Was Zoo Twist a Tired Trope? Is Carpool Karaoke Psychic? Girl Meets Missed Crossover Opportunity? 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 Zoo, Girl Meets World, Stranger Things, UnREAL and Little Liars!

1 | In Episode 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things: Assuming that upon leaving her sleepover at Pete’s, Nancy took the same route home (by foot or, like, hitched a ride), wouldn’t she have seen that STRANGER-THINGS-ALPHABET Barb’s car was still parked down the road? Also, were you shouting at the screen for Joyce to make the The Martian set up a Christmas light alphabet?

2 | Since Girl Meets World and Family Matters technically exist in the same universe, wouldn’t it have made more sense for Reginald VelJohnson — who guest-starred as a cop — to have just played Carl Winslow?

3 | Was The Night Of‘s hard-boiled D.A. correct that Box “blinked” at her “You sure he did it?” inquiry? And will that deer head on Andrea’s wall somehow turn out to be a crucial part of the case, or is it simply a creepy piece of set design?

4 | Did your “Benedict Arnold!” sonar ping when The Last Ship showed Elisabeth Rohm’s character getting all cuddlyMacGyver with President Michener?

5 | CBS’ explodey lower-third ad for MacGyver isn’t obnoxious at all, is it?

6 | Can 12 Monkeys keep Jennifer in 1917 France for a little while? Think of the comedy potential!

7 | Did The Fosters‘ father-son hug between Gabe and Jesus unexpectedly gut you?

8 | Does UnREAL feel especially rushed this season? And wasn’t Rachel and Adam’s chemistry off the charts compared to her and Coleman?

9 | If Tucker Westmore is somehow the key to Devious Maids‘ main Season 4 mystery, why didn’t the show cast a child actor who’s a little more, um, natural on camera? And speaking of kids, did Rosie ship little Miguel off to boarding school?

10 | Was Major Crimes‘ DCFS worker overly confrontational and cynical, considering she was vetting a veteran Zoolawman to be a foster parent?

11 | Now that Zoo has done its version of it, can we please drop the TV trope where the sought-after post-apocalyptic haven turns out to be populated by “kindly”-but-secretly savage weirdos?

12 | Why, why, why did Pretty Little Liars‘ Aria delete the record of Nicole’s call? Haven’t our girls learned that keeping secrets from their boyfriends (fiancé?) never ends well with a stalker on the loose?

13 | Did Big Brother‘s Paul ensure his ticket to jury by making muffins? (It’s like everyone was blinded by his baking after he was their target just a few weeks back!)

Live With Kelly Dog14 | Is there any animal labor law that would prevent Live from naming Kelly Ripa’s adorable dog “Chewbecca” her new co-host?

15 | Does Laura Benanti’s Melania Trump belong on a Mount Rushmore of political impersonators, alongside Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and Larry David’s Bernie Sanders? And how often do we expect her to turn up on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, through at least November? Speaking of Melania’s speech….

16 | Was it pure serendipity that The Late Late Show’s Carpool Karaoke with the First Lady, which was taped prior to Night 1 of the RNC, included the “Get Ur Freak On” lyrics, “Copy written, so don’t copy me. Y’all do it, sloppily”? And how long after Michelle Obama’s appearance do you think Melania Trump’s people waited to call James Corden and ask that she also do Carpool Karaoke with Missy Elliott?

17 | If you’ve gotten wind of the Mr. Robot “Season 2 twist” fan theory, are you almost angry that you did? Isn’t it almost distracting as you watch certain scenes unfold now?

18 | Who at NatGeo thinks a scripted drama centered on ISIS sounds the least bit appealing?

19 | Did Conan blow its budget on O’Brien and Andy Richter’s Comic-Con-themed superhero “clash” promo, that they did no fun pre-taped bit with the Arrow/Flash/Supergirl stars?

Hit the comments with your answers — and any other Qs you care to share!

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12 Comments
  1. Chris says:

    Re: Girl Meets World. If the show had VelJohnson play Carl Winslow then they’d have to pay Warner Brothers and the creators of Family Matters for the IP rights, similar to how Homicide: Life on the Street’s David Simon gets paid every time Richard Belzer’s John Munch appeared in an episode. So it’s probably a budget thing.

  2. Patrick says:

    OMG, the CW comic book stars on Conan was completely devoid of entertainment value. It was awful.

  3. Television says:

    2. Girl meets world. It seems really off this season. And doesn’t seem natural at all.
    6. 12 Monkeys is the best show. They really handle time travel better than anyone else.
    8. Unreal. Seems well, unreal. I’m done with that show, no one is believable.
    9. Devious Maids. I love this show. It is weird that Miguel is missing and Rosie is focusing on Tucker so much. I really like this season though. Always fun.
    12. Pretty Little Liars. Aria really shouldn’t have looked at his phone, which I know would be hard not to do. But then she wouldn’t be in that position, but yea, deleting it, he will def find out.
    19. Not sure what the point of having the Flash/Arrow stars on the show. They were allowed to say two words. Not much of an interview.

  4. Leslie says:

    12, It is laughable at this point. Those 5 girls only know how to lie. They have learned nothing in all these years or they would never lie to their families, friends or the police. Aria’s deleting the phone record will come back to bite her. She shouldn’t have listened to Emily.

  5. MissEllys says:

    18. So tasteless.
    11. So so so overused.

  6. Dr.Bombay says:

    I think, given his violent outbursts, tgats it’s ridiculous Julio is even being considered as a foster parent.

  7. patrickmaloney33 says:

    6. I’ll be disappointed if she doesn’t spend at least the first four episodes of next season in France.
    17. I think it adds to the fun of the season!

  8. Tom says:

    2 |Since Girl Meets World and Family Matters technically exist in the same universe, wouldn’t it have made more sense for Reginald VelJohnson — who guest-starred as a cop — to have just played Carl Winslow?
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    No doubt rights were involved or else he would have probably
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    15 | Does Laura Benanti’s Melania Drumpf belong on a Mount Rushmore of political impersonators, alongside Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and Larry David’s Bernie Sanders? And how often do we expect her to turn up on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, through at least November? Speaking of Melania’s speech….
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    It was certainly epic, too good to NOT use again

  9. #1 When they parked they made reference to the fact that they were parking “away” from the house so the neighbors wouldn’t see the cars and report the underage party, so I had no problem with her not seeing the car when she was heading home.

  10. Anna says:

    7. Tears everywhere. NuJesus is making me forget that old Jesus ever existed. This guy is a great actor, and he has fantastic chemistry with everyone in the family, especially Mariana and Gabe. This storyline with Gabe is phenomenal – I wish they had him on show a bit more to explore his growing relationships with Jesus and Mariana.

    16. 😂😂😂 The hits just keep coming

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