This week TV gave us a look at Angela Montenegro’s hopes and dreams, Roger Smith in a schoolgirl uniform, some truly emotional scenes between Root Groves and Sameen Shaw, and more! Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Bones: “The Movie in the Making”
This episode didn’t do much with the documentary format, but since this is season 11, it was nice seeing an episode that was a little different. There were some nice moments in the episode, especially with the romance between Vaziri and Saroyan.
Best Moment: Angela talking about how she thought she’d be an artist in Paris some day but ended up in the lab struck a really nice tone.
9. Penny Dreadful: “This World is Our Hell”
As the title implies, this episode was rough. Stuff is just not going Ethan’s way at all.
Best Moment: Ethan sharing his story with Hecate.
8. American Dad!: “Mine Struggle”
This was a nice feel-good episode that did some fun things with the premise of “the family finds some salt in their backyard.” There were a couple nice twists and the mention of The Cleveland Show made me happy.
Best Moment: I’m a simple man with simple needs and I loved “I’m also the downstairs toilet.”
7. Containment: “Inferno”
This show started off a bit slow for my taste– the stakes were high and yet I didn’t feel personally invested. However, now that most of the major characters are in a central location, it’s really working dramatically.
Best Moment: The tense elevator scene was extremely well-done.
6. Scream: “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
I missed this show so much and the premiere completely reminded me why. It captures the feeling of being young so well. While most teen drama characters wear their hearts on their sleeves, these kids are numb and jaded but hide a storm of emotions underneath. Things like a very earnest delivery of “I’ve never listened to your podcast” or a text from the killer that says “I know what you did last summer… get it?” are just silly enough without undercutting the reality of the situation and the characters.
Best Moment: Audrey panicking as she sees all those letters.
5. Veep: “C**tgate”
On a lesser sitcom, the twist that almost every staffer called Selina the c-word would be overplayed as a huge set piece, but this episode works because it’s so underplayed, right down to the anti-climactic ending of Selina simply asking Amy, “It was everyone, wasn’t it?” The b-plot with Jonah was fantastic, from him storming out and asking a focus group how they don’t understand double-sided mirrors to him assuring Dan that the glasses he gave him are “dope.”
Best Moment: Catherine and Marjorie telling each other how happy they are in a monotone immediately sold me on that couple.
4. Orphan Black: “The Redesign of Natural Objects”
This episode had all the tension you expect from an episode of Orphan Black, plus a Jesus Christ Superstar number.
Best Moment: Felix getting annoyed at the micro-managing of his spy outfit.
3. Steven Universe: “Hit the Diamond”
The actual plot of this episode is that Ruby and Sapphire can’t even get through a game of baseball without getting distracted flirting with each other. We’re really in the golden age of television.
Best Moment: There were so many, but I’ll go with Garnet’s innocent “whoops” after Ruby and Sapphire can’t help but fuse.
2. Person of Interest: “The Day The World Went Away”
Obviously, I’m very upset about one big event in this episode, but it’s made all the more frustrating by the fact that aside from that one thing, this was a great episode with some fantastic scenes of Root and Shaw.
Best Moment: Root and Shaw’s mid-shootout heart-to-heart showed off everything I love about that couple.
1. Archer: “Deadly Velvet, Part 2”
Part two of this murder mystery managed to be surprising and interesting, while also playing with the fact that Veronica Dean was very very obviously the killer. There were some truly stand out moments from Lana and, of course, that ending.
Best Moment: Pam thinking that the first rule of robotics is that killing a robot doesn’t count as murder.