SmallvilleEven though the hype factor spiked to something like 25 on a scale of 1 to 10 regarding Smallville's 100th episode (you know, the one where

someone close to Clark will die!), I really tried to be good and stay spoiler-free. But, of course, that didn't stop my inquiring mind from speculating. And I felt in my gut that the doomed one was going to be either Lana or Jonathan. And when Lana died, I just knew it was too easy. That first half of the show seemed like the recent Lexmas dream: It was all very fleeting and just not real. So when Clark begged his bioDad to let Lana live, I knew Mr. Kent was in trouble. After I finally accepted the inevitable that Jonathan was gonna die I became a tad bit weepy. Not so much for the character, but for the actor. John Schneider rules! 

More 100th episode thoughts:
- I actually felt good about Clark telling Lana the truth about his identity. Finally, I could breathe a sigh of relief, 'cause now she can shut up about how he lies to her all the time. Then, of course, Clark stupidly chose to relive that day. Consequences, Clark. Look 'em up.
- The two Lana-Lex scenes at the Luthor manse when the Bald One was all broody and drunk over losing the state-senate race to a farmer, were perfectly and utterly intense. Just thank the master of mayhem, Michael Rosenbaum.
- Why did the writers beat us over the head with these way-too-happy moments, ones we knew were just about to get shattered? I know, it ups the ante on the drama when the happiness is destroyed, but a little more subtlety would have been much appreciated.

Say what you will, but this whole major-character death did get some watercooler buzz. Some of my peeps at TV Guide Channel (my day job), plus friends and family, were all talking to me about it. And I guess that's a good thing in the world of TV. But still, it's not a good day when you have to say bye-bye to Bo Duke.  Bettina Charles

Dancing with the Stars
I think everyone's finally starting to balance fun with hard work everyone except a certain someone whose name starts with P and ends with Miller. Samantha who acts like she's a hard-news journalist when she's backstage revealed that he's only rehearsed for a total of 20 hours all season while everyone else has put in about 130. Not even Ashly was willing to make excuses for that.

George and Edyta: Who else has just put Zorro, the Gay Blade on their Netflix queue? I agree with Carrie Ann that the mask kind of blocked some of his usual expressiveness. And Edyta was dancing rather frantically to make up for her partner's slower moments.
Tia and Maksim: Though slow, their fox-trot was all elegance. And she got to utter the cliché of the evening: "I come from the original 'hood, motherhood!"
P and Ashly: Though it was cute to see P acting at home in Ashly's lily-white hometown of Salt Lake City, that can't make up for the fact that he literally stomped his way through the paso doble. Nice hat, though.
Stacy and Tony: Tony was quite the comedian at the spa, and his laid-back attitude helped relax Stacy for the fox-trot. I know 8 out of 10 isn't really a low score, but I was surprised by Carrie Ann's criticisms.
Drew and Cheryl: It has been broughten. Thankfully, the awful band's slaughter of "Thriller" didn't distract too much from this exciting performance, complete with Michael Jackson zombie moves and Tom's witty remark about Drew carrying Webster.
Jerry and Anna: I'm glad there weren't too many comments about ballet being feminine. Jerry was very gentlemanly, if not entirely graceful.
Lisa and Louis: And I thought I was working long hours! Just watching her day wore me out. Does that second mention of motherhood mean that producers fed the line to her and Tia? I found her movements still too jerky, but the judges disagreed and ranked her up there with Stacy. Well, all we can do is hope the voting will finally give a certain Big Foot the boot tomorrow.  Sabrina Rojas Weiss

The O.C.
Am I a bad person if I say I don't see the big deal about Marissa Cooper? I'm talking the character, here. Everyone who comes into contact with her puts her up on this pedestal, and all of a sudden they can't live up to the myth and the legend that is The Marissa. Remember whatshername who dated Ryan and then ended up being Kirsten's half sister? Now Caitlin is all (I'm paraphrasing), "My birthday was like the one day every year that was all mine. I mean, like, do you know what it's like to have her for a sister?" I don't get it. Change of topic. I'm just going to settle on what a great job Adam Brody is doing. Seth is spending a little quality time with an emotion called angst. He doesn't want high school to end because it's turned out (against all odds) to be a happy time for him. Now while it's weird that Caitlin basically became his drug pusher, Seth turning to pot is kinda realistic, because he's subconsciously started sabotaging his dreams of going to Brown. Smoking pot and skipping his interview? Not good for Seth, but great for us. And I like how Ryan's being all supportive of his pal. I mean, how many times has Seth been there for his Chino almost-brother? But I do have to say, this whole pot-smoking thing borders on after-school-special territory. Either that or a very special Family Ties (Alex takes speed!). Or a very special Saved by the Bell (Jesse takes speed!). Well, not really, but those are two of my favorite "very special" episodes of all time. Let's just hope Seth's problem lasts more than one episode.  Bettina Charles

The Office
"Somebody did something bad to Michael's carpet. Maybe that's all we need to know." Oh, come now, Pam you know that's not how we do things here. Admittedly, I'm a little turned off that the bulk of this week's story revolves around some good old-fashioned potty humor (or, I suppose, looks-like-somebody-missed-the-potty humor), but seeing as how my adoration for all things Dunder-Mifflin knows no bounds, I'm more than willing to appreciate the episode's finer, non-poo-related points. For starters, how hilarious is Mindy Kaling? Finally, we get a major peek into background-player Kelly's world, from her closet engineer's shortcomings to her lusty designs on Ryan the temp. ("I mean, I'm not a slut, but who knows?") I daresay she's got the chops to enter into the sitcom motormouth pantheon, right up there with Six from Blossom and Vanessa Huxtable's second-best friend, Kara. Meanwhile, Jim's continued looks of desperation to the camera (and by "camera," I mean me) offer up a subtle change this week amazingly enough, you can totally tell the difference between I-can't-believe-how-asinine-my-boss-is and I-can't-believe-my-coworker-won't-shut-up. Of course, the hopeless romantic in me (she's in there somewhere, I promise) finds a thousand times more pleasure in that tiniest of grins that crosses Jim's face as he realizes Pam hasn't been ignoring him all day, she's just been leaving him a series of delightfully banal voice mails. Trust me, Jim: You may be hearing "beep," but you and I both know that really means "I love you." It's like The Princess Bride, but with Post-its.  Chana Shwadlenak

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