The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (5/18-5/25)

Once again, this is Heather filling in as Katie catches up on TV after a well-earned vacation. Thanks for reading!

Wow, what a week of TV. While many shows have already finished for the season, those that remain had a particularly strong week. On Sunday, we said goodbye to The Good Wife, which left us wondering if Diane will join Florrick-Agos and if Alicia will run for State’s Attorney. We also saw Tyrion find a champion in Oberyn Martell and Lysa Arryn was pushed out the Moon Door, courtesy of Littlefinger. On Monday, Bones ended their season with a conspiracy at the FBI that left both Booth and Brennan in federal custody. On Tuesday, fish fell from the sky and Lester started embracing his darker side as Gus and Molly continue to struggle with his connection to Marvo on Fargo. Wednesday, The Americans wrapped up a fantastic second season with the reveal that the Centre wants Paige to join the KGB and only one parent is considering it. On Friday, we also said goodbye to Hannibal with a stunningly shot fight scene and the fate of 4 characters currently unknown. Finally, Saturday brought us an episode of Orphan Black in which Sarah gets answers about the past from Duncan and finds out Leekie is more involved than she previously believed.

You know it’s been a good week of television when there are so many choices for the best thing of the week. Even in one show, it can be difficult to narrow down which moment I felt was the best. After much consideration, I have finally chosen the ending scene to the season finale of The Americans.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had any luck finding a clip of the moment and my skills at search Tumblr for gifs are not nearly as good as Katie’s so I will just have to describe the scene for you.

Earlier in the episode, Philip and Elizabeth found out that the KGB wanted them to recuit their daughter to be a “second generation illegal”. They are angered by the order and made it very clear that they were not to go near Paige without their consent. However, they are torn on the merit of the idea. Philip doesn’t want his daughter anywhere near the KGB. Elizabeth, on the other hand, sees herself in Paige and wants to give her something to channel her passion into that they can bond over, rather than be driven apart.

This season has largely focused on Philip and Elizabeth as a team. They are closer than they’ve ever been as they protect their family from external threats. This issue threatens that stability. It sets up a very promising plot point for season 3 and I am sure it will bring out more fantastic acting from Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.

What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?

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2 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (5/18-5/25)

  1. I completely agree with this pick. It was a terrific second season that deepened these characters in a way that gave us such interesting looks into the conflict their KGB lives plays on who they’ve become. With this plot pivot and the twist that was revealed earlier in the episode we are given an understanding of what the consequences of their choice might be. The divide around Paige gives us such a great depth and build out on the divide that introduced us to these characters in season 1. Keri Russell in particular struck me in this episode with a very nuanced performance as a parent that I really thought hit the mark. It was an episode of choice for all our characters and the choice was about who they are, at their very core. It was about how these individuals chose to define themselves and the consequences resulting from that choice. It set up a very anticipated season 3.

    P.S. great job Heather holding down the NGN fort! I’ve enjoyed your take.

  2. For me, this week was a bit of a surprise with the latest episode of Awkward being… decent! I *love* Jenna’s new love interest though of course MTV’s ridiculously long tease for the next episode suggests he’s already not going to last..

    I must say you and Katie make me need to watch OUAT? I saw most of the first season. I didn’t stop for any reason.. just distracted by new pilots, new shows.. old ones.. ! (TV Couch Potato problems) 🙂

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