'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid off of 'Ray Donovan'- And Also a Character or Two

September 1st, 2014 10:25am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid of
Why, "Ray Donovan?" Why? Why do you do this to us?

Why do you trudge through seven episodes of ineffectual sludge, only for now- in "Sunny," the eighth episode of the season- to actually give us an undeniably terrific villain.

It's the same thing the show did last year. There was a bunch of jibber-jabber that didn't amount to much, and then in the latter half of the season- whoooooosh. Here's James Woods, to swoop in and terrorize the last couple episodes; a Big Bad that appeared out of nowhere and suffered greatly for the lack of introduction.

Now, Cookie Brown is doing the same. Had Co...

'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'

September 1st, 2014 8:25am EDT
'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'
Here are a few of the top moments from a slow, but pivotal episode of Masters of Sex:

Christian Borle as Frank Mason

Tony winning Christian Borle, best known for his role on “Smash,” joins the cast of “Masters of Sex” as Frank Mason, a former medical school peer who has come from Kansas City with his wife to help get pregnant. The vibe between the two men is awkward from the start, with mentions of writing each other letters and an unspoken rift. Bill has never been the type of person to have friends, so the man’s presence is ominous throughout the episode, as Virginia and Betty try to gu...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: It's My Party, and I'll Cry/Scream/Destroy a Car if I Want to

August 25th, 2014 9:18am EDT
Ray Donovan
Week in and week out we've seen Conor talk on Skype (or whatever non-branded Skype clone Showtime has created) with movie star Tommy Wheeler. And week in and week out, we've wondered- is there a point to this?

Will Conor and Wheeler's friendship (a friendship that, like many between a grown man and a fourteen year-old boy, causes an unintentional full-body shiver every time it's mentioned) actually lead to a plot point or something of any real significance?

Well, with "Walk This Way," Tommy Wheeler's head appearing on a laptop finally means something. Ray overhears his voice blaring out o...

'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'

August 25th, 2014 7:49am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'
Here are the best moments from “Asterion:”

Bill’s Intense Speech About His “Wife”

“Your wife sees you and she’s not repulse. She doesn’t recoil. She doesn’t leave. And the betrayal of that kind of wife who comes in and opens you up and just leaves…that is a wife that cannot be forgiven.”

Bill says these words to the bellboy from the equally intense episode “Fight.” He tells this bellboy that his wife has left him for greener pastures. But he’s not referring to Libby, the woman with whom he actually took vows. He’s talking about Virginia, his emotional wife, the woman who has never consid...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Moguls, Molestation And Mickey Donovan: The Movie

August 18th, 2014 9:34am EDT
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It's no secret that a great gulf exists in "Ray Donovan." On one side you have the stuff that, frankly, is dullsville- some generic crime elements here, some waaaaaah, Ray's not a particularly capable father/husband/business partner there.

And on the other side are the talking dolphins, porn kidnapping schemes, and nearly every morsel of dialogue coming out of Jon Voight's mouth (here's a fun quote from last night: "Well, they say write about what you know. I know about two things: robbing banks and f@#king black chicks").

Normally, that gulf tends to favor the doldrums, even if it alwa...

'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbird'

August 18th, 2014 9:02am EDT
'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbi
Here are the top 5 best moments from last night’s episode of Masters of Sex:

1. Hendricks’ Objection to the Study

The last episode ended with the assumption that Dr. Hendricks, the head of Buell Green, has been sabotaging the study for nefarious purposes. However, at the beginning of “Blackbird” he explains his position succinctly. Medical history has been marred by white doctors deciding to perform horrific experiments on black people to further stereotypes. Hendricks sees the addition of black patients on the study as a contribution to that long line of disgusting behavior in the medica...

'The Strain' Episode 5 Recap: The V-Word

August 11th, 2014 11:33am EDT
The Strain
"The Strain" has been content to sit idly by and tease us with the promise of a giant vampire horde that, so far, hasn't really materialized. Oh, we've made progress in these last few episodes- moving from a few small tidbits of vampiring each hour, to one or two solid maulings each week.

But that was nothing compared to "Runaways." This week, "The Strain" was pure vampire mayhem; like Guillermo del Toro had been struggling to twist the lid off of his 64oz vampire jar, and this week it came flying off.

First and foremost: the word "vampire" has finally been uttered. It's a momentous occas...

'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Top Moments From 'Giants'

August 11th, 2014 9:28am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Top Moments From 'Gia
Here are the top moments from “Giants:”

The Lillian/Virginia Confrontation

The Lillian and Virginia pairing continues to be the heart and soul of Masters of Sex. It’s so refreshing to see a female relationship that’s so strife with conflict that has nothing to do with fighting over some boy. When these two fight, it’s clear they’re fighting for each other. Their relationship is built on respect and a similar interest in making an impact in medicine. The first season illustrated that Lillian needed a person like Virginia in her life, but this season proves that Virginia needs her even more...

'Ray Donovan' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Ray Weaves A Tangled Web... But Why?

August 11th, 2014 9:17am EDT
Ray Donovan
Sometimes, in watching "Ray Donovan," a peculiar feeling sets in. A glaze.

It's a sense of "I understand, more or less, why these people are committing various deeds, but is it all leading somewhere?"

And in "Irish Spring," the fifth episode of "Ray Donovan's" second season, the answer to that great glazed question is: we have no idea. This season's main event- that of Single Female Journalist vs FBI Chief Ed Cochran in a battle to uncover/re-cover the truth, respectively, has basically been wrapped up in the course of five episodes.

Five episodes of death threats and shootings and the...

'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Best Moments From 'Dirty Jobs'

August 4th, 2014 11:04am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Best Moments From 'Dirty Jobs'
Here are the top moments from Masters of Sex, “Dirty Jobs:”

Langham Catches Bill and Virginia

It was bound to happen. Bill and Virginia’s non-affair was always going to be caught, especially since their efforts to hide it were shallow at best. But who could have predicted that Dr. Langham, the resident horn-dog, would be the one to uncover what was happening, even if it was only part of the truth. He handles it as well as you’d expect. First, he goes to Virginia to subtly point out what he saw, but he doesn’t get the dirty details that he’s looking for. She masterfully lies on the spot wi...