This Week's TV: Fringe will answer all your questions... but will you be satisfied?

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We've seen this week's game-changing episode of Fringe, and we've got a spoiler-free assessment below (apart from some vague phrases like "game-changing.") But that's not the only major event on television this week. There's also Jake taking on a major new responsibility on Adventure Time. And you'll never guess which show is educating its viewers about LARPing! Most of all, though, there's a look at the extreme conditions elsewhere in our Solar System with... Deadliest Space Weather!

Check out clips and details for all this week's TV below!

Top image: Screencap from Fringe promo, via


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
It's the long-awaited storyline where Jake becomes a father of Lady Rainicorn's puppies! And it looks pretty intense. Here's your first clip from the episode, plus all the deets:

"Jake the Dad"– Jake's a daddy, but being a father and keeping his rainicorn pups from killing themselves or each other is a lot harder than he imagined.


That's followed by a brand new Regular Show at 8 PM.

Castle (10 PM, ABC):
Mentioning this because there's not much else on tonight. And Castle's ex-wife and Beckett both move into his loft at the same time, making for Three's Company levels of wackiness.

Tuesday: Emily Owens, M.D. (9 PM, The CW):
It's "Emily and... the Love of Larping," and yes — that means Emily is going to be learning all about LARPing, thanks to some patients who show up in costume. Including one guy who's role-playing the King of Elfland. Behold your first look at the wackiness (or maybe just wackness) at left.


Also on TV tonight: Science is showing three hours of Fringe from 8 to 11. There's a new Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic at 9 PM, plus a brand new Dual Survival at the same time on Discovery.


The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):
They're back, for even more "fish out of water" humor. (And eventually, that fish will wind up on the grill? Maybe?) Here's the skinny:

"The Gingerbread Man" - Larry Bird uses his experience as supreme leader to help Debbie navigate PTA politics, specifically officious president Linda (guest star Nora Dunn). Meanwhile, Jackie tries to help Marty coach soccer, until her cutthroat competitive nature kicks in.

Nova (9 PM, PBS):
This time, the classic science show is about "Decoding Neanderthals." Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

Find out what happened when the first modern humans encountered Neanderthals 60,000 years ago.

American Horror Story: Asylum (10 PM, FX):
Let's see... what has this show not had yet this season? Elves, I guess. So this is probably the elf episode.

"Spilt Milk" - Grace brings Kit devastating news about the aliens' experiments on Alma. Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor. The Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.



Last Resort (8 PM, ABC):
The last time this show aired, we were told that World War III had already started — and now that there's just a few episodes left to the show's run, let's hope we see more of what that actually means.

"Damn the Torpedoes" - A typhoon, a mutiny and a Washington coup d'etat will force Marcus and his crew into unlikely alliances. As Sam's grief strains his loyalty to Marcus, will Sainte Marina get the supplies it so desperately needs? How far will Marcus go to ensure the crew's survival — will it cost him his life?

Deadliest Space Weather (9 PM, Weather):
OMG, this sounds like the greatest TV show ever! Just watch the clip at left, and read on:

"Deadliest Space Weather" reveals extreme weather conditions that occur throughout our solar system, and explores the premise "What would happen if these harsh conditions could ever prevail on Earth?"

Rainstorms that can eat through solid steel, hurricane winds that blow at 1,600 miles per hour, and lightning bolts 10,000 times more powerful than anything on Earth exist elsewhere in our solar system. "Deadliest Space Weather" – through the use of cutting-edge graphics and vivid explanations from scientists – illustrates not only what these storms are like on other planets, but speculates what these extreme weather conditions would be like if they ever occurred on Earth, with examples such as Venus's deadly acid rain, Saturn's violent winds, and Mars' massive dust storms.

Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
So Carter is going to be pretending to interrogate Reese while actually trying to help him? This could be interesting.

"Prisoner's Dilemma" - While Carter engages in mental warfare with the FBI to help Reese evade Agent Donnelly's narrowing focus, Reese crosses paths with foes both old and new. Meanwhile, Det. Fusco is forced to fly solo to help the team's newest POI: supermodel Karolina Kurkova.


Also on TV tonight: There's a new House of Anubis on Nickelodeon at 8 PM, plus a new Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 PM. Travel has a new Mysteries at the Museum at 9. There's also a new Elementary on CBS at 10 PM.


Fringe (9 PM, Fox):
We watched this episode a while back, and it definitely deals with what's going on with September and the Child Observer. And meanwhile, there are some surprising developments for Walter, which both give him some nice closure and set up some interesting developments for him. Most of all, though, this is the traditional "explain everything before the slam-bang two-hour series finale" outing, and a big chunk of the episode consists of exposition. Will you be happy with this episode? Honestly, it depends — if you've been digging this season of Observer-occupied future stories, then you'll probably like this episode, too. It's definitely not going to change anybody's mind. The whole thing might be worth it just for one scene between Walter and Peter, in particular.

Merlin (10 PM, Syfy):
Shit is getting prophetic!

Merlin fears that the ancient prophecies about Mordred might come true as even he is not able to sway Arthur from his chosen path.

Alone and close to exhaustion, Merlin and Arthur struggle to carry on as dawn breaks across the icy tundra. With each tortured step bringing them ever nearer to the looming fortress of Ismere, Merlin's fear intensifies. What are Mordred's real intentions? And what powerful secrets are Morgana and the druid Ruadan interested in finding amongst its twisted catacombs?

It might be that this time not even Merlin can prevent Arthur from stepping right into the lion's den… for only one thing seems certain in such bleak and transient wilderness: the great trial for Albion has finally begun.


Also on TV tonight: There's a brand new Phineas & Ferb on Disney at 9 PM.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
We're still following the D-Squad through their adventures. This time:

The D-Squad discover that the deserted Jedi cruiser they have boarded is loaded with Rhydonium explosives and headed toward a space station hosting a Republic conference.

DC Nation (10 AM, Cartoon Network):
Here's what to expect from this week's episodes of Green Lantern and Young Justice:

The Anti-Monitor has his Manhunters attack the Blue Lantern homeworld in an attempt to wipe out Hope.
An alien gladiator traps Young Justice in the Hall of Justice for a winner-take-all combat.


Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM ("Bros in Space").


Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
I'm a sucker for "testing magic spells out on unwilling victims" episodes.

"The Outsider" - Mr. Gold finds an unwilling test subject to see if a spell he has concocted will allow him to cross the border of Storybrooke — without losing his memory — and go in search of his son, Bae; Belle stumbles upon a vengeful Hook in the Storybrooke harbor whose main goal is to eradicate Rumplestiltskin; and Mary Margaret and David go house hunting in search of a bigger place to live. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle meets Mulan as the two set out to slay a fearsome beast called the Yaoguai, who has been ravaging the land.


Robot Chicken (Midnight, Adult Swim):
Here's what to expect from "Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm":

The truth behind "Airwolf"; the final episode of "iCarly"; a "Star Trek" song.

Tron Uprising (Midnight, Disney XD):
Enjoy this show while you can — it seems likely to be derezzed all too soon.

Beck agrees to go on a date with Paige, but their night is cut short when Paige is betrayed by Pavel and thrown into the Games; Beck thinks he may finally be able to win Paige over by rescuing her as The Renegade.


Also on TV today: Fox has all the usual animated shows starting at 7:30 PM.

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.


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