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2006 February Sweeps February 27 Listings

(Show titles in the larger size are the shows I recommend; reruns are not listed; all times are in the Mountain Time Zone)

6 PM:

“Wildfire” (ABC Family; ends at 7 PM)-Kris has mixed emotions when she's hired by a famous trainer (guest star Scott William Winters) to run his horse; Junior has regrets about his new roommate; and Charlie's wedding proposal draws a startling admission from Jean.

7 PM:

“Wife Swap” (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-This week in Schachtner/Martincak, a high-powered Miami modeling agency executive, a woman whose two young girls are lavished with expensive toys and designer clothing, swaps places with a bear-hunting, ice-fishing, self-proclaimed lover of the simple life and mother a large family from Wisconsin.

“The King of Queens” (CBS; ends at 7:30 PM)-When Arthur brings back bug-infested hotel sheets from his vacation to Florida, the creatures take over their house and force Doug and Carrie to move out.  Doug convinces Carrie that he can get rid of their bug problem and doesn't need to hire the creepy and expensive exterminator, Pete (Chris Elliott.)  When his bug bomb fails to work, Doug and Carrie are forced to sleep in the car while Pete does his exterminating.  Meanwhile, when the hotel that Arthur stayed at gives Carrie a free hotel voucher for their pest inconvenience, Carrie and Doug offer it to Spence and Danny, so that they can bunk at their place while their house is being gassed.

“Deal or No Deal” (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Second season premiere.  Actor/comedian Howie Mandel hosts this international game show phenomenon where contestants try their luck in a game of chance and odds to become a millionaire.  Each night, a contestant is confronted with 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash...ranging from a measly penny to $1 million dollars.  Without knowing the amount in each briefcase, the contestant picks one...his to keep, if he chooses, until its unsealing at game's end.  The game kicks into high gear when the amount of cash in each case is revealed to the contestant round-by-round...and is tempted after each round by a mysterious entity known only as “The Bank” to accept an offer of cash in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant's chosen briefcase...prompting Mandel to ask the all-important question...Deal or No Deal?  Donald Trump guest stars as he consults one lucky player.  Peter Montesanti from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Cheryl Jackson from Plano, Texas compete.  Gee...could The Donald be guest starring to promote his show that follows this one?

“Skating With Celebrities” (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-The celebrities and their professional figure skating partners, Kristy Swanson & Lloyd Eisler and Jillian Barberie & John Zimmerman, have one last chance to show the judges their stuff as the last two pairs hit the ice to perform required elements while trying to complete graceful routines.  I am predicting that Team Barbarie will win.

“One on One” (UPN; ends at 7:30 PM)-Things turn ugly when the roommates twist Arnaz and Breanna's amicable break-up into a fight over who dumped whom, and making matters worse, Arnaz and Michelle (guest star Ray J's real-life sister Brandy) start spending time together, leading a jealous Breanna to confront Michelle to find out what she really wants with Arnaz.  Meanwhile, after seeing Arnaz's passion for music, Michelle realizes she must follow her own dreams and enlists her brother D-Mack's help in dealing with their parents.

“7th Heaven” (WB; ends at 8 PM)-Lucy secretly goes to see a doctor to find out if she's pregnant.  Rose is still angry that Simon neglected to tell her that he slept with Sandy.  Simon confesses to Eric that he is afraid that Rose will also find out that he almost got a girl pregnant.  When Eric tries to help them, Rose accuses him of trying to sabotage their wedding.  Annie tries to help Ruthie get past Martin by allowing her to skip school and spending the day with her.  When are Simon Rose going to break up??

7:30 PM:

“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-When a tape from Barney's ex-girlfriend is viewed by the gang, everyone must share their most embarrassing moment in order to get the full story from Barney on how she broke his heart and how their breakup changed him into the suit wearing bachelor he is today.  After Lily pops in the tape of Barney and his ex, the gang forces Barney to tell them the story of how Shannon (guest star Katie Walder) stomped on his heart.  In order for Barney to share his full story though, he asks his friends to share their most painful moments.  While everyone shares their story to get Barney to spill the beans, Ted, perhaps, shares too much.  Ashley Williams (“Good Morning Miami”) guest stars as Victoria, Ted's new love interest.

“All of Us” (UPN; ends at 8 PM)-After making a spectacle of themselves at their restaurant in front of a famous critic, Clarence Dewitt (guest star Cedric the Entertainer), Robert and Neesee are horrified when the critic publicly declares that despite the good food, the owners are unbearable, leading the two to reevaluate their business partnership.  Meanwhile, while babysitting Bobby, Dirk blows him off for a girl, so Bobby decides to get a little payback by making crank calls on his Uncle Dirk's cell phone.

