Are You Missing Vintage Scandal? Should Good Wife Wrap Campaign? Is Drunk Cookie Delicious? And More Qs!

We’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 Justified, The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, Empire and Scandal!

1 | Claire’s darker ‘do on House of Cards: love it or hate it? (Us? Hated it.) Speaking of the Netflix drama’s new season, were you bummed that Deadwood alumni Molly Parker and Kim Dickens didn’t share a single scene together?

2 | It’s crazy that Meredith Monroe is playing Lemon’s mom on Hart of Dixie, right? Sure, Dawson’s Creek was a while ago, but she’s not that old! Or did her onetime TV sibling Kerr Smith playing dad to a teenager on The Fosters soften the blow?

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3 | Does the Good Wife‘s campaign storyline need to end ASAP?

4 | Is it bothering you how little time Shameless‘ Fiona is spending at home this season? Has she forgotten that she’s the legal guardian of her siblings?

5 | When all 15 members of Rick’s “family” were sleeping basically on top of one another on The Walking Dead, didn’t it strike you as odd (if not unbelievable) that not one of them was a snorer? And who do you think was more relieved to get a haircut and shave: Rick, or Andrew Lincoln?

6 | TVLine reader Kim asks20Qs-SecretsLies about Secrets and Lies: “Didn’t anyone else notice that it was pouring rain, yet [Tom’]s hair and face looked completely dry?”

7 | As entertainingly camp-tastic as Once Upon a Time’s Cruella is, can she cut down on the “dahhlings” by about 33 percent? Oh, and a couple of things about the theft of the Dark Curse: Once the fire was out, why did they “need” Ursula’s tentacle to reach for it? (Lazy much?) And as soon as Rumple boasted of his double-cross, why did none of the ladies simply race to the open doorway?

8 | Leave it to Looking‘s Patrick to make a funeral for a man he’s never laid eyes on all about him, right?

Gotham9 | Does Gotham mean for us to be this distracted by Penguin’s hair? (Between this and Fish’s mismatched eyeballs, who can hear the dialogue?) Also, are the fleeting bits of the Edward/Kristen C-story more compelling that the Dulmacher plot?

10 | Will The Voice ever alter its maddening backstories-to-performances ratio — thereby eliminating the dreaded Blind Audition montages? Or is it too tempting a means for producers to signal which Battle Rounds singers are nothing more than cannon fodder? Also, after a two-season respite, doesn’t Xtina seem more relaxed and genuine — or are you still longing for one of her replacements (Shakira or Gwen Stefani) to return to the big red chairs?

11 | Every time Chasing Life‘s Dominic starts to win you over again, does he take 300 steps back by flirting with Natalie?20Qs-Justified

12 | On Justified, are we really to believe that not one person at the Marshals’ office hit pause on Intense Manhunt Mode to coo over baby Willa? Also, was Ty gouging the bullet out of his shoulder TV’s squickiest scene of the week?

13 | Wouldn’t New Girl‘s disastrous walk of shame have been solved had Jess and Cece borrowed a cell phone and called one of the guys at the loft to pick them up? UPDATE: Apparently they did borrow, albeit unsuccessfully, a phone. Thanks for playing!

14 | Whatever happened to the brownstone that The Mindy Project‘s Danny bought for himself and Mindy?

15 | Will any Chicago Fire fans actually miss that cartoonishly villainous Chief?

16 | ABC surely makes it worth his while financially, but how many often do you think Michael Strahan looks at his Good Morning America script and thinks, “I got up at the crack of dawn for this?”

17 | Has Cougar Town entirely forgotten about Chick’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis? Because we’re not OK with that!

18 | Wouldn’t the Empire security team have been prudent to follow Andre to a different room rather than make a scene in front of all the other employees? Is anyone else starting to root for Boo Boo Kitty? Lastly, is Empire’s Sloshed Cookie > Scandal’s Drunk Mellie?

