Did Revenge Cops Misfire? Is Downton Softening Thomas? Good Wife's Bad Ethics? And More Qs!

The Good WifeWe’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 The Good Wife, Hostages, New Girl and Parks and Recreation!

1 | Was Sophia Bush-as-Princess-Leia actually only holding on – and not harnessed – to Mythbusters‘ Jamie-as-Luke-Skywalker during the show’s Star Wars special?

2 | For an ethics expert, wasn’t The Good Wife‘s Marilyn oddly aloof and unconcerned about how her baby daddy secret could cast a shadow on Peter’s administration? And did any eagle-eyed, longtime viewers recognize Alicia’s “banging” outfit before she mentioned it?

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3 | How come the police on Revenge automatically assumed Lydia shot Emily after Conrad withdrew her alibi? Since, as far as the authorities know, she didn’t have a motive to open fire on the bride — and archenemy Victoria certainly did — wouldn’t Mama Grayson have remained the prime suspect?

4 | Does Downton Abbey expect us to soften toward Thomas because the nanny he tried to get fired turned out to be a horrible shrew? Or was her evilness just another bit of random (like Cora believing dear, sweet Anna would ever mess with her wardrobe)?

5 | So, The Mentalist‘s scruff seems to be a keeper: yea or nay? Also: Was the way Lisbon and Fischer acted during Jane’s phone call with Krystal simply amusing, or did it make the ladies appear weak/boy-crazy?

6 | Was Castle‘s conspicuously minimal usage of guest star Nicholas Bishop perhaps designed to throw us off? “Hey, it’s the Body of Proof guy — he must be the killer!” And who else is bummed that we didn’t get Irish baby Javier Ryan?

7 | On Hostages, not knowing what the gas was billowing out of the OR’s air ducts, shouldn’t the immediate course of action been to get the president’s open body cavity NCISaway from it? Wasn’t Archer’s death wholly avoidable? And were you hoping for a final twist, even knowing renewal is unlikely?

8 | How funny was this NCIS presentation?! Mrs. Gibbs No. 2 = “Redhead”!

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9 | Is anyone on TV doing better two-fisted shooting than Person of Interest‘s Root?

10 | Before her (somewhat mangled) shout-out in this week’s episode, would you have guessed that Mindy Project‘s Tamra was a Sleepy Hollow fan?

New Girl11 | The actress playing New Girl‘s Young Cece has to be related to Hannah Simone, right? And Jess should’ve totally taken the better-paying, less-stress Children’s Museum job, yes?

12 | How could Modern Family not let us know how things went with Manny, Amy and the coat full of surprises?!

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13 | We know NBC is home to the gruesome Hannibal, but was anyone else surprised to see beheadings in the Chicago P.D. pilot?

14 | Has Cary Elwes ever looked more “Westley” in recent years than in Psych‘s season premiere?

15 | Were you, too, puzzled when People’s Choice Award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar said she’d “never gotten the chance” to thank everyone involved in Buffy… in the more than a decade since the show went off the air? And while we hate bloated awards show, there has to be a happy medium between “four hours long” and “mention presenter Stana Katic’s win in a barely audible aside,” right?

16 | Very occasional White Collar guest Diahann Carroll gets an NAACP Image Award nod, but Grey’s Anatomy‘s frontburner Sara Ramirez doesn’t?

17 | How funny would it have been if when Big Bang‘s Penny went to quit at The Cheesecake Factory, they told her: “Um, look around — you were never working at a Cheesecake Factory”?

18 | Parks and Recreation fans, were you expecting more blasts from the past during the 100th episode?

19 | Can The Crazy Ones‘ Sydney and Andrew just stay friends, please?

20 | Why did American Horror Story: Coven’s Papa Legba call off his deal with Fiona just because she didn’t have a soul to sell? Considering how willing she was to slaughter innocents for him — including her own daughter! — doesn’t it stand to reason that forevermore she’d be providing him with higher-quality sacrifices than she herself could ever be?

