TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Good Wife”
season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS.
Stuffed with mismatched pieces, “Wife”
often ranges from court room to board room to soap-style bed room. In
this episode, the court portions are just this side of silly.
On the eve of the gubernatorial
election, lawyers end up disputing their own argumets, while a judge
wanders. It's all kind of loopy, but there are great guest roles for
Martha Plimpton as the opposition lawyer and Oscar-winner Estelle
Parsons, 85, as an elections worker.
Alongside that,:Alicia ponders key
decisions on romance and whether to join the new firm.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Masterpiece
Classic: Mr. Selfridge” and “The Bletchley Circle,” 9 and 10
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Last week, Selfridge – his love
triangle in tatters – drank, drove and crashed. Now Mr. Grove tries
to run the store, facing temperance marchers and more.
And in last week's “Circle” opener,
former World War II code-buster Susan thought she detected a pattern
for London's serial killer; she was wrong and then ignored. Now she
and her former wartime colleagues take big chances: Timid Lucy
becomes bait; shy Susan visits a spooky institution alone.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Vikings,” 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., History.
Here's the entire first season in one
day. It's richly crafted, yet tough to watch, centering on people
whose goals are to pillage, plunder and kill.
The first eight hours trace Ragnar's
rise, as he dares to push attacks west, to England. Then the new hour
(10 p.m., rerunning at 11:01), shows a tough time to be in power, as
the plague spreads.
Other choices include
– “Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. Regina's latest scheme could bring the end of Storybrooke and
everyone in it. And in fairytale land, the Evil Queen's plan to kill
Snow White is … well, truly evil.
– “Revenge,” 9 p.m., ABC. Aided
by Nolan and Aiden, Emily tries desperately to learn the Falcon's
identity and find Padma. Also, Victoria must rebound from an exposing
interview on “Nightline.”
– “Anthony Bourdain: Parts
Unknown,” 9 p.m., CNN. Some of the parts Bourdain visits are better
known than others. Last week (rerunning at 8 p.m.) he sampled the
food and people of Los Angeles' Koreatown; this week, he's in
Colombia's mountains and along its coast.
– “Nurse Jackie,” 9 p.m,
Showtime, repeats at 9:30. Jackie's divorce remains amicable for
several minutes. Soon, she has time for rage, romance and even some
– “Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Last week Daenerys got the army she needed, in exchange for one of
her dragons … which promptly scorched the arms dealer. It was a
spectacular end to a great hour; tonight, Jon faces a key test and
Robb is betrayed.
– “Veep,” 10 p.m., HBO. Often
funny, “Veep” finds a serious conclusion tonight that reminds us
of the impact of any White House decision.
– “The Borgias,” 10 p.m.,
Showtime. After two fierce episodes of assassination attempts and
revenge, this one involves the quieter notion of
politics-via-marriage. The final minutes are memorable.
– “Red Widow,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. A
week before the season finale, Marta learns who kidnapped her
daughter. She also gets closer to learning who killed her husband.