19 | What’s more surprising: Modern Family‘s patience in rolling out the Andy-Haley romance, or the fact that Beth actually exists?Kidnapping 2.0

20 | Who’s responsible for naming James Van Der Beek’s CSI: Cyber character Elijah Mundo? Is that not the best fake name in the history of fake names?

21 | Jamal is out on Empire, two preteens are exploring their sexuality on The Fosters…. So why is Nashville‘s Will still hiding in the closet? Also, wouldn’t naming the new band “The Triple Exes” instead of “The XXXs” have sounded a lot less porn-y?

22 | Who else is enjoying Wednesday nights’ double dose of Steve Talley (on The 100 and Hindsight)?

23 | Can a Today producer have a chat with Tamron Hall about what is and isn’t a good morning-TV visual? Because we surely did not need a close-up of the co-host’s self-described “scaly,” peeling feet — yet we got one anyway.

24 | Were The Big Bang Theory‘s references to Star Trek a tad eerie in the wake of Leonard Nimoy’s death? And do you think the show will eventually address on camera the death of Sheldon’s idol, or just keep on playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock?Scandal Recap Mellie President

25 | Even given Scandal’s leap-y logic, how would Mellie possibly be qualified to run for President of the United States? Especially when she’d have to launch her campaign inside of two years? And as bold and ballsy and formula-shattering as the show has been since it returned in January, aren’t you ready for Scandal to get back to being, well, Scandal?

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96 Comments
  1. Brucks says:

    Jess and Cece did borrow a phone and called the numbers they knew by heart but no one answered

  2. kate says:

    As to New Girl they did try to call the loft by borrowing a phone. They ran into a typical issue Jess only knew Nick’s number by heart. I personally only know my boss’ and my mom’s house. Never confident in my own and I’m using it right now.

  3. herman1959 says:

    (25) OK, I’ll admit, I’m over Scandal now. Are the interns writing the scrips now?

  4. BTM says:

    18. I stopped feeling any sympathy for Boo Boo Kitty the moment she dosed a newly clean addict. That wasn’t “crossing a line.” That was “ruining a life for her own personal amusement.”

  5. jenna says:

    2-Yes..the Meredith Monroe thing blew my mind..how many years has it been since Dawson’s?
    3-Yes the campaign on The Good Wife needs to end like yesterday..perhaps it can revealed this week that it is all a bad dream that Alicia’s been having..it’s sad to see the show become so dull and fragmented. No surprise that the ratings are falling.
    25-I watch Scandal for the cast mostly now..I don’t hold out much hope that it can find it’s way back to cases of the week and such. This week’s episode was better than the Olivia’s kidnapping ones though.

    • DW says:

      Only the ratings for this past week were subpar for TGW. Before they went on that long Winter break the show was in the Top 10 in total viewers one week and in the Top 20 every other week. And the 9PM Sunday competition is the toughest on all of television.
      Having said that I would agree that bringing this election story to a quick ending would only help the show.

  6. Allyson says:

    3…..Yes x 1000. Now. ASAP.

  7. Jenny says:

    13) new girl has been so lame past few eps.. As in there has been no point to the episodes. When it ends I go, ok so what happened. Lately nothing. Characters are still funny, just hoping for better story.

    25) im watching scandal right now… It’s not the same! Downhill since the save Olivia plot. Can we fast forward and move on already?

  8. goldilocksloves says:

    I thought that was Meredith Monroe but they made her look so much older I wasn’t completely sure. The best part, she is 45 now so older than I thought (she was 29 in 1998 when she was playing Andie which also blew my mind haha), but Jamie King is 35, so she is only 10 years older than her “daughter”, and the actor playing Brick is 67, gotta love Hollywood.

  9. c-mo says:

    24. I wondered the same thing while watching the show. They probably won’t to the extent they are for Carol Ann but might be cool for the boys to breakdown a little the next time they do Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizzard, Spock.

    • Gwen says:

      The episode could have been filmed before Leonard Nimoy’s death. There was a nice tribute at the end of the credits which could have been added after the episode was filmed.

