The Best Episodes Directed by Allen Coulter

Two Imposters

#1 - Two Imposters

Boardwalk Empire Season 3 - Episode 11

Gyp makes his move in Atlantic City, forcing Nucky and Eddie to seek refuge with Chalky. With the Artemis Club overrun by Rosetti thugs, Gillian contemplates a business future that includes an unwelcome partner. Luciano makes a deal he’ll come to regret. Harrow loses his house privileges.

star 8.21
2991 votes
Chapter 13

#2 - Chapter 13

House of Cards (US) Season 1 - Episode 13

Frank scrambles to keep his plan on track. Gillian is planning to sue Claire. Zoe, Janine, and Lucas investigate Rachel Posner and her relationship with Peter Russo.

star 8.19
5489 votes
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#3 - Alibi

Vinyl Season 1 - Episode 10

Zak constructs a dangerous plan to bring down Richie; Kip's excesses threaten an important Nasty Bits gig.

star 8.19
1063 votes
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Son of Hades

#4 - Son of Hades

Rome Season 2 - Episode 2

Cleopatra arrives in Rome to pay her homage to Caesar, and to seek legitimization for Caesarion. Egypt's queen causes further complications between Anthony and Atia, who still struggles with Servilia. Timon's brother arrives from Jerusalem. The death of Erastes throws the underworld, and Rome's river commerce into chaos, and Pullo and Vorenus step into the gap. Octavian and Anthony begin a long and bitter rivalry with a dispute over Caesar's will and sharing of power.

star 8.16
1886 votes
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Ace Meets with a Talented Whiz Kid

#5 - Ace Meets with a Talented Whiz Kid

Luck Season 1 - Episode 3

Jerry pursues a deal to buy the horse that Renzo lost to Mulligan while also talking to Escalante about training it. Meanwhile, Walter mulls a change in jockeys after Gettin' Up Morning's first race ends badly; and Ace gives a young whiz kid the opportunity of a lifetime.

star 8.15
511 votes
Friendless Child

#6 - Friendless Child

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 - Episode 7

Nucky tries to hold onto his assets in Atlantic City. Willie and Eli become involved in Nucky's war.

star 8.05
1619 votes
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The Knight in White Satin Armor

#7 - The Knight in White Satin Armor

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 12

Richie finally pushes Tony to the limit and Tony begins to plan for his removal. Tony finds that breaking up with his Russian girlfriend is more complicated than he thought. Janice takes matters into her own hands after a quarrel with Richie.

star 8.02
2376 votes
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Beware of the Dog

#8 - Beware of the Dog

Millennium Season 2 - Episode 2

A pack of horrible vicious dogs plague a small town and Frank learns more about the motives of the Millennium Group from a mysterious old man.

star 7.94
115 votes
Chapter 12

#9 - Chapter 12

House of Cards (US) Season 1 - Episode 12

The President sends Frank to St. Louis to persuade Raymond Tusk into becoming the new Vice President. Zoe and Janine investigate Peter Russo's death.

star 7.92
5392 votes
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Under God's Power She Flourishes

#10 - Under God's Power She Flourishes

Boardwalk Empire Season 2 - Episode 11

With Margaret pondering the consequences of sin, Nucky prepares her for a worst-case scenario as Esther Randolph plays out her trump cards. Jimmy revisits his college days with Angela and Gillian. Mickey Doyle chafes at sharing his liquor profits. Eli refuses to cop a plea. Nelson's past comes back to haunt him, tipping the scale in Nucky's favor.

star 7.90
3284 votes
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Havre de Grace

#11 - Havre de Grace

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 - Episode 11

Nucky takes inventory after being warned of a skunk in his cellar. On the lam following a close call, Chalky and Daughter take refuge outside Wilmington with Oscar Boneau, his mentor from years ago. Gillian considers selling her mansion and starting a new life with Roy Phillips.

star 7.85
2169 votes
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Get Me A Lawyer