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  1. TL says:

    Let’s all be honest…HOSTAGES was the biggest disappointment in TV in quite awhile. Yes, I watched the whole thing just to see where it was going, but that is many hours of my life I can’t get back.

  2. Charissa says:

    I believe Sarah Michelle Gellar’s words were she had never had a chance to “publicly thank” the cast, crew and fans. As in, she never had the chance to thank everyone in that type of setting. As a Buffy fan, I appreciate that she took that moment and thanked everyone involved in that show, which deserved far more awards recognition than it received.

    • Drew says:

      Yeah. The comment in this article sounds like it was written by SMG haters from back in the day. I thought people had moved on. It has been over a decade.
      I still have an unopened Buffy Emmy submission video. It never had a chance.

    • Carrie says:

      Exactly. How nitpicky. I thought her speech was classy. She never won any big awards for “Buffy”, even though the show is so well-loved. I think she’s only had the opportunity to talk about how appreciative she is in interviews.

  3. Meg says:

    Re: 15 – I didn’t watch the PCAsand I don’t know the entire history of SMG and award shows, but maybe she was saying she hadn’t had a chance in that type of forum to publicly thank everyone involved with BtVS? That’s how I took it from reading the quote.

  4. Imember says:

    Lydia leaving in the middle of the investigation didn’t really help her case, but it did For Victoria. This also gives great opportunity for Lydia to side with Emily down the road and lead to further cat fights between Victoria and her,

  5. martina says:

    Ref PCAs: Every winner should get their moment to shine, thank whoever they want to thank and say whatever they want to say. As a fan of Stana and her work on Castle I believe it was very disrespectful and wrong not to present that particular category while “Best TV Comedic Actress“ and “Best Comedic TV Actor“ did get their own segments. At least let her walk on stage with her award, for heaven‘s sake. Why do they make new categories if they even don‘t have time to present the old ones properly?

    • M. says:

      AMEN to that!

      “Castle” won the price for Best-Crime-Show the third time in a row and wasn’t even once honored live on stage – and that is IMO just disrespectful!

      • Rich Abey says:

        If it’s a CBS show, it gets to be on stage. Anything else…meehh!! Who cares? Well the people who voted for the damn awards care..you buffoons at CBS!

    • uh huh says:

      If your show is on CBS, the network airing the show, your award was presented on-air. If it wasn’t, maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. Not rocket science behind those decisions.

      • Just one thing says:

        Not rocket science, no. Naturally that’s why their actor from CBS and CW presented. That’s fair and in line with all other awards shows.
        But it’s unacceptable and unfair to give preference when choosing who to officially award on stage based on the network. That, too, is not rocket science.

      • Rich Abey says:

        Well CBS devotee…just cause CBS hosted the PCA’s doesn’t mean that they have the right to present the TV awards that only relate to their shows. In fact only the CW’s Vampire Diaries got an award presented to them on stage & besides them Stana Katic was the only other awards recipient from a different network’s show that even got to talk about their show on stage (and that too while introducing the next song performance, which was totally crappy by the way!).

        It was just a crap performance and crap standards from CBS. After all this is the People’s Choice Awards and it’s supposed to be about the People’s choice…not CBS’s choice! Why not just post the winners online and make the live show be all about CBS, given that it’s already all about the CBS!

    • Rich Abey says:

      Hats off to you..took the words right out of my mouth. Even worse standards this year from CBS compared to the previous years…at least last year Nathan Fillion managed to get his award presented to him on stage. Maybe it’s a thing…1 award for a rival network’s show per year?

      And here we were feeling sorry that the Cable TV Shows aren’t getting much coverage..when even all the Network TV Shows outside CBS aren’t getting any coverage!

  6. iMember says:

    This was SMGs first PCA and she said she never had the chance to PUBLICLY thank everyone from Buffy and it’s fans like at an awards show.

