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2006 May Sweeps May 9 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:

Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-TV movie.  U.S. officials scramble to maintain order and confront catastrophic results when a deadly strain of avian flu mutates into a global pandemic.  Joely Richardson, Stacy Keach, Justina Machado, and Ann Cusack star.  Directed by Richard Pearce.

NCIS (CBS; ends at 8 PM)

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

American Idol 5 (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-The four remaining finalists perform songs two songs each by Elvis Presley, with coaching assistance from noted record producer Tommy Mottola.

The Gilmore Girls (WB; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  Stars Hollow is suddenly overrun with troubadours when news gets out that the town's regular street performer (Grant-Lee Phillips) has been discovered.  On the evening of Logan's graduation from Yale, Rory throws him a wild party, but the knowledge that he is being forced to leave for London the next day makes their time together bittersweet.  Meanwhile, at a Friday night dinner, Emily and Richard attempt to set Christopher up with an attractive young woman (guest star Melora Hardin.)  Finally, Lorelai decides she was wrong to let Luke postpone their wedding for so long and delivers a tearful ultimatum.  Musical guests include Sonic Youth, Sam Phillips, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe from FOX's "24"), Yo La Tengo, Sparks, Joe Pernice, and Dave Gruber Allen.

Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E; ends at 7:30 PM)-Dog is sick as a dog, but he still must lead the hunt for a fugitive named James.  James' girlfriend tries to cover for him, but Dog surprises James in his bedroom and leads him away in cuffs.  On the way to jail, Dog finds out that the reason James missed a court date was to protect his girlfriend from her ex-boyfriend.  James also explains that a previous conviction led to legal trouble and ex-con discrimination that left him utterly disheartened.  Sympathetic as always, Dog encourages James to persevere.

Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman (Bravo; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  In this one-hour comedy roast, Kathy takes no prisoners when it comes to revealing Hollywood's juiciest secrets and red carpet blunders, and this time everyone from Star Jones to Dakota Fanning is fair game.  This Bravo special features an unapologetic Kathy, who refuses to curb her political incorrectness in a hilariously entertaining performance.

Love Monkey (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Tom attempts to get his boyhood music idol, who hasn't recorded in 25 years, in the studio again, but the singer isn't sure he wants to resurrect his career.  Also: Tom starts dating an attractive doctor after she rescues him from choking; Shooter considers going into business with a former adult-film star, who now owns her own clothing line; Bran and Jake each hire new interns.

7:30 PM:

The Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2 (Nick-at-Nite; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  The winner is revealed after performances by the five finalists.  Mario Cantone, Carol Leifer, and Alfonso Ribeiro appear as celebrity judges.

8 PM:

The Unit (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-When Bob's cover is blown while training soldiers in Africa, he advises Jonas to cancel a planned visit by a dignitary due to impending danger; however, things get complicated when they learn that the visit is a cover.  Despite warnings of danger, the visiting high ranking official refuses to cancel his plans.  Meanwhile, Kim gets an unexpected encounter while working at the radio station and Molly is presented with a real estate investment opportunity.

Scrubs (NBC; ends at 8:30 PM)-After five years working at Sacred Heart, J.D. can't help but feel that the same things seem to happen over and over again at the hospital.  Meanwhile, following his drunken breakdown in the wake of three accidental deaths, Dr. Cox returns to work, but Elliot believes that Cox has lost his usual steely confidence when he hesitates to order immediate treatment for a patient.  When her attempt to help him backfires, Elliott calls Dr. Cox on his behavior.  Later, Carla gets fed up with Turk flaunting everything he can do that she can't, now that she's pregnant.

House (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-When young mother Kara (guest star Hillary Tuck) has a seizure while bathing her child, it causes the near drowning of her newborn son.  Unable to determine the cause of Kara’s seizures, House and the team race to find what's wrong with her while simultaneously trying to bring her infant back to life.  When both mother and son develop complications, Kara’s husband Brent (guest star Kip Pardue) must make some very difficult decisions.  Kara’s husband learns some shocking information about his wife and struggles to deal with his newfound emotions towards her.  Meanwhile, Foreman has returned to work and is struggling to regain normalcy in his life after his brain biopsy, Chase admits he needs a break and House investigates why Cuddy has asked Wilson on a date.

