TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
“Big Bang” will have a new episode
next week, but here's a terrific rerun.
Raj's sister visits and soon starts a
romance with Leonard. Naturally, Leonard tries to keep it a secret
from everyone; just as naturally (for this clever show), he fails
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Grey's
Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
After last week's gunman, the show gets
back to the emotional issues it does best.
New interns arrive and Cristina has no
patience for their ineptitude. Still, the Chief keeps mentioning
he'll choose a chief resident soon; Cristina has to seem calm and
Meanwhile, Arizona goes to extremes to
get back with Callie – who rejects her flatly. And Wilson Cruz –
who brilliantly played one of TV's best-crafted gay characters on
“My So-Called Life” – plays someone who has trouble on the day
of his commitment ceremony.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Star Trek IV”
and “Star Trek VI,” 6:25 and 9 p.m., Syfy; or “Star Trek: The
Next Generation” and “Goldfinger” (1964), 8 and 9 p.m., BBC
When in doubt, simply add another round
of “Trek” or James Bond; both thrive on cable.
Syfy starts with the lightest and
brightest of the “Trek” movies; that's the fourth one, a clever
time-travel tale, nimbly directed by Leonard Nimoy. It follows with
the last film to use only the original cast; that's the sixth, with
the team transporting a Klingon official to peace talks.
Meanwhile, BBC America has the TV
episode in which the crew is rendered unconscious; Picard suspects
Data is lying about what happened. That's followed by the third Bond
film, the one that made the change from gritty to glittery, setting
the tone for bigger-than-life epics ahead.
Other choices include:
– “Community,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
NBC. In the first rerun, Jeff claims to take a conspiracy class that
doesn't seem to exist – except that a mysterious Professor
Professorson claims it does. In the second, the gang has mixed
adventures when taking Troy to a bar for his 21st
– “The Office,” 9 and 9:30 p.m.,
NBC. Here's a rerun of the two-parter that had everyone going to
Niagara Falls for the wedding of Jim and Pam – whose pregnancy must
not be mentioned. Several of the guys – Michael, Dwight, Andy –
see this as a dating opportunity.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. Shark attacks are rarely a concern in Las Vegas. So when
a shark kills someone in a Vegas pool, foul play is suspected, in
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
This rerun was scheduled for last week, then delayed. A prominent
lobbyist has been killed and Patrick Jane has been asked to work on
the case. Still, he's not sure of his future with the unit, after his
last encounter with Red John.
– “30 Rock,” 10 and 10:30 p.m.,
NBC. Both reruns focus on Jack (Alec Baldwin). In the first, his day
is going so perfectly that he decides to mend Liz's relationship. In
the second, he frets that GE's microwave division is doing fine
without him; he searches for a flaw in the product.
– “Private Practice,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. Addison is busy planning a wedding for her mother (JoBeth
Williams) and Susan Grant (Ann Cusack). Meanwhile, she tries to keep
her distance from Dr. Rodriguez (Cristian de la Fuente), who keeps