The episode opened with Agents Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and Clinton Jones (Sharif Atkins) trying to figure out what possible nefarious activity Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) was up to, what with the whole missing money, FBI pen and other oddities. Burke was zeroing in on a location revealed by Caffrey's tracking anklet and mulling over a business card found in the late Agent David Siegel's badge holder.
Duty called, with Burke and Caffrey heading to a crime scene. He did try to see what Caffrey thought about 'Cooper 3', which was written on the back of the card, but the criminal informant said he didn't know. They got to the scene - a delivery truck. There was a crate still left in there. Caffrey's first guess was a sculpture. Nope. It was a dinosaur egg. They took it to the Museum of Natural History, where they met Dr. Khatri, a female curator. She immediately dropped a bombshell - there was supposed to be another fossil: the mother. It was a big loss, literally, since it was a T-Rex.
Later that night, Rebecca (Bridget Regan) came to Caffrey's with a Mosconi book and some wine. Unfortunately, any spark from their previous kiss was extinguished by the presence of Mozzie (Willie Garson), who was there as Agent Gruetzner. They found a Masonic symbol. Mosconi was sending messages out to the other Masons with this chapter. Mozzie thanked her and sent her off, though Caffrey managed to schedule another date, this time to be sans the curmudgeonly Mozzie. After closing the door, Mozzie revealed that he had vetted her, an act that left Caffrey unsure whether he should thank him or punch him.
At the FBI office, Jones and Burke were looking at people who had made bids for the dinosaurs. One was Brett Forsythe, played by the always great Zeljko Ivanek, who had bid once and then stopped after that. That made him a likely suspect. Burke went to his office to rattle his cage. Of course, Forsythe denied it, but not before Burke saw a double-door with a keypad and also a suspiciously empty shelf under a display case that also contained a velociraptor skull.
Caffrey then went undercover into Forsythe's office as a janitor, and, not content to take a picture of an item that had been put back in the empty space under the skull, he got greedy and opened the doors. Of course, in true White Collar fashion, Forsythe came back to the office. He heard Caffrey shutting the door and investigated, but didn't see Caffrey hiding behind the door. (Look to the left as well as the right, dude...)
After IDing the item under the skull as a Pre-Colombian weapon, Jones and Burke then narrowed down suspects who might steal such things to one Michael Holt. Then Jones showed Burke surveillance cams of Caffrey with Rebecca.Yeah, Big Brother is going to get you, Caffrey. Burke roped Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) into a double date to catch Caffrey unawares.
Sure enough, Caffrey and Rebecca were eating dinner and Rebcecca asked Caffrey about his story about how he became an agent. Caffrey demurred at first. The two were gazing romantically at each other when Burke and Elizabeth joined them, to Caffrey's surprise and annoyance. Burke introduced himself as Caffrey's boss, and Rebecca, confused since she thought Mozzie was Caffrey's boss, blurted that Caffrey was an agent. Burke looked like he was about to have a coronary. Elizabeth managed to get Rebecca away from the table to go to the bathroom and look for another table, and Burke was about three seconds away from telling Rebecca the truth that Caffrey was impersonating a federal officer, which is, as you know, A BIG CRIME. Caffrey played on Burke's sympathy, saying that she didn't view him like a criminal. Burke relented and then just as he was going to leave them alone, he got a call, saying Dr. Khatri was in trouble. Since Burke and Caffrey were nearer than the NYPD, they went to her lab.
They found an angry Holt trying to get Khatri to give up the egg. She wouldn't. Holt had a gun. Caffrey, thinking quickly, grabbed a lab coat and pretended to be another curator, led Holt out of the room ostensibly to give him the egg. Waiting right outside the door, Burke arrested Holt.
With Holt out of the picture, they still needed to get Forsythe to bite on a sting. Mozzie and Caffrey made a fake egg, since Caffrey had told Burke earlier that his partner liked to make fake eggs and plant them at excavation sites. Afterwards, Mozzie trumpeted his message again that it would be a good idea to not get emotionally attached to Rebecca and possibly plan for an end, since if the FBI dug deeper, it could lead to Curtis Hagen (Mark Sheppard).
