Top Moments: Ellen Stages a Friends Reunion, SVU Goes Out with a Bang
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry
Our top moments of the week:
12. Oh, Baby Award: Babies, babies, babies. That's pretty much the theme of the Chicago Fire season finale, in which Hermann becomes a dad after his wife and newborn baby endure life-threatening labor, and Shay finds out she's not pregnant, much to her dismay. Although Shay and Severide get to be godparents to Hermann's new bundle of joy, Shay's heartbreak is compounded by the fact that Severide's ex-girlfriend, Renee, shows up, sporting a sizable baby bump. Awkward!
11. Best Tribute: In the wake of Monday's harrowing tornado in Oklahoma that left hundreds injured and killed at least 24, The Voice pays tribute to the victims the best way it knows how — with a musical performance. On Tuesday's results show, coach and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton is joined by his wife, Miranda Lambert, as the two perform a moving acoustic version of their song "Over You."
10. Saddest Goodbye: On The Big C's series finale, a more mature Adam surprises Cathy by working his butt off to graduate high school early — fulfilling the one remaining thing on her bucket list. (Pass the tissues, please.) Cathy dies later that day, right before Paul comes home, having realized he's become the man he is because of his wife. The good news: She's swimming laps with Marlene in the afterlife! RIP, Cathy.
9. Funniest Drunk: The Lannisters might be known for their gold, but Tyrion's best asset is his silver tongue. Unfortunately on Game of Thrones, the Imp is forced to turn his biting wit upon himself after he drunkenly threatens to castrate King Joffrey. In order to appease his nephew, Tyrion has to belittle his own manhood before the who's-who of King's Landing. To make matters worse, the self-proclaimed King of Tits and Wine has to do so while leading his new bride Sansa to their marriage bed. Nothing screams "consummation" like self-deprecating tales about vomiting on girls during sex, right?
8. Best Dance, Part I: Dancing with the Stars seemed like it was Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy's to lose all season, but as it has been proven time and time again, it all comes down to the freestyle. Eschewing the "super-sized" option to add a bigger production and extra dancers, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough instead go for a stripped-down, poignant, raw contemporary number that brings the crowd to its feet and tears to everyone's eyes, and singlehandedly wins them the Mirrorball trophy. As the old adage goes, "Less is more."
7. Deadliest Reveal: The Force is with Criminal Minds — the dark side, that is. Mark Hamill's federal agent/biochemistry aficionado John Curtis, who has a history with Blake and Strauss, is revealed to be the BAU's season-long unsub The Replicator when he breaks into Strauss' hotel room and drugs her after forcing her — a recovering alcoholic — to drink. Unfortunately, the rest of the team find Strauss too late to save her and the one-time BAU antagonist dies.
6. Best Death: There can only be one woman in Norman Bates' life and it will always be his mother. On the season finale of Bates Motel, Norman gets a ride home from the school dance from his kind teacher, Miss Watson. Still bloody from getting into a fight at the dance, Miss Watson takes Norman to her place to wash him up. However, he soon gets a vision of his mother telling him to kill Miss Watson. "What kind of grown woman invites a teenage boy into her house and changes her clothes where he can see her?" Norma says in the vision. "You know what you have to do." Norman is next seen running home and into his mother's arms as the camera cuts to a definitely dead Miss Watson.
5. Worst Cliff-Hangers: Nashville ends its first season with two head-scratching (yet somehow also predictable) cliff-hangers. As Juliette sings a heartfelt song about her mother's death at the Blue Bird Café, Gunnar proposes to Scarlett after their recent breakup. (Uh, shouldn't you wait at least six months before getting on bended knee, buddy?) Moments later, Rayna argues with a drunk Deacon in the car. Reaching for his liquor bottle, she swerves suddenly to avoid an oncoming car and sends their SUV into a roll. (Thank God the show was renewed or we might have some actual dramatic stakes on our hands!) Haven't we heard this tune, like, hundreds of times before?
4. Best Dance, Part II: We're still not sure what happened on Mad Men (perhaps an "energy serum" shot would help), but tap-dancing fool Ken Cosgrove was a bright spot. After his wild car ride with the Chevy executives, a banged-up, fed-up Ken shows up in front of Don's office to vent his frustration over the demeaning things an account executive must do to keep clients happy — all while performing a little soft-shoe. With a cane. Why? Because it's his job!
3. Most Adorable Sendup: If you haven't seen Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Bachelor parody The Baby Bachelor yet, what the hell are you waiting for? (Burning Love is so last year.) Starring Kimmel's nephew Wesley, the series is the gift that keeps on giving, as we learn in Episode 2 that baby Bachelors aren't much different from adult Bachelors. In a shocking twist during the four-person Dinosaur Ceremony (five girls missed it because of naptime and will "now die alone," per Kimmel), Wesley gives the second of his two dinosaurs to bad girl Jesse, who had earlier thrown a fit during the tea party. (She is not there to make friends!) But will she actually become his Baby Bride? More importantly, why is this just three episodes long?!
2. Best Cliff-Hanger: Fourteen seasons in and Law & Order: SVU still packs quite a punch. After a tireless but futile attempt to put a fingerprint-less sociopath rapist behind bars, Capt. Cragen orders Benson to go home and stay there for two days to get some rest. Unfortunately, the perp is waiting for her there and points a gun at her temple as the episode fades to black. Normally, we'd be like: Duh, Benson will be fine, but Mariska Hargitay still hasn't signed on for Season 15...
1. Best Reunion: We're dead-set against a real Friends reunion, but we're totally into self-deprecating bits that mock one (as this skit on Ellen DeGeneres' show does). To prepare for her Ellen DeGeneres Show co-hosting stint, Jennifer Aniston seeks advice from Matthew Perry (or David, as she calls him). Unfortunately, things don't go smoothly (Aniston: "C'mon, you've got to give me something to go on." Perry: "Oh, don't say Go On") and they get even more awkward when Aniston learns that Perry's been sleeping with Courteney Cox. At least she didn't find out over the phone this time, right?
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