#12 - Get Me A Lawyer

Damages Season 1 - Episode 1

Attorney Patty Hewes hires a new associate, Ellen Parsons, to help her as she tries to ruin Arthur Frobisher. Hewes represents a group of employees that are suing Frobisher after he sold his company, leaving the employees devastated. Ellen is unaware that her best friend, Katie Connor, is working for Frobisher.

star 7.82
1551 votes

#13 - Isabella

The Sopranos Season 1 - Episode 12

Tony is more depressed than ever over Pussy's disappearance. He increases his medication and this causes him to have hallucinations of a beautiful Italian girl living next door. Meanwhile, Junior and Mikey send two hit men after Tony, but all doesn't go according to plan.

star 7.81
2638 votes
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#14 - College

The Sopranos Season 1 - Episode 5

Tony takes Meadow to Maine on a college tour. While there, Tony stumbles across an ex-mobster who went into the witness protection program after ratting out several of Tony's old comrades. Tony and the mobster begin stalking each other while Tony does his best to hide his activities from his daughter. Carmela receives a visit from Father Phil and the two have a close encounter.

star 7.80
2948 votes
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The King and I

#15 - The King and I

Vinyl Season 1 - Episode 7

Looking to raise cash for his label, a newly sober Richie flies to LA with Zak, hoping to sell the company jet to Lou Meshejian, a rival record exec. After attending a beachfront party teeming with many of Lou’s music clients, Richie and Zak head to Las Vegas in hopes of somehow convincing Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Parker, that the King should ditch his label and sign with American Century. The detour includes a steamy encounter in which Zak’s fantasies come true, at a price.

star 7.80
996 votes
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Full Leather Jacket

#16 - Full Leather Jacket

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 8

Carmela pressures a friend to write a letter of recommendation for Meadow, while a good will gesture from Richie to Tony falls flat. Matt and Sean are bored with their positions in the Soprano organization. They decide to ambush Christopher as a favor to Richie.

star 7.79
2344 votes
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Staten Island (2)

#17 - Staten Island (2)

Ray Donovan Season 6 - Episode 2

No matter how much he wants it to go away, Ray isn’t done cleaning up the fallout from his jump. People are asking questions, and there’s a witness willing to give answers that could rock Mac and Ray’s worlds. Across the country, Mickey’s heart attack behind bars forces the family to wrestle with what could be their father’s final days.

star 7.78
1153 votes
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Peg of Old

#18 - Peg of Old

Boardwalk Empire Season 2 - Episode 7

Margaret has a family reunion. Owen gets even with a rival. Van Alden recognizes the hierarchy of the law. Jimmy wonders how a decision will affect the future.

star 7.74
3179 votes
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Sunday Best

#19 - Sunday Best

Boardwalk Empire Season 3 - Episode 7

Eli hopes to get back in Nucky's good graces. Gillian tries to improve her future. Gyp asks for a blessing in New York.

star 7.74
2589 votes
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Staten Island (1)

#20 - Staten Island (1)

Ray Donovan Season 6 - Episode 1

Ray being pulled from the East River by Police Officer Sean “Mac” McGrath. Taken over the bridge into Staten Island, Ray finds a chance at a new life, but the peace he comes to find is interrupted when Sam Winslow comes calling. With the ghosts of his past returning, and his father Mickey plotting something in prison, Ray may not have a choice but to return to his roots.

star 7.74
1189 votes
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Irregular Around the Margins

#21 - Irregular Around the Margins

The Sopranos Season 5 - Episode 5

Tony's intense new feelings for Adriana sends him back to Dr. Melfi; Tony may have skin cancer; While Christopher is on a business trip, the crew discusses a rumor involving Adriana.

star 7.74
2153 votes
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#22 - D-Girl

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 7

Christopher dabbles in the Hollywood movie world, while A.J. dabbles in existentialism after he wrecks his mother's car. Pussy wrestles with his conscience as he gets in deeper with the Feds.

star 7.73
2340 votes
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#23 - Home

