The BEST episodes directed by Chris Grismer

The Importance of Being Erica
star
8.25
386 votes

#1 - The Importance of Being Erica

Being Erica - Season 2 - Episode 12

Erica struggles with some big decisions, and she's desperate for a little direction. After some hide and seek in the past and present, the last place she looks to is the closest to her heart, and it opens up a world of possibility.

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Le Grand Guignol
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8.19
1747 votes

#2 - Le Grand Guignol

The Originals - Season 1 - Episode 15

In a series of flashbacks to 1919, Klaus opens up to Cami and reveals details of the devastating secret Rebekah and Marcel were trying to keep from him. Elijah forms an unlikely alliance with Monique and asks for her help in locating Sabine. Elsewhere, Thierry is reluctant to get involved when Marcel and Rebekah approach him with a plan to take down the witches. Meanwhile, in the bayou, Hayley is at her wits’ end and holds Sabine hostage in an attempt to get information that will reverse the curse on Phoebe’s werewolf clan.

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Graduation
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8.15
2367 votes

#3 - Graduation

The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 - Episode 23

On Graduation Day, Mystic Falls is overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores and fulfilling their supernatural destinies. Damon’s life is in danger after a ghostly encounter, while Matt and Rebekah join forces to battle a ghost determined to find the cure. As everyone gathers for the graduation ceremony and the ghosts converge, help comes from an unlikely hero. Caroline receives a touching and unexpected graduation present, and Bonnie’s plan leads to the closing of the veil. Elena makes a decision about the Salvatore brothers and faces an epic confrontation with Katherine. Finally, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.

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Leo
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8.14
478 votes

#4 - Leo

Being Erica - Season 1 - Episode 13

Though Dr. Tom warned her not to try and prevent Leo's death, Erica does so anyway, resulting in dire consequences.

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I'm Thinking of You All the While
star
8.11
1330 votes

#5 - I'm Thinking of You All the While

The Vampire Diaries - Season 6 - Episode 22

An uninvited guest shows up after Alaric and Jo's wedding, leaving Elena in terrible jeopardy. Bonnie takes matters into her own hands after finding herself on the receiving end of a twisted plan. As Stefan and Caroline reach an emotional crossroad in their relationship, a reunion with Liv leaves Tyler faced with a decision that could change his life forever. Meanwhile, Lily's reckless actions cause Stefan to realize the lengths to which his mother will go to reunite with her "family." Damon is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life.

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Poster May Lead to the Truth
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8.10
116 votes

#6 - Poster May Lead to the Truth

Queer As Folk (US) - Season 3 - Episode 11

While the gang becomes continually frustrated with Stockwell's enforcements of anti-drug and public sex laws on Liberty Avenue, Ben and Micheal are becoming more concerned than ever with the behavior of Hunter, the hussler who, thanks to his HIV positive status, Ben now feels partially responsible for. Meanwhile, Emmett's attempts to cheer Ted up have been failing rather miserably...especially one night when Ted doesn't come home.....

Home
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8.09
1950 votes

#7 - Home

The Vampire Diaries - Season 5 - Episode 22

Heartbroken by an unexpected tragedy, Damon pushes Bonnie harder than ever to find a way to stop the disintegration of the Other Side. Elena takes matters into her own hands and demands that Liv and Luke help her, but Liv refuses to cooperate until Caroline provides her with some personal motivation. Sheriff Forbes is horrified when Markos uses violence against Tyler/Julian to prove that Mystic Falls is now under the control of the Travelers. As conditions on the Other Side worsen, Bonnie takes the opportunity to settle an old score. Damon comes up with a dangerous plan that relies on split-second timing from Jeremy and Matt, and and everyone is caught up in the confusion when the plan causes a massive explosion in Mystic Falls.

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Crescent City
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8.09
1875 votes

#8 - Crescent City

The Originals - Season 1 - Episode 13

At the re-opening of St. Anne's Church, Father Kieran finds himself in a great deal of trouble after a run-in with a witch from his past. Marcel and Rebekah grow concerned when the reemergence of someone they once knew threatens to expose secrets they've kept buried for nearly a century. Elsewhere, Sophie is shocked when a discovery is made at the cemetery, but she soon realizes things may not be as they seem. With the full moon looming, Hayley lets Rebekah in on her plan to throw a party for her werewolf clan, but things take a dangerous turn when uninvited guests arrive. Meanwhile, Cami is conflicted when she makes a difficult decision involving the safety of Father Kieran, and Elijah finds himself facing his own dilemma when he has to choose between Hayley and his siblings. Finally, when one of his plans fails, Klaus takes drastic measures in the Cauldron, resulting in dangerous repercussions that affect everyone involved.

