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CBS is holding back their good shows and offering viewers only the weakness that is Mad Love. FOX gives viewers everything they need for a Tuesday night with their two epic shows. ABC gives viewers some much appreciated sunshine in the midst of reruns and NBC brings forth new episodes of all shapes and sizes, except for a certain paper company, with the obvious front runner of Parks & Recreation.

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By Amy Van Veen (Staff Writer) – Email

CBS is holding back their good shows and offering viewers only the weakness that is Mad Love. FOX gives viewers everything they need for a Tuesday night with their two epic shows. ABC gives viewers some much appreciated sunshine in the midst of reruns and NBC brings forth new episodes of all shapes and sizes, except for a certain paper company, with the obvious front runner of Parks & Recreation.

According to Mad Love, the hardest part of a relationship is getting to know the best friend of your significant other. Thanks for the tip, Mad Lovers. The entire plot of the episode really needs to be spelled out before the credits happen, otherwise it would completely fly by even the most attentive viewer. Larry has an annoying ex-girlfriend whose bad memories are being forgotten in favour of another chance to escape loneliness. Kate finds out about his “Munsching” methods of allowing the girl to do the dumping by being a jerk, but I’m pretty sure that’s just a guy move without any specific guy holding the title. To get him to change his ways with his revisited ex-girlfriend, she tells him how she was “Schwartzed” which we find out later was actually done by her. Connie is scary on the phone (and in person) and her face is perma-annoyed, but mine would be too if I were as talented as Judy Greer and having to sit in a sitcom cliché that seems to be going absolutely nowhere. Ben helps Connie at work, they fight, and then they bond. Kate helps Larry dump his girlfriend, she helps her, then she admits Larry was right, and they bond. Larry basically admits he likes Connie, which is giving away way too much for only a handful of episodes. It’s taken Bones six years and they’re still not together, Larry and Connie should take some pointers.

Raising Hope. There is just too much goodness in one episode to really do it justice, but it has to be attempted. Burt keeps getting involved in situations with strange animals. He threw his boot to stop the two cats from going at it, then the male cat ran away, so he had to put on his flip flop to go get the boot, but then he started petting the female cat, which the male cat took as a threat to his masculinity, so Burt had to run away, forgetting his flip flop. Obviously. Jimmy found the nature channel for Hope, but he doesn’t realize that the simplicity of the mongoose is actually more vicious than even the worst car chases, and unfortunately Maw-Maw thinks they’re real and she finds her shot gun to take care of the situation. The Chances get ready for 2012 by allowing a shotgun in order to keep the angry whores in the street at bay when they go crazy when the planets align. Sabrina then gets Jimmy thinking about the everyday killers more than the apocalypse, which leads to the Chance family to see that wonderful lawyer to make their will. When they try to decide who gets Hope depending on who dies, they realize they could all learn to be a little more independent because, honestly, they’re all idiots. Jimmy dreams about a half dolphin, half Sabrina creature. Burt is the only person who can iron and stand the electricity, who can open the fuse box, and who can get Cinderella and CInderfella out of bed in the morning. Jimmy decides that Sabrina should get the baby if he, Virginia and Burt die, which is news he springs on a helium-sucking Sabrina, which makes her freak out a little. The solution? She should spend more time with Hope while the rest of the family helps one another out thanks to a Hall & Oates musical montage. Three days later, Sabrina, Virginia, Burt and Jimmy are all cowering for their lives in the attic after Maw-Maw mistakes them for mongoose stalking around the beer-filled ceiling. And she’s got a shotgun. The original plan of drinking all the beer while waiting for her to fall asleep eventually leads to Sabrina cannon-balling through the ceiling on top of a gun-wielding Cloris Leachman.  It’s just too good and needs to be watched. By you. Right now.

Traffic Light really knows how to bring together friends who actually work and have their own lives. Bluetooth is the new Central Perk, or something less monumental. Mike’s little brother Charlie from the Big Brother mentor program has written a book and wants to share the good news with Mike and Lisa. Turns out, though, that Charlie made the dedication out to Lisa and not Mike, the problem is that Mike is really defensive when it comes to his own things. When they find out the real reason for Mike not getting into the dedication, it gets awkward because it was actually his idea. “Don’t thank me, thank Lisa” was seriously taken to heart. On the other side of things, Adam picks up Callie’s drycleaning and leaves the keys in the ignition with her car running and the doors unlocked. I wonder what happens. The police find it stripped, so Adam’s plan to be the hero is to buy her a new car with her insurance cheque. Trouble is, he’s a “salesman’s wet dream”, so Ethan and Mike compete with each other to see who gets him the better deal: Ethan with his people-pleasing people-person skills and Mike with his lawyer negotiations. Adam is excited to show Callie, but Callie did the same thing and then Adam swallows his foot by commenting on how his mistakes in the recent days echo a “Callie move” while his own use of words to make situations worse is the epitome of an “Adam move.” It all works out, though, because according to Callie, “our relationship is like this conversation I’m never sick of having;” which is possibly one of the cutest sitcom lines to date. In the midst of all this, Ethan has taken the sad car salesman Glenn under his wing, but Glenn becomes a tool after all that nurturing turns him into a top salesman.

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