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Even Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen need to get out of Portland sometimes. In this episode, three pairs of their off-kilter characters seek some R&R in rural New Beaverton. Dave and Kath flip out over an all-fleece outlet store. (Seeing a zip-up sweater with a giant hole in the back, Dave squeals, ''I could stick my hand in there and massage you!'') Nance and Peter get lost thanks to an imaginatively illustrated map. (''Where's the building with the espresso cup on top?'' she asks.) Meanwhile, Toni and Candace's ladies-only trip (with k.d. lang on board) is crashed by a randy bus driver (Jason Sudeikis). And did we mention the vengeful beavers living nearby? The location may be new, but the show's cockeyed jokes and surreal disaster-epic ending are a reassuring sign that we haven't left the city limits of Portlandia. B+
Last year Bob Newhart won his first-ever Emmy for portraying kiddie-TV host Professor Proton on The Big Bang Theory and the fact that the main body of this episode starts with news of the character's demise may not prevent the TV icon from adding to his trophy collection. While the regular cast members all competently hit their comic beats, ''The Proton Transmogrification'' is once again essentially the Bob Newhart show, as the ¬professor returns on Star Wars Day in ghostly form and Obi-Wan Kenobi costume to gleefully muck about with a lightsaber and offer Sheldon (Jim Parsons) advice: ''Always get a prenup.'' B+
Internet pop-music hub iHeartRadio has its own festival, so an awards show was the next logical step. Fans can vote via Facebook and Twitter for the usual suspects (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Eminem, Drake, and Imagine Dragons are up for Song of the Year); performers include Pharrell Williams and Shakira, with or without her revolving chair.
Markos' plan to break the witches' curse puts Stefan and Elena in danger, so Damon suggests they hide in a remote cabin. Great idea. Nothing bad ever happens in remote cabins.