The last of the three new mid-season villains gets her own episode as “Sympathy for the De Vil” explores the past of Cruella De Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and her past with the Author (Patrick Fischler) which helps Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) move one step closer to seeing his plan come to fruition. By the end of the episode one character will be saved, one will be dead, and Emma (Jennifer Morrison, who from the looks of things spent her time between takes sniffing large amounts of glue) will have taken a large step on a dark path the season has been teasing us about for several episodes.
Rowan‘s (Joe Morton) return sets up the season’s final three episodes as Olivia‘s (Kerry Washington) father gives the D.C. fixer 48 hours to stop her friends from dragging the secrets of B613 to light… or else. Choosing justice over loyalty, to her estranged father or to the man she loves (who will be implicated should the secret organization be revealed), Olivia chooses truth which will cost one supporting cast member their life and reveal the season’s worst kept secret about which new recurring character is actually one of Rowan’s men.
The Mercenary (Tom York), the Oracle (Sonya Cassidy), and Daedalus (Matt Frewer) continue their search for the ring of the Magi which is stalled both by Daedalus’ betrayal and by the travelers being captured by Queen Medea’s (Sonita Henry) minions. The episode also introduces the true purpose of the ring, the secrets locked within the Mercenary’s genetic code, and a new group of characters known as the Magi might not to be walk with the gods in Olympus but destroy them forever.
While Penny (Kaley Cuoco) balances the possibility of renewing her acting career and weighing it against her new successful job Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) work together on a NASA project which they decide both Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Howard (Simon Helberg) are too controlling to be a part of. The final nail in the coffin of Penny’s acting career is satisfying allowing her to realize the toxicity of her former profession and compare it to her current job. Given the tease of a possible role in an upcoming movie I half-expected the show to steer her back to a potential career-making role but I’m glad to see the show has continued to take a more realistic view towards her acting career.
The latest episode of Lip Sync Battle pitted Anna Kenrick vs. John Krasinski. I love you Anna, but your surprise guest-cameo didn’t do enough to beat John Krasinski who despite obviously winning both rounds with inspired choices of “Bye Bye Bye” and “Proud Mary” somehow lost the night.
The death of a performance artist leads Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) into a world of suspects he’s even more dismissive of than usual. The leading suspects in the case turn out to be the victim’s ex-girlfriend (Ever Carradine) who Backstrom nearly mounts during her web-televised life in a plastic box, after surprisingly finding common ground and a mutual attraction, and Valentine‘s (Thomas Dekker) former lover (Ray Santiago) making closing the case a little trickier than usual.
Against his wishes Oliver (Stephen Amell) is forced to watch as his Team Arrow teammates work together to help Roy (Colton Haynes) take the fall as the city’s vigilante. With Green Arrow in prison and Oliver still being targeted in random searches and sweeps by an obsessed Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and the Starling City Police Department our hero is forced to sit on the bench and allow Ray (Brandon Routh) to step-up when Starling City gets its first metahuman visitor in Deathbolt (Doug Jones).
Taking place completely outside of recent events, “Terra Incognita” is memorable for the return of Taraji P. Henson as Detective Joss Carter for a single episode. As Reese (Jim Caviezel) investigates an old cold case Carter originally handled years before, Henson appears in flashbacks as well as a hallucinatory sequence where the show puts the life of its leading character in serious jeopardy. One of the most interesting ideas “Terra Incognita” deals with is the fact that both the show and Reese have over-romanticised his relationship with Carter since her death. This episode strips down those delusions forcing the former assassin to take a hard look at himself as he slowly dies in the cold alone with no one but a hallucinatory friend for company.
Let’s get this out of the way first, “Melinda” is a great episode for actress Ming-Na Wen but not for her character Melinda May. For two years the show has teased us about the legendary status of Coulson‘s (Clark Gregg) most bad-ass agent. And, even when the writing has struggled, May has continued to be one of the best parts of the show. Not learning the lesson of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (or the famous quote from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. chooses to show us not only how May earned the nickname The Cavalry but how her career and personal life both took a nosedive after a single traumatic event.