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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 11 Episode 5 Recap: 'Bend And Break'

October 24th, 2014 8:09am EDT
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In the wise words of pop star Usher, sometimes “you gotta let it burn.” Callie and Arizona have finally walked away from their long-simmering marriage, relatively unscathed in “Grey’s Anatomy’s” fifth episode “Bend and Break.”

The ep opens with Callie and Arizona pitting their swords of resentment against each other in couple’s therapy. The therapist suggests taking a breather from one another to evaluate their situation. Callie’s immediately against it. She believes in order for her their marriage to survive they need to spend more time together, not less. Unsurprisingly Arizona is gung h...
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6 Powerful Scenes From Duke Porn Star Inspired 'Law & Order SVU' 'Porn Star Requiem' Episode

October 23rd, 2014 9:19am EDT
6 Powerful Scenes From Duke Porn Star Inspired 'Law & Order SVU'
"SVU’s" “Porn Stars Requiem” episode picks up where the writers left off: on a never-ending loop of ripped from the headlines story lines. Suddenly the vision of a newbie writer slaving over an original sex-based trauma tale to present to the exec producers comes to mind, only to find it in the trash alongside “Law & Order L.A.” But I digress; this week’s installment is inspired by Duke porn star Belle Knox, a staunch defender of using porn to pay her college tuition, and the recent spike in college sexual assaults. In SVU’s case the coed/porn star attends Hudson University and is the victi...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: The Curious Case of Connor Walsh

October 17th, 2014 11:12am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: The Curious Case of Connor
Anyone else a little fatigued about all of these flashbacks? For me, it's because I’m not learning too much from them; I'm learning more about the present, which is more interesting. Case in point: what did we really learn about the season long mystery?

Other than the new fact that Asher knew his fellow law students were in Keating’s office the night they murdered her husband, we don’t learn much in these flashbacks. Michaela is still a hot mess, Rebecca’s oddly calm back at the Murder House and something has obviously cracked inside Connor.

The present is far more interesting than the fu...
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 11 Episode 4 Recap Reality’s Questionable, Memories Are Crystal Clear

October 17th, 2014 8:54am EDT
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 11 Episode 4 Recap Reality’s Questionabl
“Nobody’s memory is perfect or complete,” voiceover Meredith starts, kicking off “Only Mama Knows” episode, where “Grey’s Anatomy” writers take us on a journey down the rabbit hole of the Ellis Grey/Richard Webber torrid affair and finally uncover its destruction.

To give her memory a jolt Mer digs into the archives and pulls out an old Ellis Grey speech boasting about the Grey Method. Mer watches with pride in her eyes, despite Derek throwing her the stink eye. Setting off round two of the Shepherds showdown; Derek still can’t wrap his head around Mer blowing off a workday when proving he...
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‘Law & Order SVU’ Season 16 Episode 4 Recap: ‘Holden’s Manifesto’

October 16th, 2014 9:15am EDT
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I know how the SVU writers spent their summer vacations; thumbing through newspapers for the most heinous sexual crimes that would make up season 16. We’re already four episodes deep into the season and I already want to draw up a petition removing the “no actual person is represented “disclaimer shown at the beginning of each episode.

Yet, if the well is full they might as well draw from it. In “Holden’s Manifesto” we’re introduced to Holden, a narcissistic documentarian with a penchant for getting revenge on all his unrequited loves. If you’ve recently been struck by déjà vu, it’s becaus...
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 11 Episode 3 Recap Got to be Real

October 10th, 2014 9:32am EDT
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In the third episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” everyone is letting their weaknesses show…to the wrong people. Meredith reclaims her voiceover duties in the “Got to be Real” episode by enlightening us on the dangers and strengths of chucking that flawless (sorry, Bey) mask and expose those worry lines of vulnerability. Below I’ve broken up the surgeries and paired them with their venting partners.

Alex and Meredith

In the aftermath of learning she is sister to yet another unfamiliar face at the hospital, Mer consults with her new person at the most inconvenient time—when Alex is lathering up his...
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‘Law & Order SVU' Season 16, Episode 3 Recap Best and Worst Scenes of 'Producer's Backend'

October 9th, 2014 9:47am EDT
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Taking another page out of the real life playbook “Producer’s Backend” centers on a former child star with a penchant for causing havoc (sound familiar?) to herself, but mostly to others around her. Fortunately, Liv gets to the root of how and why the former child star is such a law-bending emotional train wreck. Below are eight of the best and worst scenes from “Producer’s Backend.”

BEST- Miranda Rights Done Right

Amaro is still adorned in his rookie blue uniform (Thought bubble: Will we ever see him in a suit and tie again?) while responding to a traffic accident. Two women are bickerin...
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'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Like Father, Like Daughter

October 3rd, 2014 10:35am EDT
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap: Like Father, Like Daughter
How To Get Away With Murder’s second episode is both more interesting and less interesting than its pilot. More interesting because it focuses on Queen Supreme Annalise Keating, pulling back a layer to expose some vulnerability and her genuine fear over her husband. And less interesting because the flashbacks feel more like a countdown than anything really shocking.

The case of the week is intertwined with Annalise’s growing suspicion and fear that her husband Sam slept with and killed local college girl Lyla Stanguard (which is a great name for a dead girl. In the ranks of Lily Kane and L...
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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 11, Episode 2 Recap Puzzle With a Piece Missing

October 3rd, 2014 8:54am EDT
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All the pieces in Maggie Pierce’s current life are, well, scattered; her social life consists of serial phone calls to her parents in avoidance of making friends and on-call rooms are used to complete crossword puzzles instead of in-hospital booty calls. While she seamlessly finds answers to medical mysteries, she’s lacking when it comes to resolutions in her personal life.

Makin’ the Rounds

The “Puzzle with a Piece Missing” opens with Maggie sharing, through a hijacked voiceover, a fun fact: Her record for “The New York Times” crossword puzzle is 11 minutes, which she hasn’t broken since...
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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Five Real Life Vs. Fiction Scenes In Season 16, Episode 2 ‘American Disgrace’

October 2nd, 2014 8:48am EDT
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It may seem a little early for the “Law & Order: SVU” writers to be thumbing through newspapers in search of story ideas. But considering the treasure trove of relevant material that’s runneth over its best to get those “real life inspired” storylines onto the small screen.

The latest episode in the collection is “American Disgrace” an amalgam of Solange elevatorgate and the Donald Sterling racial controversy. The latter makes an early appearance when introduced to America’s sweetheart athlete. He steps into the elevator with the owner of his biggest clothing sponsor, his daughter and thei...
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