  10. Beth says:

    #22 – YES X 100. Such a great addition to any show

  11. Tim says:

    I’m not sure if Molly Parker and Kim Dickens even shared a scene on Deadwood.

    • The Kaibosh says:

      Season 1 Episode 12 “Sold Under Sin” …. Joannie is in Mrs. Garret’s hotel room handing her a handkerchief with her father’s teeth after Bullock punched them out earlier. Joannie says “…..if he was here, I’d wish a beating mornings and nights on my daddy like your pa took today.”

      Bullock then shows up and he and Mrs. Garret have sex.

  12. skrable2 says:

    10. Christina’s been almost (do we dare say it?) … mellow … this season. Enjoying this side of her.

    • Fyrkat says:

      Sorry, but I would prefer either of the females listed rather than Christina, even with this years change. And why can’t the voice have 2 female coaches in a season? That’d be cool.

  13. kirads09 says:

    #18 – No, I can never find myself rooting for or feeling sorry for Anika – aka Boo Boo Kitty, fake Halle Berry, Felicia (whatever other name Cookie throws at her). She betrayed Lucious and he still seemed like he genuinely wanted to give her a chance (as much as Lucious can that is). Anika has blown it and there is very little likeable about her character.

  14. Nick says:

    Yes. So glad to see Steve Talley. Let’s put him on every show! Or…you know..just make him a regular on one of them.

  15. Fyrkat says:

    1. She looks like death with the dark hair and absurdly pale skin. :-(

  16. Allee says:

    Yes. I think The Good Wife campaign needs to end soon and they said the election was in three weeks (because elections are always in March). I’m really hoping she loses but I guess she’ll win.

    • lkh says:

      Hopefully she won’t win.

      • delfiteblu says:

        I couldn’t agree more. I’m sick of the political aspect of this storyline, especially since it wasn’t even her idea to run and she seems pretty uninterested in it. I want Florrick Agos to go back to their own offices – or what was the POINT? I’ve been devoted to this show since it started but I’ve not watched the last two weeks and haven’t felt very guilty about it. And send Eli back to the governor’s office. I’m tired of watching him nearly stroke out every week.

    • DW says:

      I think she is going to win so they can set up the confrontations between Agos-Lockhart and the SA’s office next season. This election storyline also gives Eli Gold something to do on the show. The politics are not my favorite part of the show but they are done well. The biggest kick I got out of the last episode was them reverting to Saint Alicia mode again. She was the only one who could see that Sweeney’s wife was the leak and the only one to catch the Chum-Hum connection to once again save the day. Just like old times! And all this while she was running for office. I mean, what is Agos-Lockhart going to do when she’s the S.A.? The show is still the best on television with some promising stories coming about Kalinda’s departure and Alicia’s move to the SAs office. Now that I said that she will probably lose the election because they like to throw the viewers curves on this show.

      • Allee says:

        I’ve always liked the political aspects of the show meaning as they applied to PETER. But Alicia randomly running for office in the middle of an election cycle is flummoxing. I wonder if this is some way to introduce new characters since Archie Panjabi is leaving.

  17. Mary Ann says:

    Regarding #3 The Good Wife, I totally miss the great scenes of Alicia in the courtroom. I hope she withdraws from the campaign soon. I don’t even think SHE likes the person she has become.
    If she wins and we have to watch her running that office instead of defending clients, I worry for the future of the show.

    • Luli101 says:

      I thought the idea of Alicia being the State’s Attorney was good, but this campaign has just gone on and on and on…..

  18. Annie says:

    24. I’m so torn. Part of me thinks it’d be cathartic and healing to grieve with the nerds. Another part kinda wants to believe in an alternate universe where Grandpa Lenny is immortal and just keeps on keeping on.

    25. Ugh this SHOW. I had the same question. Mellie needs to set up a Senate run first. Or SOMEthing. I mean really now. Then again, it’s folly to expect that level of realism from this show, I s’ pose.

