Top Moments: Mad Men's Bittersweet Confession and Paula Deen's Bizarre Apology
Paula Deen | Photo Credits: NBC
Our top moments of the week:
12. Coming and Going Award: Rizzoli & Isles is back, and so is Casey! Jane is stunned when she finds her no-longer-paralyzed ex waiting at her doorstep. His spinal surgery was a success, but a romantic reunion is not in the cards just yet. After spending the night together, he tells her that he's returning to Afghanistan to train in virtual therapy for combat soldiers. "When I get back, I think it's time you and I give it a shot," he says.
11. Best Reveal, Part I: On Mistresses, Miranda, April's late husband's mistress, demands that April give her child support for the son she had with him. She even sends her lawyer to April's store to threaten her with a paternity suit. But not so fast -- in the very last scene, we learn that Miranda's "lawyer" is actually just an actor.
10. He Said, He Said Award: The Bachelorette's two-on-one dates are always awkward, but Desiree's rendezvous with Michael and Ben is particularly cringy. After they share close quarters on a "hot tug" boat, over dinner Michael not-so-subtly attempts to discredit Ben by criticizing his parenting skills and religious views. And it works! Desiree eliminates Ben and gives Michael a rose. You reap what you sow, Des!
9. Best Reveal, Part II: A clearly innocent waiter is arrested for the murder of Flora, the Powell family maid, on Devious Maids. But who is he? And what could possibly be his motive? "I want to get out of here, Mom," he says to Marisol (!) when she visits him in jail. "I'm working on it, baby," she replies. Is she ever!
8. Worst Misread: We've seen Big Brother contestants lie about their occupation to throw off their competitors, but on this season's premiere, the strategy arrives with a twist. Several players aren't buying it when McCrae announces that he is a pizza delivery boy. Amanda even goes so far as to call him a "secret genius" that can't be trusted. And maybe he is: He wins the first Head of Household competition without breaking a sweat. During his diary room session, he reveals the twist to which the audience is already privy: He actually is a pizza delivery boy!
7. Scariest Stunt: Don't try this at home, kids. Broadcasted by Discovery, daredevil Nik Wallenda, a descendant of the famous Flying Wallendas, successfully makes it 1,400 feet across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope 1,500 feet above the ground — without a harness or a net. It's arguably one of the most stomach-churning live TV events ever. It takes Wallenda an agonizingly long 22 minutes to complete the task — wearing jeans no less -- all while continuously praying to God to help him. He does.
6. Deadliest Premonition: When True Blood's Bill starts having visions of the future, he is startled to discover that Jessica, Pam, Eric and Tara figure largely in the latest, in which a room full of prison-jumpsuited vamps bursts into flame when a huge skylight opens to the sun. Dear Billith, please save our fangtastic friends!
5. Best New Mystery: It wasn't Miss Scarlett in the conservatory with the revolver. Whodunnit?'s first murder was someone by the fish tank with the slingshot (right in the spinal cord!). The absurdity continues when a fire alarm goes off at 4:38 a.m. and the guests convene outside by the pool. But who's missing? It's Dontae, who comes screaming, on fire, out of the mansion and dives into the pool. Whodunnit? We cannot wait to find out!
4. Holy Cow Award: CBS' new summer drama Under the Dome kicks off with a bang, when the titular dome comes crashing down over the town of Chester's Mill, but not without carnage. In vivid detail, we see how the dome has landed on a cow, cleaving it not-so-neatly in two. BBQ anyone?