This week TV gave us the return of Paige McCullers, the premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, a major twist on Dead of Summer, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “California Dreaming”
This show isn’t quite living up to my beloved Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, but it did have some stand out moments in the premiere, like the mess of a brunch.
Best Moment: I’m still reeling from hearing the words “My monkey doesn’t want his banana. It can stay in the bunch.”
9. Mistresses: “The Root of All Evil”
In this episode, Joss Carver and April Malloy were both on the edge of a break up, while Karen Kim started a brand new relationship.
Best Moment: “Sometimes a three-legged dog just has to spend time with other three-legged dogs to realize it has four legs.”
8. The Fosters: “Girl Code”
It was nice seeing an episode focus on Mariana Adams-Foster, especially one that highlighted just how much she’s developed.
Best Moment: Lena Adams-Foster’s phone call with Stef Adams-Foster, as she worried about Mariana’s mental state.
7. Another Period: “The Duel”
The fact that Celine doesn’t just seduce Dodo Bellacourt’s husband, she challenges her to a duel, is a perfect example of this show being everything that Gossip Girl should have been.
Best Moment: Victor Shmemmerhorn-Fish and Albert Downsy yelling at Blanche about how they want a love child is the exact mix of adorable and evil that I look for in an OTP.
6. Pretty Little Liars: “Exes and OMGs”
The series finale is approaching, so it’s the appropriate time for this show to bring back the actual fortune teller, right?
Best Moment: Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis’ conversation on the park bench.
5. Dead of Summer: “The Devil Inside”
This episode gave Jessie Tyler a great backstory through the flashbacks, while in the present timeline the campers realized that Holyoke is actually the camp’s protector.
Best Moment: Drew’s monologue about trust.
4. The Last Ship: “Paradise”
This was an even more thrilling episode than usual, with Allison Shaw’s jaw-dropping power move.
Best Moment: The missile battle at sea.
3. Casual: “40”
This episode featured Alex Cole planning a terrible surprise party for Valerie Meyers, but the plotline that stood out was Valerie spending time with her ex-husband until his feelings became too serious.
Best Moment: Laura Meyers’ wisely advising Alex to just apologize instead of throwing a party.
2. Tyrant: “Bedfellows”
This episode had a major reveal with Barry Al-Fayeed finding out he had a son he didn’t know about. Their conversation about it was fantastic.
Best Moment: Sammy Al-Fayeed’s half-turn looking back at Dr. El-Amin after meeting his wife.
1. Scream: “When a Stranger Calls”
This was a strong finale to a great season. Along with a satisfying reveal of the killer, the emphasis on the friendship between Emma Duval and Audrey Jensen’s friendship made this episode, and the entire season, unique and emotionally gripping. There were also stand out scenes from the other characters. Noah Foster and Brooke Maddox’s debate over whether to let Stavo Acosta inside was a great example of how perfectly this show handles tone.
Best Moment: Emma and Audrey both bravely trying to save each other in the final show down.