Key scenes within the writing nods get to the center of the collection

A second of revelation. A slip into magical realism. A personality whose arc completely exemplifies the present creator’s objectives with a collection. All of those — and extra — are the stuff of “key scenes” in nominated episodes. And any of them will be the turnkey that convinces an Emmy voter to solid a poll a sure method. The Envelope chatted with practically each author of the Emmy-nominated drama and comedy episodes for 2022 to search out out what scene that’s to them.


“Better Call Saul”

Episode: “Plan and Execution”

Right here’s the important thing: Howard confronts Jimmy and Kim about their elaborate scheme when Lalo walks within the door.

The massive deal: “Jimmy and Kim thought they had everything going right,” says author Thomas Schnauz. “Except they didn’t think [cartel heavy] Lalo Salamanca would walk in their apartment. Everything they thought they had in control is gone; their life as they knew it is over.”

Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore star in “Ozark.”

(Tina Rowden / Netflix)


Episode: “A Hard Way to Go”

Right here’s the important thing: Ruth will get a glimpse right into a life she may need led if the Byrdes had by no means proven up.

The massive deal: “It’s a moment of rest in the middle of all the craziness,” says author Chris Mundy. “There’s a peace in what it would have been like if the Byrdes had never come to town. So even though there’s a sad ending, it’s cushioned a bit by the fact that this was in her mind earlier.”

A man looks concerned in a scene from "Severance."

Michael Siberry performs Helly’s father.



Episode: “The We We Are”

Right here’s the important thing: “Innie” employee Helly meets her “Outie’s” father and is confronted with the reality of who she actually is.

The massive deal: “The show is so much about what constitutes our identity, and in the course of this episode that question is answered for Helly,” says author Dan Erickson. “Her father thinks he’s talking to his daughter, and it’s a very different experience on her end.”

A man talks on his cell phone looking very serious.

Lee Jung-jae as Gi-hun in “Squid Game.”


“Squid Game”

Episode: “One Lucky Day”

Right here’s the important thing: Gi-hun tells Entrance Man on a cellphone name that he’s not a horse on a racetrack.

The massive deal: “Society makes us feel like horses on a racetrack, and sometimes we don’t even realize we are acting that way,” says writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk. “Why are we just working like racehorses, racing toward an objective? Is this a fair world that we live in? These are the key questions I wanted to bring out.”

A man and woman comfort another man on the ground, hiding his face in his arms in "Succession."

Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Shiv (Sarah Snook) consolation Kendall (Jeremy Robust).



Episode: “All the Bells Say”

Right here’s the important thing: Kendall reveals to siblings Roman and Shiv a secret he’s been holding on to for a very long time in a scene directed by nominee Mark Mylod.

The massive deal: “The revelation maybe acts as a solvent that starts to dissolve the calcified walls of mutual hostility and suspicion that have grown up between these people,” says writer-creator Jesse Armstrong. “The end of the episode, and season, only really works if a new set of relationships are formed there.”

A girl runs through the woods in a dark scene from "Yellowjackets."

A scene that foreshadows darkish moments to return.



Episode: “Pilot”

Right here’s the important thing: An unidentified woman runs via the woods, chased by unseen pursuers, and involves a foul finish.

The massive deal: “We love the idea of teasing where these girls were going to end up, then spending the rest of the episode in a completely different tenor,” says Ashley Lyle, who co-wrote the episode with Bart Nickerson. “We wanted to punch the audience in the face a little bit.”

A teen girl gets a troubling phone call in a scene from "Yellowjackets."

Samantha Hanratty as Teen Misty

(Kailey Schwerman / Showtime)


Epsiode: “F Sharp”

Right here’s the important thing: Scenes of a airplane crash are interrupted by a flashback to a prank name to group outcast Misty.

The massive deal: “In a way, Misty has been trying to escape a plane crash her whole childhood,” says Jonathan Lisco, who co-wrote the episode with Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. “We were trying to put on a similar plane social and psychological scars with physical ones.” “The prank call feels as heightened as a plane crash,” provides Nickerson.


Two teachers stand at the front of an elementary classroom in "Abbott Elementary."

Sheryl Lee Ralph and Quinta Brunson within the “Pilot” episode.

(Prashant Gupta / ABC)

“Abbott Elementary”

Episode: “Pilot”

Right here’s the important thing: Younger trainer Janine is confronted in a gathering within the library she admits she’s the reason for the college’s chaos.

