What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Rock Center with Brian Williams

Tonight on Rock Center with Brian Williams, he's doing stories on Gen. David Petraeus, looking through Yemen for Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a bomb-maker who is wanted by U.S. officials, Charlie Engel, who has been convicted of mortgage fraud, and alternative kinds of pain relief. I don't know about you, but I can't hear about Yemen without thinking about Chandler and Janice. Oh … my … God! Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Big Bang Theory. Raj and Howard try to determine why sheldon disappears at 2:45 PM every day, and Penny and Leonard find jealousy in their relationship. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. 30 Rock. Trace portrays a villainous Jack in a film, Jack and Tracy compete in a battle of wits, Liz listens to Jack's advice and puts her own needs above those of the show, and Jenna tries to protect Kenneth from Hazel's manipulation. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Last Resort. Sam and Marcus search for the traitor who absconded with the nuclear launch key, Prosser starts a conflict he can't control when he disobeys orders, and Grace and James try to defuse a dangerous situation. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Vampire Diaries. Elena is left confused and shaken after terrifying hallucinations and makes a dangerous mistake. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. The X-Factor. One person will leave, and Taylor Swift performs. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at New Jersey Nets. 7:00 PM CT TNT

7. NFL Football. Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills. 7:00 PM CT NFL

8. Two and a Half Men. Alan is initially reluctant to commit to Lyndsey, but in inspired by an unexpected source, and Walden enjoys being a wealthy oder woman's boy-toy. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. Up All Night. Reagan is the reason Chris misses out on on Thanksgiving with his family in Maryland, she tries to plan a better holiday at home, Walter and Ava devote themselves to charity work, and Scott plans a dinner for divorced dads. 7:30 PM CT CBS

10. Person of Interest. Finch and Reese try to protect their latest person of interest as a third party raises the stakes, . 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. The Office. The office females try to teach how to interact with female clients, Angela suspects the senator is cheating, and Toby convinces some guys to grow mustaches. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Grey's Anatomy. The doctors have to face the realities of their injuries as they move forward with their lawsuit, Bailey tricks Arizona into helping with a pediatric case, and Cristina looks for normalcy in her new environment. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Beauty and the Beast. Catherine wonders why Vincent appears to have stood her up, and and Vincent tries to find out why he blacked out. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. Glee. Rachel and Kurt visit Lima, Cassandra comes back to shake up Rachel's life, and Santana lends a hand. 8:00 PM CT Fox

15. The First 48. Homicide detectives ask the community to help out when a man is short to death in an apartment building. 8:00 PM CT A&E

16. Four Weddings. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Mysteries at the Museum. Don Wildman examines a lantern that guided a teenage girl on a death-defying quest to save countless lives, a homemade barrel used in an unprecedented and perilous stunt, and a small metal fragment salvaged from a near catastrophic disaster. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. Project Runway The designers must draw inspiration from USA Today readers. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime

19. Tamar and Vince. 8:00 PM CT WE

20. Parks and Recreation. Leslie is upset when April works on getting Lot 48 turned into a dog park, Tom gets Ben's aid to help with his new business idea, and Any gets better with his crime scene investigation skills. 8:30 PM CT NBC

21. Elementary. Sherlock lends a hand to a double murder investigation that appears similar to a series of homicides thirteen years earlier, and Watson tries to find out more about the mysterious man she's taking care of. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include the Gen. David Petraeus scandal, searching Yemen for Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a bomb-maker wanted by U.S. officials, Charlie Engle, convicted of mortgage fraud, and alternative kinds of pain relief. 9:00 PM CT NBC

23. Scandal. Olivia gets a coded warning that could expose Huck's past and asks Harrison to take care of an exposed secret, and Fitz and Cyrus face James' front-page news story ramifications. 9:00 PM CT ABC

24. Burn Notice. 8:00 PM CT USA

25. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The gang gathers around Charlie's mom who is battling cancer, Mac, Charlie and Dee have a difficult time with their faith, Frank loses his memory with his mind looking for buried treasure, and a revelation that will shake up Paddy's. 9:00 PM CT FX

26. Beyond Scared Straight.A teenage drug dealer takes on the residents of a Virginia jail, and “Nasty Nard” greets the visitors with aggression. 9:00 PM CT A&E

27. Jersey Brides. Series premiere. In the first half hour, pro-wrestler Jessie will get physical with the bridal consultant if she has to, and Kasia is looking for bling, booty, and budget. In the second half hour, Cathryn is looking for a gown to match her Jersey personality, and Kim wants a dress that is sparking, but has already tried on forty different dresses 9:00 PM CT TLC

28. Jersey Shore. Jenni plans a shower for Snooki, and the guys support Mike when he decides to break up with Paula. 9:00 PM CT MTV

29. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Denver Nuggets. 9:30 PM CT TNT

30. The League. The guys' high-school nemesis thwarts Andre's plan to take them tailgating, Taco tries to sell knockoff merchandise and runs into ex-Bear Jim McMahon. 9:30 PM CT FX

31. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Zooey Deschanel, Lisa Lampanelli, and Donald Fagen. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Amazing Race 21 – Episode 7 – Note To Racers: Stop Losing Your Passports

I just don’t understand it. Maybe it’s a Moscow thing – this makes two trips to the Russian capitol where a team has had a passport issue. If you recall, Toni/Dallas got ousted in the Final Four of Season 13 because of a lost passport. You cannot move on to the next country unless you have a passport. More so than your cash supply, you should keep your passports stapled to your body – you can always beg for money, you can’t beg for official American identification.

So, I’ll say it up front in the column – we had a To Be Continued episode this week. This is something the show has done before when something very dramatic happens and the traditional split for the episodes is not as interesting. The Hairs’ inability to hold onto their identification was the key event of the leg – especially when coupled with the airport drama surrounding Apprentice and the Goats. It made perfect sense to cut the episode where they did.

Well, at least it makes sense if you assume that both a) the next leg takes place in Russia as well, and b) Leg 7 is a scheduled non-elimination leg. I assume both are true. This would mean the Hairs would have a chance to overcome this huge mistake – something past passport losers were not given a chance to do. It also means that Apprentice and the Goats may have a very big surprise coming their way at the Mat. Although, I would have loved to have seen what the show would have done in an Elimination leg if the two teams stepped on the Mat at the exact same time. Who would go home? Perhaps they would have to wrestle right there on the spot with Phil officiating. If that happened, my money is on Abbie kicking the Goats’ ass.

But back to the Hairs. At the Roadblock at the tail end of the leg, the Hairs left their cab to get the clue. Abba started right in with the Roadblock as James started to realize that the cab was still there with their bags. When they went to find the cab, it was gone. My question – did they pay the guy? If not, and they spent a lot of time at the Roadblock, the cabbie might have thought they stiffed him and took off with their stuff out of spite. We see them tell the cabbie to wait, and he nods, but nothing is said about payment made. It is also possible that it was simply a misunderstanding and they were extremely unlucky.

