Frankie (Patricia Heaton) tries to broker friendships between Brick (Atticus Shaffer) and other young attendees during a school field trip in the new episode "Operation Infiltration." Axl (Charlie McDermott) tries to get on Devin's (guest star Gia Mantegna) good side by playing "perfect brother" to Sue (Eden Sher). Mike (Neil Flynn) fears he was a negative influence on his brother (guest star Norm MacDonald) in their youth. Dave Foley also guest stars.
Young & Hungry
Is Gabi (Emily Osment) about to be out of a job? That's the burning question on her mind after Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) meets a new woman who loves to cook for him. And after Josh doesn't ask Gabi to make dinner for an important client, she thinks the best way to keep her job is to challenge the new lady to a cook-off. Elsewhere, Yolanda (Kym Whitley) makes a date with the building window washer. Rex Lee also stars.
Guest star Charlotte Ross ("NYPD Blue") is back as Felicity's (Emily Bett Rickards) mother in the new episode "Public Enemy." The two women stand vigil for Ray (Brandon Routh), who's hospitalized with serious injuries after an assault on the mayor's office. Oliver (Stephen Amell) races the police to find the culprit, but the abduction of Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) thwarts all their efforts. Dwight Little ("Murder at 1600") directed the story.
The stages of this season's competition are getting ever more critical, as the episode title "Top 8 Perform" confirms. By the end of the two hours, it'll be down to the top seven, since someone will be sent home. Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are sure to be careful in their judging, knowing what it means to the hopefuls ... and also knowing how it could impact the voting by viewers. Ryan Seacrest is (of course) the host.
The Mysteries of Laura
Kathie Lee Gifford normally inhabits NBC's weekday lineup, as a co-anchor of the fourth hour of "Today," but she makes her way into the network's primetime lineup as a guest star in the new episode "The Mystery of the Sunken Sailor." She plays a psychiatrist who consults on the case of a slain seaman, which coincides with Laura's (Debra Messing) birthday -- an occasion Laura doesn't want to acknowledge, in the worst way. Josh Lucas and Laz Alonso also star.
How similar are other planets to Earth? The aptly titled episode "Alien Planets" tackles the question from the standpoint of discoveries made via NASA's Kepler Telescope, the specific purpose of which is to find such other locations in the solar system. Whether earthlings could sustain life on any of them is another matter addressed during the hour, with related observations by astrologists and astrophysicists enhanced by animation.
Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) decision to postpone college and pursue professional singing worries Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) in the new episode "The Adam Bomb." Beverly then asks Murray (Jeff Garlin) to have a related talk with Erica, but it doesn't turn out as anticipated. In an appropriately timed subplot, Adam and Barry (Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile) pull a series of April Fools' Day jokes on each other. Ana Gasteyer reprises her guest role.
In a new episode called "Spirit Boards Freak Me Out!," a timid soul is frightened out of her wits when a ouija board starts answering questions about her, seemingly without anyone's assistance. A man who reluctantly volunteered to help at a gala is horrified when he is blamed for a falling chandelier chopping off the arm of another volunteer. Finally, the driver of a hired car takes two party guests to a sinister garage where a crime lord holds them hostage.
As a new season opens with "Padian: P.I.," Ivy is particularly excited when the buyers return to Fontana, Calif., since past experience has shown him this market is rich with items he's looking for. Jarrod and Brandi struggle for the right strategy to snag a good locker, though, while Darrell and Brandon look to score heavy. Meanwhile, Mary works her way up from the bottom.
Jay (Ed O'Neill) celebrates a birthday that turns eventful for many reasons in the new episode "Grill, Interrupted." Phil (Ty Burrell) can't wait for his gift to Jay to be seen, and Claire and Mitch (Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) offer a present that really isn't one: the payback of a loan Jay made to them. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) decides to give Manny and Luke (Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould) an education on the subject of drinking. Eric Stonestreet also stars.
In the conclusion of the new miniseries based on Alice Hoffman's novel, the captive Shirah and Yael (Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan) manage to provide Josephus (Sam Neill) with their takes on what has occurred at Masada. The Romans continue to strategize their siege on the fortress, while Eleazar (Mido Hamada) rallies fellow Jews to mount a defense against General Silva's (Sam Hazeldine) forces. Kathryn Prescott, Diego Boneta and Luke Roberts also star.
It's Dean (Jensen Ackles) vs. Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) in the new episode "Inside Man." Before placing any bets on which one ends up victorious, bear in mind which of the characters has been on this show from the beginning -- though that doesn't mean trouble that plays out over several more stories can't result. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is otherwise occupied, continuing to pursue the Mark of Cain with Castiel's (Misha Collins) help.