The Best Episodes Directed by Carl Franklin
#4 - A Necessary Fiction
Rome Season 2 - Episode 8
Octavian proclaims a new era of virtue in Rome, a program that his family and subordinates find impossible to obey. Vorenus is sent on a mission after a missing shipment of gold to discover who mysteriously hijacked it on its way to the Roman treasury. Pullo's loss and rage are channeled against Memmio, Omnipor and their henchmen. Octavian pursues Livia as an "appropriate" bride, and issues Mark Antony an ultimatum he knows he can't refuse.
#11 - Chapter 15
House of Cards (US) Season 2 - Episode 2
Amid turmoil in the home, Frank takes office. Foreign relations become entangled as Durant's team bungles a meeting. As foes negotiate to thwart her, Jackie maneuvers to strengthen her position. Lucas acquires new skills in order to pursue his secret investigation.
#12 - Guest
The Leftovers Season 1 - Episode 6
Nora takes care of some unfinished business in Mapleton before heading to New York for the Second Annual DROP conference (Departure Related Occupations and Practices). Agitated that her ID has been pinched, Nora, wearing a 'Guest' badge, scours the convention for her imposter, and ends up getting detoured by an amorous salesman, a best-selling author, and a rogue attendee.
#14 - Rock and Roll Queen
Vinyl Season 1 - Episode 9
After an unsettling visit with Devon and the kids, Richie weighs his options as the heat surrounding the Buck Rogers murder case is turned up. Thrown out of her aunt’s townhouse, Jamie crashes with Kip as the Nasty Bits finish their record and do a photo shoot. At American Century, Maury Gold pitches a ‘50s compilation LP, while Zak tries to fund a band for his wedding singer, Gary, aka “Xavier.” Clark and Jorge bond over an Indigo tune.
#15 - Unintended Consequences
The Newsroom (2012) Season 2 - Episode 4
Maggie tries to convince Rebecca that she’s fine following her shattering trip to Africa with Gary. An Occupy Wall Street protester with a Black Op lead refuses to cooperate with Neal and Jerry after an on-air interview with Will goes poorly. Jim lands Hallie a one-on-one, but gets heat from Mac as a result.
#21 - Michael
Ray Donovan Season 5 - Episode 11
Ray searches for Frank Barnes in an attempt to get Bridget out of jail. Meanwhile in New York, Terry deals with the return of Damon's father and then takes care of Smitty at Bridget's request. Back in LA, Bunchy is hit with a heartbreaking confession from Teresa.
#26 - Part Five
The Pacific Season 1 - Episode 5
Basilone’s celebrity grows as he travels across the country on the war bonds tour. On Pavuvu, Sledge, assigned to the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, is briefly reunited with Phillips and Leckie rejoins his company. Sledge then gets his first taste of combat as he, Leckie, and the rest of the 1st Marine Division meet fierce Japanese resistance while landing on the intricately and heavily defended coral island of Peleliu.
#27 - So You're Not an English Teacher
Good Behavior Season 1 - Episode 1
Out of prison early for good behavior, Letty Raines is trying to be a better person. But after she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man's wife, Letty sets out to derail the job while entangling herself in a dangerous relationship.
#28 - Only the Best for Mrs. Diaz
Good Behavior Season 1 - Episode 2
Javier forces Letty to help carry out his next job by posing as his wife at an upscale resort. Letty befriends the target's wife as instructed, but when she tries to escape with the woman, her plan backfires, digging her into a much deeper hole.
#30 - Day 1: Fade In
Ten Days in the Valley Season 1 - Episode 1
Emmy Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) stars in “Ten Days in the Valley” as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world – and her controversial police TV show – implodes. Life imitates art: everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.
#31 - Queen's Gambit, Accepted
I Am the Night Season 1 - Episode 6
When Fauna hears what happened to Jimmy Lee, she frantically searches for a way home. As Watts explodes around her into chaotic riots, Fauna’s way out harbors a nightmarish trap. Jay stews in a cell that overflows with rioters, his options diminishing as the hours pass, until he hatches a desperate plan.
#32 - Episode 6
The Affair Season 1 - Episode 6
After Noah spends a night out with his best friend Max, he discovers there's more to Alison than he's been led to believe. At home, his wife Helen hopes to make the most of the family's time in Montauk. Meanwhile, Alison and her husband Cole work to keep the Lockharts from danger.
#33 - Episode 5
The Affair Season 1 - Episode 5
As passions flare behind closed doors, Alison and Noah are forced to confront new obstacles at home. Alison gets a surprise visit from her estranged mother, Athena, while Noah struggles with the behavior of his daughter, Whitney.
#34 - Live and Learn
Falling Skies Season 1 - Episode 1
The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet’s remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose.