TV Jukebox: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Revenge,' more 'show tunes' that hit
Have you found yourself 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 VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Meiko, “Bad Things”
The episode: “Monster’s Ball” (505)
The hook: OneRepublic’s fittingly titled “Au Revoir” scored a tear-inducing final goodbye between Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) — the poster couple for chronic bad-timing — on Thursday, but let’s look back to happier times, shall we? Meiko’s cheeky ditty played as the picture-perfect couple arrived one of TVD‘s signature Big Events this week, dressed as iconic and stylish outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde of course.
THE BLACKLIST (NBC)
The song: POLIÇA, “Violent Games”
The episode: “Gina Zanetakos” (106)
The hook: The Minneapolis indie poppers’ tunes dominated Monday’s Blacklist, with “Games” setting the tone during the introduction of this week’s titular assassin (Margarita Levieva). Later, the band’s throbbing “Very Cruel” underscored a sexy rendezvous between Gina and a Turkish attaché — though his night didn’t deliver as happy an ending as he’d hoped. He didn’t make it ’til morning.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The CW)*
The song: Little Daylight, “Glitter And Gold”
The episode: “Hothead” (204)
The hook: Before Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) chatted in Monday’s final moments to James Bay’s soulful “Stealing Cars” (a favorite for Jukeboxers on Twitter) “Glitter” was a perfectly sparkling — as in effervescent — track for Cat to get her party (dress) on during a conversation with Tess (Nina Lisandrello).
The song: Alice Boman, “Waiting”
The episode: “And Then What Happened?” (312)
The hook: Tuesday’s ep saw plenty of fallout from Jenna’s (Ashley Rickards) transgression with classmate Colin (Nolan Funk), ending with Jenna and boyfriend Matty (Beau Mirchoff) going their separate ways. Boman’s aching tune was a perfect accompaniment to the scene — not to mention a song any teen girl would choose to listen to while curling up under a pile of blankets and having a good, angsty cry.
ARROW (The CW)*
The song: Josh Record, “The War”
The episode: “Crucible” (204)
The hook: Even though Laurel (Katie Cassidy) was in the depths of an internal war — and a bottle of Chianti — on Wednesday because she still blames herself for Tommy’s (Colin Donnell) death, the London balladeer’s contemplative track struck a hopeful note. Sure, Laurel would have plenty of skirmishes in store, including avoiding a palpable connection with sexy coworker Adam (Dylan Bruce) and barely eking her way out of a DWI, but as Record promises, “This war is almost won.”
The song: Tom Odell, “Heal”
The episode: “An Unnatural Arrangement” (206)
The hook: It’s rare we see the private lives of anyone other than Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu), but Thursday’s ep gave us a glimpse into Captain Gregson’s (Aidan Quinn) world when a masked man broke into his home. Or his wife Cheryl’s (Talia Balsam) home, as it were — turns out Gregson had quietly moved out some time before. The investigation was as complicated as the relationship, but Odell’s piano ballad lingered in the air over a touching exchange between the estranged spouses. The song’s message about putting the pieces back together again underscored Gregson’s apology for prioritizing his career over Cheryl as well as his commitment not to “throw in the towel” on their marriage. The staunch stoic has a soft side after all.
HART OF DIXIE (The CW)*
The song: Vance Joy, “Riptide”
The episode: “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (304)
The hook: Dutch songbird Stevie Ann’s “Everybody’s Lonely” played during a pretty great first date (if you can call it that) between a lonely Lemon (Jamie King) and passing-through Peter (Robert Buckley), but it was a joyful song from Australian tunesmith James Keogh that wrapped up Monday’s Dixie as the girls bonded over the foolishness of BlueBell’s men, and the guys set out on a road trip to Pascagoula. Sometimes it’s the simple things….