To conduct the sting, Caffrey played an accomplice of Holt's. He met with Forsythe and brought the fake egg, which contained a tracker inside. Forsythe wanted to run tests, which included a CAT scan. That would have been bad, since it would have shown the tracker. Thinking fast, Burke went in again, and stalled Forsythe by being clumsy with the velociraptor skull. When Forsythe wasn't looking, he tossed Caffrey a thumb drive with a CAT scan of the real egg, which Caffrey fed into Forsythe's machine. Satisfied with what he saw, he gave Caffrey a briefcase of money.
Later, Forsythe took the egg to a warehouse. Caffrey and Burke, were outside, having followed the tracker. Caffrey went in first and then Burke and the rest of the FBI came in, and arrested Forsythe. There was a large crate with the Mama Rex in there.
Burke and Caffrey went to the Museum of Natural History to see the Mama Rex and egg. As a show of thanks, Burke got VIP status, which pleased the paleontology geek to no end. He then did an about face and ordered Caffrey to go his place and have dinner with him and Elizabeth. They grilled Caffrey on Rebecca and his feelings for her (they had no idea about the whole Mosconi code book). Both of them suggested he come clean about his criminal informant status if he really wanted to pursue something with her. This was reinforced by his landlady, June, who also happened to be the wife of a former co-criminal friend of Caffrey's.
Caffrey had Rebecca come over. She looked ready for a romantic evening, but before they started, he showed her his anklet and explained the whole situation ... well, minus the whole Hagen-controlling-him thing. She was hurt at being lied but then she got over it. Fast. They wound up making quite a night of it.
Of course, it couldn't end on a good note. Caffrey was returning home the next morning, with two cups of coffee in hand, one for Rebecca. He saw June and Hagen talking. June was nice to Hagen, but before she left, she flashed Caffrey a weird look, obviously recognizing that Hagen wasn't any good. Once she was gone, Hagen was to the point: he knew about the window and what it meant to Mosconi. The next step: steal the window. Frustratingly, Caffrey still found himself under Hagen's thumb.
Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we're checking out the return of Happy Endings.
Series: Happy Endings Premiere Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9 PM ET on ABC. In short: this. Number of Seasons: Entering Season 3. Cast: A veritable wealth of previously untapped comedy gold. While Damon Wayans, Jr.. has a recognizable name thanks to his long-running Hollywood heritage, this has been his big comedy breakout. Same goes for his costars, such as character actor Zachary Knighton, UCB alums Adam Pally, Eliza Coupe, and Casey Wilson (who was also an SNL vet), and Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert, formerly typecast as the hot girl (The Girl Next Door and Love, Actually), but also known for playing Kiefer Sutherland's daughter in 24. How all six of these actors weren't major sitcom stars before this is baffling, but hey, they don't call it Happy Endings for nothing. Synopsis: Imagine if Friends had moved to the Midwest, had a gay guy (well, an out gay guy... sorry Chandler) and a black guy, and the whole gang was entirely self-aware and talked at a rate that would make the Micro Machines announcer's head spin. You might get something close to Happy Endings. In the simplest terms, it's about a group of six pals living in Chicago and coping with the complications that come with your early thirties, but takes that standard sitcom pedigree and flips it on its head. I mean, really, would Friends have ever had sex dreams about the mom on Dinosaurs? (Okay, maybe Ross). The team consists of the perpetually turned-on married couple — the flashy Brad and type-A kook Jane (Wayans and Coupe) — Jane's flighty sister Alex (Cuthbert) and her regular joe ex-fiance Dave (Knighton), single girl Penny (Wilson), and the man beyond any explanation: Max (Pally).
