Tonight in HD: May 29

Season Highlight: NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) When a high-level security Navy reservist is found dead, Gibbs goes face-to-face with Dr Ryan of the PsyOps Division to uncover the truth behind the suicide. Jamie Lee Curtis guest stars and is why the episode works so well, argues TV Fanatic, dubbing Ryan “a uniquely formidable ‘brain gamer’ and an adversary who temporarily threw Gibbs off his game – not an easy feat. Despite portraying a character we were meant to intensely distrust and dislike from the get-go, Curtis turned in a strong, nuanced performance and commanded the screen alongside Mark Harmon throughout.” The Los Angeles Times said Curtis’ “bold return to network TV … provided a kick in the pants to the police procedural’s long-simmering sexual tension with  Harmon … After eight-and-a-half seasons and more than 200 episodes, it seems like Special Agent Gibbs (Harmon) may finally find himself a love interest.” Incidentally, Curtis and Harmon played a betrothed couple in the 2003 movie Freaky Friday and the title of the episode, Psych Out, echoes the name of the movie for which Curtis’ mother, Janet Leigh, is most remembered: Psycho. ✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Romeo’s given some bad news and reassesses his future; Jett targets Colleen as Gina tries to protect him; Bianca takes in Heath’s fatherhood joy. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Phoebe finds a police badge and she uses it to do good deed; Joey worries that he is in love with Monica. ✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Ula can’t come in from the cold; Paige blows the whistle on herself; Chris’ sleuthing backfires. ✮✮✮

The Middle (TV2, 7.30, 5.1) Axl, Sue and Brick call a sit down meeting with Frankie and Mike and ask to be given the chance to do what they’re supposed to do – without being harassed by their parents. “The Hecks really put on a show this week,” said CliqueClaque. “After a fantastic opening sequence filled with all manner of kid craziness, Frankie yelling, and Mike handing out ultimatums, the episode settled into a great display of what would happen if our kids took over their own oversight.” But the AV Club didn’t think The Sit Down a stand-out episode: “Even with a solid concept to work with, the whole affair somehow still felt flimsier than usual.” ✮✮✮✮

Suburgatory (TV2, 8.00, 5.1) Dallas spends a lot of time with her hot younger boyfriend, causing tension with George. Dalia befriends Lisa to get back at Tessa for dating Scott Strauss. That ‘70s Show’s Wilmer Valderamma guest stars. ✮✮

Funny Roots (TV3, 8.00) Jarred Christmas travels to Scotland to see if his highland heritage plays any part in making him one of our most successful comedy exports. ✮✮✮

Intrepid Journeys (TV One, 8.30) Steve Price travels to Nepal where he takes on a 12-day hike, visits local villages and makes it to Kathmandu’s highest point. ✮✮✮

GCB (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) Things heat up when a church relationship seminar forces Amanda to confront her past while Heather sets her eyes on the former high school nerd, Andrew. ✮✮✮

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.3, 5.1) In part one of the two-part season finale, the team are drawn into a deadly mind game with a master criminal motivated by revenge. ✮✮

The Closer (TV One, 11.05, 5.1) A box with a body stuffed inside leads Brenda in search of suspects; Brenda’s niece pulls a stunt so severe that Brenda and Fritz want to send her home. ✮✮✮✮

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