They are the moments we wait for.
Sure often TV shocks us into a stunned silence (see Teri's death on the first season of "24"), but many times TV shows reward loyal viewers by giving us exactly what we've been oh-so-patiently (or in my case not so patiently) waiting for.
Like Donna and Josh finally locking lips on "The West Wing." Or Luke and Lorelai. Or Sam and Diane. Or Sydney and Vaughn. Or Mulder and Scully. Well, you get the idea. But the moments aren't always romantic. Sometimes the moment is an answer to a long burning question, like:
Who is the Carver on "Nip/Tuck?"
What's in the hatch on "Lost"?
What did Mary Alice do on "Desperate Housewives"?
Or the granddaddy of them all: Who shot J.R.?
So what are we desperate to find out this season? Let's take a look:How Did Locke Become Paralyzed? -- I can't believe that we still don't know this. Especially after last week's most stressful episode -- I broke practically every nail while watching. Shouldn't there be some reward for that? (By the way, I vote Locke's father Most Nefarious. Who's with me?) Oh, and while I'm on my list of things we need from "Lost" -- Michael and Walt's return. And a little hook-up action between Sawyer and Kate.
Who Crashed the Bus on "Veronica Mars"? -- Kudos to the show for drumming up a mystery just as compelling as last season's "Who killed Lilly Kane?" And even more bonus points for having a connection between last season's mystery and this season's. I'm for any time we get to see Harry Hamlin. And, that's right, I still don't think Logan's mother is dead. I'm waiting for Lisa Rinna to cha-cha her way back to Neptune any time now.
Who Is Behind the Evil on "24?" -- Who did Robocop call to say he killed Jack? Julian Sands has got to be reporting to somebody. I'm clinging to my theory that we have heard Nina's name far too often this season for it just to be a coincidence.
What Will be Next Season's "Desperate Housewives" mystery? -- Because heaven knows it has to be better than this season.
What moments are you waiting for? Talk about it on the TV Gal message board.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
That was Matt Letscher as the U.S. District Attorney trying to cut a deal with Toby on "The West Wing." Letscher was Gavin on "Good Morning Miami," Alex's husband Eric on "Joey" and you can currently catch him playing Burton on "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
Eddie McClintock is playing Frank, the boyfriend of the stripper whose baby Gabrielle and Carlos think they're adopting on "Desperate Housewives." McClintock was Jody on "Crumbs" and Noel's brother Ryan on "Felicity."
Lee Tergesen is the AA sponsor trying to help Bree on "Desperate Housewives." Tergesen was Sully, the firefighter who briefly replaced Tommy on "Rescue Me," U.S. Marshal Eddie Drake on "Wanted" and, of course, Tobias on "Oz."
Stacy Edwards is playing Hannah's mom on "Veronica Mars." She was Dr. Lisa Catera on "Chicago Hope" and was the star of the movie "In the Company of Men."
Steve and Shawn were the first to recognize Joel Gretch, Tom on "The 4400," as the liver-stealing doctor on "CSI:NY."
Everyone recognized Kate Mara, Katie on "Jack & Bobby," Vanessa on "Nip/Tuck" and Heath Ledger's daughter in "Brokeback Mountain," as Edgar's replacement (sniff) on "24." Let's go ahead and place Mara in our "so deserves her own show" file.
Maria was very excited about the "Everwood"/"24" exchange program. While Mara, who played Kate on "Everwood," was on "24," Leslie Hope, Teri on "24," is Amy's new professor on "Everwood." We saw her earlier this season as Melanie on "Commander In Chief."
Michelle Forbes is Samantha Brinker on "Prison Break." Forbes was Admiral Helena Cain on "Battlestar Galactica," Lynne Kresge on the second season of "24" and Dr. Julianna Cox on "Homicide."
Amy recognized Virginia Williams as the runaway bride on "Veronica Mars." Williams was Claudia, whose wedding Ted wanted to bring Robin to on "How I Met Your Mother."
Paul and Brad recognized Malcolm David Kelley, the long lost Walt on "Lost," as Alby on "My Name is Earl."
Nancy Walls, Steve Carell's real life wife, was the real estate agent Michael ran into at the skating rink on "The Office."
