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- ARCHER BONDS WITH A CANINE, POTENTIALLY PROMOTES PAM. Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) has always hated dogs. Or so Archer fans have assumed. As it will turn out, he really only hates one particular dog-- his mother's. As series executive producer Matt Thompson told us earlier this season: "You'll get to see the origins of Archer's dislike of Duchess, which funnily enough is his ISIS code name. He always took back seat to the dog in the eyes of Malory."
In an episode entitled "Un Chien Tangerine," Archer actually bonds with another dog on a mission-- so much so that we see a childlike side to him come out with the new companion he declares "thinks it's people!" But while Archer is off on a road trip through the desert with his stinky new four-legged pal, back at ISIS Pam (Amber Nash) is making a case for herself to become a field agent and actually work alongside Archer soon. While you might think her best argument to putting her in the field is that even Cyril (Chris Parnell) is in the field, she actually shocks everyone with her natural aptitude for the work. She aces the written exam, and of course her underground fighting abilities come in seriously handy when having to take down enemies in combat drills.
Things certainly are changing on the FX animated comedy, huh!?
- FLORRICK FAMILY SECRETS EMERGE AND ALICIA MAKES HER CHOICE ONE AND FOR ALL ON THE GOOD WIFE The next all-new episode of The Good Wife entitled "Death of a Client" picks up exactly where the last left off: with Alicia (Julianna Margulies), Will (Josh Charles), Diane (Christine Baranski), and Peter (Chris Noth) all heading to a white tie event to see who will receive an important endorsement from a cardinal. If you thought there would be tension between Peter and Will when faced in the same room together with Alicia looking stunning in a red gown, well, you wouldn't be wrong. But they manage to keep things much more civil than you might hope. Instead it is Mike Kresteva (Matthew Perry) who ends up on the other end of Peter's fist after competition for an important Cardinal endorsement devolves into dirty play.
But Alicia is forced to face her feelings for both men head-on and make a sort-of choice between them when her mother (Stockard Channing) lets it slip that she was actually pregnant before she and Peter married and that her second child was an accident. Naturally this leads Grace (Makenzie Vega) to question if she's the reason her mother has had to stay with her father all of these years. Alicia tearfully tells her just how much she loves her-- and her whole family-- in a brief but Emmy-worthy scene of rare motherly affection in this show. Despite Alicia having vivid memories of some of her sexier times with Will just minutes earlier, she seems to conclude that her perhaps less passionate but more stable relationship with Peter is what she wants most right now, and she dances the rest of the night (and episode) away with him.
- "HEY, ROOMIE!" NOAH MOVES IN WITH THE ALTMANS ON SUBURGATORY. When we spoke with Suburgatory star Jeremy Sisto earlier this week, he told us that post Noah's (Alan Tudyk) divorce, he moves himself into a hotel because he is accustomed to being handed everything in life. "When his time at the hotel runs out, he moves in with me, but he still expects that kind of hotel life and thinks I'll just doing everything for him and wait on him," Sisto said of the March 27 episode "Brown Trembler."
"He doesn't know how to take care of himself or his son, and I have to tell him to be a man and get himself together. He's kind of a mess this year, but he'll pull through!"
- HAPPY ENDINGS ENDS WITH ANOTHER KERKOVICH WEDDING. The pilot of ABC's Happy Endings started with Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) running out on her own wedding. Then, in the first season finale, Jane (Eliza Coupe) decided she had to do a redo of her own wedding to Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) because Max (Adam Pally) wasn't actually licensed when he performed their original ceremony. Now the third season finale is creeping up on us, and it's time for another wedding (as is traditional), and yes, it's of the third Kerkovich sister (guest star Stephanie March). If you thought Jane was Type-A about big event organization, just wait to you see this woman! She "out-Janes Jane" according to everyone in the cast and the writers room, and that even means she has her own Brad (guest star James Lesure). But wait, where does that leave Penny?
When we were on set, Wilson told us that she and Pete (Nick Zano) are still happily together as a couple and planning to march down the aisle ("Apparently Penny has a bunker planned in case there’s to be a disaster. She has a bunker she wants everyone to go into, lest her wedding day is destroyed," Wilson said). Their engagement was so fast in their courtship, though, we may just have to wait until the season four final to see them at the altar.
- EXPECT A LOT OF CHANGES IN AWKWARD'S TAMARA, INSPIRED BY EUROPE-- AND HER NEW RELATIONSHIP. AND EXPECT THEM TO RUB OFF ON JAKE. The character of Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) on MTV's Awkward has always been a bit of comic relief, be it shown in her terrible relationship with Ricky Schwartz (Matt Fahey) or her liberal creation of a new lexicon. Now that junior year is about to start, though, Reed told us we should expect to see a lot of more mature changes in Tamara that manifest themselves in the way she looks, sometimes dresses, but not necessarily the way she speaks. Of course there are lots more Tamara-isms on the way in season three!
"I really think that over the summer, her Europe trip really just sped that [maturation] up. I think she learned a lot and came back a little more cultured in Tamara’s way. Also having this relationship now, she’s coming from a more heartfelt place," Reed told us on set.
"I think that a lot of things happened over the summer when [Jake and Tamara] went to Europe; a lot of bonding happened. Jake was still getting over the fact that Jenna didn’t pick him, and I was still getting over Ricky and the shocking ending to that last season, so I think that they just bonded...Tamara has grown so much in her relationship with Jake that she, I think, has a different perspective on love now, on what’s right and what’s wrong, and she can kind of sit Jenna down and offer that."
Now that Tamara and Jake (Brett Davern) are together, she is a great influence on him, and being the "relationship guy" that he is, he is happy to accept it all-- be it a nickname, a couples' costume come Halloween, or a joint Facebook page. All things which the third season play with for this-- dare we say it-- power couple of Palos Hills High.
"There’s a lot of opposites, but opposites attract, so you get to see some funny little bits in the beginning of the season where they’re starting to take on some of each other’s traits, as couples do," Reed said.
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