The Best Episodes Directed by Brian Kirk
#3 - And Hell Itself My Only Foe
Penny Dreadful Season 2 - Episode 9
Back in London, Vanessa and Ethan learn that Sir Malcolm is in danger. Desperate to save him, Vanessa goes alone to battle Evelyn. Ethan heads out to Evelyn’s mansion with Frankenstein, Sembene and Lyle. Lily reveals her true self to Dorian.
#4 - The Nightcomers
Penny Dreadful Season 2 - Episode 3
In a flashback, Vanessa meets The Cut-Wife, who teaches her how to harness her powers. Isolated at her lonely cottage on the moors, The Cut-Wife quickly realizes the extent of Vanessa’s powers and warns her of the danger that lies ahead and the evil that pursues her.
#5 - Ace and Claire Tour a Horse Farm
Luck Season 1 - Episode 7
Ace has a relaxing visit to the prison-outreach retirement farm for horses, but Nathan Israel has a rougher time trying to persuade Ace's new partners of his boss' sincerity. Meanwhile, Walter discusses Gettin' Up Morning's ownership with a lawyer and decides on his next rider; Jerry teams up with a card dealer to play their way into a poker tournament; Lonnie makes a solo claim on another horse; and Rosie asks Joey for representation.
#6 - The Wolf and the Lion
Game of Thrones Season 1 - Episode 5
Incensed over news of Daenerys’ alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a preemptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn, but receives a cold reception at the Eyrie from her sister, Jon Arryn’s widow Lysa. Sansa is charmed by the dashing Ser Loras Tyrell, a.k.a. the Knight of Flowers. Arya overhears a plot against her father.
#7 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
Game of Thrones Season 1 - Episode 4
Ned looks for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert’s bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Sam from further abuse at Castle Black; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak; Sansa imagines her future as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her husband’s allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
#8 - Lord Snow
Game of Thrones Season 1 - Episode 3
Arriving at King’s Landing, Ned is shocked to learn of the Crown’s profligacy from his new advisors. At Castle Black, Jon Snow impresses Tyrion at the expense of greener recruits. Suspecting the Lannisters had a hand in Bran’s fall, Catelyn covertly follows her husband to King’s Landing, where she is intercepted by Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. “Littlefinger,” a shrewd longtime ally and brothel owner. Cersei and Jaime ponder the implications of Bran’s recovery; Arya studies swordsmanship. On the road to Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.
#9 - Little Scorpion
Penny Dreadful Season 2 - Episode 7
Not feeling safe in London, Vanessa and Ethan flee to the Cut-Wife’s cottage on the lonely moors. While there, Vanessa and Ethan settle into a domestic life as they draw closer together until a figure from her dark past resurfaces. Meanwhile back in London, Lyle and Frankenstein uncover even more disturbing information from the Verbis Diablo relics. We soon discover that Lily isn’t what she appears to be.
#10 - Ace Forces Escalante to Swap Jockeys
Luck Season 1 - Episode 5
Ace takes the reins when Escalante surprises Gus with his decision to race Pint of Plain with an inexperienced jockey in the horse's debut. Meanwhile, Marcus delves into the meaning of his friendship with Jerry; and Claire accompanies Ace to the track after accepting his very generous donation.
#11 - Hold Me in Paradise
Boardwalk Empire Season 1 - Episode 8
Nucky visits Chicago for the Republican National Convention, where he finds himself intrigued by the candidacy of Warren G. Harding over more established candidates. The D'Alessio gang moves in on Nucky's territory at the expense of Eli, who has been watching over his brother's affairs. Margaret finds herself entangled in Nucky's business affairs, while Van Alden struggles with his wife's desire for a child. Rothstein prepares for legal trouble over his role in fixing the 1919 World Series. Nucky asks Jimmy to return to Atlantic City to reinforce his position.
#12 - Episode 1
Luther Season 1 - Episode 1
Luther returns to work after a traumatic arrest to investigate the murder of a former child genius's parents, and quickly deduces that their daughter is responsible. However, unable to find evidence to convict, he becomes embroiled in a battle of wits with the suspect - who has set her sights on him and his estranged wife.
#13 - Episode 2
Luther Season 1 - Episode 2
A gunman begins murdering uniformed police officers, prompting the detective to taunt the killer on TV in the hope of inspiring him to turn his anger on him and come out into the open. To his horror, Luther also learns that Alice Morgan has been investigating his past - and is threatening to tell Zoe what she has discovered.
#15 - True Love
The Tudors Season 1 - Episode 6
As King Henry gains in confidence, his displeasure with the way the Catholic church handles his request for an annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon grows. As a result, Cardinal Wolsey's position is weakening, leaving him vulnerable to his enemies.
#18 - Arise, My Lord
The Tudors Season 1 - Episode 5
Henry is shocked when he learns that his ally, Emperor Charles V of Spain, has released France's King Francis I from prison. He's equally surprised when Anne Boleyn turns him down after offering to make her his sole mistress.
#20 - Vivekchaudamani: 51
Brotherhood Season 1 - Episode 10
When the Caffee's father shows up, he tries to get the boys to help him by threatening to sell the family home.
#21 - Down in the Flood 3:5-6
Brotherhood Season 2 - Episode 2
As Tommy begins his re-election campaign, he turns to his sister, Mary-Kate, rather than Eileen for support. Colin Carr, Tommy and Michael’s estranged Irish cousin, returns to Providence – an event Rose views with deep distrust. Michael and Moe team up for a truck heist while Declan and Cassie have dinner with Cassie’s parents.
#22 - The Aquarium
Rogue Season 1 - Episode 1
Tragedy strikes the Travis family. Tom tries keeping the family together. Grace convinces Jimmy he has a traitor in his organization. Mitch hesitates to help Grace. Jimmy discovers his money is missing. Max returns home. Jimmy and Grace make a deal.