Best. Episode. Ever.
Even the best television shows have episodes that are real stinkers — clunky junkers that don’t really feel right. But, for every shitpile episode, you also get those episodes that are truly gilded — they sit high atop a hill overlooking all of the Empire, serving as a gleaming example to what television can truly aspire.
Some episodes, you love more than others.
It’s like children. You have more than one kid, you end up liking one more than the other. I mean, c’mon. Don’t lie. It’s just between you and me. I won’t tell Suzy that you think Jimbo is your favorite and that’s why he gets one extra scoop of ice cream every night. I’ll keep that on the down-low.
What are some of the best episodes?
The Lost pilot. The Gilmore Girls “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They.” (Yes, I watched and loved that show, shut up. At first it was a requirement to get in good with my wife, but as it turns out, it was one of the whip-crackinest smartest shows out there.) Sopranos, “Pine Barrens.” Buffy, “The Body.” The Wire has almost too many — “Late Editions,” “Corner Boys,” “Hamsterdam.” Hell, Mad Men may have just had its best episode a month ago: “The Suitcase.”
Hell, if you have 20 minutes, watch my favorite episode of Archer: “Skytanic.” (“My vulva is smoother than a veal cutlet!”)
So what about you, Pikachu?
Favorite episodes ever. Across various shows. Emblematic. Unforgettable.
I await your input.
(Oh, and at the top is a scene from the best episode of Community ever — an episode that embodies what’s best about absurd television sitcoms. That Paintball episode is buh-rilliant.)