“Handle with Care” – Season 5, Episode 6
Air Date: Nov. 7th, 2013
Why it’s the best: Paul Wesley stole the show by playing both hilarious Silas with quips that had me in tears and memory-loss Stefan. A big plus: Stefan couldn’t remember his love for Elena, so for once, he wasn’t needlessly pining over her. Here’s a reminder of why this episode was so dang funny:
Silas: “Men only, you’re staying here!”
Elena: “Are you serious? (to Damon) He’s not serious.”
Damon: “No, he’s not serious.”
Silas: “Actually, I’m 100% serious. She’s a freaky carbon-copy of my one true love, Amara. You can understand why I don’t want to stare at her imposter face all day.”
Damon: “That makes no sense.”
Silas: “It would make complete sense if you were ever in love with somebody who looked exactly like her.”
Elena: “This is ridiculous. We’re bringing my best friend back from the dead. I’m going.”
“Dodger” – Season 1, Episode 15
Air Date: Feb. 20th, 2013
Why it’s the best: Felicity is in danger (but she still kicks butt even if she’s supposed the damsel). A jewel thief attaches a bomb-collar to her neck, and if Oliver doesn’t hurry, he’ll lose his super savvy confidant — and a really good friend.
“Kissed” – Season 1, Episode 3
Air Date: Oct. 31, 2013
Why it’s the best: We’re treated to two amazing first kisses. One with Greer and Leith. Another with Francis and Mary. And Nostradamus predicts Mary and her ladies’ future with cryptic phrases about poppies, lions, dragons and never returning home. If you’ve watched the mid-season finale, you know just how each premonition came to be. Read my full episode recap.
“Always and Forever” – Season 1, Episode 1
Air Date: Oct. 3rd, 2013
Why it’s the best: The pilot kick-started the series with an episode from Elijah’s point of view. Klaus never looked as inhuman and brother-bonds never looked as tragic or as strong. The heart of the series, without a doubt, is the relationship between Elijah and Klaus, and the pilot brought this to light like a thousand blazing torches in the French Quarter.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
“Thanatos” – Season 1, Episode 8
Air Date: Dec. 4th, 2013
Why it’s the best: We learned what happened to Stephan’s father, and on top of all the reveals, the relationship between Jedikiah and John Young became so much more complex. Stakes are also highest in “Thanatos” as Jedikiah is accidentally brought into the lair. Will the tomorrow people be discovered? It’s heart-pounding and ten kinds of awesome. Read my full episode recap.
HART OF DIXIE
“Why Don’t We Get Drunk?” – Season 3, Episode 18
Air Date: April 9th, 2013
Why it’s the best: To make Blue Bell a Spring Break location, Lavon puts together a competition where Lemon and Wade fight to win. They both want to purchase the Rammer Jammer, and the first one who removes their hand off the prize, will lose. Lemon and Wade decide to team up to take out their competition. What happens (and who subsequently owns the Rammer Jammer) really changes the dynamic of Blue Bell for the better.
“Trial and Error” – Season 8, Episode 14
Air Date: Feb. 13th, 2013
Why it’s the best: Episode 14 made season 8 one of the best in a long, long time. We were introduced to the trials story line that would take Sam and Dean on an epic journey. In order to close the Gates of Hell, either Sam or Dean would have to face a series of three tests designed by God. If you’ve left the series, for whatever reason, this is a plot worth revisiting “Supernatural” and your favorite Winchester guys.
— Becca Ritchie