TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Trouble seems to follow McGarrett everywhere, including a
Pearl Harbor memorial service. There, he sees an apparent attempt to murder a
That leads to a probe that goes back 70 years, to the
Japanese-American internment camps. The hour skillfully blends flashbacks,
historical footage and strong guest work from James Saito and Jack Axelrod. It
uses the inherent decency of the Five-0 crew to reflect on an indecent chapter
of U.S. history.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Neighbors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
Even for Marty and Debbie, who are Earthlings, gift-giving
is difficult. One daughter wants a car, the other wants a pony and their son
wants a Princess Leia doll.
Now consider their neighbors from another planet, totally
perplexed. Larry’s gift-giving scene is big, broad and hilarious.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Grimm,” 9 and 10 p.m., NBC.
Before taking a break, this show gives us two episodes that
have nasty myths come to life. The first involves creatures in the sewer; the
second has an evil Santa stealing bad boys. Also in the second, Monroe’s
Christmas surprise for Rosalee goes awry.
Meanwhile, Adalind is in Europe. In the first hour, she
meets Prince Viktor, who’s intent on avenging the death of his cousin Eric; in
the second, Capt. Renard is closer to finding her.
Other choices include:
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Mandy, usually the
self-absorbed one, arranges a special Christmas present for the family’s
housekeeper. Also, Mike and Vanessa disagree on whether they should let their
grandson think his new elf doll is magical.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Brennan has been shot. At
the hospital, she has visions of her mother that defy her usual logic.
“Raising Hope,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. Burt – Jimmy’s
well-meaning but dim dad – is the focus of both episodes. First, he wants to be
elected mayor, just so his wife can plug in the town Christmas tree. Then both
investigate a corporate scandal linked to the decline in bees.
“Nikita,” 9 p.m., CW. Nikita’s efforts for a fresh start hit
instant trouble when a drug czar intervenes.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m, CBS. Public opinion has been stirred
up. Danny finds resistance while probing a bombing; his dad, the police commissioner,
finds more when dealing with someone who punched an aggressive cop.
“Haven,” 10 p.m., Syfy. This is the season finale, but leaves viewers
with little sense of closure. The goal is to send William back to the
Netherworld, but that requires identifying the four people who come from the other
side. He and Abby (fighting to suppress her darkness) are two of them; the
others bring surprises. Meanwhile, Duke’s own dark-side fight (a rather foolish
plot twist) brings more trouble.