TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “MasterChef,” 9
Last week's episode (rerunning at 8
p.m.) chose the 18 finalists. Now they face two tough challenges.
The first gives them an hour to cook
from a box that includes salmon, strawberries, pistachio and more.
The judges admit they would have skipped the strawberries; most
contestants are more daring.
Then comes the notion of making a
French dish with specific ingredients. There are plenty of mistakes
– one person seems genuinely surprised that carpaccio isn't French
– and a close finish. With likable amateurs and outspoken judges,
this is much better than other Gordon Ramsay shows.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Two and a
Half Men,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Even when they're re-reruns, some “Men”
episodes can be great fun. Here's a prime example.
Charlie had celebrated when his brother
Alan finally moved in with Lyndsey. Then, alas, Alan burned the place
down; tonight, he returns to Charlie's place with Lyndsey, her teen
son and much commotion.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Countdown
with Keith Olbermann” debut and “Vanguard” season-opener, 8 and 9 p.m., Current TV.
After stumbling with an Internet-style
format, Al Gore's network moves to standard TV – Olbermann (the
former MSNBC star) followed on Mondays by smart, assertive
Earlier, “Vanguard” won a Pulitzer
Prize for Mariana van Zeller's report (rerunning at 7 p.m.) on
lightly regulated clinics in Florida, the state that reportedly
prescribes 85 percent of the nation's oxycontin.
Now her compelling follow-up views the
rush from that drug to heroin. We meet two people – one of them a
high school star whose life crumbled after a football injury – who
remain addicted. We also meet a cop, a courier, a former dealer and
Other choices include:
– “Sid the Science Kid,”
afternoon (check local listings), PBS. In a fun, musical episode, Sid
camps in his yard with his dad and his friend Gerald. Directed by
Brian Henson, this has songs by Mike Himelstein, including a zesty
one about bees.
– “The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01
p.m., ABC. Ashley Hebert takes the final 11 guys to Thailand, where
she goes rafting with two of them (Ashley and Ben C.) and struggles
with another (Ben F.) to follow a restriction not to kiss in front of
an ancient temple. In the show's most ludicrous twist, the other
eight try muay thai fighting – and one ends up in an ambulance.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8 and
8:30 p.m., CBS. In the first rerun, Ted meets Zoey's wealthy
ex-husband on Valentine's Day. In the second, everyone rushes to a
– “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent,” 9 p.m., NBC. Now that the hockey season has ended, this
solid show can settle into Mondays and Saturdays. Tonight, Goren and
Eames probe security firms.
– “Mike & Molly,” 9:30, CBS.
In the rerun of a funny episode, Mike is planning a great Valentine's
Day – until the baker turns out to be Molly's former boyfriend.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
This rerun starts with a fierce bomber, then diverts to an episode
that stretches credibility. Danny (Scott Caan) seems out of character
when his brother (Dane Cook) visits.
– “Law & Order: Los Angeles,”
10 p.m., NBC. They're just trying to confuse us: Here's an episode,
not shown previously, in which Winters (Skeet Ulrich) is still alive.
Next week, he's killed anew.