This week in television got off to a strong start with another character-driven and emotionally-charged episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday. That was followed by a Monday night that featured the first “30” of the season on Dancing with the Stars (Congrats, Elizabeth Berkley!) and a Castle episode that featured Joshua Gomez in the perfectly-cast role of a time-traveler. Tuesday’s New Girl and The Mindy Project were both laugh-out-loud funny, and Wednesday’s Nashville was a roller coaster of emotions as Rayna struggled to sing again. Thursday may have been sadly lacking a new episode of Parks and Recreation, but it did give us one heck of a twist on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Lisa Kudrow’s first appearance on Scandal.
From a fantastic New Girl scene featuring the word “Batmanmobile” to the revelation of Anastasia’s identity on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, there were a quite a few moments that stood out this week in the vast television landscape. However, the best of the best came from last Sunday’s Once Upon a Time, which once again reminded us of the brilliant talents of Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin. Emma’s grief-stricken and angry breakdown over Neal and Snow’s horrified realization that she has no idea how to comfort her daughter were two standout moments of emotional power in a season already filled with emotional scenes. Both Morrison and Goodwin excel at grounding their characters in honest emotions, and this scene’s power comes from the vulnerability they each give their performances, a vulnerability that keeps this fantasy show anchored in very real moments of human drama.
This moment was so important for both of these women—Emma needed to admit to all of her complicated feelings surrounding Neal in order to find the closure she’s been denied for over 11 years. And Snow needed to admit that she is struggling to be a mother as much as Emma is struggling to be a daughter. This scene was necessary for the emotional arcs of these characters, and it was handled brilliantly by two of the best actors in this incredibly talented cast.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?