This week TV gave us a major escalation to the fight between Amy Raudenfeld and Karma Ashcroft, a guest appearance by Arin Andrews and Laith Ashley on I Am Cait, Ilana Wexler discovering and then sacrificing a rare Beanie Baby and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Girls: “Queen for Two Days”
This week Hannah’s mom dragged her to a female empowerment weekend. The experience was a real mess for her. Meanwhile, we saw more of Shoshanna in Japan.
Best Moment: Tad’s panicked call to Hannah for information.
9. Scandal: “Pencil’s Down”
The Republican candidates prepared for a debate this week. Mellie and Susan stole my little heart. The montage of Olivia trying to prepare Mellie for the debate was especially great.
Best Moment: Cyrus’ reaction to having his thunder completely stolen.
8. Broad City: “Philadelphia”
In this week’s episode, Abbi and Ilana visited Abbi’s dad, played by guest star Tony Danza. It was fun to find out that Abbi used to be kind of a thoughtless irresponsible person. You gotta give her credit for trying to make up for it.
Best Moment: Ilana sacrificing a beloved and valuable rare Beanie Baby to help Abbi. Probably a bad move, but her heart was in the right place.
7. Shameless: “Paradise Lost”
This season has been extremely engaging and they had another incredibly entertaining episode this week. And Debbie had her baby!
Best Moment: There were so many to choose from, but I’ll go with Ian opening up to his new boyfriend about his past.
6. Faking It: “Let’s Hear It for the Oy”
Amy and Karma clearly wanted to make up with each other this week, but thanks to their stubborness and extremely poor timing on Zita’s part, that’s not happening and their fight is about to get dirty.
Best Moment: Amy’s excitement at hearing her and Karma’s song was very sweet.
5. The Fosters: “The Show”
I genuinely don’t understand what the purpose of Jack’s death was, but other than that this was an interesting episode that did a good job with the experimental format. Cierra Ramirez’s performance was fantastic.
Best Moment: Jude talking about moving on from Connor.
4. Shadowhunters: “Blood Calls to Blood”
This week Alec recruited Magnus to defend Isabelle. That’s a formula for a successful episode.
Best Moment: Magnus telling Alec to hang onto his arrows for him.
3. Bates Motel: “Til Death Do You Part”
Norma and Alex’s first days of marriage was fantastically written. Meanwhile, the plot about Norman in the psychiatric hospital was gripping and led to a very exciting episode ending.
Best Moment: All of Norman’s sessions with Dr. Edwards were great, but the best was definitely him opening up about his suspicious about Norma and Dr. Edwards reminding him of the seriousness of these allegations.
2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!”
This look at Rebecca’s life and all of the forms of love in her life was very sweet and uplifting. She’s so lucky to have Darryl and Paula in her life. This episode had even quirkier humor than the show usually has: The ending where Rebecca and her dream ghost travel to another planet to watch a play was wonderfully weird and hilarious and little touches like the panel the dream ghost uses to select painful childhood memories were great.
Best Moment: Darryl confirming that Gregg is super-hot.
1. I Am Cait: “Partner Up”
This was another great episode full of interesting conversations. This one got into dating and relationships.
Best Moment: A group of trans women giggling and talking about how hot two trans men are is not something I ever thought I’d get to see on TV.