Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap

Rachelgriffiths_brothersandsisters_ We’ve all wanted to stick it to The Man at some point. This week on Brothers & Sisters, some of the Walkers did just that, and one of them folded like a cheap shirt. Plus, Justin stops being polite and starts getting real, Nora hold her tongue (I know!), and Robert threatens to warn the president about apian evildoers.

Desperate Housewives Episode Recap

Bullies terrorize ‘Desperate Housewives’

After a weak showing last week, Desperate Housewives was back on track tonight with an episode that did a great job mixing humor and mystery. Plus, we got a healthy dose of Bree’s kids. And that’s never a bad thing….READ FULL RECAP

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Edie’s husband continues to manipulate lives on Wisteria Lane

Bree’s daughter, Danielle, brought her young son Benjy back to visit his grandparents. But when Bree was horrified by how he was being raised, the visit ended in predictable disaster….READ FULL RECAP

One Tree Hill’s Nathan Goes to Extremes, But at What Cost? Spoilers!

From TV Guide

Nathan Scott has always been a bit of a risk-taker, but how far would he go to make his basketball dreams a reality? One Tree Hill‘s James Lafferty checked in with TVGuide.com to tell them about the character’s upcoming episode involving Slamball, an extreme sport that combines basketball, hockey and a bit of football. Plus: Will his villainous father Dan ever go away?

TVGuide.com: I saw the preview for next week and Slamball looks pretty intense. Tell me about it and how your character gets involved?
James Lafferty:
Nathan is feeling held back and trying to play professional basketball again but people are a little reluctant to give him a second chance because of injuries that he sustained. They don’t know if he’s ready to take on the physicality of basketball and so this opportunity is presented to play Slamball, which is sort of a hybrid sport of football, hockey and basketball, and he takes the opportunity to showcase his athletic ability and to prove to people that he’s back on the top of his game.

TVGuide.com: Is it Owen who introduces it to him?
Lafferty:
Actually he gets a phone call from a coach and [then] he finds out that Owen is playing.

TVGuide.com: So does that mean he’s not going to take the coaching gig?
Lafferty:
Well, I don’t think I can give that away.

TVGuide.com: I hear you’ve been really getting into Slamball outside of One Tree Hill.
Lafferty: It was here for about a month and a half and the character was supposed to be really good at the game. I didn’t want to be using a double, I wanted it to look convincing. The audience is pretty good at sniffing out imposters so I actually learned how to play. It took about a month and we shot it over the course of another half a month. We were done with it pretty quick. I think everyone was sad to see the court go, especially myself, but I definitely took to it.

TVGuide.com: Is it going to be hard on Haley and Jamie, will it strain their relationship at all?
Lafferty:
I think it’s gonna provide a little bit of drama because it’s a very physical sport. The last thing Haley and Jamie want to see is Nathan get hurt again, and the last thing Nathan wants to do is put his family in that position again. That definitely comes into play.

TVGuide.com: Nathan and Haley have gone through tons of ups and downs. What kind of place are they in now and how do you think they’ve grown since the beginning of their relationship?
Lafferty:
Well, Nathan and Haley have been married for five years now, they have a child, so they’re definitely a strong unit. They’ve been through ups and downs, as you said, they definitely learned a lot about each other. I think the relationship is really evolving into a rock-solid kind of thing. They’re portrayed as couple that can withstand really intense trauma, pretty much anything.

TVGuide.com: The last few weeks we’ve seen Carrie torturing Dan and for the first time viewers have actually developed a soft spot for him. How do you see his and Nathan’s relationship going forward?
Lafferty:
It’s been a pretty icy climate between Dan and Nathan and fans can probably expect that to continue. Nathan’s character is classically pretty stubborn and even though he has gone back and forth with Dan for most of his life, what Dan did [over the course of the show] is pretty much unforgivable for every character. No one is ever going to forgive him for that and at the same time he is a hard person to get rid of, as the audience has seen over the years. Nathan, as well as the other characters, will probably have to just deal with him being around the best they can.

TVGuide.com: Do you enjoy shooting the more lighthearted scenes, or are the dramatic ones more fun?
Lafferty:
I can’t remember the last time Dan and Nathan had a lighthearted scene but I do love shooting with Paul [Johansson]. He’s a lot of fun, he’s a professional and he’s an incredibly funny person. There’s always something new and exciting that’s going to happen whenever you work with Paul.

TVGuide.com: You’re in your sixth season now. What have been some of the best moments for you?
Lafferty:
There have been a lot of great moments. The four-year jump ahead was really rewarding for all of us. To be able to be part of something that had never been done before and then to execute it so well and see the audience really take to it, it was a success. It was sort of a gamble and it paid off, everybody worked really hard to make that happen. The new life that it gave the show has been a lot of fun for me and my character. [Also] being able to train like a Slamball player for a month and a half and have the courts here in Wilmington, it’s something that I’d never be able to do otherwise so things like that really stood out for me.

