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Dr. Phil counsels ‘Amazing Race’ pair

Kevin McDonough United Feature Syndicate

Just one night after Valentine’s Day, “A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Romance Rescue” (9 p.m., CBS) invites troubled couple Jonathan and Victoria from the just-completed “Amazing Race” to discuss their relationship.

As everyone who watched that reality series knows, Jonathan continually browbeat Victoria, screaming and shrieking in her face. His behavior crossed a line in Berlin when he shoved her in a brutal, hostile manner.

Her sin? Making them finish second.

Like many viewers, I thought that his act constituted physical violence and, at that moment, both Jonathan and “Race” had left the arena of entertainment. I stopped watching the show or writing about it.

I still feel CBS should have ejected Jonathan on the spot. The rules of many reality series forbid physical violence between players. CBS must think it’s OK if its between husband and wife.

Despite many protests in the press and from outraged viewers, Jonathan and Victoria were kept on “Race” until they were eliminated in the show’s closing weeks. Jonathan has been quoted in tabloids as saying his obnoxious behavior was merely an attention-getting stunt.

Jonathan apparently has received enough attention to sit next to Dr. Phil during a sweeps special.

The lesson? If you beat your wife, or “pretend” to beat your wife, you’ll get to extend your 15 minutes of infamy.

On a similar note, “Gastineau Girls” (10 p.m., E!) celebrates the shopping habits and seemingly empty minds of Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, ex-wife and daughter, respectively, of NFL star Mark Gastineau. For the uninitiated, Mark Gastineau was married to Lisa when he took up with Amazon Brigitte Nielson, who now has a VH1 reality show of her own. Gastineau would spend nearly a year in prison for assaulting yet another woman who later became his second wife.

Dr. House goes to painful lengths to kick his painkiller habit on tonight’s “House” (9 p.m., Fox). This makes him particularly crabby and short-tempered as his team strives to determine the cause of rapid liver failure in a teenage boy.

While it’s nice to see a character-driven medical drama, “House” frequently tests the gag reflexes of its viewers. In tonight’s episode, we get to see the effects of a patient bleeding profusely from the rectum.

We can also see Dr. House vomit in his office and then watch him as he performs a very post-mortem examination of a thoroughly decomposed house cat. Bon appetit!

Other highlights

Hollywood auditions on “American Idol” (8 p.m., Fox).

Luke’s silent treatment drives Lorelai bonkers on “Gilmore Girls” (8 p.m., WB).

“Nova” (7 p.m., KSPS) looks at new technologies used to protect vital historical documents.

A minor is accused of a major crime on “Judging Amy” (10 p.m., CBS).

A teen streetwalker meets a tragic end on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10 p.m., NBC).

Medavoy calls it a day on “NYPD Blue” (10 p.m., ABC).

“On a Roll: Disability and the American Dream” on “Independent Lens” (10 p.m., KSPS) profiles disability activist Greg Smith.

Cult choice

Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Nipsey Russell ease on down the road in the “The Wiz” (5 p.m., WE), the 1978 musical adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Series notes

A sailor slain on “Navy NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, TV) … Gaffes galore on “Most Outrageous TV Moments” (8 p.m., NBC) … A spoiled vacation on “My Wife and Kids” (8 p.m., ABC) … Serena Williams guest-stars on “All of Us” (8 p.m., UPN).

Painful recollections on “George Lopez” (8:30 p.m., ABC) … A subpar handicap on “Eve” (8:30 p.m., UPN).

Clay Aiken appears on “Scrubs” (9 p.m., NBC) … Kitchen capers on “According to Jim” (9 p.m., ABC) … A teacher accused on “Veronica Mars” (9 p.m., UPN) … Nathan reverts to old habits on “One Tree Hill” (9 p.m., WB).

Josh’s mom (Valerie Harper) meets Marni on “Committed” (9:30 p.m., NBC) … A costly trinket on “Rodney” (9:30 p.m., ABC).

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