This week TV gave us the return of Hartley Rathaway, Sara Lance joining the League of Assassins for a couple years, Stef Foster and Lena Adams helping Callie through a crisis, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. The Fosters: “Kingdom Come”
I had some issues with this episode, but there was a lot of great stuff as well, most notably Callie’s speech standing up against Justina and the injustices of the foster system.
Best Moment: Stef and Lena speaking to Callie after the allegations against her was a powerful scene that showed how protective they are of their children in very different ways. Stef gets aggressive and looks for ways to fight back, while Lena is concerned with how Callie is feeling.
9. The 100: “Stealing Fire”
I’m not sure why this show decided to start hemorrhaging fan-favorite characters, but aside from that this was a solid episode with interesting sci-fi worldbuilding.
Best Moment: Nathan’s reaction when Bryan tried to “but I love you” the whole spying on him thing was pretty great. Drop that zero and get with a hero, Nathan.
8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Paranoia”
This was a fun, sweet episode that really showed off how great Jason Mantzoukas and Stephanie Beatriz are.
Best Moment: Holt leading the team in a whispered “Nine-Nine.”
7. Arrow: “Beacon of Hope”
This was the most Curtis-heavy episode of Arrow yet and, not coincidentally, one of the most fun. The fact that Arrow can have an episode this good that includes the line “time to hack some bees” is why I love this show so much.
Best Moment: Okay, I know it’s probably not the actual best moment, but I really am obsessed with the fact that “time to hack some bees” was real dialogue. This show is a gift.
6. Faking It: “Karmygeddon”
This is probably the strongest episode of Faking It I’ve seen. The escalation of Amy and Karma’s fight and the beginnings of their reconciliation were both done in a great, emotionally honest.
Best Moment: Amy saying that she might always be in love with Karma and Karma saying that she doesn’t know how to be friends with Amy without hurting her.
5. Legends of Tomorrow: “Left Behind”
This episode was so much! Mick is back and he’s Chronos! Snart lost a hand! Sara was an assassin for a couple years! Ray wants to marry Kendra! Every episode of this show feels like a season finale and I love it.
Best Moment: Sara telling Ra’s al Ghul to make sure Nyssa is on the island was pretty great.
4. The Flash: “Flash Back”
Barry Allen summoned some ghosts who were as sick of his time travel shenanigans as I am. This episode gave us some quality menacing Eobard, adorable Cisco, completely over it Harry, and of course the return of my favorite person.
Best Moment: The ending promising that Hartley is part of the gang made my week. They better not go back on it.
3. Bates Motel: “Lights of Winter”
This episode really dangled the possibility of a happy ending in front of us. Norman admitted that he doesn’t trust his perception of things and that he needs help, meanwhile Norma realized the importance of working on her own life and not obsessing about Norman. Those glimmers of hope will definitely make the inevitable downfall of these characters even sadder.
Best Moment: Dr. Edwards gently talking to Norman in the car.
2. Girls: “The Panic in Central Park”
This atypical episode was all about Marnie. It was very interesting watching the show do something new and her break up with Desi was extremely satisfying.
Best Moment: Marnie’s encounter with a woman in Charlie’s bathroom who made her realize how she’s been hanging onto a fantasy.
1. I Am Cait: “The Great Debate”
This continues to be an incredibly uplifting and nuanced documentary series. This episode took us to the democratic convention and Caitlyn’s alma mater.
Best Moment: Chandi Moore talking about how no one every talks about trans people’s happiness, they always focus on their struggles.