Boardwalk Empire Season 1 - Episode 7

After his father Ethan is injured in a fall, Nucky uses the opportunity to refurbish his childhood home. During a visit to an army hospital, Jimmy befriends disfigured vet Richard Harrow, whose sharp eye may prove invaluable. Chalky considers a liquor proposition that would eliminate middle man Nucky. Van Alden gets a valuable lead on the woods massacre. Angela finds companionship in Jimmy's absence; Luciano and a friend cut a deal with the D'Alessio brothers. On a double-date with new friend Annabelle and her beaux, Margaret tries to get Nucky to open up about some painful childhood memories. On a tip from Capone, Jimmy eyes payback against one of Sheridan's thugs.

star 7.73
4575 votes
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The Ram Has Touched the Wall

#24 - The Ram Has Touched the Wall

Rome Season 1 - Episode 5

Caesar weighs Pompey's counteroffer against Antony's recommendation to chase down Pompey's vulnerable army. Vorenus is forced to reconsider his career choices after a series of business setbacks leave him with little income to support his family. A jealous Atia concocts a clever scheme to separate Caesar from Servilia. Pullo is recruited to tutor Octavian in the art of soldiering, but ends up learning a lesson or two from the boy.

star 7.73
2449 votes
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Paris Green

#25 - Paris Green

Boardwalk Empire Season 1 - Episode 11

Nucky has emotionally charged conversations with both Margaret and Eli over his business and the killing of Margaret's husband, leading to dramatic shake-ups in his personal and political lives. Jimmy meets with his dying father for the first time in years, and in the process reevaluates his relationships with both his parents. Van Alden and Agent Sebso's working relationship is pushed to the limit by Van Alden's suspicions, ending after a definitive confrontation at a river baptismal. Angela prepares to flee from Jimmy to Paris, but learns her support system is not as strong as she believed.

star 7.72
4355 votes
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Ace Counters Smythe's Move with His Own

#26 - Ace Counters Smythe's Move with His Own

Luck Season 1 - Episode 8

Ace reacts decisively to a new wrinkle in the racetrack deal, but it's probably not a move that Smythe will take lying down. Meanwhile, Walter tries to concentrate on the historic Western Derby, in which his horse will go head-to-head with Gus'; Rosie's good news isn't so great for Leon; and Jo is injured in a stable accident.

star 7.71
359 votes
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Nixon’s Women

#27 - Nixon’s Women

For All Mankind Season 1 - Episode 3

Deke must recruit female astronauts after Russia lands a woman on the moon.

star 7.71
1169 votes
Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood

#28 - Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood

The Sopranos Season 3 - Episode 1

While the Soprano family goes about their day-to-day activities, the FBI begins an elaborate operation to bug their home. Tony ponders his options when Patsy starts asking too many questions about his brother's death.

star 7.70
2308 votes
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The Good Listener

#29 - The Good Listener

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 - Episode 2

Nucky pays a visit to Johnny Torrio. Eli and Van Alden must recoup money lost during a federal raid.

star 7.69
1640 votes
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The Pest House

#30 - The Pest House

Millennium Season 2 - Episode 14

Asylum inmates become prime suspects in a series of murders involving urban legends.

star 7.69
99 votes
A Mouth is a Mouth

#31 - A Mouth is a Mouth

Ray Donovan Season 1 - Episode 2

Ray activates a plan to send his father Mickey back to prison. Meanwhile, Abby defies Ray and spends the day with Mickey and her kids. Ray handles two crises involving movie star clients: A-list actor Sean Walker receives a threatening message at home, and action hero Tommy Wheeler is blackmailed with a sex video.

star 7.67
4253 votes
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Prime Crew

#32 - Prime Crew

For All Mankind Season 1 - Episode 4

A training accident spurs a national debate about women astronauts.

star 7.66
1106 votes
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#33 - Pilot

