Is it just us, or has TV been double-dipping in the character pool a lot lately? From mystical look-alike ancestors to long-lost twins, EW ranked each twist pairing from the least to the most bananas. Just call them (drumroll, please!) “banana splits.”
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
The fantasy drama introduced Menzies — time-traveling Claire’s historian husband — in 1945…
“Black Jack” Randall
…but, as revealed in the pilot, Frank gets his looks from a sadistic ancestor Claire faces in 1743.
RATING: 1 BANANA. Frank and Black Jack’s resemblance is entirely plausible.
Patti LuPone, Penny Dreadful
LuPone’s witch — nicknamed the “Cut-Wife” — dealt with the devil in a season 2 episode…
…and lived long enough to produce a distant descendant who shares her visage — but not her coif — in season 3.
RATING: 2 BANANAS. It’s one unexpected, hair-raising return.
Seth Meyers, The Mindy Project
Meyers wooed Mindy at a bookstore and won her over with frozen yogurt in a 2012 episode…
…and reappeared this season as himself to help Morgan find his missing dog.
RATING: 3 BANANAS. Mindy never forgets a suitor. Maybe “Matt” is Meyers’ alias?
Dan Amboyer, Younger
Kelsey’s fiancé bit the dust this season after finding out Liza’s age-defying secret…
…but Thad turned out to have a secret of his own: a poncho-wearing twin brother.
RATING: 4 BANANAS. Liza never saw a second dirtbag love interest for Kelsey coming.
Yael Grobglas, Jane the Virgin
Petra has had her fair share of telenovela-worthy drama…
…and this twist — a long-lost twin — might be the toughest she’s faced.
RATING: 5 BANANAS. How did Petra, who knows everything about everyone, miss this?
A version of this story appears in issue #1414 of Entertainment Weekly, available here.