This week TV gave us the series final of Faking It, a heartbreaking plotline for Victor Strand, a close call for Captain David Singh, and more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Playing with Fire”
This episode was packed with quality reality TV moments like Joseline needing to go through a scavenger hunt for some reason and whatever the hell was happening between Scrapp and Karlie.
Best Moment: I’ll say Chris’ break up with Mimi for the actual emotional maturity, but Joseline asking K. Michelle, “Are you ready to have sex on that couch over there?” was also incredible television. Please enjoy this picture of K. Michelle’s reaction:
9. Fear the Walking Dead: “Sicut Cervus”
This episode did a great job of including emotional character-driven moments amid all the zombie action. All of Victor’s scenes with Tom were beautifully intimate. And thank God that Victor isn’t dead.
Best Moment: Victor and Tom’s initial tearful reunion.
8. The 100: “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two”
In this exciting finale, Clarke defeated Alie but not before finding out that her fight to save the Earth is really just beginning. She’s gonna have a real heck of a time getting out of this one, huh?
Best Moment: Clarke’s reunion with Lexa.
7. Arrow: “Lost in the Flood”
This episode gave us an action-packed plot with Oliver, Diggle and Thea fighting their way out of the arc, while Felicity had a more emotionally driven plotline with her parents.
Best Moment: Curtis saying that Felicity finally makes sense now that he knows she’s Noah and Donna’s child.
6. Faking It: “Up in Flames”
This was a letdown of a series finale for multiple reasons, including the fact that Amy ended up with someone who lied about having a boyfriend for their entire relationship. But, there were good things like the scenes between Lauren and Liam, the relationship between Noah and Shane, and the relatable scenes of Amy’s righteous anger and sadness before the narrative got oddly forgiving.
Best Moment: Post-breakup Amy thinking it was too much to think she’d ever be happy in a relationship was a perfect example of why teen dramas are so powerful. These are the kinds of things you really feel when you’re sixteen and it would’ve been great to watch Amy grow into someone who doesn’t let one thoughtless person’s actions bring her down like this.
5. Modern Family: “Double Click”
This episode had some really solid laughs, especially Jay’s struggle with technology (“How have you remained alive?”). Andy and Haley’s goodbye at the airport was played incredibly well. The emotional ending with the Dunphys having dinner together is as close as this show will ever get to a subtle understated scene. It really worked.
Best Moment: “It’s exactly what it sounds like.”
4. The Flash: “Invincible”
The Flash managed to pull off one of its best episodes in a long time this week. The high stakes were balanced out nicely with fun touches like the appearance of Black Siren and Cisco and Caitlin’s undercover mission. My one big complaint was that Hartley was mentioned but not scene. Give me those Hartley/Cisco scenes.
Best Moment: Singh’s scene with Joe and Barry at the end. But, hey, my guy, maybe you should be asking about that illegal prison.
3. Empire: “Past is Prologue”
Jamal isn’t dead, which is great. Also great? Just about everything else in this episode. They pulled no punches with the drama and stuff like all the fights between Rhonda and Anika just popped and made an incredibly exciting finale.
Best Moment: Jamal telling the family their cycle of violence needs to stop.
2. Archer: “Liquid Lunch”
This was a great Krieger episode that asked the question, what’s worse: having super-realistic android versions of all your coworkers for unclear purposes or making people go to your one-man show?
Best Moment: Pam falling for an obvious trap because she doesn’t want to regret missing out on blintzes.
1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Legendary”
I loved everything about this finale. The team coming together with a convoluted plan! Sara being read to kill Rip in a heartbeat! Patrick J. Adams! Rip almost flying into the sun and then realizing that flying into the sun isn’t the best way to solve all your problems! I can’t wait for season 2.
Best Moment: “You should be afraid.”