This week TV gave us a beautiful ending for Sameen Shaw, more rage and angst for Deran Cody, D. Smith dealing with even more “just my opinion” bullshit, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. The Last Ship: “Rising Sun”
This episode had Tom Chandler trying to return to his old crew. It was full of the tension and action people looking for in this type of show.
Best Moment: Alisha silently welcoming Chandler back with a salute.
9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Mystery Solved”
This show continues to be everything I want from reality TV. Mimi and Stevie J tracked down the woman who alleged to be the mother of Stevie J’s child. She insisted the daughter was home and that they could do a drug test until suddenly admitting she never had a baby and made the entire thing up.
Best Moment: The cut from Scrappy saying “I appreciate you respecting my opinion” to D. Smith saying “I really don’t respect his opinion.”
8. Pretty Little Liars: “Tick-Tock, Bitches”
Pretty Little Liars is back for a seventh season and seems more committed than ever to just being a sexy Scooby-Doo. I mean, they thought Hanna was dead until it turned out to just be a mask on a doll? What a silly show.
Best Moment: Emily flashing back on her relationship with Alison as she looked through her room.
7. UnREAL: “Guerilla”
In this episode, Quinn decided to get more hands-on. This let us see even more of her cold, manipulative side and created even more tension between her and Rachel.
Best Moment: Jay telling Ruby to use the fact that she’s the smartest woman in the competition.
6. Animal Kingdom: “Stay Close, Stick Together”
This family sure does have trouble getting along. There were a lot of tense scenes in this episode and plenty of sad backstory from J.
Best Moment: The underwater fight.
5. Containment: “A Kingdom Divided Against Itself”
This episode had a truly tragic cliffhanger for Katie and also revealed a lot more about Sabine, who might be the best character on this show.
Best Moment: Sam already being exhausted by the drama between Suzy and Dennis.
4. Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”
Obviously, the huge battle sequence is what makes this episode stand out. But, personally, my favorite thing about it was all of the dialogue between Sansa and Jon. And, of course, Sansa coming face-to-face with Ramsay again was powerful.
Best Moment: Yara flirting with Daenerys.
3. Penny Dreadful: “The Blessed Dark”
This was the series finale, which means many characters were trying to bring about the end of days. Fortunately, it seems like Ethan stopped it with a quick prayer/murder combo.
Best Moment: Dorian’s speech leading up to “it’s worth it for all this perfection.”
2. The Fosters: “Potential Energy”
This episode did a much better job with tone than any guns in schools TV episode I’ve seen. Of course there was tension and fear throughout, but they also captured the monotony of being in lockdown and the way people don’t put their personal dramas aside. The cliffhanger set things up for an even more tense episode next week.
Best Moment: Stef leading Mariana to safety and Lena running to hug her.
1. Person of Interest: “return 0”
In Person of Interest‘s final episode, they decided to let Shaw be the hero and the survivor. I couldn’t be happier with this decision.
Best Moment: Shaw’s beautiful, understated reaction to the computer telling her that Root understood what makes her special.