About Last Night…

April 13, 2010

I feel like something bad is about to happen...

Alright, I’m just gonna jump right in on this one. Last night’s 24 had an ending that I 100% didn’t see coming. But, before we talk about the ending, let’s talk about what took us there. We opened the hour with everyone involved recovering from last week’s shocking Hassan murder.

President Taylor was preparing to abandon her peace treaty, as she was staunchly told by the Russian douchebag emissary that they would be withdrawing from the talks. Jack was all wounded and apologetic to Taylor, as he felt he’d let her down. (You think this was bad, Jack? You ain’t seen nothing yet.) And in a stunning twist, the ineffective and downright idiotic Brian Hastings (I mean, seriously, how did this guy get this job?) was removed from command over CTU, in light of all the failures.

But, wait! Things could be repaired! Taylor and the IRK Prime Minister were able to talk Dalia Hassan into assuming her freshly dead husband’s role. Chole was given provisional command at CTU (finally!). And Jack could finally go get it on with Renee, but, this being 24, it all fell to shit again.

The Russians still won’t talk, leaving Taylor no choice but to look to Charles Logan for help. (What is this leverage he has over the Russians? Doesn’t sound good.) Samir, barely clinging to life from Jack’s gunshots, is poisoned by a Russian goon posing as a paramedic, before Cole and Chloe can get any information from him. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the Ruskie recognized Renee from her undercover days and decides she and Jack need to be eliminated before she can link him to anything.

So, he follows the lovebirds back to Jack’s, watches them, you know, do it (ick), and pumps Renee full of lead. Jack tries to get her to the hospital in time, but to no avail; she’s a goner.

These last six hours should be exciting stuff. With Jack in revenge-mode and Logan muddling the peace talks with his wicked ways, 24 looks posed to go out with a bang.

Will Tom's death be in vain?

Another show looking ready for a dynamic conclusion, last night’s Damages. The penultimate episode was chock full of twists and turns; so much so, I can hardly think of a proper way to summarize them. So, I won’t.

But, by the end of the hour, we’d learned: Tom leaked his financial information to the judge, specifically to have him removed from the case, so he could publicly resign from the firm, so that he could earn the trust of Leonard Winstone once he’d successfully flipped him against the Tobin’s. Terry met with Patty, casually letting her know of Frobisher’s near-admission of guilt of murder, which led Patty and Ellen to Gates, who now plan to look into the cop Frobisher hired, who was killed, but was once partnered with Wes (Timothy Olyphant), which leads Ellen to call Wes (!), which leads to next week’s preview of the finale showing Wes visiting Ellen (!!). Ellen delivered Joe Tobin the evidence they’d found that Leonard wasn’t who he said he was, prompting Joe to go ballistic on Leonard, effectively turning Leonard against the Tobin’s, leading him right into Tom’s trap.

Phew.

I don’t know where this show is going. And it’s only got 90 more minutes to get there. But what a hell of a ride it’s been getting there. I only hope it’s not the last ride we’ve got with Hewes & Associates.

Where is the love?

After so much heady drama, I desperately needed to end my night with some laughs. Luckily, one of my favorite comedies, How I Met Your Mother, had returned from hiatus. Boy, do I love this little show. A sitcom that relies less on the snark and more on the heart and romance, HIMYM is always a winning half-hour when it’s focusing on the show’s core mythology, i.e. Ted’s pursuit of The Mother.

Maybe that’s why last night felt like such a letdown. One of those in-between episodes that steps away from the central storyline, probably to give the writers a chance to figure out where to go next, last night was kinda boring. The A-story centered on Marshall having been mugged, which led Lily to want to get a gun, which led Marshall to lie and say he was actually mugged by a monkey. Or was he? When Robin wanted to interview him on that bunk news program she anchors (the B-story being that she felt like she needed to find a good story to salvage her wasted career), Marshall balked, saying he’d made it all up because he didn’t want Lily to get a gun and didn’t want to lie about it on TV, but didn’t want Lily to know he’d actually been mugged because she was finally feeling safe and not as worried.

Things only got worse when Marshall showed up for the taping and learned that the monkey he’d (maybe) falsely accused would be sent to a wildlife sanctuary and separated from the love of his life. Marshall couldn’t stand for this, being the big, lumpy romantic he is, and just left, never telling anyone the truth (including us, the audience). It all led up to a fantastic sequence with the monkey getting loose in the studio, stealing a whackjob’s doll (don’t ask), and scaling Ted’s model of the Empire State Building. To complete the King Kong visual, the cameraman threw paper airplanes at it. Pretty inspired bit from a pretty lame set-up. I’m hoping next week gets back to the romance, which is really this show’s bread and butter.

What do you think? Did you see Renee’s murder coming? Are you as breathless watching Damages as I am? And was How I Met Your Mother kinda lame last night, or am I totally off-base? Sound off below!