Spoiler alert! Our TV Watercooler catches you up on the biggest and best happenings from tonight's shows—some of which you might not yet have seen. So look away if you don't want to know. And get ready to geek out along with us!
Law & Order: SVU: Beautiful hip-hop star confronts her hip-hop star boyfriend when she sees him flirting with another woman. He beats her up. The entire thing turns into a media circus. Sound familiar? Yes, the NBC hit told a story seemingly based on Chris Brown's 2009 Grammys eve assault on Rihanna. "Their relationship, it's complicated," the fictional couple's producer says on the show.
But the real-life couple was name-dropped, with Munch saying, "They should go on a double date with Chris Brown and Rihanna." Also referenced? The public reaction to the assault, with Ri-Ri stand-in Micha saying she's receiving tweets: "They're either calling me a ho or begging me to forgive him."
So how does SVU's version of things end? There's a fight at a nightclub that injures Micha and kills her producer-mentor. Caleb Bryant (fictional Chris Brown, C.B., get it?), who pulled the trigger, ends up getting away with it as Micha chooses to lie under oath and protect him. So they run off to Bermuda together, but Caleb ends up killing Micha after she questions a text he receives. What did you think of Law & Order: SVU's latest pulled from the headlines outing? Did they go too far? Let's discuss in the comments, shall we?
Arrow: How is this show burning through storylines at this rate?! Tonight's outing delivered not one but two shockers: Oliver (Stephen Amell) revealed to best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) that he is the Arrow and Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) returned at the very end of the episode to drop the bomb that her sister Sarah, who was said to have died five years ago while on Oliver's yacht, is still alive. This. Freakin'. Show.
Nashville: So writing partners and probable soulmates Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) finally got together. Normally, we would be celebrating, but we're not sure grief sex is the best way to start a romance as the duo slept together just after Gunnar's brother was beaten to death. Can a good couple survive coming together (no pun intended) under bad circumstances? We'll find out after the show's hiatus!
Line of the Night: "You have a perfect body. That's your cross to bear. Mine's that I'm a lady in the street and a freak in the bed," Lisa (Allie Grant) tells her brother Ryan (Parker Young) on Suburgatory.