  7. Luis says:

    As far as “publicly” thanking her “Buffy” family, SMG did kind of go OTR after she hung up her stakes. I know she did a couple of movies and maybe there were a couple of pilots before Ringer, but perhaps she feels she’s been out of the spotlight for so long and taking advantage of what she felt like was an omission on her part.

  8. Jared says:

    Coulnd’t agree more about the the WHITE COLLAR nomination for Diahann. I already left a comment about that exact issue/problem on another website talking about it.

    • Rich Abey says:

      Really stupid to be nominating Diahann from White Collar. Yes she is a fabulous actress but her contribution to the show is not significant enough to even be considered for the award. So yeah..ignore Sara Ramirez as usual!

  9. Tania says:

    I’m surprised there weren’t any questions regarding the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Didn’t anyone else find it hard to believe that Skye was able to steal Rob Huebel’s character’s car so easily? And then when she crashed it so that she could get a hold of an On Star agent, why didn’t the agent wonder why a girl was driving the car when it’s owned by a guy?

  10. Thank you for mentioning how Stana Katic was rushed on and offstage to accept the “Favorite Actress in a Drama Series” yet we were subjected to skits that ran way too long and died way too soon, and other acceptance speeches that went way too long. So many awards that fans voted on weren’t even presented. For a show that advertises itself as “For the Fans” it certainly left a lot to be desired for viewers.

    • c-mo says:

      I completely agree with you!

    • Mel says:

      Yes, exactly! I was actually initially confused as to whether Stana was accepting “her” award, due to the rushed way she was forced to make her speech. While I was ecstatic that Stana won, I felt a bit cheated with the way she was rushed through her acceptance. And what kind of awards show doesn’t even present some of the major awards during the show? I feel badly for the many fans who devoted so much time and energy into voting for their favs, only to be deprived of seeing them accept their awards.

    • Rich Abey says:

      Exactly my thoughts!

  11. Jaye says:

    The entire season 4 of Downton is a haphazard mishmosh of head-scratching “why would s/he do that utterly uncharacteristic thing”. It simply gets worse and worse as the season goes on and combined with the stale rehashing of previous season storylines and one appallingly tasteless storyline, it is officially over. Sorry.

  12. Daye says:

    The Mentalist- a big HELL YES to the scruff! Of course Simon Baker is gorgeous but, imo, the scruff (and new haircut) kicks it up a notch!

    As for Lisbon/Fischer reaction to Jane’s call, not sure how you got “weak/boy crazy” out of that. It was more of an annoyed reaction to his antics. When has Lisbon ever been boy crazy??? Come on, don’t reduce strong female characters as being boy crazy, not fair dude.

  13. Stormy says:

    #4: I’ve always been more or less sympathetic toward Thomas. Acting on his orientation is a felony. How’s that for living life behind the 8 ball? The nanny thing is ambiguous because we don’t know if she would have acted the same way had Thomas been cooing over George. As for the Edna/Anna situation, IMO Thomas wanted to nip any bonding between the ladies’ maids in the bud and ingratiate himself to Edna. That would give him an ally in the absence of O’Brien and Edna will have Lady Cora’s ear. Self preservation at work.
    #14: Cary Elwes did look better. In recent years his face has plumped up considerably. In fact on this episode of Psych he bore a striking resemblance to Dan Stevens who played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey.
    #16: I don’t watch Grey’s, so can’t comment on Ms Ramirez. But, I do watch White Collar and IMO Ms Carroll is and always has been class personified.

  14. Rob says:

    I recognized the “banging” outfit Alicia wore. It was also in the last original episode (the 100th) in the “fantasy cross-exam” sequence. Alicia and Will were both wearing the same outfits they wore on their “first night”.

  15. pecola says:

    The rush to shift blame to Lydia on Revenge was pretty perplexing. Hadn’t Emily set-up other ways of implicating Victoria?

