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Herc’s First Sunday TV Talkback Of December!! Yack It Up About BOARDWALK EMPIRE, HOMELAND, 60 MINUTES, AMAZING RACE, DEXTER, ONCE UPON A TIME And More!!

I am – Hercules!!

HBO says of “Under God’s Power She Flourishes,” making no mention of the murderous Manny Horvitz:

With Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) pondering the consequences of sin, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) prepares her for a worst-case scenario as Esther Randolph (Julianne Nicholson) plays out her trump cards. Jimmy (Michael Pitt) revisits his college days with Angela (Aleksa Palladino) and Gillian (Gretchen Mol); Mickey Doyle (Paul Sparks) chafes at sharing his liquor profits; Eli (Shea Whigham) refuses to cop a plea. Nelson’s (Michael Shannon) past comes back to haunt him, tipping the scale in Nucky’s favor. Written by Howard Korder; directed by Allen Coulter.

Showtime says of episode ten:

Brody is approached to run for a disgraced congressman's seat. 

Sunday also brings the almost-last “Amazing Race” of 2011, titled “We Are Charlie Chaplin”:

Sundays, Sept. 11-Nov. 27, 2011
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; previous weeks in parentheses)
9.2 (7.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (8.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) CBS Football
7.9 (7.6) (8.1) (8.8) (9.3) (5.2) (6.6) (8.9) (7.7) (8.3)(10.0)(10.7) NBC Football
3.7 (2.9) (2.1) (1.9) (4.1) (2.3) (1.7) (3.2) (3.5) (2.3) (2.9) (1.3) 60 Minutes
3.5 (3.1) (3.2) (3.4) (3.1) (3.6) (3.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Walking Dead
3.4 (---) (3.8) (3.8) (3.9) (4.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Once Upon A Time
2.9 (2.8) (2.7) (2.7) (3.0) (2.7) (2.7) (2.8) (3.2) (3.0) (---) (---) The Amazing Race
2.8 (3.2) (3.1) (3.1) (3.2) (---) (---) (---) (3.5) (4.1) (---) (1.9) Family Guy
2.6 (2.7) (3.4) (3.7) (4.0) (---) (---) (---) (3.0) (3.9) (---) (2.4) The Simpsons
2.2 (2.4) (2.4) (2.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (2.7) (3.0) (---) (---) American Dad
1.8 (---) (1.7) (---) (---) (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.5) (---) (1.2) (1.2) AFH Videos
1.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Kourtney & Kim
1.7 (1.8) (---) (---) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (2.6) (3.1) (---) (---) Cleveland Show
1.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Person of Interest
1.6 (1.7) (1.6) (1.5) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives Atl
1.5 (1.9) (2.0) (2.1) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Allen Gregory
1.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Soul Train Awards
1.2 (1.2) (1.5) (1.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Hell On Wheels
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) ABC Hallmark Movie
1.1 (0.9) (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.2) (1.1) (1.3) (---) (---) Boardwalk Empire
1.1 (1.1) (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Next Iron Chef
1.1 (0.9) (1.0) (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (1.1) (1.2) (---) (---) Sister Wives
1.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) TNT Movie
0.9 (1.0) (1.0) (1.0) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) (0.9) (1.1) (---) (---) (---) Dexter
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) After Lately
0.7 (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (---) (0.5) (---) (0.5) Good Luck Charlie
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Leverage
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Reed Between
0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.4) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) American Pickers
0.6 (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Hallmark Movie
0.6 (0.5) (0.7) (---) (---) (0.9) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Iron Chef America
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Kung Fu Panda
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Deal
0.6 (---) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Shake It Up
0.6 (0.6) (0.8) (---) (0.6) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (0.6) (0.5) (---) (---) Watch What Happens
0.5 (0.5) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) All-Am Muslim
0.5 (---) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) Food Net Challenge
0.5 (0.4) (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) Homeland
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (1.0) (---) IRT Deadliest

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  • Dec. 4, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Don't ANYBODY Move!

    by WerePlatypus

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    A FUSE is out!

    by WerePlatypus

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Tonight's "Homeland" supposed to be a goodie

    by Jack Black

    So "they" say....

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Jack Black

    by richievanderlow

    I was an extra on set for a major sequence in tonight's episode of Homeland, so while I don't know how the whole episode will play out, I can't imagine the sequence in question won't lead to a thrilling conclusion. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll stop there... I can't wait to see it.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    jack black

    by adml_shake

    We finally going to get too see our bat shit crazy blonde in all her birthday suit glory?

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Was Dexter this season written by a retarded monkey?

    by gboybama

    Because that's sure what it seems like compared to the first four seasons. Now it's just about as sophisticated as Scooby Doo. Hey look! A crime scene. Our Dexter miraculously goes immediately straight to the piece of fabric that's connected to the clue that we need him to find in order to advance the story, so he can Google something and find out the exact piece of information that leads him to the exact right person who just happens to miraculously mention the next clue he needs. Oh but not too fast folks, Dexter needs to inexplicably allow Travis to operate a bit longer so we can drag this out over enough episodes even though it doesn't seem like something that makes sense after our boy was burned by waiting too long with Trinity. Oh well, who cares?! And by the way, let's also have a BS sideplot going on that comes out of nowhere with LaGuerta and her boss that will put them for no reason at odds with Deb, so we can hit the reset button on her character in the last episode of the year and bust her back down to detective. We wouldn't want any long term consequences to plot or characters! (I'm looking at you, the amazing disappearing Lumen) We mustn't mess with the formula for fear of damaging the Dexter cash cow! Idiots.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Tonight's Walking Dead should be amazing

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Last weeks ended on an amazing cliffhanger, can't wait

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Hate Myself For Missing Homeland

    by Crow3711

    Can't stop that I don't have showtime to watch something this good, and I hate even more that I refuse to watch it in shitty quality online. Patience...

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Walking Dead's next new episode won't be until after the new year. And I can't wait to see Homeland tonight either. Love that show, Claire Danes is still hot. She is kicking ass in that role. Also I agree about Dexter, this season has sucked. Next season should be the beginning of the end for him, he needs to have some consequence or at the very least have 1 or 2 people onto him and chasing clues. And quite frankly they need a guy like Trinity again or the Ice truck killer. I like Hanks and he is doing a decent job but you could see the Geller twist a mile away and I just agree this season has been poorly done.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    The Walking Dead - why didn't anyone look in the barn for the girl?

