Billy Dee Williams, Emma Slater
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Hail Mary: After a father of three perishes while laying on top of his children to save them from a blaze on Chicago Fire, the man's wife sues the firehouse for wrongful death. During a deposition, the father's sacrifice affects Casey deeply, and he tells the widow that "what your husband did ... was the bravest thing I've ever seen." The woman starts to cry, but thankfully, she also decides to drop the lawsuit. A small victory, but a victory nonetheless.
13. Worst Timing: Jane's engagement on Rizzoli & Isles is short-lived after Casey chooses to stay in the military but asks Jane to come with him. She decides that they're not meant to be if neither of them can give up their careers for the other — but that doesn't mean they're out of each other's lives for good. Why? Jane reveals that she's pregnant!
12. Worst Hail Mary: Alec Baldwin lays on his best Boston accent — 30 Rock's Nancy Donovan would be so proud! — to play his own worst nightmare: obnoxious, egotistical New York newspaper columnist Jimmy MacArthur on Law & Order: SVU. After trying to derail Benson and the squad's investigation into a rape and make the public think the victim is lying, Jimmy Mac finally realizes he was being manipulated by the suspect's rich family and powerful connections. He reveals this in a lengthy newspaper column, but unfortunately it's all for naught when several members of the jury admit to reading his column, which causes the judge to declare a mistrial. Guess the pen isn't so mighty after all.
11. Worst Hallucination: When Alicia reflects on her post-scandal job hunt for a keynote address on The Good Wife, she recalls when she first reconnected with Will to try to get hired. It's not Alicia's conservative clothes or her demure hairdo that are surprising, but Alicia's flashback to moments prior to her interview with him, when she hallucinates her stern mother-in-law Jackie reprimanding her about paying $300 for a new dress. "You like nice things, so go be a whore," Jackie tells Alicia. Yikes! And we thought real Jackie was intimidating and overbearing!
10. Worst Way to Go: Although Justified features a brawl that ends with Ava killing prison queen Judith, it is the episode's other death that sticks with us. Already an emotional wreck because his dog Chelsea was killed, Danny Crowe refuses to let Raylan arrest him for his role in smuggling Boyd's heroin back to Harlan. Instead, Danny once again tests the "21-foot rule" — the notion that a man with a knife can kill a man with gun first if they're within 21 feet of each other — with disastrous results. No, Raylan doesn't shoot Danny; Danny falls into a hole while charging Raylan and accidentally stabs himself in the head. So, we guess technically the knife was faster than the gun.
9. Best Family Ties: Once Upon a Time wastes no time in revealing the Wicked Witch's true identity and her evil agenda. It turns out that she is Cora's first daughter, which makes her the half-sister of Regina, whose life she wants to ruin since her younger sister got the long end of the magical stick. Does this make Regina the Wicked Witch of the East? Either way, we can't wait for more Oz-some sibling rivalry!
8. Best Pop-Up: Glee's 100th episode brings back so many familiar faces to McKinley High — Brittany S. Pierce! April Rhodes! Lord Tubbington! — but it's former glee club substitute teacher Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) who makes the best (re-)entrance. Holly has quit substitute-teaching to start her trademark Holly Holliday Teaching Pop-Ups. Cut to footage of Holly dressed in full retro army gear, wielding a sword and a sorry half-head of hair. "I'm William Henry Harrison, America's worst president. I exterminated a nation of Native Americans, and it got me elected," she says in her best old-man accent. Harrison is no Mary Todd Lincoln, but we still wish she was our high school history teacher.
7. Best Cliff-hangers: In the final minutes of Pretty Little Liars' fourth season, completely unexpected events blow away all the big reveals that came before... and keep us guessing. As the five girls are fighting off a gun-wielding A, Ezra shows up to save them, but instead gets shot himself. (Don't worry, he's not dead.) Following that shocker, we then see Mrs. DiLaurentis' lifeless body being dragged into the same grave where we just learned she had previously buried her daughter!
6. Worst Resurrection: After a gruesome bookstore murder on The Following, we learn that one very important character whom we previously thought dead is actually alive (again!). Mike, with his face covered, takes a shady ride to an undisclosed location. Eventually he is led, by people he clearly knows, into a room where he comes face-to-face with Clare -- whom we thought we saw stabbed to death in last season's finale -- in witness protection. Can't anyone stay dead on this show?!
5. Best Shellshock: Most people experienced Monday's 4.4-magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles over the Inter-webs, but KTLA anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble are right in the middle of a newscast when the temblor hits. While Henderson attempts to throw to commercial, Schauble has a slight panic attack before the two duck under the desk. Lo and behold, they survive the ceiling debris. But here's the real aftershock: Schauble's deer-in-the-headlights look has become your new favorite meme — and his new Twitter avatar.
4. Best Cameos: Remember Ted and Stella's adorably efficient Two-Minute Date? Of course you do! How I Met Your Mother pays homage to that super-squee-worthy moment when an extended, star-studded tracking shot shows where all the familiar faces -- from Sandy Rivers (Alexis Denisof) and The Blitz (Jorge Garcia) to Kevin (Kal Penn) and Zoey (Jennifer Morrison) -- end up in the future. And, wait for it ... we finally learn Blah Blah's name! But she so does not look like a Carol.
3. Worst Debut: Although R2-D2, a couple of Stormtroopers and Ewoks gather on Dancing with the Stars, The Force is most definitely not with Billy Dee Williams. The erstwhile Lando has everyone begging for the mercy rule with his Star Wars-themed cha-cha, during which he barely shuffles his feet and waves his arms. To be fair, he can hardly move in general with an arthritic back and two hip replacements plaguing his 76-year-old body. We would say that at least he gave it a try, but Yoda agrees not.
2. Saddest Discovery: Scandal wastes zero time resolving last week's cliff-hanger as the show reveals it was James, not David, on the wrong end of Jake's gun. After Jake shoots both of their female accomplices, James tries to make a run for it, but the well-trained Jake shoots him right in the back. A terrified David turns to Jake and successfully convinces him to spare his life, but, unfortunately, no amount of begging or pleading or crying can bring back Cyrus' husband and true love. For all of Scandal's crazy and over-the-top twists, this one hurts the most.
1. Worst Child's Play: The Walking Dead pushes its boundaries even further when it kills off two uninfected children deliberately and with forethought — Lizzie stabs her sister Mika to prove that she'd come back to life and be herself, and Carol then shoots Lizzie in the head, deeming her too dangerous to others. We knew the apocalypse was rough, but kids killing kids is much worse than death by zombie.
What were your top moments?