Sons of Anarchy Season 1 - Episode 1

When a rival club cleans out and then destroys their illegal arms warehouse, SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) executes their own sense of justice in retrieving their guns. Meanwhile, family issues take center stage with a medical emergency involving Jax Teller's newborn son.

star 7.65
7683 votes
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Acres of Diamonds

#34 - Acres of Diamonds

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 - Episode 3

Nucky has reservations about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy. While there, he meets speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy jazz singer, Daughter Maitland, to perform at the Onyx, and gauges Dunn Purnsley’s allegiance to Chalky. Willie, Eli’s son, turns to Mickey Doyle and his bootleg warehouse to elevate his social standing at college. Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips’ wife to impress a possible partner. Harrow tries to bury his past, though not before taking care of some unfinished business with Emma.

star 7.65
2338 votes
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Cock a Doodle Do!

#35 - Cock a Doodle Do!

Sex and the City Season 3 - Episode 18

Mr. Big phones Carrie and invites her to lunch, which she accepts against Miranda's advice. Samantha's sleep is being disturbed by the noise made by some transsexual prostitutes, and she ends up inviting them in for a rooftop party with the other three friends. Charlotte receives an early-morning visit from Trey, who's finally ready for her. Miranda is feeling that her life is in a rut, and runs into Steve on a couple of occasions.

star 7.64
761 votes
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He is Risen

#36 - He is Risen

The Sopranos Season 3 - Episode 8

Tony's feud with Ralphie escalates when Ralphie is passed over for promotion. Meadow and Jackie grow closer, while the Soprano crew loses a member in an unexpected fashion. Tony strikes up a relationship with one of Melfi's other patients.

star 7.63
2298 votes
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Yesterday Once More

#37 - Yesterday Once More

Vinyl Season 1 - Episode 2

With German Polygram executives in town to complete the deal for American Century, Richie delivers a bombshell that shocks the prospective buyers, as well as his partners, Zak Yankovich, ACR's head of promotions, and Skip Fontaine, head of sales. When the dust settles, the Germans storm out of the ACR offices, leaving Richie to face the ire of Zak, Skip and company attorney Scott Levitt.

star 7.61
1270 votes
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#38 - University

The Sopranos Season 3 - Episode 6

Ralphie gets violent with a Bing dancer when his temper gets the better of him. He and Tony come to blows over it in the parking lot. Meadow and Noah take their relationship to a new level, but things don't stay romantic for long as Meadow's roommate causes problems.

star 7.60
2379 votes
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Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office

#39 - Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 1

Tony begins to establish himself as the acting Don of the Jersey crew, but his world is turned upside down by the return of Big Pussy and his sister Janice. Melfi consults her own therapist, feeling guilty over her refusal to treat Tony. Christopher expands into the world of white-collar crime, but his associates cause trouble when they bring violence into the workplace.

star 7.59
2781 votes
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The Bag or the Bat

#40 - The Bag or the Bat

Ray Donovan Season 1 - Episode 1

Ray's life is thrown into absolute turmoil when his father Mickey unexpectedly gets out of prison five years early, kills a priest, and arrives in LA, vowing to take revenge on Ray for framing him. Meanwhile, Ray's mentor, Ezra Goldman, and his law partner, Lee Drexler, need Ray to find a way to get a married action star out of a scandal with a transgender woman. Ray must also protect a beautiful singer from a stalker, but the case leads to tension between him and his wife, Abby.

star 7.56
5322 votes
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#41 - Crossroads

Six Feet Under Season 1 - Episode 8

Chloe Margaret Bryant Yorkin January 7, 1959 - April 2001 Riding in a limo, a drunken Chloe is celebrating her new-found freedom with friends. she stands up with her head out the sunroof to scream it to the world... and loses her head, literally. The business is a bit slow these days, so Nate and David decide to rent out a room at the funeral home to supplement the loss. Frederico is being wooed by Kroehner's and he contemplates doing it for the experience and the money. Claire is hiking in the mountains but doesn't really understand the point of it all.

star 7.56
944 votes
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The Freak Show

