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David Tate's meticulously orchestrated plan finally came to its climax in "Take the Ride, Pay the Toll" - with devastating results.
He spent years after his wife and son's death planning his revenge against those that he held responsible. With a scheme in place, the police were no match for him. He succeeded in tormenting Marco in the worst possible way.
I wondered after "Old Friends" if Tate wanted Marco to have his gun in order to kill Daniel Frye. That ended up being the case, though it was much more complicated than that. It all goes back to the bridge and the death of his family.
Tate was serious about getting his revenge, yet had no intention of surviving. The bomb vest wasn't there to protect his life as much as it was to make sure he wasn't killed before his plan was completed. He wanted to see »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Day)
"New Girl" fans have relished putting together the puzzle that is Nick Miller, TV's most lovable thirtysomething curmudgeon. Back in January, the episode "A Father's Love" introduced one piece in the form of Nick's scamming dad Walt (Dennis Farina). This Tuesday, an unexpected trip to Chicago offers a few more: Nick's mother Bonnie (Margo Martindale), brother Jamie (Nick Kroll), and cousin Bobby (Bill Burr). The reasons that force Nick and the roommates to visit the Windy City may be dramatic, but the results are nothing short of hilarious. »
But there may now be a new relationship on the show to rival this one. Schmidt has teamed up with CeCe's other ex, Robby (Nelson Franklin), to win her back. In the process, the two white guys created a couple that may take "New Girl" to unexpected heights of adorableness.
It's kind of funny how unexpected this is. After all, when CeCe broke things off with Robby in "Eggs," we all kind of forgot about the guy. There was too much Schmidt to love! We just didn't realize what we were missing -- Schmidt needed a bro, a comrade-in-arms. Their new alliance is brilliant: Meant to take down all other suitors, the duo will eventually, "Highlander"-style, be the final two left to win CeCe's heart. »
A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I pick up calls on a banana... You can look at "A Father's Love" in one of two ways: 1)As a stealth epilogue to HBO's "Luck," bringing Dennis Farina back to the track under similar (but not identical) circumstances,(*) or 2)As a Nick Miller origin story. (*) Or maybe it was just an overall David Milch tribute, since the lead Russian gangster was played by Pasha Lychnikoff, who was Blazinov, the telegraph operator on "Deadwood." Either way, it wasn't the most wildly funny outing of this season, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Season two of New Girl has been the season of Nick Miller. After the writers really began hitting their stride with Nick's character in the second half of the first season, Jake Johnson has had plenty of scenes that he has stolen, whether he is playing Nick, the lovable, agitated, goofball (shown in his "angry [...]
- Chris King
This was not New Girl's finest hour.
While "A Father's Love" did attempt to tug on the viewer's heartstrings, it mostly failed to actually make me laugh for the majority of the half hour. As always, Schmidt had the winning lines, but tonight's episode banked too hard on horse semen and a weird Nick diabetic dance to carry the laughs.
It's interesting watching New Girl when it tries to do serious and heartfelt. I remember liking the episode on New Girl Season 1 titled "The Injury," but also thinking it wasn't all that humorous. It must be a difficult balance to strike: to be hilarious and also warm. But other comedies do it better.
I'm thinking of Parks and Recreation in particular, which allows its well-developed characters to be themselves and create their own moments. So maybe it was the the appearance of Nick's father that didn't quite do it for me? »
- email@example.com (Lisa Palmer)
6 items from 2013
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