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Nothing Gold Can Stay
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8.04
1497 votes

#9 - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Containment - Season 1 - Episode 11

Lex and Leo clash over their next move after a failed plan threatens to unravel their entire case. When word begins to spread that there may be a way out of the cordon, Jana considers her options. Finally, an unexpected turn of events brings Jake and Katie closer than ever.

Sinners and Saints
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7.98
2250 votes

#10 - Sinners and Saints

The Originals - Season 1 - Episode 5

Angered by recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby, Klaus demands answers from Sophie, believing she was involved. Sophie reveals to Klaus and Rebekah a troubling secret from her past. Meanwhile, Marcel asks Klaus to accompany him to the bayou after gruesome remains are discovered, while Rebekah, Sophie and Hayley set off on a mission of their own. Davina confides in an unexpected ally and reveals shocking information about the witches, ultimately leading to a disturbing revelation.

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The Last Weekend
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7.97
422 votes

#11 - The Last Weekend

Prodigal Son - Season 2 - Episode 13

The search for a serial killer known as 'The Woodsman' might help the NYPD find one of their own.

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It Happened One Night
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7.95
739 votes

#12 - It Happened One Night

Kyle XY - Season 3 - Episode 1

Restrained and weakened, Kyle awakens inside a Latnok building. Despite his predicament, Kyle must escape and rescue Amanda—who is being held in the same building.

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I Hear You Knocking
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7.94
2242 votes

#13 - I Hear You Knocking

The Originals - Season 4 - Episode 5

After being marked by The Hollow’s dark magic, both Klaus and Marcel experience the symptoms of a malevolent haunting, forcing the two adversaries on a violent collision course. Meanwhile, Hayley and Elijah head out to speak with Mary after Hayley uncovers a mysterious link between the dark magic and her former wolf pack. Finally, as an exhausted Freya risks her own life to cure Klaus’ infection, a guilt-ridden Keelin must decide whether to honor her hypocratic oath and help Freya – or flee the Mikaelson’s forever.

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Heaven Backwards
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7.94
33 votes

#14 - Heaven Backwards

Recovery Road - Season 1 - Episode 6

Maddie is at a loss with how to help when Trish faces a crisis. But Maddie’s good intentions may have a devastating effect on her roommate. Wes is struggling with a secret, which is compounded by the chaos happening in the house. Cynthia bonds with Craig, while Charlotte reaches out to Margarita for insight involving Maddie. And a disturbing truth comes to light at Springtime Meadows. Flashbacks highlight Wes’ frenetic childhood, which may have set him on his current path.

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Physician, Heal Thyself
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7.94
385 votes

#15 - Physician, Heal Thyself

Being Erica - Season 3 - Episode 8

The surprising return of someone from Dr. Tom's past forces him to face old demons. Meanwhile Kai returns to 2010 on a regret, and Erica must make a decision that could affect both their futures.

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500 Years of Solitude
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7.90
2084 votes

#16 - 500 Years of Solitude

The Vampire Diaries - Season 5 - Episode 11

Katherine remembers the traumatic night in 1490 when she gave birth to the daughter who was immediately taken from her. Stefan lets Elena, Caroline and Bonnie know that Katherine’s health has taken a turn for the worse, while Damon Matt and Jeremy discuss some of Katherine’s most notorious moments. Nadia comes up with a plan to protect her mother, and Stefan and Elena are forced to help her. Caroline is mortified when she realizes she forgot to fill Elena in on the latest shocking gossip. Finally, Elena and Katherine share an unexpected moment of connection.

Beautiful Day
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7.89
406 votes

#17 - Beautiful Day

The Nine Lives of Chloe King - Season 1 - Episode 10

Still coping with her unresolved feelings for Brian, Chloe agrees to accompany him to meet his grandmother, Olivia, who was presumed dead. As Brian and Olivia become reacquainted, Chloe finally receives the email she's been hoping for; her father is in San Francisco and needs to see Chloe immediately. Desperate to see her dad again and get some answers, Chloe agrees to keep their plans secret. Will she be reunited with her father, or will this meeting have fatal consequences? Alek overhears Chloe admit to her mother that, while she does have feelings for him, she is in love with Brian. Heartbroken, Alek unknowingly leaves Chloe alone - and unprotected - just when she needs him the most.