    • Meg says:

      With Conrad withdrawing Lydia’s alibi, it shows that she lied to the police. If she didn’t have something to hide, why would she lie about it? She moves up the suspect list because of her behavior.

  16. April (@aprilp2a) says:

    As a fan I was so upset at the way the Peoples Choice Awards were handled. Particularly with Stana Katic. Most fans had no idea she won until she started speaking. She was rushed through her speech and received her award offstage. Why did the Favorite New Actress in a series get to accept her award on stage (nothing against SMG) but not the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress? Favorite TV Crime Drama was never shown same as other categories. Fans spent countless hours voting and feel like we as well as the Actors got a slap in the face by the shoddy treatment. Some awards were even given on the red carpet which was not classy at all. If the show didn’t have enough time the skits and other things should have been cut instead of the awards. I mean it is an awards show.

    • Rich Abey says:

      The usual buffoonery from CBS. They care only about their shows. So naturally they don’t care about the fans voting for shows from different networks. “Favorite New TV Actress” gets precedent over Favorite Dramatic TV Actress, Favorite TV Crime Show, Fav Cable Drama, Fav Cable Comedy? WTF?

      So why don’t they just announce the winners online and save the money in hosting the bloody event where their main priority is CBS shows & inviting Heidi Klum (for what purpose exactly..to present her middle-age model body as eye candy? She certainly hasn’t made any contribution whatsoever to Television, Movies or Music in her life!).

    • Becky says:

      Totally agree, April!! If you can’t do it fairly, don’t do it at all! A total waste of air time!! Too much silliness and unneeded crap.EVERY winner deserves their time on the spotlight. If the people chose them as favs, the people should be able to see them get their awards,. BOO to the PCAs. I will not waste another evening watching .

  17. uh huh says:

    #4 Actually, Downton softened Thomas LAST season, and it was weird that, for no apparent reason at all, he was back to his manipulative, conniving ways all of a sudden as this season started. I didn’t understand that at all.

    • Stormy says:

      I took it that he suddenly felt vulnerable due to O’Brien’s desertion. He found himself without an ally in the house and moved to guarantee Edna’s loyalty, thus keeping a pipeline to Lady Cora.

  18. Ian says:

    Since Season 4 of Downton has already aired in the UK, I can answer #4 pretty definitively: No, and since no one asked, yes he is wearing a wig.
    Thomas’ ill-use was one of several nagging problems this season. He doesn’t work as a solitary villain and that was made worse by the lazy lack of character motivation this year – very contrived. What would have been wonderful is the show having him try to be a good person, no one believing him and having him return to his brand of villainy in a big way as a tragic result. Instead, everyone anachronistically accepts his sexuality, more or less and he becomes one-note. Such a waste.

  19. Ashley says:

    The peoples choice awards was a huge disappointment… I was a lil confused by Buffy, but I’m sure it had a lot to do with the fact that she already had a following, and I’m sure a lot of people who voted for her haven’t even seen the new show. I thought it was ridiculous that they chose to not allow everyone their moment to get an award. It’s THE PEOPLE’S choice awards. It should count or the most since it’s the fans and not some snooty guild who decides who wins, often movies I’ve never even heard of. I was a little miffed to see Joseph Morgan and Lucy hales wins on my twitter feed before the show had begun… It was just rude.

  20. Britta Unfiltered says:

    14. I thought that. I totally did.

    • wordsmith says:

      Completely agree. Lately, every time I see Cary Elwes in something, I can’t help but think “Wow, he got old.” This time, however, he looked startlingly good. Man has clearly been hitting the gym or something.

  21. Gwen says:

    #9 – The question we have about “POI” relates to Reese and Fusco. Actually, it’s two questions: how did they return from Colorado so quickly (that must have been a reaaaaaalllly long standoff at the bank!), and (2) how did they know where to find Harold, Shaw and Arthur?

