The Best Episodes Directed by Dan Lerner
#1 - Chance of a Lifetime
Once and Again Season 3 - Episode 19
Rick and Lily face more life-altering decisions when he is offered a major architectural position in Australia and she is offered a chance to take her Chicago-based radio show into national syndication. The Series Finale Episode concludes with this show's traditionaly black and white breaking of the fourth wall but this time, its the actors and not the characters as they speak about the realtionships formed amid the cast and what the show has meant to them.
#2 - Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight (2)
Once and Again Season 2 - Episode 20
Miles gets indicted and work on the Atlantor project is indefinitely suspended. Rick is invited to appear on a local talk show to tell his side of the story. But instead, he gets ambushed by the host on the air and leaves in the middle of the interview. The DA working on the case does everything but say that he is interested in Karen. They steal a ""moment"" at an awards dinner they both attended. After drinking a lot a a bar with co-workers, Rick comes home and get into an argument with Lily. Rick goes to Miles' suite and angrily confronts an obviously dying Miles. Rick rambles on to Lily about why she shouldn't marry him, but Lily tells him that she does want to marry him - faults and all.
#3 - Three on a Patch
L.A. Law Season 8 - Episode 15
Brackman represents senior citizens threatened with eviction from their retirement community for rambunctious behavior arising from their participation in a clinical study of testosterone patches; Rollins takes on the State Department of Corrections on behalf of an inmate who claims that the conditions in the super maximum security facility in which he is incarcerated violate the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment; Becker learns that a kiss is just a kiss, and nothing more, where Halliday is concerned; the partners's choice of a new associate prompts Morales to resign.
#5 - The Scarlet Letter Jacket
Once and Again Season 1 - Episode 3
Rick and Lily's families gather at the school carnival. Lily and Karen, who don't know of each other at this point, are paired to work together in a booth there.
#6 - Booklovers
Once and Again Season 2 - Episode 2
Judy turns the bookstore into a ""book club for singles."" This attracts an interesting clientele, including Jake (who's tiring of his girlfriend Tiffany) and Lily's boss Christie. Judy isn't sure of her attraction to the handyman who's fixing up the store.
#7 - A Dangerous Game
Hack Season 1 - Episode 12
Mike helps a Department of Justice employee whose sister has been kidnapped by a hitman who wants information about a banker in the Witness Protection Program who is scheduled to testify against the drug dealer whose money he laundered.
#9 - Edifice Wrecked
Once and Again Season 2 - Episode 13
Rick and David are served with a notice to get an injunction to stop the Atlantor project - and the hearing is on Valentine's Day. Grace is troubled by the fact that a building that is helping those who need help is being torn down to build Miles' (and therefore Rick's) project. David is frustrated that no one but him thinks that they have a serious problem with the project and the injunction to stop its construction. Rick sees Grace protesting and they have an argument. David quits the firm because of his opposition to the project. The court's decision makes no one happy, with the possible exception on Miles. Rick proposes to Lily, but she feels it's not the right time.
