TV Recaps: Highlights of the Week Ending May 28, 2010
American Idol recap: Nice guys finish first
America has spoken — and it spoke on behalf of a guy who, when he wasn't hindered by strict themes, chose Hinder and Owl City and U2 and Snow Patrol and Seal, who got lauded by the judges as ''commercial'' and ''current,'' and who is certainly better than the abysmal ''Beautiful Day'' that ended his run of mostly solid performances over the last 14 weeks. He's a guy who botched a few notes along the way, but who sounds like Pavarotti when you line him up against Travis Garland or Ke$ha or a half-dozen of the other woeful chart-toppers who graced the Idol stage this season. — Michael Slezak
So You Think You Can Dance recap: Summer in the city
SYTYCD (mostly) showed us footage of stellar dancers last night, setting the pace for what could be one heckuva competitive season. We saw graceful contemporary dancers! Hot — and I mean HOTT — ballroom dancers! Insane b-boys! And in my humble opinion, I believe we might have even seen this season's winner last night. — Kate Ward
The Real Housewives of New York recap: Jill wants back in
But what drives me nuts about the woman is her shameful lack of accountability, which I know, I know, usually goes hand in hand with the cuckoos. In Bravo blog after blog, Kelly weirdly calls for an end to ''systematic bullying'' and repitches her fit as less breakdown than ''breakthrough.'' It's the other women's fault. Her mistake was a failure to ''trust her instincts.'' Their abuse was something she shouldn't have had to ''endure.'' ''Everyone deserves to be loved.'' What is this woman smoking? — Karen Valby
The Biggest Loser finale recap: And the winner is...
But thanks to our warm, fuzzy batch of contestants this year, Mike made it to the final four — and lost enough weight to shatter Danny's record from last year. The guy lost 264 pounds, for a percentage weight loss of 50.19 percent. 50.19 percent! He lost half of himself in these past few months. Yet he still took his confetti shower with a full heart, gifting his mom Maria with a flower, and singing second-place finisher Ashley's praises prior to picking up the win. Let's say it together, friends: Aww. Don't you feel like group hugging right now? Let's all do it. Over the computer. Hug your computer. I'll feel it. Aw, thanks. — Kate Ward
Lost finale recap, part two: Step into the light
I know that some people found the Jack/Christian moment to be ''mawkish'' and ''sentimental.'' Not me. I thought — and felt — that the moment was painfully honest. It was direct and knowing about the very real and very frightening prospect of eternal separation and loss. — Jeff Jensen
Glee recap: Gaga, oh la la
The biggest surprise though was when Burt Hummel heard Finn and stood up for Kurt. We've always seen Burt's tenderness with his son, but this hit a new chord: Burt had never had to defend his gay son before, and it was utterly heartbreaking and lovely. The thing that made it even worse was that you could tell Finn knew he had really messed up. But it was an amazing moment for Glee, capped off by the simple gesture of Burt grabbing his son's shoulder in an act of support. Mike O'Malley is completely Emmy-worthy. We've never seen a character like this before on television or seen such a relationship between a father and son. Just thinking about it makes my eyes well up. — Tim Stack
Dancing With the Stars recap: Cat power
What I do know is that a gold medal is slightly more valuable than a silver-colored trophy, and even though poor Anna was on the verge of tears all night, Evan is going to be fine. Or as a bratty child would chant: First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with a hairy chest. — Annie Barrett
The Good Wife season finale recap: 'Running'
''Show me the plan,'' she said bluntly. Will was caught off-guard. A romantic single guy, he was hoping the allure of sweet talk and nostalgia for What Never Was But Might Still Be would prove sufficient to persuade Alicia to come a-runnin?. But Alicia has learned: ''Poetry is easy; it's the parent-teacher conferences that are hard.'' In other words, put up or shut up, buddy; I'm in the midst of a life here, and I'm open to suggestions, but you've got to be serious with me. This is the kind of thing that lifts The Good Wife into another level of domestic drama; you just don't see adults grappling with such a familiar nighttime-soap topic with the sort of terse realism that somehow makes the entire scenario seem even more romantic. — Ken Tucker
The Bachelorette recap: Rated R for 'right reasons'
Just to be clear, what we've learned so far is that she has learned her lesson that LOVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AND SHE WAS WRONG AND THE BACHELOR WAS RIGHT AND SHE'LL NEVER EVER DOUBT IT AND ITS MAGICAL POWERS AGAIN. And also The Bachelorette has a great stylist. — Jennifer Armstrong
Chuck season finale recap: 'You're special, son'
One of this season's small triumphs was the way he's paired up so logically with Morgan, whose trust and valor is now so great that the latter little man sacrificed his thumbs on the command of the big former fellow. It's nice whenever Chuck mixes its sci-fi science with more prosaic solutions such as voluntarily breaking two digits to make an escape. —Ken Tucker
The Big Bang Theory season finale recap: Sheldon possibly finds a perfect mate, and she's Blossom
Miyam Bialik — who has a Ph.D in neuroscience in real life (!) — perfectly played a more Sheldon-y Sheldon than Sheldon, and like many of you, I'm pretty much dying to see where Amy Farrah Fowler's relationship with Sheldon might lead. (For one thing, how will this outwardly self-serious woman respond when she learns Sheldon only drinks hot chocolate in months with an ''r'' in them because, as he said, ''What's life without whimsy?'') — Adam B. Vary
10 Things I Hate About You finale: Buddhist storylines, 'The Biggest Poser,' and other awesome things that make us hate this show's cancellation
The two-part, hour-long series finale — which was clearly not intended as its swan song, since it ended on a cliffhanger — brought us all of the things we fans have grown to love about this show. Kat, characteristically, took up Buddhism, bringing on a hilarious (but still respectful) send-up of the school ''meditation collective.'' Bianca's boyfriend competed in model reality show The Next Biggest Poser, bringing us some classic Top Model parody. (''Coliviette just fainted during our photo shoot so we have the phone until she revives. Then she's gonna want to call her baby.'') And our girls had a sweet sisterly moment out in Kat's tent when she was practicing for her trip to Nepal. Kat: ''I don't wanna forage for roots or wear snowpants — and he didn't try to stop me.'' Bianca: ''I'm stopping you. I need you here.'' — Jennifer Armstrong