The Good Place season 1 episode 13, “Michael’s Gambit”
Motherforking shirtballs. I almost didn’t write about this because if you haven’t watched The Good Place yet I don’t want to talk to you. Also it’s really hard to explain why this episode is so good without completely ruining the twist. As I’ve explained before, for me, The Good Place is sensationally smart and funny, tackling some big philosophical issues with good ol’ sitcom humour. This episode is the first season finale and a turning point for many of the characters. It shapes how season two plays out and also adds more layers to season one when you watch it again.
Friends season 6 episode 17, “The one with Unagi”
Picking a favourite Friends episode is like picking a favourite child. And I don’t have any children, so I can’t – but this episode is worthy of a mention is what I’m saying. After taking a self-defence class, Rachel and Phoebe are challenged by Ross’s ancient state of mind: Unagi. (Wait – isn’t that freshwater eel?) Chandler and Monica forget to make Valentine’s gifts and Joey hires an actor to be his identical twin. But nothing beats the girlish squeal of Ross when confronted by “DANGER!” The most memorable line has to be, “Ahh – Unagi.” – Ross “Ahh... Salmon Skin Roll.” – Rachel.
Suits season 4 episode 16, “Not Just a Pretty Face”
A little late to the party, I jumped on the Suits bandwagon earlier this year. The show hooked me in but the fascination with Meghan Markle and her real-life love story with a prince influenced me to get into the Netflix series even more. Some of the lawyer talk goes over viewers’ heads but many stay tuned to follow the characters, particularly the relationship between Mike Ross and Rachel Zane. This was finally cemented in the finale of season 4 when he proposed in a low-key yet heart-warming moment. This was counteracted with Donna leaving Harvey to work for Louis. The season ended with you wanting more and to find out who would live their happily ever after. Now I am into season 7 of Suits I am intrigued to see how they are going to cut the newly-married Duchess of Sussex out of the show!
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 1 episode 9, “The Dinner Party From Hell”
This has to be one of the most insane episodes of all the Real Housewives incarnations. Camille Grammar, then-wife of Frasier actor Kelsey Grammar, invites the main cast — Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Taylor Armstrong — to her Malibu mansion for dinner. She also invites her good friend and psychic Allison DuBois who is actually the inspiration for the TV show Medium. Think the guest list couldn’t get any stranger? Richards invites her close family friend Faye Resnick, who is better known for being friends with the late Nicole Brown-Simpson and posing nude in Playboy shortly after the O.J. Simpson trial. DuBois gets very drunk and gives a mean-spirited psychic evaluation of some of the dinner guests. Grammar insults Resnick about her past and Kim Richards gets into an argument with Armstrong.
Breaking Bad season 5 episode 14, “Oxymandias”
Start to finish, this is the most intense episode of television I have seen. It is the absolute peak of what is widely considered one of the best programs ever made. The long-awaited confrontation between Drug Enforcement Agency agent Hank Schraeder and his brother-in-law, drug kingpin Walter White, ends with Schraeder’s murder. That is just the start of the episode. By the end, White has lost the family he only started making drugs to support, leaving his wife and son cowering in a corner as he kidnaps their baby daughter and flees. His transition from protagonist to pure evil is complete.