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Heck, why didn't anyone look in the barn just out of curiosity? They've been staying on that farm for weeks with a LOT of downtime and NO ONE thought to check out the barn before Glen stumbled upon on it? It Doesn't Make Sense.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    The barn

    by dukeroberts

    It's not their place. They were still showing respect for Herschel by not snooping around his property. I'll accept that as a reason why.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    THANK YOU, Dexter haters . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I thought last season was fine w/ a CRAPPY ending. Now this season absolutely blows. We're behind and just saw the Nebraska roadtrip episode. I was embarassed for everyone invovled. TERRIBLE . . . I'm done w/ this show.

  • Episode 10...damn. Jimmy got no one to blame except himself.

  • Did Hershel and the other farm residents know that Sofia was in the barn? They obviously must have known they had captured a little girl and that rick and crew was searching for a little girl

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Manny Horvitz is really all in Jimmy's head

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    THINK about it! In the meat locker Manny could have killed that turncoat himself, but he handed the knife over to Jimmy. Kosher law my ass! Jimmy's got a Dark Passenger! It's so obvious. Way to rip off Dexter, Boardwalk Empire.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Homeland would be better

    by Itchy

    if Claire Danes spent more time nude. There's something very hot about her.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I'm damn excited for Boardwalk Tonight

    by Tim

    I expect some good Richard Harrow scenes

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Why didn't anyone look in the barn? Because the writers are awful

    by sunwukong86

    I seriously think the writers had no idea where Sofia was going to be until they wrote last week's episode. Seriously, the characters can't be that stupid not to think of the barn.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    RE: sauronthepowerful

    by Tim

    Haven't noticed Lansky as a problem, but I do agree about the intro. While I wouldn't call it "third-rate indie bar rock" (it's a good song in the completely wrong context), it's an abysmal choice for the show. Whenever they do their incredible montage sequences they always have really cool old-timey music. Don't understand why they didn't do something like that for the intro.

  • In the preview Shane and Rick argue if Hershel knew or not. Shane is the one that thanks he did of course. I dont know Im not being myself over the head with it. I'm just waiting till the show returns in Feb and hopefully we will get those answers.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Is it an elimination episode on The Amazing Race tonight?

    by jim

    I've lost track if this is an odd-numbered episode, or even-numbered. Seriously, is it just me or does it seem like every second episode of the Amazing Race this year is a non-elimination leg? It seems like there are more this time than usual. Granted, they did have a double-elimination leg, but still it does feel like half the time the last place team is safe.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I am getting very bored with Margaret...

    by Judge Briggs

    I found myself fast-forwarding her scenes last week.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire: If I did not like the first five episodes

    by hst666

    Would I like anything that followed? To me, and I am not saying this to denigrate anyone who enjoys the show, it was tedious in a way that Mad Men or Sopranos is not.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    about the barn

    by darkmech

    i believe the whole first half this season just took place over a few days, which is probably why no one looked in the barn until glen did , also Otis was the one who caught the zombies and put them in the barn,so thats why no one knew she was in there.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    hst66 - I kinda know what you mean

    by MRJONZ72

    I do think that certain characters & plotlines got better as the show went on. I dont consider it one of their top shows ever. Having seen every episode now. I'd give it solid B.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Where are the invisible text spoilers??

    by DukeTogo84

    I come in here to get a taste of some spoilers. They have been gone for the last few weeks.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The guy who plays Lansky

    by boyalien

    Is killing it just like everybody else on the show. What are you smoking?

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I actually like the Boardwalk intro

    by I am_NOTREAL

    It jarred me a little at first, but now I can't imagine a title sequence with period music working at all. The body of the show is so steeped in period detail that the opening strikes an interesting contrast.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    love lansky and the intro

    by jsfithaca

    cant wait for tonight. please lets not have margaret take up half the episode, an dlimit hr screen time to the average of the other supporting characters. and if she does get a lot of screen time, make sure shes usualy with nucky

  • Only because rick's kid took a shot to the chest in episode 1 and by episode 7 he was fine and running around with everyone else. the half season had to take place over at least a few weeks. the time line of the show has always been up in the air though, some episodes seem to start immediately after while other seem vague as if days weeks or months have past, How long was rick in a coma? How long since Rick's wife was fucking Shane, seeing as there seems to be some hesitation on who's baby it is It makes me think rick has only been back for a month or so (unless the wife if a few months along with the baby?) I really do love the show but I wish there was a better timeline as to when stuff is taking place

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The Homeland opening, on the other hand...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I get what they're going for, seeing how Carrie was shaped growing up and the snatches of music and dialogue suggesting her unstable mindset. But it needed to be re-thought. It's just kind of a mess, really.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    darkmech: Theyve been at the Herschel farm for at least a week

    by sunwukong86

    I know nobody knew there were zombies in the barn until Glenn. But I find it hard to believe that no one noticed it and thought "hey what if Sophia hid in there" Especially Daryl. I just dont get why he would look somewhere else other than the farm. Same with Shane and Andrea.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by john

    rofl you pick out what is a minor character for scorn? and just fast forward through the opening theme

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    hey herc

    by john

    lots of rumors running rampant on the final 2 epis of you have any inside dope?

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Anybody see the comments from the Dexter show runner?

    by Jaka

    He said that he and everyone involved with the show are planning for it to end with season eight (didn't guarantee it, though). Also said that many of the shows long running story lines will be tied up and that the last two episodes of this season will start that ball rolling.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Lansky barely registers for me

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I know he was a real person, and maybe his role will expand as the show goes on, but there are so many characters and so much going on that his few moments barely make an impression on me. He seems to be there to provide exposition. Not knocking Sauronthepowerful, but I haven't noticed him enough to have formed an opinion on the performance one way or another.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Weakest season of Dexter by far

    by Hipshot

    I enjoyed last season. Biggest problem this year is that Colin Hanks just isn't frightening. At all. He's a marshmallow, and my daughter could kick his ass. No tension. Dragging out the fantasy Olmos--fine in a film, terrible in a television show where people have weeks to chew this shit over. REAL misjudgement. No, I don't think Dexter will be exposed and caught. I'd bet the series will end much as it began. After all, he's been killing for many years, and we've just been spying on him for five. 24 survived a bad season and came back strong. Dexter can do it too...I hope. But pee-yew! Hanks stinks up the room!

