This week TV gave us Barbara Kean opening a night club, Chanel #3 getting a new and adorable love interest, Joe MacMillan getting fired up about his latest project, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “I Want It All”
This episode was basically a how-to for how not to treat bi women. Ray J convinced Safaree Samuels that he should tell Nikki Mudarris that if she’s going to be with Rosa Acosta, then he should get to be with both of them. The dude said, “Usually Ray J’s ideas are crazy… but this time he’s onto something.” Oh boy.
Best Moment: Rosa’s dumping Nikki. Good for her, the true MVP of this episode.
9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Revenge of the Queens”
This week all of the eliminated queens came back, causing a satisfying redemption for Tatianna and some serious drama between Alyssa Edwards and Phi Phi O’Hara. The stand up comedy challenge was great, especially since it involved bringing on Chelsea Peretti as a guest.
Best Moment: Alaska and Alyssa’s comedy routine.
8. Fear the Walking Dead: “Pillar of Salt”
Tensions where high this week after Victor Strand was stabbed and in need of emergency care. When Madison Clark got distracted from the mission by the chance of seeing Nick Clark again, Alicia Clark confronted her about her single-mindedness in wanting to find Nick.
Best Moment: “I understand grief, but this is a bit extreme.”
7. Empire: “Light in Darkness”
The drama is already high on this season, with Andre Lyon grieving the death of Rhonda Lyon and Lucious Lyon and Hakeem Lyon both trying to father Anika Calhoun’s baby.
Best Moment: Jamal Lyon performing his new song.
6. Scream Queens: “Scream Again”
The silliest show on television is back and now everyone is a doctor somehow because why not?
Best Moment: Chanel #3 and Cassidy Cascade making date night plans.
5. Rosewood: “Forward Motion and Frat Life”
The premiere of Rosewood delivered on everything that Rosewood does well: the case of the week had twists and turns and Beaumont Rosewood was extremely charming as he solved it.
Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood and Rosewood’s talk after her performance where he said how proud he is of his baby sister.
4. Gotham: “Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell…”
This show has really found its footing in season 3. Oswald Cobblepot is out to get Fish Mooney, Jim Gordon is a bounty hunter now, and Barbara and Tabitha Galavan are running a night club called, of course, The Sirens.
Best Moment: Barbara immediately realizing Butch Gilzean orchestrated the competition coming after them.
3. How to Get Away with Murder: “We’re Good People Now”
How to Get Away with Murder came back incredibly strong for its third season. The set up of Annalise Keating now running a pro bono clinic is great, the tension between Wes Gibbins and Laurel Castillo was captivating, Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton’s break up was heartbreaking, and the entire episode was just unbelievably sexy.
Best Moment: The Connor and Oliver break up scene.
2. Halt and Catch Fire: “And She Was”
Halt and Catch Fire has been killing it this season. There were so many strong scenes this episode: Ryan Ray convincing Joe MacMillan to take a break by throwing his “right now it’s perfect” words back at him, Donna Clark’s sad hallucination of Cameron Howe, Gordon Clark bonding with Cameron over Super Mario, the bar scene between John Bosworth and Diane Gould. It was all fantastic.
Best Moment: Joe confessing to stealing Gordon’s IP.
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms Pt. 1”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is normally one of the strongest ensemble comedies on TV, but this episode took Ray Holt and Jake Peralta away from the rest of the group to deliver a story solely about the strength of their relationship. It was incredibly effective and they play off each other amazingly well, both comedically and emotionally.
Best Moment: “The walking group meant nothing to me” “That’s even worse!”