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2006 May Sweeps May 2 Listings

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

7 PM:

According to Jim (ABC; ends at 7:30 PM)

NCIS (CBS; ends at 8 PM)

Most Outrageous Moments (NBC; ends at 7:30 PM)

American Idol 5 (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-The five remaining finalists each perform two songs: one from the year of their birth and one from this week's Billboard Top 10 charts.

The Gilmore Girls (WB; ends at 8 PM)-Temporarily unable to see after minor eye surgery, Emily enlists Lorelai's help as her driver and companion, finally revealing a huge surprise that catches Lorelai completely off-guard.  Meanwhile, Rory takes charge of Logan's recovery when he is released from the hospital.  Finally, Luke helps his sister Liz and her husband T.J. deal with Liz's pregnancy.

Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E; ends at 7:30 PM)-Lyssa gets some on-the-job training when she helps Dog hunt a man who ran out on a bond for second-degree assault.

Blow Out (Bravo; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  Things get hairy when Jonathan shoots his very first national commercial.  Later, he waxes nostalgic on a visit to his former beauty school; and the product team reunites for the ad's debut.

Love Monkey (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Tom discovers the next big thing at a funeral for the owner of his favorite pizzeria.  Meanwhile, he's stalked by a street singer who desperately wants that title instead.  Dr. John has a cameo as himself.

7:30 PM:

Hope & Faith (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-After a loud, late-night dancing session by Faith and "The Gooch" (recurring guest star Mark Consuelos) pushes Hope and Charley over the edge, they suggest that the couple find their own home.  Unfortunately, Charley and Hope learn that a local real estate technicality makes Faith the legal owner of her garage apartment...unless she has paid them rent.  So Charley tries to squeeze a single rent check out of Faith, but the truth comes out and Faith declares an all-out war on Hope and Charley to keep her place...and they join in an outrageous battle of one-upsmanship.

The Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2 (Nick-at-Nite; ends at 8 PM)-Highlights from the first four episodes.  Also: never-before-seen footage; and profiles of the final five contestants.  Katey Sagal is the host.

8 PM:

Hope & Faith (ABC; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale.  Hope reminisces with her family about the first fight she and Charley had during their courtship back in 1985 when they were both in college.  Flashbacks to that fateful night reveal that it was also the first time Charley and Faith met.  The fireworks begin when Hope cancels her date with Charley to go to a Huey Lewis concert, choosing instead to stay and console Faith, who is distraught after not being cast as the lead in her high school play.  Both Charley and Hope think they missed the concert, but as the story is re-told, Hope uncovers some outrageous secrets that Charley and Faith have kept under wraps all these years...not to mention one last surprise that's revealed about Hope.

The Unit (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-The Unit members travel to Brazil to stop a drug lord who is now dealing weapons after getting his hands on a crate of surface-to-air missiles.  The mission is complicated by the fact that the dealer's guards are mostly teen boys and Jonas's crew doesn't want to harm them.  Back at the base, Kim stirs up trouble at the family-readiness group when she tries to bring about changes, and Williams' girlfriend reacts strongly when she discovers what his real job is in the Army.

Scrubs (NBC; ends at 8:30 PM)-After a decision results in the death of three of his patients, a despondent Dr. Cox shirks his duties and turns to drinking.  Shocked, the staff does their best to cover for him at the hospital while each takes a turn trying to convince him how inspiring he is.  Meanwhile, Turk is excited to start his new rotation with orthopedic surgery, but is put off by his attending doctor’s touchy-feely methods.  So, J.D. and the Janitor attempt to help Turk find ways to bond with his new supervisor.

House (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Part 1 of 2.  A police officer is admitted in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head and symptoms that include unexplained giddiness.  With no explanation for the odd symptoms, House dispatches Dr. Foreman to the officer’s apartment to see if he can gather any clues or possible causes.  As the officer’s case worsens, Foreman begins to exhibit the same early symptoms and is put in isolation with the patient until House and the team can make a diagnosis.  The police officer’s condition continues to deteriorate and Forman is forced to watch up-close as the officer descends into unbearable and unmanageable pain.  The team races to find the cause of the illness before Foreman’s condition takes the same deadly path.  Part 2 airs on Wednesday.

Veronica Mars (UPN; ends at 9 PM)-As Aaron Echolls' (recurring guest star Harry Hamlin) trial is about to conclude, tensions rise as Veronica, Keith, and Logan take the witness stand to testify against him.  Meanwhile, after Veronica finds a suspicious e-mail in Woody's (recurring guest star Steve Guttenberg) computer, Keith turns to Sheriff Lamb with evidence to arrest Woody, but Lamb refuses, believing that Keith is trying to turn him into a laughing stock.  Also, to everyone's surprise, Neptune High's janitor Lucky brings a gun into school with the intent to find Gia.