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    agree about hanks, disagree about this being the worst season

    by jsfithaca

    ive enjoyed every season of dexter, this and season 5 are the only ones that haven't been great IMO. but i thought the rest of the show besides hanks has been really good this season, and i thought lumen was a pretty lame character

  • Luciano is a little Fat Tony-ish at times, but I still like them both. And it would murder the continuity if you switched it up.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Just sayin'.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I really dug Lumen - hated the Jimmy Smits season

    by Jaka

    That's my least favorite season for sure.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by Tim

    Van Alden murdering that other agent comes back up.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Colin Hanks is about as threatening as well, um...Tom Hanks

    by proevad

    The first 9 minutes of Dexter tonight was one of the most painful things I've ever seen on TV. It honestly couldn't have been any worse if they tried. I really think I'm done.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    2nd to last episode

    by Tim

    and it's 50% flashbacks? C'mon man.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Colin Hanks says "Hello whore" and all of America laughs

    by proevad

    ...and no, defenders--it wasn't supposed to be funny.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Holy fucking incest

    by Tim

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    huge mistake

    by john

    the oedipal complex works when under the surface...not when acted upon see the manchurian candidate

  • just wish they hadnt gone there....messes with everything

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Yeah, nothing happens on this boring show.

    by GQTaste26

    Fucking simpletons.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by palewook

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Man, something about that BE episode was just so awesome

    by Therawbeats

    the whole thing was like a hallucinogenic dream. Pure madness.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    so maybe the rumors that darmody dies are true

    by john

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    they killed that evil old man. FUCK YOU, LOUIS!!!!

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Great Episode of BE

    by professorjack

    But should it be acceptable for a show to have 2 or 3 really good episodes a season?

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by Therawbeats

    No. But Boardwalk has had 11 so far this season.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    Has been great this season. I think this last episode was the best so far. Very Shakespearean. Reminds me very much of Hamlet

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    one cannot look at be epi by epi

    by john

    thats like reading a novel and deciding chap 6 is better than chap 2 it all flows together

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by john

    be is doing what deadwood did deadwood was basically shakespeare in the old west

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Well said, restyles. Well said.

    by Tim

    And very true. The two seasons of Boardwalk are absolutely like two amazing novels.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    they have been putting out casting calls

    by john

    if season 3 takes the show into a totally different direction....that would be a ballsy move shannon i could see leaving, due to scheduling conflicts....not money with pitt...the rumors have been around for weeks...and that may be why they chose to kill off angela but we are talking a total revamping of the cast no jimmy....does harrow stay on? has any other show made this drastic of a move after only 2 seasons?

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    In Gretchen Mol's defense ...

    by Itchy

    who can blame her kid for going balls deep in her ? She's smoking hot.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    In Jimmy's defense...

    by Tim

    his mom is way hotter than his wife. In all seriousness though, I hope they don't kill Jimmy...don't think that's a smart move. I think he'll try and succeed in getting back in Nucky's good graces.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    but where can his character go?

    by john

    thats the question and hbo has gotta do a better job on the leaks way too many people have info on the final 2 epis

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Darmodys keepin it in the family...

    by BizarroJerry

    That was creepy, disturbing and let's be honest here folks, kind of fun. As long as it's fictional. The only show I can remember with this going on is the siblings on Rome. Can anyone else point out something similar? And I'm talking about a scene where they kind of show it, and not it just being mentioned on Law and Order: SVU or something.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by john

    game of thrones...major plot point

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Damn it! Game of Thrones!

    by BizarroJerry

    How the hell did I forget that?!? Thanks, Restyles. HBO, home of incest. But, can anyone come up with a mother and son example? That really steps up the creepy factor.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by john

    not mother/son....but father/daughter....twin tv

  • ... is following the books and letting deb find out at the end of the season like she did at the end of book 1.... they NEED to change it up, and almost seem to be setting it up with all the deb wanting to know more about dexter... and the current plan of giving deb a better job (but same dynamic with boss laguerta), is simply dumb and wont cut it at all....

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    also, as ive always maintained....

    by brechtsky

    they completely wasted the bay harbor butcher plotline like 3-4 seasons too early...

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire

    by boyalien

    Was great from the get go, fantastic about halfway through the first season, phenomenal by the end of the first season, and by now is one of my favorite TV shows of all fucking time.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Rob0729

    They can't follow the books because Showtime didn't buy the rights to any other book than the first Dexter book. That said, they are definitely leading up to Deb finding out about Dexter. She just won't do it like in the book and her subsequent actions (SPOILER like sending Dexter out to seek revenge on her boyfriend's killer) won't be the same. They have been leading up to the Deb finding out moment and even had a had a couple of teasers tonight. If they don't actually pull the trigger on her finding out, the show will totally have jumped the shark.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Tonight's Boardwalk was a bit uneven

    by Rob0729

    Although the payoff of the flashbacks were quite revealing, I felt they kinda disjointed the episode a bit. Otherwise, a solid episode. Definitely leading up to major outcomes next week.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk was a good ep *spoiler*

    by proevad

    but I mean, cum on...not like we didn't already know he was fucking her.

  • 100 years ago. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff here folks.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Dukeroberts - The Barn

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    The whole group has scampered all over that farm. Someone would have scoped out the barn just for basic security purposes. And, Shane certainly doesn't have any respect for Herschel or almost anyone else. He had a conniption when he found out walkers were in the barn and he thought it posed a grave danger. He definitely would have checked out the barn if...the writing on the show was consistent.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Stuff happens on Boardwalk

    by Hercules

    1) Darmody got hammered 2) Nucky's shoeshine man piped up 3) The Commodore demonstrated renewed vigor

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    WAiting for the video game lab geek to get evidence on Dexter

    by FrodoFraggins

    Or at least bring Quinn back with his justified suspicions. Tonights episode was an improvement for ol' Dexter but not by a lot.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Darmody really lost a lot of sympathy the last few episodes

    by FrodoFraggins

    Tonights explained quite a bit about his motivations, but he seems too far gone at this point. Tonights flashback reminded me of the Lost flashbacks for characters that were just about to die. I don't think the show should kill off Darmody. The scene where his wife died seemed like justice for the way he was behaving with the butcher Jew. He seemed out of character to me the way he behaved with the butcher.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    frodofraggins - I mentioned the lab geek last week

    by Jaka

    I'm sure that's going somewhere - just not sure where quite yet.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    herc made a funny

    by john

    can we all agree that if the only thing that comes out of be is that huston becomes a huge star, it will have been worth it? my god...that guy can act i hate pretty boy actors...its why i was never really into pitt, and im still bothered by decaprio...but there is something about huston that goes beyond his amazingly good looks...that guy opens his soul every time he is on screen

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by boyalien

    Is on a lot of our radars for good, easily.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Van Alden on the lam

    by boyalien

    is just so goddamned delicious. I can still see his lanky ass jumping out the door.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    why does shannon always crack me up

    by john

    the man is a brilliant dramatic actor...but there is something about him that makes me want to burst out laffing that scene was a good example i just dont know why

