Top 10 Scenes/Moments in TV - 2014



SpoilerTV is doing an article on the top moments in TV this year, so of course I had to participate but it was much harder than I expected. I went through all my Last Week in TV articles and compiled a list that was 4 pages with over 30 shows represented. Of course it didn't include those few weeks in the summer when I didn't do Last Week in TV due to vacation or our big Character Cup contest. Therefore I'm sure there are even more great moments I forgot. Below you will find the top 10 I submitted for SpoilerTV and then all the other moments I made notes on. What were your favorite scenes/moments in TV this year?

PS - I only allowed myself one per show or else half of them would have been from Teen Wolf season 3B and several from The 100.



1. Teen Wolf - 3.18 - Riddled - Stiles goes in for an MRI to see if he's dying and Scott tells him that they will figure it out together.
~In all honesty, I could have filled 5 out of the 10 from season 3 B in Teen Wolf alone. The season was that engrossing. Still I promised to share the spotlight, so I chose this hearfelt moment. It is the 2nd best scene in Teen Wolf history and one of the best of all TV I have seen. I love this scene because it emphasizes the brother bond between Scott and Stiles. The acting is superb as Stiles is clearly terrified of what the test results might be and Scott is trying so hard to stay strong for his best friend. When they hug and the camera turns to their parents watching the whole thing, it gets me straight in the heart. Best Scene of the entire year.



2. Sleepy Hollow - 1.13 - Bad Blood - Henry reveals that he is actually Jeremy Crane and the Horseman of War
~Nothing was more shocking all year than Henry telling Ichabod and Katrina that he is their son. Then to top it off, he is working with their biggest nemesis. The whole reveal blew my mind and is one of the best twists in TV.



3. The 100 - 1.05 - Twilight's Last Gleaming - 320 Ark residents choose to die so that their loved ones might live
~The 100 has had many fantastic moments but this one sticks out to me because of the complete selflessness of these 320 people. It proved the best in human nature and had me tearing up. When that dad says goodbye to his daughter but can't tell her that he is about to die, it broke my heart.




4. Community - 5.05 - Geothermal Escapism - Abed creates a campus-wide Hot Lava game to say goodbye to Troy
~It is rare that a comedy have the best drama scene in a TV week, but this was a masterful way to say goodbye to a fan favorite character and it was done in true Community style. I loved when Abed admitted that he couldn't let Troy go, so they both become clones in Abed's mind to make the transition a little easier. This episode not only allowed Abed to say goodbye, but it allowed the audience to do so as well.



5. Helix - 1.12 - The Reaping - Daniel chooses to die in order to spare his father from having to make a decision
~One of the best character interactions of the season was the tense relationship between Hatake and his adopted son, Daniel. A once ultraloyal and obedient son, things got rocky when he learned Hatake kidnapped him from a loving family. Just when they were reaching a turning point, a psycho kidnapped both of Hatake's kids and gave him time to only save one of them. It was Sophie's Choice and Hatake was clearly distressed. Daniel took the choice out of Hatake's hands, said his goodbyes, and then triggered the bomb around his neck.




6. Enlisted - 1.04 - Homecoming - the Hill Brothers watch solider homecoming videos and then help Derrick create one for his girlfriend's ex
~Enlisted was the best comedy no one watched last year. As such it was really hard to narrow this down to one moment. I strongly suggest everyone watch it. In this episode, the Hill brothers watch a video of their own dad coming home together and then plan a special homecoming for Derrick's girlfrind's ex-husband as a special gift for her son. It's one of the few comedies that had me laughing until I cried and touched my heart as well.



7. Scorpion - 1.12 - Dominoes - The team works together to save a child from a sinkhole
~The most recently aired of all my nominations, the entire episode more than deserves to be in this list. In fact, I can't choose just one scene since each team member got a chance to shine. There's something about the clock ticking down on a child's life that adds extra tension and the pacing of this episode was superb. If you haven't tried Scorpion yet, check out this episode.



8. How to Get Away with Murder - 1.04 - Let's Get to Snooping - Keating removes her wig and makeup, breaks down, and confronts her husband
~This one makes the list on sheer scting talent alone. First it is rather shocking to see someone become so real on screen both physically and emotionally. Keating let herself be completely raw and vulnerable and we saw this strong woman break with every step of her nightly routine. Then the sheer anguish and rage that poured from her made this the most powerful performance of the year.



