(Showtime): We were still trying to wrap our minds around the plot development that Debra (
was feeling romantically attracted to her foster brother (
Michael C. Hall
) when the writers threw us a stunning curveball, when Deb walked in on Dexter as he was administering the coup de grace to the Doomsday Killer (
). That's right: Now Deb knows Dexter is a serial murderer.
(FOX): Once past the outlandish setup of the show's initial premise -- that the adorable title character is the offspring of Jimmy Chance's (
) one-night fling with a now-executed serial killer - this wacky sitcom has steered away from soap opera conventions in favor of playing like a live-action cartoon most of the time. So we nearly fainted, just as Jimmy did, at the out-of-left-field revelation that Hope's mom survived the electric chair and was coming back to claim her.
(ABC): Jaw-dropping plot twists are a weekly occurrence on this compulsively addictive nighttime soap, but when we finally got to the scene that opened the series at the top of the season -- a nighttime shooting on the beach -- and discovered that the victim was not, in fact, young Hamptons heir Daniel Grayson (
) as we had assumed all along, we suddenly knew to take nothing for granted on this audacious show.
"Once Upon a Time"
(ABC): If you were paying attention, it couldn't have come as a big surprise to learn that the beautiful Storybrooke waitress Ruby (
) was Red Riding Hood in the show's fantasy realm. Finding out that Red Riding Hood was also the Big Bad Wolf? Yowzah!
(The CW): For seven seasons, the brothers Winchester (
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
) have faced down horrors backed primarily by old family friend Bobby Singer (
), so fans were stunned when Bobby suddenly died of a gunshot wound earlier this season. Then they were more happily shocked when he unexpectedly returned as a ghost, even if we suspect that will not end well for anyone. Things rarely do on this show.