In "Family Matters," the action picks up shortly after the events of "You Can't Handle the Truth." Sam wakes up after being on the wrong end of a Dean pummeling; he's tied to a chair facing Dean and Castiel who want answers. Even though Sam can't give them any, by the end of the episode we're given some. Actually, we get answers, more questions, plus, we're left sorting out what I assume is the season's big story arc.
This week's episode begins after Elena is abducted at the masquerade ball. Will Stefan and Damon save her? Meanwhile, Bonnie and Jeremy get closer, while Caroline tries to make life easier for Tyler now that he's a werewolf.
On this week's One Tree Hill, Brooke attempts to bond with her future mother-in-law while Julian searches for his best man. But Julian isn't too much of a guy's guy, so the task proves to be harder than he thought. It's especially funny when he calls himself J-Man on the phone to Clay, and Clay has no idea it's him.
Brooke and Sylvia head to a wedding expo, where their difference in taste becomes more apparent. Sparkles and a tiara are not for B. Davis. She calls on Haley to come help her out, but when Haley enjoys all the expo has to offer way too much (the champagne fountain really is a fountain of happiness), Brooke is left to fight the wedding battle all on her own. Luckily she gets Sylvia a bit liquored up and doesn't have to commit to any vendors on the spot.
Kristoffer Polaha and Emma Caulfield
Life Unexpected's newest character Emma may appear to be Type A and tough, but star Emma Caulfield says she has a darker past that Baze (Kris Polaha) will bring to light. Despite their boss-employee relationship and polar-opposite personalities, the two develop a romance that she say brings up a lot about each other — good and bad. Caulfield tells TVGuide.com about why Emma is so guarded, and how she compares her to the actress' previous popular Buffy character, Anya...
Kyle Riabko and Trevor Donovan
Since discovering he'd drunkenly hooked up with a male classmate in the season premiere, the frustration of 90210's Teddy has combusted in angry and violent ways, from firing off an antigay slur to throwing punches.
Trevor Donovan, who plays Teddy, says the show won't rush his character into a happier, more accepting time — even while it has introduced an apparent love interest for him in Ian. He'll continue to stumble, sometimes aggressively, as he slowly comes to terms with his sexuality. (Coming up: A misguided attempt to figure things out at a gay bar in West Hollywood.)
"Teddy's story has been about how painful and confusing this situation can be, and it won't be OK for him any time soon," Donovan says.
Hawaii Five-0, Nikita
Despite a relatively lackluster development season, a few shows have struck a chord with audiences: CBS' Hawaii Five-0 has dominated on Monday nights and the CW's Nikita has proven that the network can launch more than shows for young women. Boardwalk Empire's record premiere bodes well for HBO, which already has a hit in its stable with True Blood. On the flip side, Lone Star's early cancellation shocked critics, if not the general viewing public. No such uproar greeted the axings of My Generation, Outlaw and The Whole Truth. For now, everything else seems to be treading water. Here's how we see fall TV's freshman class thus far...
On this week's episode, the Lockwoods throw a masquerade ball and the Salvatore brothers do their best to prevent Katherine from wrecking it.
The episode begins with Caroline telling the boys that she saw Katherine and was told to pass along a message: Deliver the moonstone at the masquerade party. "Can't we just give her the moonstone so she'll leave?" Caroline asks the Salvatore brothers. "Katherine's not getting d---," Damon responds. (Who knew CW could use that word?)
America's Next Top Model
Dag, Tyra, make up your mind. Are you against bullying or not? Earlier this season, er, cycle, La Banks tackled the headline-dwelling issue of bullying by having her mini-minions photographed with words that hurt painted all over their bodies. Whether or not the concept was hypocritical (after all, this show is all about being judged), props must go to ANTM for at least trying to be part of the solution.
Then last night they kind of blew it all to hell. By recruiting a gaggle of professional models to dish out backstage abuse to the remaining contestants during a Zac Posen show, Top Model stooped to just the sort of mean-girl antics that Miss Jay actually told the pros to unleash on the newbies. Did they really need to be insulted, shut down and psyched out like that, right before hitting the catwalk?
Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Hugh Laurie (House), and Zachary Levi (Chuck)
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Have you heard anything about Ziva's storyline on NCIS' November sweeps episodes? — Carly
ADAM: A special security team will be tasked with protecting Ziva's father (Michael Nouri) when he attends an NCIS conference. Also at the conference: former NCIS agent Riley McCallister, whose troubled past has given him a bit of a hero complex. It's probably no accident that McCallister is played by Michael O'Neill, who learned a lot about gunplay as a Secret Service agent on The West Wing and as the gunman who shot the hell out of Seattle Grace in last year's Grey's Anatomy finale.
Who does Amber Tamblyn play on House? — Peter
MICKEY: House describes her as the "the love child of Einstein and Mary Poppins." The brainiac's bleeding-heart principles of course irk the cranky doc. So he fires her — several times....