9. The Goldbergs - 2.03 - The Facts of Bleeping Life - Murray throws Beverly a spontaneous vow renewal ceremony
~The Goldbergs is my favorite comedy for 2 years running because it does such a great job of combining laughs and heart. While there were times more heartfelt than this one, I chose it because it was the big gesture. Murray is not one to stand on ceremony so when Beverly tells him she wants to renew their vows while the whole world celebrates Princess Diana's wedding, he is not into it. However after watching his wedding video with Barry, he explains how much Beverly means to him and rallies the entire family to create a thoroughly Goldberg cermeony and it's beautifully funny.



10. Graceland - 2.02 - Connects - Jakes demolishes the room he made for his son.

~Jakes, a normally dour man, thinks that he may be a part of his son's life so with unusual joy and care, he moves into an apartment and creates the perfect room for his son. However when he goes to meet with his ex about it, she has him arrested for violating the restraining order. A devastated Jakes comes home and takes a baseball bat to the room he spent so much time and money creating, utterly desolate. It a powerful, physical scene that takes no words.



Other Great Moments:


24:LAD - 9.04 - (2-3 pm) - Momma Terrorist has her own daughter's finger chopped off to get her husband to start the terrorist attack

The 100 - 1.04 - Murphy's Law - Murphy demands that Charlotte be hung for killing Wells

The 100 - 1.09 - Unity Day - introduction of the Grounder Queen

The 100 - 1.13 - We are Grounders 2 - Abby describes earth to Jaha, who opens a scotch

The 100 - 2.02 - Inclement Weather - Clarke learns the Mountain Men are draining grounders of their blood

The 100 - 2.08 - Spacewalker - Clarke kills Finn to keep him from being tortured to death

Benched - 1.01 - Pilot - Nina's first day as a defense lawyer

TBBT - 7.15 - The Locomotion Manipulation - Sheldon and Amy kiss

TBBT - 8.08 - The Prom Equivalency - Sheldon tells Amy that he loves her.

Black-ish - 1.02 - The Talk - Dre is uncomfortable with his son sharing his sex thoughts with him

The Blacklist - 1.19 - The Pavlovich Brothers - Elizabeth interrogates Tom

Community - 5.13 - Basic Sandwich - At the very end, they run a fake commercial for new NBC shows with the tagline, "Depends on What Fails"

The Crazy Ones - 1.13 - Outbreak - Andrew risks contagion to get Sydney her phone

The Crazy Ones - 1.15 - Dead and Improved - Simon has to give the eulogy for a man universally hated and he ends up making it a tribute to the father-daughter bond with much pomp and circumstance.

Dominion - 1.02 - Godspeed - Arika kills everyone in her party

Elementary - 2.13 - All in the Family - Bell and Sherlock air their grievances

Elementary -2.20 - No Lack Of Void - Sherlock grieves the loss of a friend who OD's after years of sobriety

Elementary - 2.22 - Paint It Black - The Holmes brothers work together to find a kidnapped Joan

Enlisted - 1.03 - Airstream - Randy, with help from Cody, realizes Pete needs time alone so he organizes a quiet housewarming party

Enlisted - 1.08 - Vets - The Hill brothers have to show a trio of vets around and learn more about themselves in the process.

Enlisted - 1.13 - Alive Day - everyone joins Pete on the beach / the company creates a ball in Cody's honor

The Flash -1.08 - Flash vs. Arrow - the actual fight between them

The Flash - 1.09 - The Man in the Yellow Suit - Joe tells Barry not to lose the light within him

The Goldbergs - 1.18 - For Your Own Good - Murray waxes poetic about his old chair to the tune of Glory of Love

The Goldbergs - 1.21 - The Age of Darkness - Murray tells Erica that time will heal her broken heart

The Goldbergs 2.09 - The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet - Murray reassures Adam that he will always be there, even if his own father was not there for him

Grimm - 3.12 - Wild Hunt - The episode ends on a cliffhanger so the end card says To Be Continued. Then another end card pops up with cursing symbology. / Monroe proposes via cuckoo clock

Grimm - 3.17 - Synchronicity - Mama Grimm returns and brings Adalind and the baby with her

Grimm - 3.19 - Nobody Knows the Trubel I've Seen - introduction of Trubel to Grimm

Grimm - 3.22 - Blond Ambition - Rosalee and Monroe get married only to cause a Grimm panic and find Nick has lost his powers / DeEtta ruins Rosalee's horrid wedding dress

Grimm - 4.02 - Octopus Head - introduction of Hexen Mom

Grimm - 4.07 - The Grimm who Stole Christmas - Rosalee and Juliet save the train

Growing Up Fisher - 1.13 - Growing Up Fairbanks - Joyce and Mel team up to ream the hotel manager only to have it backfire when Elvis gets into breakfast

Helix - 1.01 - Pilot - Rat frenching = one of the most disgusting things I've seen this year

H2GAwM - 2.09 - Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me - it's revealed that Keating knows Wes killed her husband and is helping him get away with murder

Jane the Virgin - 1.04 - Chapter 4 - Xiomara tells Alba that she's afraid of losing Jane if she tells the truth

The Last Ship - 1.02 - Welcome to Gitmo - warehouse standoff with terrorists and introduction on Tex

The Musketeers - 1.01 - Pilot - Swordfight when D'Artagnan challenges Athos...and every other sword fight in the series that follows.  I love the action in this series.

