This week’s pre-Thanksgiving TV lineup was kind of a big deal.
Clearly, nothing can top the excitement we have for the upcoming launch of Gilmore Girls’ Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (T-minus 7 days!)—but streaming services aside, our serial faves really brought their A-game this week.
First off, we were treated to an amazing surprise when the season three premiere episode of The Affair sneakily appeared on the Showtime website over a week ahead of its Nov. 20 release date—and whoa, it did not disappoint. Meanwhile, Shameless may have finally redeemed Frank with his accidental gesture of goodwill to Liam, but we're sure he'll come out on the bottom (of the lake?) again by the end of the season. Some things just never change.
Scream Queens finally came back after a three-week hiatus with a game-changing revelation. We won't give anything away here; you'll have to keep scrolling down for that spoiler.
HBO furthered television’s winning streak with standout episodes from premiere comedy series Divorce and Insecure, and a long-standing fan theory on Westworld's sinister backstory has finally proven to be true.
It was all pretty phenomenal, but just in case you missed it, here’s a roundup of this week’s must-see moments.
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We'll see you next week for another wild round of revelations!
1. Jane The Virgin
I’m just glad the real Petra is back on the scene to start wrecking havoc on our characters—it's just so fun to watch, and she is definitely fired up after hearing Raf tell Aneska-as-Petra that he almost thought she was missing the "mom gene." As our narrator would say, "Yikes!"
People were definitely screaming out various versions of "called it!" at their TVs on Sunday night when the widely-believed fan theory that many of Westworld's employees are actually robots themselves came true. Bernard is a host and was ordered to kill Theresa by the sinister Dr. Ford, proving once again that Anthony Hopkins can play a psychopath very, very well.
3. Scream Queens
After a too-long hiatus, our favorite over-the-top show is back with a move that we definitely should have seen coming: Dr. Cassidy Cascade is the baby in the belly at the hospital in 1985! Something shady is about to go down next week, and we can’t wait to see it happen—hopefully with a few Chanel tantrums thrown in for good measure
Although a minor plot point this episode (and likely to get more screen time next), we were very happy to see Professor Youens drop in on Lip to let him know the university is giving him a shot. And thank goodness for Sierra, who we're hoping will give Lip the final push to go back to school, where he belongs.
5. THIS IS US
Beth and William logged some bonding time with the aid of a tray of pot brownies—honestly, the entire episode should’ve focused on this (though we did enjoy the final washing machine moment montage).
6. THE AFFAIR
When Noah "accidentally" hit on his 16-year-old daughter in season two, we were certain we’d lost all sympathy for him. Somehow, season three’s bleak opening made us rethink that stance. SPOILER ALERT: PRISON CHANGES PEOPLE.
For the first time ever, Robert showed some goodwill toward Frances and took the fall for the collapse of their marriage when explaining the situation to her parents. Naturally, Frances did not see it that way. Anger ensued.
As the episode title made abundantly clear, the aftermath of Issa’s sexual rendezvous with Daniel had her feeling “Guilty as f**k"—and by extension, us, too.