Penultimate episodes and season finales were all over the TV landscape this week, leading to what was one of the most high-quality weeks I’ve seen as a television viewer in quite some time. Once Upon a Time aired its penultimate episode on Sunday, bringing Regina’s arc to its peak as Emma’s arc hit its pre-finale low point. Also on Sunday, The Good Wife reminded me that there may be no greater group of female characters on one show, and Game of Thrones continued to add more depth to Cersei’s character as her second son was crowned king. On Monday, Castle gave us the conclusion to an arc six seasons in the making as Beckett put the man behind her mother’s death behind bars. And Tuesday presented us with a pair of finales: New Girl‘s cruise ship adventure and The Mindy Project’s ode to romantic comedies. Finally, Saturday’s Orphan Black might have featured Tatiana Maslany’s greatest work yet, and Charlize Theron proved that she really can do everything (except sing) when she hosted Saturday Night Live.
When picking this week’s greatest moment, I was torn between dramatic perfection and pure happiness. The former was found in Saturday’s climactic Orphan Black reunion between Sarah and Helena. It was almost too tense to watch, but I couldn’t look away. And to think that both parties in that scene were played by the same woman made it even more impressive.
But in the end, I chose to reward the moment that brought me the most joy, and that was the conclusion of Tuesday’s finale of The Mindy Project. Watching Danny and Mindy create their own romantic comedy moment was a thing of perfectly imperfect beauty. The references to everything from An Affair to Remember to When Harry Met Sally made me smile, but this was also a story that stood on its own as perhaps the most satisfying romantic comedy to be written in the last few years. It was such a nice feeling to watch the final minutes of a season finale and feel nothing but happiness, knowing that the rug wasn’t going to get pulled out from under me; this was going to end on a good note. The chemistry between Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina was put to such perfect use in this scene, and it was impossible to keep from smiling at Danny’s sincerity when he told Mindy that he loved her and they started talking about how many kids they’re going to have. The road for these two characters isn’t going to be perfect, but if what’s coming next season is anything like this finale, it’s going to be a road I will happily travel every week.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?