“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC; “Switched at Birth.” 9:01-10:32,
Here, oddly, are two
baby-switching tales, almost back-to-back. The first is funny, as
Brick meets the family that mistakenly had him for a month; add some
Axl/Lexie moments and it's a great episode.
The second is
dead-serious – the 100th episode, expanded, with a few
flashbacks and a lot of big-deal moments. One plot twist – Bay's
dad belittles her tattoo-artist career – is lame, but the others
work well. Two romances reach turning points, two job offers tempt
people to move ... and Toby gets fresh insight.
II: “Trial & Error,” 9:01 and 9:30 p.m., NBC.
This started with
Josh reaching an odd town, ill-equipped for his first trial. His
staff was inept, his home office was disinterested ... and his
defendant (John Lithgow) kept incriminating himself.
Now the trial begins
as Josh's alternate-suspect plan crumbles. His investigator searches
for a key cell phone and tries to learn why the defendant's lover
isn't on the prosecution's witness list..
AND MORE FUN:
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” return, 8 p.m., Fox.
for big, broad laughs, this show is sometimes funny and sometimes
just silly. Tonight, it mostly has the good stuff.
That starts with
Gina (Chelsea Peretti) back from a bus accident, insisting she's not
disabled. Then The precinct IS evaluated by TeddY, who was dating Amy
until she left him for Jake. Soon, Jake and Amy make a hilarious
attempt at faking a fight. Yes, it's goofy ... and “Nine-Nine” at
ALTERNATIVE: “American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS; concludes
chapter begins 100 years and five days ago. Woodrow Wilson had
convinced the U.S. to go to war; he returned to his office ... and
wept. Then the massive build-up began.
George Creel – an
idealist who had created the election slogan “he kept us out of
war” -- launched a massive and effective campaign to get everyone
into the war. And John Pershing, who fit the image of a general,
began training the troops (many of them draftees) that the Allied
forces desperately needed.
Fast, furious films,
cable. This is why we pay our cable bill, to get variety: At 7 p.m.,
FX has “Fast & Furious 6” (2013); at 8, E has “Fast &
Furious” (2009). Also, Spike has “The Fast and the Furious”
(2001) at 5:30 p.m. and “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003) at 8. There
seems to be a lot of fury.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun of a Thanksgiving-time episode, Ellie's brothers
visit for the holiday ... and pester her co-workers to learn whom
she's dating. Also, after being sent to Guantanamo Bay to gather
evidence, she questions her previous NSA Work.
season-finale, 8-9:01 p.m., Freeform. Callie has 24 hours to take a
plea-bargain and a three-year sentence, or go to trial. She uses some
of that time to help Diamond; Stef and Mike use it to push their
investigation. Also, Mariana sparks a protest and Jesus receives
p.m., CW. When a teen-ager and her dad are killed, it seems logical
to eat their brains, in order to investigate their deaths. Not so
logically, Liv chomps the man and Major chomps the girl; his teen
slang moments are sometimes funny and sometimes bufoonish. Alongside
that, however, is a sharp murder probe, making this a particularly
p.m., WGN. With water running low on the the mountain, G'Win wants a
peaceful run for necessities; Big Foster has other ideas. Also,
Haylie confronts Matt about poisoning the Farrells.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. This rerun has a decorated petty officer
found dead inside a sports area,. That leads to a kidnapping case
that began in Mexico.