Did Sons Tease Fifty Shades? Why Are Newsroom Peeps Such Noobs? Dumb Dome? And More Qs!

BreakingBad_JesseCallWe’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Mistresses, Sons of Anarchy, The X Factor and Graceland!

1 | Can Breaking Bad‘s final DVD set feature an alternate edit of last Sunday’s episode, one where we get to see Jesse on the phone taunting Walt with choice chestnuts such as, “Got my photo, bitch?” Meanwhile, Hank’s emotional call to Marie in the final minutes all but confirmed he’s not making it out of that desert alive, right? Also, why did Hank waste that perfectly good brain? (We hear they’re delicious – just ask Vivien Harmon!)

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2 | Do you think Kevin Rankin is concerned about being type-cast as white supremacist after searing turns in both Breaking Bad and Justified?

3 | Why does The Newsroom‘s Jim insist on having private conversations with girlfriend Hallie via Skype — without headphones! — at work? Can ACN just offer a class for all the shoddy computer users? And was it really that hard to glean what Charlie yelled the end of the episode?

4 | Um… Safe to say Bunchy doesn’t jump to his death on Ray Donovan, seeing as how he turned up in “Coming Soon…” preview very much alive (and embroiled in some new mess)?

5 | Do you think the rumored Dexter spin-off will be an Odd Couple-style sitcom featuring Masuka and his daughter? If not, why is she here…?

6 | Isn’t Devious Maids‘ Rosie 100 times more interesting now that she’s using Peri’s hit-and-run crime as a wrath-of-God excuse for bedding her boss’s hubby?Under the Dome

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7 | TVLine reader Overthinking asks: “What police academy did Under the Dome‘s Linda graduate from? It has to be the same one as those cops from The Following.”

8 | From dozens of commenters on our Mistresses finale recap: Why the heck did the ER doc use the defibrillator on pregnant Savi’s stomach instead of her chest? And while we’re discussing lives in peril, if someone ends up dying from the end-of-episode shootout, who should it be: Karen, Sam or Elizabeth?

9 | On Breaking Pointe, did visions of Ronnie’s ghastly injury dance through your head the moment Sakaya fell in rehearsal?

10 | Did The X-Files‘ 20th anniversary make you hope even harder that a third Mulder-Scully flick is out there?sons-of-anarchy

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11 | To the Fifty Shades of Grey doubters out there, did the Sons of Anarchy season premiere’s, ahem, climax — featuring a naked Charlie Hunnam getting jiggy with Deadwood‘s Kim Dickens — make you a believer? Were we at home not supposed to audibly cheer when Tara started whaling on the prison bully? And wasn’t it a wee bit convenient that Mother Nature unleashed that gale force gust of wind just as Blonde School Shooter put down his manifesto?

12 | Can Jennifer Aniston please guest-star on Web Therapy next season, especially since the show has gone through three other Friends and Aniston’s BFF Chelsea Handler?

13 | This 24 news is fine and all, but… is the cougar returning?

14 | Why do shows such as The X Factor continue to present vocalists like Lillie McCloud as if they’re total amateurs, when in fact they’ve been signed to major record labels and even had songs on multiple Billboard charts? Is it a secret form of contestant sabotage or do these producers not realize the average viewer has access to Google? And did lovey-dovey Alex and Sierra out-duet Nashville‘s Scarlett and Gunnar?

15 | Given all that they kvetch about, what could the typical Parents Television Council member’s DVR playlist possibly look like?

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16 | However you feel about Rookie Blue‘s Sam and Andy, wasn’t Nick kind of the perfect boyfriend?

Burn Notice17 | TVLine reader Annie asks: “Did anyone else notice the similarity of the Burn Notice cottage (photo, left) to the home of Kate Winslet’s character in the movie The Holiday?”

18 | Was perhaps the biggest question raised by the Graceland finale, “How did that kid at the pawn shop even know what a cassette tape is?” And how disappointing was it that Charlie was not playing “Jangles” but actually was oblivious to his identity the whole time?

19 | Is it sad to see how little Arsenio Hall has brought to the table with his talk show resurrection? He does know it’s 2013, right? And that it’s OK to ask follow-up questions — or clarify for his audience who “Cote” is/plays, such as when Mark Harmon alluded to the big NCIS exit?

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  1. Elyse says:

    LOL @ the Under the Dome question. I don’t watch the Following but I can only assume those cops are as awful as Linda is!

    • K. says:

      Trust me The Following police/FBI are just as bad as Linda maybe worse! They must have did training together or their all related…lol

  2. David7118 says:

    #10 Since the second X-Files movie was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen I’m going with…no. I hope there is not a third.

