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5 Shows After Dark: "I Seriously Doubt All of This is Relevant, Dad"

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 13, 2013 | Comments ()


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"Hell's Kitchen" on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Back to back episodes. Gordon Ramsay has become a meme. I'm amazed it took this long.

"How I Met Your Mother" on CBS at 8:00pm ET. Eighth season finale. You guys, Ted Mosby has got the most well behaved kids on the planet. At 22 minutes an episode with an average of 22 episodes per season, they've been listening to him babble on about his life BEFORE he met their mother for over 60 hours now. I like my parents. They even have some interesting stories. There is no way in HELL that I'd sit there calmly listening to them tell a long, meandering tale of their first meeting for over two and half days without them getting around to the point. And there's still at least one more season. He must be drugging them.

"Defiance" on SyFy at 9:00pm ET.

"Rectify" on Sundance at 10:00pm ET.

"Castle" on ABC at 10:01pm ET. Fifth season finale. I watched last week's episode, and it hit me just how dumb the premise of the show is. I mean, there's an author who's just been embedded with the NYPD for a couple years now, at least, and they let him help question suspects, collect evidence, examine crime scenes, etc. Pretty sure that violates a whole slew of civil rights laws. But hey! Nathan Fillion, right?

Genevieve Burgess wonders how many cases would be thrown out due to Richard Castle's presence at the crime scene or arrest. All of them, right?



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Comments Are Welcome, Douches Are Not


  • Has anyone yet floated a theory that Ted is telling this story just after his wife and kids have all died in a car accident? And he's just imagining them there on the couch?

  • King Push

    it's literally the roseanne finale all over again

  • koko temur

    Yeah, the theory of her being dead, and therefore the kids are so patient, is being around for awile. I think your suggestion they all died is new though.

  • sunflowerseed

    Speculative SPOILER ALERT! As in - my own theory but you can't be sufficiently careful these days.....

    I think it's not the mother who is dead, I think it's Ted that is terminally ill by the time he is telling the story. It explains everything if you think about it: the emphasis on HIS life and not the mother's as well as the necessity to show his friends in a true, not always flattering light while also showing how infinitely important they were to him in his youth so that the kids might accept them as educational figures who could be of help to the mother.And It fully explains the kids' patience. My parents are luckily still alive and kicking but if my father was very ill and wanted to tell me about his youth as a bachelor and teach me everything we both know he won't be able to teach me at the right time: about coming of age, maturing, learning about friendship, career choices and most importantly love...Hell, I would give all the time in the world! I can't imagine what would be more important to both children and parent. It is actually a nice touch the mother isn't present, not only because of the premise of the show but also because of how emotional and upset she would be to hear all this and remember all those lost possibilities to meet earlier spelled out again, now that she faces losing her husband forever.

  • Anebo

    Lord, I hope not. We already had that depressing enough episode where Robin's talking to the children she's never going to have because god forbid a tough woman like her can be fertile.

  • Martin Holterman

    Euh, why exactly would the premise of Castle violate any laws? (Much less civil rights laws.) Are you somehow under the impression that the Constitution requires that criminal suspects should be interrogated only by police? Doing it this way puts Castle in the position of potentially having to testify in court, just like cops, and it puts the prosecution in the position of having to rely on the testimony of a clown instead of the testimony of a cop, but both those problems are (more or less) fixed if Castle is constantly accompanied by an actual cop, as he seems to be. Unless there is some relevant NY law that I am not aware of (could be), I don't see what is illegal about anything done in Castle. (Except the usual Miranda violations, &c.) Stupid, yes, illegal, no.

  • Salieri2

    OK, I'm just catching up on HIMYM (because my love for Neil Patrick Harris will never die), and what. exactly. is going on. with the constant laugh track?

  • e jerry powell

    Well, if Fillion would interview them pantsless...

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Ah, Rectify...
    Time for some coffee.

  • NateMan

    Castle is AWESOME. I don't care how ridiculous the premise seems. Great cast, decent writing, and at least one out-loud laugh almost every week.

  • Nova Prime

    The Ramsay meme has been around for a while now

  • Milly

    Also, Warehouse 13 is on SyFy.

    I didn't realise that until this past weekend when I downloaded both of the episodes so far in part 2 of series 4.

  • Bodhi

    Right? I didn't realize it till I checked On Demand. It went a little off the rails last season & I hope they get it back on track. Syfy likes to fuck with my stories

  • Uriah_Creep

    Yeah, so far this season, they're not even close to the rails. In fairness, that's always been the show's MO, right?

  • Bodhi

    Very true. The 2nd half of last season just seemed, I dunno, off I guess. And whoever was doing Myka's hair needs to be fired, posthaste

  • Milly

    They seemed to try and give this big sweeping arc with lots of mystery and misdirection but it came off a bit clumsy and then was dealt with incredibly quickly, with the aid of James Marsters in the first episode after its return.

  • Bodhi

    Yes, thank you. Clumsy is exactly what it was

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