#10 - Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Once and Again Season 2 - Episode 17
Will returns to repair ice damage to Lily's house, making for awkward moments for Judy. Judy runs into Paul (the guy who went off on her when she broke it off with him), creating more awkwardness for Judy. Lily grows agitated with Graham's constant flirting with the office women. Judy tells Karen that she thinks that Paul is the one calling her late at night. When Jake finds out that part of the repair might include a workspace for Rick in the attic, he says that he won't pay for the repairs. Judy hears noises outside her store and calls Jake. Jake confronts Paul and tells him to stay away from Judy and assaults him in the restaurant's kitchen. Lily angrily tells Graham that he has a real problem when dealing with women. Lily was going to give Tiffany Grace and Zoe's old baby clothes, but decides to save them for Judy's (future?) kids. Will reveals to Judy that it was he who was doing the calling and the noises. He angrily tells her she was wrong to dump him, among other things, which
#11 - The Sex Show
Once and Again Season 3 - Episode 8
Grace finds an ""adult magazine"" in their home recycling bin. This leads to a whole ""will you talk to Eli about this?"" talk coming from Lily to Rick. Rick is amazed at Sam's continued inability to be with only one woman at a time. Judy and Sam have yet another awkward conversation, this time at a newsstand. Judy later confesses to Sam while having lunch that she can't kiss him because she wouldn't stop once she started. Lily worries that Rick isn't as interested in her now that they're married. Rick confides to Sam that he thinks the same thing about Lily. Karen and Judy go out to a bar/club. Karen isn't sure she wants to be there in the first place. She meets a man there, and feels guilty when she ends up spending the night at his place. Tad makes Jesse uncomfortable at his party. Lily tells Rick that she doesn't necessarily WANT sex, but rather just to BE with him and not have his mind a million miles away. Judy and Sam have their usual ""we can't be together but we have to
#12 - D.O.A.
Tru Calling Season 1 - Episode 19
Tru and Davis remain stunned by the revelation that Jack can relive days like Tru. Excited to have a new partner, Tru teams up with Jack to ensure a doctor's dying wish to help others in his life, but as the day progresses, Tru becomes increasingly suspicious of Jack's intentions. And when Jack attempts to stop Tru from saving an innocent victim, she comes to the startling realization that he isn't her ally but her enemy.
#14 - Limbo
China Beach Season 2 - Episode 3
McMurphy continues her vigil by Dodger's bedside as he stays in a coma. KC agrees to get Boonie some black market penicillin for a native hospital in exchange for his help in building her a beauty salon on base.
#15 - Grace
Tru Calling Season 2 - Episode 2
When a psychiatrist is gunned down, Tru tries to identify the killer… but Jacks meddling implicates her in the murder.
#16 - Outside New Canaan
Carnivàle Season 2 - Episode 11
When Samson announces that the carnival's next stop is in the Christian camp of New Canaan, California, both Lila and Stumpy challenge his authority. Jones arrives back with the troupe and gives Samson the information what he and Ben found about Brother Justin. Meanwhile, Libby urges Jones to reveal the secret of Ben's powers to the rest of the troupe, despite Samson's protest. While Ben infiltrates Justin's ministry camp to look for him, he finds Sofie being baptized as a new converts when a new tragedy rises from the pond... in the form of the murdered Eleanor. Later, Justin is startled by a development in the migrant camp when Samson and Jones arrive and persuade Iris to let them set up shop there. That night, when Ben wants to make his move to kill Justin, Jones intervenes and urges patience.
#19 - The Second Time Around
Once and Again Season 2 - Episode 22
As the wedding approaches, hardly anything is finalized. Lily's father appears to her in her dreams. He asks her to ask Jake ""what's been lost"". Grace gets a letter from Carla, who's living with her brother, saying that she misses Grace, but not Eli. Grace lies to Eli and says Carla does miss him. Rick finds out that he's really low on cash and his attorney asks about scaling back the wedding plans. ""What's been lost"" is Jake's restaurant. He tells Lily this when she goes to pick up the cocktail napkins. Judy finds out details about Will's past through Tiffany, like that he has a daughter he gave up for adoption. Disagreements about who's staying where and who's paying for what prompt Lily and Rick to call off the wedding. Eli finds Carla's letter. Jesse calls Karen to tell her that the wedding is back on, and Karen sheds a tear. Jesse knew that her mother was secretly hoping that Rick wouldn't go through with the wedding. Lily's mother surprises everyone by showing up. Lily sees her a
#20 - Busted
Once and Again Season 3 - Episode 1
As the two families merge into one house, disagreements over Jesse and Zoe's room decorations dominate the breakfast discussion. Lily's employer, Pages Alive, shuts down, so she's out of a job. Eli's busted for marijuana possession following a car accident. The officer finds Coop's marijuana in the car. This renews Karen's demands that Eli get a job and give up music. Lily, however, has a different opinion. Karen also talks with Rick about Eli living with her for a while. Predictably, Rick gets caught in the middle. Rick finally stands up to Karen and says that Eli will be okay. In the end, Eli ignores his mother's wishes and gets a job in a recording studio and continues to live with Rick and Lily.
