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Our top moments of the week:
14. Birds of a Feather Award: Wednesday's episode of Arrow unites the Black Canary and the Huntress, two members of the so-called "Birds of Prey," but in a nice twist, they're adversaries. Their fight gains even more symbolism when Laurel — who will eventually become the Black Canary and a member of the "Birds of Prey" — joins the fray. An interesting way to foreshadow, no?
13. Best Curtain Call: Despite their best efforts, New Directions is forced to disband as the school year comes to a close on Glee. To say goodbye, the Gleeks film a video message for Mr. Schue's unborn baby, telling him or her how much they loved their teacher. As the video ends, all the kids perform a rousing rendition of their signature tune, "Don't Stop Believing". We never will.
12. Best Head-Scratcher: Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicks off its first season finale with one heck of a curve ball. In the opening moments of the episode, a clearly intoxicated Jake Peralta enters a bar and offers to buy a round of drinks for everyone. When asked what the occasion is, Peralta replies, "I just got fired from the NYPD." What?! (Have no fear, Andy Samberg fans: That scene is later revealed to be a flash-forward, and we learn that Jake had to be fired so that he could go undercover.)
11. Best Delayed Response: After a botched proposal in front of Malik's family on Suburgatory, Lisa thinks it's over between them. But the next Monday at school, Malik goes all Love Actually and holds a big sign in front of Lisa telling her to "just listen" right before he unleashes a perfectly lip-synched version of Bruno Mars' "Count on Me." After the choreographed dancing, confetti, special lighting and back-up singers, Malik pulls out the cards again to say he was just surprised and then he asks her to marry him.
10. Worst Judgment Call: Hannibal's Will Graham may not be a killer, but people surrounding him sure do end up dead quite often. After Will finally convinces Beverly to take a closer look at Hannibal Lecter as a suspect for the murders for which Will has been charged, she breaks into his house in search of clues. Just when she appears to find some OMG-worthy damning evidence in the basement, she turns around to see Hannibal right behind her. The camera cuts to black just as Hannibal gives chase, but there's no way Beverly makes it out alive, right?
9. Best Interruption: Late Night with Seth Meyers welcomes Timothy Olyphant as a guest, but not without a few unsolicited notes from ... Timothy Olyphant. Just as Meyers is about to introduce him, Olyphant pokes his head out from behind the curtain to ask that a) Meyers introduce him as the "Emmy-nominated star of Justified" and that b) Meyers say "please welcome my good friend, Timothy Olyphant." Meyers is skeptical at the second request since they're not friends in real life. "People like that, that idea that in show business, we're all just friends," Olyphant explains. He goes back behind the curtain so that Meyers can actually introduce him, but not without yelling "best friend" when Meyers says "good friend" in his intro. I mean, what else are best friends for?
8. Worst Breakup: You know it's rough when suffering a heart attack isn't the worst part of your week. After his near-death experience on Suits, Louis proposes to Sheila, but there's no happily-ever-after for the kooky couple. Though Sheila agrees to move from Boston to New York for Louis, they come to an impasse on having kids. "I was willing to give up Harvard for you," Sheila says. "You can't give up something for me?" He cannot, and the two tearfully part. Maybe it's for the best since Sheila still doesn't know that Louis went through her files?
7. Worst Exit: In a Survivor first, Lindsey, one of the members of the Brawn tribe at the start of Survivor: Cagayan, opts to quit the game due to personal differences with Trish. After a post-Tribal Council blow-up, Lindsey and Trish exchange heated words before Lindsey stalks off to the beach to calm down. When Jeff Probst is called in to try to defuse the situation, Lindsey explains that she's pulling herself from the game because she's worried that she'd set a bad example for her daughter if she had any further interactions with Trish. Guess we can't argue with that logic — but it still makes for an anti-climatic ouster!
6. Best Threesome: After trying to move to San Francisco without telling his best friend goodbye — video messages will not suffice! — Shawn gets a surprise visit from Gus on the series finale of Psych. Gus won't take no for an answer and instead of begging his friend to move back to Santa Barbara, he leaves his fancy new job and company car behind to continue adventuring with Shawn in NorCal. Shawn is excited, but doesn't let the moment distract him from proposing to Juliet — with Gus by his side, natch. "Jules, will you marry us? Me, mostly me, even though Gus is always going to be part of the deal," he says right before she says yes. However, the biggest surprise comes when Juliet is about to take the ring and a burglar snatches it and runs off, leaving Gus, Shawn and Juliet to go after him. Most useful third wheel ever!
5. Best MacGyver Impression: Boyd Crowder's craftiness never ceases to amaze us on Justified. After losing half of a large shipment of heroin, Boyd is called to a meeting to explain. When he senses that Wynn Duffy is prepared to kill Boyd in favor of a new partnership with Picker, Boyd takes bold action: He throws a package of cigarettes he's custom-rigged with explosives into Picker's lap and watches as the homemade bomb rips right through him as Wynn looks on in horror. Talk about getting rid of your competition!
4. Best Skewering: Jon Stewart blasts CNN for its over-the-top, bombastic coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Noting that Anderson Cooper's opening news brief was "an accurate and humble assessment," the Daily Show host quips that CNN soon realized, "'Oh, sh--! We've got 23 hours and 59 minutes left to fill. F--- it! Let's go nuts!' And so they did, with everything in their bag of tricks: giant floor maps, big fake airplanes, little fake airplanes, holographic airplanes, no airplane detail left unspoken!" And don't forgot all the Lost references and calling on psychics. Stewart, however, hits them where it really hurts, pointing out that CNN's "airline obsession" has resulted in a ratings spike for the struggling network: "It itself became news, because the only thing less likely than an airplane disappearing out of the sky is CNN's ratings doubling."
3. Best Callback: Barney and Robin finally tie the knot on How I Met Your Mother with an actual ring bear (and nearly a flower gorilla). But the best touch of their long-awaited nuptials is the subtle reference to the beginning of their relationship: Robin walks down the aisle to her former pop star alter ego's "Sandcastles in the Sand"!
2. Most Surprising Flameout: Jess and Nick had been going pretty hot and heavy for most of this season of New Girl; they even share a room now! But when the couple must put together a complicated children's toy while extremely hungover, some harsh truths comes to the surface about the many different things they want in life and the lack of things they have in common. Their argument turns fiery — literally — when Nick accidentally sets fire to a nearby blanket. By the end of the episode, both the conflagration and Nick and Jess' relationship is dunzo.
1. Most Shocking Death: The Good Wife has always been full of surprising twists and turns, but nothing prepared us for the shocking third act of Sunday's episode. When Diane is in court to represent a client in a DUI case, she hears gunshots from a neighboring courtroom. She rushes out to find a bloody and barely breathing Will in the lap of the prosecutor. Kalinda yells for paramedics, but by the time Kalinda and Diane get to the hospital, they discover his lifeless, pale body under a sheet. Can't we just go back to worrying about whether Peter is going to get in trouble? Those were the good ol' days!
What were your top moments?