Year end lists usually offer up our favorite TV shows. This year we thought we’d also single out a few individual episodes since just one can make a world of difference inside a show’s universe.
These episodes revealed crucial plot turns or had us holding our breath. Some made us laugh out loud or simply left us in awe of how a single smartly written, well-acted story can stick with you for days.
“Orange Is the New Black,” “Can’t Fix Crazy”
The cell block propinquity and feuding in the stunning Netflix series explodes in the season finale as Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) mauls ardent religious bully Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett (Taryn Manning) after being threatened by a crucifix doubling as a shiv. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.