So where are they at now? They need to track down this cab. And if it is in fact a non-elim leg, they have plenty of time to get it done, even if that may just delay the inevitable. They have a small cushion with Apprentice and Goats still on the course and not yet at the Roadblock, but still, the clock is ticking. But how do you track down one cab in a city the size of Moscow where you do not speak the language? Not easily. I think their only chance is to find a local to give them tons of help. Call every single cab company in the city and ask them to check in with cabbies driving blue cabs that recently carried two long-haired freaky people from America with huge backpacks and companions carrying a camera and boom mike. And hope you not only find him, but that you do so quickly. They may start Leg 8 very far behind, and with a Speed Bump, but they would still be alive.

But these are really, really big ifs.

The other big event of the leg was the airport drama. You know something significant is going to happen these days when the show lingers on the airport for a while. In the old days this was standard, but recent legs have swept quickly through the ticket wrangling unless there was in issue. This leg…there was an issue. And it was the same issue which often comes up on the show in the airports – teams pushed it when it comes to transfer times. Apprentice and the Goats decide to take a flight through Frankfurt which has a one hour transfer time. This means that they are really threading the needle – any setbacks along the way could really come back to haunt them. I’ve been there in less pressure filled moments where a sprint across an airport is needed to make a transfer (hello Minneapolis and Dallas airports!).

As it turns out, the Goats (who chose this flight thanks to a coin flip! A coin flip!) and Apprentice are stuck on the tarmac in Turkey for about an hour. They arrive in Frankfurt with about three minutes to sprint through the empty terminal. They fail to make it and are stuck hours behind the other teams. In fact, they got lucky they didn’t miss the hours of operation at the next task. They could have been woefully behind as Teri/Ian and the Guidos were in All-Stars or as how the end game of Season 1 shook out.

Again I am going to ask about the villainy of Apprentice – who if we are to believe in their villainy, has to be the absolute worst villains since Ahnold took on Batman armed with horrible makeup and cheesy one-liners. While Ryan talks some smack about the other teams a bit, they act in a different manner. Sure, Abbie stonewalled Texas and the Twins in the airport – but it’s not like the Twins have been all that friendly back to Apprentice. Right? Meanwhile, in a situation where they could have gone head-to-head with the Goats and gone all out to avoid elimination, they elected to run the leg together, knowing they had such a huge deficit to overcome. Now, it is possible the could reneg on this before the leg ends next week, but when presented with their first chance to abandon the Goats at the Detour, Ryan and Abbie elected to wait around for the Goats to finish the task. Some villains.

But to me, the hero of this leg was the super-awesome synchronized swimming task master who had such little patience for the mockery these Americans were showing to her…ahem…sport right before her eyes. Loved the big hugs she got from Magic Mike after she finally freed them from the challenge. Loved her muttering about “already being afraid” when the Hairs arrived for the task. Also loved the utter impatience she had for Brent for his horrible swimming skills. I mean, he was so bad at it, one could say he had the reverse of skills. He had slliks. But she was my hero and if synchronized swimming wasn’t so incredibly lame, I’d be on board with watching her team compete in Rio in 2016.

Detour – The choice was Alphabetize or Synchronized – The first entailed going to the library and finding four books while using the card catalog and exploring the labyrinth which seems to make up the Moscow library. Oh yeah, it’s all in Russian. Because, you know, Russian people go there. I’m looking at you, Lexi. It’s not in English because…you’re in friggin’ Russia.

The second option entails heading to the pool and learning a routine with the up and coming next Russian Olympic synchronized swimming team. This is the task the show wanted the teams to take, since the visuals of bathing suits and silly water dancing were much more interesting than searching a library. To me, the library task seemed much easier. Texas and the Hairs go to the library and are baffled by the Cyrillic alphabet. Now, as a Russophile, I have a working knowledge of the alphabet – as basic as it gets. However, my question to these teams is simple – didn’t you buy a guide at the airport? Don’t all teams do that? All of those guides have this information included.

That said, despite her whining about the language, Texas did a great job on this task. Meanwhile, the Hairs unexpectedly bailed on it and went to the swimming task. I wonder if the requirement to get undressed for the task led to their carelessness with the passports, but that’s something we’ll never know. Meanwhile, Apprentice and the Goats had no choice – they were so far behind the others they were unable to go to the library since it was closed by the time they got the clue.

Roadblock – At Luzhkov Most, there are a whole bunch of Trees of Love, where people place locks on the trees to show their everlasting love. It is a great callback – to some extent – to the classic lock opening Roadblock from China in Season 6. This one is less challenging – they have a string of 10 locks and a ring of keys. Open all the locks. The Season 6 one was needle in the haystack – this one was more just methodical repetition.

So, we leave things for the week with three teams checked in at the Pit Stop – Texas, Magic Mike and the Twins – all of whom had a solid leg. The Hairs have been turned away by Phil and are now facing the daunting task of finding their passports. Apprentice has completed the Detour and is now hanging out waiting for the Goats to finish – they each still have to do the Roadblock. Drama!!

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – DWTS Veterans Day Tribute

Dancing with the Stars pays tribute tonight to veterans in honor of the holiday. Don't forget last week's votes count along with this week's to knock a couple out of the competition tomorrow night. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, and Maroon 5 are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. How I Met Your Mother. Barney steps in when Robin is hesitant to end it with Nick, and Marshall and Lily want some time to themselves. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Voice. The top twelve perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Dancing with the Stars. The remaining couples dance in remembrance of Veterans Day. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. 90210. Adrianne confesses to Annie, Colin figures out that a GPS app was secretly installed on Naomi's phone, Navid believes Silver and Liam are dating, and Lindsey and Liam's animosity towards each other turns to passion. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Bones. While examining bodies that have been marked unidentifiable, interns reality the identity of one man and that he died in the 9/11 attacks. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Long Island Medium: Extended Episodes. An extended look at five episodes. 7:00 PM CT TLC

8. Made in Chelsea. Series Premiere. In the first hour, a young socialite and entrepreneur hosts a jewelry launch party. In the second hour, Caggie meets Spencer's girlfriend at Rosie's dinner party, Binky and Cheska crash Gabriella and Ollie's romantic birthday getaway, and Hugo pursues Amber. 7:00 PM CT Style

9. Basketball Waives LA. At Malaysia's rollerskating party, Laura is confronted about the way she treats Jackie, Gloria shoots an explosive scene for her web series, and the ladies talk about a trip to NYC. 7:00 PM CT VH1

10. Partners. Ro-Ro goes on vacation, and Louis asks Wyatt to be their temporary assistant. 7:30 PM CT CBS

11. NFL Football. Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

12. 2 Broke Girls. Caroline has a humiliating experience in a candy store, then is too embarrassed to date the attractive owner of the store. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. Gossip Girl. Eleanor gives an ultimatum, making Blair even more determined to improve Walorf Designs, a shocking revelation leaves a big impact, and Dan's new article isn't effective like he was hoping for. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. The Mob Doctor. Grace and Brett have a difficult time with their schedules, and a mob boss gets involved, putting Grace in a dangerous situation. 8:00 PM CT Fox

