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NOW PLAYING: The Crown & The Walking Dead. Previously.TV presents the audio version of our old-school recaps! Let us read our longest-form episode summaries TO you; whether you're in the car, holding an infant, waiting for those dumb drops the eye doctor gave you to wear off, or just don't feel like reading right now, our podcast readers will take you through the unabridged episode write-up. All you have to do is subscribe and hit play.

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⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E07: Something Stupid

9/17/2018
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Fade up on the lefthand side of a split screen, Kim and Jimmy companionably brushing their teeth. Kim spousily holds out her brush for paste and Jimmy just as spousily pastes it. The righthand side of the screen fades up on the same tableau, but on a different day, with Kim in a different tank top, and although it certainly is not a Bring It On homage, as it is not blocked the same way and contains none of the same elements save a blonde actor, I will enjoy the referent memory...

Duration:00:22:05

⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E06: Pinata

9/10/2018
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Where last week's cold open catapulted us into Saul's future, this one sends us into Jimmy's past: he's wheeling his mail cart around HHM and kibitzing with the cubicle personnel as he collects their cash and Oscar pool ballots. One woman named Clara has voted a straight Howards End ticket, so (a) it's 1993, and (b) I admire her passion, if not her strategy. "I just love Emma Thompson," she effuses. "Who doesn't?" says Jimmy amiably. "She's so pragmatic!" Clara adds. WHAT A STRANGE THING TO...

Duration:00:31:33

⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E05: Quite a Ride

9/3/2018
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As the machine chews up critical evidence in Saul Goodman's office -- because that's where we are -- we see a collage of the aftermath of the beatdown Saul got from Jesse Pinkman in Breaking BadS05.E11, "Confessions." (I think? As I've mentioned in previous recaps, it's five years since those episodes ran, and as a straight viewer of Better Call Saul, I tend to just enjoy the show in its own timeline and not care about cross-checking it against Breaking Bad eps. As a recapper, well, here I...

Duration:00:31:29

⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E04: Talk

8/27/2018
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Our cold open is...possibly instructive and thus servicey to homeowners? We watch as, very methodically, a man we don't see frames out a square and then mixes, pours, and smooths out concrete in it. We keep getting cuts back to a little blond boy watching this whole process, and inasmuch as he's not in, like, a Go-Bots t-shirt or something, it's hard to tell when this is, though the AM Gold on the soundtrack and the look of a nearby car suggest the '70s. That this guy hasn't found even one...

Duration:00:25:27

⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E03: Something Beautiful

8/20/2018
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The desert. A spiky lizard mounts a rock to observe skeptically as a makeshift spike strip is dragged across some isolated blacktop. A pair of black boots stalks over to a grey Chevelle, reverses it, throws it in drive, and floors it. It's a little hard to tell who's driving or why this is happening at this juncture, so let me save you the suspense -- the boots belong to Victor, and the Chevelle's doomed affair with the spike strip… …belongs to Gus Fring, as it were, in the service of...

Duration:00:31:20

⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E02: Breathe

8/13/2018
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We begin with some very moody closeups of a hospital room by night, which are soothing right up until THE CLOSEUP OF A LIGHT GETTING SHINED RIGHT INTO AN EYE. Oh my god, I'M AWAKE! JESUS! The patient whose eye is being assaulted is, of course, Hector Salamanca, and whoever's interfering with him moves on from the eye to a check, with a gloved hand, of Hector's lower teeth, fingertips, and feet, the last of which don't respond to the instrument this consultant rolls up the Don's soles. With...

Duration:00:32:58

💅 Claws: S02.E10: Breezy

8/12/2018
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The voice of a meteorologist expositing that Palmetto is bracing for Hurricane Ignacio. Then there's a break from format that, depending on your preferences, you will compare favorably or not to the one in "Scream," as a secondary character supplies our narration; this time, it's Virginia. "I don't know where I am, but I can see everything," she says, Sunset Boulevardily. "Remember everything." As she speaks, we get hurricane b-roll intercut with shots of Desna and Gregory, engaged in...

Duration:00:40:15

⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E01: Smoke

8/9/2018
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We fade up, of course, at Gene's Cinnabon in Omaha, where a sink is overflowing; a spilled coffee is dripping; looky-loos are peering over the sneeze guard; and Gene is out like a light with an icing spatula buried in his sideburn…almost like he fell asleep in the midst of getting made up, or gluing on a disguise. The Ink Spots croon "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)" as EMTs remove the spatula, roll Gene over onto his back, and put an oxygen mask over his face. He's wheeled out and...

Duration:00:30:03

💅 Claws: S02.E09: Til Death

8/9/2018
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Desna's at a shooting range, shocking us all by not being a dead-eye shot. I realize this is sacrilege even to think, but perhaps it would help her grip if Desna had shorter nails? (Sorry. Im sorry. Im trying to remove it.) Anyway, Roller steps in to give Desna some advice about her stance and her breathing, and whereas her first two shots struck her paper target in its wrists, more or less, the third gets it right in the center of its chest. Desna is proud, excited, and horny; when Roller...

Duration:00:37:39

💅 Claws: S02.E08: Crossroads

7/29/2018
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We open at the commune. Apparently the Nail Artisans have shut down the shop in the middle of the day, yet again, to gather around Dean in the moments following Desna's arrest. Jenn calls the police station to try to locate Desna, and I'm grateful to whichever writer decided Jenn should spell Desna's surname, because as recently as two episodes ago, the closing credits called Dean and Desna's mother "Miss Sims." Now it's canon -- SIMMS -- and I don't have to go back and edit all my old...