#22 - The Medal of Mary
In Plain Sight Season 5 - Episode 6
Mary is still reeling from the flood of emotions stirred-up after having to arrest her father, James, when he unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep after being AWOL for 30 years. Bad goes to worse when Special Agent Robert O'Connor, Mary's "favorite" FBI agent, demands her assistance to get James to provide critical information regarding his old partner-in-crime, Cormack “Sully” Sullivan, one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted.
#27 - That Day
Chicago Fire Season 5 - Episode 6
While responding to a call in the field, Dawson accidentally hits a pedestrian who stepped in front of the ambulance, and is left to deal with the repercussions. Lt. Casey and Lt. Severide disagree and continue to investigate an arson case while Chief Boden is left to decide whether to attend an important function in New York. Elsewhere, in hopes of preparing him for a possible promotion, Lt. Casey puts Herrmann at the helm for a shift so he can discover firsthand what his superiors deal with.
#28 - Sex, Lies, and Videotape
What About Brian Season 1 - Episode 5
Brian's new girlfriend brings out Marjorie's jealous streak, Dave embarks on a stakeout to follow Deena, and Nicole hides from Angelo that she's on fertility treatments. At the end of the episode, Brian and Marjorie get into a big fight, which Adam witnesses through the window.
#30 - Sharp Elbows
Chicago Fire Season 4 - Episode 7
Boden suspects his neighbor is setting him up; Severide, who's still on probation, receives a surprise visit from his father and also learns something about Patterson that could be a game changer. Romance blossoms at a fire department gala.
#31 - Fall of Man
Shades of Blue Season 1 - Episode 6
Wozniak's suspicions land on Saperstein, forcing Harlee to convince Stahl to arrest Saperstein in order to keep him safe. Harlee visits her abusive ex, Miguel, who tasks her with tracking down the man who committed the murder for which he is imprisoned.
#32 - A Business of Favors
Bull (2016) Season 2 - Episode 3
The DA's office asks Bull to assist them in their prosecution of a fraternity when a pledge accidentally drowns during a hazing incident, but his efforts may be derailed when the students close ranks to stonewall him.
#34 - Mourning After
Brimstone Season 1 - Episode 13
Following his former wife home on Valentine's Day, Stone discovers that escapees from Hell have taken over the neighborhood and one of them is dating her.
#35 - Category 5
Chicago Fire Season 3 - Episode 22
At Sgt. Voight's urging, a determined Lt. Casey agrees to go undercover in an effort to provide proof of Jack Nesbitt's shady dealings. Meanwhile, Otis and Severide continue to disagree about the integrity of Scott Rice, causing tensions to flare between members of truck and squad. Meanwhile, Herrmann helps out a fellow member of the firehouse.
#36 - New Frontier
American Dreams Season 1 - Episode 3
To Meg's utter amazement she is asked to dance by Bandstand regular Jimmy Riley,before he is whisked away by another regular Teresa. J.J. quietly rejoins the football team. While Henry's son Sam earns a track scholarship to almost-all-white East Catholic. Jack invites Sam to dinner to meet J.J., being that their both now on the track team. Meg is informed by Teresa to be wary of Jimmy Riley. J.J. gets upset when he finds out Beth applied to Stanford. Helen tries to find a class that will fit her busy schedule at Temple. A Rumor starts circulating about Meg and Jimmy Riley ""doing it"",which Roxanne thinks is great,because it means Meg's important now. J.J. hears Beth's father call him a ""Catholic kid from West Philly"" to his country-club friends. Meg is asked out on her first date by Jimmy Riley and she readily accepts. While J.J. dominates the competetion in his return to the gridiron.