15. Dateline on OWN. A young husband tends to his wife throughout her mysterious illness. 8:00 PM CT OWN

16. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Talk about two husbands willing to go the extra mile! Kyle’s husband Mauricio and Adrienne’s husband Paul run a race in high heels to help support Taylor with her charity event. After the race, the crew heads to Kyle’s house to celebrate her daughters fourth birthday, but don’t think the children keep the drama away… 8:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Witness. Photojournalist Michael Christopher Brown is injured while taking pictures in Libya. 8:00 PM CT HBO

18. Mike & Molly. Molly plans a yard sale when the house starts feeling cramped, and Mike and the guys try to distract Carl from thinking about his breakup. 8:30 PM CT CBS

19. Hawaii Five-0. Technicians disarm a bomb Danny accidentally activated, and McGarrett tries to distract his him having to hold completely still by sharing a story about a tough case. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Revolution. Meeting up with a relative, Nora has to choose between her family and keeping a promise, Miles and the gang are attacked by a militia member, and MOnroe gives Neville a warning. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Castle. Castle, Beckett, and the team are followed by a documentary crew as they look into the murder of a lead guitarist for a rock band. 9:00 PM CT ABC

22. Startup's: Silicon Valley. Sarah decides to take social media to a whole new level by live tweeting her date with Jay, but when Jay is ambushed with updates of new followers, Sarah gets caught! Jay isn’t pleased that Sarah is broadcasting their every move; making her wonder if she may have lost a new love. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Love Gams: Bad Girls Need Love Too. Taylor and Joey stir up major drama with a rumor that causes a brawl between the guys. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

24. The Mortified Sessions. The beautiful and talented actress Kristin Bauer and hilarious actor Matt Walsh sit down with The Mortified Sessions host David Nadelberg. 9:00 PM CT Sundance Channel

25. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Lea Michele, Nev Schulman, and Toby Keith are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – 200th Episode of Family Guy

I will be the first to admit I don't always appreciate the Family Guy. Every time I find myself watching it and laughing really hard, they say something that I just can't get onboard with. However, my current ringtone on my phone for my son's texts and calls is the “Lois, Ma, Mom, Mama, Mom, Mom … ” and it cracks me up every time. Tonight the show celebrates all of those funny moments with its 200th episode. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. AdvoCare 500 Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. 2:00 PM CT ESPN

3. NFL Football. Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles. 3:00 PM CT Fox

4. 60 Minutes. The covered stories include residents of a New York shoreline neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Sandy, U.S. manufacturers in search of employees capable of operating high-tech machinery, and historian David McCullough. 6:00 PM CT CBS

5. America's Funniest Home Videos. Celebrating the 500th episode, clips include a woman finding her dog with half a $20 bill in its mouth, wedding mishaps, and a teen trying to talk after dental surgery. 6:00 PM CT ABC

6. The Amazing Race. In Moscow, contestants have a difficult time staying in sync during a challenge, and one team makes a huge mistake. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Once Upon a Time. Ruby becomes the prime suspect for a vicious murder, confirming Ruby's fear about turning into a wolf, and Leroy finds treasure in a Storybrooke mine that couple help Emma and Mary Margaret. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. The Simpsons. Home and Marge try to find Grampa when he goes missing, and use clues that lead to to secrets from his past, and Lisa begins online gambling. 7:00 PM CT Fox

9. Big Rich Texas. Terry gets mad when she finds out Leslie wants to solidify her relationship with Kalyn with a baptism, Bonnie wants to meet Booger's parents, and Melissa and Cindy hire a personal trainer. 7:00 PM CT Style

10. Rehab with Dr. Drew. Dr. Drew tries to convince Drewbee to come back, and Erika's drunk boyfriend calls the center. 7:00 PM CT VH1

11. NFL Football. Chicago Bears at Houston Texans. 7:15 PM CT NBC

12. Bob's Burgers. Bob brings his family with to a cooking job on a docked cruise ship, but the ship departs before they can leave, meaning no one will be back to tend the restaurant. 7:30 PM CT Fox

13. The Good Wife. During a Washington, DC, trip, Cary uncomfortably reunites with his dad, and client from the past asks Alicia for help, and Will and Diane questions Clarke's most recent strategy. 8:00 PM CT CBS

14. Revenge. Mason Treadwell looks into Emily's past, and Kara's worsening state draws the attention of the Graysons. 8:00 PM CT ABC

15. Family Guy. Brian accidentally causes Stewie's time machine to run reality in reverse, leaving the two to have to fix it before Stewie is unborn, and the cast and crew celebrate the 200th episode. 8:00 PM CT Fox

16. Oprah's Next Chapter. Bette Midler and Valerie Simpson are the guests. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

17. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe throws a party to promote her role in the sitcom, The New Normal and generously invites Kim, but Kim is ready to leave before NeNe even shows up! When the two awkwardly bump into each other by the elevator, Kim is left scrambling for excuses. And speaking of uncomfortable convo’s, Kenya learns her man has some skeletons in his closet, including his previous attempt to date Kandi! 8:00 PM CT Bravo

18. Breaking Amish. In the first hour, the season finale with the pre-wedding party, a shocking secret, Abe and Rebecca realizing how difficult it is to plan their own wedding, and Jeremiah confronting Sabrina about their future. In the second half hour, “The Shunning Trugh.” Michelle Beadler interviews the stars of the show. 8:00 PM CT TLC

19. Finding Bigfoot. In the first hour, the trackers show new evidence and unaired footage. In the second half hour, a sighting in Idaho attracts national media attention, and the team looks at evidence and tests a new baiting technique. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

20. Extreme RVs. In this three hour run, RVs are customized for the Hemphill Brothers and Birdman. 8:00 PM Travel Channel

21. Snapped. A cold case is solved after a slip of paper reveals a murderer's identity. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

22. Glam Fairy. Sharie is in charge of an ice-skating shoot with former Olympians, Victoria introduces her boyfriend to the Fairies, and Alexa goes to the doctor after having unusual stomach pains. 8:00 PM CT Style

23. The Walking Dead. after another loss, Rick struggles. Meanwhile, Michonne remains suspicious of the Governor as he throws a party with a unique twist for the people of Woodbury. 8:00 PM CT AMC

24. Boardwalk Empire. Nucks solemnly promises to get rid of his nemesis, a high-profile bootlegger is arrested, Emily's birthday party gets scaled down, Harrow is blamed by Gillian for Tommy's trouble, and Gyp decides to buy a town's silence.. 8:00 PM CT HBO

25. Dexter. Dexter and Hannah get closer, while Sal Price finds out they are involved, and Quinn makes questionable choices protecting Nadia. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

26. The Mentalist. The team thinks a murdered reporter may have gotten too close to a story, and Jane uses his own leads to find Lorelei 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. 666 Park Avenue. Henry's excitement over his political career is held at bay by Jane's concerns of staying at the Drank, Brian figure out that Alexis has been deceitful, and Jane and Nona dig up a secret as they search for Lottie. 9:00 PM CT ABC

28. Ice Loves Coco. Ice and Coco consider freezing her eggs, and Coco gets to be a meteorologist for a day. 9:00 PM CT E!

