segued into a party scene featuring the Void and Young’s effervescent ditty. By Jukebox’s count, Reign has gone two for two when it comes to party music. Cheers to what’s to come!
SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)*
The song: Joshua James, “Crash This Train”
The episode: “Sweet and Vaded” (607)
The hook: Though there was social-media love for an opener set to “Love Is My Religion”, by SOA‘s de facto house band the Forest Rangers, James’s gloomy piano piece underscored a finale sequence that set up high stakes for Tara (Maggie Siff) during the season’s final stretch. Tara’s decision to fake a miscarriage and blame mother-in-law Gemma (Katey Sagal)? Now that‘s a train wreck in the making.
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
The song: Beast, “Satan”
The episode: “Outside the Bubble” (504)
The hook: Wife‘s Sunday ep opened with this clapping, floor-stomping 2008 track from the Montreal duo. Devilishly good.
The song: Chvrches, “Science / Visions”
The episode: “Frame by Frame” (1405)
The hook: The procedural celebrated its 300th episode Wednesday with a propulsive crime lab thumper from the Glaswegian synthpop outfit.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (The CW)
The song: Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Give It 2 U”
The episode: “Girl, Interrupted” (103)
The hook: It seems the music gods were reading our minds Wednesday — just like Stephen (Robbie Amell) at a hopping party — when they chose this perfectly pitched bumper. If you’re not ready for the weekend by the end of Thicke’s floorfiller, will you ever be?
BONUS JUKEBOX: ONCE UPON A TIME
None other than the Evil Queen herself, a.k.a. Lana Parilla, tipped EW off about a song written specifically for her character by Vancouver’s alt-rock brother act 45 Spacer. Check it out here. Note to Once‘s music team: Get that track on air!
*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to @LanaParrilla, @billprady, @WendyLatto, @smilinangel709, @DeDori17, @gander157, @ShelbyWon, @the1jon, @yobeav, @WholeLottaJulie, @OuchyPearlgrl, @ilovemylab93, @aprilbrarian, @jessielynn83, @WeslaBayWeller, @unbb24, @anniefannie70, @la_fierro_donna, @arri38, @itsmrswesley, @shellidw, and @MichaelGDuff for their suggestions!
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