Still No Desk for The X-Files' Scully? Is The 100 Overpopulated? Should SNL Maybe Not Spoof Rape? 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 Shameless, Lucifer, The Flash and Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

1 | Did we hear Hawaii Five-0‘s Clay right? 20qs-jessica-jones-couchHe thought the stolen $250,000 could send both of Glover’s kids through college and leave something for his pal’s retirement…?!

2 | From Jessica Jones Episode 10: Was Wendy compelled to perform that impromptu surgery specifically on her pristine white leather couch, or was she simply being unwise? (Actually, given how that “1,000 Cuts” sequence later played out… our question is very moot.)

3 | What possessed Saturday Night Live to go back to the poisoned well of Pete Davidson playing a teenager testifying in court about how much he enjoyed being a victim of statutory rape — without any meta commentary or smart twist — when it aired an almost identical sketch last April? And can you imagine the outrage had his teachers been played by, say, Beck Bennett and Kenan Thompson instead of Cecily Strong and Ronda Rousey?

4 | TVLine reader Jake asks: “On Galavant, isn’t Madalena still technically married to Richard? They wed in the pilot and never divorced.” Also: Who got misty-eyed when it turned out that the only thing that motivates the zombie army is love?

Recovery Road5 | How could Shameless‘ Fiona not realize that Gus’ song, “The F Word,” was not going to be a positive tune?

6 | Dear Recovery Road: knee and elbow pads, but no helmet?

7 | Does anyone have worse luck with parents than Jane the Virgin‘s Rafael?

| Is The Magicians‘ Julia supposed to be more likable than her erstwhile BFF (and series protagonist) Quentin?

| Be honest: How much does it bother you that Lucifer‘s license plate reads FALLIN1 vs. the more grammatically correct FALLEN1?

10 | Does Crazy Ex-Girlfriend get the Body Double of the Year award for its seamless blending of star Rachel Bloom and the woman who tagged in for the pole-dancing scene?

11 | After all this time, ­X-Files, Scully still doesn’t have a desk?! Also, how did Mulder’s “I Want to Believe” poster — which Doggett took at the end of the series — wind up back in the basement office, despite everything else being cleared out?

12 | Is The Bachelor slightly overdoing it with the dates that take place in an airplane or helicopter? (And wasn’t that trope one of the things SNL’s recent spoof mocked so perfectly?)Pretty Little Liars

13 | Who else thought Hanna’s outfit on Pretty Little Lairs was a PJs set and robe, not something to don out in public? (Emily seems confused by the ensemble, as well.)

14 | Are we to surmise that Agent Carter avoids wearing fragrances, lest she be detected hiding in a small room beneath a conference room table with a guy standing a foot away? Did Thompson really need to move to L.A.? And Sousa’s sweet-as-a-princess girlfriend has to be bad news, right?

15 | Flash fans, if Jay’s Earth-One doppelganger turns out to be Zoom, how would that work? Is Hunter Zoloman traveling The Flashbetween Earths? And are we to believe that this train passenger wouldn’t bother looking up from her newspaper in the presence of our titular hero?

16 | Would What Would You Do?’s cougar catfishing scenario been markedly less icky if the older woman wasn’t so tackily dressed and overly made up?

17 | Brooklyn Nine-NineBrooklyn Nine-Nine isn’t trying all that hard to hide Melissa Fumero’s pregnancy, is it?

18 | Criminal Minds fans, did it take you a moment to recognize Hart of Dixie heartthrob Wilson Bethel as a homely UnSub?

19 | How did Arrow’s Felicity get that outfit on to visit the lair? (Does the loft have a downstairs closet?) Who’s now in charge at A.R.G.U.S.? And would the super-covert org not have deactivated Chang’s security access the instant he was found dead and missing an eyeball that could access an optical scan? Finally, is the show killing off everyone who’s going to be in the Suicide Squad movie? Should we fret about Katana’s return?20Qs-Legends-porch

20 | In last week’s column, The Flash and Arrow shared a set. This time, was it Legends of Tomorrow’s turn to share with Arrow?