29. The Real Housewives of Miami. Dealing with the aftermath of “The Slap”, the ladies of Miami come together for a dinner to hash out their differences. Just when things seem headed for a resolution, Adriana claims she never hit Joanna, leading to insults even the cast of the RHNJ would be jealous of! 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. Treme. Desautel's opens, Sonny pawns instruments to buy jewelry, LaDonna is threatened, Sofia is evicted, Terry loses popularity, and Robinette is confronted by Desiree. 9:00 PM CT HBO

31. Homeland. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

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32. Nicki Minaj: My Truth. Part 2 of Nicki preparing to launch her new album. 9:30 PM CT E!

 

Project Runway All-Stars 2: Wearable Art

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to make disco-inspired outfits that complemented party shoes made by Nine West.  Uli won and Wendy was sent home.

The following morning, the designers meet Carolyn at a graffiti-covered warehouse that is home to the world’s largest collection of legal graffiti, which is also known as “aerosol art.”  This week’s challenge is to make a look that is “wearable art,” which could either be worn or displayed.  It is, in essence, a new version of the textile challenge.  Instead of using a computer, though, they will use seven yards of white fabric and a crate full of spray paint to make their own patterns.  They will have two hours to work on their patterns.  Three top “aerosol artists,” Meres One, Sen2, and Zimad, will teach the designers various techniques for using spray paint.

Kayne and some of the other designers do indeed ask about the aerosol artists’ techniques.  Ivy decides on a look inspired by female superheroes.  Laura decides to use purple and yellow in her look– and notes that Althea has decided on the same color combination.  She immediately assumes that Althea is copying her.  Um, not necessarily.  Two garments that happen to be the same color can look totally different in terms of style, silhouette, etc.  Ivy decides to repay Casanova for his help during the last challenge and help him with this one.

Then it’s off to Mood, where the designers have 15 minutes and $50.00 to spend.  I’m presuming that most of them buy neutral fabrics or items like buttons and zippers.  Then it’s time to go home, since they need to let their painted fabrics dry before they can use them.

The following morning, the designers get to work.  Emilio notices that his fabric is stiffer than it had been and therefore decides to make a piece reminiscent of a denim jacket.

At lunch, Kayne and Ivy gossip about Laura, who they both agree is annoying.  Laura overhears them, and is not happy.  Kayne then tells her that she needs to watch how she talks to people, as she can offend them.

Joanna comes in to make her rounds and starts with Althea, who is making a purple and yellow dress that looks similar to the one she’s wearing.  Emilio tells Joanna about the drip technique one of the artists taught him.  Joanna advises Kayne to ask himself if his dress is hideous or fabulous.  She tells him there’s a surprisingly fine line between the two– and his look could go either way.

Anthony Ryan shows off a white dress with black and turquoise stripes.  He tells Joanna he wanted to do a graphic look.  She asks him about accessories and he shows her a pair of turquoise shoes, and she approves.  Uli tells Joanna that she saw the Berlin Wall come down when she was a teen-ager– and the Berlin Wall was covered with graffiti.  She’s using it as her inspiration.

Suede tells Joanna that he’s inspired by the earth, sky, and stars, which explains the yellow and green discs he’s putting all over his dress.  Laura’s dress has an asymmetrical hem, and Joanna cautions her to make sure the judges don’t take it for a mistake.  Ivy has painted words all over her garment.  She’s inspired by comicbooks and the sound effects, like POW!, that are often used in them.

Then the models come in for their fitting and Uli is delighted to find that her dress fits perfectly.  Andrae, on the other hand, discovers his gown is much too long.  On that note, it’s time for everybody to go home.

The next morning the designers get back to work.  Andrae and Suede both note they still have a lot to do.  Anthony Ryan tells us that Ivy could be a threat.  The models come in for their final fitting and then go to hair and make-up.

On the runway, Carolyn introduces the guest judges, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, who are both fashion designers.

Andrae made a green skirt decorated with a purple and yellow pattern.  He then made a sleeveless top that is white in the front, but matches the skirt in the back.  He also made a sash partly out of the skirt’s material and partly out of purple tulle.  Uli made a sleeveless mini-dress with exaggerated, pointed shoulders.  It is orange and purple.

Kayne made a black halter-top and paired it with a floor-length, multi-colored skirt.  It seems to consist of different colored panels that were sewn together.  Strips of black cloth act as dividers.  One wide piece of black cloth divides the top portion of the skirt from the bottom portion.  It also pulls the top part snugly over the model’s hips, while making the bottom flare out.  In the process, it also makes the model’s hips look bigger than they probably are.

Laura made a sleeveless purple and yellow mini-dress with a hem that is even in the back, but rises in the front.  Anthony Ryan made a sleeveless white mini-dress that he decorated with short black and blue bands.  His look also has a cut-out in the back.  Casanova made a yoked, backless dress.  The front is divided into quarters and each quarter has a different color or pattern on it.

Emilio made a skirt and jacket combo that looks more inspired by fire than graffiti, as both pieces are yellow, orange, red, and black.  He also made a red bustier and a skinny yellow belt.  The nod to graffiti apparently comes in his use of bold, bright colors.

Suede made a black and white tulle skirt that he then decorated with green and yellow discs.  He also made a black, sleeveless, one-shoulder top that he covered with green and yellow discs.  The top makes it look like the model rolled in candy that somehow stuck to her.

Althea made a black and white sleeveless mini-dress.  She decorated the white parts with a purple and yellow giraffe pattern.

Ivy made a jacket and skirt combo.  The jacket is yellow, orange, and white, with words like “passionate” and “tenacity” spray-painted in black.  The jacket is also cut very short in the back, exposing part of the model’s back.  The top portion of the skirt is made of the same material as the jacket, and has the same color scheme, while the bottom half is made from a white, translucent fabric.

Joshua apparently used every color he had.  He made a skirt with black, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red stripes.  His sleeveless top is black white, yellow, purple, and orange.

Carolyn calls Ivy, Emilio, Suede, Anthony Ryan, Kayne, and Laura.  They have to face the judges, while the others are all safe.

The judges start with Anthony Ryan, who wanted to do a graphic look.  Georgina praises the proportions, and she also thinks the dress itself is cute.  Robert likes the shape, but Jeffrey thinks it’s a little young looking.  It’s also not something he’d put in a gallery.

Laura was inspired by some of the techniques the aerosol artists taught her.  Georgina thinks the design looks like two dresses.  She also would have preferred a longer skirt, as the current short skirt cheapens the look.  She does like the top, which she deems elegant.  Robert would have also preferred a longer dress, and Jeffrey dislikes the odd hem.

Suede wanted to make something feminine.  Georgina praises his desire to do so, but doesn’t think the outfit is all that wearable.  None of the judges like the green and yellow discs he put all over his outfit.

Emilio took his inspiration from rap music, which is often linked with aerosol art.  Carolyn loves the dress and wants to wear it.  Georgina praises the silhouette and proportions, but thinks the belt should have been wider.  Robert also dislikes the belt, but Isaac likes the red top.

