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Week in Review: 20 Unforgettable Moments

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Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez by Kelsey McNeal/ABC
With the season back in full throttle, my roughly chronological list of the week's most memorable TV moments (stretching back to last weekend) swells to 20.

1. The death of Cally on Battlestar Galactica. A shocking and scary twist, and no way was Tori going to let her sacrifice the hybrid baby. I also enjoyed politico-Apollo challenging the imperial presidency of Roslyn. Is there a more topical show on TV?

2. Danica Patrick winning her first Indy car race. (This one’s for my family of racing fans.) She says she’s not interested in following in Helio Castroveves’ shoes in Dancing With the Stars, but what is Saturday Night Live waiting for? She’s a sexy media sensation.

3. John Adams grieving as his soul-mate Abigail passes on in the heartbreaking finale of HBO’s John Adams miniseries. “Don’t go away from me, my friend,” he weeps. And so do we. Bravo, Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.

4. Daniel Radcliffe meeting his own untimely fate in the bloody trench warfare of WW1 as Rudyard Kipling’s My Boy Jack, a Masterpiece of a tear-jerker. (Kim Cattrall, as his American mom, was pretty terrific as well.)

5. The return of Sara Gilbert as Sheldon’s nemesis on The Big Bang Theory. PMS vs AA at the nerds-only Physics Bowl. Classic.

6. Another brilliant episode of How I Met Your Mother, with Robin succumbing to “revertigo” when confronted with her pop-star crush James Van Der Beek (balding, paunchy and hilarious). He dumps her—twice! The “Sandcastles in the Sand” music video, with Tiffany and Alan Thicke cameos. Lily going all ghetto with her high-school pal. Robin kissing Barney! Sitcom magic, start to finish.

7. Marlee Matlin’s ride ends on Dancing With the Stars. Awesome job. Like Len, I watched her with the sound off once just to get a sense of what it would be like to dance without music. Pretty impressive.

8. Alan Shore taking on the Supreme Court on Boston Legal. Preposterous, but at least he got a rise out of Clarence Thomas.

9. Finally, the awkward FrankenModel Lauren is sent packing on America’s Next Top Model. Why did they ever let a girl who’s petrified of being a Cover Girl get all the way to Rome?

10. Carly Smithson ejected from American Idol before one-note non-wonder Jason Castro? So not right, but she took it well.

11. Jesse Martin leaves Law & Order, his coolness intact.

12. The improv challenge (with a touch of Mad Libs) on Top Chef. Green perplexed tofu, indeed. (Note to future chefs: If your challenge calls for Polish sausage, suck it up and work with it.)

13. Second blindsiding in a row on Survivor. Even James thinks Jason is stupid. Is the immunity idol now officially a curse?

14. Betty’s carriage ride with Gio on Ugly Betty. I love Christopher Gorham, but wimpy Henry is so toast.

15. McSteamy tells Derek he doesn’t like Rose as Grey’s Anatomy returns with a brisk, terrific episode. Join the club, buddy. Great guest work by Clea Duvall and Jason O’Mara as victims of a bear mauling, and Amy Madigan as just what doctor Meredith ordered: a good and patient shrink.

16. The Office goes clubbing, and Dwight’s the biggest hit with the ladies. Who knew Ryan was a cokehead? And while Jim is still our hero, he’s only human, and apparently lacks the common touch when it comes to the security staff. Condescending much?

17. 30 Rock rocks! Jack greeting his not-even-ambiguously-gay nemesis Devon Banks (the spectacular Will Arnett): “Once they cast Clay Aiken in Spamalot, I knew it was only a matter of time before you showed up here.” Jack wanting to share the (premature) news of his promotion with his mother before she dies: “I want her to go to her grave a defeated woman.” Liz slapping Jack (and later Pete slapping Liz) upon learning the starting salaries for NBC-GE executives. “Suck it, monkey, I’m going corporate!”

18. The return of the amateur ghostbusters on Supernatural. What a scream.

19. Michael Emerson on Lost. It doesn’t get better than that. Watching him watch his daughter be executed: Wow. “He changed the rules,” he says of Widmore. And now Penny’s next?

20. Also, welcome back, smoke monster. You look marvelous.


Posted by Matt Roush
Apr 25, 2008 9:15 AM
Great list Matt. I wondering why Lost wasn't higher but then I realized that the list is chronolgical. I didn't care for the Cally BSGepisode as must as other people did. Although I did love the escalation of the Cylon civil war. Hope you continue with these lists and I hope you guys do a Season Finale special podcast as Mitovitch promised. Just make sure it's after Lost's finale.
Posted by Chris Kw.
Apr 25, 2008 10:21 AM
Matt, this post rocks! Keep 'em coming.

So many great tv-moments this week. I know 20 is a lot already, but I would add even a few more to your list from this week, if I may:

-The hijinks and horror of the Ghostfacers and the Winchesters haunted house night (Supernatural)

-Doctor Who's return (to America anyway). How awesome was his line: "I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm 903 years old, and I'm the man who's going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below... You got a problem with that?"

