Friends Yes, it's another rerun, but it's the No. 2 favorite episode, with "The Kiss." Sure, the Ross-Rachel liplock was one of the most hyped smooches since Dave and Maddie, Sam and Diane, and Roseanne Barr and Mariel Hemingway, but I like this installment for another reason — Rachel's drunken "I'm over you" phone message (c'mon, we've all been there at least once, bottle of Chardonnay notwithstanding), which she leaves on Ross's answering machine during a dismal date with a poor guy named Michael (the much-underused Ayre Gross) and elicits one of my favorite bits of dialogue: "You're over me? When were you under me?" Those few choice words combined with Rachel's desperate scamper across the room to pounce onto Ross's back to keep him from hearing said message makes for a classic comedic moment in my book.
Survivor: All-Stars In this season's most boring episode yet (even the clip show was more compelling), an attempted team reshuffle results in only Amber switching sides, separating her from bed buddy Boston Rob. "I feel like I'm the only one who got screwed," lamented the suddenly single swizzle stick. Well, duh. That was pretty obvious the moment you started bunking with that bully from Beantown. Even Jerri's expulsion was a snore. Like so many worn-out reality-show contestants, she wanted her suffering to end. I just want to know when mine will.
Toys "R" Us Easter commercial I love the singing bunnies! Although somewhat reminiscent of those annoying singing chipmunks, these high-pitched little balls of fluff never fail to make me grin. "Here comes Peter Cottontail/hoppin' down the bunny trail...." Everybody!
Since everyone's been yapping about this quirky new series, I thought I'd check it out in its death-sentence, er, new Thursday-night timeslot against CSI and The Apprentice. So much of the buzz around this show about a young woman who gets instructions from inanimate objects has been centered on comparisons to Joan of Arcadia, about a teen who talks to God, that the stellar supporting cast has been largely overlooked. Jaye's dad is played by William Sadler (Dan's somewhat simple pal Dwight on Roseanne); the sublime Katie Finneran (station manager Kenny's loopy daughter Poppy on Frasier) plays Jaye's closeted sister. And that's Diana Scarwid playing Jaye's mom, gang. Please tell me you remember her as the grown-up Christina Crawford from that classic ode to motherhood, Mommie Dearest ("I am not one of your fans!"). I dare say she might even be channeling dear Joan here...
The Apprentice Trump said it best tonight: "Wow." Troy got the ax over Kwame. Despite genial self-made real-estate broker Troy's unfailing enthusiasm and creative approach to business, Trump decided to keep underperformer Kwame because of his educational background and current employer (he's a Harvard MBA who works for Goldman Sachs). And although I love country-boy Troy, I have to side with Trump, but for a different reason: He picked his pal to accompany him to the boardroom over Bill. Huh? Did he think that decision would win points with someone who values loyalty as much as Trump does?
ER Thank you, writers, for finally fleshing out Neela's character and allowing Parminder Nagra the chance to display her acting chops. For most of the season, Neela has been the star pupil, spewing forth medical-textbook facts like an espresso machine at Starbucks. Tonight she starts to unravel under the extreme demands of her chosen profession and the expectations of others after Carter instructs her to be more assertive in a misguided attempt to improve her self-confidence. Meanwhile, the ER explodes around her. She's pushed and pulled in too many directions at once, and her desire to please everyone by proving herself worthy of their praise and confidence causes her to make a fatal mistake. Overwhelmed, she breaks down in the supply closet, unable to keep her emotions in check. I have to admit that I've starred in my own version of that scene before, when no matter what you do or how well you do it, it's never enough and you wonder what the hell you're doing there in the first place. Only I usually make it to the ladies room before losing it.
Without a Trace This solid episode featuring guest star Tony Goldwyn as a pair of murder-suspect twins — one takes the rap for the other, just as the other expected him to — confirms something I've long suspected (and I'm sure to catch heat for, from a certain twin in particular, but I'm entitled to my opinion): Double Trouble and The Patty Duke Show (yeah, I know they're cousins, identical cousins) aside, twins are a wee bit... creepy. Just look at Mary-Kate and Ashley.
The Daily Show My Lord — no pun intended — the writers for this show are brilliant.. Probably going to hell for their brilliance, but so what? In a razor-sharp sendup of the recent proliferation of religion-related TV topics and coverage, Stephen Colbert hosts "This Week in God," a Press Your Luck-esque recap of various religious goings on around the world that includes a "Cast Ye from the Garden" segment sponsored by the Olive Garden, where "every supper is good enough to be your last."
The Tonight Show The Good Sport of the Night Award goes to American Idol ouster Amy Adams, who gamely makes the most of a backhanded compliment that Simon Cowell recently gave her — he said she reminded him of Jay Leno the night before she got the boot — by showing up here to sing on "Daddy's" show.The Late Show Meanwhile, still basking in the glow of the recent — and unprecedented — apology CNN issued to him after the network erroneously alleged that he faked some footage featured on his show, Dave gives us the "Top 10 Questions You're Afraid to Ask Condoleezza Rice." Topping the list: "What kind of job will you and Bush be looking for in January 2005?" My personal fave? "At cabinet meetings, who besides you and Cheney wears lipstick?" (It was a tie between that and "Have you ever tried the Condoleezza rice at Chi-Chis?" but my shame at having to Google Halliburton forced me to feign a modicum of maturity.)