Ivy talks about her superhero idea.  Georgina thinks the look is modern, while Isaac likes the cut-out in the back.  He doesn’t like the word “tenacity” on the jacket, as he thinks it’s too on the nose.  Jeffrey thinks it’s a great play on a suit, but thinks the bottom part of the skirt would have looked better in red or orange.

Last up is Kayne, who wanted to create pop-art in an evening gown.  Isaac thinks the look is dramatic, but also thinks there’s a disconnect between the black top and the wildly colored skirt.  Jeffrey notes that the black stripe across the skirt makes the model look bigger than she is.  Georgina thinks the skirt is too busy.

Afterwards, the judges have their chat.  Anthony Ryan’s look has great proportions and seems effortless.  Emilio’s look is chic and boasts a fantastic silhouette.  Ivy made a good jacket.

As for the designers they didn’t like, Laura Kathleen’s look had an odd hem and wasn’t all that reminiscent of graffiti.  Kayne’s look was tacky and made the model’s hips look bigger than they are.  Suede’s look was confusing, with all those discs.

Carolyn then announces the judges’ decision.  Ivy is safe, and Emilio is the winner.  Anthony and Laura are in, leaving Kayne and Suede in the bottom.  Suede is out, so Kayne is still in.

Next week:  There’s an “interactive” challenge with a computer.

Top Chef: Seattle – Premiere – Don’t Let That Omelet Intimidate You

Welcome back to Top Chef – assuming you didn’t get your fix from Masters, which just ended about a month ago. But anyway, it’s not like Bravo lets this series breathe or anything. So we are back – with Top Chef: Original Recipe, Season 10. While the season will be in the Pacific Northwest, we are not going there this week for the premiere. Instead, as with Season 9, we will have Top Chef: The Trials first. Instead of 29 chefs gathering in one location to cook in shifts for judgment, with some landing “on the bubble,” this year there are 21 chefs divided into groups of four and spread out among Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Atlanta.

It seems our four regular judges this season – Tom, Monobrow, Emeril and Wolfgang Puck – are putting the potential chefs through a test in order to weed out the better chefs. I said this last year, I like the drama that comes with these trials, but it just seems like a waste of chef talent for future seasons, and kind of mean to these poor aspiring chefs. However, that’s what we have, and these four tasks were a lot of fun.

Three of the four gave the chefs a basic task in order to see what they could do with it – a salad, an omelet and soup. Meanwhile, Tom was more interested in makeup. He put his group to work in his restaurant in order to see how they perform under pressure. While the other three tasks were good, Tom’s was really creative. I loved his idea. They structured the show around Tom’s task – starting there, and then sprinkling the drama there throughout the episode, before closing with Tom’s decisions. I’ll get to Tom’s task last and start with the more traditional glorified Quickfires.

Viva Las Emeril At Emeril’s Table 10 restaurant, we meet the five chefs, who are given the task of making soup in an hour. Emeril says soups are simple, but involve creative seasoning, with depth and passion.

Josh Valentine – He’s got a handlebar moustache and a full beard, and resembles a 1920s silent film villain.

Jeffrey Jew – Yep, he’s gay. His last name is also Jew. I can imagine he’s led an interesting life.

Stephanie Cmar – Very cute. Awesome last name. And a jaunty ponytail. I love the jaunty ponytail.

Tina Barbeau – Heretofore known as Marge Simpson thanks to her hairdo.

Kristen KishYowza. Um. She pretty. She and Ponytail are also buddies. And close buddies. So close that they work together, live in the same building and got matching spoon tattoos. Ponytail dismisses the immediate lesbian rumors. Kish is a former model – and yeah. I believe her completely.

The five scramble to make their soups. Marge is going for a heartier soup as she sees the others going for purees. JJ is trying to make a gazpacho, but Emeril is skeptical that he could chill it enough in one hour. He puts the soup in a shallow pan and shoves it in the freezer, and prays. Old Timey Villain has a pregnant wife at home, and should he make the cut he will ensure that he will miss his daughter’s birth. That’s one understanding wife he’s got.
Ponytail – Cauliflower Soup with Corn, Lobster and Pea Tendril – Emeril wanted more cauliflower flavor.

Marge – Shellfish and Chorizo Soup with Croutons and Garlic Mayonnaise – Emeril comments on the garlic, but the delicate shellfish was not overpowered.

Kish – English Pea Broth, Lemon Peel, Apple and Seared Scallop – She explains how she poached it three times to kill the bitterness. He thinks the scallop was perfect.

JJ – Chilled Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho, Peppers and Ceviche – Emeril loved the presentation, and it showed great depth. JJ is Chef #1

OTV – Roasted Corn and Coconut Soup with Mussels – He’s never made this dish before; he wants to push it. Emeril found it sweet and was waiting for the chili flavor.

Emeril tells the roommates that only one of them has made the cut – ouch. Ponytail gets the boot, and she feels like shit, but is happy for her buddy. That makes Kish Chef #2. In fact, her soup was one of the best Emeril has had in a while. Also joining Ponytail in elimination…Marge. Two hairstyles down. That makes OTV Chef #3

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – The Vow

Suddenly, Channing Tatum is all over the place. He's been in so many movies lately. Last week Starz highlighted 21 Jump Street on Saturday night, and this week they're highlighting The Vow. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Undercover Boss. Season premiere. The president of Tilted Kilt goes undercover in his own company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Last Man Standing. In order to build character in Boyd, Mike secretly forms and after-school dodgeball club for the neighborhood kids. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. America's Next Top Model. The aspiring models need to create and star in a commercial, and the winner gets to go back to Jamaica and international exposure, and later the models wear bikinis in an photo shoot for a fragrance ad. 7:00 PM CT CW

4. Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsey tries to help the owners of Mama Maria's in New York turn the restaurant around. 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. Monsters Inside Me. A pregnant teacher has terrible experiences of diarrhea, and a parasite attack a truck driver's vision. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

6. Malibu Country. 7:30 PM CT ABC

7. CSI: NY. A psychiatrist's patients are systematically murdered, leaving the CSIs to play a game as they pursue the killer. 8:00 PM CT CBS

8. Grimm. Hank reflects back on an earlier arrest when a man claimed he committed murder in self defense against monsters, and MOnroe becomes involved in an unexpected situation. 8:00 PM CT NBC

9. Shark Tank. Business ideas include a motorized vehicle suit, a computer instruction project presented by Bruce Vilanch, and sugar-free candy chips. An update is given on a foldable guitar. 8:00 PM CT ABC

10. Nikita. Amanda sends a rogue Division agent to free Owen from a Russian prison, and when he escapes from the agent, he tries to contact Nikita. 8:00 PM CT CW

11. Fringe. One of the members of the team assumes a new role, and Walter follows a lead. 8:00 PM CT Fox

12. Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. In the first half hour, a nasty mom of the bride threatens to ruin her daughter's appointment when she lashes out at a bridesmaid, and another bride has a hard time convincing her sister, who is an exotic dancer, to wear a traditional gown in church. In the second half hour, a bride and her wedding planner fight over big hair and deal with big personalities, and the baby of a family stands up to her eight siblings. 8:00 PM CT TLC

