This week TV gave us the Waverider crew’s return to the wild west, a big milestone for Darryl Whitefeather and White Josh, the first male Chanel, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LBGT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Reunion – Part 2”
In the second part of the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood reunion special there were exactly as much snarky comments and yelling as you would expect.
Best Moment: Rosa Acosta’s entire fight with Safaree Samuels.
9. Rosewood: “Prosopagnosia and Parrot Fish”
This week Beaumont Rosewood worked a case with a witness who has face blindness. Meanwhile, he and Tawnya tried to take it slow but mostly failed.
Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood worrying about what will happen to Donna Rosewood after Gerald Kelly’s trial.
8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Monster in the Closet”
Adrian Pimento finally returned this week. Amy Santiago threw together a wedding for him and Rosa Diaz, but through the episode Adrian and Rosa realized that they should spend more time together before they get married.
Best Moment: “Vindication!”
7. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Outlaw Country”
Jonah Hex returned this week and helped the team take on an outlaw cowboy. Meanwhile, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood became best friends and Mick Rory was just happy to hang.
Best Moment: Sara threatening to kick Jonah’s ass.
6. Scream Queens: “Chanel Pour Homme-icide”
Scream Queens returned this week and added an unreasonable number of new Chanels to the mix.
Best Moment: Chanel #3’s insistence that they not let Tristan die. (Even if it was all for not…)
5. Empire: “Chimes at Midnight”
This week a big hack at Empire made tensions run high. Cookie Lyon had to end her relationship with Angelo Dubois and Shine got to torture someone.
Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s call to D-Major.
4. Arrow: “Vigilante”
This week Team Arrow stopped a new vigilante (the hilariously generically named Vigilante) who was too dangerous, while gently ribbing Oliver Queen for being quite dangerous himself. It was a solid episode with a great twist at the end.
Best Moment: Curtis Holt yelling at Vigilante to stop trying to kill them.
3. Steven Universe: “Gem Harvest”
After what felt like a very long hiatus, Steven Universe returned with an episode that felt extremely emotionally resonant and nailed family dynamics, both good and bad.
Best Moment: “We thought we’d all marry each other!”
2. Gotham: “Mad City: The Executioner”
This episode was a nice reminder that despite its gritty tone, Gotham is a very idealistic show. The hard stance against cops playing by their own rules was refreshing and powerful.
Best Moment: Oswald Cobblepot’s sly “even someone you’ve only known two weeks.”
1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Why is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?”
Everything about this episode was strong. Rebecca Bunch’s scenes with Valencia Parez, Paula Proctor’s chemistry with delightful new cast member Parvesh Cheena, Josh Chan’s song about terrible thoughts, it all worked. The thread about Rebecca and Paula’s relationship was biting and sad in a way that snuck up on you. Of course, what puts it over the edge and makes it the clear best episode of the week was the incredibly sweet plot line for Darryl and White Josh.
Best Moment: Darryl and White Josh saying “I love you” to each other.