Read part I below, and stay tuned for part II next week.
Scrubs season 6 episode 6, “My Musical”
A musical episode of television can be dangerous as many shows aim high and fail (looking at you Grey’s Anatomy) but Bill Lawrence’s Scrubs hits all the right notes.
Avenue Q composers Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez were behind many of the tunes while star Stephanie D’Abruzzo is the sole reason for the episode as her character sees everything happening in Sacred Heart Hospital as a musical number (spoiler: she has an aneurysm).
It has the same pace and plot points as a regular Scrubs episode but with an ode to male friendships, the importance of faeces and a Grease/Les Mis-style number.
One Tree Hill season 9 episode 13, “One Tree Hill”
After nine amazing seasons this was the moment we had to say goodbye to One Tree Hill forever in a two-hour series finale.
The most iconic moment came from fan favourite Nathan Scott who said, “It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.”
Rumours have it the One Tree Hill cast is reuniting for a movie, please be true!
Australian Survivor season 3 episode 26 (finale)
As a Survivor fan since the show’s inception in 2000, I was excited when Australia launched its own version.
Not to be outdone by its American originator, the finale of Australian Survivor 2016 was epic. It had everything — a love story, tears when reunited with loved ones after 55 days stranded on an island in Samoa, an almost-seven-hour immunity challenge, a plea to be the last one standing, and an underdog victory.
I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the final jury vote after which Kristie Bennett, who dreamt of being on the reality television program since she was 8, was pronounced sole Australian Survivor and winner of $500,000.
American Horror Story: Asylum season 2 episode 10, “The Name Game”
American Horror Story: is about to start its eighth season in September and for me this has to be the most iconic episode.
It’s set in 1964 at a Catholic church-run mental institution.
The show’s main character Sister Jude, once the caretaker of the asylum, has the tables turned on her when a possessed nun has her committed. We see a Sister Jude perform a musical number to the song The Name Game, which is actually a shock therapy-induced fantasy.
To add to that, the episode features aliens returning a mental patient to earth with a new level of intelligence and a nun possessed by the devil attacking a monsignor, rendering him unholy.
However, the monsignor gets his revenge later in the episode.
Game of Thrones season 3 episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere”
This episode is far better known among fans as The Red Wedding.
Never has a television episode left me more stunned. When the leaders of the Stark family — essentially the show’s main characters — were all killed off in one breathtaking scene, it must surely have been the biggest twist in television history.
The Rains of Castamere is the song which plays to signal the start of the backstabbing. Only Stark matriarch Catelyn realises it as a song of the enemy Lannisters. She notices wedding guest Roose Bolton is wearing armour under his clothes and knows her house has been betrayed, but it is too late. The Starks have lost the Game of Thrones.