The 2015 Best Of TV Awards Winner for Best Episode is If-Then-Else "Person Of Interest".
This was the 1st time Person of Interest had any episodes in the finals of this category, and lo & behold, If-Then-Else, the 11th episode of their season, and first of 2015, wins. Directed by Chris Fisher, in the episode we find Reese, Finch, Fusco & Root known by its fans as Team Machine heading to the New York Stock Exchange after a crippling attack on it by Samaratan, while their other member Shaw tracks a man on a subway that is considered key to all of whats going on. In a bit of a nod to Groundhog Day, The Machine plays thru various scenarios when the team ends up in trouble to find the best of the bad options they have and takes the viewers on a ride as it plays out each scenario before rewinding right back to the start of their troubles. Shaw ends up in the middle of a suicide attempt on the train & has to deviate from her original plan to assure no one ends up dead. We get a couple of scenes of Root flirting heavily with Shaw in the episode, with Shaw eventually telling Root that "yeah Root, maybe someday". Eventually Shaw makes it to the NYSE just in time to help her team & improve the teams chances. In the end the machine helps the team escape, but they are left with a terrible decision in the end. One of them will have to stay behind to trigger the button to help the elevator they have escaped to to go. Root tries to stop Shaw, before Shaw gives her a big kiss & then pushes her back away from the door as she closes it & goes to the button as Root is left yelling at the cage door. The episode ends with the elevator door closing and the survival of Shaw unknown at the time with Samaratan operative Martine standing over top of Shaw with a gun pointed at her.
After last years Win, Arrow nabs 2nd place this year with their mid-season finale "Dark Waters". In 3rd is "Mr & Mrs. Castle" from Castle. The episode "Out Of Time" from The Flash nabbed 4th. "Just My Imagination" from the 3X Winning show Supernatural took 5th.
Supernatural also took 6th with the Impala-centric episode "Baby". Newcomer to the finals Outlander took 7th with "The Devils Mark". "Rise" & "End Of Faes" from Lost Girl took 8th and 9th, and the 3rd Supernatural finalist "Brothers Keeper" rounded out the top 10.
Shows making the finals for the 1st time include - Agents Of SHIELD, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Daredevil, Galavant, Glee, Hannibal, iZombie, Minority report, Mr. Robot, Orphan Black, Rookie Blue, The Big Bang Theory, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
With 1, 334 votes If-Then-Else sets a new category record for votes, breaking the previous mark of 952 last year by "Arrow" The Secret Origins Of Felicity Smoak. With 377 vote margin of victory, it also sets a new category record, breaking the previous record of 193 from last year.
1st If-Then-Else "Person Of Interest" 1,334
2nd Dark Waters "Arrow" 957
3rd Mr. & Mrs. Castle "Castle" 593
4th Out Of Time "The Flash" 395
5th Just My Imagination "Supernatural" 287
6th Baby "Supernatural" 245
7th The Devils Mark "Outlander" 170
8th Rise "Lost Girl" 109
9th End Of Faes "Lost Girl" 96
10th Brothers Keeper "Supernatural" 85
11th SOS Part 2 "Agents of SHIELD" 75
12th XY "Castle" 60
13th Melinda "Agents of SHIELD" 58
14th The Opening Night Excitation "The Big Bang Theory" 51
15th The Return "Arrow" 47
16th Dead From New York "Castle" 44
17th Fast Enough "The Flash" 42
18th YHWH "Person Of Interest" 40
19th Home Run "Rookie Blue" 38
20th (tie) In Plane Sight "Castle 34
20th (tie) JSS "The Walking Dead" 34
22nd Thank You "The Walking Dead" 33
23rd (tie) Daredevil "Daredevil" 32
23rd (tie) Pilot "iZombie" 32
25th (tie) Beyond Redemption "Arrow" 31
25th (tie) Dark Dynasty "Supernatural" 31
27th (tie) Suicidal Tendencies "Arrow" 30
27th (tie) Haunted "Arrow" 30
27th (tie) Face The Raven "Doctor Who" 30
30th (tie) The Wrath Of The Lamb "Hannibal" 27
30th (tie) eps1.0_hellofriend.mkv "Mr. Robot" 27
30th (tie) History Yet To Be Written "Orphan Black" 27
30th (tie) The Man Who Saved Central City "The Flash" 27
34th (tie) Halloween, Part III "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" 26
34th (tie) Like Hell Part 1 "Lost Girl" 26
36th Maternity Liv "iZombie" 25
37th Digestivo "Hannibal" 23
38th (tie) Conquer "The Walking Dead" 23
30th (tie) Kimmy Makes Waffles "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" 23
40th M.I.A "Person of Interest" 21
41st Pilot "Galavant" 19
42nd Kimmy Goes Outside "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" 17
43rd (tie) World on Fire "Daredevil" 15
43rd (tie) Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat "iZombie" 15
45th (tie) Nelson V Murdock "Daredevil" 14
45th (tie) The Magicians Apprentice "Doctor Who" 14
45th (tie) What The World Needs Now "Glee" 14
45th (tie) The Number of The Beast is 666 "Hannibal" 14
49th Kimmy Goes To School "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" 12
50th Johnny And Dora "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" 11
51st The President "Minority Report" 9
52nd The Witch's Familiar "Doctor Who" 8
To see the winners for all categories, you can find them on the 2015 BOTVA page HERE or on the all-time Best OF TV Awards winners page here.
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