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TV Rundown: March 9 - 14: 'Dallas' Packs on the Twists

Top Twisty Drama: Dallas: The twists and turns just keep coming in the sudsy drama’s 3rd season. From business storylines to red hot romance and treachery, the series is still firing on all cylinders. With the added character of suave businessman Nicolas (Juan Pablo Di Pace) stepping in to aid Elena (Jordana Brewster), the show is in tip top shape.

Throw in Di Pace’s performance and you have ample charm abounding in the role of the Ewing’s latest nemesis. In a season where villains have become heroes and vice versa, there’s no telling what’s coming next.

Hairiest Break-Up: Once Upon a Time: Emma (Jennifer Morrison) decides to break up with her new honey Walsh (Christopher Gorham) after regaining the knowledge of her fairy tale past. Shortly after breaking the news, Walsh turns into a flying monkey; revealing he knew the whole time.

Wowza! On a side note, how is it that after her mind wipe, the emotionally elusive Emma was able to find love in less than a year? Especially when you consider that she was single way before the series started and has yet to couple up with anyone, in the span of almost 3 seasons?

Most Heart Wrenching Performance: Bates Motel: Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates):
As a frantic Norman attempted to spirit Bradley (Nicola Peltz) out of town, Norma (Vera Farmiga) attempted to salvage her son’s fragile mind with a part in the local musical theater production. Outside of the auditions, Norma tries to calm Norman whose emotions and hidden truths are bubbling underneath a thin surface.

Highmore’s performance was riveting as he played Norman’s desperation to both keep his secret and to maintain his mother’s approval with equal vigor. It was stirring and contemplative, a fascinating turn that encapsulated a near mental implosion and the calm after emotional havoc.

Fiercest Battle: Vikings: While the physical battle was fearsome, the quick and dreadfully focused upon incursion of enemy forces on Ragnar Lothbrok’s village was an interesting narrative that brought the ugliness of war and the sad battle for survival into rare focus.

Most Obvious Soap Twist: Revenge: Returning to the highfalutin shores of the Hamptons after the Olympic hiatus, Emily (Emily Van Camp) realizes that during her blackouts she’s been behaving in an uncharacteristic manner, therefore putting her agenda at risk. For any “One Life to Live” fan, her ailment is blatant DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). Between a bout of amnesia and now this, Emily is a walking homage to the beloved soap opera.

Worst Mother: Mrs. Montgomery (aka Aria’s Mom) on Pretty Little Liars: When Aria (Lucy Hale) finally confronted her mother (Holly Marie Combs) for leaving her and her brother so Mama Montgomery could jet off to Europe to live with her boy toy lover it was a hallelujah tell-off.

Then the tide turned. First putting the decision on her teenage daughter, Mama Montgomery would later turn up with the revelation that her barista boy toy had been interrupting their mother/daughter time to ask what Aria’s reaction was to his marriage proposal. Aria soon melted and beamed over her mother’s newfound happiness. 

So the gist is that Aria had been holding up her mother’s engagement announcement because she was catching her mom up on her problems and she should feel guilty her new "stepdad" had to wait for his answer.

Aria’s frustration fading away was beyond obnoxious, given her mom had abandoned the family and only came back to retrieve her children’s blessing so she could get married and live in Europe with her husband, full time. No comparison, the worst TV mother of the week.

[Featured Image by TNT]