13. Ghost Adventures. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin head to the infamous Brookdale Lodge in Brookdale, CA in search of notorious spirits lingering around the building. With the help of Bagans’ dog, Gracie, the guys hope to contact the spirit of a diseased little girl. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

14. Blue Bloods. A man is stabbed by someone dressed as the spirit of death, leaving Danny to investigate a voodoo community, Garrett tells Frank a dark secret, and Nicky and Erin take Jack and Sean trick-or-treating. 9:00 PM CT CBS

15. Dateline NBC. A love triangle and strange game lead to an unexpected suspect in the investigation into a young woman's murder. 9:00 PM CT NBC

16. 20/20. Stories tonight include bosses mistreating their employees, job interviews, extreme commutes, an entrepreneur who ran out of money, then squatted in the Palo Alto, CA, AOL offices, office romance, and missent emails. 9:00 PM CT ABC

17. Haven Audrey is pushed to her extremes with a dying Nathan. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

18. Brides of Beverly Hills. In the first half hour, a social has a difficult time finding an unconventional gown that she can wear while riding a camel to her wedding, and another bride wants to find a dress that will make her mom cry. In the second half hour, a psychic bride, bride Rebecca and her sister, and Renee gets a visit from a reality TV star. 9:00 PM CT TLC

19. Real Time with Bill Maher. Panelists include James Carville, S.E. Cupp, Andrew Sullivan, and Samuel L. Jackson. 9:00 PM CT HBO

20. Hunted. After Jack Turner is forced to bid more than he can afford, Sam aims to discover how he will raise the money in a short time. Turner appears to have hatched a diabolical plan with hedge fund manager Lewis Conroy (Richard Dormer), and Sam searches for the connection. Meanwhile, Aidan discovers some of Sam’s secrets and begins an investigation of his own. 9:00 PM CT Cinemax

25. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight are Anderson Cooper, Myq Kaplan, and Alberta Cross. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Saturday

1. College Football. Arkansas at South Carolina. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. College Football. Louisville at Syracuse 11:00 AM CT ABC

3. College Football. Northwestern at Michicgan. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

4. College Football. Wisconsin at Indiana. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

5. College Football. Colorado at Arizona. 12:30 PM CT FX

6. College Football. Oregon at Stanford. 2:00 PM CT Fox

7. College Football. Texas A&M at Alabama 2:30 PM CT CBS

8. College Football. Penn State at Nebraska. 2:30 PM CT ABC

9. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series Great Clips 200 from Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

10. 2012 World Series. Kansas State at Texas Christian 6:00 PM CT Fox

11. College Football. Mississippi State at LSU. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

12. College Football. Georgia at Auburn. 6:00 PM CT ESPN 2

13. College Football. Notre Dame at Boston College. 7:00 PM CT ABC

14. The Wishing Tree. Lonely and heartbroken English professor Evan Farnsworth is still mourning the loss of his wife when he agrees to stay on campus to watch the kids who aren’t going home for winter break: privileged bad boy Drew, shy singer Juliet, and nerdy Albert. When Drew vandalizes the nearby small town’s ancient Wishing Tree, he lands in jail, and Evan, along with the support of the pretty new drama teacher, Clarissa, force him to turn his negative attitude around. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

15. Too Cute! An aunt coaxes a Cavalier King Charles spaniel out of its shell, Alaskan malamutes compete to see who will be top dog, and three Dalmations at a fire station display their skills. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

16. Ghost Storm. A storm of spirits hits the world. 8:00 PM CT SYfy

17. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Robbie puts the focus on consolidating restaurants and gets ready to receive an award, and Time blows off Jenae. 8:00 PM CT OWN

18. Dateline: Real Life Mysteries. In the first hour, Dharum Ravi who was convicted of webcam spying after trying to intimidate his gay, freshman roommate. In the second hour, Yvonne Stern who thought she had the perfect life until someone tried to kill her three times. 8:00 PM CT TLC

19. My Fair Wedding: Unveiled. David must balance bride Summer’s baroque wedding with groom Ryan’s desire to drive a hot rod down the aisle. But with the outgoing groom drawing him in, David can’t figure out what his blonde bombshell bride wants. 8:00 PM CT WE

20. The Vow. A newlywed's wife wakes up from a coma, and he works to restore her memory and restart their marriage. 8:00 PM CT Starz

21. 48 Hours. A killer may have filmed his victim, an aspiring model's, death. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Wedding Band. Tommy's ex conflicts him she she asks the band to play at her wedding, especially considering Seattle's premiere wedding planner will be there. 9:00 PM CT TBS

23. Iyanla, Fix My Life. A pastor's wife thinks about divorcing her husband after he admits to having affairs with women in the church and fathering a child with one of them. 9:00 PM CT OWN

24. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia and the twins look for a dog that was abandoned in the swamps, and a young parolee has a difficult time coping with Work and parenthood stresses. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

25. College Football. Oregon at California. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

26. College Football. UCLA at Washington State. 9:30 PM CT ESPN 2

27. Saturday Night Live. Anne Hathaway hosts, and Rihanna is the musical guest. 9:30 PM CT NBC

 

Survivor: Philippines – Episode 8 – What In Holy Hell Just Happened?

So, I think I am a pretty smart guy. I sure spent enough money on my education to ensure that smartitude. I have also seen every episode of Survivor and feel fairly confident that I usually know what is happening and can make an educated analysis of the goings-on. My gift to you, my loyal readers. That said, what in holy hell just happened in that Tribal Council? I mean, really, what the hell happened?

There was never a Tribal Council much like this in 25 seasons. So many things happened. And it all happened thanks to the survival of Jonathan Penner. That’s right – despite what I said last week, we have not experienced our final non-jury episode of Penner. That’s because the man who had never won an individual immunity challenge managed to step up. The challenge was one of the physical challenges to weed it down to three contenders, and then a puzzle segment at the end. It was not a memorable challenge when it comes to nuts and bolts – maneuver around a series of obstacles and collect bags of puzzle pieces, and then solve a puzzle…a snake puzzle. I guess the winner gets immunity and a place in Slytherin.

The interesting part is that Penner needed to win or he was doomed. He had never won immunity in Cook Islands, and was removed before the merge in Fans vs. Favorites. PBP and Kent finished first and second which left one slot open in the Finals. Penner was with several others at the finish, but it came down to him vs. Skupin for the third place. Amazingly, Penner dove over the finish line barely ahead of Skupin for the win. It was that close. And in a puzzle challenge – Penner is one of the best. He’s no Boston Rob, but he’s good. He lagged behind for a while before figuring it out and blasting ahead of the others and winning the challenge. He punctuated it with a Mary Tyler Moore hat toss and a Usain Bolt pose. Love. Penner.

That’s how close this came to being a very different episode – Penner almost lost twice, with the second time to Kent. Mere seconds from it being very different.

So, the tribe could not vote out Penner. Commence scrambling!

