Spoiler Alert! The following article contains spoilers on a lot of Sunday and Monday nights' shows, so click away if you've yet to watch and don't want to know what went down! Seriously, if you complain about spoilers in the comments you are the peanut butter stuck on the roof of the TV world's mouth.
Listen, we've got two nights of TV moments to go over, Sunday and Monday, so let's skip the formalities and get right to it, shall we?
Though Once Upon a Time and Revenge took a breather, Girls and Downton Abbey more than made up for their absence on Sunday, and The Following and The Bachelor gave us some memorable moments...
The Bachelor Sendoff: (Not really a) Fun fact: The ABC hit reality show is a bonding experience for me and my roommates as we literally sit in our living room and rip everything the ladies say and do apart. I love it and I hate myself for loving it, but isn't that the definition of YOLO? (No, no it's not.) Anyway, I was super stoked to see Amanda, she who wears two faces (and occasionally scares me), go home, especially after her blatant acts of desperation in the name of securing more airtime. Sean Lowe seems like a pretty decent guy, so he wised up to her schtick and gave her the boot. Finally. But will he wise up to Tierra the Terrible's antics?
Sorry Mom, But I'm in a Cult: Seriously, The Following is just plain good TV, super entertaining and scary, but with enough emotion to keep you invested beyond the chills and thrills. While Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are pretty great and their cat-and-mouse dynamic is truly compelling, the twisted trio of Jacob (Nico Tortorella, new TV crush!), Paul (Adan Canto) and Emma (Valorie Curry) are stealing the show with their murderous take on The Real World. (Or is it Three Murderers and a Kid?) Now that the audience has learned about Emma's past (She killed her overbearing mother while an impressed Jacob watched. You know, true love blossoms from murder and all), viewers will get to learn more about Jacob and Paul's complicated relationship in next week's episode.
Downton Abbey's Downer: Even though there is a fairly sizable spoiler warning at the beginning of this column, I'm going to give yet another one to all the anglophiles before we spoil the big death in Sunday night's episode. (But are you really a true fan if you haven't watched it or stalked Tumblr yet?) After giving birth, Lady Sybil tragically died. OK, this is horrible, but I'm a huge Misfits fans so we just see this as sweet, sweet revenge because Jessica Brown-Findlay's character ruined at least two of the (original) ASBO 5's lives! So, as our goodbye, I say to you Lady Sybil: Nice cardigan! (But seriously, if you haven't watched Misfits yet, get on that stat!)
Hannah's Girls on Girls: "I usually hate when you you wear your nipples out in public like that, but you looks so beautiful, Hannah," Elijah (Andrew Rannells) told Hannah (Lena Dunham) in Sunday's hilarious and awesome (and best of the season) episode. The first half of that sentence seems to speak on behalf of a lot of the audience, including my aunt who once said "Yeah, they shouldn't be allowed to do that" during a Hannah and Adam (Adam Driver) sex scene. But you know what, it's Lena Dunham's world and we're all just living in it. Plus, she's Golden Globe-winning actress and she's alive, baby! (Side note: Lena and Bachelor Sean Lowe really would be the perfect couple since they love to appear topless on TV.)
The Vampire Diaries Wins Twitter: Thanks to castmembers such as Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev and showrunner Julie Plec tweeting during the episode (with the hashtag #TVDParty, natch!), the CW hit series was the number ones social TV show during week of Jan. 21–27, according to Trendrr. I guess you could say the show's social media presence doesn't suck? Or that they took a bite out of Twitter last week! Hey-o!