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The End of the Affair
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7.88
3553 votes

#18 - The End of the Affair

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 3

Klaus and Stefan arrive in Chicago, where Stefan is reunited with a vampire who hasn't really moved on from her interest in him decades earlier. In a flashback to Chicago in the 1920s, Stefan comes face-to-face with a shocking chapter from his wild past. After Damon gets a tip on Stefan and Klaus' whereabouts from an unexpected source, he and Elena follow their trail. Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler is concerned about Caroline and turns to Sheriff Forbes for help.

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We're Planning a June Wedding
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7.88
2392 votes

#19 - We're Planning a June Wedding

The Vampire Diaries - Season 8 - Episode 15

A wedding is quickly planned in order for Damon and Stefan to lure a dangerous enemy out into the open. This looming threat puts the fate of Mystic Falls in eminent danger and must be destroyed.

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Ouroboros
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7.87
483 votes

#20 - Ouroboros

Prodigal Son - Season 2 - Episode 8

When world-famous Europol profiler Simon Hoxley shows up in New York and claims that Major Crimes’ current case is connected to the discovery of Endicott’s body overseas, Bright fears he and Ainsley’s secret is about to be exposed. Meanwhile, Martin gets to know Dr. Vivian Capshaw.

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Tangled Up in Blue
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7.87
2373 votes

#21 - Tangled Up in Blue

The Originals - Season 1 - Episode 3

After discovering interesting news about someone in Marcel's inner circle, Klaus and Rebekah come together to attempt to unravel Marcel's empire from within in spite of Elijah's concerns. They enlist help from Sophie, who is reluctant to get involved for fear of the wrath of Marcel's secret weapon, Davina. Rebekah sneakily invites an oblivious Cami to a huge vampire party thrown by Marcel, managing to anger Marcel in the process. Elsewhere, Hayley learns from the witch Sabine that the supernatural creatures of New Orleans are reacting to the potential existence of a hybrid baby.

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#truthorconsequences
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7.86
869 votes

#22 - #truthorconsequences

Designated Survivor - Season 3 - Episode 10

On election day, Kirkman turns to his therapist to relieve his conscience about the events and own decisions he made 36 hours ago.

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Dangerous Liaisons
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7.86
3530 votes

#23 - Dangerous Liaisons

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 14

Elena is surprised to receive an invitation to a formal ball, and when Damon and Stefan hear the party is being hosted at Klaus’s newly renovated mansion, they both insist on attending the event with her. Caroline and Matt also receive invitations to the ball from unexpected admirers. At the elegant party, Elena learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths and she must decide who she can trust with her new information. Caroline discovers a side of Klaus no one would have suspected. Finally, after an evening of violence and dashed hopes, Damon finds a new way to cope.

Plenty of Fish
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7.86
614 votes

#24 - Plenty of Fish

Being Erica - Season 1 - Episode 3

Eternally-single Erica brings best friend Ethan to pose as her boyfriend at her high school reunion. She begins to understand the source of her relationship with men by revisiting the loss of her virginity.

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Sun and Fun
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7.85
443 votes

#25 - Sun and Fun

Prodigal Son - Season 2 - Episode 12

As the search intensifies for a serial killer on the run, so does Malcolm's tenacity, causing U.S. Marshal Emily Ruiz to kick him off the case. However, Malcolm doesn't back down that easily.

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Cultural Revolution
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7.84
358 votes

#26 - Cultural Revolution

Being Erica - Season 2 - Episode 4

A significant career opportunity transports Erica back to a summer spent in Taipei.

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Down the Rabbit Hole
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7.83
2513 votes

#27 - Down the Rabbit Hole

The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 - Episode 14

On the island, Damon has an ugly run-in with a Hunter named Vaughn, and realizes he is one of The Five. Stefan confesses his true feelings about the possibility of becoming human again to Elena. A stunning new piece of information about the cure is revealed. Jeremy helps Bonnie recognize what is real and what is an illusion, and Shane is comforted by a woman from his past, Caitlin. Back in Mystic Falls, Caroline and Tyler find that their attempt to translate the code on the Hunter’s Sword is futile without help from Klaus.

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Before Sunset
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7.83
3047 votes

#28 - Before Sunset

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 21

Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Bonnie calls on Abby to help her with a difficult spell. As events spiral out of control, Elena is determined to protect Caroline, Damon and Stefan enlist Tyler’s help, while Bonnie and Jeremy take a terrifying risk to make sure her spell is effective. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.

