Homer goes to college on 'Simpsons'


Since I'm rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies, I hope the Atlanta Braves didn't win last night and force a seventh game in the National League playoffs tonight. If that's the case, that's the place to be in prime time tonight, beginning at 8 on CBS. Otherwise, there are these options, worthy and otherwise:

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Homer goes to college? Just for one course, and just for this one episode -- which was written by Conan O'Brien, before he left "The $H Simpsons" staff to become late-night TV talk-show host. Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A lot of the more memorable episodes of this series have occurred in or around automobiles -- lost cars in parking garages, fights over parking spaces, smells inside car interiors, road trips to faraway cabins, being road-tripped by neo-Nazis. Tonight's "Seinfeld" takes to the streets again, as George's car endures a serious indignity. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander star. NBC.

* "Matlock" (9-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Here's an interesting twist: This is a flashback episode of "Matlock," telling of the lawyer's first case back in 1962. In real life, that was only two years after the premiere of "The Andy Griffith Show," so the makeup artists on "Matlock" had their work cut out for them. ABC.

* "Frasier" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Martin (John Mahoney) has little to do all day and doesn't want to stare at the television, so Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) buys him a telescope so he can stare at other things -- and people. Given the new fall TV crop, other than the fine and funny "Frasier," it's an understandable reaction. NBC.

* "L. A. Law" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Last week, in its eighth-season premiere, "L. A. Law" managed somehow to get back on the right track. Tonight's episode will be a good test to see if it continues along that path. Watch for new cast member Alexandra Powers as conservative Jane trying her first case -- and watch, also, for Elizabeth Pena, who begins a recurring role as a private investigator hired by new regular Eli (Alan Rosenberg) from "Civil Wars." NBC.


* "I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore" (8-9:55 p.m., MAX) -- "Seinfeld" fans will have to skip that show to watch this movie tonight, but it stars Jason Alexander, who plays George on "Seinfeld," as a man (complete with toupee) who is romanced, for initially nefarious reasons, by Nia Peeples.

* "Scandalous" (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- The watchable aspect of this 1984 mystery spoof is British actress Pamela Stephenson, who plays a con woman and shows her wide range of accents, looks and talents -- talents never fully tapped during her brief one-year stint as a regular on "Saturday Night Live" the year this film was released.

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