This week TV gave us the return of Quantico, Jamal Lyon dealing with trauma, Barbara Kean getting a visit from Jim Gordon, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Party Pooper”
This week Lyrica Anderson and A1 continued to try and fail to get Lyrica’s mom Lyrica Garrett to approve of their marriage and be a part of the family.
Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris acting unaffected by Rosa Acosta having a date, then pretty much immediately getting weird about it.
9. Rosewood: “Secrets and Silent Killers”
This week’s case hit home too hard for Annalise Villa, who had to investigate the murder of a lying husband right after discovering her own deceased husband’s lies. The episode also featured an appearance by my favorite person, Tate Ellington.
Best Moment: TMI’s desperate phone call to Pippy Rosewood.
8. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Drag Fish Tank”
In this week’s episode the queens created a product to go with their brand and made a commercial for their product. It all lead to a shocking elimination. (And by “shocking” I mean “bullshit”).
Best Moment: Honestly, Tatianna’s runway walk.
7. Empire: “Sin That Amends”
I love scenes that focus on the relationship between the three Lyon brothers and this episode had some great ones. First, when Jamal Lyon promises Andre Lyon to help him deal with life after Rhonda Lyon’s passing, then the excellent scene when the three brothers have a toast together.
Best Moment: Jamal promising Andre he’ll help him.
6. Scream Queens: “Warts and All”
This episode featured a semi-sweet romance between poor Chanel #5 and a tragic guest character played by Colton Haynes.
Best Moment: Chanel Oberlin and Chanel #3 telling Tyler he passed their test.
5. Quantico: “Kudove”
Quantico is back and exactly the same to a weird extent. Alex Parrish and Ryan Booth are training with the CIA now and it turns out that the CIA also approaches training by making their trainees gossip about each other.
Best Moment: “He’ll be right behind me” which is absolutely the new “I’m a fan of back doors.”
4. Gotham: “Mad City: Burn the Witch”
Oswald Cobblepot led an old school mob to go after Fish Mooney, meanwhile Ivy Pepper didn’t die but instead turned into an adult woman.
Best Moment: Barbara’s chat with Jim.
3. How to Get Away with Murder: “There Are Worse Things Than Murder”
In the second episode, this season continued its strong start with fascinating relationship scenes, interesting twists and a solid case of the week.
Best Moment: Annalise Keating’s “who says it was a man” line to Nate Lahey.
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms Pt. 2”
Jake Peralta and Ray Holt’s plan to take down Figgis kept hitting snags and they were finally forced to call for back up from the Nine-Nine, who had their own problems as they dealt with their extremely chill but not so competent new captain.
Best Moment: That kiss.
1. Halt and Catch Fire: “The Threshold”
This was an excellent episode even by the standards of this amazing season. Cameron Howe’s exit from Mutiny and the tense meeting that led up to it are just about as good as TV gets.
Best Moment: Joe MacMillan finding out that Ryan Ray released all of MacMillan Security’s code.