    • cp1945 says:

      Does Mellie just not want to move when Fitz’s term ends? She has no independent resume to run on and other than grieving mother, no real public profile. Give it up, writers! This show needs an overhaul fast. Sharks are in the water, ready for jumping.

  19. Bwhit says:

    2) Meredith playing Lemon and Magnolia’s mom is ridiculous. She looks about 5 years older than Jaime King!
    4) I have been really disappointed in Fiona not being home!Carl is selling crack and Debbie took advantage of a guy 4 years older than her.
    15) I am glad he’s gone, no one messes with Casey! He’d be a good villain on the flash or arrow in my opinion.

  20. Ames says:

    I have a few episodes I need to catch up on for Hart of Dixie, so hearing that Meredith Monroe is playing Lemon’s mom is a giant shock. WHAT THE HECK? That is absolutely bizarre to me. FYI, in real life, she is only 10 years older than Jaime King. Ew.

    • Eli says:

      It’s super weird, but it makes sense if you remember that Meredith played Lemon’s mother in a flashback scene during the first season showing Lemon as a teenager, so I guess they are using the same actress for continuity. I’m going to assume they have added make-up to age her, in addition to several lines about her being “so young” when she became a mother.

  21. ashley says:

    In re: #17, I think that’s why Jules wanted to find him a new best buddy – because she didn’t want him wandering around on his own. They could have mentioned the Alzheimer’s then, though.

  22. Dude says:

    I don’t know what Mellie’s qualifications are but I feel like Olivia is more qualified than any of them to be president. She’d get it done.

  23. Jenn says:

    Number 24– When was the BBT taped? Mr. Nimoy passed away only a week ago TODAY! and “At the end of this week’s episode, in which chaos erupted after a visit to the pet store, creator Chuck Lorre’s usual title card was replaced by a black-and-white photo of Nimoy above a simple thank-you message: “The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting.” quote – Unquote…. maybe you guys should read your own website!

    • Dj says:

      The question was on camera. As in sometime this season will they show Sheldon’s and the other characters reaction to the passing of such an iconic figure who meant so much to them.

  24. Zenobia Jackson says:

    I think that The Good Wife campaign is really derailing the show…..a bad idea. That storyline took the great start the show had last season and totally squandered it. Get the show back in the courtroom.

  25. Whatevah says:

    19..I love Haley and Andy and actually thought they had changed their minds a couple of episodes ago. I’m glad they haven’t. Too bad Beth seemed really nice. i wanted her to be nasty..

    • dan says:

      And are we to believe that Andy was faking being asleep when Haley was professing her love for him (before Beth walked in)? The way he opened his eyes and grinned as soon as Haley left the room made me go “hmmmm.”

  26. Betty says:

    3) YESSSS! Please just declare Frank Prady the winner already and be done with it.

    16) As long as they are paying him, I don’t think Michael really minds what GMA has him doing.

    18) NO sympathy for Boo Boo Kitty, she gave a Roofie to a recovering addict to make Lucious’ ex-wife look bad. Sloshed or sober Cookie is the best character of TV.

    25) Shonda Rhimes is too focused on HTGAWM and her new upcoming show. The same thing happened to Gray’s Anatomy when Scandal debuted on TV. Shonda is spreading herself too thin.

    • herman1959 says:

      Re: Scandal – the same thing occurred to me (Shonda distracted by other shows). I won’t be surprised to hear an announcement made that next season will be Scandal’s last.

  27. Tvgeek says:

    4. Yes! This! It’s the reason I don’t love Gus, because he pulls her focus and she’s been staying there and not with her kids…. Yes HER kids, she did become their gardians. OO but it’s okay gun wielding (and dull and annoying) Sami is there…

  28. Scandal shoulda ended – last season – when OP left on the plain with Jake Billard. Happy Endings Mellie/Fitz becoming a marriage. it was okay that we were left hanging if Harrison was absolutely killed…..

  29. I have not watched THE GOOD WIFE much after Will died – and the “split of the firm”. If they’d stay on track with some battles against the 2 firms, my interest may have remained.