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10-8 Bulletproof
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7.80
440 votes

#29 - 10-8 Bulletproof

Deputy - Season 1 - Episode 13

When informants for the Sherriff's Department start turning up dead all over Los Angeles, everyone has to work together to find the leak in the department. Meanwhile, Teresa and Cade deal with a major setback in the custody battle for their foster children. Also, on the day of Maggie's Quinceanera, Bill gets stuck in a difficult position between work and family.

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This is the Part Where You Run
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7.79
1392 votes

#30 - This is the Part Where You Run

Legacies - Season 1 - Episode 1

Under the guidance of headmaster Alaric Saltzman, the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted — including tri-brid Hope Mikaelson, Alaric's twins Lizzie and Josie, high-energy vampire MG, newly-triggered werewolf Rafael and the mysterious Landon — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves...in spite of their worst impulses.

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Stay
star
7.78
1193 votes

#31 - Stay

The Vampire Diaries - Season 6 - Episode 14

It’s Jeremy’s last day in Mystic Falls and Elena puts on a brave face as they reminisce about their past. Stefan and Caroline prepare Caroline’s family cabin for her mother to live out her final days. While packing up her office, Sheriff Forbes turns to Damon for help solving one of her remaining open cases involving Elena’s parents. A violent confrontation with Enzo leaves Jeremy wondering whether he should leave or not, and Matt finds his own life on the line after Enzo lures him and Sarah Salvatore into his dangerous plan.

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Heart Shaped Box
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7.77
1566 votes

#32 - Heart Shaped Box

The Originals - Season 3 - Episode 13

Determined to make her ultimate move against the Mikaelson brothers, Aurora uses Freya as bait to lure Klaus and Elijah into a dangerous trap. Meanwhile, after being recruited by The Strix's powerful coven of witches to perform a spell that could save the lives of her closest friends, Davina finds a way to conjure up Kol, the only person who may know the key ingredient to completing the spell. Finally, Hayley is forced to make a heartbreaking sacrifice.

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Heart of Darkness
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7.77
3176 votes

#33 - Heart of Darkness

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 19

Elena and Damon set off together to make sure Jeremy is safe in Denver, and to see if his special abilities can help reveal the information they need about ancient vampire bloodlines. It doesn’t take them long to learn that Jeremy has been hanging with the wrong people. Stefan and Klaus both go to brutal extremes in their search for the missing weapon. Caroline is thrilled when Tyler returns to town, but Tyler soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt has his hands full trying to keep Rebecca busy organizing the school’s upcoming 1920s Decade Dance.

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They All Asked for You
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7.76
1314 votes

#34 - They All Asked for You

The Originals - Season 2 - Episode 15

When a dangerous run-in with a coven of vengeful witches forces Rebekah to align with Marcel, they quickly discover that the body Rebekah is currently inhabiting has a checkered past. Upon learning that Rebekah is in danger, Elijah seeks out a respected elder witch, Josephine, in the hopes she might offer her assistance. Meanwhile, tensions build when Klaus clashes with Hayley and Jackson over how best to protect baby Hope from Finn. Elsewhere, Freya, convinces Finn to bring her to Mikael, the father she hasn't seen in over a thousand years. Lastly, a confrontation with Freya leaves Elijah and Klaus questioning whether they can trust their long-lost sister.

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The Cell
star
7.76
2071 votes

#35 - The Cell

The Vampire Diaries - Season 5 - Episode 9

Stefan continues to offer Katherine his support while trying to mask his own pain, until Caroline shows up with an unusual form of therapy. After trying to make amends with Caroline, Elena grows so concerned about Damon that she turns to Aaron for help. Later, when Damon tells Elena about a terrible ordeal in his past that he has kept secret for decades, she shares the disturbing information she just learned about her own family. Finally, Aaron decides on a desperate course of action after a conversation with Dr. Wes.

Does Kyle Dream of Electric Fish
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7.76
730 votes

#36 - Does Kyle Dream of Electric Fish

Kyle XY - Season 2 - Episode 6

Kyle believes he can predict the future after having multiple visions, which all come true. Hedelves deeper into Baylin's research hoping to find an answer.

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Hope is Not the Goal
star
7.76
994 votes

#37 - Hope is Not the Goal

Legacies - Season 1 - Episode 4

When two local students go missing, Alaric sends Hope, Lizzie, MG and Landon to Mystic Falls High to investigate. Meanwhile, as Josie helps Rafael adjust to his new life at the school, his reluctance to follow the wolf pack’s rules puts a target on his back. Lastly, an unsettling discovery puts Alaric and Sheriff Donovan at odds with one another.