While the Penner survival was a huge portion of the episode the other part was the revelation of Blair’s game. We shall see how the season progresses, but Blair is shaping up to be the second coming of Cirie. She started off horribly and then all of a sudden burst out with this huge strategic game. She started the episode with a plan to join with the Kent faction and wound up turning on her Matsing allies following the Reward challenge. She pulled Skupin aside and pulled a new plan out of nowhere – after Penner goes, instead of Scoopin’ (new nickname!) going next, she would plead with PBP that Malcolm should get blindsided. Why? Because of his idol. Yep – despite her promise to Malcolm, she has turned on him.

Of course, Penner won immunity, so the tribe needed a new plan. After the initial plan to turn to Scoopin’ for the vote, Blair unleashed her Get Malcolm plan on PBP – who was shocked, just shocked, that Malcolm would not share with him the info about the idol. So he confronted him. And Malcolm lied. And PBP – the self-proclaimed mastermind – believed him. He “looked into his soul” and decided there was no idol. Granted, Malcolm did some decent lying, but still. Upon buying the lie, now the vote has fallen upon Kent.

However, Malcolm was now getting his house in order and floated Carter’s name. The other tribe was stunned as they forgot Carter was part of the tribe. But then, Kent sensing some troubles started to move against PBP. He gathered up Carter, Penner, Scoopin’ & Penner, and the Matsing Duo and built a six-person, anti-PBP coalition. So we head to Tribal with possible votes being cast against Kent, PBP, Malcolm, Carter and Scoopin’. And it all seemed to take place in about a half an hour of real time. Insane. And amazingly, when the votes were cast, two of them got votes and a third person who was NOT mentioned wound up with one.

At Tribal, it started early when Malcolm called Blair out for turning on him. She fully admits to plotting against him, calling him a huge threat. But it escalated. Abinormal pandered a bit to Malcolm – calling him “one of us” and thus worth keeping. Blair threw it back at her – if Malcolm was one of us, why was she so sour on Scoopin’ who actually was one of them from the start. Abinormal made her first fail by arguing that it was always her, Blair, PBP and Artis – prompting an “I told you so” reaction from Malcolm.

Blair alludes to the idol, leading Malcolm to show it. “There’s way too much chaos…I’m safe. I’m playing it. If you vote for me, there will be a mean surprise for you in a second.” Wow. Probst was surprised/impressed and jokingly asked if anyone else would be willing to show an idol. And Abinormal did!!!!! For no reason, she exposed her secret. Penner hysterically said, “This is awesome!” He and Kent were reacting to the goings ons like a couple of fans watching from home.

Penner then turned and said to the group – let’s keep our group of six together. Kent muttered a “wow,” which in retrospect could now mean anything. Blair very carefully made her pitch to the group to move to her Plan B, focusing on loyalty. As the Survivors voted, Penner made a “boom” motion with his hands – things just blew up. I’ll be honest – as Probst read the votes, I had no clue who was going to go home.

Spoiler alert – It was Kent. I was very curious to see who voted for whom at the end of the episode and upon doing so became even more confused. Kent got five votes – Artis, PBP, Abinormal, Blair and Scoopin’. PBP got four votes from Carter, Kent, Malcolm and Denise. Penner voted for Abinormal. Why? I don’t get that. If Penner voted for PBP, it would have been 5-5 and a revote between Kent and PBP. Assuming no one flipped, it would have been Purple Rock time. Perhaps Penner saw that as a possibility and tossed a vote aside.

Maybe Penner was just as confused as everyone else and had no idea where the votes were going. But that seems doubtful – he is a savvy player. The only thing I can think of is that Penner knew that Blair and Scoopin’ were not on board with the PBP vote and he latched on to that group. He’s the sixth in that six. He’s Blair’s Plan B. If so, it bodes badly for Carter this week. However, the intriguing part comes at the F8 where Blair/Scoopin’/Penner decide if they should flip the game on the PBP crew or not.

However, there was one more thing which I loved, loved, loved and which has put me firmly in a fandom position for this guy. Malcolm. As Probst asked for idols, Malcolm, who just moments before had told the tribe that he was playing his idol…decided not to. HA! Huge bluff from Malcolm. Remember, you really have a hard time winning Survivor if you fail to take chances and make big decisions. Malcolm just made one. And I think it makes the F8 scenario even more interesting. We now will have a weekly game of chicken between Malcolm and the rest of the crew – will he play it or not. Bold. And awesome.

Oh, and Kent is a bitter Republican. Just saying – even if you hate the President, Kent, remember that taxes are lower now than they were under W (look it up, it is true). Also, $600,000 could change lives – don’t be a prick. And last, this show was filmed in the spring and aired the day after the election. What if Mitt Romney had won? Bet you would have felt stupid there. Damn, I just can’t escape politics – even on Survivor!

Amazing Race 21 – Episode 6 – “Bangladesh Good. Not Bad”

Yeah, yeah, late again. I know.

This week’s Amazing Race involved a change of setting – bye bye Bangladesh, hello Turkey. Teams got bunched up and sent to the European side of Turkey, only to be re-routed to the Asian side of Turkey – a fun usage of the unique nature of Turkey. But despite the tasks, the scrambling and the elimination of a team, one occurrence which took place this week stands out as the item of conversation.

Look, Twins, I want to like you guys. You are a strong team – you understand how to run this Race, and you are an all-female team who seems to be rather strong in challenges. You can be a good team. So, please, I am begging you, stop doing things that piss me off! I can almost live with the endless shouts of “Twinnie” and the still-unexplained hatred of Team Apprentice. I can live with never knowing which one of you is doing a challenge. I can live with having to look up each week how to spell your names. But, I am having a VERY hard time looking past your theft of another team’s money.

And it was a theft – no matter how you, other teams, or the Show try to spin it. I have read tweets from Racers that upon finding the Hairs’ lost money, the Twins were told to not give it back. I don’t buy it – and if true, shame on the producers. That’s manufactured reality show drama, which I do not care for – it would mean they chose to have the Hairs wander through impoverished Bangladesh because it would make for good TV. And, who’s going to stop the Twins from ignoring the producers and handing that cash back to the Hairs? What? Are they going to be kicked off the show for doing the right thing? And shame on Texas for going along with it – I give partial kudos for Trey for at least having the initial instinct that this whole idea was wrong.

The result of this cash incident is that I am officially in Team Hairs’ camp for rooting interest this season. They have been good for a funny quip, and have shown serious resolve – lost cash, injured knee, ailing father, etc. My respect for Twins and Texas took a serious hit – while respect for talent on the Race remains, respect for sportsmanship fallen to nil. This wasn’t the same thing as giving wrong directions to another team, or taking a cab from another team. To me this is taking away possessions from another team. To me, this is worse than Romber driving past Breg (second reference to that incident this season!) – where at least they could see the show staff tending to the brothers. This was something that could have been settled right away – how many people in that Bangladeshi travel agency were carrying around a wad of American cash? You pick it up and ask your fellow racers, “Hey, who lost some money?” And then you go beat them in the Race course fair and square.

Boo!