#37 - What About the Lake House
What About Brian Season 2 - Episode 13
Now that Brian's father must sell his lake house, Brian invites the gang there one last time for a weekend getaway. He hopes to make Bridget (Krista Allen) feel more like a part of the group of friends. Meanwhile Dave and Deena grapple with making the decision about their daughter's ear surgery, and Adam tries to figure out his feelings for Heather (Rachelle Lefevre) and Marjorie.
#39 - Ties That Bind
Commander In Chief Season 1 - Episode 15
Mac wants her Attorney General to look into an urban situation in Maryland because it's where Gardner is from. Mac is also briefed on the situation of the missing surface-to-air missiles that went down in a military plane crash over Pakistan and has to make sure that the weapons do not end up in the hands of terrorists. Templeton is ralling support for the Templeton Act which focuses on domestic crime and Mac is threatening to use her veto power in the hopes for more law enforcement and education over the bill's calls for tougher sentencing. Dickie learns that Vince is planning a commitment ceremony with his partner and he warns him not to invite Mac because it might hurt her in the polls.
#40 - So Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want
Red Band Society Season 1 - Episode 5
The truth about Charlie's accident comes out, while Nurse Jackson crosses a line in order to keep her promise to him. Then, Jordi is in the driver's seat as he gets the freedom he wants.
#42 - Bonfire and Betrayal
Eastwick Season 1 - Episode 6
In Eastwick, Halloween is the most important holiday of the year, when the town embraces its heritage with a good old-fashioned witch burning. Haunted by visions of a funeral, Roxie races to save those she loves from peril - but can she change fate? Wrestling with her feelings for Will, Kat tries to help Joanna win him back, but only manages to drive her away. And, devastated after losing her job and her man, Joanna discovers things can always be worse.
#43 - Prior Bad Acts
Bull (2016) Season 3 - Episode 13
Bull’s new relationship with Diana, his on-again romantic rival, is complicated by his renewed feelings for his ex-wife, Isabella, when they’re reunited by the sudden death of her and Benny’s father. Also, a deceased tech billionaire’s brother comes to TAC for help in bringing suit against the doctor he holds personally responsible for the tycoon’s death.
#46 - Separate Together
Bull (2016) Season 3 - Episode 11
Bull and his on-again, off-again romantic rival, Diana Lindsay, join forces to create two separate but collaborative defense teams when Diana's niece and her husband are charged with armed robbery. As the trial gets underway, Bull's reunion with Diana is strained by his new post-heart attack regimen.
#48 - Lt. Jane Doe
NCIS Season 2 - Episode 4
A body of a woman in the Navy uniform is found by two sailors. Ducky links the murder to an unsolved case from 10 years ago, and the team is searching for the serial killer who leaves the note promising to return.
#49 - Her Days Are Numbered
In Plain Sight Season 3 - Episode 10
A witness with Aspergers who has no social filter and can't lie stymies Mary, particularly when the witness refuses to testify against her only friend – the key conspirator in a numbers case. Meanwhile, Marshall and Stan race to figure out why an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is holding up the visa of a key witness before she is deported. Plus, Brandi reveals her plan for the money she made by investing with Scott.
#51 - Her Own Two Feet
Bull (2016) Season 4 - Episode 4
Bull helps a famous social media influencer, Sadie Washington, take her father to court to overturn his legal guardianship over her empire, which he was granted after the young mogul suffered a public mental breakdown. To counteract any jury bias Sadie faces due to the public’s perception of her mental illness, they aim to select jurors who believe in giving people second chances.
