On TV this Thursday: Big Bang Theory is in a state of Spock, John Goodman goads Community into an epic pillow fight, Rules of Engagement returns with a scavenger hunt, Punk’d returns from a five-year hiatus and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
6 pm 106 & Park (BET) | In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, BET News teams with 106 & Park to explore the issue of racial profiling, with award-winning journalist T.J. Holmes and a panel of special guests sharing their knowledge on this serious subject.
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | After Klaus threatens someone close to Bonnie, she is forced to work on the spell he needs; Stefan’s emotional turmoil leads him to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and a heartbreaking moment with Elena.
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, as Sheldon is haunted by Mr. Spock (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) after Penny buys him and Leonard Star Trek collectibles; Raj decides he has met the “Future Mrs. Koothrappali” after his parents set him up on a blind date.
8 pm Community (NBC) | In Part 1 of the epic pillow-and-blanket fort competition, Shirley, Piece and Britta battle against Greendale’s Subway shop, while Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman) plots to lure Troy to the Air Conditioning Repair Annex.
8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) | Season 6.5 premiere: In order to convince Audrey he is making an effort in their relationship, Jeff sends her on a romantic scavenger hunt — with mixed results; Adam leads Russell to believe that Jen has a sex tape. (Read preview!)
9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | The Machine’s latest number presents a unique challenge for Reese and Finch since the person has virtually no digital footprint – and appears to be leading a double life. The Wire‘s Seth Gilliam and 24 alums Sarah Wynter and Rhys Coiro guest-star.
9 pm Touch (Fox) | Martin learns more about how Jake’s obsession with numbers works when he meets a homeless man (Felicity‘s Rob Benedict) with the same gift.
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | While investigating the murder of a casino employee, Jane runs into a magician he used to tour with and discovers he is hiding a shocking secret. Stargate SG-1‘s Christopher Judge guest-stars.
10 pm Punk’d (MTV) | After a five-year sabbatical, Ashton Kutcher passes the torch to a different celebrity host each week. Justin Bieber is up first, pranking friends Taylor Swift, Rob Dyrdek and Sean Kingston.
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