-NCIS's interrogation games, the return of Jeanne, the return of the Le Grenouille storyline, the face-to-face between Jenny and Jeanne, and the final moments between Tony and his lost love. (Such a good ep!)

-Nora eating dinner in her house alone after that moving and emotionally-charged episode of Brothers & Sisters.

-Samantha kissing Todd and then throwing him to the ground. "Lose some sleep over that." (Samantha Who)

-The exits of Tosh and Owen on Torchwood.

Sheesh, it really was an awesome tv week.
Posted by Rod
Apr 25, 2008 10:26 AM
1. The death of Cally on Battlestar Galactica. A shocking and scary twist, and no way was Tori going to let her sacrifice the hybrid baby. I also enjoyed politico-Apollo challenging the imperial presidency of Roslyn. Is there a more topical show on TV?

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Nope, but shame it does tend to veer towards heavyhandedness on occasion.
Posted by greent
Apr 25, 2008 10:52 AM
Matt--

LOVE this new feature! And I agree with you about so many of these. TV is so underrated as truly awesome entertainment! Welcome back to all our shows--too bad it's such a short return.
Posted by PLFitzgeraldDC
Apr 25, 2008 11:37 AM
Thanks for singling out How I Met Your Mother. The show really seems to have found its groove this season and I find it the most consistently funny sitcom on the air.
Posted by DCJim
Apr 25, 2008 12:22 PM
To echo others, fantastic list Matt! You're helping to fill the void left by the exit of the podcast.

And ditto to Rod's comment about the return of Doctor Who. David Tennant is fantastic as usual and I can't wait for the beginning of regular episodes. I also appreciate that we're getting this season so soon after their original airings in the UK. Brilliant!
Posted by texastvgal
Apr 25, 2008 12:30 PM
Couldn't agree more about Sara Gilbert on Big Bang. Wonderful actress, and great nemesis for Sheldon. On a side note, I would also like to include Sheldon's meltdown of not knowing the answer, and refusing to let the right answer come from his teammate. Classic.
Posted by jmg0237
Apr 25, 2008 1:47 PM
ITA on this: 12. The improv challenge (with a touch of Mad Libs) on Top Chef. Green perplexed tofu, indeed. (Note to future chefs: If your challenge calls for Polish sausage, suck it up and work with it.)


And I was scared to death I was going to lose Carly and Stephanie the same night! Thank God Top Chef didn't totally make me desolate ;)

Also thanks for the continued Supernatural Love!
Posted by writingpathways
Apr 25, 2008 2:43 PM
I like this new column and I appreciate the shout-outs to Supernatural's fantastic "Ghostfacers" episode, but I disagree that Jason Castro is a 'one-note non-wonder'. That's a tad harsh. The kid is adorable and it's not like he can't sing. As much as I like Brooke, she's the one who should've been voted off before Carly.
Posted by bluegrumpy
Apr 25, 2008 5:45 PM
Nothing on the amazing return of Brothers & Sisters? Shame, shame, shame.
Posted by Marcus Dixon
Apr 25, 2008 11:40 PM
#2. Really? There weren't even 19 cars in the race. Also, how many Americans watched this race that was run in Japan. At least Nascar races 43 cars every time they drop the flag. The Indy 500 can't even field that. And there's a guy named Junior who is a pretty big media sensation himself, especially when he runs at a little place known as Talladega which they will be doing this Sunday.

There is also the quality of Nascar. Just look at those Indy 500 winners who have bolted IRL, and how they are doing in Nascar. Not so hot. And just you wait for Chrissy Wallace to hit the circuit. She's the real deal. Her uncle's name is Rusty. Not a shabby driver himself.
Posted by jawick
Apr 26, 2008 9:03 AM
Love this list Matt! Keep up the good work. I was crying buckets during the finale of John Adams and if the Emmys do not recognize Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney then something is seriously wrong! Lost was spectacular and I love Mr. Smokey and now that I know Ben can control him, WOW! Michael Emerson just nailed his award too. But 30 Rock is just my one true love right now. So many classic lines and images come to mind. I only wish more people were watching this show. I have convert many of my friends by loaning out S1 on DVD. Can't wait to buy S2! Long live the ROCK!
Posted by KateDFW
Apr 26, 2008 10:23 AM
I agree with so much of what you say. However, I think Tory's motives on BSG were much more sinister than wanting to save that baby. I also thought the growing correlation between Baltar and Jesus is startling. As far as Lost - give Michael Emerson an award! He is soooo good.
Posted by CinderAngelkc
Apr 26, 2008 11:38 AM
I'm surprised to see Lost so far down on the list...The episode was terrific.

And ergh, I'm still upset about BSG! THe previews for the episode with Cally's death(the previews which aired the week before) spoiled everything :(!
Posted by kbroxmysox
Apr 26, 2008 2:56 PM
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