House – Broken

House engages in a battle of wits and wills against the attending physician in charge of his detox program. When he starts to lose, House resorts to blackmail to gain the upper hand.

I think the staple of a good show is one that can take everything you’ve ever known, find a window, and throw it out.  THEN make you feel eerily okay, and all of a sudden REALLY uncomfortable.  Yup.  That’s pretty much what this season premiere did to me.  It was one of the best episodes of House I’ve seen in awhile, and it took place in a mental hospital, where everything was new and unfamiliar.  By the end of the episode, when House started working with the Doctors instead of against them, I found myself feeling uneasy.  It was so out of place and out of character for House to be cooperative, but it made the episode, and his journey more meaningful.

This didn’t follow the typical House formula where there is a patient with a seemingly incurable disease that House fails at curing several times before finding out that the formerly “incurable” part was really an allergy to peanuts.  In fact, no one from the show other than Wilson showed up at all.  House was completely out of his element.  There were new characters to annoy and manipulate and get to know, and eventually trust.  And House did all of that.

Now, I cut out of House early last season.  Actually, I cut out of a lot early last season.  But I’m REALLY looking forward to this year and seeing what’s going to happen.

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How I Met Your Mother – Definitions

The rest of the gang uncovers Barney and Robin’s clandestine romance. Ted fights his nerves over his impending teaching debut at Columbia.

I love this show.  I’ve been loyal to a fault, even when Britney Spears did a few episodes.  Even when the writing didn’t seem up to par.  Even when the plot seemed a little out there.  I’m loyal to the show.  And I’ll always watch it.  I swear.  But as far as season premieres go?  This was the weakest by far.  It had it’s moments of comedy.  Like when Marshall gives Ted the Indiana Jones hat and whip as a gift for becoming a Professor.  And that ended up being a really funny episode-long running joke.  And there were a few witty lines here and there.  But, I sadly will admit, I was not impressed by the opener.  And quite frankly, I don’t really like the Barney/Robin thing they’ve got going on.  I realize Robin and Ted are not going to end up together, and that’s fine.  I accepted that.  Heck, I prefer they not be together.  But Barney and Robin?  Doesn’t really work for me.  He’s a player.  She’s a crappy relationship person.  Sure, they both love sex, but come on.  That does not a relationship make.  But whatever.  I’ll stick around and see what will happen next.  But I don’t think this is the show this year that will be watched live.  Sorry, NPH.  I love you madly, but your show is lacking.

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Accidentally On Purpose – Pilot

Billie, a newspaper film critic, just went through an ugly breakup with her boss, who still wishes to mend their relationship. After a fling with a much younger guy, Billie ends up pregnant and decides that she really wants to keep the baby — and the guy she hooked up with.

This was a slow starter.  From the opening scene, I wanted to change the channel.  But after a few minutes, it picked up really quickly, and became a really great show.  I love Jenna Elfman.  She’s played some great characters.  So, it’s good to see her back on television with her own show.  And she’s got a fantastic supporting cast.  Her sister is naive, and her best friend a sharp-tongued foreigner, and together they have some pretty amazing scenes.  I think CBS has something special with this one.  Hopefully, they’ll let it ride out the season and see what happens.

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Two and a Half Men – jklpuzo

Charlie must make a difficult decision about his future and with which woman he wants to spend his life: Chelsea or Mia. Meanwhile, Charlie also grows wary that Melissa has slowly moved into the house.

I’ve never really been a fan of Two and a Half Men.  And I don’t really like Charlie Sheen.  John Cryer is great, as is the rest of the supporting cast, but Charlie Sheen sometimes rubs me the wrong way.  In my opinion, this was another disappointing season opener.  But I could be biased.   This is also a show I’m watching for Chriso, as he loves it and has been watching it for quite awhile.  In fact, I gave him the first season for his birthday, and we plowed right through it.  And the first season was funny.  I just think that as far as season openers go, you should have something really strong, and this just wasn’t it.

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Big Bang Theory – The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation

Discovering that Leonard, Raj, and Howard fudged the results of his Arctic research expedition, a disgraced Sheldon heads home to Texas.

My goodness, the sight gags were great in this one.  In the opening scene, the gang enters their building with their bags, after having been away for the entire summer.  Every single one of them has crazy long hair and a crazy long beard, in order to demonstrate a 3 month time span.  Enter Sheldon, who is sporting a goatee and hair that looks like it has barely grown.  So, as far as sight gags go, that was pretty cool.  The rest of the episode was pretty entertaining.  They did a good job of throwing that characters right back in to where they belonged and seeing what would happen after they were gone for three months.  Also, the Leonard/Penny thing came up again, and it’s actually kind of sweet.  But they both realized it was a little awkward, which should make for some interesting encounters this season.

All in all, Monday is a pretty good night for television.  I’m not completely sold on the lineup just yet, but that is what DVR is for.

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What did you watch on Monday night?  What did you think?

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