21 | Was The 100 wrong to turn Jasper — the dystopian drama’s lone semblance of comic relief — into a buzz-cut brooder? Also, does it feel like the show now has about 33 percent too many characters?

22 | London Spy fans… Any theories on the purpose of that combination-code device Danny swallowed and snuck out of Alex’s apartment? And is it completely crazy to wonder if — maybe, just maybe — it was somebody else’s body in the trunk? (We never did get a really close look, did we?)

23 | NBC’s You, Me and the Apocalypse was marketed as a comedy, but did you sit there waiting for anything close to an out-loud laugh? And are you shocked to learn that the20qs-colony-kathleen Vatican’s Devil’s Advocate office was a real thing until the 1980s?

24 | Is Colony’s Kathleen Rose Perkins giving off major “Carrie Mathison” vibes in her LEO blazer?

25 | Angel From Hell couldn’t replace its “November 2015” appointment calendar cutaway with “January 2016,” to not remind us the show didn’t make the cut for fall?

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48 Comments
  1. 3.- we don’t have to imagine it, i.e. Canteen boy.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    #3 – I have respect for Pete Davidson on SNL and the Teachers Trial sketch was a bad move on the show’s part. #25 – CBS is still making bad sitcoms (except Big Bang Theory) into huge hits and Angel From Hell isn’t one of them as does Life in Pieces. That’s why CBS stands for “crappy boring sitcoms”.

  3. xomareen says:

    21) Also, does it feel like the show now has about 33 percent too many characters?
    YES IT DOES! i think the show is trying too hard to be Game of Thrones that it forgets to stick to its own self. And it seems like there’s only going to be more new characters, I already find it hard to keep up.

  4. DarkDefender says:

    2. Totally Moot. (See 1,000 cuts)
    3. Lame. The level of creativity in the writing has been nonexistent this season.
    9. Prediction on cancellation? Fall in 1 (season)
    11. Get her a desk and add more episodes! Also, less surprised about the poster coming back and more surprised (after 10 years) those pencils didn’t fall from the ceiling.
    19. Also.. How did she get perfectly set up on the sofa when Gothlicity sat in the wheelchair?

  5. Michael says:

    #21 The 100 always seems to have their characters actual react to, cope with, and carry the many traumas hurled upon them. It’s hard for shows that mostly just want to be shows but I think it’s respectful to the characters. It’s honest and I think as a whole makes things stronger. That being said like… you’ve had your cry session so get over it Jasper.

  6. #3 – I think they were desperate for skits that involved Rousey and didn’t require her to do anything beyond sitting there.

  7. GeoDiva says:

    #1: With two kids in college and I can tell you that $250K won’t go that far!

  8. David says:

    The last time we saw the “I Want to Believe” poster was actually in Mulder’s house in the 2008 movie, so the better question is how it made its way back to the office from there.

    • Zoe says:

      There could be multiple copies of the poster. But Mulder kicking the poster is supposed to be ~metaphorical~ so screw continuity!

      Better question: Can Chris Carter PLEASE stop writing X-Files episodes and leave it to the people who know what they’re doing (ex: James Wong)?

    • mooshki says:

      Also, that was the second copy of the poster since the first one burned up, so it’s not unprecedented for it to be replaced.

  9. JC1 says:

    19) I am definitely fretting about Katana’s return. Please don’t kill her, show! :(

  10. Aly says:

    11) YES to the desk. Also, poor woman doesn’t have her name on the door, or a nameplate on “Mulder’s” desk. Atrocious. I choose to believe instead that Scully has an awesome, massive office elsewhere in the building, and she just never spends time there.

  11. Drew says:

    20 – I can see the two villains lending out a house, or buying a house from the other person. They know each other, so I get it (Oliver is currently living in Thea’s apartment after all). My real question for Legends is, what happened to Sara’s bloodlust? I like having a fun, light Sara, don’t get me wrong. But she was finding it hard to keep under control on Arrow, when she left. Is it totally gone? We don’t even see it in her fights. Thea seems to have it harder, and she wasn’t even dead when they put her in the pit.