    • wordsmith says:

      The scenes with them in Colorado may not actually have been completely synchronized with the action in New York – it may in fact have been days earlier, for all we know.
      As for the timely arrival at the bank, Fusco might have checked in with Shaw, or maybe they just heard about the big standoff on the police scanner and put the pieces together on their own.

  22. MC Maine says:

    #1. It really bothered me that on Mythbusters they acted as if Sophia Bush was just hanging on to Jamie. You know she had to be cabled in some way; I thought I even got a glimpse of the cable.

    They’ve talked so many times over the years about their insurance company’s requirements and what the company will and won’t let them do. You know the insurance company would never, ever have allowed that stunt to occur without the person playing Leia being cabled. And if that person is a well-paid actress, fuhgetabouddit!

    I’m so used to Mythbusters being complete straightforward and honest about what they’re doing that this one really bugged me.

    • QuinnMallory says:

      I just wasn’t that big of a fan of that particular myth that I don’t think it really matters whether Sophia Bush was harnessed or not. I don’t think that particular swing is that tough to do given Sophia Bush does have the ability to hang on to Jamie, but they probably did harness her to Jamie’s harness just for the hack of things.

  23. Tom Charles says:

    9 | Is anyone on TV doing better two-fisted shooting than Person of Interest‘s Root?
    All I’m saying is Amy Acker is awesome.
    18 | Parks and Recreation fans, were you expecting more blasts from the past during the 100th episode?
    Woulda been cool if whatshisface from season one showed up.
    19 | Can The Crazy Ones‘ Sydney and Andrew just stay friends, please?
    I’m thinking we’re going to have to suck it up and deal with it whether we like it or not

  24. Rich Abey says:

    #6. Bummed here too that we didn’t get the Irish ‘Javier’ baby boy. Think of all the punch lines surrounding him in the future!
    Or maybe it’s a good thing the baby wasn’t a boy, cause he certainly is in for some major bullying in the future unless he makes ‘Javier’ his middle name or something…

  25. A says:

    14) um YES! and was it not one of the greatest episodes ever?! Gus makes my life.

  26. Andrea Jane says:

    Why doesn’t Gibbs keep glasses in his basement? Why are people still drinking out of jars?

  27. Larry says:

    Stay friends, no way Sydney and Andrew should be together.

    Mindy and Danny should just be friends.

  28. Drew says:

    Here is something to add to the list:
    Did CBS just rip off Chuck with Intelligence the same way they ripped off Psych with The Mentalist?

  29. Christy says:

    Thank you for your Stana Katic comment! Someone winning an award should not lead to an insane discussion of: “She won!” “No, she was just presenting.” “But they introduced her as winner.” “They did?” “IDK, I thought so, maybe not.” Twitter was NUTS as no one knew. And her category didn’t make it to the PCA website until after the show (while 10 seconds after Good Wife won, it showed on the site.) so we couldn’t even check. Do better PCAs!

  30. Mika02 says:

    Can we point out that like any award show the NAACP has their people who routinely get nominated for no particular reason other then the persons name. It’s why I hate awards shows most times many people never get recognized for their craft.

  31. KND says:

    #6 Would have LOVED a Javi Ryan
    #16 Huge Disclaimer: I love love love Aisha Tyler and I love Archer.
    But are there so few comedic actresses of color that the NAACP awards had to nominate a cartoon voice over???

  32. Ceylan says:

    19. yes thank you, i want sydney and zach hook up for an episoe so we can see how her father will react

  33. Kathy says:

    14-Yes! His fight scene with Ronnie reminded me what Wesley would have done. They have featured him in four episodes and this one was the best one.

  34. Delena forever says:

    Sydney and Andrew at just friends and nothing more than friends anything else will b so wrong however I would like to see a Sydney and Zach arc, weird as it may seem,those two in my opinion might make an incredible couple

  35. ella says:

    #6 Wasn’t Nic Bishop the Fire Chief and the arsonist was the building inspector? So how was his minimal use designed to throw us off the arsonist. Using him and having it not be him would have thrown us off.