Pepper Dennis (WB; ends at 9 PM)-After Pepper's "homeability" points register low with news audiences, her attempt to improve her likeability results in even more backlash from the audience.  Charlie steps up and offers Pepper advice on how to better connect with viewers.  Meanwhile, as Kathy organizes a high society fundraiser, she realizes she may not be ready to dive back into the dating pool, but sparks are flying between Kimmy and Pepper's little brother, Mitch (guest star A.J. Trauth, "House.")

King of Cars (A&E; ends at 8:30 PM)-Chop takes a vacation and leaves Chilly Willy in charge, presenting him with a sales challenge.

The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  Shane prepares to leave for college. Meanwhile, Jeana bonds with her daughter Kara by shopping for diamonds in a spending spree that ultimately includes Vicki and Lauri; Jo and Slade have a heated dispute; and the housewives celebrate a birthday.  There will be a reunion show next Tuesday.

The Real World: Key West (MTV; ends at 8:30 PM)-Paula knows she has issues but is afraid of therapy, and Zach begins a relationship with a local.

Nashville Star 4 (USA; ends at 9:30 PM)-Season finale.  There will be performances by Cowboy Troy, Jason Aldean, and Big & Rich, who also return as guest judges.  It will be between Nicole Jamrose, Casey Rivers, and Chris Young.  The buzz has been on Chris, so I think that he will win.

8:30 PM:

Less Than Perfect (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-After a long week, Claude, Carl, Ramona, and Owen enjoy a night out for happy hour at their favorite bar.  A little tipsy, Claude and Carl head home and, when one thing leads to another, they end up in bed together.  They decide to keep it a secret from everyone at work to protect their friendship, but their attraction to each other makes it difficult.  Meanwhile, Jeb incites a power struggle between Lydia and Kipp to keep them both distracted and out of his hair.

Teachers (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  When Alice volunteers to chaperon this year's prom, Jeff seizes the opportunity to have a "first date" with Alice, so he also volunteers and suggests they go together, but his plans for a romantic evening goes from bad to worse when Alice invites a third party to join them.  Meanwhile, Calvin gives Dick pointers on writing the senior farewell speech.

8th & Ocean (MTV; ends at 9 PM)-Britt begrudgingly does a borderline pornographic shoot, while drama erupts over Tracie's dinner plans.

9 PM:

Boston Legal (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Edwin Poole (guest star Larry Miller), a partner in the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, returns to work after a stint at a mental institution...but Shirley Schmidt wonders if he should have been released when he decides to help an obese computer technician sue a junk food manufacturer for causing his diabetes.  Denny Crane represents Alan Shore, after Shore is arrested for advising a client accused of attempted murder to flee the county.  Meanwhile, after their unexpected rendezvous, Brad Chase wants to explore the possibility of a relationship with Denise Bauer.

Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Special.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-A band of teenage siblings attack and sodomize a teenage girl, Jessica Delay (guest star Tricia Mara), who is a gifted piano student at a prestigious high school in Harlem.  Through help from Medical Examiner Warner who identifies the attackers as overweight, Det. Stabler and his one-time partner Det. Lucius Blaine (guest star Anthony Anderson) track down the siblings, who claim they attacked Jessica to avenge an attack on their morbidly obese brother Rudi (guest star Omar Benson Miller.)  After the case goes to trial, there is a hollow victory for the "winner" due to the enormous health issues facing the teenager.

11 PM:

Thief (FX; ends at 12:02 AM)-Season finale.  Nick ends up facing another personal tragedy as the crew struggles to escape out of New Orleans after their heist was plagued with mistake after mistake.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “American Idol 5;” record “Love Monkey” on TiVo and “The Gilmore Girls” on VCR 1, “Hope & Faith” on VCR 2 (at 7:30 PM), and “The Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2” On VCR 3 (also at 7:30 PM.)  At 8 PM, watch “House;” record “Scrubs”/“Teachers” on TiVo, “Pepper Dennis” on VCR 1, “Hope & Faith”/“Less Than Perfect” on VCR 2, “Veronica Mars” on VCR 3, and “The Unit” on VCR 4.  At 9 PM, watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County” when it repeats at this time on Bravo; record “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on TiVo and “Boston Legal” on VCR 2.  At 10 PM, watch “Blow Out” when it repeats at this time on Bravo.  At 11 PM, watch “Dog the Bounty Hunter”/“Nashville Star 4” (the latter one at 11:30 PM) when they both repeat on their respective networks.  At Midnight, record “Thief” (at 12:02 AM) on TiVo when it repeats at this time on FX and “King of Cars” on VCR 1 when it repeats at this time on A&E.  Watch “The Real World: Key West” and “8th & Ocean” when it repeats throughout the week on MTV.

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