Top Moments: Lost, Loser, Office Offer Feuds and Finales
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There are so many ways to resolve a rivalry without using your fists. Why not a sing-off? Or a competition to see who looks better slathered in goo? Or who can lose the most weight? Or... wow. Maybe Jack and Sawyer have the right idea, settling things the old-fashioned way. In this week's finale-filled Top Moments, we look at some folks who find creative ways to settle their differences. And two guys who aren't fighters, but lovers. Of each other's moms.
12. Best, um, "Homage": The Grey's Anatomy reveal that the bus-pancake patient is George provides a jaw-dropping jolt — that is, to anyone who hasn't seen ER. The dearly departed medical drama employed the same twist 12 years ago (and much more effectively) when a John Doe brought in after jumping in front of a train turned out to be Dr. Dennis Gant. (Gant died, by the way. Does that mean George will die too?)
11. Best Last Call: The rise of Lucifer isn't the biggest shock in the Supernatural finale. It's the reveal that all this time Ruby has been manipulating Sam into breaking the last seal. Though Dean is "too late" to stop the apocalypse, he does manage to cut off Sam's demon-blood supply — in the most permanent of ways.
10. Sweetest Deal: After having his nearly unthinkable Dollhouse theory proven true, disgraced G-man Paul Ballard offers his sleuthing services to Adelle in exchange for the early release of one Active. But rather than tapping Caroline/Echo, he extends freedom to onetime lover Mellie/November. What a doll.
9. Smallest Winner: Tara Costa, a 24-year-old who won 18 straight weeks of challenges, seems like a natural winner of The Biggest Loser as she steps to the scale. The other two finalists, who have already weighed in, wait anxiously to see if she'll best them once again. But she doesn't. The unlikely winner turns out to Helen Phillips, a woman twice Costa's age who shed 54 percent of her body weight. Who says youth carries all the advantages?
8. Global Warming Award: Geeks with dreams of getting the girl give new thought to vacating mom's basement as Big Bang Theory's Penny has a hard time saying goodbye to North Pole-bound Leonard. Asked by her would-be beau about her prolonged hug, Penny says — though only to the audience — "It means I wish you weren't going." We melted.
7. Most Ostentatious Display of Wealth: We knew the Jersey girls featured in the latest installment of Real Housewives would be as flashy as the ladies from past installments, but nothing beats Teresa paying a $120,000 furniture bill in cash. "I hear the economy is crashin' — so that's why I pay cash." If you have that many dollars around, why not shape them into bean bag chairs?
6. Dirtiest Walk-Off: Some may call it artistic, but America's Next Top Model finale runway looks more like a mud- and grease-soaked orgy. The designer's vision for slathering grease all over his models while they crawl and writhe down the catwalk is a little too high-fashion for our taste. Teyona, who made the best of losing her fake hair amid all the mud-slinging, went on to win the show's latest cycle. Congratulations.
5. Best Maternity Leave: Pam shows up at The Office's company picnic expecting to lead her team to volleyball dominance... and goes home just expecting. She and Jim get the good news when she leaves the festivities to get medical clearance for an ankle injury. Next year she can show up with a bundle of joy, but please: no chicken pot pies.
4. Too Soon? Award: You'd think the revelation that Dr. William Bell lives literally "in another world" would be the biggest shocker of Fringe's debut season finale. Instead, it's Olivia's discovery that Bell's office is located inside a still-standing World Trade Center. Wow, they went there? It's true, we couldn't think of a faster storytelling shortcut to say this is a different reality. But wow.
3. Least Surprising Exit: We can't say we're caught totally off-guard by Danny Gokey's boot from American Idol, given not only that scream but also Paula Abdul's decision to make him sing a song by Terence Trent D'Arby. (Who was a big deal around the time Abdul came on the scene, but is an unknown to Idol's younger viewers.) Could the Adam vs. Kris showdown have felt more inevitable?
2. Best Collaboration: Is it weird that Justin Timberlake is as funny as anyone on Saturday Night Live? Or that some of Andy Samberg's songs are as good as Timberlake's? We're glad they're both secure enough in their skills to work together on instant classics like "Motherlover," the highlight of an episode our moms seemed to like even more than we did. (Watch it at our Online Video Guide.)
1. Blankest Slate: Lost gives Juliet the best death since — well, the death of that other Juliet — and leaves us with a fade to white that amounts to a blank slate for next season. It recalls the Sopranos' cut to darkness, but this time we get to see what happens next. And if Lost as we know it is really over, we're glad we got to watch Jack and Sawyer fight it out before the end.