TVGuide.com: Do you have any other side projects you’re working on?
Lafferty:
Myself and couple of friends here from Wilmington produced a documentary that’s actually in the Wilmington film festival, so I’m gonna keep submitting that around, seeing what other festivals I can get it into. It’s a sports documentary, something that we worked really hard on for a year.

TVGuide.com: So you have an interest in being behind the camera?
Lafferty:
A little bit. I’m pretty young so I’m just dabbling in whatever I can get my hands in. I also did a movie in June, over the hiatus, called S. Darko [sequel to Donnie Darko]. I don’t know exactly when that’s going be coming out but I’m anxious to see how that turned out as well.

Melissa McCarthy: What’s New with Samantha Who? Spoilers!

From TV Guide

TV’s most affable amnesiac is back, and she is, I suppose you could say, “forgetter than ever.” But what exactly is new with ABC’s Samantha Who? Melissa McCarthy, who plays Dena, the angel on Sam’s shoulder (to Jennifer Esposito’s gin-swilling devil), shared with us a peek at Season 2’s possible catfights and very special guest stars. Plus: McCarthy hails series lead Christina Applegate as “a tough cookie” who didn’t let breast cancer get the best of her.

TVGuide.com: What is going on with Dena this season?
Melissa McCarthy:
I don’t know a lot, but I’m curious to see what happens with Chase, her boyfriend. That’s seems to be getting progressively weirder and funnier to me. Personally, I’m wondering if they’re ever going to let us know what Dena does for a living. Every time I ask a writer, they just laugh. I don’t know what that means! [Laughs] I’ve pitched that she’s a parole officer, just so I could use mace or a Taser.

TVGuide.com: Now that we’ve established Samantha’s amnesiac situation, would you say there is a different theme this season?
McCarthy:
Yeah, now that that’s set up, it loosens you up. You can have fun storylines and not worry about people not following it. Everyone knows these people are odd, and you can get away with more. Also, Samantha’s not going to be working at her job anymore, and that opens up a whole new area, as for what she’s going to be doing and whether we go along with her.

TVGuide.com: Will we ever get a meaty throw-down between Dena and Andrea?
McCarthy:
Listen, you have no idea how many of those I’ve pitched. I’ve said it could be a little ode to Dynasty, with a fountain that appears out of nowhere. I bring up Tasers about once a show, so maybe we can get into a Taser fight? Have you ever talked to Jennifer Esposito? She’s crazy. She would be up for anything, so I’m hoping we get a full-blown fistfight with punches to the face.

TVGuide.com: It was a riot last season when Dena and Sam’s mother (Jean Smart) did each other’s makeup.
McCarthy:
Yes! [Laughs] Jean is so funny. I have a big picture of her and I in that full glamour makeup, and we both look like drag queens. Scary!

TVGuide.com: The show has lots of fun guest-stars coming up – like Mary-Kate Olsen, James Tupper (Men in Trees), and Anthony Anderson (Law & Order). Will you be working with any of them?
McCarthy:
I worked with Mary-Kate and she was really sweet. Tony Hale, who plays Sam’s neurologist, I just find him funny even when I’m not supposed to.

TVGuide.com: Did you manage to catch him on Andy Barker, P.I.?
McCarthy:
Oh my god, yes. Tony’s so good in everything he does. He’s always perfectly odd enough that you’re just a little uncomfortable.

TVGuide.com: Mary-Kate plays a bad girl that Sam tries to reform?
McCarthy:
Yes – and it doesn’t really work out that well! She did a good job with the part.

TVGuide.com: Christina Applegate really soldiered on through her cancer scare, at least on the surface, with nary a blink. Did that keep the mood on the set from ever being sad and more about empowerment and positivity?
McCarthy:
Everything Christina does is about positivity. She’s a real workhorse. And really, only a few of us knew and that was it. She didn’t want it to bring down the set or interrupt work. She’s a tough cookie, and she’s doing great. She was smart, she caught it early. In all areas, she did the right thing.

TVGuide.com: You can only hope that a big takeaway from this is the importance of catching it early.
McCarthy:
I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they are now going in early for a checkup. When you think about how many people might now get checked early, that’s amazing.

TVGuide.com: Did Gilmore Girls leave you with any burning questions?
McCarthy:
I want to know what the last line is! [Series creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] knows, though in the back of my head I sometimes think, “Does she really?” But I know she probably does.

TVGuide.com: Lastly, what would people be surprised to know about Melissa McCarthy?
McCarthy: That I have, like, 100 wigs.

TVGuide.com: To what end?!
McCarthy:
For Groundlings, the improv theater. I wear them on-stage, and they’re all mostly hideous. Bad short perm wigs, some mullets in there. Mostly it’s the 55- to 60-year-old Midwestern woman hairdo. I have a strange amount of those!

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