    • Sam says:

      They really had my interest with the two firms battling and the newer, hip offices that Alicia and Cary had…then poof, all done!

  30. Sally says:

    On the debut of CSI: Cyber……………..did it seem really really odd to anyone else that the father of the kidnapped baby was sleeping with his glasses on??? Just weird.

    • Grey says:

      I often fall asleep with glasses on – especially if I’m watching TV in bed which is most week nights. I didn’t watch “CSIC” so I have firsthand knowledge of the scene and or the exact scenario so maybe it was weird.

    • Temperance says:

      Oh, CSI Cyber was *terrible*… wow bad. And it’s too bad James VanDerBeek can’t get a new great show. He’s been consistently good in everything (he was terrific in that Power/Rangers video!) and he was the bright spot in CSI (though drawn too far into superhero territiory for the show – though it was refreshing to see a trained professional agent that can hit his target).

  31. Amie says:

    1. Hate Robin Wright/Claire’s darker do.

    3. End that campaign now because it’s making everybody so morally compromised, especially Alicia. *I* would vote for Purdy at this point.

    7. None of the dark queens are working for me on OUAT and especially not Cruella, whose makeup and clothes are horrible. So cheap looking! And scary only in the “makeup gun set on whore” way.

    9. Am I the only one who thinks Penguin looks like Alan Cumming with that hair?

    10. I actually changed the channel on The Voice because all the backstories were making me crazy. Let them sing! It’s called The Voice, not The Sob Story.

    18. The actor playing Andre has been handed a really crappy script and I feel bad for him having to pretend all these hissy fits are real drama. I still don’t like Boo Boo Kitty, but I didn’t like drunk Cookie, either. I felt bad for her, like the drunk part was humiliating more than funny.

    21. Will still being in the closet is idiotic. Makes no sense. And yes, the Triple Exes instead of XXX would have 100% less porny, plus way better, since who wants to sound porny?

    25. I am definitely ready for Scandal to get back to being Scandal. This week’s episode was pretty wonderful (Courtney B. Vance ruled) without the Mellie stuff, but even so I am ready for some Olivia + Gladiator action to solve problems and make bad PR go away like in the beginning. Less international spies and craziness and more DC behind-the-scenes. I really kind of wanted that New Mexico woman to get VP. Mellie can’t run. She just had a nervous breakdown that everybody in the country knew about. How could she possibly be VP and run for president in two years?

  32. Linda says:

    On Empire Kitty BooBoo got more coming to her and if on Scandal if they don’t get rid of Jake and get back the Oliva and Fitz hot SEX, I might have to tell that show bye-bye!

  33. N says:

    I have watched every episode of scandal, and ever since its hiatus, its gone off the rails. A second evil VP, the over the top auction, and Fitz completely disregarding the well being of the country for his girlfriend and wife. Nothing however beats Mellie deciding out of the blue, after a mental breakdown, she really wants to be president , and the fact that Fitz is cool with it is even more bizarre. I’m sure there are fans of the show that think Mellie would make a great president despite all logic. However, what possibly makes Mellie qualified, shes never held any office, shes been caught up in all of Fitz’s scandals. Don’t the Grants just want to get out of the public eye by now. Id find Claire Underwood running for president more plausible, and that feels like a stretch of logic for House of Cards. How has poor Cyrus not gone postal yet over all of Fitz and Mellies actions. It feels like the writers realizing they need a storyline for when Fitz is out of Office. Maybe not next week or the week after, but fans will look back at this last stretch of episodes as the beginning of the downfall of this show. Sadly, Instead of Jump the Shark , I think we will being using Spilled the Wine.

  34. S says:

    In regards to scandal, did anyone else feel bad for poor Susan Ross, whom Fitz and Mellie saw as a joke, since she seems like the only person on this show actually trying to help the country and not themselves. It just seemed off in an episode all about equality, to seemingly mock Ross. I secretly hope she ruins Fitz and Mellie’s completely selfish plans.

