TV Jukebox: 'The Blacklist,' 'Arrow,' 'Orphan Black,' and more of the week's best music-on-TV moments

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Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)

THE BLACKLIST (NBC)*
The song: Josh Ritter, “Change of Time”
The episode: “The Pavlovich Brothers” (119)
The hook: Ritter’s piano dirge conveyed the loneliness Liz (Megan Boone) felt Monday after her final confrontation with Tom (Ryan Eggold). Likewise, the familiar taste of salt water described by the Idaho-born indie folkster expressed the bitter, burning pain she felt at being betrayed by a man she once loved.
Read JoJo Marshall’s recap

FAKING IT (MTV)*
The song: HighHighs, “Open Season”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: Jukeboxers on Twitter called for this easygoing ditty, which played during a moment of reconciliation between Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk) on Tuesday’s series premiere.
Read Hillary Busis’ reaction to the ep

MAD MEN (AMC)
The song: The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year”
The episode: “A Day’s Work” (702)
The hook: As Don (Jon Hamm) and Sally (Kiernan Shipka) clashed Sunday night, The Turtles’ chipper “Elenore” served as a counterpoint to the familial friction. At the hour’s end, The Zombies’ 1968 B-side underscored Don’s buoyed spirit when his distant daughter said the words that surprised him the most: “I love you.” Suffice it to say, the “warmth of [Sally's] love” was much-needed on that chilly Valentine’s Day.
Read Jeff Labrecque’s recap

ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America)
The song: Anne Murray, “Snowbird”
The episode: “Nature Under Constraint And Vexed” (201)
The hook: The clone drama’s second season kicked off with a bang on April 19 as Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) was attacked in a diner. Murray’s bouncy 1970 strummer struck a dissonant note amid the gunfire and guts.
Read Darren Franich’s recap

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
The song: Colin Hay, “To Have and to Hold (Previously Unreleased)”
The episode: “Australia” (520)
The hook: The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan visited Oz Wednesday, so who better to play out the ep than the guys who comes from a land “Down Under”?

THE 100 (The CW)
The song: Disclosure, “When a Fire Starts to Burn”
The episode: “His Sister’s Keeper” (106)
The hook: The Brit EDM duo’s incendiary dancer was on-theme Wednesday as Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) grooved out just before a solar flare literally fired things up.

THE MINDY PROJECT (Fox)
The song: Mr. Little Jeans, “Runaway”
The episode: “An Officer and a Gynecologist” (220)
The hook: House party! Mindy (Mindy Kaling) may not have been happy to come home and find her college-age patient Jenny (B.K. Cannon) jamming out — and cuffing Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) to Mindy’s bed — to the Norwegian songbird’s synth-driven delectation, but we were blissed-out and, just like Morgan, staying put.
Read Erin Strecker’s recap

REIGN (The CW)
The song: BROODS, “Bridges”
The episode: “Toy Soldiers” (119)
The hook: Or should we say “The hook-up”? After an ebullient snowball fight scored to “Setting Sun” by This, the Silent War on Thursday’s episode, Bash (Torrance Coombs) and Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) majorly heated things up. While “Bridges” played through the actual consummation, a ménage à trois of sexy songs bookended the action: Lenka’s “Two Heartbeats,” Glass Animals’ “Exxus,” and NEULORE’s “Tribes.”
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap and watch Coombs’ and Stasey’s steamy chemistry

GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Radiant Life Perspective, “Blister in the Sun”
The episode: “Change of Heart” (1021)
The hook: The folks at Sloane-Grey Memorial got lots of big news on Thursday. At the end of the hour, Jackson (Jesse Williams) learned about April’s (Sarah Drew) pregnancy over the slowed-down vibes of Aron Wright & Jill Andrews’ cover of Starship’s 1985 chart-topper “We Built This City.” Earlier in the ep, Philly indie outfit Radiant Life perspective turned up the energy with a videogame-y take on Violent Femmes’ 1983 tune, which saw Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) return with a ring on it.
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap

ARROW (The CW)
The song: Greg Laswell, “And Then You”
The episode: “Seeing Red” (220)
The hook: Though the death of Moira (Susanna Thompson) was the big jaw-dropper on Wednesday’s Arrow, the installment started out on a much happier note. Laswell’s romantic ode was a perfectly romantic accompaniment as Oliver (Stephen Amell) suggested he and Sara (Caity Lotz) should move in together.
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap, learn what executive producer Marc Guggenheim and showrunner Andrew Kreisberg told Sandra Gonzalez about Moira’s departure, then check out our round-up of TV’s most shocking deaths

THE ORIGINALS (The CW)*
The song: Houses, “Beginnings”
The episode: “An Unblinking Death” (119)
The hook: Though it ended the episode on Tuesday, the L.A. rockers’ epic song signaled the start of an unexpected alliance between bitter brothers Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Toast now, boys. You’ve got a rough road ahead.
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap

FARGO (FX)
The song: Eden Ahbez, “Full Moon”
The episode: “The Rooster Prince” (102)
The hook: Quite literally a chilling end, Mr. Numbers (Adam Goldberg) and Mr. Wrench deposited Lenny (Paul Braunstein) in a frozen lake at the end of Tuesday’s ep as Ahbez lulled about a time when “heaven and earth become my great open cathedral, where all men are brothers, where all things are bound by law and crowned with love.” Unfortunately for wrongly whacked Lenny, it wasn’t love he was feeling as much as the pain of being pistol-whipped and the terror of his slowly receding life.
Read Amber Ray’s recap and check out this week’s Coen brothers Easter eggs

*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to , , and for their suggestions!

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