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  • Title: Elementary – The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction
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Elementary - The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction

While running into an old flame that makes her reconsider her current long-distance relationship, Watson (Lucy Liu) helps Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) on a case of a missing woman which becomes far more interesting than it initially appears. Connecting the disappearance of their client’s sister with several other unsolved crimes, all of which share one bizarre common characteristic (an odor of nutmeg found at the crime scene), Holmes deduces they aren’t looking for a single killer but an expert cleaner destroying any evidence of a crime scene the police might otherwise find.

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White Collar – Whack-A-Mole

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2014

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  • Title: White Collar – Whack-A-Mole
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White Collar - Whack-A-Mole

“Whack a Mole” sets up next week’s series finale as uncertainty and distrust creep back into Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter‘s (Tim DeKay) relationship. Finally realizing the scope of the Pink Panthers’ plan, Neal relies on the assistance of both Mozzie (Willie Garson) and Peter to come up with an alternative (i.e. far less violent) plan that will allow the FBI to swoop in and catch the group with $500 million in stolen cash. And then of course there’s Keller (Ross McCall) and his his Interpol handler (Isaach De Bankolé) one of whom will turn up dead during the Panthers’ hunt for a mole inside their organization.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – How the ‘A’ Stole Christmas
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Pretty Little Liars - How the 'A' Stole Christmas

Christmas comes to Rosewood but it’s far from festive with Toby (Keegan Allen) nursing a broken leg, Hanna (Ashley Benson) mourning the death of Mona (Janel Parrish), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) out on bail facing charges of murdering Bethany Young. Alison‘s (Sasha Pieterse) Ice Ball winter party blowout offers the Liars an opportunity to do something about the later as they use the gala as a smokescreen to try and find information that might keep their friend out of prison. Although successful, breaking into Ali’s home gets both Spencer and Hanna attacked by a cloaked figure who (as always) may or may not have been A.

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Arrow – The Climb

by Alan Rapp on December 11, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – The Climb
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Arrow - The Climb

Arrow‘s mid-season premiere means revelations and new danger for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who is ordered by Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) to produce Sara‘s killer in 48 hours or the League of Assassin will start killing 50 citizens in Starling City to properly motivate him. Turning his attention back to Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Green Arrow will make a heart-breaking discovery about his sister Thea (Willa Holland) in an episode that reasserts Meryln’s behind-the-scenes machinations and delivers us Oliver’s first confrontation with this season’s other main baddie: Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable).

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – What They Become
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – What They Become

The show’s mid-season finale (it won’t return until March of 2015) finally delivers on storylines the season has increasingly dragged its feet on rather than fully explore. Skye (Chloe Bennet) finally meets her father (Kyle MacLachlan), her true name is revealed (suggesting she’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of a well-known S.H.I.E.L.D. comic character), and the show all but confirms what I’ve believed since last season: Skye in an Inhuman. Oh, and she also shoots Ward (Brett Dalton) in the back, which is pretty funny (although I think we’d have all been happier if she shot him in the head).

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Atlantis – The Marriage of True Minds

by Alan Rapp on December 11, 2014

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  • Title: Atlantis – The Marriage of True Minds
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Atlantis - The Marriage of True Minds

Not wasting any time, the latest episode of Atlantis reveals Prince Telemon (Clive Standen) treachery when he delivers Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) and her best troops into a trap laid by Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) and the Colcheans. Overwhelmed by the enemies forces, Jason, Ariadne, Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Hercules (Mark Addy), and a wounded Dion (Vincent Regan as one of the show’s more under-utilized supporting characters in his final appearance) make it to safety.

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The Flash – The Man in the Yellow Suit

by Alan Rapp on December 10, 2014

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  • Title: The Flash – The Man in the Yellow Suit
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The Flash - The Man in the Yellow Suit

Although the introduction of Firestorm is a bit of a dud, otherwise The Flash‘s mid-season finale doesn’t disappoint as the Reverse-Flash finally makes his presence known and “The Man in the Yellow Suit” gives us Barry’s first encounter with the man responsible for his mother’s murder 14 years ago. After weeks of teasing us about the true identity of the Flash’s arch-nemesis the last few sequences of the finale seem to suggest that both Detective Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) and Professor Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) are connected to the villain whose power set follows the more modern take on the character in that his powers are similar, but the source of them are in sharp contrast, from those of our hero.

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Once Upon a Time – Shattered Sight

by Alan Rapp on December 9, 2014

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Shattered Sight
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Once Upon a Time - Shattered Sight

Condensing the effects of the latest curse to hit Storybrooke into a single episode, “Shattered Sight” wraps up most of the Frozen storylines leaving next week’s mid-season finale to say goodbye to the various characters and set up the new villains for the second-half of the show’s Fourth Season. Offering both the audience and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) a look into her forgotten past with Ingrid (Elizabeth Mitchell) the episode continues to round out the character of the Snow Queen into more tragic figure than villain whose final sacrifice makes her return to the show (other than in flashbacks) unlikely.

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  • Title: The Librarian – And the Sword in the Stone
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The Librarians - And the Sword in the Stone

After successfully recovering the crown of King Arthur, the show’s second episode, and second-half of its opening story, offers a twist where the Library is breached by a traitor in the new team’s midst leaving Flynn (Noah Wyle) cut off physically from both Library itself and his closest compatriots (Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin who, from what little we see of them here, aren’t likely to show up much over the course of the series). If retreiving both the crown and a stolen Excalibur from the Serpent Brotherhood wasn’t enough, the new team also must deal with Flynn’s mortal wound which can’t be healed.

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The Mentalist – The Graybar Hotel

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2014

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  • Title: The Mentalist – The Graybar Hotel
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The Mentalist - The Graybar Hotel

In order to help catch a high-end automobile smuggler who the CIA believe may have ties to terrorists Lisbon (Robin Tunney) goes undercover at a women’s prison as the new roommate of the smuggler’s girlfriend (Brit Morgan). The structure of the episode means Tunney gets the majority of the screentime here, although Simon Baker finds a way to steal a few scenes when Jane’s ingenius plan of a prison escape goes awry and leaves Lisbon without any FBI support.

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