What to watch on Sunday, October 25...
Gather round for “Treehouse of Horror XXVI,” and attend the spooky tales of Sideshow Bob finally killing (and then reanimating) Bart, of Homer coping with short-term-memory loss, and of radiation bestowing superpowers on Lisa, Bart, and Milhouse.
Once Upon a Time
“Dreamcatcher” sees Emma probing the past to learn how Merlin was be-tree-ified. She and Regina deduce the key ingredient that can save the imprisoned wizard, while Mary Margaret and David try to get their hands on the Dark One dagger (well, on the hilt of it anyway). In matters not involving evil blades or enchanted tree people, Henry gets up the nerve to ask out Violet.
Elizabeth’s clash with the president over his response to the Russia ruckus leaves her on the outside looking in at 1600 Pennsylvania. Meanwhile in “Waiting for Taleju,” Elizabeth and Henry try to keep Stevie out of the line of media fire after scandalous photos surface.
While the WI tries to assemble an air raid shelter for the village, Steph hides a secret that could prove her farm’s undoing and Claire gets caught in the crossfire between Frances and Joyce.
Holt is back at the Nine-Nine just in time to resume his annual battle of wits with Jake in “Halloween, Part III.” The squad splits into two teams for this year’s epic tie-breaking round.
The Good Wife
After agreeing to back a client’s not-guilty plea in a shoplifting case, Alicia butts heads with a bond court judge in “Taxed.” At Lockhart, Agos & Lee, Diane is coerced into arguing against her conscience in a matter related to physician-assisted suicide—though in her defense, who can argue with the suavity and eyebrows of Peter Gallagher?
Kevin vanishes in the wake of an earthquake in “Orange Sticker,” and when he returns he’s without any memory of that evening. In other disappearances, the Murphys are rocked when Evie goes missing.
The Walking Dead
A homecoming takes an unexpected turn in “Thank You,” and if you’re guessing it’s one of those pleasant surprises like a serendipitously timed rainbow, well, you must be new to The Walking Dead.
“Why Is This Night Different?” finds Carrie seeking answers, Laura seeking help, and Saul and Allison seeking a good outcome from their latest operation. I admit that last one was a little strained, but I was too committed to the parallelism to back out at that point darn it.
The viceroy throws a swanky engagement gala for Ralph and Madeleine—with the most effulgent bunting and daintiest canapés in all the land!—but Ralph tries to turn the affair to political purposes. Meanwhile, Eugene’s revelation knocks Cynthia for a loop, Sarah leverages her knowledge of Alice’s secret, and Ian gets a job offer.
“Peternormal Activity” finds the guys brainstorming horror movie ideas at an abandoned asylum, and true to Hollywood form someone ends up dead in the process. While they’re all rapidly turning on one another, Stewie is busy concocting a plan to separate an increasingly pretentious Brian from his glasses.
The Last Man on Earth
A secret comes out in “Crickets.” A big secret. A secret so big that the tiny human population can barely make room for it. It’s like, “whoa, where the heck did this secret come from and where are we gonna put it? Somebody help me push the furniture against the walls so there’s space in the living room for this secret,” that’s how big it is.
MINISERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, PBS
This three-part series (which aired on the UK’s ITV in 2013) follows a dogged police detective and her colleagues as they investigate both the disappearance of a four-year-old boy in 2008 and the discovery of his death in the present day.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, National Geographic
Former President BIll Clinton joins host Neil deGrasse Tyson for a conversation about the intersection of science and politics, the Human Genome Project, Albert Einstein and other topics.
Jason hammers out the details of the car-crash scene in “Accident Waiting to Happen,” and later meets with an unexpected yet encouraging visitor to the set. But with the crew’s patience running thin, can they wrap the final day of shooting at the house in time?
In “Found,” the trainees’ first undercover assignment takes them off campus (well, all except Doug, who forgot to get his permission slip signed despite, like, 30 reminders). In the future, Alex decides to relate her side of the story to a national TV audience.
A court order throws a wrench into Noah and Alison’s plans, while Helen hits her own hurdle thanks to a simple mistake.
SEASON 8 PREMIERE, Midnight, Cartoon Network
Skits in “Garbage Sushi” include Godzilla throwing down with Jason Voorhies, Bob the Builder throwing down with Handy Manny, and the Little Match girl plain throwing fire.