Last week, we barely dipped our big toe into the Top 10 of the summer-long countdown. But this week, we're diving straight into the deep end with three more episodes that shone brightly this season. But before we get to them, we have to go over the rules for the countdown. LillyKat and I ended up with 33 incredible episodes that demonstrate the diversity and quality of the current television state. The shows and their episodes are from both NETWORK and CABLE television. All episodes aired between June 2008 and June 2009. Each episode that made the final list moved us in some way; either by making us laugh out loud, cry our eyes out or just left us with that "wow" feeling that stays with you for a few days. So basically, it's completely subjective! Since this is a summer-long countdown to the number 1 episode, we will reveal a few each week all summer. So, be sure to tune in every Friday to find out which episodes are on the countdown! Today, we're going to take a look at numbers 9-7.
9: "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed" - Bones
I LOVED the pure comedy of this episode. It had me laughing so hard I had tears running down my face ("We can't see him like this," "Like What?," "Hitler."). The whole thing had a Weekend at Bernie's feel to it with Booth and Bones
8: "Cherry Bomb" - The Closer
During our visit to the set of The Closer in June 2008, the cast was relieved to have just gotten done filming this episode. When it aired, I understood why. It made you want to take every teenage girl you knew and say beware of
7: "The Long Blue Line/Into the Blue" - Cold Case
This episode was pretty much perfection for me. I remember saying at the end of it, "OMG, Cold Case just Sixth Sense-d us! I can't believe it!" When Moe told Lilly that from where he sits, she's still in that "box," I began to see Bruce Willis, that scary little kid and the entire previous hour flash before my eyes while Lil was watching water fill the room as the mirror began to shatter and her mind raced to figure out what was going on. She was still in that car trapped in the water unconscious and everything that had transpired in the last hour had been a hallucination. The episode was one big Lilly-fest from start to finish and part of that Lilly-fest included a huge chunk of the missing pieces of her past. Stillman was the cop who caught the man who assaulted her as a young child. She left an impression on Stillman and when she came up through the rank and file in PPD, he took notice of her astute observations and impeccable instincts and took her under his wing. And we also learned that Lilly's father left because of her mother (no surprise). This was one of the rare outings that mastered both the case-of-week and the personal story. And managed to throw a little surprise in there as well. Written by Jennifer Johnson and Greg Plageman and directed by Roxann Dawson (Part 1) and Jeannot Szwarc (Part 2).
So, there's a look at numbers 9-7 on the countdown. What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Leave us a comment with your thoughts. And be sure to tune in next Friday for #6-4 on the list.