This week TV gave us Team Arrow 2.0 learning more about the Green Arrow’s past, a double dose of Superstore, a gay Justice Society of America member, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Quantico: “Aquiline”
This week the recruits argued over whether or not to order a drone strike. That was super weird, but there were a few nice character moments in between all that.
Best Moment: Harry Doyle immediately seeing through Ryan Booth’s plan to get his trust.
9. Rosewood: “Lidocaine and Long-Term Lust”
This episode showed us more of the relationship between Beaumont Rosewood and Tanya, which is going very well.
Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood and TMI joining Annalise Villa and Daisie Villa for a girls’ night out.
8. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Reunion – Part 1”
The cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood season 3 got together to talk about highlights from the past season and do so, so much yelling at each other.
Best Moment: When Nina Parker started to ask Rosa Acosta if she ever would’ve considered having a threesome with Safaree Samuels and she cut her off to say no.
7. Empire: “One Before Another”
This week Lucious Lyon orchestrated a fight between all of his sons because Lucious is just the worst.
Best Moment: Jamal Lyon challenging why Hakeem Lyon took the fight to such a sensitive place.
6. Shameless: “The Defenestration of Frank”
In this episode, Fiona Gallagher continued her quest to make something of herself, this time by buying a laundry mat. The scene where Fiona, Ian and Lip all talked and basked in her new air condition was a reminder that this show works best when it brings things back to the family dynamic.
Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s make out followed by laughing at the realization that they’re both tops.
5. Gotham: “Mad City: Blood Rush”
I can’t believe Gotham gave Nathaniel Barnes an A-plot and, even more, I can’t believe I enjoyed it. That’s how strong the writing of Gotham has been this season.
Best Moment: Edward Nygma asking Oswald Cobblepot to dump Isabella for him.
4. Arrow: “So It Begins”
This week Team Arrow 2.0 found out that Oliver Queen is kind of sort of a serial killer. I understand this being a divisive opinion, but this kind of thing is legitimately what I love about Arrow. This episode also showed more of Evelyn Sharp’s character, which was great.
Best Moment: Curtis Holt making sure Evelyn doesn’t have alcohol. (You let her be a vigilante, dude).
3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Compromised”
This has everything that makes Legends of Tomorrow great. The gang accidentally attacks the white house, Mick Rory can’t deal with feelings and eats a donut off the ground, everyone is in great outfits.
Best Moment:Todd Rice’s advice to Amaya Jiwe about acting on her feelings.
2. Superstore: “Black Friday”
This episode had some stand out character work. Amy’s call to her husband in which she accidentally said “I’m not happy” was a true gut punch of a moment. The stand out scene had Jonah and Amy finding themselves talking things out while next to each other in the bathroom.
Best Moment: Mateo being kind of proud of Cheyenne for learning about war profiteering.
1. Superstore: “Seasonal Help”
In this episode, Jonah led the other employees in a challenge to see who could drive the new tempts to quit. In the end, he feels terrible and gives one of the tempts the $200 he won from the betting pool. The whole storyline nicely showed off Superstore‘s ability to balance going for the throat with having in a heart in a way that sitcoms often aspire to but rarely achieve.
Best Moment: Mateo’s “are you done?” line.