If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/5/16

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!

Kyle’s Choice

amcrimestory45smallTonight, FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story comes to an end as the verdict is announced. Last week it was all about those racist audio tapes. A failed screenwriter had interviewed Mark Fuhrman for 13 hours about his police work, and in these tapes Fuhrman repeatedly drops the n-word while spewing every kind of racist remark and admitting to planting evidence to help incriminate non-white folks. Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey were desperate to get them into evidence so that the jury could hear them, and they used all kinds of questionable tactics to get a judge to approve this. They also took it to the streets to get the public to demand to hear the tapes. However, since the tapes included Fuhrman making derogatory remarks about Judge Ito’s wife, this put the whole case into question – should Ito recuse himself, or should there be a mistrial? (The prosecution really should have jumped at the chance of a mistrial, but I think at this point no one really liked the idea of starting all over again!) Ito ruled that only a tiny portion of the tapes could be played for the jury – the part that proved that Fuhrman had purgered himself on the stand when he said he didn’t use the n-word. And when Fuhrman took the stand, he just pleaded the fifth repeatedly, which didn’t do any wonders for the prosecution’s case.

Over the course of this series, the show has done an amazing job of bringing this case to life – it also brought back all those old feelings of frustration and annoyance toward how this whole circus of a trial played out. It’s easy to see the prominent role this case has played in shaping today’s celebrity-obsessed culture. Each week I get more and more frustrated with how Cochran is able to manipulate people and turn the whole case into a race thing, completely ignoring the fact that the trial is supposed to be about getting justice for the two people who were murdered. I’m both looking forward to and dreading tonight’s finale, but either way, I know it’s going to be fully entertaining to watch.

On tonight’s finale, “The Verdict,” the prosecution and defense make their closing statements; the jurors deliberate; and the verdict is given.

See the end play out tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Limitless, Fresh Off the Boat, The Real O’Neals, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and iZombie.
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Jenny’s Choice

chicagomed45smallLast week’s Chicago Med was kind of depressing all around. Dr. Halstead figured out that the cancer patient who was suing him and the hospital was getting the placebo in the drug trial. He tried to convince his pharmaceutical-rep friend to speak to whomever was in charge and get her switched to the drug, but she said there was no way that she could. So then he was determined to go up to the patient and tell them, but Dr. Rhodes, who was the one who allowed Dr. Halstead to look up in the information using his computer passcode, stopped him in the elevator, saying that if he did, he (Halstead) would lose his job, and the patients needed a good doctor like him. Even though he really didn’t want to, Halstead backed off. Sarah Reese was treating a man who claimed to have been clipped by a car by accident, hurting his knee, but Dr. Charles figured out that the man was depressed and had tried to get himself killed, so he committed the man on a temporary hold. Through their conversations, the man finally admitted it and we learned that Dr. Charles himself is depressed and on medication that he’d stopped to see what would happen. (I guessed earlier in the episode about him being depressed. Yay me…)

And poor Maggie was arrested when she refused to do a blood draw on a man who the police thought had driven drunk and injured a cop. When Maggie asked, the patient said no, he wouldn’t allow it, and she had to abide by that per the hospital rules. The injured cop’s partner arrested her for obstruction of justice. Sharon Goodwin tried to talk Voight into getting Maggie released, but it looked like she would have to be arraigned first. I have a feeling that’ll just go away, as it should. Do I think the blood draw should have been forced? Yes. But Maggie was only following hospital protocol, which is what needs to be changed. Finally, there was the case of the single mother whose baby presented with all the signs of SBS – shaken baby syndrome – and Dr. Manning and Goodwin had her baby taken from her by authorities. Fortunately, once she saw the baby’s medical history, Dr. Manning realized she’d been wrong and that the baby actually had a medical issue that only looked like SBS. So the baby and mother were reunited, but sadly, they had a long road ahead of them.

On tonight’s episode, “Us,” a husband has an unusual request after the death of his wife. Dr. Charles tries to deal with a patient who wants to cut off his own arm. Dr. Rhodes is concerned about possible complications for a boy who swallowed magnets. Marina Squerciati (Burgess, Chicago PD), Jesse Lee Soffer (Jay Halstead, Chicago PD), and Annie Potts guest star.

Learn why a patient wants to cut off his arm tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing NCIS, The Real O’Neals, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, NCIS: NOLA, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Fire, Chopped, & Separation Anxiety.

Megan’s Choice

chicagofire45smallChicago Fire never fails to disappoint, and last week’s episode definitely kept that trend up. Severide found a body of a young child in a chimney on a call, and he was convinced it was the girl from an earlier missing-person’s case, where the police declared she had drowned and been swept down river. It turns out he was right, and he also managed to smoke out the killer, who turned out to be the girl’s uncle. What a twisted situation. My heart broke for the mother. I love seeing the cases where Severide is so invested and shows such compassion to the people involved. Makes me love him for more than just a pretty face.

Speaking of pretty faces… Casey managed to win the race for Alderman, which hopefully will help the community and get some of those displaced from the storm a place to live. It was a great episode, with some ups and downs for all the characters, but in the end, we got a few happy moments after an otherwise emotionally heavy episode.

On tonight’s episode, “On the Warpath,” while responding to a call involving a victim incapacitated with a leg wound, Brett witnesses a murder and is threatened by the shooter not to go to the police. Unsure of what to do, she tries to track down Antonio from Chicago PD. Elsewhere, Firehouse 51 jumps into action when a fire breaks out inside a restaurant, trapping several people inside a vault. Meanwhile, with his wedding day to Trudy fast approaching, a nervous Mouch starts to get cold feet.

Find out if Antonio can help Sylvie and if Mouch can go through with the wedding tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice, Chicago Med, NCIS, NCIS: NOLA, and Limitless.

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