The song: The Album Leaf, “The Light”
The episode: “Grant: For the People” (107)
The hook: The San Diego alternative outfit’s 2006 track threaded throughout the desire-laden last two episodes of Scandal‘s abbreviated first season. Oscillating between past and present, the song underscored a key moment of sexual tension between Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her boss Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn), soon to be the President of the United States. The undulating instrumental’s chill vibe played subtly under four different scenes, shifting to complement the push-and-pull dynamics between Liv and Fitz. It was a deliciously understated yet ever-present expression of their dips and peaks, their years of mutual longing.
Watch it! Get our your fans and your tissues as the desperate longing begins at 20:26 on Scandal‘s Hulu. Liv and Fitz weren’t the only ones with something to hide. See which other character lived up to the show’s name in Mandi Bierly’s recap.
HART OF DIXIE (The CW)
The song: Matt Nathanson Feat. Sugarland, “Run”
The episode: “The Big Day” (122)
The hook: Even without the rain, the heated interactions between Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and Wade (Wilson Bethel) have been steamy since Dixie started last fall. But, indeed, it was a rainstorm that drove the clashing neighbors together on May 14. After scrapping for most of the hour, they acknowledged the sexy elephant in the room, resolved to get the tension out of their systems, and moved in to seal their deal with a kiss — only to be interrupted. A long car ride home simmered thanks to Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch,” and the odd couple went their separate ways. For a little while at least. Their magnetic attraction couldn’t be ignored, and Zoe made the first move, underlined by an appropriately sultry from Nathanson and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
Watch it! No rain, no gain at 36:40 on Dixie‘s official page. Sandra Gonzalez gave her take on the big moment (hint: she was in favor).
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
The song: Johnny Mathis, “Wonderful! Wonderful!”
The episode: “Finishing the Hat” (823)
The hook: In a hectic two-hour finale, the Housewives experienced nearly all of life’s milestones: Birth, death, and a wedding. (The only thing missing was jury duty.) The crooner’s 1957 tune offered up a dreamy coda to Wisteria Lane’s most valuable second stringer Mrs. McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten), who was taking her final breaths in sync with the series itself. While Bree (Marcia Cross) rushed to her side, others rushed to the hospital to welcome the daughter of Julie Mayer (Andrea Bowen) and Porter Scavo (Charlie Carver). Forget Elton John, it was Mathis who sang this circle of life. Much of it was tragic, much was traumatic, and most was delicious naughty, but all of it was wonderful, wonderful.
Watch it! Although we’ve come to the end of the Lane at 34:05 on Housewives‘ Hulu, that wasn’t the end for all the characters. Read what happened next in Mandi Bierly’s reaction.
And that’s all she wrote for this season, Jukebox. Hope it was as “Wonderful! Wonderful!” for you as it was for me. Enjoy the tunes!
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