Stevie Nicks Stops By American Horror Story
The most hyped cameo in TV history (OK, probably not, but we were pretty excited) did not disappoint. There’s the obvious payoff of Lily Rabe’s Stevie lookalike character meeting the real deal, but Nicks upped the ante by playing a few songs on set. In the AHS universe, Stevie’s a white witch who’s best buds with current Supreme Fiona Goode, which makes about as much sense as anything else on that show. But anything that gives us Stevie-Lily tandem twirling/shawl gifting is totally acceptable.
The Simpsons Goes Full Miyazaki
Homer has a few too many, and for a gorgeous minute and a half he hallucinates an onslaught of animated psychedelia ripped straight from the filmmaker’s most iconic works. Patty and Selma make an appearance as Kiki of Delivery Service fame, but the highlight comes when the Kwik-E-Mart transforms into a Howl’s Moving Castle robot-building. “I am ruined by whimsy!” laments Apu, floating over The Simpsons team’s version of No Face.
Not One, But Two Bandit Plotlines
There’s Community‘s uneven Ass Crack Bandit, the newly re-Harmonized show’s attempt at a Zodiac parody. And then there’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Pontiac Bandit, protagonist Jake Peralta’s long-standing nemesis. Both episodes incorporated welcome guest stars (Ben Folds as a pot-growing professor on Community; Craig Robinson as “Doug Judy” on Brooklyn), and while neither episode was its respective series’ best work, it’s great to welcome Brooklyn back from its winter hiatus. And even a bad episode of Community packs in better pop culture references than an entire season of the average sitcom.
The FX drama has quietly become a critical favorite — not as widely celebrated as Mad Men or even network mate Louie, but still widely acknowledged as Very Good. Justified’s fifth season, its first since author Elmore Leonard passed away in August, debuted Tuesday night, and most recappers seem to agree that the neo-Western is in fine form. “A Murder of Crowes” took characters to Florida and Detroit, starting the action right where season four left off. Bring on the spring round of prestige TV!