#52 - Equal & Opposite
Shades of Blue Season 1 - Episode 5
Harlee and Tess intercept a heroin shipment from a local drug lord who discovers Wozniak's secret and tries to use it as leverage to get his confiscated drugs back. Harlee fears Stahl's interest in her goes beyond the professional, believing he is invading her privacy, and resorts to spying on him with the help of an old friend. Tess tries to use Espada to get back at her husband.
#54 - Executioner
Brimstone Season 1 - Episode 6
A damned soul is offing people who have gotten away with their crimes,or who he thinks has gotten away from there crimes. He electrocutes them, and leaves nothing left of the victims.At first it looks like the culprit is Lambert, but it is soon discovered Willy the Janitor is the vigilantee. In the end,Stone ultimately sends Willy a one-way trip back to Hell.
#55 - Beneath Still Waters
Nashville (2012) Season 6 - Episode 6
Daphne struggles to accept Deacon and Jessie's relationship; the new addition to the boys' band becomes a hit; Gunnar falls back into old habits; Scarlett takes an interest in a veteran undergoing equine therapy
#57 - False Face, False Heart
Shades of Blue Season 1 - Episode 3
Harlee refuses to give Stahl incriminating evidence against Wozniak but hands over a fully resolved unofficial investigation that Tess and Espara initiated when they moved a body by Tess' house found to be murdered with a 3D printed gun. Wozniak confronts Harlee who executes a dangerous bluff.
#58 - Who Can Tell Me Who I Am?
Shades of Blue Season 1 - Episode 4
Loman's guilt over the death of an unarmed suspect becomes a liability for the crew, forcing them to test his loyalty. Wozniak sends Harlee on an errand that reveals he has a silent partner in the big score. Wozniak realizes Donny has been withholding information. Harlee feigns cooperation with Stahl, but unwittingly leads the FBI to incrimmating evidence,
#60 - El Accidente
Friday Night Lights Season 1 - Episode 6
Ray Tatum faces the blame of his team mates after Panthers' win in the game last week might be overturned. Defensive tackle Bobby Reyes is arrested by the police during a practice for beating a student. Coach Taylor and Buddy Garrity are questioned by the Texas High School athletic administration.Lyla and Tim surprise Jason by taking him to the lake.
#61 - The Fringe
Smash (2012) Season 2 - Episode 6
Derek and Karen reach a turning point, so one of them makes a tough decision. Meanwhile, problems emerge in Jerry and Eileen's partnership; complications arise at the "Hit List" debut at the Fringe Festival; and Ivy attempts to save her and Terry's show.
#62 - What About the Wedding...
What About Brian Season 2 - Episode 2
Adam and Marjorie's wedding day has arrived, but Brian and the wedding party aren't letting it go by quietly. Nicole gets a unexpected call from her husband Angelo who is still in Italy. The story of how Adam and Brian met Marjorie is told.
#63 - What I Am
Grey's Anatomy Season 3 - Episode 4
Shawn Sullivan, a car salesman who just had surgery, wants to get back to his routine so he doesn't lose his renown. Addison works with a pregnant woman named Rebecca who may need a C-section and Addison doubts her medical skills. Rebecca wants to have the baby naturally. Derek and Mark's opinions clash when the try to decide the course of treatment for a burn victim. Izzie gets surprised. Cristina pushes Burke to get better faster.
#64 - Rose-Colored Glasses
The Mentalist Season 2 - Episode 11
Jane and company investigate the murder of a man and his wife, on her way to his fifteen year high school reunion where, clearly, the attendees haven't changed all that much.
#66 - Two in Twenty-Four
What About Brian Season 1 - Episode 2
As Brian tries to put his secret feelings for Marjorie aside, Adam and Dave Greco encourage him to live the ultimate single man's dream by hooking up with two different women in 24 hours. Meanwhile, Marjorie experiences mixed feelings when she sees Brian moving on. Deena Greco thinks about the possibilities of an open marriage when she meets a cute divorced dad at her daughter's school, and in their efforts to have a baby, Nic encourages a reluctant Angelo to go to a clinic.
