The 50 Best Episodes Of 2012 (My Picks)

At Ology, myself and other editors got together and ranked the top 50 episodes of 2012. An annual list, we watched many shows over and over again to make the best list possible, while also showcasing shows that may not get enough credit. (I know, hard work.) Check out my pieces below:

13. “Reckoning”, Revenge (ABC / Season 1, Episode 22 / May 23, 2012)

What the hell just happened and how could this only be the first season finale? “Reckoning” ran some very unexpected shockwaves up and down the Hamptons coast, giving viewers SIX huge game changers to mull over before season two arrives. To call this finale epic, jaw-dropping, shocking and earth-shattering is a complete understatement. Spoiler Alert: Emily and Daniel are over, Ashley may be moving in on him, Charlotte overdoses, Conrad and the white-haired man help take down a plane that Victoria and Lydia were in, Amanda returns pregnant with Jack’s baby, and Nolan reveals to Emily that her mother is still alive! Never has such an evil and twisted place been so entertaining. So much has surfaced already, and yet there’s still a lot more moments away from hitting the surface, uprooting the lives of so many. As Emily says before the credits, “Let it play.” Stephanie Webber

24. “Clear Skies From Here On Out”, Parenthood (NBC / Season 3, Episode 4 / October 4, 2011)

Oh, to be a Braverman. This show proves to have heart, give humor and leave viewers with effortless moments that feel so real week after week, and there were absolutely no clear skies by the end of this chillingly beautiful episode. Alex breaks up with Haddie and in a bittersweet scene (that had us in tears), tells Kristina how much he’ll miss the family. It’s hard to grasp what was actually more emotional: witnessing the saddest, yet best-acted scene between a mother and the man her daughter still loves, or knowing that there was a chance Michael B. Jordan wouldn’t be stepping into the Braverman household ever again. Stephanie Webber

27. “Chaos”, Revenge (ABC / Season 1, Episode 15 / February 15, 2012)

“Chaos”, the episode where the haunting series opener is finally played out, was so highly anticipated you’d think it was a series finale. WHO was murdered on the beach? The camera shots are misleading for your viewing pleasure, beautifully executed work that deserved a second glance just to appreciate how the moments fell so effortlessly together, while throwing every storyline on its heels. A shocking kidnapping, Jack running to Amanda’s side, the stunning Hamptons and the heart-stopping overture made it feel more like a film, still leaving viewers with unanswered questions, and realizing for the first time that Emily could be in way over her head. She also might not be the only one playing the game. Stephanie Webber

28. “Valentine’s Day”, New Girl (FOX / Season 1, Episode 13 / February 14, 2012)

Nick and Winston spend time with their ladies, but it’s Jess feeling “twirly” that makes the episode: Schmidt wants to help her get some, so True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten guest stars as the one-night stand (no complaints there), but Schmidt has to drive them home and won’t leave because of neighborhood “yoouuths”, and sidenote: we find out Schmidt enjoys reading first season scripts of The Vampire Diaries and Nick can’t handle cockfights. Turns out that Little Jess doesn’t get any because of a wild ex-girlfriend, she lands outsideSchmidt’s door with her box of 100 condoms. Thank God Nick catches her at the right moment, because it’s Schmidt and Cece finally taking their relationship to the next level, right on the other side. Stephanie Webber

41. “Another Ham Sandwich”, The Good Wife (CBS / Season 3, Episode 14 / January 29, 2012)

Firstly, Wendy Scott-Carr is the absolute worst. Secondly, Will’s indictment for allegedly betting with other judges finally comes to a head in front of the Grand Jury in “Another Ham Sandwich,” and what could be better than Will finally getting off the hook by duping Cary and Dana? Cary actually felt bad about the situation, Kalinda helped the case even though she got a smack for it and the jury raised questions on why Peter would have his wife put on the stand in the first place. Alicia’s testimony was the guilty pleasure viewers were unexpectedly waiting for as was the sweet ‘we can still be friends’ Kalicia moment and Will dancing to celebrate his win. Of course, Scott-Carr got fired because of her terrible prosecution but that didn’t stop her from telling Peter that she’ll move on with the case herself. See? She’s the absolute worstStephanie Webber

42. “Spooky Endings”, Happy Endings (ABC / Season 2, Episode 5 / October 26, 2011)

Out of all the costumes stocked in stores, and out of all the Halloween episodes done over the years, no other show has ever created such memorable outfits like what this Chicago gang wore for “Spooky Endings”. Max went as Penny’s ‘wing’ baby, which forced them to go back and forth between potential suitors during a party, a sick Alex went as Marilyn Monroe and later was mistaken for a man, and Dave went as his dorky self, aka, Austin Powers.  Meanwhile, a bacon-dressed Jane house sat with Brad and got involved in a battle with trick-or-treaters because they had no candy to give out. When everyone got back together in the end for the big dance off, Alex inevitably got beat by Max because he finally decided to change into Penny’s red bathing suit that she was wearing underneath their costume. He also won because he has “a big (…you know).” The storylines were odd and far-fetched, but that’s what we love about this show. Stephanie Webber

45. “Top 5 Results Show”, The X Factor (FOX / Season 1, Episode 21 / December 9, 2011)

Who knew that the first season of The X Factor could leave audiences with such a heartbreaking moment in reality TV? As the finale is fast approaching, the elimination round comes down to the very eager Rachel Crow, 13, and Marcus Canty, 20. Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul opt to save the bubbly teenager while L.A. Reid goes with Marcus. Instead of saying who she really thinks should go home Nicole takes the easy way out and asks for a deadlock to find out whom America has voted to kick off. As Rachel’s name is read it’s a quick bug-eyed shock and collapse to the floor. Heavy cries both from Rachel and Nicole ring through the small screen as Simon goes up to console the aspiring singer. The moment was so cringe-worthy yet worth a repeat (ultimately making us feel like terrible people). Stephanie Webber

46. “At My Brother’s Wedding”, Parenthood (NBC / Season 3, Episode 18 / February 28, 2012)

After a full year of emotion, arguments and heartbreak, the NBC series leaves viewers in the exact same fashion with the added bonus that the very sweet moments will effortlessly continue into its fourth season. Adam and Crosby’s disagreement about selling The Luncheonette comes to a head during the reception of Crosby and Jasmine’s beautifully lit wedding. As the two make up, the struggle Crosby has endured all season to win Jasmine back finally ends on a very happy note. As Sarah says goodbye to Mark, Amber takes the right move in staying at her job with Bob but only as friends. Meanwhile, Drew loses his virginity and Zoe shows up to apologize to Julia for keeping the baby. In a very bittersweet and uncalled for moment, Julia and Joel do receive a special surprise though. After trying all year to have another child, the two welcome a young boy into their family that ultimately was taken away from his own. As always, even through the struggles, the idea in wanting to be a Braverman never gets old. Stephanie Webber

 
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