Red Band Society - 1.07 - Know Thyself - Nurse Jackson gets suspended and the teens, led by Dash, protest

Resurrection - 1.05 - Insomnia - Henry breaks down over Jacob's photo album

Resurrection - 2.03 - Multiple - Deputy shoots his horror of a returned brother and then eats his dinner

Resurrection - 2.04 - Old Scars - Lu breaks down in front of Margaret on the anniversary of Jacob's death

Resurrection - 2.05 - Will - Margaret convinces Barbara to literally disappear

Rizzoli &Isles - 5.02 - Goodbye - Jane gives the eulogy for Frost

Scorpion - 1.06 - True Colors - Sylvester little kids out over his favorite comic, Super Fun Guy

SHIELD - 1.11 - The Magical Place - Coulson's brain surgery reveal

SHIELD - 1.17 - Turn, Turn. Turn - SHIELD falls apart and Garrett reveals himself to be Hydra

SHIELD - 1.21 - Ward ejects Fitz and Simmons from the plane to their death

SHIELD - 1.22 - Beginning of the End - May vs. Ward fight

SHIELD - 2.04 - Face My Enemy - May vs. May fight

Sleepy Hollow - 2.06 - And the Abyss gazes Back - Irving confronts the man who crippled his daughter

Sleepy Hollow - 2.09 - Mama - The ghost of Mama Mills says goodbye to Abbie and Jenny

Sleepy Hollow - 2.10 - Magnus Opus - Ichabod vs. Abraham sword fighting

Stalker - 1.08 - Skin - the team protects a former skin head from a stalker

Stalker - 1.10 - A Cry for Help - Perry confronts Beth and Beth finally reveals what is going on to Janice

Star-Crossed - 1.12 - This Trick May Chance to Scathe You - Teri takes out Castor

State of Affairs - 1.02 - Secrets & Lives - a former spy for the US tells Charlie his last words for his daughter

Supernatural - 10.01 - Black - Demon Dean has a great time complete with karaoke

Surviving Jack - 1.01 - Pilot - Jack teaches Frankie to drive through extreme pressure

Teen Wolf - 3.13 - Anchors - Mama McCall's "Be Your Own Anchor" Speech and Sheriff Dad holds Stiles as he screams in terror from a nightmare

Teen Wolf - 3.14 - Scott talks Stiles down from a panic attack / Lydia pep talks Stiles into releasing her foot from the trap

Teen Wolf - 3.17 - Silverfinger - Mama McCall helps a terrified Stiles fall asleep and he calls her, "Mom" in his delirium.

Teen Wolf - 3.20 - Eichen House - Sheriff Dad flips out over forgetting to bring Stiles' pillow but he's really upset about leaving his son in a mental hospital even for a short period.

Teen Wolf - 3.24 - The Divine Move - Dark Stiles stalks Lydia and Real Stiles down the hallway saying that they can't kill him / Danny reveals he knew about werewolves all along / Bad Moon Rising hospital slaughter

Teen Wolf - 4.01 - The Dark Moon - Malia tells Stiles she would never leave him but she'd leave the others in a heartbeat

Teen Wolf - 4.02 - Sheriff dad asks if time travel is real

Trophy Wife - 1.12 - The Punisher - Diane and Kate mock fight for the kids' benefit

TURN - 1.07 - Mercy Moment Murder Measure - Abraham explains that he is responsible for the death of his brother

TURN - 1.10 - The Battle of Setauket - Mary confronts Abraham about being a spy

Warehouse 13 - 5.06 - Endless - everyone tap dances to 42nd Street

White Collar - 5.10 - the depths of Rebecca's con are revealed

White Collar - 5.13 - Diamond Exchange - Neal tells Peter that Mozzie comes before anything, even the most important diamond in the world

White Collar - 6.03 - Uncontrolled Variables - end scene where Keller tells Neal the Panthers won't stop coming after them

White Collar - 6.06 - Au Revoir - episode wrapup:  baby Neal Burke, Peter and Mozzie talk in teh park, Diana promotion, Neal fakes his death and moves to Paris

Z Nation - 1.02- zombie baby attack



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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