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    Best Single Television Episode of All Time

    Pick from any show, any series. The only limitation is that it has to be a single episode that you're nominating, which I assume by most people's standards means that the episode has to stand completely on its own merits...it can't count on being set up by previous episodes or followed up by subsequent ones.

    Like, there's the I Love Lucy episode where she doe the commercial for Vita Veaty Vega Min. Or the Honeymooners Chef of the Future episode. More recently, the Sopranos Pine Barrens episode is a real stand out for me. I've only watched a few seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm but the Palestinian chicken espisode was classic. An actual nomination I'll have to think about...
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    Last edited by SAR I; 11-30-2011 at 01:58 AM.

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    Dexter Season 4 Finale.

    i literally could not believe what had happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    Mad Men "The Wheel".

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    Which one was that? I'm a big Mad Men fan. I love the one where Don comes back from xMas vacation in CA early and takes Layne out for a night on the town.
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    Breaking Bad Season 3 "half measures" and "full measures"

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    Sopranos epi is Adriannas death in season 5 (i think)...

    Chris seeing that they could end up poor white trash and choosing 'the life' over a loved one...

    The setup of 'the accident' and Adrianna blindly going, throwing caution to the wind.

    Truly great television.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BushyTheBeaver View Post
    Which one was that? I'm a big Mad Men fan. I love the one where Don comes back from xMas vacation in CA early and takes Layne out for a night on the town.
    Season 1 finale. Don pitches Kodak on the Carousel slide projector campaign showing slides of the family he risks losing.

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    Master of my domain...nuff said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    Dexter Season 4 Finale.

    i literally could not believe what had happened.
    Absolutely +1000. never couldve seen that coming

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    Series finale of Six Feet Under

    "The Bet" episode of Seinfeld

    "The D.E.N.N.I.S. System" of Its Always Sunny

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    Taxi: "Jim the Psychic"

    Moonlighting: "Atomic Shakespeare"

    Star Trek Deep Space 9: "In the Pale Moonlight"

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    Twilight Zone - an episode about a man who is a loner and loves to read, he eventually is the lone survivor of a nuke or something like that and is alone in the library with tons of books...unfortunately he breaks his glasses and can't read anything. It's the ultimate frustration dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushyTheBeaver View Post
    I've only watched a few seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm but the Palestinian chicken espisode was classic. An actual nomination I'll have to think about...
    Run..Don't Walk..Run and see the following two Episodes:

    THE CAR POOL LANE


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sic_iVrZvU



    THE SKI LIFT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uKub...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db3bl...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetswin View Post
    Twilight Zone - an episode about a man who is a loner and loves to read, he eventually is the lone survivor of a nuke or something like that and is alone in the library with tons of books...unfortunately he breaks his glasses and can't read anything. It's the ultimate frustration dream.
    That was Burgess Meridith...pre-Penguin.

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    Two pop in my mind as especially poignant and well-done.

    First, the recent episode of Boardwalk Empire where Mr. Harrow goes to the woods to commit suicide.

    Second, an old episode of West Wing entitled "Shibboleth". Not really a big fan of the show, but this particular episode (involving a group of religiously-persecuted Christians from China seeking asylum in the US) was exceptionally well-written and well-acted, IMO, and the climactic scene where the President meets with one of the asylum-seekers to determine whether he has true faith or is simply pretending to gain asylum is one of the best scenes I have ever seen on TV.

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    last episode of the 2d Neuhardt show, when he wakes up in bed next to his wife from the 1st Neuhardt show. pure genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenixx View Post
    That was Burgess Meridith...pre-Penguin.
    yes

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    The Wire- Season 1 episode 12

    The Scenes where Bodie and Poot kill Wallace and D'Angelo confronts Stringer about it are insanely good

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