Best TV of the Week: TV Guide Superlatives for Jan. 25
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As ever, there was a lot of TV to take in this week, so in case you missed anything, we’re here to pass out some prizes to the most must-see moments on the small screen so far. Here are some of the wildest, most upsetting and most heartwarming TV moments of the week.
Creepiest kid stuff: Manifest‘s latest episode had an especially chilly moment that’s bound to scare you into never having kids ever. After Cal’s disappearance, some pieces of his predictive artwork have been found. One of them is a sketch of Ben (Josh Dallas), Grace (Athena Karkanis) and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) looking at that same drawing, and it’s completely full of nope. Nope, nope, nope, nope.
Wackest villain: What are you doing Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood)? On The Resident‘s latest episode, a faulty device claims the life of Bradley, and corporate honcho Gordon insists he blame AJ Austin (Malcolm Jamal-Warner) for an operating error and keep QuoVadis away from bad press. Rather than doing what he knows is right and, ya know, preventing others from falling into this device deathtrap, Bell lists the patient’s death as simple heart disease and thinks he’s done AJ a favor. Owned. Bell is fully and irrevocably owned right now. For shame.
Most GIF-able moment: Shout out to Lea Dilallo (Paige Spara) getting her groove on to open The Good Doctor this week. Who doesn’t get this way whenever Florence + the Machine hits the playlist, honestly.
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Biggest gasp: This Is Us finally explored the big rift between Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his brother, Nicky (Michael Angarano), and it was worse than we could’ve imagined. While the two were serving in Vietnam, Nicky made pals with an innocent local kid and decided to take the kid out fishing with hand grenades. If that sounds like a bad idea, well, that’s because it is. The kid ends up being killed when Nicky loses his grip on one of the weapons, and Jack spends the rest of his life convinced that his brother murdered the child out of cold blood. Kinda puts those awkward dinners with that backwards-thinking uncle in perspective, right?
Most emotional breakdown: The Conners‘ season finale ended on a cliffhanger, with David (Johnny Galecki) asking Darlene (Sara Gilbert) to get back together again — they’re endgame and always have been, fam — just after she’s been asked to move the family to Chicago with her boyfriend. So, all eyes are obviously on any Season 2 news to see if we’ll get some closure to that issue. But the most searing moment of the episode comes when Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) finally comes to grips with her grief over her sister’s death. After finding out that Peter has been cheating on her, she kicks his weird bottom the curb and then gets drunk at the Chinese restaurant that’s taken over the old Lunch Box location. It’s then that she realizes what’s really aching her, and it’s pretty painful to watch.
The “That Just Got Real” moment: On Tuesday’s new episode of WWE Smackdown Live, Daniel “The Planet’s Champion” Bryan went there with his pre-fight monologue, taking a very big shot at Vince McMahon and the rest of the nation’s mega-rich along the way. With his 99-percenter kayfabe style, he said, “Vince, of course, you don’t want to listen to this because you and the entire baby boomer generation are the great parasites of this world.” Bryan went on to describe how McMahon and his brethren put “profits over people” and create an “illusion where you’ve concealed from them all the economic and environmental debt that you’ve created” while the masses are distracted by social media, “all while you’re in the back hoarding all the wealth.” Dayum. For a performative sport, that got pretty serious for a second.
Most anticlimactic spoiler: And just like that, the Mooch revealed that he is out of Celebrity Big Brother before the show even had a chance to show him go. He didn’t even last a full Scaramucci. SAD!
Gushiest heart to heart: Manstead fans were in for a treat this week as a freak helicopter accident brought the Chicago Med lovebirds back to a cozy place. Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) finally had a chat about what happened to them, with him telling her, “When I was in that room afraid I was gonna die, all I could think was I would never see you again.” It’s enough for her to invite him home on one condition — he needs to get rid of the gun. Whether he’s fully committed to that or not remains to be seen, but for now, let’s just live in the happy.
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Best pop culture politicking: Samantha Bee channeled The Masked Singer to give voice to government workers furloughed by the federal shutdown, and it was the perfect spoof of the frenetic fever dream that is the show, while still raising awareness for all the essential services in jeopardy right about now.
Best binge: Netflix’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes will probably cost you a lot of sleep, but the docuseries teaches a lot about the infamous serial killer’s mindset. For those who’ve been itching for Mindhunter Season 2, this one should hold you over a little while longer.
Biggest heartbreak: Watching Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) watch their own love story unfold just before it would be wiped away — to keep him from forking up their newest test — was gut-wrenching on The Good Place‘s season finale. Everything is not fine.