8 PM:

“The Bachelor 8: Paris” (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Two-hour season finale.  Travis faces an excruciating choice between the final two women...Moana and Sarah S.  As he prepares to make one of the most difficult decisions of his life, Travis' parents, sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces fly to Paris to meet the two ladies and weigh in on his choice.  The nervous Bachelorettes get some much-needed emotional support when they are surprised by their mothers flying to Paris to help them prepare for their big day.  The moms take their daughters shopping at Escada for gowns to wear at the final rose ceremony and to Chopard to assist the Bachelorettes in selecting the perfect engagement ring.  When the women meet his family members, Travis' relatives are impressed by one, while the other raises questions in their minds.  Travis is resolved to make his own decision, though he struggles over this until the bitter end.  Each woman has a chance to plan one last date with Travis before he makes his crucial choice, selecting the woman who has stolen his heart.  I'm only rooting for Moana because I think that she will be a more interesting fiancιe.  I doubt that they will stay together though.

“Two and a Half Men” (CBS; ends at 8:30 PM)-Mia (recurring guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier) and Charlie clash over his lifestyle.

“The Apprentice 5” (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-Season premiere on a new night.  In a series first, Trump chooses two captains to pick their own teams after only just meeting.  They're given their first task...to utilize Goodyear blimps to market Sam's Club Memberships. The team that markets the product most successfully wins.  “Synergy” gets off to a rough start when personalities clash as one candidate feels excluded and others feel threatened.  “Gold Rush” learns smooth sailing doesn't always last.  Tempers flare and accusations are made as candidates begin what is sure to become a heated 15- week job interview.  Trump's loyal lieutenants George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher return for a fifth season along with the original “Apprentice,” Bill Rancic, who fills in for Ross while he is away on business.

“24” (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-As the hostiles elevate the threat, a conflicted President Logan disagrees with the advice of First Lady Martha Logan, who then takes matters into her own hands.  Meanwhile, CTU honcho Lynn McGill copes with the day’s escalating intensity and agent Bauer comes face to face with Christopher Henderson (guest star Peter Weller), the federal agent who recruited him to counterterrorist work more than a decade ago.  The Russian extremists continue to undermine the historic arms treaty when they plan an act of war that could change the world forever.  Why does the totally incapable Logan have to get saved over and over by Martha?  The previews for this week make it look like Martha is a goner...and on this show, that's a big possibility.

“Girlfriends” (UPN; ends at 8:30 PM)

“Related” (WB; ends at 9 PM)-After complications with her pregnancy escalate, Ginnie and Bob find themselves at the hospital and more scared than they've even been in their entire lives.  Meanwhile, Anne and Danny try to figure out whether their recent hook-up at her father's wedding has changed the way they feel about each other, and Jason and Joel come to the hospital to lend their support to Marjee and Rose, respectively.

8:30 PM:

“Courting Alex” (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Alex's well-meaning plan to find a match for Molly goes terribly awry when she pressures Scott into setting Molly up with one of his friends.  When Scott resists setting up Molly with one of his single basketball buddies, Alex confides in Scott that Molly is just seeking a little “fun” to get her back into the game.  However, Molly thinks her night of “fun” with Scott's friend was the result of their deep connection to one another.  Meanwhile, Bill commissions Julian to paint a portrait of his wife's troublesome dog as a ruse to get Julian to dog-sit while Bill's wife is away.

“Half & Half” (UPN; ends at 9 PM)

“There & Back” (MTV; ends at 9 PM)-Ashley is nervous about playing in a dive bar, and he accidentally hits a wrong chord while playing a song.

9 PM:

“C.S.I: Miami” (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Alexx may be responsible after a convicted child molester is found murdered in her neighborhood.  Horatio finds DNA evidence that shows that Alexx was putting up posters in her neighborhood warning parents that a child molester was moving to the area.  The C.S.I.'s soon discover that a gang-mentality had spread throughout the community and that any number of the residents would have liked the man gone.  Now, the team must work to prove that Alexx didn't cause the man's murder.

“Medium” (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-When Allison develops strong maternal feelings for a teenage boy accused of killing his former boss, it interferes with her ability to remain impartial about the case.  Meanwhile, Bridget brings home a stray dog, and Joe (Jake Weber) must find a way to tell her the dog doesn't have long to live.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 6 PM, watch “Wildfire.”  At 7 PM, watch “The King of Queens”/“How I Met Your Mother;” record “Deal or No Deal” on TiVo, “Wife Swap” on VCR 1, “7th Heaven” on VCR 2, “Skating with Celebrities” on VCR 3, and “One on One”/“All of Us” on VCR 4.  At 8 PM, watch “Two and a Half Men”/“Courting Alex;” record “The Apprentice 5” on TiVo, “The Bachelor 8: Paris” on VCR 1, “Related” on VCR 2, and “24” on VCR 3.  At 9 PM, watch “C.S.I.: Miami;” record “Medium” on TiVo and the second hour of “The Bachelor 8: Paris” VCR 1.  Watch “There & Back” when it repeats throughout the week on MTV.

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