TV Jukebox: 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Fringe,' 'Jersey Shore' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

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PAN AM (ABC)
The song: “Danke Schoen,” made famous by Wayne Newton
The episode: “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” (103)
The hook: With the espionage and drama in Sunday’s Pan Am, the show finally kicked into high gear. But a lighthearted kicker made it the series’ most well-rounded yet as Maggie (Christina Ricci) succeeded in a quest to get a box of Cuban cigars to President John F. Kennedy. “I just want to thank him for making me realize that each of us can make a difference,” she told a Secret Service officer on the tarmac of West Berlin Airport after Kennedy’s famous 1963 speech. The Cubans made their way into the President’s hands, and Maggie even got a wave from the Pres for her troubles. Newton’s blithe rendition of the 1962 song plays not only on Maggie’s desire to thank a hero but also on the hope of a time long before Kennedy’s nation-shaking assassination.
Watch it! Read along with Adam B. Vary’s recap as Maggie meets Jack around 37:50 on Pan Am’s Hulu page.

ENLIGHTENED (HBO)
The song: Regina Spektor, “Human of the Year”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: If you learn anything from Enlightened‘s pilot, it’s that Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) is a mess. Starting with a near-psychotic break at her office that was one automatic weapon away from a Lifetime movie, we got a glimpse into her world of meltdown, letdowns, and emotional dysfunction. After a court-ordered therapeutic retreat to Hawaii, where she swam with the turtles and read books with titles like Flow Through the Rage, Amy returned to her imploded life hoping for a fresh start. By the final beats of the episode, Amy had a cathartic moment upon seeing her withholding mother reading a letter meant to heal their relationship. Buoyed by that hope, Amy returned to her job in her sunniest yellow dress as Spektor’s ethereal chorus of “Hallelujahs” rose over the din of everyday life. Riding up to her old office, Amy envisioned the shimmering light and the shadow of her Hawaiian turtles above. In this moment, we knew Amy’s inner tranquility would not be thwarted.
Watch it! The show is available online only to HBO GO subscribers. Everyone else can check out Christian Blauvelt’s instant reaction to the premiere while listening to “Human of the Year” on YouTube.

FRINGE (Fox)
The song:
Manfred Mann, “Mighty Quinn”
The episode:
“Alone in the World” (403)
The hook:
Bob Dylan first wrote this song (originally called “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)”) in 1967, but it was made famous by British band Manfred Mann the next year. Given Fringe‘s ongoing alternate universe story arc, the use of a song that’s been slightly altered and reinterpreted into infinite realities over the years seemed particularly on-point metaphor for the cult show’s current season.
Watch it! The full episode will be available on Fox.com and Fringe‘s Hulu page tomorrow. For now, you can listen to Mann’s version on YouTube.

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  • C

    my vote would go to Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” sung by yhe oldtimers on “The Voice Off” was not really familiar with it now i love it!

    • C

      * sorry I mean’t “The Sing Off”!

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  • Cha

    No revenge???? Hmmm

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  • Sue1

    “Pyscho” and “tango” do not belong together.

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      eeeeewwwwweeee I don’t know which is worse the choices in women or the ones in men! Trying not to keep that in my memroy all day and I’ll end like I began too eeeeeewwwwweeeee!

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