Thursday was when the WGA strike started to hit home for a lot of people, as The Office became the first noteworthy show in prime time to run out of fresh episodes. The Dunder Mifflin gang left on a high note, hopefully not for good.
Jan and Michael drove to New York as Michael prepared to be deposed in Jan's wrongful termination suit against Dunder Mifflin. Jan was familiar enough with Michael to be worried about what he would say under the gun. After a fair start, the company lawyers began to peck at Michael over little discrepancies, which caused Jan's forces to bring out a copy of Michael's diary to prove a point of their own. By the end, as he had to listen to the reading of a negative job evaluation Jan once gave him and to hear that the company never really considered him for the promotion, Michael became a figure of genuine pity. He ended up telling the company lawyers what they wanted to hear: that Dunder Mifflin does not have a pattern of mistreatment. Back in Scranton, Jim was getting routinely whipped by Darryl in table tennis, and Kelly was talking smack to Pam as a result. Pam urged Jim to get some practice in order that she might get boyfriend bragging rights again. [Office Tally]
Ugly Betty: Bradford survived his heart attack at the altar last week, but just barely. Wilhelmina was frantic to discover the content of Bradford's will, and went to the extent of having Marc perform a wedding ceremony. Betty and Henry were trapped in Bradford's office in order to keep them from interfering with Wilhelmina's plans, but Henry's flirting with the weekend recepetionist (played by Mo'Nique) saved the day. Claire interrupted her departure into hiding to come to Bradford's bedside, and the police were eventually alerted to her presence. Bradford asked Betty to take care of Daniel before he died.
Survivor:China: With only eight left, nerves were getting frayed around camp, as Denise wondered if her allies were starting to exclude her, and Peih-Gee worried about her unpopularity. Sarcastic Courtney was seen flirting heavily with Frosti, causing Todd to worry if she would have a problem voting him out eventually. The immunity challenge presented a new twist: players who felt safe enough could wolf down burgers and fries instead of trying for immunity, an offer four of the eight accepted. Peih-Gee won immunity, and the main alliance decided to vote out Frosti instead of Eric. The show ended with a cliffhanger, as Jeff Probst said, "Business at Tribal Council was not yet complete." [My Ox Is Broken]
CSI: This was the last episode for Jorja Fox as Sara, and it was a real showcase for her, as the other CSIs pretty much had the week off. The hour began with a female college student falling to her death from a dorm, a death that at first appeared to be a suicide. Investigation proved that the girl was pushed out her dorm room window, and fingerprint evidence in her room turned up an old nemesis, Marlon West, who had been charged with murder a couple of seasons back and was saved then by the machinations of his genius little sister, Hannah.
Sara, who had already been showing obvious signs of burnout, is stressed by the thought Hannah will get the better of her again. Sara figured out that Hannah had to have drugged the victim, who was Marlon's occasional girlfriend, and was framing Marlon to keep him from having any sort of independent life away from her. Marlon, heartbroken at being set up, hanged himself in his jail cell. Sara walked away from the job and even from Grissom, giving him the bad news in a letter. Sara's emotional crisis as it played out this season felt realistic, but her finale wasn't exactly a Very Special Episode. [Run4Chocolate]
Grey's Anatomy: A bus full of school kids arrived at the hospital after a crash. Bailey recalled the adult on the bus, someone she herself went to high school with. One kid came in with a gruesome but apparently not serious problem, a pencil through his eye, that became dramatically more serious. Another patient this week was Thatcher Grey, a victim of a drunken mishap. Meredith blamed Lexie for not looking after their dad sufficiently, which Lexie took strong exception to. George's and Izzie's estrangement was obvious to all at the hospital. Cristina continued to try to get in the good graces of Hahn.
Women's Murder Club: With Big Shots a failure, ABC decided to give this surprise Friday success a try in the post-Grey's slot. A football player was found dead in an outdoor hot tub of an apparent suicide, but Lindsay was convinced the suicide was staged. A tape turned up showing the player's backup fighting with him in practice and making a death threat. The dead player's agent attracted suspicion for her seeming indifference, and the team doctor was suspected of filling him with steroids. Eventually, it was discovered that the dead man was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease, and the killer was that hardy perennial, the spouse.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The third season finale for the caustic FX comedy found Paddy's hosting a dance marathon thanks a blunder made by Charlie, who thought he was merely agreeing to hold a dance contest there. To make matters worse, he put up the club as first prize, meaning someone on the staff had to outlast everyone else to keep from losing the place. Everyone on the staff was angered by Frank's impulsive decision to rank their effectiveness, so Charlie, Mac, Dee, and Dennis kept trying to sabotage each other while still making sure Paddy's stays in safe hands, as if the lunatics on this show can be said to have safe hands.