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Over the years, the casino and gambling in general have featured in a wide array of
television series, appearing in various titles, from cult classics such as Friends
to animated fan favourite The Simpsons
. This is partly because the world of gambling is extremely easy to incorporate into most scenarios and the fact that the pastime is often both peculiar and exhilarating in equal measure means that it translates to the small screen incredibly well. With that being said, there are dozens of examples of TV series dedicating entire episodes to gambling and the casino. Below are eight of our favourite scenes which serve to illustrate the added value that gambling has when incorporated properly.
It’s possible that The Simpsons has referenced gambling and the casino more than any other animated show, which would make sense, as it’s the longest running series of its kind. From the very first episode, where Homer rescues Santa’s Little Helper from the greyhound track to Homer and Ned being tricked into getting married in Las Vegas, there have been a number of classic moments relating to the casino, but the episode that perfectly encapsulates everything good, bad, or indifferent about gambling is Season 5 Episode 10. The aptly named “How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Legalise Gambling” is intended to be a satirical look at Las Vegas, focusing on the panic which sweeps Springfield when plans for a casino to be built within the town are approved.
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Last week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0 was a good one but very emotional. It was great for Grover to have an episode that was focused on his past and what led him to Hawaii. We learned a long time ago that Grover left Chicago after a case went bad, but we found out in this episode that losing the child that night put him over the edge. Grover was suicidal, and it turns out it was only his son skipping school and being home when he was about to shoot himself that saved his life. While talking down a suspect in this episode, Grover disclosed the whole story and in the end saved the day. I was so happy that he was able to use his tragic past to help the man this time and that the team had his back as well.
On tonight’s episode, “Na keiki a Kalaihaohia (The Children of Kalaihoahia),” when the corpse of a diamond smuggler is stolen from a graveyard, Five-0 tracks down his partner, Voss, who will stop at nothing to retrieve their latest batch of contraband. Also, Adam recruits a new confidential informant, Jessie Nomura; Tani gets a devastating call; and McGarrett tasks Pua to find his and Danny’s stolen tools. American Idol winner Phillip Phillips guest stars as Voss, and Christine Ko guest stars as Jessie Nomura.
To see how Adam’s new recruit makes out, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching Blue Bloods, Taken, MacGyver, and Hell’s Kitchen.