In honor of series 18 starting up, I have been watching some of the old episodes (for the millionth time). I realized that it is incredibly hard to pick a favorite episode because the show is so god damn good. And also because there are 18 seasons. Since nobody has written on the subject in about 3 years, I figured I would see what others thought on the matter.
I am partial to the travel specials, i.e. Vietnam/Bolivia/Arctic, but that might just be because their format (one continuous bit rather than multiple, unrelated segments during normal shows) makes them particularly memorable. Every episode has at least a couple great moments in it, it's impossible to remember them all. What is your favorite episode and why?