TV Jukebox: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Girls,' 'Scandal' and more of the week's best music-on-TV moments
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Have you found yourself wondering, “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? We’re here to tell you. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: Spoilers ahead.)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
The song: K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”
The episode: “Two Funerals” (711)
The hook: As the series winds up, perpetual punchline Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry (Jim O’Heir) finally caught a break. He was inaugurated as interim mayor of Pawnee in a ceremony with a Centurion guard, hot air balloon, and a gospel choir belting out this ’90s ballad.
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
The song: H-Town, “Knockin’ Da Boots”
The episode: “Persistent Romeo” (105)
The hook: H-Town crooned as the boys in Eddie Huang’s (Hudson Yang) class—misled by a sexual harassment training video they believed to be porn—attempted to pick up girls with such irresistible lines as “If you select me as your boyfriend, I’ll select you for the promotion.”
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
The songs: Gabrielle Aplin, “Alive”; Damien Rice, “Colour Me In”
The episode: “Stay” (614)
The hook: Cancer finally defeated Sherriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre). She said her goodbyes to Damon over Aplin’s breathy ballad. But the big moment came right at the end, as daughter Caroline (Candice Accola) came to her bedside at the last moment and (through Vampire Magic) relived her mom’s memories of their life, scored by Rice’s elegiac ode.
The song: R. Kelly, “Bump & Grind”
The episode: “Andre from Marseilles” (114)
The hook: Arguably Kelly’s best slow jam soundtracked the fantasy of a protective Andre (Anthony Anderson) as his daughter’s boyfriend of the moment—a white Frenchman!—won over the Johnson family women with roses and stories about orphans.
The Americans (FX)
The song: Yaz, “Only You”
The episode: “Dimebag” (304)
The hook: The synthy love song plays as Philip cuddles up to a CIA-man’s teenaged daughter, Kimmy, using her attraction as a tool to recruit her—while conflicted about how young she is and the parallels between her and his own teenaged daughter.
The song: Cherry Ghost, “Finally”
The episode: “Looking for Truth” (205)
The hook: This ’80s-inflected cover of CeCe Penniston’s hit kicked in at the end of the final scene as Patrick (Jonathan Groff) reached back out to his ex Richie (Raúl Castillo), only to be gently rebuffed.
New Girl (FOX)
The song: Sarah McLachlan, “Angel”
The episode: “Oregon” (416)
The hook: Jess (Zooey Deschanel) wallowed in her childhood bedroom after Ryan canceled his trip to Portland at the last minute. As Nick (Mark Jake Johnson) tried to comfort Jess, she listened to Sarah McLachlan’s weepy, animal shelter commercial staple, and talked to him about her old loves: Lilith Fair and My So-Called Life‘s Jordan Catalano.
Broad City (Comedy Central)
The songs: Daniel Lenz, “That’s The Way”; Hotel Eden, “Golden Sun”
The episode: “The Matrix” (206)
The hook: Internet-fatigued after spending too much time in the far corners of the web, Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) decided to leave their phones behind while they rollerbladed to the park for a dog wedding. Daniel Lenz’s horn-heavy dance beat gave them some non-virtual energy on their ‘blades, and once there, Ilana made some pretty intense love to a tree to the sound of Hotel Eden’s chipper, bouncing piano track “Golden Sun.”
The song: Lucy Rose, “Shiver”
The episode: “Sit-In” (405)
The hook: After returning from Iowa in the Feb. 15 ep to find that Adam (Adam Driver) has a new girlfriend, a stunned Hannah (Lena Dunham) heads to her sad storage space while Brit chanteuse Rose coos about heartache and breaking “everything that was right.”
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
The song: Joshua Radin, “Worlds Apart”
The episode: “Chapter Fourteen” (114)
The hook: Though Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) are having a baby together, they still have some trust issues to work out. But with Joshua Radin’s sweet “Worlds Apart” serenading them, Jane finally admitted something major: She loves Rafael, and he loves her, too.
The song: Aretha Franklin, “Think”
The episode: “Gladiators Don’t Run” (412)
The hook: As both the Gladiators and the White House scrambled for an invite to the Olivia Pope black market auction (to say nothing of the billions they’d need to actually purchase her), Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) terrorist mother negotiated a cable TV hookup in supermax to the motivational funk of Aretha’s “Think.”
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
The songs: Robert Koch feat. John LaMonica, “Nitesky”; Digital Daggers, “Back To The Start”
The episode: “She’s a Murderer” (412)
The hook: Things got way too real for the guilt-ridden interns this episode, as Sam Keating’s sister (Marcia Gay Harden) hollered accusations of murder left and right. Laurel (Karla Souza) broke down in Frank’s (Charlie Weber) arms as Robot Koch and John LaMonica’s pulsing, creepy “Nitesky” underscored her growing fear of being found out. In the episode’s closing montage, Digital Daggers’ ethereal vocals and doom-prophesying strings helped build the tension that led to Annalise’s (Viola Davis) long-awaited breakdown.