Top Moments: Mentalist Goes Up in Flames, Walking Dead's Villainous Return
by Joyce Eng and Kate Stanhope
Our top moments of the week:
15. Craziest Bombshell: As Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans, and probably LeAnn Rimes supporters, know all too well, Brandi Glanville is no shrinking violet. So when she stops by Watch What Happens: Live, she not only keeps her very random feud with Whitney Cummings alive with a nasty retort, but she starts a new one with fellow Housewives Joanna Krupa and Yolanda Foster when she drops the bombshell that Joanna slept with Yolanda’s ex Mohamed, and broke up their marriage. Let the Twitter battles begin.
14. In the Line of Fire Award: Arthur, the mobster who’s been strong-arming Molly’s for a cut of the profits on Chicago Fire, reveals he was the one who burned down Molly’s rival bar, Game Day. While it first seems that he torched the place to help Molly’s’ lagging business, he reveals that it was because they couldn’t pay his cut — and that he’s not afraid to do the same to Molly’s. He pours alcohol on the bar and ignites it. Fortunately, Dawson’s boyfriend, an undercover cop working for Arthur, outs himself by knocking Arthur unconscious — but not before Arthur has time to shoot Jay.
13. Biggest Lie: The Biggest Loser? More like The Biggest Cheater! Before the weekly weigh-in, Alison Sweeney announces that Jillian Michaels broke the rules last week when she gave her team caffeine supplements that were unauthorized by the show doctor. Because of Michaels’ misdeeds, Sweeney voids the prior week’s results and reinstates former American Idol champ Ruben Studdard. Michaels, however, is unrepentant. “A caffeine supplement is significantly healthier than unlimited amounts of coffee,” she says. “My only regret is that my team [is] suffering the consequences of my professional opinion.” Now who thinks this was all a ploy to get a famous face back on the show?
12. Like Father, Like Son Award: It wasn’t so long ago on The Good Wife that Peter knocked out his political rival Mike Kresteva for spreading gossip about the eldest Florrick child, Zach. Interestingly, Zach uses the same tactic when he learns that one of his male classmates has been posting revealing photos of Grace on the Internet. His creeper classmate tries to fight back, but Zach thoroughly kicks the crap out of him and walks away before any kind of school authority can intervene. That private school is worth every penny!
11. Anger Management Award: On The Originals, Klaus’ evil side comes a-knockin’ when Tyler shows up in New Orleans with 411 on Hayley’s baby that could change everything. The two hybrids duke it out, and Klaus comes thisclose to killing Tyler, but says that he’d rather him have endure a life of suffering instead. But Klaus still needs to unleash his anger, so he bites his brother Elijah. How much longer will people stick by Klaus?
10. Best Worst Timing: There may be hope yet for Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy. Through flashbacks, we learn that in addition to losing her leg, Arizona subsequently also lost a baby (yes, she was pregnant). But when Callie is sued for malpractice, Arizona is there to support her. As a result, Callie asks her to move back home. Now when will Arizona tell Callie about Leah — who’s hiding in the corner naked when Callie shows up?
9. Best New Mystery: On Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye hacks S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mainframe and learns that an agent dropped her off at an orphanage. We don’t learn whether the agent is her mother, but, with the help of May, Coulson discovers that Skye’s mom is dead, possibly at the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D.
8. (Real) Father Knows Best? Award: The Blacklist finally offers viewers a big piece of the puzzle surrounding just how Red knows Elizabeth. Red is at the bedside of Liz’s adoptive father, Sam, when he calls Liz to tell her that his cancer has spread and he’s in the hospital. After he hangs up, Red says to him, “You will always be her father, Sam. I can only hope to love her and protect her as you have.” And with that, Red suffocates the ailing man with a pillow. So now Red, one of the FBI’s most-wanted men, is going to step in and be Liz’s father figure? What more could a girl ask for?
