When we were in Las Vegas last week, The Slug was just too busy eating at buffets and playing the slots to keep up with some of our favorite prime-time shows. So we've spent the past few hours avoiding spoilers and catching up on what went down on "Heroes," "24," "Veronica Mars," the "Road Rules" premiere and "Top Chef" finale. Seriously, how did we live before networks streamed their shows online? How!?
"Heroes." Wowie zowie. We finally got a peak at Claire's biological mama and she's a firestarter, baby. So now The Slug is hypothesizing that the "Heroes" gene must run in the family. Think about it. Nathan and Peter Petrelli both have powers. And Niki/Jessica and D.L. have their hacker kid. Hmmm. This would mean Hiro's pop, played by George Takei, and the Petrelli brothers' shoplifting mommy would have to be superparents. We know at least one of them can travel at warp speed. Har har. Oh, and our money is on Nathan Petrelli as Claire's biological father.
"Road Rules." This old MTV reality show returned — and it's complicated. The full title is "Road Rules 2007: Viewer's Revenge." (What did "Road Rules" ever do to you!?) Instead of a simple road trip from Point A to Point B with a group of five to six strangers, this RV is filled with veteran cast members who are just driving around Los Angeles completing missions. And then there's some other people who haven't been on a reality show before that can be voted into the RV. Color us confused. The Slug yearns for the simpler days when "Road Rules" featured interstate flirtations, roadies playing pranks on "The Real World" cast and, you know, a destination. This feels like it's going nowhere.
"24." We thought our family was jacked up! The last two episodes have shown us that the Bauer clan is dysfunctional with a capital 'dys.' And did anyone else notice that Rena Sofer, the actress that plays Graem Bauer's wife on "24" also plays Nathan Petrelli's wife on "Heroes"? Jeez. She sure has a taste for bad boys. We're slightly ticked at Karen Hayes for resigning as National Security Advisor but it's also kinda cool she's headed to CTU in Los Angeles now. Does this mean we'll see her in five episodes?
"Veronica Mars." Veronica, girl, we need to talk. Sit down. Why do you need to know if your man, who's so totally obviously into you even though you keep breaking up and getting back together repeatedly, has ever been with a prostitute? You asked him like four times in this episode. Drop it. Focus on your school work. Help your daddy figure out who killed Dean O'Dell. And go find your friends Wallace and Mac. Those characters' recurring disappearances are becoming the biggest mystery this season.
"Top Chef." While we were dining on Elia's waffle in Vegas, she was busy helping Ilan Hall become the "Top Chef." Honestly, we think it could've gone either way. Personality-wise, they were both brats. Food-wise, Ilan made more decadent Spanish food, and Marcel's meal was innovative but way too light. After eating at buffets on The Strip for a week, Marcel's dainty little radish salad and hearts of palm with mushrooms would've left us hungry for something more. Sorta like the first episode of "Top Design."