  12. Rachel says:

    9 – yes that bugged me

    13 – seriously I kept waiting for her to put an outfit on but no she went everywhere in that robe!

  13. Tom says:

    9 | Be honest: How much does it bother you that Lucifer‘s license plate reads FALLIN1 vs. the more grammatically correct FALLEN1?
    `~
    FALLEN1 could have been taken, you don’t know.
    ~
    23 | NBC’s You, Me and the Apocalypse was marketed as a comedy, but did you sit there waiting for anything close to an out-loud laugh? And are you shocked to learn that the Vatican’s Devil’s Advocate office was a real thing until the 1980s?
    ~
    I’m actually shocked to learn it doesn’t still exist, I thought it was part of the sainthood process
    ~
    25 | Angel From Hell couldn’t replace its “November 2015” appointment calendar cutaway with “January 2016,” to not remind us the show didn’t make the cut for fall?
    ~
    We’re not supposed to notice/think about such things

    • Lexi says:

      You are right FALLEN was a movie with Denzel Washington… … TPTB should have known that before going nuts about literary licence… wish my life was that hard

  14. Kate says:

    15. If I recall Harry’s relation about when Zoom started to show up on Earth 2, it wasn’t in the immediate aftermath of the particle accelerator, or the coma period that Barry was in time. There was enough time for Jay to be out there as the Flash and become known when Zoom showed up. And if that timing is correct, then it more or less coincides with when the big breach happened in the season finale, when, conceivably Hunter could have been sucked up before Ronnie was able to blow it close or whatever exactly he did. Or the rest of the breaches opened. So Hunter lands over there, sees the news, Jay wasn’t hiding who he was, maybe Hunter’s actual meta human power is like Peter Petrelli’s, so he sucked all the speed out of Jay, then Jay disappeared, Hunter followed him back and discovered there was another Flash and then just decided to go after him too. If they are also incorporating another speedster quality, which might make sense, he might not always be able to access the speed force.

    19. I’m a little confused about the Loft’s layout, I actually thought Oliver and Thea had split it up that they didn’t know when the other was actually home. But, who knows, Felicity has enough clothes that they made a bedroom of it so she only has to transverse the stairs twice a day. I am worried about Katana’s return, especially because she is a hero on Arrow.

    20. Other than the fact the Legends set was in Norway and Damien’s house is in Star City, it wouldn’t actually be surprising if Damien copied the style of house Vandal had.

    • Winter says:

      except Jay was fighting Zoom when the breach occurred. Then Zoom stole his speed and he was sucked through dimensions. At least I think that’s right.

    • jj says:

      Given that Hunter is adopted on Earth 1 leads me to believe that Mr and Mrs Zolomon needed to adopt on Earth 2 as well. But on Earth 2, they adopted a different baby and named him Hunter.

      • Erik says:

        Or on earth 2 they didn’t have to adopt.

        As far as the loft on arrow, Thea is living with laurel. And Curtis could have easily helped felicity get dressed.

  15. Mark says:

    The biggest question of the week is avoided it seems this is a no go area for this discussion — or website now the P Bomb has been dropped on the Blacklist are the fans happy / okay with this / or just plain upset at the lazy writing employed…. Me personally totally against no show has done a pregnancy storyline well — Megan Boone your the next Poppy Montgomery.

  16. Et al. says:

    21. No & No.

  17. Jess says:

    23 – Yes! I thought that exact thing at least three times last night. There were some oddball moments, but nothing I would term funny.

  18. Sara says:

    In regards to #14 about Agent Carter: Thompson didn’t move to LA. He came in for a visit, I believe because Kurtwood Smith’s character told him to come. They were pretty clear that he was flying back and Peggy was supposed to go with him. Granted, I could have missed something at the end of the episode that had him staying. I don’t quite remember anything past him being at the club saying his flight was leaving in an hour.

  19. militantgod says:

    13) So true and hilarious. She was pretty damn hot thoug hso it’s all good!

  20. Kim R says:

    I would like to know if the Suits writers are giving a wink to NCIS fans by using the name Gibbs for the US Attorney seeing as the same actress plays the Sec/Nav on NCIS. :D

  21. N says:

    19) ya I cant help but think Katanas days are numbered, there probably only bringing her back to end her story , its a shame the movie, which who knows if its going to be any good, is impacting the show this way.