And all this week's bonus points go to Kyle, who was the first to recognized Deon Richmond, Kenny (or "Bud" as Rudy liked to call him) on "The Cosby Show," as Calvin on "Teachers." Richmond was also Jordan on "Sister, Sister." By the way, now that we've all figured this out, there really is no need to watch "Teachers" ever again.
Quotes of the Week
"One day you'll have to explain to me how you got that one." Paula to Ace about his scar on "American Idol." I remain simultaneously horrified and impressed about Paula's interaction with the male contestants. And kids, we have at least three more years of this behavior.
"I'm still the leader of this team." Lake on "The Amazing Race." Can't like him.
"Six months and counting in a Hannah healthy relationship. I think I get a pin soon." Bright on "Everwood." Love him.
"Should I go and get a ruler?" Kate while watching Jack and Sawyer play poker on "Lost." Thanks to Karl for the quote.
"Well I've read the constitution and it does not protect against ugly people," Gabrielle on "Desperate Housewives." Thanks to Nicholas for the quote.
"Well, aren't you a regular Veronica Mars?" Marissa to Summer on "The O.C." Thanks to Doug for the quote.
"What would Buffy do?" One of the film geeks trying to gain courage on "Supernatural." Thanks to Cody for the quote.
"Watched a rerun of 'The Nanny' last night and got all sad because she reminded him of you." Danny to Fran about how Riley's doing since their break up on "Living with Fran." Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
Inside Joke of the Week
Maggie noticed that on "House" when they showed what the good doctor had on his TiVo, one of the shows was "Blackadder," a series that starred Hugh Laurie.
Sad News of the Week
Cue the "Charlie Brown" theme music. The final nail in the "Arrested Development" coffin came last week when executive producer Mitch Hurwitz announced that he would not continue with the show. While I'm moping, I'll take comfort in the fact that we had three great seasons.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for April 3 to 9
I loved this episode. Taking a page from the "Lost" playbook, "Prison Break" (Monday, Fox, 8 p.m.) flashes back to what everyone was up to three years ago. And as the announcers like to say -- don't miss the final seconds.
Kelly Carlson descends on "Everwood" (Monday, WB, 9 p.m.) this week while Nina struggles to deal with Jake's recovery. By the way, I do kind of take it as a personal insult that "Everwood" and "24" are on against each other.
Okay, can anyone tell me why Curtis, Jack and the rest of the CTU gang would go to where the terrorists are releasing the deadly nerve gas and not have any kind of gas masks with them? Does Jack think that hooded sweatshirts makes him invincible? (After all that's all he wore when he held his breath and tried to shut down the computers.) Oh, and how come Audrey can be tortured and she doesn't get to change outfits -- although her hair goes instantly limp. The First Lady practically has a new outfit on when she goes from one room to the next. If I had to vote for worst outfit to have to wear all season, it would have to be Chloe's sweater. I would have burned that sucker by now.
Katey Sagal, so fabulous as Helen on "Lost," hosts "Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2" Tuesday on Nick at Nite at 10 p.m.
I gotta tell you that I really liked "Pepper Dennis" (premiering Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the WB). It's really the only show that I think has a shot at making it on to the new CW schedule. Rebecca Romijn is an engaging hoot as the title character (she doesn't overplay being cute, coy or klutzy). Plus the series stars Lindsay Price (Janet on "90210") and an all grown up Rider Strong ("Boy Meets World"). I say three and a half stars. After you watched the premiere let me know what you think.
Bitty Schram, the much-missed Sharona on "Monk," guest stars on this episode of "Thief" (Tuesday, FX, 10 p.m.). Check out her Southern accent.
Dude, it's all about Hurley on "Lost" (Wednesday, ABC, 9 p.m.) When the island starts to freak him out, his crush, Libby, is there to help him out. Oh, and am I the only one that thinks Sun's back story was purposely left vague? That maybe she's not pregnant because of an affair, but maybe this is another move orchestrated by the Others or the island (a la Locke can walk)? After all, we know how much the Others want children.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week to talk about Donna and Josh's big moment (whoo-hoo), "The Amazing Race," your disappointment in "Gilmore Girls" (let me tell you, you guys are mighty cranky), "Scrubs" (coming soon an episode all about The Todd) and much much more. Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at email@example.com by clicking on my byline at the top of my column.