TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mixology,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Four weeks from its finish, this sleek comedy keeps getting
better. Yes, there’s still too much Bruce, but at least this episode admits how
annoying he is; its other stories are first-rate.
Last week ended with Liv (very drunk and virtually engaged)
suddenly kissing Ron (the droll Englishman) … who passionately returned the
kiss, even though he was talking to Jessica at the time. That’s when Liv’s
boyfriend arrived. Tonight’s episode ends hilariously, with the sexy bartender’s
song to Jessica.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Chicago P.D.,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Tuesday’s “Chicago Fire” started with a fierce bomb blast at
a hospital, alongside a race day. Firefighters made some rescues and disabled a
second bomb, but now there’s much more for the police to do.
One cop (Kim Burgess) was already at the race; now she frets
for her niece. A firefighter (Shay) has been concealing a serious injury. And
police question everyone – especially those involved with the Syrian
ambassador’s surgery – as they worry about more bombs.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
For three seasons, Dalia has avoided effort or emotion. “Grades
don’t define me,” she explains; she focuses on what does define her – tanning,
shaping, glossing and such.
Somehow, her mother still expects her to get into a good
college; an admissions officer disagrees. The result – contrasted with Dalia’s
diligent neighbor Tessa – makes a clever episode, especially when Dalia
explores her potential in the military or the fast-food industry.
Other choices include:
“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. The bad news is that it’s
an all-white final-five, for only the second time in 13 seasons. The good news
is that – despite last week’s departure of the talented C.J. Harris – these are
gifted singers. Tonight, each is mentored by Jason Mraz and does a song chosen
“Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. Things have been tough for the
pretty people lately. Only one of the six members of the original “Beauty”
tribe (Jefra Bland, 23, a former Miss Kentucky Teen USA) remains, against three
each from “Brawn” and “Brains.” Tonight brings some auction strategy.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Sue is suddenly serious about
earning a scholarship. Frankie is serious about work – trying to cover up the
fact that she forgot to send appointment-reminder cards to the patients.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Failing at his one task (waiting
at home for a repairman), Phil tries to concoct an elaborate lie. The pressure
gets to him … and to Gloria, who is planning the family portrait.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. A series
based entirely on cyber-crimes? That’s what CBS has in mind, anyway. This
episode doubles as a pilot film, with Patricia Arquette as the cyber-expert.
“The Americans,” 10 p.m., FX. Philip is wavering now,
weighed down by last week’s missions (which went lethally off-plan) and by the
ongoing dispute over his daughter’s new interest in Christianity. In the midst
of this come tough assignments and a risky decision to trick Annelise into
doing one of them.