THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Florence + The Machine, “Never Let Me Go”
The episode: “Heart of Darkness” (319)
The hook: More than three months after their first passionate lip lock, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) once again yielded to temptation last night. On a road trip to retrieve Elena’s brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), even a roadside motel couldn’t block their mutual yearning. Because, let’s face it, Delena are so sizzling, they could steam up an iceberg. From the breathless grazing of hands until to a perfectly synchronized downbeat that emphasize Damon’s shirtless emergence from the hotel room, it was on. They fell into each other’s arms as particularly powerful piano chord surged and Florence Welch sang about “all this devotion… rushing out of me.” If their last love theme (Ross Copperman’s “Holding On and Letting Go”) left too much room for confusion, certainly the star-crossed not-yet-lovers can’t ignore the message this time: Never let go! If only for our sakes.
Watch it! The episode won’t be available online until Monday, but you can listen to “Never Let Me Go” on YouTube and relive the delayed gratification with Mandi Bierly’s recap. Mandi also talked to series EP Julie Plec about this moment of “series-wide epicness” and what’s coming up next.
The song: Otis Redding, “Mr. Pitiful”
The episode: “Dirty Little Secrets” (102)
The hook: Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is in the business of kicking tail and taking names — quite literally. Her latest case on April 12 centered on a high-end madame’s formidable client roster. In an unfortunate turn of events, one of the men implicated — a Supreme Court Justice nominee — was actually innocent. So it was up to Olivia and her team of fixers to salvage his reputation. With another old-school R&B classic, Olivia’s cohort Harrison (Columbus Short) rounded up the D.C. power players who had actually patronized the service. Redding’s song title — and the men’s faces — said it all. Luckily, Olivia wasn’t looking to prosecute — only to leverage the men’s secrets to help her client find justice (the title, that is). Blackmail has never been so funky.
Watch it! Happy endings turn into sad sacks at 36:01 on Scandal‘s Hulu.
CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
The song: Björk, “Headphones (Remix)”
The episode: “Habeas Corpse” (1019)
The hook: In the morning-after April 8 opener, Det. Ryan Wolfe (Jonathan Togo) was bloodied and pummeled as he regained consciousness — and saw a corpse beside him. Nobody does blur-and-wail orchestration better than Björk, and that’s exactly what this moment demanded. The Icelandic emo queen’s trippy track communicated his disorientation as the camera swirled out, Hitchcock-style, to reveal this nightmare scenario around him. Talk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Or the floor, as it were.
Watch it! Togo wakes from a dead sleep right at the top of the episode on CSI: Miami‘s official page.
The song: Donovan, “Season of the Witch”
The episode: “The Thing With Feathers” (116)
The hook: Hopefully your week will end better than Nick Burkhardt’s (David Giuntoli), Jukeboxers (keep reading for tips!). After taking his girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) on a camping trip where he planned to propose, Nick’s Grimm duties got in the way yet again, and Juliette refused his proposal. While Nick took in the rejection, his Nick’s partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) was wining and dining Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee) to the tune of Donovan’s paranoid 1966 song. The psychedelic track summed up the moment perfectly: Nick should be “looking over his shoulder” because Adalind is the very same Hexenbiest who has been working against Nick since the beginning of the season. Under the instruction of Nick’s shady captain (Sasha Roiz), she began moving in on Hank, bewitching him to the point of obsession. With chocolate chip cookies, no less! Dastardly.
Watch it! Don’t Trust the W—- at Brasserie Montmartre premieres at 42:20 on Grimm‘s Hulu.
NEW GIRL (Fox)
The song: The Clash, “Death or Glory”
The episode: “Normal” (120)
The hook: And so, with this last Jukebox entry, I’m giving all my readers of age and inclination a weekend kick-off present: True American, a.k.a. the best drinking game ever. Sure, I was just as confused as Russell (Dermot Mulroney) when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the roomies explained the ruled on April 10, but I can definitely tell you that True American entails pretending the floors are made of lava, shouting out presidents’ names, flashing hand signals, and, of course, drinking as much as humanly possible — and then drinking some more. So why choose a Britpunk song to underscore a game called True American? Simply put, it’s all about the title. “Death or Glory” — you have to play to win. There is no middle ground — and if there is, it’s made of lava. Happy weekend, Jukeboxers!
Watch it! Let the game begin at 8:57 on New Girl‘s Hulu. Amazingly, when Russell was later stabbed with a corn on the cob skewer, it wasn’t during the game. Find out how that happened in our recap.
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