Top Moments: Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan Spread Christmas Cheer
Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Fallon
Our top moments of the week:
15. Dirtiest Make-Good: On 90210's 100th episode, the gang returns to West Beverly High, where one-time mean girl Naomi is reminded of just how nasty she was. Determined to prove she has changed, Naomi goes on stage and sheds her clothes and lets everyone throw hors d'oeuvres at her so she could feel the embarrassment many of her classmates often felt. Somehow, humiliation isn't quite the same when you plan it yourself.
14. Janie's Got a Gun Award: Bryan and Jane knock back a few drinks at a holiday party on The New Normal, but the festivities turn sour when they're stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Unable to recite the alphabet backwards to the officer, Bryan tries to prove he's sober by dancing, but when Jane gets out of the car and tries to tell Bryan his rights, she mentions that she has a gun and is immediately restrained and handcuffed by the officers. Nothing says Merry Christmas like helping a girl out with bail money, right?
13. Most Hilarious Reveal: When the Shays' family Christmas card photographer accidentally reveals to Ryan that he's adopted on Suburgatory, he freaks out in a way only "The Body" would. First, he tramples the hood of his family's car Jumanji-style while screaming at his parents and his sister. As they drive away in a panic, he then starts to question exactly what is real and punches a light pole and kicks a parking meter — both of which he learns are painfully (and hilariously) real. It's like they say: Sometimes the truth hurts.
12. Best Backstab: Like father, like son. Daniel shows his true Grayson colors on Revenge when his first order of business as the new Grayson Global CEO is telling Aiden — who helped him acquire Nolan's company and pretty much got him elected as CEO — that there is suddenly no room on the board for him to join the company. Sure, Daniel's backstabbing ways mean Emily and Aiden's plotting and revenge-ing was all for nothing so far, but we're way more excited about finally getting a glimpse of Daniel's backbone. Let's hope there's more where that came from!
11. Close Call Award: Reid's mystery girlfriend-in-hiding on Criminal Minds asks to meet in him person after not hearing from her stalker in two weeks (that doesn't mean he's stopped for good!). Reid nervously agrees to the date, but just as she's about to walk into the restaurant, he calls her and tells her to go home because he thinks her stalker is there. Turns out Reid is wrong, but at least we finally get to see his gal pal's face: She's played by Leverage's Beth Riesgraf!
10. Worst Ending: After Parenthood's Mark learns that Sarah's sudden excursion to Los Angeles with her boss Hank was for reasons more personal than professional, he confronts the issue head-on. Over dinner, he tells Sarah she has a tendency to run from the things that make her happy. He says he waited for her once before — so she could help her drug-addicted ex-husband — and he can't wait for her again. So, he walks away. Seriously? How many times are these two going to break up and put us through all this pain?
9. Indecent Proposal Award: On Nashville, Juliette is devastated when her new boyfriend's mom flat out tells her that she's no good for her son. But that does nothing to deter Juliette from getting what she wants. In fact, the controversial country starlet proposes to her good ol' Christian beau. How long before Sean realizes what he's gotten himself into?
8. Most Surprising Third Wheel: On How I Met Your Mother, Robin finds herself in a "lobster situation" — wanting what she can't have, aka Barney — so she concocts a handful of ways to seduce him. When they all fail — and because subtlety is a lost art — she shows up at Barney's apartment in lingerie, only to find her office hanger-on Patrice there. "No one invited you, Patrice!" Robin barks. False. Barney invited her and they're "sort of on a date" playing Crazy Eights! You're really in for it now, Patrice.
7. Best Ending: After the much-anticipated introduction of Kalinda's estranged husband, Nick, drew ire from Good Wife fans, producers find a way to swiftly take him out of the equation while making Kalinda mysterious once more. When she tells him that she called the cops about his drug-smuggling ways, he calls her bluff and asks her what her Plan B is. Cut to Kalinda telling Alicia that Nick is gone for good, as the cameras focus on her relieved but perhaps worried expression. Did she kill him? Or just kick the crap out of him? Either way, it's an appropriate "welcome back" for the tough-as-nails investigator we missed so dearly this fall.
6. Best Shootout: On the Boardwalk Empire season finale, Nucky makes a deal to leave his nemesis Gyp Rosetti unprotected at Gillian's brothel. Then Richard Harrow storms in and singlehandedly mows down Rossetti's men while searching for young Tommy, the son of Harrow's dearly departed best friend Jimmy Darmody. Although Rosetti gets away (Nucky sees to his demise elsewhere), Harrow is able to save the little tyke and makes arrangements to keep him away from this world of sex and violence once and for all. Who knew gangster dramas could make us all misty?
5. Worst Plotholes: Ordinarily, we wouldn't have any problem with Homeland killing off Vice President Walden. But this is no ordinary (read: good) episode of Homeland. Angered by Brody's betrayal, Abu Nazir kidnaps Carrie and tells Brody that the only way to save her is retrieve the serial number from the VP's pacemaker, thus enabling Nazir to kill the veep remotely. Brody agrees and relishes looking his sworn enemy in the eyes as he dies. There's just one problem: How can Brody just run around Walden's home and private office without being seen on camera? And how can Brody Skype with Nazir on a phone that has been tapped by the CIA all season without anyone knowing? Funny, we thought this show was about surveillance!
4. Best Master Stroke: Even though Sons of Anarchy's Jax gets the club out of running drugs and big guns, he still has one little problem: He wants to kill Clay, but his vice president won't vote in favor of it. Enter vengeful drug lord Damon Pope (guest star Harold Perrineau), who asks Jax to hand over Tig because he unwittingly killed Pope's daughter. When Jax and Pope meet, Jax shoots and kills Pope's henchmen before giving the gun to Tig to execute Pope. The twist: Jax uses Clay's gun, which basically marks him for retaliatory death. Genius? Sure, but in setting up this plan, Jax moves one step closer to becoming the man he went to such lengths to kill.
3. Most Shocking Reveal: Who shot Fitz?! It's the burning question that's been on everyone's minds since the president was shot going into his birthday dinner in the final moments of last week's Scandal. But it's a question some viewers wish they hadn't asked when it is revealed that Olivia's loyal employee Huck was the one to pull the trigger. Why? For whom? And how in the world is he going to keep it under wraps?
2. Best Christmas Story: Who has the most Christmas spirit? Jimmy Fallon! After serenading us with "All I Want for Christmas" with Mariah Carey, The Roots, a children's choir and classroom instruments, the Late Night host enlists pal Tracy Morgan for a fireplace reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. And it goes precisely how you'd expect it to go. In between Jimmy's yuletide, by-the-book recitations, Tracy interjects some hilarious Scrooge-esque color ("I hate that mouse, always walking around with his little nails scratching against my kitchen floor. I got brand new floors, Jim, from France.") that has Jimmy thisclose to breaking. (OK, he sorta does.) Our favorite: "Chimneys are like brick house penises. That's a poem I wrote." Between that, this and this, can we just give Jimmy a holiday special already? We mean, even Blake Shelton got one.
1. Least Heartwarming Reunion: After Michonne attacks The Governor on The Walking Dead's midseason finale, The Governor brands his most devoted lieutenant Merle as a traitor and offers him up to the angry townspeople of Woodbury, who are still reeling from a bloody assault by Rick's band of survivors. To twist the knife even more, The Governor also unveils a prisoner he captured from Rick's gang: Daryl, Merle's long-lost brother. With opposing loyalties and an angry mob wanting vengeance, there's no time for catching up, bro!
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