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Our top moments of the week:
11. Worst Catch: Jess, Nick and the rest of the New Girl gang decide to go camping on Thanksgiving after Coach questions Nick's manliness. However, Nick once again gets down on himself when the trip quickly turns disastrous, prompting Jess to boost his ego by taking a big bite of the fish Nick caught in the water — the fish that, unbeknownst to Jess, Nick caught after it was already dead and floating near a sock. Jess soon begins hallucinating and winds up in the hospital after throwing up... a lot. Have we mentioned lately how thankful we are for grocery stores and the Food Safety and Inspection Service?
10. Hottest Reveal: After Melinda May invited Ward up to her hotel room at the end of last week's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it seemed a safe assumption that the two were gonna get it on. What fans didn't see coming is that this wasn't the first time! On this week's episode, Ward comes out of May's hotel bathroom in nothing more than a towel and tells her that they should "follow the same plan as before: Take separate routes back, stagger our timing so no one suspects." Now there's a team bonding exercise we can totally get behind!
9. Worst Union: When faced with the possibility of attending her ex Josh's wedding solo on The Mindy Project, Mindy instead decides to bring her colleague, Peter, because he claims to be Mr. Wedding. Peter lives up to his title, getting the dance floor going and everything, but just when Josh goes to Mindy to compliment her on her awesome boyfriend Peter, the two walk in on Peter having sex with the bride.Uh, Mr. Wedding, couldn't you have just bought them a toaster?
8. Best Tribute: Although everybody on Person of Interest is looking to avenge the death of Detective Carter, it's her former partner Fusco who gets the big moment. But after a brutal fistfight with HR lieutenant Simmons, Fusco refuses to relive his own days as a dirty cop by killing Carter's murderer. "I could have been like you," an emotional Fusco says. "I got lucky. I had a partner. She reminded me that I could be good again. ... Carter saved my life. She saved me from myself because she believed in me. And I'm not going to throw that away on a piece of crap like you." Instead, Fusco cuffs him and proudly leads him through the precinct. Attaboy, Fusco!
7. Best Power Move: Jackie has always been a supportive (read: controlling) mother on The Good Wife, but she seriously ups her game when she learns that Eli is planning on nominating her husband's former mistress, Rachel, for the Illinois Supreme Court. Jackie tries to get Eli to reconsider, but when he stands firm, she threatens Rachel that she'll reveal the affair to her dying husband and even goes to the hospital to visit him to presumably drop the bombshell. The scare tactics work, and Rachel steps down, giving Jackie another surprise victory over Eli. Does this mean we put Diane's name back into consideration? Pretty please?
6. Best Anniversary Present: What do you get for the Time Lord who has everything? A second chance! On the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, Ten and Eleven join forces with the War Doctor for a madcap adventure, with the three incarnations getting cheeky with one another. Too skinny! Too old! Too spastic! The insults fly. But beyond the goofy one-upmanship and nods to Doctors and companions past, is Doctor Who's requisite dash of epic, intergalactic pathos. Through timey-wimey hocus-pocus, the obliteration of the entire Time Lord race has now been reversed, which means that the Doctor now has less guilt, more hope and a concrete mission going forward. Fish fingers and custard for all!
5. Doggone It Award: It's a dog-eat-dog world out there — especially on Family Guy. In an unexpected shocker, Brian, the Griffins' beloved, acerbic canine, dies after getting hit by a car, and not even Stewie's time-travel machine can save him. Killing Brian is a crock of shitzu, but maybe all dogs don't go to heaven quite yet? Though Fox has denied any affiliation, a website has popped up with a countdown to a "special announcement" from Brian on Dec. 6. If it's no hoax, then can we get a "howlelujah"?
4. Cruelest Manipulation Tactic: The Blacklist's Red Reddington may have met his match. When an FBI black site is infiltrated by his old colleague-turned-nemesis Anslo Garrick, the concierge of crime must take refuge in "The Box," a clear, ammunition-proof safe room. But once in, he can't leave because the FBI has the code to unlock The Box. Anslo counts on Red's leverage with the FBI to open it and gives him a little incentive: The longer Red stays in, the more of his friends will die. First we see Luli Zheng's brains splatter onto the outer walls of The Box, and then Dembe bids Red a proud, heartbreaking farewell before he also dies. Next up? The episode ends on a cliff-hanger when Red's beloved Agent Elizabeth Keen is trotted out for her imminent execution.
3. Saddest Death: Boardwalk Empire's Season 4 finale once again robs us of a beloved character. After spending all season trying to shed his days of being a hitman, Richard Harrow agrees to take out Dr. Narcisse as one final chore for Nucky. But when the time comes, Richard hesitates, and when he finally does pull the trigger, he accidentally kills Chalky's daughter Maybelle instead. Although Richard is shot in the ensuing aftermath, the episode's final scenes show Richard reuniting with his new wife Julia and little Tommy on his sister's Wisconsin farm. Alas, it's all just a dying man's dream: The final shot reveals Richard, no longer in need of his mask, dead under the Atlantic City boardwalk where he spent his first night with Julia. RIP, Mr. Harrow.
2. Cattiest Performance: Twerking is so last summer. Instead, Miley Cyrus sets out to break the Internet with her American Music Awards performance by showcasing its, well, catnip: cats. Dressed in matching cat-print top and high-waisted panties (insert your joke here), MiCy croons a stripped-down version of "Wrecking Ball" with a giant kitty floating on the screen behind her. The feline lip-synch, winks, cries and, like Miley, can't keep its tongue in its mouth. We're still not sure what to make of it, but it's definitely the cat's meow of the World Wide Web.
1. Deadliest Fowl Play: You knew Bertram was a Red John red herring last week, right? After a 10-year manhunt on The Mentalist, Jane finally gets his guy, who reveals himself to be the thought-to-be-dead Sheriff McAllister. And for once, it's Jane who's one step ahead: He uses McAllister's ornithophobia to his advantage by whipping out a pigeon from his jacket and then wounding him with a bullet inside the church. Following a foot-chase through a cemetery and a house, Jane pins RJ down at a park and chokes him to death. Red is dead at long last. Now what? Well, a two-year time-jump. But the bigger question is: How the hell did Jane hide that pigeon in his pocket?!
What were your top moments?