TV Watch: 15 Highlights from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 2009
Glee recap: The Ballad of Rachel and Will
One love song gets Rachel to set her sights on Will, and another gets Quinn in hot water
Kurt also tried to be there for Finn. After Quinn chided Finn for leaking the news, Kurt wandered up to him, commiserating, ''It's enough to want to give up women altogether.'' Narrator Kurt described how he fell for Finn when Finn defended him after a Puck drive-by bullying, and they subsequently bonded over Glee Club, football, and skin care (''Your T-zone is dangerously dry''). ''I don't know why I find his stupidity charming,'' Kurt explained as we saw Finn steal a peek at Brittany's test. ''I mean, he's cheating off a girl who thinks the square root of 4 is rainbows.'' (Line of the night?) Kurt then revealed to us his master plan: He'll help Finn, but ultimately Quinn will break his heart ''and then he'll be crying into my shoulder pads.'' —Dan Snierson
So You Think You Can Dance recap: Make it Memorable
Two more dancers go home unable to make them themselves stand out in the crowd, while one dancer proves herself with her solo
Speaking of Nathan, anyone else surprised that he and Mollee were the third couple in the bottom three this week? Maybe their fan base was too busy camping out for New Moon to vote. Either way, it gave our tween dream team a chance to prove that they really deserved a spot in this competition. And while I'm certainly not happy-go-lucky Mollee's biggest fan, I have to give her props for pulling off the best solo of the night. It was well paced and technically sound, and the move where she does the aerial and lands on her knee was, to paraphrase Nigel, pretty cool. And this, despite her odd fluorescent yellow highlighter of a lace sports bra and skin-tight pleather pants. —Allyssa Lee
Modern Family recap: When Movie Stars Attack!
[Elizabeth] Banks fared a little bit better [than the other guest star Edward Norton] as the party-gal pal of Mitchell and Cameron with violently jealous feelings toward their newly adopted daughter. I'll admit I howled at her ''I will throw her in the ocean!'' outburst, as well as Cam's response when Mitchell asked if he could touch Sal's new breast implants (''You're drinking a passion-fruit daiquiri. I?ll be fine.''). But again, one of the reasons Modern Family works so well is that its characters — neurotic, wacky, and heightened as they may be — always behave in ways that make sense, that draw parallels to the real characters in our own lives. Which is why I don't buy that neither of these enthusiastic gay dads popped a gasket at Sal's suggestion that the child they're so devoted to deserved to be killed for potentially thwarting a trip to Cabo. —Michael Slezak
America's Next Top Model recap: And The Winner Is...
I'll be honest: At this point, I was getting a little worried. Sure, Nigel had complained that it's hard to understand Laura when she ''speaks,'' but Nicole had been dinged for her lack of natural charisma. To the editors' credit here, it did seem almost up in the air at the moment before Tyra announced the winner. Even though all evidence pointed to Bloody Eyeball being the runaway best model this show's seen in ages, it's not like ANTM has a particularly solid track record of picking skill over sizzle. And yet. The winner of this cycle was? Nicole! Hallelujah! In a weird turn of events, Top Model picked someone who might actually credibly model because she's freakishly beautiful and distinctive and photogenic. I feel like I just saw a unicorn being born. —Margaret Lyons
Top Chef recap: Going for the Gold
Jen and the boys take on their hardest challenge yet
Eli's meat mistake was only reinforced by his sloppy chopping job. Did he really think it was a good idea to hack his meat right there? The judges didn't think so and for that and his undercooked lamb, they sent him home this week. If Eli were a more interesting character — perhaps a Voltaggio triplet — I think it's safe to say Eli would've stayed.
In fact, for a second, I thought Michael V. would go home. His dish, which wasn't about undercooking but about disparate flavors, didn't follow his heavy-handed Mediterranean theme. I'm with Tom; salmon and caviar don't at all scream Mediterranean to me. Even worse, chef Alex Stratta found a bone in his fish. That's an automatic DQ in the real Bocuse d'Or right there. —Archana Ram
Friday Night Lights recap: Hunting and Fishing for Plots
Tami: How much is it going to take for her to start unloading on Eric to pay as much attention to what she's going through as she does for his troubles? This week, her car is vandalized, and she? what, cleans off the mess, drives home, and offers to cook dinner for the bunch of team boosters Eric needs to schmooze? This isn't the emotionally open Tami we know and love. (But all respect, as always, to Connie Britton for making the absolute most of every second of screen time; her reactions do a lot of storytelling the scripts don't have time for.) —Ken Tucker
V recap: Resistance Training
The visitors' reach gets broader, thanks to Anna's calculation, while Erica and Father Jack seek out others sympathetic to their cause
While investigating and ultimately foiling the (staged) assassination attempt on V No. 2 Marcus, Erica snuck into the Vs' global surveillance room. She found a dense nest of holographic projections that could be touched and flicked — an Apple Store of the future. She saw herself in one of the floating windows and figured out that a V coat hanging from a door was spying on her; apparently those silver bars on the breast pocket contain cameras. It was a visually cool sequence that milked great tension out of watching Elizabeth Mitchell's Erica silently puzzle the whole thing out. —Jeff Jensen
The Biggest Loser recap: Makeover Madness
The six remaining contestants get spruced up, visit with their families, and then fight to stay one more week
There was one twist. Rudy has so dominated this season that I forgot how little we really knew about him. We've never heard anything about his family, and after Dina got the boot, we haven't seen him palling around with the other contestants. Mid-speech, he dropped the bomb: ''When I was fifteen, my big sister, my role model, was diagnosed with cancer.''
