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“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 8 (The Paring Knife)

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Sir Hugh shares his theories with Dame Julia, suggesting that Samir Meshal was a go-between for the US and the Palestinians. Hugh proposes that when Meshal called a Palestinian contact to confirm the Secretary of State’s agreement to an unknown plan, he inadvertently alerted the Israelis to the plan’s existence via the wiretap on Shlomo’s cables. Since the CIA was piggybacking on the Israeli tap, Hugh theorizes, they were able to take out Meshal before the Israelis could abduct and interrogate him. Dame Julia suggests that the Secretary of State might have been agreeing to Nessa’s assassination, but Hugh expresses doubt, guessing that Monica Chatwin independently arranged the attack on Nessa to curry favor with the CIA, ultimately gunning for Julia’s job.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Uncensored: Recapped and Revealed (Do’s & Don’ts)

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These days marriage is outdated, sex is reshaped by porn, cigarettes are forbidden, weed is legal and the Pope can be barely considered Catholic.

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 7 (The Hollow Wall)

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The burned man and the mysterious contact who came to his aid, revealing herself as Monica Chatwin, rendezvous in a hotel room. When MI6 agents bug the room, Chatwin starts a fire and the duo escapes.

Sir Hugh tells Nessa he knows she’s collaborating with the terrorists to get Kasim back. She tells him the Israeli national MI6 spotted Monica meeting with is actually a Palestinian terrorist (the burned man) and then confesses the truth about Kasim’s parentage.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: Recapped and Revealed (#WorstPeopleEver)

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What you didn’t see in Monday’s episode but which you will see in the 45-minute version of THE APPROVAL MATRIX “#WorstPeopleEver”, which airs on Thursday night at 11:15/10:15c, is Mandy Stadtmiller predicting the future: “Someday we’re going to elect a president who… [pause] we’ve seen his d**k.”

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 6 (The Mother Line)

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Nessa is bludgeoned and raped by a sadistic stranger during a one-night-stand. Her MI6 tail brings her to a discrete medical facility, where Sir Hugh meets with her and asks if she wants the man arrested. She says no to avoid publicity.

Sir Hugh tells Nessa an Israeli extremist group has claimed the killing of the whistleblower who exposed the Stein Foundation academy’s selection process as biased. When Nessa denies the corruption, Sir Hugh theorizes aloud that Ephra made a deal with the Israelis to hide military intelligence programs in the academy without her knowledge.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Who Died and Made You Cool?)

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“Who’s cooler–” Neal asks in an un-aired segment from THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Taylor Swift or Daft Punk?”

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 5 (Two Hearts)

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In their Gaza cell, Nessa mourns her ruined future, knowing the scandal of her pregnancy will infect any work she tries to do to aid the peace process. Atika tells Nessa to give her the child and allow Atika to raise it as her own as thanks for saving her life.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (America’s Hall Monitors)

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“I think we’ve learned one thing from this story: You’re not that famous,” Neal jokes with panelist Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), cutting him off in the middle of a long story about that one time when he was followed and wrongly profiled by Walmart security detail outside Chicago–they didn’t recognize him (though he’s semi-famous), accused him of being homeless (which is fair, he admits), and stopped him for questioning on his way out. Why? All homeless people are also thieves–that’s the stereotype at least.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 210 (Unhinged)

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At the motel, Daniel wakes up in Tawney’s arms and tells her he’s leaving Paulie. She says she’s leaving, too. He then tells her that he assaulted Teddy but doesn’t think Teddy deserved it.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Fame Monster)

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Littered with off-color jokes about motor-boating Kate Upton, references to Helen Mirren as a “POA” (“piece of ass”), and a punchline that cites Liberace “before the AIDS,” our taping of THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Fame Monster” felt like a hilarious bonus reel from a buddy-reunion comedy about a group of frat brothers who are all grown up, but only sort-of matured…

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 209 (Until You’re Blue)

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From the kitchen, Ted Sr. glares at Daniel in the backyard. At the doctor’s office, Tawney learns that she’s had a miscarriage. Ted Sr. reprimands Carl for telling Sen. Foulkes about Teddy’s assault and putting him in the position of deciding whether to tell Janet. He worries Janet will never recover if she finds out…

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 3 (The Killing Call)

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Nessa receives a call from the kidnappers asking if her secret is safe. Nessa asks the man on the phone to tell her something that proves he knows her terrible secret. The kidnapper tells Nessa, “You burned my face,” confirming her worst fears.

Nessa and Atika debate going public with the truth about their abduction in Gaza, but Atika insists on keeping silent. Rachel asks Atika to share the story with the police, while Ephra defends Atika’s right to privacy.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Golden Age of TV)

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As Neal Brennan and the crew made final preparations before the cameras started rolling for the first-ever episode of SundanceTV’s new series, THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Big Jay” Oakerson, a comedian and friend of Neal’s, kept the crowd revved up by vamping with a slew of off-color jokes. Big Jay is typical low-brow brilliant. He skewered people in the audience for what they looked like, where they were from, what they do. Among his targets were a couple of college kids from Jersey, a middle-aged writer of erotic fiction, and an attractive blonde in the second row. No one was safe.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 208 (The Great Destroyer)

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Daniel wakes up in George’s trailer and finds that Trey has left without him. He starts biking back to Georgia.