REIGN (The CW)
The song: All Mankind, “Simple Desire”
The episode: “Kissed” (103)
The hook: As the episode title suggests, lots of people were smooching on the royal sudser this Thursday. A round of flirtatious horseback riding — yes, that’s a thing — between Mary (Adelaide Kane) and Portguese heir Tomas (Manolo Cardona) set to London Grammar’s ironically titled “Wasting My Young Years” triggered a bit of jealousy in Francis (Toby Regbo), who then gave Mary her first kiss. Lady-in-waiting Greer (Celina Sinden) also shared a class-inappropriate smooch with kitchen servant Leith (Jonathan Keltz) to “Beautiful Day” by Joshua Radin. But for pure sex appeal, the hum of “Simple Desire” underpinned a corridor ménage a deux between King Henry (Alan Van Sprang) and his mistress Kenna (Caitlin Stasey). As the song goes, “Heart will come undone by simple desire….” This could apply to any of the show’s studs and stunners, but we’re especiallylookin’ at you, Henry.
The song: Silversun Pickups, “Ribbons and Detours”
The episode: “Control” (305)
The hook: Played out by the L.A. alt-rockers, Sunday’s Revenge ended on a bittersweet note. The lyrics contemplate the existential meaninglessness of all life’s twists and turns (“Ribbons and detours meant nothing to me, swaying our sentiments, pulling our strings… It’s the same old thing”) — an apt pairing with a scene showing Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel (Josh Bowman) engaged again after a brief split — just one peak and valley in a succession on the baroque soap.
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)*
The song: Valerie June, “You Can’t Be Told”
The episode: “Sinners and Saints” (105)
The hook: Tweeters were all over Little Red Lung’s “Fangs,” which played during the final scenes of Tuesday’s Originals, but when there’s bare Charles Michael Davis chest… well, Jukebox must defer. The Memphis songbird’s burlesque-appropriate track (with a bum-chicka-bum-ing beat) was on hand for a hot hook-up flashback between virile vamp Marcel (Davis) and witch Sophie (Daniella Pineda).
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)*
The song: Gin Wigmore, “Black Sheep”
The episode: “Hitting the Fan” (505)
The hook: Never mix work with pleasure? Pshaw! When Peter (Chris Noth) paid a visit Sunday to his newly empowered wife Alicia (Julianna Margulies) — who’d departed from Lockhart/Gardner and set up a temporary law firm HQ in her home — he found her moxie irresistible. Cue a quickie to the New Zealand singer-songwriter’s bass drum-thumping track. Underlings just a room away? Who cares? As Wigmore howls, “Everybody’s doin’ it!”
THE CARRIE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: The Outlets, “Bright Lights”
The episode: “Win Some, Lose Some” (201)
The hook: The rawking Bostonians turned in an appropriately badass musical intro to Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort) during her introduction on the Sex and the City prequel’s Oct. 25 premiere. The future PR maven wielded her influence to get teen BFF-to-be Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) into a club and serve her up a cocktail. It may not have been a Cosmo, but a Long Island Iced Tea was just what a frazzled Carrie needed after she lost her signature purse during a night out on the town.
SUPERNATURAL (The CW)*
The song: AC/DC, “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”
The episode: “Slumber Party” (904)
The hook: Talk about girl power! The thundering Down Under rockers’ 1981 anthem cranked into action as Charlie (Felicia Day) was escorted into Oz by none other than Dorothy herself (Kaniehtiio Horn) on Wednesday.
PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)*
The song: DJ Shadow, “The Number Song”
The episode: “Mors Praematura” (306)
The hook: Geek goddess Amy Acker + Shadow’s poppin’ party starter = What else do you need? Best not to get too technical. Just enjoy!
*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to @Nina_Nian90, @dgct2, @TVDnewsTVD, @tvdnews, @sarahccaldwell, @_gichora, @tchanya14, @StalkeryGiraffe, @MariaAnnaCarmen, @Popgoestheworld, @lalasland20, @tish8532, @maggersann, and @darrenwriter for their suggestions!
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