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Neither the return of Johnny (Manny Montana) and Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) from Mexico nor the Sauce Night in their honor can scrub clean the stench of failure, suspicion, and secrets permeating Graceland. Despite finally selling Carlito’s father on the plane scheme to smuggle the cartel’s drugs over the border, Johnny is sick to his stomach for lying and leaving Lucia (Jamie Gray Hyder) behind. With the LAPD shutting down the human trafficking ring and killing Mike’s only connection to the Solano Cartel (Jon Sklaroff), all of Mike‘s (Aaron Tveit) hard work goes up in smoke and Paige (Serinda Swan) is left with unanswered questions and suspicions about what really happened to the scared young girl (Marina Shtelen) she promised to get out alive.

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In order to track down the missing Russian scientist (David Meunier) and his family before the man is forced to complete making the VX gas, Martin Odum (Sean Bean) assumes the role of arms dealer Dante Auerbach. Calling on an old business associate (Dominic Raines), Dante is given an introduction to the seller (Necar Zadegan) of the Chechnyans whom he must convincingly woo to get one step closer to stopping the gas from hitting the black market. In doing so he will eventually be led to the man (Alon Aboutboul) behind the scientist’s kidnapping and the creation of the gas whom is prepared to sell Dante the goods provided the man proves himself first.

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After making the hard call of going to the CIA with evidence that links Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop) to the Chicago bombing, Annie (Piper Perabo) chooses to ignore Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) advice and follow her heart which tells her that McQuaid is being set-up. With the spurned Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson) back on the case looking for a connection between the pair, McQuaid and Annie look into the motives of McQuaid’s top assistant Caitlyn Cooke (Perrey Reeves) whose actions suggest she has framed her boss for one attack while planning another which only Annie can stop in time.

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elementary-season-two-dvdElementary‘s Second Season continued to build on the modern day Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) adventures in New York City by introducing new versions of classic characters, returning “The Woman” (Natalie Dormer) to trouble the detective once more, and offering plenty of mysteries for Holmes and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) to solve.

Highlights include Holmes’ return to London and introduction of Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) and Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) in the season premiere, murders surrounding an unsolvable mathematical problem, a murder from Holmes past effecting a current case, Watson discovering a link between Holmes and a girlfriend, the arrival in New York of the woman (Olivia d’Abo) who came between the Holmes brothers, Holmes considering returning to London, Holmes working to set things right after he frees a murderer from a frame job he deserved, the attack on Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) which threatens the man’s career and friendship with Holmes, and a dinosaur.

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Alfred‘s (JB Blanc) absence begins to effect Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) as the Dark Knight pushes himself to the limits on a consistent basis with no one to pull him back from the edge. The introduction of Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) as the Gotham City District Attorney with a grudge against all costumed freaks including Gordon’s “pet” doesn’t help maters when Anarky (Wallace Langham) returns to frame Batman for a series of bombings which Dent is more than willing to attribute to the Dark Knight (even when witnessing evidence to the contrary with his own eyes).

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Post-regeneration episodes are tricky. By and large the first episodes of the new actor as The Doctor focus either on an exhausted and confused Doctor trying to discover his himself for the first time (“Time and the Rani“) or resting and being out of action for much of the episode (“Castrovalva,” “The Christmas Invasion“). My main takeaway from “Deep Breath,” other than the fact that the jury is still out on just what kind of man the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will be, is reminding me how well-constructed an episode “The Eleventh Hour” was. The Fifth Series premiere works as a strong story apart from the novelty of introducing a new actor into the series’ starring role. By contrast, while “Deep Breath” isn’t awful, it’s a far cry from the strides Matt Smith took in his first episode as the Eleventh Doctor.

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While working to get Infeld‘s (Malcolm McDowell) licence to practice law reinstated, and stop the bleeding caused by the number of clients jumping ship, Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) get stuck handling a divorce case between their client (Kate Beahan) and their pal the plastic surgeon (Willie Garson) who illegally sublets office space for them to help make ends meet. Although their case is even flimsier than usual, the discovery of a photograph of the doctor’s ex-girlfriend provides the key to victory.

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The second episode of Legends finds Martin Odum (Sean Bean) readjusting to his life back home as the team deals with the kidnapping of a high school chemistry teacher (who was once a Russian chemical weapons designer) named Richard Hubbard (David Meunier) and his family abducted by the Chechen mafia posing as police officers who plan to put the man’s expertise back to use.

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The the mid-season finale Donnie (Scott Wolf) gets himself, and Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) whom he calls for help, in a pickle when the Assistant District Attorney wakes up in bed with his dead campaign manager (Brooke Nevin). Although Pierce is quickly released from custody, Donnie faces serious murder charges when his toxicology screen comes back showing no evidence to support his claim of being drugged and set-up. Kate‘s (Rachael Leigh Cook) own worries about Donnie cheating again, along with her husband’s blackout and bloodstained clothes, don’t help the situation.

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After witnessing an innocuous conversation between Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop) and a man who Annie (Piper Perabo) believes may have been responsible for murder of her last chance at discovering the truth behind the Chicago bombing, the now-benched CIA operative takes the initiative to publicly resign from the agency and accept a job within McQuaid Security to discern the truth about a man she’s already begun falling for. She won’t like what she finds.

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