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 2 (The Unfaithful Husband)

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Eight years ago. In a holding cell in Gaza, Nessa and Atika wake to the sound of a man screaming.

Cut to present day. Nessa sleeps with a bodyguard filling in for injured Nathaniel. She then reveals she has deduced the new bodyguard’s identity: an undercover MI5 agent working for Sir Hugh.

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Recap: Episode 1 (The Empty Chair)

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A still shot of open shutters creaking in the wind. The sounds of children talking, a baby’s cry.

A man disguised as a waiter at Westminster Palace serves bread to Zionist arms dealer Eli Stein and his young children Nessa and Ephra. He then assassinates Stein before the children’s eyes.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 207 (Weird As You)

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In a dream, Daniel stands in the forest and watches a scene unfold around a campfire. He’s joined by Trey and George.

Daniel borrows Jared’s bike from the garage and rides off.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 206 (Mazel Tov)

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After partying at Lezley’s house, Daniel wakes up naked in Marcy’s bed. Marcy chats with him in the kitchen and kisses him good-bye.

Daniel sees Trey at the gas station and confronts him. They stare each other down.

“THE RETURNED” Recap: Season 1

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Episode 1: Camille
Teenager Camille wakes up by a reservoir with no memory of how she got there. When she returns home to her family, she discovers that it’s been four years since she died in a tragic bus accident. Musician Simon comes back to town and begins to search for his fiancé Adele, unaware that he’s been dead for almost a decade. Local pub waitress Lucy is brutally stabbed and left for dead while walking through a tunnel. Nurse Julie is followed by a mysterious child, whom she eventually takes in and calls Victor. Elderly Mr. Costa’s young wife, who’s been dead for decades, returns to their home. He panics, burning his house to the ground with her inside. Later, he commits suicide.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 5 (Act As If)

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Ted sr. looks for his mug and coffee maker amid the kitchen rubble. He sighs in frustration.

Janet comes home with Daniel, who just got his license. Ted Sr. lectures Daniel for destroying the kitchen and implements rules for the renovation. Janet stands up for Daniel.

At home, Teddy apologizes to Tawney for the way he’s been acting. “You can’t get so angry, Teddy, it’ll consume you,” she says. “Then it’ll consume us.”

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 4 (Donald the Normal)

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Daniel takes a bus to Atlanta and wanders through the streets, marveling at the hustle and bustle.

At home, Teddy lounges on the couch in a disheveled state. Tawney asks why he’s unhappy, even after she signed the loan papers. He explodes, saying he’s still upset that she had feelings for Daniel. She leaves angrily. He guzzles a beer.

Amantha starts to pack for a move back to Atlanta. Janet calls to invite her to the movies and asks Amantha to stay in Paulie.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 3 (Charlie Darwin)

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Daniel sees a tree branch fall in his neighbor’s driveway. He walks outside and stares intently at the limb.

Amantha frets over Daniel, who is still weak from the attack. Daniel sends her on a mission to fetch fritters from the local bakery.

Janet tells Ted Sr. that she wants to renovate the kitchen with Daniel. She bristles when he says they don’t have enough money.

At the bakery, the cashier tells Amantha she’s glad that Bobby was arrested. Amantha’s jaw drops at the news.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 2 (Sleeping Giants)

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In a death row flashback, Daniel receives a brochure of DOC mental illness guidelines. He angrily recites “proper prisoner behavior” as he hurls and shreds his books.

In Daniel’s hospital room, Janet remarks how friendly the hospital staff is. Amantha reminds her they’re not in Paulie, where everyone wants Daniel dead.

At the Talbot residence, Teddy proposes a plan to increase the tire shop’s declining revenue by renting out tire rims. Ted Sr. balks at the upfront investment costs. Teddy then brings up the elephant in the room: What will they do if Daniel becomes a vegetable?

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 1 (Running with the Bull)

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Daniel is visited by the ghost of Kerwin, who tells Daniel to wake up.

At an Atlanta hospital, Amantha and Janet panic as Daniel struggles to emerge from an induced coma. Nurses rush in to put him back into the coma.

While at the scene of Daniel’s attack, Lid tells Carl that a witness saw a blue truck leave the cemetery. Carl insists on finding the attackers despite Lid’s warning that it will hurt his reelection chances.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Pretty Little Liars” Recapped and Revealed

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Jim Rash and the creators of Pretty Little Liars are watching a YouTube clip of a screeching fan and her best friends as they squirm and cry through the season 4 finale of Pretty Little Liars. Throughout the episode one constantly pleads, “Get me through this!” to her fellow watchers. We screened a few fan videos on the set of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, but that one is particularly telling. Every plot twist is blessed with a jubilant shriek. Every cliff-hanger, another spilled bag of popcorn. And after the show’s credits, most fans head over to Twitter to discuss and debate all the details.