THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Sleigh Bells, “Demons”
The episode: “The Murder of One” (318)
The hook: Brooklyn noise rockers Sleigh Bells have become music supervisor shorthand for badassery. Witness: A scene in which the Salvatore brothers (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) and Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) broke out the big-boy toys to craft Original vampire-killing white oak stakes. Later in the hour, fellow New Yorkers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Shame and Fortune” provided an equally distorted undercurrent to a sexily sadistic scene when Original Rebekah (Claire Holt) discovered the brothers’ plot and took it out on sometime lover, all-the-time manipulator Damon (Somerhalder). Clearly he had to be shirtless for this. Our thanks to Rebekah.
Watch it! The boys come, saw, and conquer at 1:43 on TVD‘s official page. Mandi Bierly can fill you in on everything that followed.
BREAKOUT KINGS (A&E)
The song: SCRiBE the Verbalist Feat. Outlaw, “Rapid Rain”
The episode: “Cruz Control” (204)
The hook: For an episode that began with an escape from a prison auto shop, it only made sense that some subwoofer-straining, gearhead-approved music would follow. Look no further than Bronx MC SCRiBE the Verbalist, whose erudite flow and down-and-dirty beats shook the floor as Erica Reed (Serinda Swan) went deep under cover March 25 to swipe intel from some neck tat-rocking, black market-fueling grease monkeys.
Watch it! Erica whips out her tightest white tank top and her brightest red lipstick at 12:00 on Breakout Kings‘ official site.
GOSSIP GIRL (The CW)
The song: Mr. Little Jeans, “Angel”
The episode: “Con-Heir” (518)
The hook: Love in an elevator! When a first attempt to bring their long-simmering relationship to a boil was “the least sexy thing since Courtney Stodden,” Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) were on the verge of breaking up this Monday. After trying (and failing) to bring the heat in various bedrooms and hotels across New York City, only Elisha Otis could help Dair find their mojo, not to mention join the 54-Story High Club. There weren’t only “two hearts on fire,” as the Rushmore-inspired songstress put it. I’m pretty sure there were some flaming loins up in there, too.
Watch it! Living it up while going down starts at 30:31 on Gossip Girl‘s official site.
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