TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Scandal,”
10:02 p.m., ABC.
For one fictional politician, life has
spiraled downward. A few years ago, he was almost elected president;
now he could face murder charges.
He killed someone who may or may not
have been his wife's rapist. Now Olivia's team defends him.
The result is sharply written, with
great moments for Tom Amandes and Brenda Strong (the “Desperate
Housewives” narrator) as the suspect and his wife and Jeff Perry as
the president's chief of staff.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Glee,” 9
For five weeks, “Glee” was gone.
Now – with no more baseball or debate distractions – it's back.
This episode – only the fifth this
season – finds the club preparing to do “Grease.” Two alumi,
Mike and Mercedes, will cast it, which won't be easy. Marley and
Kitty compete for the female lead; for the male lead, a newcomer
(played by Blake Jenner, the “Glee Project” winner) faces Jake
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Grey's Anatomy,”
9 p.m., ABC.
At times, this show can be scattered
over a half-dozen stories, new and old. Tonight, however, it gets
back to the two women – in different cities now – at its core.
In Seattle, Meredith is caring for baby
Zola and facing a tough medical case. In Minneapolis, Cristina is
doing a difficult heart surgery with Dr. Thomas, the elderly surgeon
her hospital wants to replace. He's played by William Daniels, 84,
who played a similar doctor 30 years ago on “St. Elsewhere.”
Other choices include:
– “The X Factor” (Fox) or “The
Voice” (NBC), 8 p.m. Two results shows collide. “X Factor,”
already down to its final 12, drops one act; “Voice” gets to its
final 12 the hard way: Each of the four judges has five acts.
Tonight, viewers' votes spare two of them; the judge then saves one
of the other three.
– “Last Resort,” 8 p.m., ABC. As
the submarine crew makes its stand on a tropical island, forces keep
trying to oust it. Now there may be a drug to cause confusion and
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Now that Howard and Bernadette are married, a new crisis arises:
She actually wants them to move out of his mother's house. The
episode includes two “Star Wars: The Next Generation” stars, Wil
Wheaton (who has a dispute with Amy) and LeVar Burton.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:30,
CBS. Miley Cyrus is back as Jake's love interest. He's been away in
the Army, but now he hopes to have a rendezvous with her at Walden's
beach house. Meanwhile, Walden wants to simplify his life by hiring
an actress to portray his mistress.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC. This
is the episode that was scheduled for last week, then delayed. After
his dad blows the family's money, Andy has to step in.
– “Burn Notice” return, 9-11 p.m,
USA. Michael and Fiona are in Panama, scrambling to steal a plane and
escape. That won't be easy, with a drug dealer in pursuit.
– “Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS.
After a small plane crashes, mechanical failure is blamed; Sherlock
Holmes suspects that one of the people had already been killed.
Meanwhile, Watson tries to convince Holmes to meet with his elusive