Filling In The Backstory
A Thanksgiving episode of Happy Endings revealed that Brad (Damon Wayans Jr. ) first met Max (Adam Pally) and his friends on a season on MTV's The Real World that never aired because one of the castmembers burned down the house they were living in. Watching the 10-year-old episode for the first time, Jane (Eliza Coupe) discovered that Brad initially found her controlling and obnoxious, and Brad discovered that their initial hook-up had happened by accident: Jane had been trying to sneak into another castmember's bed when she fell into Brad's.
Meeting The Folks
On New Girl, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) introduced her flatmates to her divorced parents, played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner. It turns out Jess has long harbored The Parent Trap-inspired fantasies of getting her folks back together, and she drafts an unwilling Nick (Jake Johnson) into her scheme by begging him to flirt with her mom in an attempt to get her dad jealous. Which works, but with the unintended side effect that Nick is now totally into her mom. And with good reason: I mean, c'mon, she's Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Slide Into Self Parody Is Complete
For years, the joke about Paula Abdul's fading career has been "We'll know she's hit rock bottom when she reunites with MC Skat Kat," the animated feline who co-starred in the video for her 1989 hit "Opposites Attract." Well, on Tuesday night's Dancing With The Stars results show, Abdul performed a medley of her biggest hits... which included an appearance by her CGI dance partner during their song. So that happened.
Into The Holidays
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon officially entered the holiday season with the latest of their instant-classic musical comedy bits. This time it was Fallon and Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones singing a holiday-themed medley of recent pop hits by Taylor Swift ("We Are Never Ever Ever Wearing Ugly Sweaters") and Carly Rae Jepsen ("Pass the Gravy"), among others. I always forget what a nice voice Jones has, though I shouldn't: she is the daughter of legendary producer-bandleader Quincy Jones, after all.
Farewell To A Legend
Television icon Larry Hagman, immortal both for his portrayal of harried astronaut Major Nelson on the high-concept classic I Dream of Jeannie and as perhaps the ultimate TV anti-hero, Dallas' J.R. Ewing, died late Friday of complications from throat cancer. One of the great Hollywood eccentrics as well as a hilarious raconteur, Hagman will be missed both onscreen and off.