This week in television was an emotional roller coaster, with highs and lows often coming within the same episode. Once Upon a Time may have had its share of frustrating moments in “Selfless, Brave and True” (I will never be over them turning August back into a child), but the quietly beautiful moment between Snow and Charming where she broke the news of her blackened heart to him reminded me of everything that is right with the show. If I were to pick a runner-up for the best thing I saw this week, that scene would undoubtedly be my choice. Castle had its share of great moments this past week as well, with Ryan’s backstory getting some much-deserved attention before the episode concluded with a sweet Castle/Beckett scene and an even sweeter scene between Ryan and Jenny. (Anybody else super excited to see Ryan as the adorable dad we all know he’ll be?)
Although there were plenty of strong moments to choose from, the best of the week came once again from New Girl. “Chicago” was as touching as it was hilarious, giving Nick’s character and the relationship between him and Jess some beautiful new layers. The entire funeral scene maintained the deft balancing act between humor and heart that’s made this show such a runaway success this season. Jess’s Elvis impression had me laughing, but Nick’s eulogy had me in tears from Jake Johnson’s honest depiction of grief. And the moments when Nick first sees what Jess is doing for him and his family and when Jess takes Nick’s hand will never fail to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (mainly because of Johnson’s face, which seems to be getting more and more attractive each week).
What was your favorite thing about this week in the world of TV?