If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/24/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

The Goldbergs is still one of my favorite comedies. I love, love, love all the 80s references and episode themes. Last week took me right back to school, when my mom would chaperone field trips. Adam and his class were taking a field trip to Hersheypark, and after his friends told him they’d banned their parents from being chaperones, Adam laid down the law with Beverly. She got him, though, by giving him one of her famous “guilt letters.” When the other parents found out about them, they begged her to teach them, and she did, although she told them to write their own, not just copy hers. Each of Adam’s friends got a letter, so suddenly all of them had a parent chaperoning the trip, Adam included. Unfortunately for Beverly, none of the parents took her direction and just copied her letters, and Adam and his friends compared them, quickly realizing they’d been played. In the end, it was another heartwarming moment, where Beverly and Adam came to an agreement: She would stop chaperoning and he would take the time for actual conversations with her – such as when she asked him about his day after school. That’s actually a very similar conversation I had with my own son when he was still in school, so it was weird & fun seeing it play out screen!

Also on that episode, it was Career Night at school, and Geoff finally admitted that he not only was grossed out by eyeballs but didn’t want to become an eye doctor, no matter how hard his father the eye doctor was pushing him toward it. Instead, he chose to “intern” with Murray at the furniture store. While it was obvious that wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, it did allow him to work things out with his dad. Barry, on the other hand, had a blast and actually learned a lot interning for Geoff’s dad. We know from way back in the series that Barry did indeed go on to become a doctor in real life, but I don’t know if he became an eye doctor or not. It’s funny regardless!

On tonight’s episode, “Mister Knifey-Hands,” despite Beverly’s wishes, Jackie’s parents allow Adam to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street (which is the exact reason I picked this episode to recommend!) and a disagreement between the families ensues. But Beverly dreams of facing off with horror icon Freddy Krueger (guest star Robert Englund), which teaches her an important lesson about her son’s relationship with Jackie. Meanwhile, Erica realizes she’s not as popular as she once was when she starts hanging out at William Penn Academy, despite the fact she’s no longer a student there.

See how Adam handles Freddy tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chicago Med, American Housewife, Chicago Fire, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, SEAL Team, Single Parents, Chicago PD, & Criminal Minds.
 
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Phoebe’s Choice

A few years back, I worked with a team of writers to craft a season’s worth of scripts for a 15-minute show we were going to pitch to Adult Swim entitled No Hablas Español! I had a falling out with some of the writers, and the project was scrapped – but I do send the scripts out sometimes when applying for various writing gigs. After last week’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I am certain that my work made it across the desk of Charlie, Dennis, & the Gang. The episode, titled “The Gang Does a Clip Show,” was a curve-ball meta episode that utilized many of the key plot devices that carried No Hablas.

Because their phones all were updating for a half hour, they decided to collectively remember highlight moments from their shared history. They started with Frank in the couch and were soon powering through Charlie confronting Santa Clause about sleeping with his mom. A slapstick supercut of Dee falling over was an early highlight. But then, about eight minutes in, Mack altered one of their memories. When Dee & Charlie pushed the memory even further from the truth, the gang stumbled on their power to alter reality by remembering things differently. (“D Hug the Hallucinogenic Giraffe” invented this meta magic!)

Soon, Charlie was remembering things in Chinese, and the gang collectively inserted themselves into the Seinfeld “contest” episode, with both Mack & Dennis playing Jerry, Frank as Costanza, Dee as Elaine, & Charlie as Kramer. This was hilarious to me, as I often refer to Always Sunny as Seinfeld in Philly with 5 George Costanzas. Charlie imagined a memory in which the waitress loved him and had his baby, but in the process imagined a second Charlie. For a few minutes they fought through control of the memory shtick to try to get back to baseline reality. This detoured through a ridiculous moment of the two Charlies yelling at each other’s high voices. They were still unsure of whether they made it back to reality at the end of the episode, when their phones “binged,” indicating that the updates were complete. Dennis set a top to spinning on the bar to prove they were back in reality, like in Inception. They all got too absorbed in their phones to notice that the top never fell over as the credits roled and Charlie #2 peeked through the door.

On tonight’s episode, “Charlie’s Home Alone,” it’s the weekend of Super Bowl LII from Charlie’s perspective. While Charlie searches the back office, Cricket steals the suit, leaving Charlie home alone to defend himself.

See how Charlie’s weekend alone goes tonight on FXX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching American Horror Story and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
 

Megan’s Choice

SEAL Team is usually so focused on the missions that the team goes on and the situations they deal with that we don’t really get much of a picture into their home lives. This season, that has changed. While I am very pleased that the writers are branching out with each character’s story, I found myself distraught last episode. Jason’s wife was killed in a car accident, and it brought all of the guys to their most vulnerable places.

We saw Stella rally to help plan food for the family because Clay didn’t even have a clue where to start. It was sweet but emotional to see all the men so unsure of themselves, because usually they are full of confidence. Sonny reached out and tried to help Jason’s son find a way to express his emotions — which involved a lot of awkward silences and video games. The hardest part of all was watching Jason fumble to find a way to handle it all.

When Jason punched the fridge and the garbage can in front of his kids and then he sobbed, I sobbed. The team’s phones all went off at the funeral for a mission and they left. Jason’s daughter was very upset about him leaving and made no attempt to hide her anger. Later Jason realized he couldn’t go and he went home. His kids were so happy to see him, and I was amazed because he has never stayed behind before. It was the realization that he was all these kids had now that was the catalyst for this epic change. I am interested to see where this emotional upheaval takes these characters the rest of this season.

On tonight’s episode, “All That Matters,” Bravo Team is in Mumbai to rescue a U.S. Foreign Service officer being held hostage by radicals who attacked the city. Also, Jason reevaluates his parenting style and finds a way to connect with his kids.

Find out how the team does without Jason in the field tonight on CBS at 9:01/8:01c.

I’ll also be watching Single Parents, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Riverdale, All American, Criminal Minds, and A Million Little Things.

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