The massive deal: “It proves what we can do as a workplace comedy,” says writer-creator Quinta Brunson. “It’s about how our characters interact. One of my focuses was to keep the pacing in the episode, and the pacing in that scene sets the tone for what the show can do, to shine a light on that chaos.”

A man holds a bag of baked goods in a scene from "Barry."

The beignets from Mitch the baker survived a wild bike chase in “Barry.”

(Merrick Morton / HBO)


Episode: “710N”

Right here’s the important thing: Barry, Sally and NoHo Hank respectively get recommendation from beignet baker Mitch.

The massive deal: “Each character is about to do something disastrous that changes their lives forever,” says author Duffy Boudreau. “Mitch tells them exactly which path to take to avoid pain and suffering. But it’s clear all three are going to go off and do the opposite, because it’s not what they want to hear in the moment.”

Two men stand outside on the lawn in a scene from "Barry" looking out the living room window.

Jim, at left, stands on his garden, realizing his home might be empty any longer in a scene from “Barry.”



Episode: “Starting Now”

Right here’s the important thing: As Barry is taken away by the police, Jim (whose daughter was killed by Barry) stands alone on the entrance garden.

The massive deal: “It summarizes the whole season, this idea of forgiveness and redemption,” says co-creator and co-writer (and star) Invoice Hader. “Barry’s spent all season trying to convince [Gene] Cousineau he’s sorry for killing Janice, but really only because he wants to feel better about himself. To Jim, who lives in this empty house with the memory of his daughter, it’s all about her.”

A young woman cries in a scene from "Hacks."

Hannah Einbinder reacts to being fired on “Hacks.”

(Karen Ballard / WarnerMedia)


Episode: “The One, the Only”

Right here’s the important thing: Deborah shocks Ava by firing her in order that Ava can pursue her personal profession alternatives.

The massive deal: “This scene encapsulates just how far Deborah and Ava’s relationship has come,” writers-creators Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky say in a joint electronic mail. “It’s this journey that allows Deborah to see in this moment that the kindest thing she can do for Ava is to let her go, or else she may never tell her own story.”

A young woman and older man find a box on a building rooftop in "Only Murders in the Building."

Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Charles (Steve Martin) discover a field containing a hoop.

(Craig Blankenhorn/HULU)

“Only Murders in the Building”

Episode: “True Crime”

Right here’s the important thing: Mabel and Charles discover an engagement ring on the roof, which indicators hope to them.

The massive deal: “In that hope, they find hope in their own lives,” says John Hoffman, who wrote the script with star Steve Martin. “All three of [the leads] are finding a bounce-back off of this new clue in the mystery, which gives them hope in their futures.”

Three women share wine and laugh while attending a funeral in a scene from "Ted Lasso."

Discovering a solution to chortle throughout a funeral in “Ted Lasso.”


“Ted Lasso”

Episode: “No Weddings and a Funeral”

Right here’s the important thing: Keeley, Sassy, Nora and Rebecca have an uproarious dialog in a ready room at a funeral.

The massive deal: “It’s such a cool way to show multigenerations of people having a fun, dynamic conversation, getting each [person’s] personality into the scene,” says author Jane Becker. “It felt like a big moment, not just for the episode but for me in my career.”

Two men, one dressed in an old fur cape, talk over a meal in a scene from "What We Do in the Shadows."

Kayvan Novak as Nandor, Harvey Guillen as Guillermo.

(Russ Martin / FX)

“What We Do in the Shadows”

Episode: “The Casino”

Right here’s the important thing: The vampires sit all the way down to dinner with associates as their acquainted, Guillermo, is interrogated about his non-public life.

The massive deal: “The evolution of Guillermo’s relationship with the vampires is core to the show, and here we got to push that emotional story forward,” says author Sarah Naftalis. “Do the vampires see him as a familiar? As a bodyguard? The questions gave us a lot of jokes but also a way to propel Guillermo through the episode.”

A scene of an exercise class in "What We Do in the Shadows."

The vampire Nandor (Kayvan Novak) enjoys an train class in “What We Do in the Shadows.”

(Russ Martin / FX)

“What We Do in the Shadows”

Episode: “The Wellness Center”

Right here’s the important thing: Amid an existential disaster, vampire Nandor joins a cult, however his acquainted, Guillermo, pulls him out and again to the household.

The massive deal: “Nandor asks Guillermo if he ever considered that for the first time in hundreds of years that this was the first time he’d been happy,” explains author Stefani Robinson. “This is one of the first times we’ve gotten into his emotional head space and examined the emotional baggage that comes with being a vampire.”