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    the lab geek

    by van_line

    he gave dexter access to his personal web browser which i am sure will collect all of dexter's searches and the dude will figure out that dexter is a murder.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    The Lab Geek thing..

    by gotilk

    From the first moment I saw that hand in a glass case, I assumed he knows who and what Dexter is already... 100%. That's where I think it's leading. And I can't stop watching Hell On Wheels, even though it gets predictable and just a little lame here and there. I think it's the preacher and the Swede. Both great characters and performers.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    is homeland gonna get a second season?

    by john

    cuz i was waiting till be was done to start watching looks like the fables ripoff is a hit and hell on wheels, despite terrible reviews, has been solid enuf to get a second season

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Showtime long ago greenlit a second season of Homeland

    by Hercules

    is true

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    ok...good to know

    by john

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Last ep of Walking Dead not until Feb 12?

    by happybunni

    What the hell, why don't they just air the thing? I do not respect shows that dick around with air dates like that.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    by DaKnifeOrDaGun

    Van Alden's career as an agent is pretty much fucked. I think Darmody's character wont be killed off. By the way he fucked not IS fucking m** and his conscience has been messing with him for many moons since. It drove him to quit school, and join the war. Oh and for the record, Jimmy's mom is the hottest unassuming sexiest sociopath on TV. Margaret.. Please god kill her. She indulges in fuckery and has a guilt conscience the size of a boulder. I'm tired of the 'Look but dont touch. Touch but dont taste' shit with her. Next week's episode will be CRAZY. Best season of BE everrrrr... Predicted deaths next week....Jimmy's mom, The Deputy, The butcher and Mickey Doyle

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    wow, i just watched 2 previews for midseason shows

    by john

    that might actually be huge hits apt 23...a cutting edge comedy on abc????? smash...more adult version of glee, about the creation of a broadway musical...nbc not exactly sure why these shows were chosen to be midseason replacements rather than leading off the season...unless the networks are now moving their model closer to cable and brit networks....which makes sense except for a few hit shows...time to change the model create shows that will run 12-15 epis....stretch the year to a full 12 months and create more shows

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    hold the phone

    by john

    man...forget the above post seems that 2 weeks ago, abc pussied out and will not be airing apt 23 as a midseason replacement this despite critical raves for the pilot

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric

    I know your comment is way up there, but if you didn't like the first five eps of Boardwalk it probably just isn't your cup of tea. The character work gets more interesting, but it definitely remains the same tonally.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Pretty clear Lab Geek knows/will know

    by JGer

    that Dexter is a serial killer by season's end. I'm almost thinking maybe he already knows because why would he be stupid enough to ask Dexter's opinion of his "serial Killer" video game, knowing Dexter's wife had been killed by one. As bad as this season has benn, could be a neet cliffhanger, having the Geek figure out the secret. Please don't do one of those patented Dexter 10 minute cleanups at the end of the finale and have the Geek hit his head and get amnesia or something. And DO NOT have him turn out to be an aspiring serial killer who wants Dexter to teach him, I mean, no way they will try that again, right? And writers, you have almost gone out of your way to ruin just about every supporting character and make them unrecognizable (Quinn, Laguerta, etc.) how about try and get things back to somewhat normal or completely turn it upside down.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Walking Dead Barn questions...

    by Superthug3000

    How did Glen not notice Sofia when he seen the residents of the barn? Becasue from what I'm gathering from Hershel in the last episode Otis was the one that coralled the walkers to the location and this was there first attempt to do so since his demise at the hands of Shane. Be interesting to see where the story goes in Feburary ,but if it doesn't start moving at a faster pace I may have to pull from my watch list.That was ridiculous waiting that long for a reveal on the fate of Sofia. I hate to agree with Shane but he had every reason to snap.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Boardwalk,Lansky and "best show since Sopranos"

    by grendel69

    Boardwalk has been amazing this season. I have no problem w/ Lansky. Hes supposed to be the grounded one next to the hotheaded Lucciano and Seagel. And Deadwood was not only the best show since Sopranos, but the greatest tv series ever produced.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by grendel69

    Watching Boardwalk last season, I had a feeling some of these characters might not be around for multiple seasons ... like Margaret or Van Alden.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Walking Dead Barn & Misfits

    by Sci-FiJunky

    If I remember correctly, Herschel told them to stay away from the barn as one of his conditions for them being allowed to stay at his farm. And they did mention Otis was the one who caught zombies, which is why Herschel need help to catch the latest ones in the bog. I am so looking forward to the last half of he season! And I agree with Gotilk! Misfits is a fantastic show! Watch it every week. Joseph Gilgun is a great addition to the cast. I love his character.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Boardwalk is setting things up nicely for Jimmy to return to Team Nucky

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    ...he'll have to do something major to prove his loyalty but he more than ready to give up the reigns. My one concern is for ex-agent Nelson Van can he recover from his predicament?

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Lab Geek-Van_Line

    by ginger ale

    Van Line is correct. They have spent far too much screen time showing us exactly which web browser Dexter is using to do his searches for it not to come back to bite him. The Lab Geek is clearly tracking his searches. It may not be intnetional, probably just using it to gather info for the game character, but he will surely stumble upon Dexter's secret.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Amazing Race: Spoiler

    by ginger ale

    Jesus clearly was sick of the stupid snowboarders.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire is also setting it up nicely...

    by Frank Dills

    For Nelson Van Alden to still make the bust that Doyle tipped him off to, take ALL the money and hit the road for a while with the nanny until things cool down. By the way, where is the idiot who came in here every week bitching about the HUGE plot hole with Van Alden drowning the guy and it never being resolved? Haven't seen anything from him this week. Best show on HBO, or television for that matter. The acting, the sets, the writing, you name it it's all there. Boardwalk Empire has risen to the level of The Wire, Sopranos, and Deadwood. What a wonderful time we live in where in many cases the strongest efforts of artistic expression are conveyed through TV, not through a theater. I can't wait for next week. But then after that it's a long wait till season 3.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire finale spoilers

    by syn_flood

    Nucky kills Jimmy Manny lives Van Alden's baby dies

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST


    by BizarroJerry

    The incest stuff may not be "groundbreaking" here, but it's certainly rare enough on TV. Especially the way it was sort of "shown" instead of just referred back to or implied.

