Before we get too much into the Episode of the Week candidates for the week of April 26, let’s begin here with at least some recognition of the champion from last week! For the first time since we’ve started this series, we actually had a tie. The season 1 finale of “Scorpion,” a show that vastly improved throughout the season, scored 20% in the vote. The same goes for the sad “How to Save a Life” episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
While we do welcome and encourage all genres of TV in this series, it just so happens that this time around we have strictly hour-long scripted shows. In what may be a victory for major networks, though, three of the five nominees come from broadcast networks.
“Blue Bloods” season 5, episode 22 “The Art of War” – We don’t imagine that it will become the show’s series finale, but if it does this would certainly be a fine way to go out. “Blue Bloods” has touched on so many themes surrounding what it means to be a police officer, but most impressive is the respectful way that it has handled many of them.
“The Flash” season 1, episode 20 “The Trap” – Here’s an episode that revealed Barry Allen’s secret identity to Iris West and also pushed the Harrison Wells story further a great deal. Yes, it did a heck of a lot in a remarkably short period of time. Well-acted, and extremely well-written for a genre of TV that never gets the sort of credit that it deserves.
“Game of Thrones” season 5, episode 3 “High Sparrow” – The first episode this season that truly started to feel like the “Game of Thrones” we know and love. It brought us some full-circle moments with Sansa Stark, a Tyrion cliffhanger like no other, and also a deeper introduction to some mysterious happenings in King’s Landing.
“The Good Wife” season 6, episode 20 “The End” – A fitting title given that this was the episode that Kalinda ultimately decided to disappear from the show’s consciousness in many ways. It was melancholy watch Alicia Florrick face her own end of her State’s Attorney career, and then have to figure out what her future may hold.
“Mad Men” season 7, episode 11 “Time & Life” – A very sad reminder that sometimes, the heroes do not always win. This was one of the Don Draper’s worst hours in a way, but in between Pete Campbell’s many meltdowns and the reminders of Peggy’s past, it proved itself to be a brilliant episode.
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