Thursday, February 12, 2004

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Friends, 8-8:40 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

This is Phoebe and Mike's wedding day, but don't expect anything to work smoothly.

Deliveries go awry, a blizzard arrives and Monica becomes so controlling that she's fired as the wedding planner. There's more. A groomsman is missing, so Rachel (the maid of honor) must choose Ross or Chandler to take the spot; Phoebe's dad is incarcerated, so Joey fills - or overfills - the role.

Frontline: Beyond Baghdad, 9 p.m., Channel 48.

The idea began, reporter Martin Smith says, with comments by Ambassador Paul Bremer. "I was told ... we weren't doing a good job as press getting outside of Baghdad and looking at all the good stories around Iraq."

So he traveled the country. The good news, he said, involved soldiers. "The American military ... impressed me to no end."

The bad news involves the unending tangles of people fighting each other.

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Survivor: All-Stars, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. It's time for the third ouster from the island.

Tru Calling, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Here's this show's variation on a Valentine's Day story. Tru tries to search for a killer while also having a romantic fling.

All About the Andersons, 8:30 p.m., Channels 64, 26. Jenny McCarthy teaches music to Anthony's son and then to Anthony.

The Apprentice, 8:40-10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Tonight's assignment is to raise money for a celebrity auction. Personality clashes develop; so does a potential romance.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. After five people are killed in a grocery store, the investigation points toward someone Grissom has battled before.

Without a Trace, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. After a boy disappears from middle school, police get a disturbing view of bullies and cliques.

ER, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. It's a grueling day for Sam (Linda Cardellini), the nurse who's a young mother. She treats an abused, pregnant teenager and a woman whose family is shattered by a car accident. An observer sees her roughing up a patient; her son asks her whether she'll romance Kovac. In a separate story line, Carter shows the wintry Chicago to his girlfriend, an African doctor (Thandie Newton).

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