World Series Game 5 NBC and CBS didn't pull a last-minute schedule switcheroo this week because the teams were tied with two wins each, so I figured it was safe to return to my regular roster of shows. For the record, the Marlins won, a hollow victory when you consider the mental anguish inflicted on the Yankees by Yanni's rendition of the

Star-Spangled Banner.

Survivor: Pearl Islands After Jon blindsided Morgan with the demoralizing revelation that Drake threw the only immunity challenge they lost, I'm beginning to think that a mastermind lurks beneath his Jeff Spicoli exterior. I'm guessing we won't have to wait too long to find out; Rupert is seconds away from gutting Jon like the bottomfeeder he is.

Friends An episode centering on Emma's first birthday party featured a cake shaped like male genitalia and two testicle references. One can only assume her second will boast a Kama Sutra theme.

Scrubs Frankly, I'm bored with NBC love triangles (J.D.'s resuscitated feelings for Elliot smack of Ross and Rachel), but I did get a kick out of Law & Order: SVU's Chris Meloni's puppet-fetishist pediatrician. He gave John C. McGinley's Dr. Cox a run for his money in the looney-toon Olympics, but he was outdone in the end by Turk's Kid 'N Play college 'do.

CSI To say that the storyline about the parents who killed their infant son by purposely leaving him in the backseat of their car during a heatwave was unsettling would be an understatement, but I was more shocked by original American Idol contestant Ryan Starr's dead-on portrayal of a washed-ashore corpse. It was a performance even Simon would have praised.

Will & Grace Tony Awards notwithstanding, James Earl Jones's Jerry Lewis impression was simply cringe-worthy. (Note to Sean Hayes: Honey, if that act didn't get you an Emmy for the Martin-Lewis TV-movie, it doesn't stand a snowball's chance here.) I'm not sure which is harder to believe: that the show's writers could think of nothing else to do with the venerable actor than have him parody his trademark vocals or that Jones actually thought this sad contrivance would be a resume highlight. At least Blythe Danner looked fantastic in her periwinkle track suit.

Coupling Although it's not saying much, this episode about the economic politics of dating is the best one I've seen. That's probably because the plot continued to center on Susan and Steve's fumbling attempts at actual courtship. Or maybe because no one mentioned lesbians or tripods. But don't worry, the show lost me when Jane started abusing her stalker.

Primetime ThursdayJohn Ritter's widow, Amy Yasbeck, talked about life, love and loss with Diane Sawyer. While her personal recollections were poignant and it was comforting to see that she is learning to cope with her husband's sudden and untimely death last month, shouldn't she be discussing her feelings with family members or a medical professional and not with a journalist on national TV? I just hope that her appearance was part of her grieving process and not because she felt compelled to satisfy the morbid curiosity of the capricious public. Regardless, Ritter touched many lives and we are all the better for it.

Love Actually CommercialHugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth. God save the Queen.