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Each day there is less and less on TV. Soon it will be endless repeats of Charlie Brown buying the saddest Christmas tree in the history of the world and various tales of how a dead turkey and a tree will help overcome any and all adversity because they have the magical capacity to heal any and all wounds suffered by families. Even “Bad Santa” learns this lesson!

What, then, have we had this week?

“Supernatural”–apparently Bobby is now dead. That was rather surprising, but then, everyone but Sam and Dean has been steadily killed off over the past season. Unless they make new friends, they are completely on their own: no angel to protect them, no Bobby to do their research, no Rufus to get booze from. (Although, of course, both Jim Beaver and Misha Collins have said on Twitter this past week that they are in the second half of the season. No one dies anymore.)

“Dexter”–glad Dexter’s captivity wasn’t dragged out too long and glad that Quinn will be given a chance to redeem himself by rescuing Angel, although I must admit that I rather like Quinn’s sad-sack post-Deb lifestyle. And will Angel or Dexter just step up and kill the creepy intern?

“Hart of Dixie”–this show would be infinitely better if it were limited to Screwby-Doo and George’s homoerotic adventures and we got rid of Zoe, Lemon, Lavon, Brick, and whatever else all of the stupid characters are stupidly called. This is likely the most offensive show currently airing.


December 8, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. I will never watch Hart of Dixie, but I’m amazed that they’re able to cite positive quotes from critics in their promotions. Its commercials make it look just awful.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | December 8, 2011

  2. Oh, and we did watch SNL because my wife is currently obsessed with The Black Keys, who were the musical guest. I’m amazed at how thoroughly unfunny that show usually is. There was one, maybe two skits that I would say were even kind of funny and both seemed like they could and should have been funnier. I was also surprised that Steve Buscemi seemed to have cue cards for every skit he did. I suppose he’s busy, and maybe more guests than I realize do the same.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | December 8, 2011

  3. On a previous suggestion Craig made about Dexter: I don’t think they have enough time for Deb to start seriously suspecting Dexter this season, but they might be setting it up as a potential plot for next season.

    One plot gap: how did the “whore of Babylon” get the impression there were two killers? The fact that she was blindfolded turned out to be convenient, but was it just that Travis talked about taking orders from Prof. Gellar, or did he act out voices?

    I’m really hoping Angel gets killed. That would be a bold plot twist!

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | December 8, 2011

  4. Matt: “Hart of Dixie” is easily the most banally offensive show to air in, like, decades. It is worth watching for that reason alone. I often wonder how doctored those promo quotes are. Actual quote: “This is easily not the best show of the year.” Promo-ized: “best show of the year!” In recent years, the only consistently good “player” has been Bill Hader and only when he gets to run his own skits, seemingly without any semblance of a script, such as his “Vincent Price Halloween Special” or “A Vincent Price Christmas.”

    Adam: tonight’s episode description implies the psychologist has a deep insight into Deb and it is one that Deb finds shocking, shocking!. With two new seasons agreed to, the next season could have Deb hunting Dexter and the final season could be the trial of Dexter Morgan, ending with his execution by whatever means is presently used in Florida–like putting a naked guy in a full bathtub and dropping a toaster oven in.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | December 11, 2011

  5. Ooh! Or Dexter gets away — but his son knows and the last shot is him killing a squirrel.

    I’m wondering how it’s going to work out for Dexter to kill Travis, in terms of Deb’s clearance rate. Is he going to kill her career for the sake of his vendetta? I’m sure they’ll find some totally contrived way to resolve it, though.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | December 12, 2011

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