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Best of 2012: Top 100 Episodes of 2012 (50-41)
This is the final TV countdown, I swear! I’m counting down my Top 100 episodes of the year. It wasn’t that hard to narrow down the choices but it was difficult to put them in a sensible order. There is a slight overlap between this list and the top TV moments one, so I won’t be doing in-depth write-ups for each episode. I just gave basic information about the airdate, writers and directors. Plus I added a Best Scene category just to mix it up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

50. Happy Endings – “No-Ho-Ho”
Original Airdate: December 18
Written By: Prentice Penny
Directed By: Michael Patrick Jann
Best Scene: Tag: Dancing with hip-hop Santa.

49. Modern Family – “Arrested”
Original Airdate: November 7
Written By: Becky Mann & Audra Sielaff
Directed By: Gail Mancuso
Best Scene: Opening phone call sequence and Phil telling Hayley she needs to take the situation more seriously. [Hayley: “In Legally Blonde, Elle won her case by being true to herself and dressing cute.” Phil: “This is real life, not an excellent move.”]

48. Community – “Curriculum Unavailable”
Original Airdate: May 10
Written By: Adam Countee
Directed By: Adam Davidson
Best Scene: The return to the psychiatric hospital.

47. Sons of Anarchy – “J’ai Obtenu Cette”
Original Airdate: December 4
Written By: Chris Collins & Kurt Sutter
Directed By: Kurt Sutter
Best Scene: The twist with Tig & Pope. And Otto chewing out his tongue. (Plus it looks like Donal Logue will be a regular next season.)

46. Nurse Jackie – “Handle Your Scandal”
Original Airdate: June 17
Written By: Liz Brixius
Directed By: Randall Einhorn
Best Scene: Jackie gets the ER back under control. And Gloria talking O’Hara into going to the maternity ward. “Get your ass up to the maternity ward and demand the panda birthing suite. I spilled a bottle of holy water in there during the renovation. It’s where you want to be.” (Gotta love Anna Deavere Smith.)

45. Mad Men – “Signal 30”
Original Airdate: April 15
Written By: Frank Pierson & Matthew Weiner
Directed By: John Slattery
Best Scene: The fight between Lane & Pete.

44. Modern Family – “Leap Day”
Original Airdate: February 29
Written By: Danny Zuker
Directed By: Gail Mancuso
Best Scene: The walk to the boat.

43. Treme – “Tipitina”
Original Airdate: November 25
Written By: Anthony Bourdain, Eric Overmyer & David Simon
Directed By: Anthony Hemingway
Best Scene: The tracking shot.

42. American Horror Story: Asylum – “I Am Anne Frank, Parts 1 & 2”
Original Airdate: November 7 & 14
Written By: Jessica Sharzer and Brad Falchuk
Directed By: Michael Uppendahl and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Best Scene: Bloody Face is revealed.

41. The Walking Dead – “Seed”
Original Airdate: October 14
Written By: Glen Mazzara
Directed By: Ernest Dickerson
Best Scene: The silent opening montage.