TV Jukebox: 'The Mindy Project,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Arrow,' and more music-on-TV moments

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From Nashville to NYC, in darkrooms and sunrises, TV Jukebox was all over the map this week.

We’ve got picks from The Mindy Project, Gossip Girl, Parenthood, Arrow, and more. So if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you what tunes really resonated. Check out our picks, including a full Spotify playlist, below! (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)

THE MINDY PROJECT (Fox)
The song: Trey Songz Feat. T.I., “2 Reasons”
The episode: “In the Club” (103)
The hook: Mindy Kaling may have declared herself one of the “Bad Girls” in the pilot, but her sharp-tongued colleague Danny (Chris Messina) showed his surprisingly good moves this Tuesday to Trey and T.I.’s bumpin’ anthem to “bitches and dranks.”

NASHVILLE (ABC)*
The song: Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen, “If I Didn’t Know Better”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: ABC’s Music City sudser burst out the gate with a mix of contemporary radio hits and hooky originals, but the tortured duet between Scarlett & Gunnar (Bowen and Palladio) — a Civil Wars deep cut — stood out for its agony-as-ecstasy vibe.
Read Darren Franich’s recap and Ken Tucker’s review

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Amy Stroup, “Wait for the Morning”
The episode: “Growing Pains” (401)
The hook: After making her transition to vamphood last night, Elena (Nina Dobrev) needed the comfort of the familiar, and her ep-ending talk with Stefan (Paul Wesley) provided exactly that — plus a daylight ring, which he put on that finger. Scored by the strumming of Nashville singer-songwriter Stroup, this symbolic promise ring not only signified Stelena’s renewed commitment to their relationship but also the hope of a new day. For a new vamp like Elena, the sunrise could be something to dread; instead, Stefan transformed it into a chance for a new start, which they vowed to take “one day at a time.”
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap

PARENTHOOD (NBC)*
The song: The Lumineers, “Flowers In Your Hair”
The episode: “There’s Something I Need To Tell You” (405)
The hook: We’ve been digging on the suddenly-this-summer Lumineers since December, so we had to give a shout-out their latest “show tune” — especially after a strong showing for Parenthood from Jukebox’s Twitter fans this week. As Hank (Ray Romano) kissed Sarah (Lauren Graham) in a photo darkroom, the gentle plucking of the acoustic guitar echoed his tentative advance. And that jangling tambourine? A warning sign to Sarah’s current boyfriend Mark (Jason Ritter) — this love triangle will shake things up.

ARROW (The CW)
The song: Icky Blossoms, “Babes”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: Though The Raveonettes’ “Apparitions” added a nice bit of texture to the complicated relationship between our hero’s ex Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and his best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell), let’s be honest: We came here for abs, y’all. And we got ‘em in Oliver “Arrow” Queen (Stephan Amell). After a sweaty training montage, we can’t help but think the Omaha electrorockers’ “Babes” (playing in a club during Oliver’s welcome home party) was written with something like Arrow’s 12-pack in mind.
Read Nuzhat Naoreen’s recap and Ken Tucker’s review

666 PARK AVENUE (ABC)
The song: Patsy Cline, “You Belong to Me”
The episode: “Murmurations” (102)
The hook: Because a powerful man like Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn) needs an song to swagger to. Cline’s velvety voice doesn’t detract from the tune’s Devilish implication: Gavin owns everything and everyone in the titular residence.

GOSSIP GIRL (The CW)
The song: The XX, “Angels”
The episode: “Gone Maybe Gone” (601)
The hook: Has there ever been a limo scene between Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) that wasn’t epic? Though it wasn’t what we wanted to hear, Chuck’s declaration that he and Blair needed to take break-up to focus on his empire (the very one he claimed he would sacrifice for Blair) was nonetheless a touching moment. Underscoring it all, the English indie rockers’ wistful tune about silent devotion provided a perfectly bittersweet note.
Read Sandra Gonzalez’s recap

HELL ON WHEELS (AMC)
The song: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Devil’s Waitin'”
The episode: “Blood Moon Rising” (210)
The hook: Was Lily’s (Dominique McElligott) death in vain? As Cullen (Anson Mount) carried her lifeless body through town in the season 2 finale, the Denver outfit’s strummy dirge (a blend of equal parts fatalist philosophy and existential outcry) certainly implied so. Let’s just hope the Devil in question isn’t waiting for her.

*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to @friskylacrosse@maureen_quinlan, and ‏@theironist12 for their suggestions!

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