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One Perfect Episode

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / SpongeBob SquarePants: "Band Geeks” / Kyle Lundberg

Squidward is frequently cast in more of an antagonistic role, and he is often needlessly cruel to his next-door neighbors SpongeBob and Patrick. But what gets lost in the emotions is the fact that what Squidward wants is completely reasonable: a quiet Sunday afternoon with no noises or distractions. If you had a neighbor as loud and obnoxious as SpongeBob, you’d have a short fuse, too.

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Hannibal: "The Wrath of the Lamb" / Douglas Menagh

Hannibal, played by brilliantly by Mads Mikkelsen, is a poetic, modern, and cool Lucifer. Like Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost, all the best lines in this episode belong to Hannibal. William Blake said of Milton, “he was a true Poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.” The difference between Paradise Lost and Hannibal is the latter belongs to the devils, and knows it.

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Vampire Diaries: "The Return" / Phoebe Cramer

Though the myth of Katherine Pierce haunts the show from its pilot episode, showing up in flashbacks to Stefan and Damon’s human days, “The Return” is Katherine’s first appearance in the present, the first time her actions are allowed to speak for themselves, freed from the framework of the Salvatore Bros.’ memories. 

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Master of None: "Buona Notte" / Kaylee Craig

Love doesn’t always save you, sometimes it makes you feel worse. In the case of Dev and Francesca, love can prove to actually be an escape from reality. There is no doubt that love is present between these two, but by the end of this episode we see it in a whole new light when it is placed out of its fantasy and given the ultimate test in reality.

ONE PERFECT EPISODE / Mystery Science Theater 3000: "The Pumaman" / Shannon Frost Greenstein

First, there’s the original film being riffed upon by the MST3K cast, “The Pumaman”an Italian superhero flick directed by Alberto De Martino in 1980.  (De Martino refers to the film as, “The only pic I did wrong in my whole career,” so we’re already off to a swimmingly good start.)