6. Criminal Minds
6.02 – JJ
Garcia: Don’t they understand we’re a family. That’s why it works because we’re a family. Do they even care?!
JJ: I am thankful for my years spent with this family, for everything we shared, every chance we had to grow. I’ll take the best of them with me and lead by their example wherever I go. A friend told me to be honest with you, so here it goes… This isn’t what I want, but I’ll take the high road. Maybe it’s because I look at everything as a lesson, or because I don’t want to walk around angry, or maybe it’s because I finally understand there are things we don’t want to happen, but have to accept; things we don’t want to know, but have to learn; and people we can’t live without, but have to let go.
This episode had AJ looking absolutely gorgeous, humour, subtext, plot mirroring real life, everyone crying and FLASHBACKS. I couldn’t ask for a classier exit for a character.
5. Life Unexpected
1.13 – Love Unexpected
As summed up in this hauntingly beautiful fanvid
Cate: Are you in love with me?
Cate: Look I just, I don’t want to be in denial any more and I don’t want to talk myself out of something that’s really happening, erm, you know, because I felt something this morning. If I’m being honest, I felt it before this morning. Since the moment you have come back in my life I have felt it and, you know, I have tried to convince myself that it is wrong, you know, like I have tried to explain it away. Like if I act that it’s not real, it won’t be ….. I just don’t know Baze, what if it is? What if there is a part of me that is in love with you too?
Every time I rewatch the scene where Cate goes to see Baze in the middle of the night, I pray that somehow it’s changed and Baze decides not to be selfless and noble about it and just tells the truth.
And the last scene with The Weepies playing and then …. gah – the look on Baze’s face breaks my heart. Although this episode obviously didn’t go the way I wanted to, it played out the way it should have and in terms of story-telling, it was handled perfectly.
1.11 – All The Way
Nikita: He may be marked but you’re the one who has to pull the trigger.
Alex: I know.
Nikita: And you’ve never taken a life.
Alex: I know.
Nikita: You don’t know. Believe me, you don’t. It takes away a part of you, you can never get back.
Alex: Nikita, are you trying to scare me? Do you want me to back out of this?
Nikita: I want you to know with absolute clarity what you’re getting into because this is the moment when you ask yourself “how far am I willing to go?”
Alex: How far are you willing to go?
I was tempted to choose 1×09 purely for the Michael/Nikita but objectively this episode was just an all round solid piece of action, drama and story progression. We had lots of questions answered, lots of background information given, several Nikita/Alex scenes and then there’s the whole Thom/Alex angle ….. I wish that it hadn’t happened but wow it certainly had the impact the writers were going for.
3.18 – Chuck Versus The Subway & 3.19 – Chuck Versus The Ring Part II
Chuck: I’m sorry, Sarah. I’m sorry, but if I have to choose, I will always choose to protect you.
I nearly chose 3.13 instead of this as that was the episode where Chuck/Sarah finally got together but I think the finale had everything in it that makes this show good, plus it finally wrapped up the whole Ring arc.
2. Friday Night Lights
4.05 – The Son
Matt: I gotta get up there in front of everybody and say good stuff about this man. And all I really want to say is ‘Here lies Henry Saracen, his mother annoyed him, his wife couldn’t stand him and he didn’t want to be a dad so he took off to be in the army because that’s the only way he could come up with to get out of here and ditch all your responsibilities and no one could call you out on it and that worked out great so you just decided to enlist four more times and that ended up getting you killed and now here you are. And all you left behind is a mother with dementia, a divorced wife and a son that delivers pizza. Thank you for coming 100 people I do not know.’ You know what the worst part is? Even if I did get up and say all that I don’t even know if I’m saying it to him because I don’t know what’s in that damn box. It’s a closed casket– might be someone else, someone funnier or a bunch of rocks.
Matt: I hate him. I don’t like hating people, but I just put all my hate on him so I don’t have to hate anyone else so I can be a good person, you know to my Grandma, to my friends, to your daughter. That’s all I want to say. I want to tell him to his face that I hate him but he doesn’t even have a face. I’m sorry, Mrs. Taylor. I’ll see y’all tomorrow.
This episode, oh my God, this episode. I don’t think I’ve ever been more blown away by an outpouring of real, raw emotion on TV. Zach Gilford should win every flipping award in the world for this episode alone. Also it’s the start of the Luke/Becky.
1. Grey’s Anatomy
6.23 – Sanctuary & 6.24 – Death And All His Friends
Meredith: Shoot me.
Meredith: You want justice right? Your wife died, I know what happened. Derek told me the story. Lexie Grey is the one that pulled the plug on your wife, she’s my sister. Dr. Webber, he was your wife’s doctor. I’m the closest thing he has to a daughter. And the man on the table, I’m his wife. If you wanna hurt them, the way that you were hurt, shoot me. I’m your eye for an eye.
No finale in the 2009/2010 season can even come close to touching this in terms of how jaw-dropping, emotional, scary and tragic this episode is. I think every show has one standout episode where even people who aren’t fans have to admit that it’s one amazing episode of television and for Grey’s Anatomy, this is it (though I hear we have a musical episode coming up so you never know, that might steal this episode’s thunder ….. O_O).