Duration:00:34:47

💅 Claws: S02.E07: Burn

7/22/2018
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More time is filled by Desna flashing back through memories of various times Zlata and Gregory made her think she was special. Virginia and Dean come out looking for her and are thrown by the catatonia that has immobilized Desna's whole body except the fingernails of her right hand, which she's tapping on the arm of her chair. When Desna doesn't respond to her, Virginia picks up the blackened remains of Madame's gift and guesses that she burned some drapes. "Wedding dress," Desna finally...

Duration:00:40:47

💅 Claws: S02.E06: Double Dutch

7/15/2018
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A shattered Desna departs Zlata's house, weeping for the life she's not going to have with Gregory, and is still in a daze as she sits in the hospital waiting room with Polly and Virginia and Quiet Ann and the Hussers that did not get shot earlier tonight. Weirdly, Polly asks if Desna's okay, like, even though they don't know what's going on with her engagement, they do know her best friend's husband just got shot, so maybe she's a little upset about it? Desna hoarsely says she's fine, and...

Duration:00:34:52

💅 Claws: S02.E05: Vaginalologist

7/8/2018
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Now: we're at the grand opening of Suncoast Rejuvenation 2, the first of the four new clinics Zlata's planning to open. Uncle Daddy has shown up to pout about it/annoy me yet again by inaccurately describing Zlata as a "Commie." (The Hussers tend to alternate this slur with "Putin bitch," the latter probably being a lot closer to the facts.) Uncle Daddy goes on to slag Desna as "that dashiki Barbie," at which Bryce scolds him for being offensive, though I actually think Desna would...

Duration:00:41:09

💅 Claws S02.E04: Scream

7/1/2018
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We open on Quiet Ann, startled from sleep by her ringing phone. It's the Department of Children and Families -- but though the agency was so recently used as a cudgel against Jenn, this call is to deliver what should be happy news: "We have a baby for you and your partner." Quiet Ann takes a long moment, perhaps pondering whether she wants to try to pursue an adoption on her own, and then says, "We won't be able to make it." As her eyes alight on a sweet snapshot of herself with Arlene,...

Duration:00:42:27

🤖 Westworld S02.E10: The Passenger

6/28/2018
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Oh boy! A season finale! Don't you love season finales? I sure do! Especially in shows like Westworld, because this is where, we are told, all the mysteries will be revealed. "All your questions will be answered!" they say. Although a lot of the time, the audience has questions like "Wait, who is this again?" and "Where were they going last time I saw them?" But there's no time for exposition, even in an episode that's an hour and a half long. We've got characters to kill and beautiful...

Duration:00:39:53

💅 Claws S02.E03: Russian Navy

6/24/2018
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We open in black and white, in a very traditionally decorated mid-century home. As cheery black-and-white sitcom music plays, Gregory calls, "Honey, I'm home!," to the cheers of the studio audience or laugh track (though it's clear from his intonation that old-ass sitcoms weren't a staple of the Haitian TV of Jimmy Jean-Louis's youth, or maybe just that a French-dubbed Ward Cleaver put his own stink on that hoary old sing-song). He's taking off his coat and hat when Desna appears with a...

Duration:00:41:37

💅 Claws S02.E02: Cracker Casserole

6/17/2018
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TNT press gallery photos of taloned hands resting on hips, pointing guns, and clutching cash intercut with shots of Florida life -- beach, flamingo, speedboat, alligator -- sweeps us through the window into the Simms kitchen, where Desna is eating breakfast (furious that we don't get to see what this queen serves herself for the most important meal of the day, by the way) and reading the English translation of The Kremlin Konnection. She's made it to Chapter IV: "Risk Is A Dick -- Ride It!"...

Duration:00:46:36

🤖 Westworld S02.E09: Vanishing Point

6/17/2018
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"This thing in me," we hear MiB say in voiceover. "Even I didn't see it at first." As he rasps out these lines, we're shown water dripping from a round piece of glass, and an image we've seen before: that overflowing bathtub with a hand dangling limply from the side. Again, we see feet (presumably MiB's) running up a marble staircase. "And then one day it was there," he says. This time we see him walking down a Shining-esque hallway, the first of what will be multiple references to that...

Duration:00:43:57

💅 Claws S02.E01: Shook

6/10/2018
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We open Claws Season 2 in the only appropriate location: Nail Artisans Of Manatee County, after hours. As is now her lot in life, Desna's running a meeting in which she has to tell the Hussers, sitting in her pedicure chairs, how shit is -- specifically, that the two weekly deposits they want her crew to do are insufficient. Dr. Ken backs her up, saying that the safe is overflowing with cash. Desna notes that the last time she checked, clinic revenue was down, and he confirms that it is,...

Duration:00:44:37

🤖 Westworld S02.E08: Kiksuya

6/10/2018
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MiB is crawling in the dirt toward the river, which can't be good for the numerous gunshot wounds he just experienced. "Don't you do it," he tells himself in a little self-pep talk. "You're not dying here. Not yet," he says before flopping his head into the ground. Akecheta, the lead Ghost Nation warrior we also saw at Logan's robot demo back in the day, rides up and dismounts. He gives MiB's unconscious body a kick, and when MiB opens his eyes, says, "Alive. Good," in his own language....

Duration:00:32:57