This week TV gave us two intimate scenes between Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis, fantastic development in the friendship between Audrey Jensen and Emma Duval, Alisha Granderson giving encouragement to Kara Green, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Pretty Little Liars: “Wanted: Dead or Alive”
This week Hanna Marin continued to struggle with her fear that Elliot Rollins might not really be dead. This fear went so far that she and Spencer Hastings dug up his grave to look at the body.
Best Moment: Tie between Emily’s apology to Alison and Alison’s apology to Emily.
9. UnREAL: “Espionage”
This episode finally reunited the dream team of Rachel Goldberg and Quinn King, putting them firmly on the same side as they prepare to destroy Coleman Wasserman.
Best Moment: “Calm down, Malcolm X”
8. Steven Universe: “Steven vs. Amethyst”
This was a heartbreaking exploration of Amethyst’s low self-esteem. She discussed frankly the cycle of beating herself up for not being good at things and then becoming worse because of her lost confidence.
Best Moment: “You ruined the ruins!”
7. Scream: “The Vanishing”
If Audrey and Emma’s friendship wasn’t already decidedly one of the best things on TV, this episode definitively earned that. Combine their incredible relationship development with the terrifying scenes of Noah’s near death and you have one of the strongest episodes in what has been a very strong season of this show.
Best Moment: Audrey confessing to Emma that she was so angry at her because she loved her.
6. Animal Kingdom: “Judas Kiss”
In this episode, the boys pulled off the big heist at the army base, while J started spilling their secrets to a detective.
Best Moment: The boys coming home from the heist and being greeted by fresh-baked apple pie. Aww.
5. The Last Ship: “Sea Change”
Tension was built all around in this episode, between the people aboard the USS Nathan James discovering the pirate’s plan for a genocide and the people back on shore struggling with policy in the wake of the President’s suicide.
Best Moment: Alisha’s pep talk to Kara.
4. The Fosters: “Justify”
This episode really put the focus on Lena Adams-Foster and everything weighing on her. Watching her blow up was at times cathartic and at times scary.
Best Moment: Lena telling Brandon Adams-Foster he’s completely lost his sense of right and wrong. Drag him.
3. Steven Universe: “Gem Hunt”
This episode brought focus back to Connie Maheswaran. Pearl took her and Steven on a hike to find missing gems.
Best Moment: Pearl and Connie posing for photos.
2. Steven Universe: “Crack the Whip”
In this episode, Steven and Connie were able to fight Jasper as Stevonnie. It was a big moment for them, but one that led to Amethyst feeling insecure.
Best Moment: Pearl’s reaction to Amethyst rubbing it in that she forgot about Connie.
1. Steven Universe: “Bismuth”
This extra-long episode introduced an incredible new gem named Bismuth, voiced by Uzo Aduba. Her warm reception by the gems was a joy to watch and it was a real bummer when things took a turn.