This week TV gave us a husband and child for Michel Gerard, two major reveals on Scream Queens, Barbara Kean making an important discovery about Oswald Cobblepot, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.
10. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Summer”
In this episode, Rory Gilmore saved the Stars Hollow Gazette by becoming editor-in-chief, while Lorelai Gilmore worked on a Stars Hollow musical. These were probably the most Gilmore Girls-y plotlines in the revival.
Best Moment: Michel’s resignation scene.
9. The Last Man on Earth: “Mama’s Hideaway”
This episode did what The Last Man on Earth does best: it took a very silly premise (Carol Pilbasian trying to get a family photo with Gail Klosterman in matching outfits) and pushed it into the darkest, most melancholy place. Once again, the formula was very effective.
Best Moment: Lewis’ first ride in the flight simulator.
8. Gotham: “Mad City: Time Bomb”
Finally– finally– a TV show is giving me the battle between gay villains that I deserve. I can’t wait to see exactly what Barbara has in store for Oswald.
Best Moment: Barbara’s conversation with Olga.
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Mr. Santiago”
In this episode, Jake Peralta tried to win over Amy Santiago’s father Victor Santiago. Meanwhile, Victor insisted that he’d looked into Jake and he’d never approve of him. It took Amy standing up to remind them that who she dates is entirely her decision.
Best Moment: Ray Holt emphatically reminding Adrian Pimento that all show dogs are majestic.
6. Scream Queens: “Blood Drive”
This episode revealed one of the killers and, in classic Scream Queens fashion, also revealed someone who isn’t one of the killers, but does want to kill the Chanels. It also had the season’s first truly scary moment with Chanel #9’s gruesome death.
Best Moment: Chanel #3 explaining that she’s been recycling blood.
5. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Spring”
This episode showed Lorelai’s therapy sessions with Emily Gilmore, which made for some great drama and comedy.
Best Moment: Michel’s rant about why A-listers will never stay at the Dragonfly.
4. Ash vs Evil Dead: “Ashy Slashy”
This episode had a fantastic set piece in the form of Kelly Maxwell battling it out with a hand puppet. There were also great character moments sprinkled throughout that all led up to the tragic ending.
Best Moment: Ruby Knowby’s pep talk in which she was supportive of Pablo Bolivar’s food truck.
3. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Fall”
The Gilmore Girls revival ended with bringing everyone together for Lorelai’s wedding to Luke Danes.
Best Moment: Michel’s speech to Sookie St. James.
2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Winter”
The first episode of the Gilmore Girls revival had the most hard-hitting emotional sequence with the story of Richard Gilmore’s wake. It was a raw look at what has always been the most interesting relationship on this show: Lorelai’s relationship with Emily.
Best Moment: Michel’s rant about children.
1. Shameless: “You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?”
This episode relied on the elements that have always been Shameless‘ strength: Fiona Gallagher’s tenacity and the relationship between Lip Gallagher and Ian Gallagher. The scene in which everyone came to the laundromat to help out offered the sort of catharsis in the middle of dire circumstances that Shameless is so good at.
Best Moment: Ian’s testimony on behalf of Lip.