    15.) If Earth One Jay/ Hunter Zoloman is Zoom, would it be a big let down? Fans have speculated all season who, or whose doppelganger it could be and Jays never came up, nor sound as interesting and exciting as some of the fans ideas as to who Zoom is. Also would the writers really name drop Zoloman, knowing very while comic fans would immediately make the connection and gave away there big reveal.

  22. Sarah9 says:

    21. I don’t think there’s to many characters..most of them are guest or the grounders and Sky people no one knows the name..so to me it’s good has it is. Some of them will die out this season so it will not get overpopulated lol
    Jasper is grieving but he could stop being an asshole to some people, lets see how it goes after this episode.

  23. Mak says:

    17. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn’t trying all that hard to hide Melissa Fumero’s pregnancy, is it?”
    .
    Thank you for mentioning this, it’s exactly what I said on another post regarding shows being terrible at hiding pregnancies. The last episode of B99 was a tad awkward because the bump was right there in plain sight

  24. Angela says:

    #18: Yes! He looked almost Reid-like, actually, at times.

  25. 17) No, no they really aren’t. I didn’t even know she was pregnant until I saw this episode and was like wow she’s really pregnant

  26. Dee says:

    Why isn’t Fox promoting Sleepy Hollow’s move to Fridays, which is only a week away? Given even the Fox head acknowledged Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie’s chemistry was akin to David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson’s, it boggles the mind that they are not capitalizing on it. In fact, Sleepy Hollow should have been put on after The X Files. That was a match made in heaven. Pun intended.

  27. LT says:

    7) WORST PARENTS EVER!
    10) I totally thought Rachel did that whole pole dance…that was some amazing editing. I had no idea that was a stunt double. KUDOS to that production!

  28. 4theloveoffilm says:

    #9) I haven’t seen LUCIFER. But I’ve seen the previews for the pilot, and noticed the license plate immediately. Really bugged me. Agh.

  29. JM says:

    #1) I was more concerned with Glover getting away with breaking and entering, kidnapping, illegally obtaining evidence, etc, etc.
    #8) Awww, I like Quentin, too. Just wish they were together on the show. Jules’ story isn’t very interesting to me so far.

  30. Sims says:

    My question of the week is ‘Did TVLine / Michael Ausiello ask for The Good Wife to be cancelled, in the light of Mike & Molly already being cancelled, just to ensure that Logan and Sukie are back in Stars Hollow?’

  31. Regina says:

    9 – This. YES!
    18 – It definitely did. I’m not even gonna tell you how long it was until I had the A-ha moment.

  32. Chicago Dan says:

    9. FALLEN1 – TAKEN1 – Just check out CA build a personalize plate database.
    11. A desk for Scully for S11? Is there anyway FOX doesn’t demand it?
    25. AFH – I’m still traumatized each time I see that horrific ‘angel’ artwork. No need to invest in changing months, the show will be one and done.

  33. Preacher Book says:

    #9 – Maybe the spelling with “E” was already taken. Even the Devil has trouble with the DMV?

  34. myrkr says:

    1. $250,000? More than enough in Canada. A 4 year bachelor at a top university is about $70,000. Figure in living expenses and working four months between school years, and 2 kids get educations with nearly $40,000 left over.

    3. Should SNL – anyone! – spoof rape? How is that even a question?! There’s nothing funny about it. The question should be are we teaching the same lessons, values, and perspectives to both genders? And question how we’re shaping a culture in which an adult think it’s okay?

  35. Weezy says:

    #21: Yes. A rare misstep for one of the more underrated shows on TV. I really hope he gets his act together soon, otherwise he’s just turning into a throwaway character that will be dead by midseason. I do think the whole “Commander of Death” thing is a little ridiculous, but I understand how that could be possible given how the Grounders are portrayed as extremely primitive.

  36. mooshki says:

    #4 I’m pretty sure a marriage in medieval times wasn’t valid until consummated.