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Thursday's TV highlights

May 19, 2011


The Big Bang Theory: Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) gets her doctorate, which means Howard (Simon Helberg) is the only one in the group without one, in the season finale of the intelligent sit-com (8 p.m. CBS).

American Idol: One of the final three is sent home setting up next week's finale. The episode also features performances by Il Volo, Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent (8 p.m. Fox).

Rules of Engagement: Russell (David Spade) books himself on a cruise that he thinks will have lots of "red hot" women in the season finale (8:30 p.m. CBS).

The Mentalist: In the two-hour season finale the identity of Red John's mole is revealed, and Patrick (Simon Baker) finally comes face to face with his nemesis (9 p.m. CBS).

Grey's Anatomy: Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) must face the consequences when her dishonesty in the clinical trial is revealed, and Cristina (Sandra Oh) must make a choice between her career and her relationship in the season finale (9 p.m. ABC).

Bones: Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) go under cover and join a very competitive bowling league in the season finale (9 p.m. Fox).

Parks and Recreation: The parks department is unhappy when Chris (Rob Lowe) makes big changes and Leslie (Amy Poehler) and her colleagues arrange a memorial service for a departed friend in the two-part season finale (10 and 10:30 p.m. NBC).

Private Practice: In the season finale, the doctors of Oceanside Wellness must decide whether to expose the flaws in the practice or go their separate ways (10 p.m. ABC).


Baseball: The Angels visit the Seattle Mariners (12:30 p.m. FSN); the Giants visit the Dodgers (7 p.m. FS Prime).

Cycling: Tour of California, stage 5 (2 and 8 p.m. VS).

Hockey: NHL playoffs: The Boston Bruins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning (5 p.m. VS).

Basketball: NBA playoffs: The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Dallas Mavericks (6 p.m. ESPN).

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