  • Who would have thought that Jimmy's mom would be the creepiest villian in a show full of creepy fuckers. And Harrow still steals every scene he's in. That cleaning up the Commador scene was incredibly effective.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Margaret needs to be slapped repeatedly about the face

    by Behemoth

    This skank has easily become one of the most annoying, unsympathetic characters on the show. Now she's threatening to testify against Nucky, after everything that's happened? Nucky's line, "Why don't they just grab the spoons higher up on the handles?" was classic. For all his flaws, he's a realist. He encounters problems, and he makes plans to overcome them. Margaret simply falls into superstition, and Nucky's line perfectly showed just how moronic the Priest's line of counseling is. That constant look of Margaret's face, the same one seen above on the screenshot of the video, would make me want to take a pike to her thorax. Combined with the annoying, sing-songy accent, and you have the full recipe for a James Caan - Godfather 1 - trash can involved monster beating.

  • Many networks decide not to show any new episodes around the time of the Thanksgiving/XMAS Holidays for a month or two.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Breaking Bad is the best show on TV

    by Lovecraftfan

    Boardwalk Empire has not gotten to the level of Breaking Bad.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    you Dexter haters...

    by AsimovLives

    ... what a bunch of thigh-asses!

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Homeland... (spoilers)

    by Dogmatic

    Now, they got NOTHING on Walker! The interrogation scene was great though! "We will deport her! And she can go back to Saudi Arabia and grow fat and wear a burka the rest of her life." Brutal. And Brodie is going all Manchurian Candidate mode now!

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I'm baffled . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . how does ANYONE find ANY season of Dexter worse than this new one? Calling it garbage is sugar-coating . . .

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    No current show has reached Breaking Bad's level

    by proevad

    --and yeah that includes BE--but don't single it out for failing to reach a near impossible goal. Shows like The Wire and Breaking Bad you can count on one hand. Can't expect everything that is well written and produced to be perfect like those two are.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    nice marmot

    by proevad

    Agreed. Reminds me of battered women's syndrome-- defending this shit. The show this year is flat out awful and even laughably bad at times. Colin Hanks may never work again. I would kill my agent for talking me into taking the role.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    So Wait, Dexter and Deb are going to hook up?

    by JGer

    Didn't think much in the "scenes from next week" where they are in each others faces with lip closeups, but one of the scenes from next week with Deb in the shrink's office has her basically beng told she has been looking for someone like Dexter romantically. This season has gone so badly at this point I cannot imagine how this would be anything but a disaster. Deb is really the only character on the show this season who hasn't gone completely to shit. I'm still always going to be along for the ride, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how I haven't wasted 12 hours of my life on this season.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Tim

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    HBO - We love incest

    by skycrapper

    Even Bored To Death has gotten in on that action.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Nothing ever happens on BOARDWALK EMPIRE...

    by TopHat

    ...see, you get into trouble writing things like that; its a TV show, so of course things will happen. The apologists will make sure to rub that into your face when it happens, too. So, lets just keep things simple... Ahem... MAD MEN is still better than BOARDWALK EMPIRE. I don't need to write a dissertation explaining why, either. If you can't see its better, well, you're a human being cable of making your own independent thoughts. Congrats. Also, Margaret is not "boring", she's just an ENORMOUS hypocrite. I don't know if the producers of the show are trying to set her up as the "good guy" or "conscience" of Nucky, or, they're being slick and actually intentionally making her an enormous hypocrite. I believe the latter, and that is why I must re invoke a Talkback classic taken from the days of MAD MEN... MARGARET IS THE VILLAIN OF BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Minds. Blown.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Amazing Race

    by jim

    I don't think I've ever seen that before - 3 teams all finding the pit stop because each of their cab drivers was calling one another. Snowboarders were left out because they were always gone when the other teams' cab drivers were hanging around getting chummy with one another. That has to be the closest 1-2-3 finish ever for the final leg. It did seem to be Marcus & Amani were on their way to Balboa, the same mistake the snowboarders made, but their cab driver got a call from his buddy to go to the old city instead.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Alan Dale on Once Upon A Time

    by jim

    Also, Snow White and her daughter share a bottle of MacCutcheon Whiskey.

  • when Harrow closed the curtains. I got the feeling they were eyeing each other suspiciously, like each one was thinking the other was responsible for Angela's death. Or maybe I'm just reading too much into it.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Watching Dexter last night I wondered

    by jim

    if the cops had thought to post messages on Geller's blog posing as believers in the hopes Geller or Travis would contact them. Both being fugitives, and with their lair discovered, they would need help hiding out. Might be a bit of a longshot but wouldn't it be worth a try to attempt to find them that way?

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    gillian let her inner gemma teller out last night

    by JaredP

    gretchen mol deserves an emmy for her performance

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    In regards to Breaking Bad, Mad men etc...

    by Frank Dills

    I was referring to BE as being among the HBO elite and perhaps I could have been clearer on that. Personally I just don't like Breaking Bad, sorry. I accept others do but I don't enjoy it. Mad Men absolutely deserves to be in the conversation with the other shows I have mentioned along with Twin Peaks. The thing about BE that sets it apart is the production value and DP work in the series. Yes it's wrote well, yes the acting is great, but the visceral content of this show is in a class alone. For a rather complicated period specific piece, the sets, back drops, mood, everything is perfect. If we judged shows just on the "beauty" of the shots and framing, it might well be the best ever. My only quip which i mentioned after the first episode of this season and as others have chimed in on even in this discussion is the horrible intro. It's so bad that it's incomprehensible that it hasn't been changed. All of course rests on the season finale and if they can do what other series had trouble with and end on a satisfying note. Lastly, Mattman you are still in my opinion the smartest guy in any of these talkbacks and you still talk the least. Please EXPAND on your opinions and speculation. Reading your thoughts is always enjoyable. Would love to see more from you.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    restyles - re: Van Alden Escape

    by warren bishop

    Thank you!! That scene cracked me up as well. When he shot the assistant D.A. in the foot - and made a mad dash for the exit, had me laughing out loud. I half expected him to yell out: "I'm out bitches!" as he scrambled out the door. It was really comedic and wonderful in a way I can't quite put my finger on.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Lost me at Twin Peaks frank

    by skycrapper

    but to each his own, I'm not a Mad Men fan but I agree on Breaking Bad. You are dead on about the production of BE which is why I'm concerned that it won't be as long for this world as we all think. It's their most expensive show to produce and that includes Game of Thrones.

  • "That's very nice... thank you, Richard."

