OK, so I pulled off the back of the tv and discovered what appear to be three blown capacitors (tops are bulged out, clearly look different from their siblings). I will be ordering a new part plus I may attempt some surgery with a soldering iron as well. Any idea if I need to worry about electrocuting myself if I start pulling these babies out?
Looks like I don't need to invest in a fancy power conditioner - thanks for that.
Also - part was very hard to find b/c it is the same part as the newer model which came out shortly after - LN-T5265F - so I couldn't find it. For future reference part is BN44-00150A and capacitors affected all seem to be 1000uF 10V - I got 35V based on a different post out there but those, while bigger, should be fine.