The song: “The Scientist,” originally by Coldplay
The episode: “The Break Up” (404)
The hook: Thursday’s ep was a sobfest, including a beautifully throaty rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mine”* from Santana (Naya Rivera) to Brittany (Heather Morris). But it was a group take on Coldplay’s emotionally ravaged ballad that really got the tears flowing. Flashbacks to the couples’ relationships in happier times provided an extra punch in the gut. “Nobody said it was easy.” Preach, Chris Martin.
Read Erin Strecker’s recap
ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
The song: Lou Reed, “Charley’s Girl”
The episode: “Broken” (201)
The hook: It remains to be seen what role Michael Raymond-James will play on Once. His character’s introduction certainly did nothing to clear the murkiness, and Reed’s cool, cowbell-punctuated 1975 song added yet more texture to the mystery. Some viewers hear echoes of season 1 dialogue by Emma; maybe he’s Henry’s father? Others point out that Lewis Carroll’s real name was Charles; is Raymond-James the White Rabbit? These questions remain unanswered for now, but we’re having a groovy time puzzling them out.
Read Hillary Busis’s recap
The song: The Hampdens, “Hype V.2″
The episode: “Life After Death” (210)
The hook: Following a major death last week, Monday’s ep offered a much-needed breather. Who did see some action? Rachel (Azita Ghanizada) and John (Steve Byers). Though their fumbling first attempt at lovemaking was anything but instant gratification, the couple eventually found their rhythm, with an assist from a sultry song from Aussie trio The Hampdens.
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
The song: “Creep,” originally by Radiohead
The episode: “Week 2 Performance” (1503)
The hook: A big-band version of the emo kings’ ostracism anthem shouldn’t have worked. And, well, it ultimately didn’t for Joey Fatone. Whether you agree with that outcome or not, it was a defiantly offbeat choice. If DWTS is going to mess with our minds, this toe-tapper was a much more pleasant means than keeping Bristol Palin around.
Read Annie Barrett’s recap
The song: Elvis Costello, “Watching the Detectives”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: Thursday night’s inclusion of James Mathé’s “Bloodline” was appropriately emolicious for this angsty newcomer, but to start the series off with a zing, they had to turn to Elvis. Costello, that is. After Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) solved a murder, they made their working relationship official at the end of the Sept. 27 ep. More important than the face-value relevance of the song is the fact that it isn’t claiming to watch “a detective.” We’re watching them both. Deduction: There’s a growing partnership afoot. As for the fact that Costello’s 1977 single is about the tension between quarreling lovers? Well, we’ll see….
Read Ken Tucker’s review
THE GOOD WIFE (ABC)
The song: Tally Hall, “Mucka Blucka”
The episode: “I Fought the Law” (401)
The hook: Nothing says, “Yes, Officer, I’m a responsible young man — not at all on drugs!” quite like blasting a rap song composed entirely of chicken clucking. Oh wait…. Nice one, Zach (Graham Phillips).
Read Breia Brissey’s recap
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