This week TV gave us an extra emotional episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, the big finale of Fear the Walking Dead season 2, the exciting conclusion of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Coral Palms trilogy, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Rosewood: “Eddie and the Empire State of Mind”
In this episode, Beaumont Rosewood and Annalise Villa went to New York City to find out exactly how Villa’s husband Eddie died. Between the new location and the personal nature of the mystery, it made for an extra fun and exciting episode.
Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood telling TMI that she has to let her find her own way back to her.
9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Family That Drags Together”
This episode brought on a family member for each of the queens which created a real sense of intimacy and let us learn more about them.
Best Moment: Alyssa Edwards re-connecting with her sister Tabatha.
8. Empire: “What Remains is Bestial”
This episode offered plenty of drama. The interplay between Lucious Lyon and Anika Calhoun was definitely a stand out plotline. So was the devastating plotline about Andre Lyon’s unfair legal charges.
Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s visit with Freda Gatz.
7. Superstore: “Guns, Pills and Birds”
This episode had everyone at their most frantic. Garrett is terrified of birds. Jonah is terrified of guns. Glenn is terrified of people using the morning after pill. And poor Amy just can’t get a break. All of the emotions running high worked well.
Best Moment: Mateo trying to get some clarification from Dina on how fast to run.
6. Fear the Walking Dead: “North”
This episode did what a finale should: made me curious about what next year has in store. With Nick Clark headed north and the rest of his family removed from the hotel, everyone’s status quo has been shaken up, so all new challenges are in store next season.
Best Moment: “Are you really going to leave for the man who abandoned you?”
5. Fear the Walking Dead: “Wrath”
The penultimate episode of Fear the Walking Dead‘s second season provided a huge turning point by showing how irreparably changed Travis Manawa is by all that’s happened.
Best Moment: Victor Strand’s talk to Madison Clark about how hope keeps people going.
4. Gotham: “Mad City: Look Into My Eyes”
This episode introduced the extremely creepy villain the Mad Hatter. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot announced his mayoral run and a doppelganger schemed to pose as Bruce Wayne.
Best Moment: Barbara Kean’s creepy amount of interest in whether the Mad Hatter can make people do anything he wants.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms, Pt. 3”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Jimmy Figgis plotline ended in a big way, with dramatic turns that a season ago, I wouldn’t have imagined Brooklyn Nine-Nine ever trying to pull off. For the most part it worked and they still packed in a lot of comedy.
Best Moment: “Boost my bottom”
2. Arrow: “Legacy”
It feels so good to have Arrow back. Oliver Queen is killing people again while also being in deep denial about how much has changed. It’s only at the end of the episode that he started to accept that he needs to move on and create a new team.
Best Moment: Curtis Holt asking to join the vigilante team.
1. Halt and Catch Fire: “You Are Not Safe”
This episode packed in so much and it wasn’t even the season finale. This dual-timeline episode was probably the most emotional in a season that has been full of emotional turns.
Best Moment: Gordon Clark’s long series of “you know….” questions to Joe MacMillan.