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    BE is the only show that I have to watch twice

    by Volstaff

    Especially with episodes like the last one. On first viewing I just watch to see what the hell's going to happen next, then again to catch all the details. Last episode it was the subtle things, like Jimmy's slow burn and his eyes welling up with tears before he freaks out and goes after Mom's throat. The commodore totally surprised me. Or the look on Harrow's face as he surveyed the scene where Jimmy's wife was killed, or , oh shit any scene with Harrow really. My favorite line from the show this year is still the one where Harrow is out in the woods and the hunter says to him " these woods are for living things.Understand?" Wow With the Commodore out of the picture and everything else, I can't see where they can go with Darmody, except for him to either go totally apeshit and get himself killed, or join back up with Thompson somehow. Then again, this show has gotten pretty damn good at being a big surprise every week. It's like a big box of Crackerjacks for adults, every damn week.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    That Jimmy's a real motherfucker!!!

    by smokie

    Gretchen Mol needs an emmy like tomorrow. love this show

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I love me some Breaking Bad

    by boyalien

    But it will NEVER be as outrageously amazing as BE. NEVER.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Franksimms / Boardwalk

    by Mattman

    Hey man, thanks for saying that. You and I are simpatico on most things Boardwalk. I agree that it's possibly the best looking show ever crafted. Each shot is filmed with the care of a great movie. My eyes just drink it in. I'm honestly still processing last night's episode. The last two Boardwalks have utterly wrecked me after watching them. I really feel for Jimmy; this episode revealed to me that his entire life has been predetermined. Any choices he thinks he's made were not really his own. Even joining the army was a reaction to what his mother has done to him. It's just devastating. I want to see him and Nucky rekindle their relationship and take on everyone that has wronged them... but this show does not give us what we want, and I respect it for that. I have been consistently surprised. Margaret is getting a lot of screen time for a reason. They're setting her up for something really big, and people really need to stop making premature judgement on characters that are being developed. Hell, Herc was complaining about Jimmy tossing Giggles off a balcony... and look how that has paid off? That incident sparked an explosive chain reaction. I love Boardwalk. This is a show for people who appreciate character development above all else. This is a show for people that understand that we barely comprehend our OWN actions half the time, let alone others. The next episode is the season finale, right? I cannot even imagine what's going to go down.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Season Finale

    by Itchy

    Jimmy realizes Nucky is the only sane figure in his life actually looking out for him, makes nice with Nucky, Nucky tells Jimmy to prove his loyalty back he needs to kill Eli before he can testify, between Eli being dead and Van Alden going postal the DA drops the case, Nucky and Jimmy celebrate by pulling an eiffel tower with Jimmy's mom while Margaret Schroeder self-flagellates herself with Van Alden's whip in the corner. This shit writes its self.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    As for what might happen...

    by Mattman

    Even though I said this show doesn't do what you expect... this season started with Jimmy putting Nucky's gift up in his closet... tucking it safely away. Not THROWING IT OUT. That was massively obvious symbolism. I think, subconsciously, Jimmy was warning Nucky when he approached him just before the attempted assassination. If Jimmy hadn't done that, the assassin might have gotten the drop on Nucky. Jimmy's life is utterly destroyed. He sees his mom for who she truly is. He was disgusted by her when she was giddily going on about Andrea not having many friends. He's not built for this life. Nucky is the only person who truly offered him love (other than Andrea, and she's dead). I see Jimmy as a very needy person, and I think that will play into whatever decision he makes next episode. No-Face is definitely going to cut off Manny's dick and shove it up his ass.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I'm done with Dexter

    by Mattman

    I turned it off halfway through. It's too childish. Every little thing has become so convenient and easy. Just little stuff, like Dexter breaking out of the basement. Did anyone else notice how easy that was for him? "You've locked me in! Nooo! Oh wait, here's a door. I'll just shoulder through it." And then Colin Hanks happening to have a conversation with Olmos RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW. It's too much for me. EVERY scene is like that now. I'm done.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    van alden's doom...

    by JaredP

    was set in motion after he murdered agent sebso. his final commupance has nothing to do with michael shannon playing zod in man of steel. i think its all storyline dedicated

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    jimmy's wife was named angela

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Angela I mean...

    by Mattman

    I suck.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Van Alden's moment

    by Mattman

    was hilarious. Is he gonna run back to Giggles now? Can't see Giggles living long when Jimmy figures out he revealed to Manny where he and ANGELA lived.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    It's pretty bad when the best thing about Dexter

    by Mattman

    is Drunken Quinn.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by skycrapper

    Richard has shown Jimmy "love". He's the only friend he has left at the moment. That's why I loved the trippy Commador clean up scene. Running back to Nucky is a little obvious but Nucky did make a very forshadowing "blood is thicker than water" comment in this episode. I think Nucky considers Jimmy "blood".

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    That's true, although that's more of a camaraderie / war buddy kind of thing (Yeah I know they weren't in the war together, but they are now). Nucky offered something Jimmy desperately needs: a father. He certainly never got the support one needs from a mother.

  • That could be an interesting dynamic between Richard and his sister, as long as they don't end up fucking.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    They did have a "to the end" moment earlier in the season.

    by skycrapper

    So I'm betting if Jimmy dies Richard is going down blazing with him. Which would kind of suck IMO. Would hate to lose those two characters.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    "Hello, Whore"

    by Cenanin

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    "Hello, Whore"

    by Cenanin

    I actually am only continuing to watch this Season of Dexter because of the lab intern, and his connection to ITK and Dexter. I could care less about DDK and hanks/olmos, they are fucking boring. Mos Def's character had more depth, and life than either hanks or olmos. Of course they kill off the great characters. I guess it's the Dexter trend though, get high profile TV stars to play a character each season, and have them fail miserably to fit into character, with the exception being lithgow, and the guy who played moser. The show would be much more enjoyable with Dexter's inner monologue including Harry and Brian Moser, IE a GOOD and EVIL conscience. After Dexter drown Nick, and Brian Moser appeared, I was shocked, the series had gotten enjoyable once more, but by the end of the next episode, Harry was back, and Moser was gone. Dull, and stale, except the camera panning to the ITK mannequin arm in Louis apartment, is the only thing that is keeping me interested.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Spanking the Monkey: The Series

    by Jason

    Right down to the almost choking the mom to death scene. My prediction for the finale: Nucky gives his driver the order to whack Margaret. And he does.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Van Alden

    by Extr3m1st

    One of the best characters on TV these days. The guy can be intense and a complete goof all at the same time. Shannon has done a wonderful job with that role. I want Margaret dead too, anyone who thinks a righteous God would take vengeance on a small child for the things her mom did is a complete boob. If there is a God, he doesn't pay any attention to what is happening on this planet. I know some people in the beginning were wondering how Buscemi would do in this role. I think he has been fantastic. And Gretchen Mol. Holy crap, first she slaps the shit out of the Commodore then she fucks the shit out of her son. Definite emmy material

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Oh and Homeland

    by Extr3m1st

    Was fantastic, I love Claire Danes. Mandy Patinkin is also great on this show. Brody is getting more evil by the day.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I wonder who the leak is on Homeland

    by Extr3m1st

    Why do I keep thinking it may be the black boss.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Cenanin

    You don't like black people? It's probably not going to be someone we haven't seen. It's either going to be hot blonde's muslim partner, or saul's wife(a few episodes shows him revealing too much to her).