    • meme says:

      As long as it is NOT written by Chris Carter, I’d be all in favor of a third movie. But if he’s writing it, no way. He created the show, and was VERY quickly the least talented writer/director involved. By far.

      • TV Gord says:

        Your critique of another person’s writing would carry more weight if you didn’t think, “By far.”, was a complete sentence.

        • uh huh says:

          You don’t know anything about writing, do you? Would one use “By far” that way in a published work? Probably not–though it’s probably fine in fiction. But this isn’t a published work, it’s a comment on the internet, where setting a declarative statement like “By far” off on its own for emphasis is perfectly acceptable.

          It’s totally unbecoming to be so snide–especially when you are so wrong.

    • The X-Files mythology set a deadline for the third movie, which it missed when it wasn’t released 12/21/2012. There’s no catch up, and there’s nothing left after that.

      • scooby says:

        They can fudge whatever they want. Set the movie before that deadline. Set it after and wonder how it didn’t work out like it was supposed to. Spend the movie figuring that out. Have Vince Gilligan write it. He did some of my favorite X Files stuff. After Breaking Bad, he’s got enough prestige to be on the radar for the gig.

  3. Lynn says:

    I still can’t believe Linda automatically believed Barbie had shot Julia. Like, really? Absolutely no evidence of it and suddenly he’s a serial killer. And yes, I desperately need X-Files 3!

  4. wrstlgirl says:

    Linda on UTD is terrible. Not sure if it’s the actress or writing, probably both, but it’s just painful to watch.

    Hmmmmm, Charlie Hunnam has got a yummy booty :-)

    I’m thinking it must be curtains for Hank on Breaking Bad. But wow, what a cliffhanger!!!

    • Matt says:

      I do think it is the actress so much, I think it more has to do with the writing and the way the writers are trying to move the storyline.

  5. #17 – Annie has very good eyes and memory as well. :)
    #18 – That’s what I asked last night on twitter…..since when do cars still use cassette tapes?
    #19 – I agree, Arsenio should have followed up on questions, especially for the audience who don’t know who Cote de Pablo is. It just seems like Arsenio wasn’t all that comfortable during last night’s segment. Maybe that’s just me.

  6. Kira says:

    16. Honestly I didn’t like Nick after the way he treated Gail. Yes she cheated and that was completely wrong. But he took no responsibility for the way he hurt her. When she asked him how long he would have stayed with her knowing he was falling for Andy and he answered with “Well I guess we’ll never know” I wanted to smack him. Flaws and all I’m McSwarek all the way :)
    17. That was my first thought lol Love that cottage!!!!

  7. Sarah says:

    16. Nick Collins is the best. I am am a McCollins convert. I really hope that we are not done with him and McNally next season.

  8. Joseph says:

    #2 – Both of Kevin Rankin’s characters on B.B and Justified may be white supremacist, but they are TOTALLY different otherwise. Besides, the dude has been SO many other different characters I don’t think he’s sweating it.

  9. Kiki says:

    19 – I don’t trust any talk show host that has to lead their guests as much as Arsenio seems to feel he has to. If only they could all settle down and just converse with their guests the way Craig Ferguson does. There’s a reason the Brits call their versions chat shows.

    • Cheeky says:

      Craig Ferguson is the best! Nothing preachy or superficial about his show, very relaxed and funny

    • S. says:

      I don’t get why he should have to explain to the audience who Cote is. Mark’s the one who works with her, and he can go into detail as much as he needs to in order to clarify the situation. Either the viewers watch NCIS and care or they don’t. It’s a long running series with the highest viewership so plenty of people do, it’s just that Hall’s demographic is probably not into the show which skews older and let’s face it, the reason Harmon’s there is that CBS distributes Arsenio. It was an interview mismatch and not the best place to have an NCIS discussion in the first place. How often do hosts get accused of doing more of the talking and not letting their guests get a word in? Harmon seemed a bit reserved and humble, but that makes for a difficult interview. A lot of actors are actually introverted like that which is why presenters at awards shows are often so awkward. You don’t know when the amazing Craig Ferguson gets a difficult interview as much because he makes so much noise that he’s entertaining on his own with his sidekicks. That Harrison Ford interview was still pretty rough. This was Arsenio’s first week back after 17 years off. I doubt he was that terrible compared to the first week of most of the other late night hosts and remember he’s airing on the CW. The budget and the pull isn’t the same. He’ll do better with better guests. I bet some people are waiting to come on til they see how things are gonna go.

  10. SJ says:

    I listened to it three times, and I still have no idea what Charlie shouted on Newsroom.

