Our top moments of the week:
15. Best Message:
After Jones took her own life on last week's Chicago Fire, a police officer delivers a note she left for Dawson before she died. We learn its contents in the final moments of the episode, when Dawson places the note next to her mirror. What does it say? "Don't let anything stand in your way."
14. Worst Act:
Following her heartbreaking, sudden split with Danny, Mindy tries a new approach to picking up guys on The Mindy Project: acting cool. When she spots a cute guy (Max Greenfield) at the bar, she forces her way between him and the attractive girl he's talking to order a whiskey. Guys like whiskey, right? Unfortunately, as soon as she takes a sip, she immediately spits it out on the him. Sounds like Mindy could use a drink — just as long as it's not whiskey.
13. Best Return: Gabriel is back on Supernatural! According to The Trickster, he had faked his death and gone into hiding. But after Gabriel tries to sacrifice himself in exchange for Cas leading the angels, Castiel notices a continuity error and realizes that none of this was real. Yet when Cas asks Gabriel if he really is alive, the archangel just raises his eyebrow and disappears — hopefully off to live happily in hiding doing more Casa Erotica.
12. Worst Gameplay: Working with other teams comes back to bite John and Jessica in the butt on Amazing Race All-Stars. Unaware that they are the last three teams at the Roadblock, Jessica asks the Afghanimals to share the answer with them and the Globetrotters. Unfortunately, John has to retrieve a new postcard to write down the answer before he could submit it, leading to the couple's elimination. Hey, at least they aren't holding onto an Express Pass this time.
11. Best Exes:
On New Girl, after splitting with Nick, Jess goes into full breakup mode by crying over Dirty Dancing — just like she did in the pilot. From his bedroom, Nick calls her in the middle of the movie and tries to chat about lighthearted silly subjects, but the conversation soon turns serious. "I don't know what to do," he says. As they bond over the difficulties of navigating their new post-breakup dynamic, Jess realizes she's out of tissues. Nick tosses her a fresh box and adds, "That's what I'm here for."
10. Best Twist:
On The Vampire Diaries, Stefan and Elena have recurring dreams about each other from another lifetime in which they're a boring, normal couple who got engaged and had kids. But as lovely it is to see how happy they are in another life, we soon learn that the cause of the dreams — the romanticized doppelganger prophecy — has been a hoax this whole time. The truth is that Markos cast a spell 1,500 years ago for the doppelgangers to be drawn together just so they'd find each other, making it easier for Markos to jack their blood. Sneaky!
9. Worst Fight: It takes two to tango and three to cause some Dancing with the Stars drama. When NeNe Leakes praises her switch-up partner Derek Hough to the high heavens, her regular pro Tony Dovolani isn't exactly amused and doesn't hide his annoyance during rehearsal. But the Real Housewife, as we all know, is no shrinking violet and calls him out on it. "You're gonna have to come with a better attitude tomorrow," she says. "You've got an attitude today and that sh-- ain't gonna work ... because I've only given you the best that I've got every day. I don't deserve an attitude." Not so fun when someone does that to you, huh, Tony?
8. Biggest Cliff-Hanger: After Parenthood's Ryan is injured during his tour of duty overseas and is sent back to California, he and Amber discuss how much they've missed each other before sharing a passionate kiss. (Take that, Ryan's mean mom!). Unfortunately, Ryan is heading back to Wyoming, but the final moments of the episode show Amber picking up a pregnancy test at a drugstore. Sorry, Haddie, looks like Amber's stealing your thunder.
7. Worst Decision: Mike Weston completes his crossover to the dark side on The Following, when hefatally shoots an unarmed Lily Gray. Though the killing will undoubtedly give the vengeful Mike some temporary satisfaction — Lily was responsible for his father's murder earlier in the season, after all — the repercussions for the young agent, both personally as well as professionally, are likely going to be severe. But good riddance to Lily!
6. Best Striptease: It's almost wrong to accept an award for Best Shirtless Performance while clothed. Fortunately, Rita Ora makes sure Zac Efron is (un)dressed for the part at the MTV Movie Awards. When Efron wouldn't comply with the singer's order to "Take it off!", she runs over and pulls off his convenient button-down for us to bask in his tan, ripped glory. Sorry, Conan.
5. Best Breakup: Alicia and Peter have never had the healthiest or happiest marriage on The Good Wife. But whatever bond between them goes down the drain, seemingly for good, during their nastiest argument to date. The name calling is to be expected, but Peter goes too far when he implies that Will might not have ever really cared for her. Ouch! As a result, Alicia decides to cut the cord once and for all. Although they won't divorce (they're too valuable to each other as spouses), they won't see each other and Peter can sleep with whomever he wants. (Did that stop him before?) Eli's gonna have a field day with this!
4. Worst Sacrificial Lamb: The day before the presidential election on Scandal, it becomes clear that Fitz's VP, Sally Langston, is going to win thanks to her filmed heroics in front of the church in the wake of Mama Pope's bombing. However, just when the Grant family seems to have officially given up — Fitz's son Jerry tells his dad he's sorry he's going to lose — Jerry begins sneezing and coughing blood in the middle of one of Fitz's campaign speeches. He drops to the ground moments later and is declared dead later that night, ensuring a victory for his grieving parents because, as Olivia says, America will want to stand behind them. At least we don't have someone in the Oval Office who killed her husband with a friggin' letter opener!
3. Best Murder: Aw, geez. Did ya see that coming on Fargo? Emboldened by his chance meeting with murderous drifter Lorne "There Are No Rules" Malvo, mild-mannered, put-upon Lester Nygaard takes matters into his own hands with his nagging wife Pearl. "You're going to hit me with the hammer?" she scoffs after belittling him repeatedly. Why, yes, he is. Lester drives the hammer into her forehead and watches silently as a stream of crimson blood trickles down her face before furiously whacking at her, unleashing decades of pent-up rage. Is it gross? Hilarious? Twisted? You betcha!
2. Best Restraint: Mad Men's final season is all about change, and so far, Don Draper seems to be making a concerted effort. On a flight back to New York from L.A. (where Don's wife Megan is living while she pursues her acting career), Don strikes up a chat with Lee Cabot (guest star Neve Campbell). She's a widow and boy, is she ever Don's type. However, when she invites him back to her place, Don passes. "I'm sorry, but I have to get back to work," he lies. But will the change stick all season?
1. Best Death: A groom perishing on his wedding day shouldn't be cause for celebration, but when it comes to Game of Thrones, fans have been waiting for this particular bloodletting for four years. At the feast, newlywed King Joffrey whips out his signature cruelty to humiliate everyone in sight, which naturally makes him thirsty. Alas, the wine doesn't give him a buzz unless you count oxygen deprivation caused by choking. The suspected poison works fast, and as the teen tyrant collapses and turns purple, the question is not "Who wanted Joffrey dead?" but "Who didn't want him dead?" Schadenfreude never tasted so good.
What were your top moments?