This week TV gave us the season finale of Halt and Catch Fire, Chanel #3 getting closer to her new love interest, an old-fashioned crossover between Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. New Girl: “Homecoming”
Cece Parekh standing up for her husband Schmidt by threatening to beat up his former high school classmates was a sweet ending and this episode had a lot of nice details, like Schmidt wallowing by listening to “Dookie” on cassette. But, the highlight of this episode was definitely the appearance of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members.
Best Moment: “Everything happens for a reason and that reason is random chance.”
9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “All Stars Supergroup”
In the Drag Race finale, the crown went to my personal favorite person in the universe, Alaska. Before the big decision we got to see a great performance with excellent choreography and original rap verses and one last runway show.
Best Moment: Katya’s answer for why she deserves to win was amazing.
8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Night Shift”
After the three-part special with Jake Peralta in witness protection, this show finally got back to basics with an episode Jake’s friendship with Charles Boyle. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad struggled with the stresses of working the night shift.
Best Moment: “John Phillips Sousa, the Skrillex of his day.”
7. Empire: “Cupid Kills”
In this episode, Cookie Lyon had a date with Angelo Dubois. I am extremely pro anything that gets any woman away from Lucious Lyon.
Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s conversation with Freda Gatz in prison.
6. Scream Queens: “Handidates”
In this episode, Chad Radwell accused Brock Holt of being the killer, then died with very suspicious timing. Meanwhile, Hester Ulrich’s demands to be moved to Dean Munsch’s hospital were met.
Best Moment: Chanel #3 and Cassidy Cascade’s yoga scene.
5. Gotham: “Mad City: New Day Rising”
This week on Gotham, the Mad Hatter managed to get even creepier. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot became Mayor, but not before Edward Nygma taught him a lesson about love.
Best Moment: Jim Gordon’s visit to Barbara Kean.
4. Arrow: “The Recruits”
Arrow was in its element this week, with a winning formula based around Oliver Queen being closed off and distant before learning something about being a leader.
Best Moment: Curtis Holt’s excellent callout of Oliver’s behavior.
3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Out of Time”
Sara Lance had sex with the Queen of France, Ray Palmer fought a dinosaur, Martin Stein kidnapped Albert Einstein and this is just the first episode of the season. I’m so glad the most fun show on television is back.
Best Moment: Sara still being cocky and winking when she was about to go on trial for being a witch.
2. Halt and Catch Fire: “NIM”
In part one of the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the show did a time jump to 1990. This turned out to be extremely effective. Every choice about the characters’ new status quo was a good one.
Best Moment: Joe MacMillan and Cameron Howe playing with convention swag while catching up.
1. Halt and Catch Fire: “NeXT”
In the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the team came back together thanks to Donna Emerson’s excitement about the World Wide Web. This episode beautifully explored tensions that eventually led to Donna leaving the group. This was not only an incredibly well-written piece of television in and of itself, but also did a stunning job of building excitement for next season. The ending with Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe ready to test out the new program was about as good as season finale endings get.
Best Moment: Joe MacMillan’s “don’t you ever say his name again.”