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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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'American Horror Story' recap, 'Test of Strength'

It’s possible the real “test of strength” referenced in this week’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” title is whether you can watch the last five minutes without covering your eyes.

So much for young love. At the Motts, Jimmy is taken upstairs to see Bette and Dot. Gloria and Dandy insist that the girls aren’t prisoners when they’re living in a fancy mansion eating ice cream. Jimmy says they’ve got to go, like, right now. Neither girl seems completely sold on this idea, until Dot realizes Dandy read her diary and knows about her secret plan to get surgery that will forever separate her from Bette. For her part, Bette chooses her sister, despite the fact that Dandy says he loves her, and claims that she’ll always choose Dot, no matter what.

Bette also tells Jimmy Dandy’s the one who really saved those kidnapped kids, a bit of information that makes Jimmy start wondering about the identity of the second killer clown he saw. He’s not sure it’s Dandy, but it’s obvious he’s wondering...

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap, Can Tommy Chong make it past the semifinals?

It’s Week 10, the Semifinals. The contestants are billed as four aces and one wild card (and yes, it's Tommy Chong).

In the opening number, it looks like the female performers are wearing the same extremely red lipstick. Derek is wearing suspenders over a vest, which looks as stupid as it sounds.

Contestants will be dancing two dances to “plugged” and “unplugged” versions of the same song. So that's two different dances, two different versions and one song.

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas will Quickstep to “Problem” by Ariana Grande. Sadie is still dealing with forgetting the end of her routine last week; rehearsal footage is full of teenage angst. It probably helps that most of this dance is in hold. She’s smiling by the end of it.

Len Goodman says the dance was so fast it could have gotten a speeding ticket, and teases the booers in the audience by saying he’s a little disappointed ... there was nothing in the dance he didn’t like. Dapper host Tom Bergeron says Len hates it when he’s...

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'Gotham' recap, 'Harvey Dent'

Gotham needs a hero, but Harvey Dent isn’t the one it deserves. He’s just the only one Jim Gordon can find to help carry the burden.

“Harvey Dent” does a better job setting up the titular villain for the monster he’ll become than the good guy he is now.

The White Knight buoys between hopeless idealist and frightening rageaholic — par for the course for Two-Face. But Nicholas D’Agosto’s portrayal comes off as a smarmy car salesman, like even he doesn’t buy what he’s selling.

“I’m going to make this city a better place,” he says with a plastic smile.

What makes him so sure we can trust him? The first minute we meet him he’s spinning lies.

As he’s chatting with a troubled youth, he flips the coin to determine if he should let him go to start fresh or arrest him for a petty crime. An admittedly noble gesture on Dent’s part, but the cheesy inspirational speech feels disingenuous. The kid picks heads, gets it right and off he goes.

Soon after, Dent admits to the cops that it’s a double-sided...

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'Homeland' recap: With Saul held captive, Carrie has no good choices

Kidnapping victim Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) makes it halfway to freedom before being recaptured by Pakistani terrorists on “Halfway to a Donut,” Episode 408 of Showtime’s espionage thriller “Homeland.”

The former CIA director is the great prize of Taliban leader Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar), who demands to swap Saul for five high-value prisoners held by the U.S. military at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

If the prisoners are released, Haqqani’s command structure will be restored, thus posing a significant threat in the turbulent region.

When Haqqani transmits live images of his bloodied hostage to American and Pakistani officials gathered for an emergency meeting, Saul makes his wishes abundantly clear about the proposed prisoner exchange.

“Don’t do it,” he yells, prompting Haqqani’s thugs to yank Saul away from the video camera.

“You tell them,” CIA Director Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) angrily instructs his Pakistani counterparts, “if he’s hurt, all bets are off!”

Just like Saul,...

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