#42 - The Freak Show

Sex and the City Season 2 - Episode 3

Carrie ruins a new relationship with Ben, a guy she meets in the park. Samantha dates Harrison, but finds he is into something she isn't. Charlotte dates Mitchell Sailor, “Mr. Pussy”. Miranda quits dating after Carrie sets her up with a blind date she doesn't like. Carrie realises she's a freak, too.

star 7.56
936 votes
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For All Debts Public and Private

#43 - For All Debts Public and Private

The Sopranos Season 4 - Episode 1

Tony and Carmela both worry about family finances during the recession. Junior faces his own financial woes as his trial approaches. Adriana brings her new friend to the Soprano Sunday dinner, but Adriana has no idea who Danielle is working for. Tony bonds with Christopher by giving him the opportunity to avenge the murder of his father.

star 7.54
2346 votes
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#44 - Re-Entry

Extant Season 1 - Episode 1

Astronaut Molly Woods tries to reconnect with her husband, John, and son, Ethan, after returning from a 13-month solo mission in outer space. Molly’s mystifying experiences in space lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history.

star 7.52
3572 votes
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The North Star

#45 - The North Star

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 - Episode 6

After a cautious reunion with Margaret in New York City, Nucky heads to Tampa to work out details of his land deal with Bill McCoy. While there, he reconnects with Sally Wheet. Richard Harrow returns to Atlantic City and makes a confession to an ailing Paul Sagorsky, who encourages him to get over the past and return to Julia and Tommy. Having lost J. Edgar Hoover’s confidence, Agent Knox finds a new way to gain Eli’s trust. Meyer Lansky decides to go it alone on the Tampa land deal when Lucky Luciano gets spooked by an investor, Vincenzo Petrucelli, who has ties to Joe Masseria in New York. Chalky takes his frustrations out on Daughter Maitland.

star 7.49
2259 votes
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What Goes Around Comes Around

#46 - What Goes Around Comes Around

Sex and the City Season 3 - Episode 17

Carrie is snubbed by Natasha at a restaurant, and is then mugged. Samantha drags Carrie to a party, only to find out it's a dorm party; Samantha makes out with one of the college lads, who happens to share the same name with her, but he becomes obsessed with her. Charlotte, tiring of the lack of sex with Trey, has a couple of encounters with a gardener, which leads to their separation. Miranda has a date with the police detective investigating Carrie's mugging, but nervous that she isn't good-looking enough, gets too drunk.

star 7.47
789 votes
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The Pitch

#47 - The Pitch

Get Shorty Season 1 - Episode 1

Miles Daly, muscle for a Nevada crime ring and desperate to win back his wife and daughter, travels to Los Angeles to collect on a debt from an aspiring screenwriter – whose script inspires Miles to give Hollywood a shot.

star 7.41
611 votes
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Defining Moments

#48 - Defining Moments

Sex and the City Season 4 - Episode 3

Carrie and Big finally seem to be getting along fine, despite the girls's pressure for her to define what kind of relationship she has established with him. Carrie doesn't know it herself, but it clearly shows as not being a regular friendship when she flirts with a jazz player. Big shows up on their date and acts jealous about Carrie, and she has to set some boundaries. Meanwhile, Miranda lowers her boundaries too when she decides to let her boyfriend pee with the bathroom door open, but changes her mind after he decides to do everything else with the door opened. Charlotte sets her boundaries on Trey, who wanted to have sex on virtually every room they stepped into, and Samantha lowers her boundaries on relationships when she decides to take on a lesbian relationship with a Brazilian artist.

star 7.40
785 votes
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Take Me Out to The Ballgame

#49 - Take Me Out to The Ballgame

Sex and the City Season 2 - Episode 1

After Carrie ends her relationship with Mr. Big, she dates a new member of the Yankees team, but they bump into Mr. Big and she realises she is not over him. Miranda becomes annoyed with the others talking about nothing but men. Samantha is unsatisfied with her boyfriend's shortcomings. Charlotte has a problem with her new boyfriend, Paul Ericson, continually adjusting himself, and her attempt to improve things misfires.

