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For all our readers who had lost or still don't have power and want to catch up with what's happened on your favorite TV shows these past two weeks, we offer this guide:
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Ted (Josh Radnor) and Victoria (Ashley Williams) have love problems. (11/5)
NEW GIRL Jess (Zooey Deschanel) starts to get sweeter on Sam (David Walton). (10/30)
THE OFFICE Andy's (Ed Helms) dad has to sell the boat in Stamford. (11/8)
PARKS AND RECREATION We meet Ben's (Adam Scott) parents and Dad looks like "Breaking Bad's" Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). (11/8)
THE SIMPSONS Does Marge . . . really . . . want . . . a . . . new baby? (11/4)
30 ROCK The next POTUS will be decided by Jenna (Jane Krakowski). (11/1)
TWO AND A HALF MEN Walden (Ashton Kutcher) chooses Rose (Melanie Lynskey) or Zoey (Sophie Winkleman) (11/1); then hires girlfriend (11/8).
BLUE BLOODS Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) gets into voodoo (11/2); DCPI Moore (Greg Jbara) lays a big secret on Frank (Tom Selleck) (11/9).
BONES Singing garbagemen find a human skeleton. (11/5)
CRIMINAL MINDS Behavioral Analysis Unit to Oregon after four guys go missing (10/31), then to Miami, where prostitutes were being dispatched like animals. (11/7)
CSI High-profile lawyer becomes high-profile murder victim (10/31); a kid is snatched during a Vegas blackout (11/7).
ELEMENTARY A slimeball is killing hospital patients (11/1); Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) deduces victim was offed on a plane before crash (11/8).
THE GOOD WIFE Female officer (Amanda Peet) accuses contractor of rape; things get wackier for Peter (Chris Noth). (11/4)
GOSSIP GIRL Chuck (Ed Westwick) is looking into dear old Dad's background. (11/5)
GREY'S ANATOMY Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) still coping post-crash. (11/8)
HAWAII 5-O Ritual killing, Halloween-style (11/5).
THE MENTALIST Jane's (Simon Baker) sometime lover Lorelai (Emmanuelle Chriqui) snatched by prison car driver. (11/4)
NASHVILLE Robin Roberts' cameo, while things get dicier for Rayna (Connie Britton) and Teddy (Eric Close) (10/31); Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) has more mom troubles. (11/7)
NCIS Ralph Waite is back as Jethro's (Mark Harmon) dad, who has a fraught relationship with a World War II bud (Billy Dee Williams) (10/30).
NCIS: LA CIA spook who worked with Sam (LL Cool J) is found dead (10/31).
ONCE UPON A TIME Emma (Ginnifer Goodwin) heads up the beanstalk with Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) to meet Hurley -- er, the giant (Jorge Garcia) (11/4).
PERSON OF INTEREST Reese (Jim Caviezel) saves a journalist (!), then leaves NYC for the burbs (!!). Brief stay only. (11/8)
REVENGE Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) get tighter; Emily's (Emily VanCamp) past intrudes (11/4)
REVOLUTION Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and son finally reunite. (11/5)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Stefan (Paul Wesley) learns about the Five vampire hunters (11/1) and Connor (Todd Williams) takes hostages. (11/8)
BOARDWALK EMPIRE Van Alden (Michael Shannon) loses it. (11/4)
DEXTER More about Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and her maybe-evil background. (11/4)
HOMELAND Carrie (Claire Danes) wants Brody (11/4)
SONS OF ANARCHY Craziness in the wake of attacks on SAMCRO, and even baby Abel is injured (10/30); Jax (Charlie Hunnam) wants to save Frankie (Chuck Zito) to make a deal. (11/6)
THE WALKING DEAD Two very shocking deaths . . . and a brand-new character emerges. (11/4)
How to find the shows
What if you actually want to watch some of these shows, as seems likely? There are a number of options, notably for those who have access to high-speed Internet. Hulu.com, for example, and each of the network websites offer repeats. Meanwhile, Dish, DirecTV and Verizon FiOS also have playback. For Optimum subscribers, go to channel 500 for the On Demand menu (check your level of service to see if this option is available). The major commercial networks are available via the "Free on Demand" tab; choose that, then "prime-time shows," then select an individual network. Sometimes only a pair of episodes are available, sometimes many more.