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Winter Olympics
8/7c NBC
Yevgeny Plushenko has come out of retirement to defend his 2006 figure-skating gold medal, but with strong performances from World Champion Evan Lysacek and two-time U.S. winner Jeremy Abbott, the U.S. has a shot to win for the first time in 22 years. Abbott has come on like gangbusters since changing coaches to Yuka Sato in 2009: "It's been very difficult, but I needed the change," he says. "I grew up and took control." The U.S. women have taken control of snowboarding's halfpipe event, having claimed the last two gold medals in the Games. Winners Kelly Clark (2002) and Hannah Teter (2006) are joined by 2006 silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler as repeat contenders from Torino. The Canadians could also be making some noise this evening, with Christine Nesbitt the favorite in women's speed skating's 1,000-meter final. And if you're watching the Olympics to see events you don't see much of anywhere else, skeleton competition begins late tonight. — Dave Roeder

Grey's Anatomy
9/8c ABC
You can't call the chief (ex-chief, these days) a hot doc, but 30 or so years ago he and Ellis no doubt mixed work and play much the same way that our gang does today. And tonight we'll see a younger Richard (J. August Richards) hard at work with a patient whose strange disease would come be known as AIDS. His collaborator? You guessed it. (Sarah Paulson plays Ellis.) In more recent flashbacks, Callie looks back on a polio case and Bailey recalls her rivalry with another resident (Missi Pyle). — Paul Droesch

9:30/8:30c HBO
Journalist Nicholas Kristof has used his influential space on the New York Times op-ed page to highlight human-rights atrocities in Sudan and around the world. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, this 2009 documentary may say infinitely more than his column ever could. The film, a Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance, follows Kristof's 2007 trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he tries to raise global concern for a horrific humanitarian crisis caused by years of civil war. — Joe Friedrich

Project Runway
10/9c Lifetime
It was all covered last week in a challenge that came with a fierce, unprecedented prize. The winner's garb would grace the cover of a high-profile fashion magazine. It was a sweet cover song for gleeful victor Anthony, but Anna hit fashion sour notes and was booted from the contest. This all leads to some child's play in tonight's challenge, in which children play a large fashion role. — Dean Maurer

Ace of Cakes
10/9c Food Network
Charm City Cakes usually requires customers to order their confections months (or even years) in advance. But if there's one person you're going to bend the rules for, it's Oprah. So when the Big O calls requesting a last-minute order to be delivered to her TV set in Chicago, Duff and Co. get on it, despite a workload that's already full. Meanwhile, crew members are treated to a performance by the folk-rock trio the Avett Brothers, who stop by the bakery during a tour stop in Baltimore. — Karen Andzejewicz