    • delfiteblu says:

      At first she seemed silly but when she realized that she wouldn’t make a good VP, I think Fitz respected that. She was fine and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of her. And she’s not “completely unelectable’ – she was elected senator. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up VP. I wish it’d be Cyrus so he could go to ribbon cuttings and quit practically stroking out every week. I’ve had enough of his scenery chewing.

  35. cuius says:

    25 – Reviewing the Presidents since 1945, say – what “qualifications” are necessary?

  36. No for rooting for Boo Boo Kitty. Not after what she did to Elle.

  37. Cam says:

    25. I’ve been waiting for Scandal to go back to being Scandal for over a season now. They need to focus on solving other people’s problems instead of being the problem.

  38. Kim R says:

    3. The Good Wife – I felt that way from the beginning of the election storyline for Alicia.
    16. GMA – “…how many often do you think…” I have a question about the wording of the sentence. :D
    20. “Elijah Mundo” sounds like something Fonzie would say.

  39. Tom says:

    19 | What’s more surprising: Modern Family‘s patience in rolling out the Andy-Haley romance, or the fact that Beth actually exists?
    ~
    They really need to stop the Andy and Haley thing.

  40. mjSVCA says:

    When “The Good Wife” went on sabbatical, I missed the series. However when the sabbatical lasted . . . and lasted for almost 3 months, It became a “out of sight, out of mind” absence. The return of TGW this weekend was anti-climatic to say the least. The story was uninspiring: even the cast seemed to be uninterested and bewildered–like the worst Monday ever after a really long vacation. I hope to once again be fascinated by this program. . . and I hope it is very soon!

  41. delfiteblu says:

    17) NO! That guy was evil and so cruel that he literally made my stomach hurt watching him. I was thrilled that they managed to get rid of him so soon.
    25) I’m actually all for Mellie running for President and of course Olivia will run her campaign. The show is about the twists and turns we don’t expect; there’s nothing about it that’s real, so we need something to keep it going after Fitz’s term is up. Otherwise he and Olivia will go make jam in Vermont and the show would end. Mellie DID make a deal and helped get Olivia back, so I’m backing her for President (though I think she should switch parties. :)

  42. Grey says:

    Re #25: Well, you just have to be at least 35 years old, a natural born citizen of the US, and been living in the US for at least 14 years. I’m taking a wild stab in the dark but I’m thinking Millie has all those bases covered. Besides that, it’s already been established on show (through flash backs, etc.) that she was a very intelligent lawyer and just as smart (if not more so) and politically savvy as Fitz or anyone else in Washington. It’s also been established that she’s bored “just being First Lady.” She wants to do more and have more power. So, there you go. She isn’t any less qualified than anybody else. And btw, despite what Donald Trump says, Hawaii is part of the United States. :-|

  43. Carol says:

    I missed Christina on The Voice. I wish they could use Gwen, Christina and Shakira as judges at the same time.

  44. H says:

    Hart of Dixie: so Brick got a 10 year old pregnant. No wonder she ran away. Hope the pig goes to prison.

  45. Ella J. Wade says:

    Yes, please send Scandal back to the beginning of Scandal. It was so much better then. Except for Scott Foley. Love Scott Foley and Jake. The beginning plus Scott Foley.

  46. Ella J. Wade says:

    Alicia’s campaign is boring. Who cares? Get her back in the courtroom with Cary and Diane. And where is Eli? And Peter?

  47. Question that should be here: Did Mom just hinted in another pregnancy? Now, would be Cristy’s or Bonnie’s?

  48. Isobel says:

    Yes I’m more interested in the riddler storyline than fish’s

  49. Scandal has just been a huge disappointment this season. Thr first two seasons were so great compared to these last two. I don’t know if it can recover.

  50. Kathy says:

    Thursdays episode was awful. I erased this episode. What happened to entertaining TV?
    The torture and kidnapping episodes were just as terrible. We have to watch all this real life stuff on regular TV or read about it. I am so tired of this kind of mind set. Shonda Rimes where is your mind and creativeness. You are getting very desperate.