Disorientation is nothing new for the loyal viewer — we hardy few — of Fox's fantastically bizarre Fringe (9/8c). So it's hardly a surprise in this week's compelling episode when the Fringe team hastens to blame a series of time-warping anomalies on the still-unexplained return of Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) in their midst. Walter (John Noble) can barely even look at this grown-up manifestation of the son he lost, only calling him "Subject," and Olivia (Anna Torv) still doesn't know what to think or how to feel. But at the heart of this latest cosmic mystery is another cautionary tale about the effects of "shattering the laws of physics" to hold onto someone you love. Adding emotional oomph to the story is great guest work by real-life husband-wife Stephen Root (NewsRadio) and Romy Rosemont (Finn's mother on Glee) as a couple caught up in this crazy "time bubble."
ABC's long-running Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8/7c) airs a "Veterans Day Special" reprising the most moving military stories over the many seasons and revisiting some of the families who are returning the favor by helping other veterans. Jewel performs for a military audience in a climactic celebration, and celebrities including Dancing With the Stars front-runner J.R. Martinez will appear throughout the hour, raising funds for veterans' organizations. ... In another nod to the holiday, USA Network airs a 12-hour Veterans' Day marathon of the always gung-ho NCIS starting at 11 am/10c. (This week's first-run episode on CBS, dealing with the crash of a plane transporting the bodies of fallen soldiers whom the team works overtime to honor, was especially strong and timely.)
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