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by john

    bothers me that not one interview has pointed out the comedic aspects of van alden and asked shannon if he is doing it purposefully (which im sure he is) van alden is a tragic character, but it would be totally boring if he were played totally straight, and shannon knows this...but he doesnt do it obviously and over the top it was the same when he told over the story as to why his father hates him....awful, sad story...but i started to was just so absurd, and he told it over in such a straight way...and then the nanny said, "yeezus" and i totally broke up van alden is a man uncomfortable in his own skin...and shannon plays him that way i cannot wait to see his take on general zod

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Cenanin

    Also why the fuck is almost every character in this series an American loving ground kisser? Islam and the American way of life are incompatible. Anyone that says differently should look at the way true muslims treat their women, and criminals.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    It still bothers me about Richard and last week's Boardwalk

    by sunwukong86

    I can't be the only one bothered by the fact that Richard wasn't there when Manny showed up

  • Great marketing!

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    I think Mandy Potankin is the mole

    by CatoTheCensor

    Remember when he failed the polygraph?

  • Brother Sam brought Christianity and forgiveness for ones sins into Dexter's subconscious. Dex began questioning his actions (past and present) and their meaning when balanced against what Brother Sam had said/taught to him. On top of that, because of the Doomsday killings, he began reading the bible (clearly we're supposed to think this is the case as he's the one who keeps quoting it at the station and crime scenes to explain what is happening). Then, when Dexter gets to know Travis, forgiveness (helping Travis instead of killing him) becomes part of Dexter's subconscious narrative. Lastly, finding out that Travis is actually the killer who believes he has his own "dark passenger" (particularly after the return and dismissal of Dex's brother as his own passenger 2.0) shatters all of Dexter's thoughts regarding moving toward the "light", turning him fully to a killer without conscience. He killed the guy on the boat and didn't care. <p> And that's just touching on the surface. Personally, I think its some pretty damn interesting stuff. Especially when you add in his relationships with his Sister, son and co-workers. <p> Hanks, I will agree, has not been great. Although I actually thought last nights episode was probably his best.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by warren bishop

    A friend of mine and were discussing that today. It's possible, I just fail to see what his motivation could possibly be.

  • But that's not what the show is about. Never has been. Each season the show has always had an overriding theme that, by seasons end, relates to how Dexter sees the world he lives in and how he with it in his mind (subconsciously). He's tried to have friends and lovers. He's tried to be a family man. He's tried to build better relationships with his Sister and co-workers. He's hunted other serial killers and tried to be an avenging "angel". In the end, nothing ever helps ease his "dark passenger". Its that, I believe, that will eventually be his downfall. In the end he'll realize he's just another evil serial killer.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Dexter and Boardwalk, Polar Opposites in Quality

    by _Maltheus_

    I cannot wait for this season of Dexter to be over so I can call it quits. The only thing keeping me going is waiting to see how lab geek knows Dexter's secret. I thought last week, they were gonna do some dumb shit like make him Rudy's son. But he's obviously hurt that Dex didn't like his stupid game (after glancing at him over the Bay Harbor Butcher thing). Whatever, the writing is so beyond retarded at this point, that I can't go through it again unless I hear that they're replacing the stump-dumb show runner. The Lumen season was a disappointment, coming off an important season finale, but this season is frankly, worse than 99% of the other TV shows out there. Boardwalk was crazy, in a good a way. The Jimmy-mom thing wasn't surprising, yet still sufficiently shocking. Hopefully, Jimmy has his catalyst to get over his shit and start taking charge again (the little bitch). And all eyes on half-face. Margaret pissed me off in a way she hadn't all season. I thought she had come to terms with her choices. She should go back to being poor and getting the shit beat out of her. Everyone would be happier then. Jimmy's mom is fucking Livia Soprano on steroids (and botox). She's hot, but all I care about is watching every second of how her mind works. It just fires on all cylinders. Like Al Swearingen, Battiatus, or Dexter Season 1.

  • Dec. 5, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    fucking love the hell out of this show. dabney coleman made such a great villain on this show. he deserves an emmy for playing the commodore. actually a lot of people on the show deserve an emmy, like kelly macdonald, aleksa palladino, michael shannon and michael pitt. and jack huston, too

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Great BE episode. Finally, it's regaining it's momentum.

    by Stalkeye

    I wasn't surprised when it was revealed that Jimmy and his Mom got it on.They look practically the same fucking age. What impressed me the most, would be the constant shift between Jimmy's past and the present scenarios . It's a bit reminiscent to Godfather 2 and well done might I add. Van Alden is just a complete clusterfuck. I mean seriously, did he actually think he can get away with drowning that agent to death in front of all those Black Christians who witnessed the murder? His authority and him being White could only hold so much leverage until it only takes one to dime his ass even back in those days. (Hilarious escape attempt BTW) Hopefully, we'll get to see Richard take revenge for Andrea's murder and it's not hard to do since Manny Horowitz is a fly-by character easy to write off the series. Same goes for that giggling fuckhead...whatshisname? Oh, and Margaret is an ungrateful lil Cunt. First she cheats on Nuck with the hired help and has the fucking nerve to testify against him due to some epiphany? Cancel that bitch.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Margaret is an idiot

    by Extr3m1st

    Before Nucky she lived with a man who abused her, made her live like she was homeless and spent all of their money on gambling. She was going to end up dead from that guy one day. Along comes Nucky who gives her a life of privilege and she sucks that right in. Actually turning herself into the kind of woman she used to hate (remember when she worked in that clothing shop, how she hated how the female boss treated her? Now watch how she deals with her hired help in Nuckys home). If she goes against Nucky, she should be found in the same spot where they found her husband..

