This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Ilana and Alia


There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, familiar faces pop up on Broad City, Empire, and The Mindy Project, plus Girls offers up a surprising revelation about one of its leads.

Ilana Meets Her Match

It’s been a long-running joke between the Broad City gals that Ilana Glazer is a dead ringer for Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat. One of the benefits of having a hit TV show that everyone loves is getting your pick of guest stars, so this week the show capitalized on that resemblance… by having Glazer and Shawkat hook up on screen. Leave it to Broad City to go straight from “man, you guys look alike!” to “hmm, wouldn’t that mean their G-spots are in the same place?”

Oh Hey, Jennifer!

Empire has had some quality guest stars this season, including Courtney Love, Estelle, and Raven-Symoné, but this most recent one was perhaps the most pleasant surprise: Jennifer Hudson as Andre’s music therapist, who helps the eldest Lyon son recover from his most recent psychotic break through piano, song, and… prayer (though not before a feint that hinted a hookup might be in the works).

Tad Comes Out

This week’s Girls finally revealed what’s going on with Hannah’s father, Tad: he’s gay, and he’s finally made the tough decision to come out of the closet. In true Girls fashion, his wife Loreen responds by laughing, crying about wine, making a scene at a dinner party, and finally blurting out the news to Hannah over the phone. This’ll obviously resonate beyond this episode, but it’s touching to watch Peter Scolari attempt to balance his dedication to his wife with his own needs.

Obama Meets His Twitter Haters

… by taking part in Jimmy Kimmel’s tried-and-true “celebrities read mean tweets about themselves” segment. The President has been on a real “hip with the kids” tear lately, between BuzzFeed, YouTube, and now this, but the novelty hasn’t worn off yet — at least when it comes to the leader of the free world deadpanning his way through comments about his hair, ears, and job performance.

Colbert the Catholic

In between late-night gigs, Stephen Colbert popped up on The Mindy Project this week as Father Mike, the former man-slut and current super-conservative Catholic priest. (He replaces the former priest, who dropped dead at the news that parishioner Danny had gotten his non-Catholic non-wife girlfriend Mindy pregnant.) Mindy temporarily tries pretending she’s Catholic and that the baby isn’t Danny’s, but eventually the cat gets out of the bag, and Mindy agrees to raise their baby in the faith. Good going, Stephen!