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Run
star
7.75
1653 votes

#38 - Run

Designated Survivor - Season 2 - Episode 22

As President Kirkman continues to deal with the turmoil surrounding the hacker and Congressional investigation, a natural disaster threatens the lives of two White House staffers. Meanwhile, Kirkman’s closest allies are surprised when the president makes an announcement no one saw coming.

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In Your Eyes
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7.75
8 votes

#39 - In Your Eyes

Angela's Eyes - Season 1 - Episode 11

The team goes into action to help rescue Dozer, whose flight to Los Angeles has been hijacked. Meanwhile, Angela encounters her former boyfriend Peter, and finds out that her mother once had breast cancer.

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The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
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7.75
826 votes

#40 - The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Kyle XY - Season 2 - Episode 15

It's Career Week at school. As Kyle and Josh contemplate their respective futures, Jessi's quest for acceptance clashes with Kyle's need for anonymity. Meanwhile, Brian Taylor seeks parenting advice from Nicole.

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With Silence and Tears
star
7.72
1771 votes

#41 - With Silence and Tears

Containment - Season 1 - Episode 4

As things grow more dire inside the cordon, Lex is increasingly frustrated by the false hope he's forced to convey to the public; Jana suspects the situation is more serious than the government is letting on.

Newer Elements of Our Defense
star
7.72
2216 votes

#42 - Newer Elements of Our Defense

Orphan Black - Season 3 - Episode 4

Mark is taken down in a Prolethean shoot-out and Sarah must step in to help. But as Sarah gathers intel that puts her on the trail of the original Castor DNA, a familiar foe is not far behind. While Helena continues to toil in a faraway military compound, it is ultimately Sarah’s fate that will hang in the balance as she tries to save her sister. Meanwhile, Gracie is cast out from the Prolethean fold, and Alison and Donnie come face-to-face with unhappy drug lord, Jason Kellerman.

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Bad Manners
star
7.71
479 votes

#43 - Bad Manners

Prodigal Son - Season 2 - Episode 5

Malcolm and Ainsley both race to find the killer in the so-called 'Debutante Slayings', but Ainsley's persistence has Malcolm worried about what her actual motive might be. While Martin is thrilled to see his daughter's passion in the field, Jessica suggests she and Ainsley take a vacation. JT meets with his union rep to decide if he should file an official complaint against the cop who discriminated against him.

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Prey
star
7.70
338 votes

#44 - Prey

Freakish - Season 1 - Episode 10

Things come to a head when a traitor is revealed. One of the group makes a sacrifice as more secrets about the explosion are brought to light.

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The Results
star
7.70
5794 votes

#45 - The Results

Designated Survivor - Season 1 - Episode 8

On the eve of the country voting to elect a new House of Representatives, an unexpected development forces Kirkman to consider cancelling the elections entirely. News about Majid Nassar’s death leaks out, and Kirkman has to handle the fallout.

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The Killer
star
7.68
2881 votes

#46 - The Killer

The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 - Episode 5

Stefan and Klaus form an uneasy alliance to try to contain the danger that Connor has unleashed on the town. When Connor takes Jeremy, Matt and April hostage at the Grill, Stefan and Damon have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena is again caught between the two brothers. The situation quickly turns violent when Klaus sends one of his hybrids, Dean to stand up to Connor. Caroline is surprised to find Hayley at the Lockwood mansion. Meanwhile, Professor Shane works with Bonnie to help her get past her fear and guilt.

What's the Frequency, Kyle?
star
7.68
786 votes

#47 - What's the Frequency, Kyle?

Kyle XY - Season 2 - Episode 8

Kyle's visions offer the Tragers solace after Stephen's father suffers a stroke and falls into a coma. Meanwhile, Jessi's lack of progress at therapy dismays Emily.

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The Originals
star
7.68
2627 votes

#48 - The Originals

The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 - Episode 20

Acting on a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in New Orleans, Klaus makes a trip to the town he and his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Meanwhile, in Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan continue with their plan for Elena, while Katherine reveals a surprising vulnerability to Rebekah and asks her to deliver a message.

Electric Kiss
star
7.67
684 votes

#49 - Electric Kiss

Kyle XY - Season 3 - Episode 3

Jessie begins to settle into the Trager's house. Meanwhile Kyle tries to figure out what Latnok did to Amanda with the help of Jessie, which ultimately leads to some unwanted conflict with Kyle and Amanda's relationship.

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Line of Fire
star
7.67
2334 votes

#50 - Line of Fire

Designated Survivor - Season 2 - Episode 10

It’s Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever.

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