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Killing Margaret would not be a smart move

    by skycrapper

    Sure it would be shocking t.v., but that would attract a bit of attenion if someone that was just issued a subpoena went missing. But who knows, maybe her kid will burn the house down with her in it.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    BE has NOT regained its momentum ...

    by Behemoth

    ... because it never LOST it. The show has been near perfect all season. It's an incredible achievement.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I agree Skycrap

    by Extr3m1st

    It would not be my first choice if I was Nucky, but she can 100 percent get him put away for a multitude of crimes. She knows quite a bit and is turning into a loose cannon. She doesn't have proof he killed her husband though she "knows" he did. Knowing something and proving it are 2 different things. Not to mention she is not even thinking about her child. She has polio, would you rather go back to being poor and having that poor kid have nothing or try and help Nucky and the kid just may end up living a life of luxury even with polio. Does she think God will cure her daughter of polio if she testifies? Good luck with that one..

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    saul = mole

    by ahughes8491

    it HAS to be saul. he failed the polygraph and what was his excuse? that he always fails the first one? huh? i think/hope that the reveal doesn't happen this season, because i think he's an awesome character and it seems too obvious. ah well.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    It might be Saul if only for 1 reason..

    by Extr3m1st

    We all know how much Mandy Patinkin hates staying too long on any show he does no matter how successful it ends up. Actually I find it hard to believe he would be the mole, nothing at all so far has pointed to him having some sort of ax to grind. I guess maybe he blames work for himself having no life with his wife but to be part of a terrorist conspiracy that would take lives of Americans is a real stretch. It would be a nice twist if they have a real valid way of selling that though.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Better call Saul

    by Extr3m1st

    is the mole :)

  • I turned to my girlfriend and said "Why can't they just hold the spoons closer to the bottom of the handle by the spoon part?" Glad to see I'm on the same wavelength as Mr. Thompson. Also, anyone who knows anything knows that as good as "the Sopranos" and "Game of Thrones" are, the best show on TV ever was "the Wire."

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Jaka - you have a knack for stating the obvious

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

  • If its so obvious then why has nobody else made the same comments in any of the recent complaint filled Sunday/Dexter talkbacks? <p> How about you lay off the Jr High tactics and actually attempt to add something to the conversation?

  • The first season was good but not great to me, they never went to that next level that I hoped it would go. However, Season 2 is fucking fantastic, the writing, acting and direction and overall season outline is so much better than 1. If they keep this pattern going, the next Season of Boardwalk could end up being one of those classic TV seasons.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I used to be a conservative who fucked my mom

    by proevad

    but then I took an arrow to the knee.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST


    by john

    the priest messed up the story it goes that this dude is taken to hell and sees people around a table laden with food....with long spoons instead of arms and hands the writers had him mess up the story on purpose...because he is a corrupt, filthy sob

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, I'll add something

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    It was so obvious that no one felt the need to mention it. Clearly this season is all about Dexter and his internal self struggle to figure out if he's "good" or "evil." With every season of the series, Dexter has to confront some issue - last season was loss, the season before that family life, the season before that friendship, the season before that loneliness, the season before that whether he was alone in the world. Each "big bad" reflects that struggle - Travis, the crazy rape cult guys, Trinity, Jimmy Smits, that crazy chick from season 2, and of course Dexter's brother. The problem is, with each journey he takes, Dexter becomes more human, which makes him less the fun sicko he was in season one when we all fell in love with him. I don't WANT Dexter to be a relatable guy. I don't WANT to like Dexter. I don't want to root for him. I want to root for him and then have him do or say something so disturbing that I get ashamed for rooting for him, because at the end of the day the only thing that separates him from say Ted Bundy is that he kills killers instead of pretty young women. Dexter should never be humanized to the extent that he has been. While I certainly like the fact that he's abandoned the notion of faith in a higher power for the notion of faith in himself, I miss the creepy bastard from season one.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Like Nucky, I'd just wonder why they weren't diving in face first and coming up for air. People say it's out of character for Jimmy to fuck over Manny and get in over his head, but I don't think so. Nucky is the ultimate pragmatist and Jimmy thought that he could out think him because his rich daddy and crazy yet sexily lethal mother had his back. I love how the show set Jimmy up to be this super cool gangster type who's as smart as he is violent, but it turns out he's just a really fucked up guy who makes bad decisions.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    homeland - I found this episode painful

    by rob worman

    Last week I started on the first episode of this show and managed to catch up rapidly, enjoying every episode along the way. But this latest episode seemed chock full of annoying plot holes, more so than any previous episode. For example... -Carrie is suddenly head over heels for Brody, weepy when his call was not a booty call? (ok, fine so she's erratic) -The CIA finds literally ZERO resistance co-opting a financial institution to help with an investigation? (ok, maybe I'm naive and it is that easy) -The Saudi diplomat who's spying for the terrorist leader is so easily blackmailed (woudn't the Saudis already know everything about his private life already...) and thus so easily turned? -Neither Carrie nor Saul nor the Saudi diplomat make any mention of Brody during the interrogation? If it were only one of the above, I wouldn't complain, but all of this left me feeling like the episode was held together with ten-year-old strips of duct tape.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    ive enjoyed dexter

    by jsfithaca

    but i think the intern plotline is the only one as intriguing as the first 4 seasons. i still really enjoy dexter's character and his monolouges. ive loved how hes developed. BE=amazing. if they kill gretchen mol ill be soooo pissed. i think kill off every interesting female character is a bad strategy for a tv show. and i also really don't want eli to die

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by _Maltheus_

    Basically, Showtime needs to fire half the staff of Dexter, just to terrorize the remaining staff enough to stop writing a fluffy family show. That, and to increase the chances of getting some intelligent writers to fill their spots. People don't watch Breaking Bad because Walt is a swell guy. Learn from them.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Carrie takes psycho meds and leads a lonely life of work and boozing it up and fucking strangers. I kinda thought the same thing about her reaction to Brody but she probably just wanted to get laid in a real bad way lol. You can nitpick the shit out of every tv show, the diplomat is probably well respected in his country and I doubt anyone suspects him of sucking cock. Our intelligence people probably follow all muslims that are here on an official visa and they stumbled onto this. That none of the 3 of them mentioned Brody is not surprising since they already ruled him out as a terrorist and the diplomat was not about to bring up stuff they didn't mention to him first. I don't think many institutions would have an issue with helping our government fight terrorism if they were so asked. Especially one associated with the guy they government was targeting. The show has been fantastic, let these small issues go.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    yes, but where did BUGSY go???

    by booth77

    seriously, that kid was awesome.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Which dude was Bugsy?

    by Mattman

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Bugsy Siegel is Meyer Lansky's young friend Benny

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Benjamin Siegel, by all accounts HATED his nickname. I believe he was last seen stealing chips at Lansky and Lucciano's poker game. Which is a nice tip of the hat I think, to his future.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Ah okay... that's what I like about this show

    by Mattman

    Easter eggs for people in-the-know.