7. Best Gunfight: After Person of Interest‘s Carter incites a war between corrupt cop organization HR and the Russian mob to get the information she needs, she asks a judge to sign the arrest warrant for HR’s leader Alonzo Quinn. But the dirty judge tips Quinn off, leaving Carter to face an HR firing squad in the judge’s living room. Carter appears to be working alone, but just in the nick of time, Reese shows up to save the day with his own hail of bullets. Reese and Carter escape with Quinn in tow, but one of HR’s cop-car cameras gets a good look at Reese. HR lieutenant Simms orders the picture be made available to all police (and thugs). “The man in the suit dies tonight,” Simms says. Watch your back, Reese!
6. Best Threat: With the fake miscarriage ruse completely revealed on Sons of Anarchy, the walls start to close in on Tara. With all of her allies bailing — Margaret leaves town, Wendy turns back to drugs — and with Juice tailing Tara to keep her from running with Jax’s boys, Tara becomes increasingly hopeless. Then Gemma drops the hammer, telling Tara that Jax will never forgive her (“He loves deep, but he hates deeper,” Gemma says). Gemma basically suggests that Tara give up the fight — or else. “Thomas and Abel will not be raised by you, and what you do now will determine how we deliver that message,” Gemma warns. “Either Mommy moved away or Mommy passed away. Your call.” What, no “Mommy’s really, really sorry” option?
5. Weirdest Twist: After viewers saw Charles’ wife, Olivia, accidentally walk in on Charles and Juliette getting horizontal in his hotel room on Nashville, and then quickly walk out before being seen, it took two weeks for them to find out what she was going to do about it. But the answer was worth the wait. At the very end of the episode, when Juliette is eagerly waiting for Charles, she opens the door to find Olivia, who gets right to the point. “I know you’re sleeping with my husband,” Olivia tells Juliette. “But what I don’t understand is why you’re not sleeping with me.” Olivia then leans in for a very passionate kiss as the end credits start to roll. And here Charles thought he had nothing in common with his estranged wife!
4. Best Crossover: If you heard about the whole 60 Minutes-Benghazi scandal that unfolded last week about a source severely lacking credibility and thought, “Hey, that sounds like the main plot of the last season of The Newsroom!” — congrats! You’re not alone. While covering the controversy on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert presents his theory, that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to blame, and even finds a 60 Minutes intern named Poncho Denews to corroborate his story. Surprisingly (not), Poncho then removes his fake beard and mustache and reveals himself to be Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), head of Atlantis Cable News and one of the stars of the HBO “documentary” The Newsroom. Wearing his signature bowtie and all, Charlie then delivers a rambling, Aaron Sorkin-like monologue about the importance of journalism comparing the truth to Domino’s pizza and lies to crazy beard. Naturally, Colbert ends the segment with his own correction about Poncho’s real identity. Somewhere, Leona Lansing is fuming.
3. Who’s Your Daddy? Award: Scandal is jam-packed with revelations, including the fact that Charlie blackmailed Quinn into joining B613 by making her kill the sole witness that could’ve revealed to OPA that Olivia’s mother was actually taken off the plane before Fitz shot it down. Whew. Take a breath. Now it gets worse: We also learn that Fitz’s father, Gerry, raped Mellie in a drunken stupor and could be the father of their firstborn. Talk about daddy issues.
2. Look Who’s Back Award: As if all-out mayhem in the prison hospital isn’t enough to deal with on The Walking Dead, Rick & Co. will have bigger fish to fry going forward. In the final minutes of the episode, The Governor makes his long-awaited return, creepily staring at the prison from afar. Who wants to bet he’s been keeping an eye (literally) on them since the end of Season 3?
1. Most Explosive Twist: Jane hosts the worst house party ever on The Mentalist when he rounds up the remaining five Red John suspects at his house to unmask (and disrobe) the serial killer once and for all. He orders the men to take off their shirts to see which one has RJ’s tattoo of three dots on his left arm. Unfortunately, not one, not two, but three of them — McAllister, Smith and Bertram — do. “It’s not what you think,” McAllister tells Jane, who points a gun at his face. But before Jane can open fire, the house blows up! Forget “Who’s Red John?” — who’s alive?
What were your top moments?