Where We Left Off Last Season: Brad lost his job; Jane remained, thankfully, a type-A kook, but promised her husband they'd get through the rough patch. Penny finally met a suitable gentleman caller (played by none other than Brian Austin Green). Max reunited with his all-male Madonna cover band Mandonna. And Alex and Dave may have possibly rekindled their romance. What Might Happen This Season: Aside from what looks to be a Dave and Alex reunion (sorry Penny, I sure hope Brian Austin Green works out for you), there's the hilarious/terrifying prospect of Jane helping Brad get on a new career path, and Max might behave like a functional member of society. Might. Also, Mark-Paul Gosselaar will apparently be shaking things up in Dave and Max's apartment! (Perhaps Dave and Alex move back in together for a spell?) You'll Like It If: You enjoy lightning-fast, pop-culture infused humor that is somehow neither pretentious nor too low brow. You Won't Like It If: You like your sitcom dialogue to move at a glacial pace so that you don't have to keep rewinding your DVR to hear what you missed/laughed over.
Ratings: ABC must have had some serious faith in the series (and rightfully so) because Happy Endings' ratings hover dangerously in the cancellation zone. In its first year, the comedy averaged a dismal 4.3 million viewers, despite having ratings giant Modern Family as a lead-in. Thankfully, word of mouth caught up with the show and its second season saw much better ratings, averaging 6.64 million and jumping up from the low 100s to no. 83 on Nielsen. A Tale of Two Coaches: When Nick (Jake Johnson) and the New Girl crew weren't nice enough to Coach (Wayans), he simply took off and lived with a different group of white people. Just kidding. In reality, Wayans hit the rare sitcom holy grail and wound up in two different pilots that were both picked up. Wayans was set to play the part of Coach on Fox's hit comedy, but after Happy Endings was picked up for more seasons by ABC, he departed New Girl and they replaced him with a new character named Winston (played by Lamorne Morris). Key Soundbites: "Ah-mah-zing!", "Whisker baskets", "So caaaa-yute", "Them thiiiiiiiiiings", "JAVAAAAA", "Bitch, it is 5:30!", "Year of Penny!", and, of course, "Women. Be. Stoppin'."
The Tao of Max: "Denial, the first step in not wanting to admit things", "Halloween is the Arbor Day of urinating", "TV is nature's babysitter".
Relevant YouTube Clip: The Happy Endings cast (along with the help of special guests like Fred Savage and Kat Dennings) recently visited their old stomping grounds, the Upright Citizens Brigade, to put on a live improv show. If you've got an hour to spare, it's worth your while:
What to Wear While Watching It: Not pants, that's for damn sure. Food/Drink Pairing to Enjoy: Steak-tanic with one of Brad's lunchtime smoothies. "Splash!" Inspired Halloween Costume: Anything the gang wore during their Halloween episode last season would work (except for, of course, Dave's wildly outdated Austin Powers costume), but there's also Bear Max, Temple Grandin Dave, and Ellen Alex Who to Watch it With: Your group of whacky, multicultural, fast-talking, entertainment-loving pals. Or anyone who understands the power of a Vision Board. Who Not to Watch It With: Anyone with a deep-v-neck addiction. It might hit a little too close to home. If You Like This, You'll Love: Cougar Town, It's Always Sunny in Phildelphia, Parks and Recreation, Community, and — damn you conflicting DVR schedules! — New Girl.
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The Ghostbusters star will feature in upcoming U.S. TV show Born to Explore to scour for fossils in Alberta and help excavate a new species of dinosaur, the hadrosaur, which was discovered in September (11).
Programme host Richard Wiese says, "The natural beauty of Alberta took our crew's breath away. Filming in the dinosaur bone bed was a rare opportunity and to discover a new dinosaur species was sensational."
Wayne's World actress Donna Dixon and Criminal Minds star Matthew Gray Gubler will also join Aykroyd at the site.
The celebrity dig, which will air on 5 November (11), will also help raise funds for the creation of the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.
A documentary which focuses on two contemporary dig sites in Western Montana that produced extraordinary new finds which support important new theories about the biology and behavior of dinosaurs. The program also documents the meticulous process of uncovering fossil fragments.