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Scandal – Inside the Bubble

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

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  • Title: Scandal – The Price of Free and Fair Election
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Scandal - Inside the Bubble

After returning from her tropical seclusion with Jake (Scott Foley) and choosing to stay and reopen Pope & Associates, Olivia (Kerry Washington) responds to a friend (Sonya Walger) concerned about the whereabouts of her missing teenage daughter. It doesn’t take long for Quinn (Katie Lowes) to find the girl in a posh D.C. hotel, however when the group discovers the mother was sleeping with the daughter’s boyfriend and the girl turns up dead in the hotel room after the mother was led their by Olivia things turn dicey very quickly.

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  • Title: Stalker – What Ever Happened to Baby James?
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Stalker - What Ever Happened to Baby James?

While continuing to build on storylines begun in the “Pilot” involving Detective Jack Larsen (Dylan McDermott) stalking his ex (Elisabeth Röhm) and son and Perry Whitley’s (Erik Stocklin) new obsession with Lieutenant Beth Davis (Maggie Q), the team is called in to investigate a home invasion they believe is tied to the stalking of an attractive high school student (Sammi Hanratty) but whose true motives are far more complicated. The team almost discovers the true subject of the stalking too late to prevent a second tragedy involving a disturbed woman (Tara Summers) attempting to replace a son she may or may not have intentionally killed years ago.

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Person of Interest – Wingman

by Alan Rapp on October 10, 2014

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  • Title: Person of Interest – Wingman
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Person of Interest - Wingman

Okay, that was F-U-N! In what turns out to be one of the most enjoyable episodes of Person of Interest‘s entire run, Finch (Michael Emerson) reaches out to Fusco (Kevin Chapman) to enlist the detective’s help for the their latest number who is a former dock worker turned professional wingman (Ryan O’Nan) helping single men meet women. Shaw‘s (Sarah Shahi) immense pleasure aside, Fusco struggles to both accept the man’s patronizing advice and keep him safe from danger stemming from a stolen weapon shipment with which he may or may not have been involved.

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Arrow – Calm

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Calm
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Arrow - Calm

Season Three starts with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) finally at peace. Despite the death of his mother and the disappearance of his sister, Oliver’s life is back on track with Roy (Colton Haynes) taking on his new role of Arsenal helping gel the team into a cohesive unit. Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) not only has his old job back but a fancy new promotion which allows him to force the Starling City police force to officially recognize their hooded hero. Properly title “Calm,” the good times don’t last as the storm clouds on the horizon start rolling in leaving one member of Oliver’s extended family dead, another in the hospital, and any hope of Oliver getting control of his company or beginning a relationship with Felicity in ashes.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Making Friends and Influencing People
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Making Friends and Influencing People

As expected, “Making Friends and Influencing People” reveals Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) has been working undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. as a HYDRA scientist since leaving the team. Given her relationship with Donnie Gill (Dylan Minnette) she finds herself pushed into field duty to help Sunil Bakshi (Simon Kassianides) retrieve his asset. Along with revealing Simmons’ purpose within HYDRA, “Making Friends and Influencing People” also brings a curious Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) face-to-face with the man responsible for his brain damage when he deduces one of the sources of Coulson‘s (Clark Gregg) HYDRA intel.

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The Flash – City of Heroes

by Alan Rapp on October 8, 2014

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  • Title: The Flash – City of Heroes
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“I don’t think that bolt of lightning struck you, Barry. I think it chose you.”

The Flash - City of Heroes

After introducing Grant Gustin as forensic scientist Barry Allen last season on Arrow, The Flash gets his own show the CW beginning with this pilot episode that introduces the main characters in Barry’s life, the tragedy of his past, and the accident which turned him into the Fastest Man Alive. As nearly all pilots are, “City of Heroes” is a little rough in spots and a bit heavyhanded now and again in underlining specific ideas for the audience going forward. That said, other than the hero’s costume (which needs an upgrade fairly soon), The Flash shows quite a bit of promise.

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The Blacklist – Dr. James Covington

by Alan Rapp on October 8, 2014

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  • Title: The Blacklist – Dr. James Covington
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The Blacklist - Dr. James Covington

While dealing with loyalty issues inside his own organization, Reddington (James Spader) sends Lizzie (Megan Boone) and the FBI after an once-prominent heart surgeon (Ron C. Jones) operating on the black market who allows the criminal elite to rent organs from transplants for an exorbitant fee every year of their prolonged life. Eventually tracking the man down from the dead clients whose organs were removed when they couldn’t keep up with the payments, Lizzie is faced with a hard choice whether or not to allow the doctor to perform a risky experimental procedure on a patient or allow the young boy to die.

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The Hook-up Reverberation

by Alan Rapp on October 8, 2014

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  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Hook-up Reverberation
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The Hook-up Reverberation

The introduction of Raj‘s (Kunal Nayyar) girlfriend Emily (Laura Spencer) to the gang goes well for everyone except Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who picks up on the woman’s obvious dislike for her. Discovering that Raj came clean about their drunken hook-up years ago, Penny attempts to mend fences, but it doesn’t appear that Emily and Penny are going to be getting matching BFF bracelets any time soon.

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Castle – Montreal

by Alan Rapp on October 7, 2014

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  • Title: Castle – Montreal
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Castle - Montreal

While Castle (Nathan Fillion) continues to search for what happened to him during the missing months, the mystery writer returns to work with Beckett (Stana Katic) to investigate the bizarre murder of a toy company founder and CEO who in the weeks leading up to his death had been dressing up in old-man make-up and working anonymously as a janitor for one his company’s warehouses. Eventually the team puts the pieces of the mystery together, uncovers a smuggling ring, and nabs their killer. Castle, however, is left with only more questions.

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Scorpion – A Cyclone

by Alan Rapp on October 7, 2014

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  • Title: Scorpion – A Cyclone
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Scorpion - A Cyclone

After spectacularly bungling a training exercise designed to sell the Director of Homeland Security (David Fabrizio) on the Scorpion consultants, Walter (Elyes Gabel) and his team work to prove their worth by finding a bomber before any more of his devices go off around the city. While accidentally getting their only lead killed, and putting Agent Gallo (Robert Patrick) in even more hot water, what Walter and the group discover is someone going to a lot of effort to wipe any trace of an important record somehow tied to a two-week old murder from the Internet.

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