TV Jukebox: 'Mindy Project,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 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!)
THE MINDY PROJECT (Fox)
The song: Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing in the Dark”
The episode: “Danny and Mindy” (222)
The scene: The Boss’s 1984 hit provided a propulsive beat as Danny (Chris Messina) ran toward Mindy (Mindy Kaling) in Tuesday’s rom-com homage season finale. The breathless lovers then cooled down their bodies and heated up their relationship to The Cars’ New Wave boot-knockin’ ballad “Drive” (a Jukebox pick from Feb. 2, 2013).
Read Erin Strecker’s recap, our exclusive conversation between Kaling and Billy Crystal, Sandra Gonzalez’s chat with Ike Barinholtz about the finale, and find out the one thing about the finale Mandi Bierly found questionable
The song: The Black Keys, “Fever”
The episode: “Dead in His Tracks” (1422)
The hook: The Akron duo’s new stomper played as crime scene investigation pioneer Sam (guest star Treat Williams) showed the team some of his unique techniques — spoiler: skull-smashin’ aplenty! — during a lab session.
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)
The song: The Hawk In Paris, “Freaks”
The episode: “The Battle of New Orleans” (121)
The hook: The closing moments of Tuesday’s penultimate ep used MS MR’s “Bones” (another February 2013 Jukebox selection) to set up the supernatural badassery of next week’s season finale. Before the big finish, though, there was no shortage of scrapping between the French Quarter’s vamps and werewolves, starting with a “Freak”-y march to battle that was accompanied by These New Puritans’ appropriately titled “We Want War.” (Bonus: Who else is haunted by Eric Pop’s “Reason” in the finale promo?)
The song: Angel Olsen, “White Fire”
The episode: “Craig and Zoe” (301)
The hook: One of EW’s 14 to Watch in 2014, the St. Louis-bred folkie’s song was fitting Wednesday night as Craig — the latest poor schlub to find himself in need of Nev and Max’s services — got burned by a scheming, naked pic-posting Catfish.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)*
The song: RAIGN, “Don’t Let Me Go”
The episode: “Promised Land” (521)
The hook: In what EW’s own Mandi Bierly likened to “Will Gardner-level of shock — throwing-a-bottle-of-wine-at-the-wall shock,” Stefan (Paul Wesley) had his heart ripped out and straight-up died at the end of Thursday’s finale set-up ep. With a Florence Welch-like wail, the plea “Don’t let me go, hold me in your beating heart!” was especially poignant as Stefan’s wasted away before our eyes. Know this, Stefan (and Paul!): We won’t let go.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)*
The song: Imperial Mammoth, “Dance Hall Days”
The episode: “Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right” (1023)
The hook: We’re pretty sure we know where this story’s going, but that doesn’t mean a knee-buckling kiss between Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) didn’t give us hope at the end of Thursday’s next-to-last ep. Seems the good doctor was following Wang Chung’s 1984 advice to “take your baby by the hand” — or the mouth, as it were. (Bonus: There was love on Twitter for Claire Guerreso’s moody cover of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.”)
REIGN (The CW)
The song: Josh Jenkins, “I Still Love You”
The episode: “Long Live the King” (121)
The hook: The Texan troubadour’s romantic ballad underscored the lusty reunion between Francis (Toby Regbo) and Mary (Adelaide Kane) on Thursday after the king-to-be returned from battle.
BATES MOTEL (A&E)
The song: Bobby Darin, “Dream Lover”
The episode: “The Immutable Truth” (210)
The scene: With the darkness rising inside him on Monday’s season finale, a suicidal Norman (Freddie Highmore) tried to keep up appearances by inviting his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) for one last dance to the crooner’s 1959 serenade. In classic Bates fashion, it was simultaneously heartwarming and unsettling.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (The CW)
The song: Kris Orlowski, “Stone by Stone”
The episode: “Son of Man” (122)
The scene: In what turned out to be the freshman show’s series finale, Stephen (Robbie Amell) inspired a new throng of breakouts from around the world to embrace their powers. Even as Cara (Peyton List) affirmed Stephen’s leadership, he proved circumspect amid what the Seattle indie folk outfit aptly described as a “humbling” moment.
The song: A Silent Film, “Harbour Lights”
The episode: “Bruce and Maya” (111)
The hook: After several stumbling blocks and one surprisingly profitable trip to an all-male strip club, Liv (Kate Simses) and Ron (Adam Campbell) made their budding romance official on Wednesday with a romantic kiss to the English trio’s effervescent 2012 track.
MAD MEN (AMC)*
The song: The Hollies, “On a Carousel”
The episode: “The Monolith” (704)
The hook: Thanks to a little ass-covering and a lot of tough love from Freddy (Joel Murray), Don (Jon Hamm) jumped in line — and back on the wagon — at the end of Sunday’s booze-soaked ep. As Graham Nash sang about “tryin’ to catch up” and “a case of do-or-die, on a carousel” the English trio’s ’67 single underscored Don’s fight to prove himself in a progressive, constantly spinning world.
NEW GIRL (Fox)
The song: Mungo Jerry, “In the Summertime”
The episode: “Cruise” (323)
The scene: Tuesday’s season finale found Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) stuck on a couples cruise. As they tried to make the most of their non-refundable “Grand Romance” package, full of activities including sensual yoga and side-by-side massages, the British rockers’ piano plunker provided comically off-kilter accompaniment.
The song: Rich Homie Quan, “Type of Way”
The episode: “Les Lucioles” (312)
The hook: Blasting bride Lisa (Allie Grant) made an offbeat, unforgettable choice for her walk down the aisle with this hip-hop thumper. Thanks to Kat Edmonson’s “Lucky,” Wednesday’s post-ceremony reception had a more low-key, romance-ready vibe.
The episode: “Sophomore Sluts” (404)
The hook: As Palos Hills High’s students engaged in class warfare on Tuesday, the episode-titling “Sophomore Sluts” chose this appropriately hooched-up transatlantic collabo for a jungle-themed hall installation-slash-dance party.
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