Ok, rant over. The Goats were going to be in a lot of trouble this week, as they left the Pit Stop six and a half hours behind the Hairs, and 90 minutes behind Magic Mike. They also got very lucky that there was an airport bunching. As it turns out, the key moment for the outcome of this leg was at the Istanbul airport. Teams had to decide whether or not to take a cab or the Metro to the Detour. Important Race note – 99 out of 100 times, it is better to take a cab. Always.

However, Magic Mike and the Truckers did not follow this plan, and they began to fall behind. Y realized that this was the Road to Elimination and the boys bolted for a cab. The Truckers, upon seeing this, failed to see the light themselves and stayed the course. Rob even mocked James Squared by calling them followers. The big guy is in his own world sometimes. As a result, they lagged behind the whole way, and while they caught up at the Roadblock, really needed someone to get lost in order to stay alive. They didn’t and met Browsie’s elimination. We are now down to six – five if you realize that the Goats have barely hung on for a few weeks now.

Detour – The choice was Simit or Scrub It – Simit is a kind of Turkish bagel. Teams had to stack a whole bunch of them on a tray, balance it on one person’s head, and then deliver them to three locations. The other task involved a spa and a massage. Somehow, two teams decided to haul bagels. Over a massage. There are few things in the world I would choose over a free massage. I mean, if you are offering one now, I’m ready to go. Crazy.

Granted, the Turkish deep tissue massage was a bit brutal, but still. You’ve been racing for a couple of weeks. You’re tired and dirty. Take the damn massage! The task did bring us the closest we’ve come in a while to seeing Racers naked. I remember the underwear race in Russia, the frozen dip in icy water, and a few other naked or near naked moments, but this one presented more than half of the Racers naked except for some flesh colored wrappings. I was looking down for a moment, looked up and thought Abbie was buck naked. I was surprised it made it past CBS censors. But, alas, it was an illusion. Male and female Race fans were a tad disappointed in the development.

Meanwhile, the Goats struggled with direction in more than one way. Before they had trouble getting directions to move the bagels, they had their Speed Bump. It was arguably the easiest one ever – eat ice cream. Really. That was it. Go to the marked stand, endure some goofy antics from the vendor, and eat ice cream. And they messed that up! They went to the wrong vendor, which meant they had to eat seconds. Normally, that would be far from a punishment, but, you know, the Race. Only the Truckers’ decision to do the bagel task made some sense – the massage would take a set time, the bagels could, in theory, be a chance to make up some time.

Roadblock – Serve Turkish Sherbet. This is the traditional Race task of selling a local product until you reach a certain level of sales. I would imagine it would be fairly easy to do this kind of task since the locals would have the fascination issue going on – crazy Americans with cameras selling treats. Who wouldn’t buy from them?

Anything of interest here? Actually yes. Lexi’s cheerleading skills came into play as she worked the crowd like a master. Ryan’s Apprentice skills come in as he turned it into a challenge from that show – he found a dude and hired him to help him out for a percentage of the sales. It meant selling more than needed, but at least he had some help. And Brent also showed some great skill in working the crowd as his sales history came into play. Oh, and Chip James found some women. Duh.

In the end, Texas earns their first win, and the Truckers get booted. Rob may have been a stubborn Racer, but he went out with class. He praised his wife, who without her, he’d be nothing.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Miley Cyrus on Two and a Half Men

I have to say that I was surprised with Miley Cyrus' appearance on Two and a Half Men a few weeks back. She was pretty good. She makes another appearance tonight. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Big Bang Theory. Bernadette wants Wolowitz to move out of his mother's house, and Sheldon gets caught up in Amy and Wil Wheaton's argument. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. The Voice. Each coach eliminates one person from their teams, and Maroon 5 and Jermaine Paul perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Last Resort. The crew gets attacked by a unique unknown force, and Sam and Marcus hurry to save the sub and protect the island. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Vampire Diaries. Klaus and Stefan align tenuously in the hops of keeping the damage Connor unleashed at bay, Caroline finds Hayley at the Lockwood mansion, and Professor Shane works on helping Bonnie get past her guilt. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. The X-Factor. One person will leave, and One Direction perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls. 7:00 PM CT TNT

7. NFL Football. Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars. 7:00 PM CT NFL

8. Two and a Half Men. Not wanting to deal with the complications of a traditional relationship, Walden hired an actress to be his girlfriend, and Jake plans to rendezvous with Missi at the beach house. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. Person of Interest. The machine's latest number has Reese headed to the suburbs. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. The Office. When Andy's dad loses all the family money, Andy needs to step up, Dwight's coworkers call in and torture him when he's a guest on a radio show, and Kevin finds out a secret about Oscar. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Grey's Anatomy. Meredith and Cristina lean on each other when they face more responsibilities at their hospitals and cope with life after the plane crash, and Cristina assists Dr. Thomas in a heart surgery. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Beauty and the Beast. Vincent is showing trying to prevent a robbery on a convenience store surveillance camera, Tess and Cat look for a doctor's missing fiancee, and Heather plans a surprise party for Cat 8:00 PM CT CW

13. Glee. Marley, Jake, Kitty, and Ryder compete for parts in Grease, Mercedes and Mike help with the casting, and Mr. Schuester struggles to make a decision. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. Burn Notice. 8:00 PM CT USA

15. Four Weddings. Lydia's plans include an historic pipe organ and maracas, Jennifer's is all about her Portuguese heritage, Deanna has handwritten notes on river rocks, and Aimee surprises guests with a late night snack. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Project Runway The designers get help from graffiti artists to spray paint fabric to create wearable art. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Tamar and Vince. Tamar performs the National Anthem at The Nations Classic football game in DC, then the couple heads to London for business and some fun. When they end up in a huge fight while seeing the sights, they head back to therapy as soon as they return to LA. 8:00 PM CT WE

18. Parks and Recreation. Leslie meets Ben's parents, Jean-Ralphio helps Tom get ready to pitch his new business idea, and Chris has mood swings. 8:30 PM CT NBC

19. Elementary. Sherlock tries to prove that one of the victims in a small plane crash was already dead before the crash, and Watson believes Sherlock and his elusive father should get together. 9:00 PM CT CBS

20. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include Hurricane Sandy victims, Andrew Solomon, Internet addiction, U.S. manufacturing, and the week's hot topics. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. All Roads Lead to Fitz. A governor's wife is raped, and he takes the law into his own hands, and both Cyrus and the President are surprised when James decides to become a White House journalist again. 9:00 PM CT ABC

22. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Everyone goes the therapist's office to work through their multiple issues, and Dennis' psychology is shown as abnormal. 9:00 PM CT FX

23. Beyond Scared Straight.A young drug dealer, a child model, and twin bullies get an inside look at a Georgia jail. 9:00 PM CT A&E

24. Bada Bling Brides. The D'Agostino family's bride shop is able to help out all the other brides, but when their only daughter is the one getting married, it's a different story. 9:00 PM CT TLC

25. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

26. The League. Kevin decides to run for judge and shows up at a charity event attended by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the guys try to figure out who's the smartest by taking an intelligence test, and Andre refuses to believe that he's going bald. 9:30 PM CT FX

27. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Robin Williams and Lianne La Havas. 10:35 PM CT CBS