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'Gotham' recap, 'Everyone has a Cobblepot'

Everyone in Gotham has an albatross around their neck.

Jim has Penguin, Commissioner Loeb literally has a string of starlings to wear around his neck and half of the GCPD has their own Cobblepot, as Harvey and the episode’s title plainly say. (I’ll admit it: I love it when that happens!)

This was one of those rare episodes where every plotline traces back to an earlier episode, rather than the typical introduce-then-forget-new-characters formula the writers are so fond of. “Gotham” should try this method more often.

“Everyone Has a Cobblepot” shows that having the albatross or Cobblepot isn’t the problem; it’s others knowing it, too. The darker and dirtier the secret is, the easier it is for others to exploit you.

This is how Gotham works, Jim discovers, as he storms into Loeb’s office. Jim’s upset this time because the narc cop-turned-drug-kingpin Flass was exonerated of his murder charges.

On top of that, Flass has Loeb’s full endorsement for president of the policeman’s union....

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'The Bachelor' recap, 'The Women Tell All'

Tonight’s episode is the infamous “Women Tell All” reunion, where 17 contestants from this season return to discuss the events to date. Basically, the women argue with one another while Chris Harrison mediates.

Then the most memorable candidates are given time in the “hot seat,” otherwise known as the couch.

After about an hour and a half of this, Bachelor Chris will have to answer a few “tough questions” from the women most recently sent home: Britt, who gives free hugs on Hollywood Boulevard; Kaitlyn, who said Chris could “plow the f--- out of her anytime he wants,” and Jade, the fashion designer with an organic makeup line.

Before the “dramatic confrontations” start, we get to see a few of the “Bachelor viewing parties” that Chris Harrison and Bachelor Chris crash in Los Angeles. Bachelor Chris says that he hopes no one has a gun, and I hope he does decide to stay in Arlington, Iowa, because life in the big city just isn’t for him.

We begin with an introduction to the former...

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'Better Call Saul' recap: Jimmy attracts more buzz than bucks

An audacious publicity stunt generates new business for attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) but it’s not the lucrative payoff he anticipates on “Alpine Shepherd Boy,” Episode 105 of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

To generate buzz for his struggling law practice, Jimmy paid a worker to fall off a billboard and dangle precariously in the air. As an amateur video crew recorded the action, Jimmy scaled a ladder and “heroically” pulled his accomplice to safety.

Now Jimmy hopes his instant fame will translate into $450 an hour from clients such as the inventor of a talking toilet and from wealthy eccentric “Big Ricky” Sipes (Joe Berryman), who’s determined to secede from the U.S. and its “business-killing regulations.”

Jimmy is delighted to counsel Ricky as he strives to turn his 11,000 acres of New Mexico real estate into “America’s Vatican City.” But Jimmy speeds away in his clunky car after Ricky tries to pay the retainer with bogus $100 bills bearing his likeness.

Elder law seems a good...

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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 finale recap, A surprise engagement

The "Downton Abbey" Christmas specials are a funny thing.

First of all, they're billed as the season finale in America, when, in the U.K., they really aren't. Instead they, you guessed it, air on Christmas day.

As a consequence, many of the penultimate season episodes comes across as finales in America.

In the next-to-last episodes, there are often cliffhangers (ex from this season: Anna's arrest or, in Season 2, Bates arrested for his ex-wife's death) or pleasant plot resolutions (Mary discovering that she can now have children in Season 3).

The Christmas special can sometimes feel like an afterthought — pleasant enough at best, anticlimactic at worst.

This year's season finale/Christmas Special was a bit of both — meandering through the first hour or so, but triumphant in the final 30 minutes.

But there were -- and sorry to be cheesy about this -- quite a few heartwarming moments. And, sorry to be even more cheesy, there were a few moments that gave me the most British-related warm...

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'Once Upon a Time': Cruella De Vil, Ursula the Sea Witch enter the fray

"Once Upon a Time" is back, and it wastes no time telling viewers the stakes in the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" episode.

In the behind-the-scenes/here-we-are-so-far show that preceded the actual episode, show creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were tight-lipped about Season 2.0. But what we do know is that Rumpelstiltskin has been kicked out of Storybrooke and decides to join with the likes of Ursula the Sea Witch, Cruella De Vil and Maleficent to not only get back into the town but to  go after the being that is seemingly responsible for all of their terrible defeats: The Author.

The author, who may or may not be the Sorcerer who created the Sorcerer's hat, is also the subject of a search by Henry, Emma and Regina as the group tries to get the once evil queen her happy ending. Now we're back to the beginning.

It all starts in the past, at a fateful meeting in the Forbidden Fortress, the home of Maleficent, which suddenly has a trio of unwanted visitors. Ursula and Maleficent...

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'The Walking Dead' recap: A place too good to be true?

Rick and the survivors arrived in a planned community outside of Alexandria, Va., and it appeared to be the perfect place for them to settle down. For the entirety of "Remember," we -- and Rick -- were waiting for the other shoe to drop. Some hint that the people running this seemingly idyllic community were secret psychopaths or cannibals or even people who read the end of a mystery first.

What we got instead, in the very last moment of the episode, was a reversal of the tried and true "Walking Dead" formula. For once, it wasn't the new characters who pose a threat to stability, it was Rick. And not just any Rick. No, this is the newly clean-shaven Rick, back in a sheriff's uniform. He may look less of a wild man on the outside, but in those eyes, he's a caged tiger.

Gathered on the porch of Carol's big, new, free house in the planned and fortified community, Rick and Daryl wondered if perhaps living in the village would cause them to lose their edge. But Rick didn't seem concerned....

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