Veronica Mars (UPN; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  After learning the identity of the perpetrator responsible for the bus crash, Veronica hurries to warn others, but ends up putting herself in an extremely perilous situation.  Meanwhile, Keith enlists Veronica's help in his ongoing investigation of Woody and asks her go undercover to get some vital information from Woody's lawyer.  Later, when graduation day finally comes around, Neptune seniors celebrate at a huge party at the Neptune Grand.

Pepper Dennis (WB; ends at 9 PM)-While covering a high profile celebrity murder trial, Pepper and the WEIE staff learn that Jack (Brett Cullen, who does not appear in the episode) has been replaced by Les Gaye (guest star Fred Koehler, "E.R."), the newly appointed news director.  Les and Pepper don't see eye-to-eye when he conveys his new entertainment-oriented approach to reporting the news.  One day into Pepper's mandatory vacation, Charlie and Chick call on her to help them uncover the truth behind the suspicious murder trial.

King of Cars (A&E; ends at 8:30 PM)-When one of Chop's team leaders is sick, he promotes rookie salesman Ali to run the C-team for a day.  If Ali can prove himself, he might be next in line for a permanent promotion. Mark, veteran leader of competing D-team, does not want to be outperformed by an eager upstart, so he takes on the rookie head-to-head selling cars as Chop keeps score.  With pride and ambition on the line, unpredictable customers and challenging deals keep both teams fighting for every sale.

The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo; ends at 9 PM)-Special.  The five housewives assemble in this reunion episode, which features updated interviews, best-of footage, and reflections on the soapy drama's memorable moments.

The Real World: Key West (MTV; ends at 8:30 PM)-Tyler has a one-night stand with a hottie, who Svetlana doesn't think is gay, but starts to wonder if her boyfriend is.

8:30 PM:

8th & Ocean (MTV; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  Teddy wonders if Britt still has feelings for him after she freaks out during a romantic casting; and Kelly is requested by one of Sabrina's former clients.

9 PM:

Boston Legal (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-The ambitious but back-stabbing Marlene Stanger (guest star Parker Posey), also known as "The Squid"...the only animal believed to be able to kill a shark...joins the firm, and Denise Bauer wonders if there's enough room for the both of them.  Meanwhile, when Denny Crane is pitted in court against his son, attorney Donny Crane (returning guest star Freddie Prinze, Jr.), their politically different viewpoints come to the surface as they seek justice in a case about a woman who lost her baby at an inadequately supplied clinic in Nepal.  After Paul Lewiston's daughter, Rachel, returns from rehab, Brad Chase hopes they can pursue a relationship.

The Unit (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Second new episode.  When Keith Soto (guest star Kenneth Mitchell), the son of a former Unit member, returns to base for a reunion, Jonas and Col. Tom Ryan discover that he is a newspaper reporter working on a story that threatens the secrecy of the team.  Although perturbed by the fact that Keith uses the reunion on base as his way in to get a story, Jonas decides to tell him the "truth" about how his father was killed under the condition that he promises not to publish the story.  Jonas is under extreme pressure to prevent Keith from running the story, for the consequences could be detrimental to the entire Unit.  Meanwhile, with Tiffy and Kim's help, Molly manages to track down the woman who scammed $40,000 of the women's investment fund.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-The police are brought into family abuse allegations when Robin Winnock (guest star Dana Eskelson) believes her young son Jake (guest star Jack Vignone) was molested by her husband, currently serving time for molesting Jake's older brother Teddy.  Through DNA, Medical Examiner Warner clears the father, Gregory Hensal (guest star Tim Hopper) but implicates Teddy as the abuser who has been running a highly profitable porn site catering to male pedophiles.  The detective's investigations bring them to the computer crime division of the department now staffed by Det. Olivia Benson and TARU Tech Morales, who are both enlisted to help.  Guest star Kate Mulgrew plays Assistant US Attorney Donna Geysen.

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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