American Idol What were these guys thinking? You get one shot at a multimillion-dollar recording contract.

Simon can make or break you with just one nasty little comment. (

"That was _____" Fill in the blank with one of the following adjectives: boring/horrendous/off-key/amateurish/boy-bandish.) So for the love of god, don't do Richard Marx (I'm talking to you, Clay wanna-be Anthony Fedorov). Or Michael freakin' Bolton. (Too late, Joseph Murena.) Even the guys with great voices made some bizarre picks. I was very impressed with dreadlocked cutie Anwar Robinson, but "Moon River"? How about some Marvin Gaye instead? And although Simon, Randy and Paula were impressed with Bo Bice, a soul classic ("Drift Away") was a complete mismatch for the self-described rocker. That said, Constantine Maroulis sang the hell out of "Kiss from a Rose," (SRP thought he was off-key, but I didn't hear it) and Travis Tucker channeled his inner Stevie Wonder during "My Cherie Amour" (which Simon said wasn't even good enough for a hotel lobby. Whatever.) My vote went to Mario Vasquez. I wanted to hear something a little more contemporary than "Walk on By," but his energy was infectious and his voice is both versatile and strong enough to tackle any genre.

Pretty good ep. Not as great as last week's .., but still manages to blow most shows out of the water. A few thoughts:
1)Why was it OK that Behrooz shot his dad? The kid takes out a key witness (Jack needed Navi to tell him where the device is) and he still gets protection? Strange. I get why he did it, though. His father had told him he was weak. What better way to prove him wrong?
2) Is there anything left to get out of Behrooz and Dina? More importantly, I wonder what device Tony will use when he interrogates them? 'Cause tazers, guns, noise machines and live wires seem to be real popular this time of year.
3)Can you believe that Sarah actually went back to work after her tazer troubles? Apparently that thing must've fried more than a few brain cells. She had Driscoll in the palm of her hand, and all she wants is a promotion and two pay raises! I'm thinking torture is worth a hell of a lot more than that!
4) After one missed hit on Marianne (the car bomb), you'd think Curtis would be smart enough to bring a little more backup. That chick has been nothing but bad luck for him from the start!
5) Now that Navi is dead, Paul Raines is the obvious bad guy. But isn't his connection (Audrey is his wife; he owns the building the terrorists use to plan the attacks) stretching it just a little bit?

Two and a Half Men
You gotta feel sorry for Alan. He's barely masking his envy as he lectures Charlie on the perils of debauchery. ("You can't go through life drinking, partying, and humping everything that doesn't shake you off," he intones after Charlie throws out his back during yet another casual sex romp. "Sooner or later, it will catch up with you. Bad things happen eventually.") But when something bad actually does happen (turns out Charlie's doc is a disgruntled ex who puts the squeeze on, literally, during a hernia exam), Charlie doesn't 'fess up, and lets Alan think he scored. Maybe if Alan hadn't been so self-righteous, Charlie would've told him the truth. Oh, who am I kidding?

Delta Airlines ad
Here's an ad that can't quite decide what it's selling. For their "simple fares" promotion, Delta chooses an upbeat, jaunty little ditty, "Happiness Runs" by Donovan. ("Happiness runs in a circular motion/Thought is like a little boat upon the sea/Everybody is a part of everything anyway/You can have everything if you let yourself be.") First, we see people in an airport with their tickets. Then they're watching flat-screen TVs in a store window. Then they're taking pictures with their cell phones. And sending funny little drawings with them, too. By the time the commercial is over, I'm humming the song, wondering how much one of those TVs cost and whether I've paid my cell phone bill. Who's this spot for again?

First one child, then the second, and now Allison's half brother has "the gift"? I'm just waiting for the baby to start seeing the Ghost of Barney Past. There's a little too much jumping around between visions and dreams and reality (when was it clear that Allison found out that Michael's war buddy killed their platoon leader?). And I was rolling my eyes at Allison's arrogance in the hospital hallway ("Every soul that's passed in the last 24 hours thinks, 'Cool, there's a medium on the floor,'" she boasted. "'It's my last chance to tell her that Aunt Tilly's will is in the closet!'"). But that underlying cynicism still comes through, this time from sibling Michael who's drowning his powers in alcohol. Even though the crimes always get solved and everyone always does The Right Thing, I like how the visions come with serious burdens and great responsibility. Makes the unbelievable a little more, well, believable.