TV Jukebox: 'HIMYM,' 'Blacklist,' 'Star-Crossed,' and more music on TV
Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV 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!)
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)*
The song: The Walkmen, “Heaven”
The episode: “Last Forever (Part 2)” (924)
The hook: Though HIMYM‘s series finalewas controversial (to say the least!), Jukeboxers on Twitter were feeling two songs that closed up their beloved show: Everything But The Girl’s cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train” underscored the highly anticipated reveal of how Ted (Josh Radnor) first met his soulmate TM (a.k.a. The Mother, a.k.a. Tracy McConnell, a.k.a. Cristin Milioti). At the very end of Monday’s double-stuffed closer, the New York indie rock quintet The Walkmen’s 2012 track “Heaven” played as Ted finally decided to move on after Tracy’s death, and — with their kids’ approval — reignite his long-simmering relationship with Robin (Cobie Smulders). Fans may not have been happy about it, but Robin’s dogs certainly seemed to be!
Read Sandra Gonzalez’s recap, Katie Atkinson’s reaction, Henry Goldblatt’s exclusive reveal about a major season 9 DVD bonus, Ariana Bacle’s round-up of Twitter rage, creator Craig Thomas’s defense of the series finale, EW’s final ranking of HIMYM’s 50 best episodes, and our round-up of the 20 most frustrating TV finale eps ever
THE BLACKLIST (NBC)*
The song: Tom Odell, “I Can’t Pretend”
The episode: “Milton Bobbit” (118)
The hook: Odell’s song title said exactly how Lizzy (Megan Boone) was feeling Monday as she struggled to keep up her sham of a marriage with Tom (Ryan Eggold) in order to forward her investigation with Red (James Spader). But pretend she did — right through the threshold of their “newlywed” bedroom. Odell’s song was extra-angsty, and the couple’s connubial “bliss” was extra creepy.
The song: Broken Bells, “Leave It Alone”
The episode: “The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville” (219)
The hook: Thursday’s Elementary saw Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu) transitioning more explicitly than ever to the mindset of her partner-in-crime-solving, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller). Shredding documents related to a case that had been troubling her, Watson revealed she’d been thinking about justice instead of medicine. Perhaps the “It” Watson will ultimately leave alone is the Hippocratic Oath?
STAR-CROSSED (The CW)*
The song: MS MR, “Hurricane”
The episode: “To Seek a Foe” (107)
The hook: Romery shippers unite! Roman (Matt Lanter) and Emery (Aimee Teegarden) finally sealed the deal with a whole lotta kissing — one if by pond, two is by tree, as it were. Jukebox favorites MS MR’s sultry song simultaneously underscored the interspecies makeout and the storm that’s a-brewin’ now that Emery is about to end her relationship with alien enemy Grayson (Grey Damon) in favor of Roman.
PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)
The song: R.E.M., “Pop Song 89”
The episode: “The Prom” (618)
The hook: DJ Ben (Adam Scott) was in the house on Thursday, serving up “classic rock” hits like the Athens, Ga.-born band’s single from — you guessed it! — 1989. Though Tom (Aziz Ansari) preferred new tracks from 2 Chainz and Lupe Fiasco for his prom playlist, Ben inspired the kids to rock out to such “oldies” at Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.” (Oh wait, that song is 20 years old. Oof.)
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Magic Wands, “Burning Up”
The episode: “You Be Illin'” (1018)
The hook: Another week of reliable ’80s covers from the folks at Grey Sloan Memorial. Standouts included the Nashville duo’s upbeat cover of Madonna’s 1983 single, which kicked off Thursday’s hospital-wide breakout, and Bootstraps’ “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” — a slowed-down update of Whitney Houston’s 1987 chart-topper.
The episode: “New New York” (514)
The hook: There was Twitter love for a cover of A Great Big World’s “Rockstar” by Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Elliot (Adam Lambert), but we have to give the nod to this buried treasure, originally performed by Petula Clark. As sung by Rachel (Michele) and Artie (McHale), Clark’s 1967 hit — the second Petula push of Tuesday night after 1964’s “Downtown” opened the ep — was on-the-nose, bizarrely over-choreographed, and completely dissociated from reality. For better or worse, that’s pretty much everything Glee stands for these days. (For real, though, “Subway” is an awesome song. Check out the original.)
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