Jillian and Bob turned to each other. Jillian: ''How has this guy been keeping this a secret for three months?'' More importantly, how could this essential information escape the gaze of the all-knowing Jilliandroid? Does Not Compute! She began plotting her mental attack. —Darren Franich
The Amazing Race recap: Getting Down in the Mud
The Globetrotters struggle to hold on to their lead and wind up solidifying a grudge
Come on, Matt! Being American doesn't exactly get the ol' ''Wow! Cool!'' response from the rest of the world. Do you have to further tarnish our reputation by not knowing a word you should have learned in D&D back in 4th grade? And don't tell me you didn't play D&D. And, frankly, even if you didn't know the actual definition, didn't the first half of the word tip you off? Candle-abra. CANDLE-abra. ''I don't frickin get it. Am I missing something?'' he asked. Um, yeah, like a gradeschooler's vocabulary. I'll stop now because I won't be the one to hit a guy minutes before he gets the ol' heave-ho from Phil. —Jessica Shaw
Desperate Housewives recap: Trust Me
Bree gets a co-conspirator, Lynette's secret is revealed, and Susan seeks a little reassurance from Mike
Regardless, Angie believed that Bree was innocent, until she saw Karl show up at Bree's house on a weekend where Orson was off golfing. She snooped around, totally Desperate-style, and then saw Orson coming home and tipped Bree off, who managed to wiggle out of the situation. With a ton of additional help from Angie, of course. New BFFs possibly? Seems like it. Not that Angie really approved of what Bree was doing — Angie claimed she did it to protect Orson — but it seems that she may be able to use Bree for a favor down the road, should she need one. —Tanner Stransky
Survivor: Samoa recap: Idols Here, Idols There, Idols Everywhere!
The unstoppable Russell proves that good things do indeed come in threes
Dave was practically standing right on top of the immunity idol, and Russell ran him on a wild goose chase only to double back and take the clue himself. Genius. (I also love that the Galuians had so little faith in their ability to find the idol on their own that they just followed Russell wherever he went.) If Russell manages to make it to the finals and does not win the million dollars, it will only be because of a bitter jury refusing to acknowledge and appreciate brilliant game-play. It would also be the biggest travesty of a vote since the alleged ''All-Stars'' couldn't get over their personal beefs of being bested, and handed the million to Amber instead of Boston Rob. (Hang your heads in shame, All-Star jury.) —Dalton Ross
Project Runway recap: And the Winner Is...
Carol Hannah, Irina, and Althea show their collections at Bryant Park and only one is a clear winner
And so, C.H. came in third, Althea second, and Irina took the crown. When Heidi delivered the verdict, the newly anointed champ broke down in tears, proving once and for all that she is in fact human and not a femme-bot shipped in from the faraway planet known as Beyotch. (Its national slogan? ''I'm not here to make friends.'') For the first time all season, she respectfully acknowledged her colleagues: ''I had stiff competition.'' Who knows if she actually meant it or if it was just a carefully calculated first step in overhauling her Icy Czarina persona. —Missy Schwartz
Grey's Anatomy recap: Family Affairs
As the docs go through the holidays, Bailey deals with her father, Sloan meets his daughter, and Owen makes a choice
Oh joy, the Heartless Girl did get her heart — and that guy she'd gone on four dates with proposed! ''We went through a war together,'' he said, winning the Heavy-Handed Dialogue of the Night award. But hey, I'll take anything that leads to what came next — Cristina confronting Owen about Teddy only to be thrown up against a wall, and kissed passionately while they declared their unwavering love for each other.—Jennifer Armstrong
The Office recap: You're Not the Boss of Me
At the convention-size meeting, things go from bad (Dwight not being able to line up for a question) to worse: Michael was resoundingly booed as part of the leadership panel on the dais. We knew things were going to go terribly at this meeting, just given the level of enthusiasm and planning we saw from Michael, but I was sure this was going to be like, nuclear-winter bad. I had braced myself for something so much worse than this; just booing, and Michael slowly realizing that the management side is widely reviled, didn't seem so bad. —Margaret Lyons
Supernatural recap: Goodbye to Old Friends, Hello Death
Oddly enough, the impending battle for The Colt was a big overture for a little show. In the first 10 minutes of the show, Castiel tracked down Crowley, the boys stormed his mansion (P.S. — I gotta get into the demon business) with the help from old pal Jo, obtained the gun with Crowley's blessing, and were even gifted with extra ammo. I expected a little more fight (especially since that gun was big potatoes for a long time), but as Crowley revealed, he wanted Lucifer to be killed because his success in taking over the world results in his death — and the death of other demon peons. He told the boys that Lucifer's set up in Carthage, Missouri and gave Dean one more piece of advice: ''Don't miss.'' —Sandra Gonzalez