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'The Newsroom' recap, 'Main Justice'

"I'm not sure how I feel about new, confident Maggie," says Jim, after his former flame gives him a verbal smackdown. Maggie, Jim, Don and Sloan are carrying out orders from Mac and Charlie as the episode opens.

In response to the FBI raid on their newsroom, ACN threatens to broadcast the FBI digging through their offices live. This was a well-executed bluff on ACN's part, as they had no intention of actually breaking in with live coverage of the raid. It works, though, and the FBI stands down. There was some typically good comedy in this scene, and more liberal use of four-letter words than I can recall in previous weeks.

Rebecca successfully negotiates a one-week ceasefire with the FBI, giving ACN some time to get their house in order. After a week, Will and Neal will meet with investigators, where they will be asked to tell everything they know about the classified documents that they were provided, without giving up their source. If the FBI can identify the leaker based on that...

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'The Walking Dead' recap: The storylines get 'Crossed'

After a few weeks where our merry band of survivors split up and the show spent entire episodes focusing on a single strand of the story, Sunday's episode, "Crossed," finally started bringing them back together. And if not all the characters managed to meet up again on screen, the show at least gave us an update on their whereabouts.

While it can sometimes be satisfying to forget everything else and drill down on one group of characters for an episode, unless you're binging after the fact, it can sometimes leave you feeling disconnected from the rest of the story. What were Rick and the crew at the church up to again? It's hard to remember since the last time we saw them was almost a month ago in "Four Walls and a Roof."

Daryl finally met up again with Rick and the church squad after his sojurn into Atlanta. He lost Carol, but gained Noah and a burning desire to go back and save her from the corrupt crew holed up in the hospital. Rick, who owes Carol big-time for saving him from...

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'Homeland' recap: Prisoner exchange part of far bigger plot

A nerve-racking prisoner exchange turns out to be a small piece in a much larger Taliban plot against Americans in “There’s Something Else Going On,” Episode 409 of Showtime’s espionage thriller “Homeland.”

Taliban commander Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar) has agreed to release his battered hostage, former CIA Director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), if the U.S. frees five high-value terrorists held at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

But Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), CIA station chief in Islamabad, correctly senses there’s greater treachery afoot. What she doesn’t know is that Haqqani’s primary goal is attacking the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

By the episode's conclusion, Haqqani and his thugs are poised to do just that as they rapidly make their way through a tunnel leading into the compound.

The tunnel’s existence was revealed by Dennis Boyd (Mark Moses), the treasonous husband of U.S. Ambassador Martha Boyd (Laila Robins).

Dennis surrendered this critical information because he’s being...

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'Scandal' recap, 'Where the Sun Don't Shine'

Olivia Pope is over her parents. Like, totally done. After their plan to capture Rowan went south, Fitz, Liv and Jake search all of his hideouts.

In the process, they find Maya Pope/Marie Wallace in the B613 torture hole. (Side note: After months in the hole, how is her hair still straightened? Did they have a stylist come down there twice a month with a flat iron?)

They take Marie to an interrogation room and grill her with questions about Rowan's whereabouts. Of course, she knows nothing and besides, she’s too busy trying to manipulate Liv. She tries to play on her sympathies by asking her if she saw the hole where Rowan held her.

When Fitz threatens her, Marie reminds him that her daughter is Olivia Pope and that they will sue them, quick as anything. Olivia says that she hasn’t been charged, which gives Marie a flash of hope.

That hope quickly dies when Olivia tells them to charge her for murder, terrorism and treason and to find her father and kill him. See what I mean? Over it....

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'Top Chef' recap, 'The First Thanksgiving'

Aaron’s finally gone! Here are a collection of feels: 

Keriann: “It’s like a breath of fresh air!”

Gregory: “That kid’s like such a pain in the ass.”

Dougie: “He was messy.”

Adam: “Time for him to go.”

I can’t remember the last time someone was so disliked on “Top Chef” by their peers. The other good thing is that we don’t have to watch yet another replay of Keriann and Aaron shouting at each other.

What we still get, though, is Katsuji continuously hamming it up. Guess since he’s based in Beverly Hills, he can be a comedian if this cooking thing doesn’t work out.

Adam is confident because he essentially played Aaron by watching him scallop noodle himself out of the competition, but there are still plenty of strong chefs left so he’s still very cautious.

The next morning we find out that Melissa is gay and her girlfriend has left a packet of love notes for her. How sweet. I’ll tell you one thing though, given Melissa’s performance so far, chances are she’s not going to need the whole...

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'Survivor' recap, 'Getting to Crunch Time'

It’s Night 21 at Huyopa after Tribal Council, and Reed is trying to put on a good face, but he’s reeling because he wasn’t expecting Josh to leave. Jon is feeling a little bit of remorse about leading Jon on, but still feels like he made the right decision by siding with Jeremy.

Keith is not so happy about it, and has no problem in talking about, and it seems like he’s pinning most of the blame on Missy. That’s good, Keith, focus on her because I’d like her gone. He even talks about pissing them off so much that they vote for him, but he can play his Idol and get whoever he wants out.

Reward Challenge time! They are battling on a shaky beam over a pit of mud. It’s Wes, Keith, Jon, Jaclyn and Missy on one team, and Natalie, Reed, Jeremy, Alec and Baylor on the other. It starts raining and the mud is getting insane. Wes and Reed are up first, and Reed wins the first point. Natalie and Jaclyn are up next, and though Jaclyn has a longer reach, she misjudges a push and is off first. ...

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