Top Moments: A Good, Hard Look at 30 Rock, Lost, and South Park
30 Rock, Lost
Lots of looks were exchanged on television this week: 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy and Lost's Sun and Jin had stars in their eyes for their significant others. Oprah Winfrey and Dancing pro Tony Dovolani expressed their disbelief with raised eyebrows. And Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Strangler gave his latest quarry a creepy once-over before killing her. Welcome to Top Moments: U Got the Look Edition.
9. Best Heroism: The Supernatural universe loses another of its longtime recurring characters when Lucifer kills his brother, the archangel Gabriel (a.k.a. The Trickster). On the show since Season 2, the Trickster provided much entertainment and often levity. But at least he went out a hero.
8. Worst Reveal: The Wisteria Strangler is revealed on Desperate Housewives to be... Eddie Orlofsky! Wait, who? He's Preston's nerdy pal, and he's been on screen for all of two-and-a-half minutes this season. So, you know, nice job, writers. He does come in handy this week, though, when he kills off the show's most annoying character: Preston's gold-digging fiancée. Do svidaniya, Irina!
7. Best Acting-Within-Acting Moment: House's cranky doc tries to make amends with Wilson after offending his ex-wife-turned-girlfriend (Cynthia Watros) by making them both dinner. But it's all a ruse. The moment Wilson steps away, House and Sam lunge for each others' jugulars, trading biting insults. As Wilson re-enters the room, the two plaster on fake smiles. "And... scene," says House.
6. Best Rationalization: During an awkward exchange with Oprah Winfrey, Octomom Nadya Suleman explains why she'd never do a reality show with her kids. "That robs them of their childhood and I think that's borderline abusive," she says forcefully, as the camera cuts to a pre-recorded package of her and her children, made by Winfrey's camera crew.
5. Best Material: Glee's Madonna episode includes several surprisingly faithful re-creations of Madge's oeuvre, but none tickled us more than Sue Sylvester's "Vogue", in which McKinley High's favorite fascist adds such new lyrics as "Sue Sylvester, dance on air" and "Will Schuester, I hate you."
4. Best Merger: Jack Donaghy ignites the passions of financial commentator Avery Jessup (the brilliantly cast Elizabeth Banks) with some quarterly report-style pillow talk. "I can promise that my performance will improve, especially if you're a little more flexible on your end," he tells her. "I love it when you talk dirty to me," she replies.
3. The "John Hughes Spinning in His Grave Like a Top" Award: As Tony Dovolani enthusiastically tries to incorporate "the swim" move into his Breakfast Club-inspired foxtrot with Kate Gosselin on Dancing with the Stars, he's met with her trademark icy glare. "Do they do that in the movie?" she asks, unimpressed. How has she not seen this movie?
2. Most Anti-Climactic: We waited two long seasons for Lost's Jin and Sun to reunite. So it was majorly disappointing that the big moment consists of a few seconds of a hug, a kiss, and an awkward declaration — "Looks like someone got her voice back," says Lapidus — before the star-crossed lovers are hustled out of the frame so the show can BLOW MORE STUFF UP. For a show that breaks out the slo-mo and swelling music for any minor achievement (building a raft, a food drop, gazing into the sunset), giving this moment short shrift is almost criminal.
1. Hottest Button: This week Comedy Central altered an episode of South Park that took comic aim at a group of people feared for their hot tempers. We support freedom of expression, but we also denigrate the targeting of this group. In summary: South Park, lay off the redheads.
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