  11. Becky says:

    #5 – Totally. We are down to the last few episodes of the show & we are supposed to sit through the lame scenes featuring Masuka’s daughter? I think he’s been good comic relief in past seasons but why this silly “sperm bank” daughter storyline?

    • DarkDefender says:

      My guess (#5) was to throw the actor a bone for not telling any Masuka backstory over the previous 7 seasons.. Which we basically got from the other main characters. Same it was so lame.

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  13. #11 Do you even watch SOA..Charlie Hunnam is ALWAYS naked..Its not a tease for 50 Shades..First time he was naked was Season 1 after he killed that crazy stalker guy at Tara’s house.

    • Christina says:

      I sure hope Charlie’s ass gets a separate paycheck. It has worked awfully hard over the last 5 seasons and I’m not complaining about that one bit.

    • Pat says:

      I do watch SOA and Charlie is not ALWAYS naked but it sure is a nice treat when he is!

    • Jaime says:

      Take it easy, they know the show and that Charlie is naked a lot. It was just pointing out that the people who checked out the show specifically to see him (and you know they were out there) conveniently got to see a preview of what’s to come in Fifty Shades.

      • AshleyRae says:

        Well for ALL THOSE fiftty shades ”bitches ”who are complaining about the choice of charlie hunnum SHOULD watch the show cuz 1. he’s a good actor and 2. he knows what he’s doing when jax gets down and dirty………….hahaha! LOVE SOA!!!!

  14. Matt says:

    #7. I have to agree with everyone else on the Linda situation on Under The Dome. I understand that Big Jim’s character is trying to convince Linda that he is trustworthy, but she really should be more precarious because how can she turn so quickly on Barbie when he was helping her the entire time. I know that there needs to be some sort of antagonist in the plot line, but Big Jim needs to go pronto. As far as Junior goes, I can understand having a creepy psychopath character to complicate things, but they need to define him a little bit more. Was he always crazy, or is it something that developed over time?

  15. Steven says:

    Number 10: Only if they get Vince Gilligan to write it!

  16. phamster says:

    Re #2, Kevin Rankin will always be Herc to me from FNL. Re #11, I definitely thought they were trying to prove to the Fifty nuts that Hunnan was a good cast. lol. I was having a terrible day Wednesday, sat down turned on my DVR just to see Otto being raped. Ugh. Did not help my frame of mind that evening at all.

  17. Yara says:

    #16 – I really thought we were going to see what Nick wrote on the inside of his bulletproof vest at the end.. He is the perfect boyfriend and I really like Andy and Nick, so I hope they are still an item next season! It’s going to be a long wait!!

  18. Bianca says:

    #16 Weren’t the division’s corridors a little more crowded than usual when Andy and Sam were looking for Ford? Especially considering that even Frank was on the field at that moment. Aren’t the other officers also briefed on the cases? Especially one where that particular division was being targeted. If so, they had seen Ford’s picture!

    • ABBY says:

      Glad I’m not the only one this bothered, every single person in that building should have been warned about Ford and on the lookout, the fact he could get so far into the building without anyone noticing was just silly.

  19. Sarah says:

    #17. As soon as I saw the cottage I laughed and said, they went on Holiday! So the question is, did they find the cottage on Home Exchange?

  20. K. says:

    #16-Yes Nick is really good and I think he’s to good for Andy! I do like her and Sam together. Nick deserves someone who’s not going to flip/flop with her feelings!

  21. angelstorm says:

    Exactly the same as everyone else on Linda – couldn’t believe she’s hardly even questioning Big Jim when just a look from Barbie is more sincere than anything that comes out of Big jim’s mouth !

  22. ABBY says:

    16. I’m not an Andy and Sam shipper but I have never liked Nick (with Andy, with Gail or by himself). I really don’t get the appeal I find him boring and wooden.

  23. mmartian says:

    this just in- 2013- taking away a users backbutton is cheap/tacky/hack and acomplishes nothing.

  24. Britta Unfiltered says:

    1. Would Vince Gilligan really be that obvious though? That whole phone call will be incredible cliche if it plays out like that, so I hope that’s not what happens.

  25. sladewilson says:

    Dang, leave Arsenio alone. The man just returned after being away for what in TV years is an eternity and y’all going after him for not following up on “who is Cote de Pablo”? Let it go, people…

    Under The Dome has not only jumped the shark, they jumped the whole Sharknado!!!!

  26. X-factor is rigged to be all about performance, or the lack of, and ratings.

  27. Russ says:

    Those TV parents groups are basically split down the middle: those who watch the same things as you or me, but just complain about it afterwards, and those who watch very little TV but want to make sure nobody who does is having any fun.

  28. DeeKayTee says:

    #7. Linda has got to be one of the biggest dumb a**es in tv history!