Episode of the Week: ‘Scorpion’ finale, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season 11, ‘Mad Men’ season 7 score nods

We’re back with the candidates for Episode of the Week for the Week of April 19! This was a nice, diverse lineup of shows that aired this time around, and they cross everything from reality to drama to comedy. It’s certainly more widespread genre-wise than what we were able to bring to the table last week.

Before we dive into these nominees too much (which are based solely on our own opinions here at CarterMatt), let’s congratulate “Arrow” and the episode “Broken Arrow” for winning the award last week with 46% of the reader vote. The penultimate episode of “Scorpion” season 1, simply titled “Cliffhanger,” came in second. (Spoiler alert: It’s getting another chance this week.) (Spoiler alert #2: There are major spoilers ahead if you are behind on TV.)

“Big Brother Canada,” April 22 eviction show – Easily the best show of the third season so far, and really the only time that there has been genuine drama going into an eviction. While we liked Jodran, this game needed a big shakeup like a potential favorite going home early. Also, Godfrey’s reaction to being safe is one of the best we’ve ever seen on either this or the American version of the show.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 11×21, “How to Save a Life” – It is pretty easy to hate the episode because it is the one that killed Derek Shepherd. However, it is also easy to love it based on the performances. The reason that it was so emotional in part was because it was so well-done, well-acted, and surprising at almost every turn. It gave us most of what we talk about with “Grey’s Anatomy” over a single hour.

“Mad Men” 7×10, “The Forecast” – A very different episode for the AMC opus, but a strong one focusing on how much of what she wants Joan can have. It was somewhat romantic, somewhat realistic, and also a nice reminder that there is still actual advertising business going on at the firm.

“Scorpion” season 1 finale, “Postcards from the Edge” – A thrilling way to end the first season. Walter was eventually rescued from his precarious position, but more so than that it is the liplock between him and Paige that will be remembered for some time.

“Silicon Valley” 2×02, “Runaway Devaluation” – Really a disaster for everyone at Pied Piper, but a really funny episode to watch. This was the rare comedy that really implemented a ton of callbacks from another episode, and made them all work without much legwork. Also, there is great humor in watching this group struggle.

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