star 7.39
1181 votes
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Gone in the Teeth

#50 - Gone in the Teeth

Rubicon Season 1 - Episode 1

Will Travers discovers a pattern in several crossword puzzles that he thinks is eerily linked to the death of his boss David. As Will delves into the situation further, things become more mysterious while Will decides to take over David's position.

star 7.33
2385 votes
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The Test Dream

#51 - The Test Dream

The Sopranos Season 5 - Episode 11

Tony escapes to the Plaza Hotel for a night of rest and relaxation, but his dreams are haunted by past faces. Another casualty falls in the war between Johnny Sack and Little Carmine, and Tony B. heads to New York for revenge.

star 7.23
1992 votes
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#52 - Pilot

Nurse Jackie Season 1 - Episode 1

Longtime ER nurse Jackie Peyton bends the rules to bring some good from a patient's senseless death, while concealing her addiction to a pain killer she gets from her boyfriend, the hospital pharmacist.

star 7.20
1376 votes
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Called Home

#53 - Called Home

Law & Order Season 18 - Episode 1

Cyrus Lupo returns to New York after four years abroad to deal with his own terror. Lupo and Green investigate two suicides committed the same way. The detectives are suspicious of a parolee known as "Dr. Death".

star 7.18
210 votes
What's Sex Got to Do with It?

#54 - What's Sex Got to Do with It?

Sex and the City Season 4 - Episode 4

Everyone is having sex except Miranda. She's on a sex strike because she's tired of going on bad dates so she substitutes sex with chocolate. She finally ends her strike and masturbates. Carrie is having mind blowing sex with Ray, the jazz club owner, in hopes of forming a relationship. Charlotte is having great sex with Trey but is angry with him for not asking him to move in with him. He later comes to see her and not only does he ask her to move in with her but he also asks her to re-marry him, she accepts. Samantha decides to give relationships a try because she really likes Maria. She tells Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda that she's in a lesbian relationship and they support her when she tells them that she wants to have sex when it feels right. It apparently feels right rather quickly because the following day she's telling them about how great sex with another woman is.

star 7.17
865 votes
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The Awful Truth

#55 - The Awful Truth

Sex and the City Season 2 - Episode 2

Carrie reluctantly invites Mr. Big to her birthday party after he sends her flowers. Samantha tries to tell her boyfriend about his shortcomings, and he gets them to go to a therapist. Charlotte gets a puppy, Henry, in lieu of a perfect man. Miranda talks dirty with her lover, the “spring-roll man”.

star 7.13
943 votes
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Four Women and a Funeral

#56 - Four Women and a Funeral

Sex and the City Season 2 - Episode 5

Carrie starts making it up with Mr. Big. Samantha is ostracised from New York's social scene after she commits an indiscreton. Charlotte falls for a recently widowed man she meets at a funeral. Miranda buys her own apartment, and starts suffering panic attacks.

star 7.12
972 votes
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#57 - Siren

Millennium Season 2 - Episode 17

A strange Asian woman is the prime suspect in a number of deaths aboard a ship.

star 7.09
98 votes
All Souls

#58 - All Souls

The X-Files Season 5 - Episode 17

Scully faces her Catholic faith and the loss of her daughter Emily when she is asked to help a family whose adopted daughter was found dead in a position that looked like she was struck down by God himself.

star 7.07
899 votes

#59 - Hush

Tales from the Darkside Season 4 - Episode 18

A babysitter is called in to take care of a sick boy. As a game, the two make up a pretend creature out of household parts, one that eats sounds. The creature comes to life, sucking the sound and the life out of everything in the house. The two try to evade it, but the boy's uncontrollable coughing gives him away. The creature then becomes sensitive enough to the girl's heartbeat to find and kill her too, then goes out into the world for more ""food"".

star 6.00
12 votes
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