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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' season finale recap, 'Judgement Day'

After this season's finale of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," it's safe to say I have never witnessed a "Housewives" finale that was so emotional yet very boring.

The episode begins with Teresa G. walking into her Oct. 2 court case. She eventually finds out she is going to jail for 15 months, which sets a depressing tone. The episode then cuts back to six months prior.

Melissa brings her kids over to play with Teresa G.’s kids. They both emphasize to their kids how it is important that they support each other.

Dina is finalizing plans for her Project Ladybug event. The Twins' friend, Abbey, lets Dina hold the event at her lavish, 31,000-square-foot mansion. Yes, 31,000 square feet. I’m pretty sure that is the size of the Duggars’ home. However, they have 19 kids.

Dina is worried there will be drama at the charity event, which is understandable. According to "Housewife" history, whenever there is a charity event, usually a weave is pulled or someone is chased down. Her fears are very...

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'The Walking Dead' recap: Survivors taste good

Poor Bob. Poor, poor Bob.

It's not often that one of the side characters on "The Walking Dead" gets a nice moment. Usually, all the joy, relief, laughter and romance are reserved for Rick, Daryl, Michonne or a select few other favorite characters. The rest are generally zombie chow.

But in "Strangers," things seemed to be going well for Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.), the former army medic who has battled his demons in the past, but seemed to have at long last found love with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green). Suddenly, Bob was everywhere this episode, smiling and smooching and looking like the love in his heart was enough to fight back the apocalypse around him.

We should have known that he was about to get Mrs. Landingham-ed.

For those who didn't watch "The West Wing," Mrs. Landingham was the president's executive secretary, who was little more than a witty addition to scenes until suddenly in the second season episode "18th and Potomac" she was given her own subplot. Things were seemingly...

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'Homeland' recap: Uncovering conspiracy is 'game changer'

A terrorist supposedly assassinated in an airstrike turns out to be alive – and likely plotting an attack on Americans – in Episode 404 (“Iron in the Fire”) of Showtime’s espionage thriller “Homeland.”

A secret informant identified Taliban leader Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar) as being inside a Pakistani farmhouse before U.S. missiles struck. But instead of eliminating Haqqani, the attack killed 40 people at a wedding party.

Along with igniting an international crisis, this tragedy prompted the brutal murder of Sandy Bachman (Corey Stoll), CIA station chief in Islamabad. A mob directed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency stomped Sandy to death in the street.

CIA analyst Fara Sharazi (Nazanin Boniadi) spots Haqqani while tailing his nephew Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma), the airstrike’s lone survivor. Aayan hands over prescription medications to Haqqani as Fara records the scene on her cellphone.

“We may have a game changer here,” exclaims Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes),...

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'Scandal' recap: 'Like Father, Like Daughter'

Jake is up to something and given the fact that Rowan Pope flat out threatened his life last episode, this can't mean anything good.

Before heading over to Olivia’s house for dinner, Jake tests out some explosives on a car.

Dun dun dun.   In the middle of dinner, Liv gets a call and rushes out to a college party. After a bit of searching she finds the person she’s looking for: Fitz and Mellie’s daughter, Karen. She’s slung over a bed in her underwear, puking. Olivia instructs Quinn to call Cyrus’s “black” line.

Cyrus is busy ruining his life, one romp with Michael at a time. They are engaging in a little pillow talk when he gets the call from Olivia. He’s curious as to how this happened, but Liv is more concerned about the dozens of kids with smart phones who are partying right outside.   She calls Huck and has him shut down the cell phone service at that address and honestly, how many of us wish we’d had Huck in our lives during college? Quinn finds a fire escape and they half-carry Karen...

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'Survivor' recap, 'We're a Hot Mess'

We start tonight with Coyopa returning from Tribal Council. Dale is a little shocked that his tribe got rid of John. Yes, he was the strongest, but he also had a really short fuse and that doesn’t bode well for challenges.

Over at Hunahpu, they find the flint that they lost a few days ago. Drew wants to try and barter with Jeff to get some fishing gear. He is also driving the rest of the tribe crazy, as he does absolutely nothing but sleep all day and complain about not having fishing gear. Wasn’t he the one that lost the flint in the first place? Or was that Jon? Drew complains about having to drag the rest of the tribe along, and wow, Drew, you have an interesting view of the world.

Also, I cannot keep Drew and Alec straight. It’s been a month, and I still write the wrong name at least three times a recap and have to go back and fix it. They are interchangeable to me, which is kind of an insult to Alec, who hasn’t proven to be the delusional blowhard that Drew is.

Reward Challenge...

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'Top Chef' recap, 'Sudden Death'

After 12 seasons, "Top Chef" heads to Boston, where I’m sure we will be constantly reminded about how old and important the city is and how rich it is with traditions. Oh yeah and the Red Sox. Don’t you dare forget about the Sox! #eyeroll

We start off with a montage of chefs talking about how important is it to win “Top Chef,” and beauty scenes of all the glorious historic landmarks around Boston.

Nineteen seconds in and we already have our first shot of Fenway Park. Oy.

This season, 16 chefs will battle it out for a feature in Food and Wine Magazine, an “appearance” at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, the same $125,000 and, of course, the title of Top Chef.

Wait a minute. It used to be a “showcase” at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen and now it’s just an “appearance?” What happened? Did last season’s winner, Nicholas Elmi, screw up or something? (He didn’t.)

No time to mess around: The chefs head straight to the “Top Chef” kitchen where, standing before them, is none other than...

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