Mr. Robot – 1.9 eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt
Let’s be honest, if you’ve watched Mr Robot you’ll know how much of a roller coaster ride it is from the very beginning. But the penultimate episode of season 1 is where so many things that have been building up throughout the series come to a head. Shit gets real guys. And when Maxence Cyrin’s beautiful piano cover of Where is my Mind plays at the end (a cheeky little nod to Fight Club) I get goose-bumps every time. That scene between Elliot and Tyrell is a perfect climax to all the tension that’s been building up between them. Ugh, perfection.
Star Trek (The Original Series): Operation: Annihilate!
The crew take on a weird race of parasitic aliens that happen to look remarkably like pancakes. So much so that I successfully found out the name of the episode by searching ‘Star Trek pancake alien episode.’ A childhood favourite.
Friends – The One with the Two Parties
It’s so hard to narrow Friends down to just one favourite episode, and of course for a soppy old romantic like me, the Monica and Chandler proposal might seem like an obvious choice. Another solid contender was The One with the Video Tape, as it’s so cleverly done. But I actually chose a slightly more serious episode as I feel like it handled Rachel’s struggle with her parents’ divorce really nicely. We have a touching moment of bonding between her and Chandler, and I melt when he gently moves Rachel from his arms into Ross’. So sweet and lovely. Plus the logistics of the two parties and trying to keep Rachel’s parents from running into each other makes for some great comedy. Also, this beautiful moment:
Gilmore girls – Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Again, it’s impossible to narrow it down to just one episode. I’ve chosen this one for three reasons:
- Friday night dinner. This is so well-done, and I feel like the director let himself get really creative with this scene. It’s over the top, almost theatrically so, but the dialogue as always is fast-paced and witty. Plus the POV camera angles put you right into the chaos of all the different arguments going on at once. It’s an interesting technique used to great effect for the first time in this episode, and never again after.
- Lorelai’s fantastic and (for some reason) British impression of her mother. ‘Alert the corgis!’ Makes me laugh every time.
- Emily: I only wished I’d remembered to call her a cocktail waitress.
Lorelai: [gasping] Oooh. That’s my mother’s version of the ‘c’ word.
The Office – The Job
I think this pretty much sums it up.
The emotion. Dreamy sigh.
A close second would be the episode where Jim enlists a friend to masquerade as him and convince Dwight that Jim’s been Asian all along. I love all of Jim’s pranks on Dwight, but that has to be my favourite.
Parks and Recreation – Halloween Surprise
Because I had to get a proposal episode in here somewhere and this is undoubtedly one of the best.
LOST – Man of Science, Man of Faith
Our first look down the mysterious hatch. THE NUMBERS! So much intrigue. This is easily one of my favourite episodes of LOST, though I was originally going to go with the episode where Jin and Sun die. But I didn’t because, y’know, I’m not a monster.
No YOU’RE crying.
Brooklyn Nine Nine – Halloween II
Jake attempts to pull off another Halloween heist, this time the Captain’s priceless watch. A clever episode with a fun twist.
Star Trek Voyager – Twisted
I don’t know why but this episode has always been a favourite of mine. A strange phenomenon wreaks havoc with the ship and turns it into a weird twisting labyrinth.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Pancake Madness
I’m ending this list on an absolute high, obviously. I can’t decide what makes this episode so great, whether it’s the ridiculous song about pancakes being the answer to the riddle (which I’m physically incapable of stopping myself from singing when I eat pancakes), Harvey’s terrible singing of said song, or the giant syrup bottle Sabrina hallucinates when she’s having pancake withdrawals. Oh yes, that’s right, the premise of this episode is Sabrina developing a crack-like addiction to pancakes (those pancakey bastards up to no good again!). Also, the syrup bottle’s name is Mrs Mapleton. 10/10. Absolute genius. Watch now.