#67 - The Gingerbread House
Once and Again Season 1 - Episode 12
Lily tells Jake she wants a divorce, and tells Rick about her one-night stand with Jake. Rick can't forgive her, putting their future in jeopardy.
#70 - God Is a Comedian Playing to an Audience Afraid to Laugh
The Black Donnellys Season 1 - Episode 3
Tommy is visiting Jimmy in Jail but the visit turns quickly in a fight between both of them when Jimmy starts to think that Tommy doesn't want to help him. Meanwhile, Kevin goes after the witness who saw Jimmy stealing the truck full of shirts.
#71 - Change Scenario
Extant Season 2 - Episode 1
Six months after her life unraveled and dark secrets were revealed, Molly is confined to a psychiatric hospital when she learns of bizarre deaths that sound eerily similar to those she witnessed in space. When she escapes to investigate, she crosses paths with JD Richter, a determined cop who just signed on to the case.
#72 - Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens
Northern Exposure Season 1 - Episode 4
Joel's mind is on helping Maurice sell Alaska as the "new Riviera" to two Japanese businessmen in hopes of becoming the "attending physician"--and playing golf--at their proposed resort. Meanwhile, Holling has proposed to Shelly when he learns that she is carrying his child, when the wedding day arrives, he is somewhat reluctant to go through with ceremony.
#73 - A Pack of Cards
Extant Season 1 - Episode 10
As Molly gets closer to finding her "offspring", John learns that Yasumoto might not have his family's best interests at heart, and Sparks commits to do whatever it takes to keep the "offspring" alive and maintain the visions of his dead daughter.
#74 - Stand By Your Woman
Hidden Palms Season 1 - Episode 7
When Johnny spreads news of Cliff's affair with Mrs. Nolan to Liza and Greta, the group concludes that this may have been the reason behind Eddie's murder. However, Johnny is soon brought back to doubt and distrust when he finds a video of Liza and Eddie kissing. Finally, Cliff struggles to regain Nikki's affections while fending off Mrs. Nolan's advances, and Tess and Skip continue their affair.
#76 - My Brilliant Career
Once and Again Season 1 - Episode 20
Lily's new job helps her put her priorities in order. While talking to Grace, Tiffany lets it slip that her relationship with Jake started BEFORE Lily and Jake split up, possibly altering her relationship with her father forever.
#77 - A Door, About to Open
Once and Again Season 1 - Episode 22
Lily says that the kids in the two families should meet. So they schedule a night for that. Zoe is concerned about the environment. Grace again has conflicting feelings about Eli. Jennifer reveals to Grace that Cassidy is cheating on Eli. Grace is hesitant about telling Eli this information. Two of Cassidy's friends, Rachel and Lisa, warn Grace not to tell Eli what's going on (or else!). Naomi starts a book group and invites Karen, instead of Lily to be in the group because she feels that she and Lily have been drifting apart. Miles lets it be known to Rick that he doesn't want David involved on his project. Work pressures threaten to unravel Lily's plans for the meeting and they leave Rick on edge. Judy and Karen have a heart-to-heart in the bookstore about their two families. Eli finds out for himself that Cassidy's been cheating on him. Pressure from Miles forces Rick to cancel the dinner. A passage from the book the group is reading makes everything clear to Lily and Rick and Karen
#78 - Learner's Permit
Once and Again Season 2 - Episode 7
Grace gets her learner's permit. She has a crush on Pace, a boy from her driver's education class, who seems oblivious to her feelings. So she goes out with Paces' annoying friend, Spencer, in an attempt to maybe make Pace jealous enough and have him ask her out. The date is a disaster. Tiffany breaks up with Jake when it becomes clear to her that their relationship wasn't going to go beyond the physical attraction.
#79 - Elliot's Dad
thirtysomething Season 2 - Episode 10
CAPSULE: Elliot gets involved with his wayward father. Ethan suffers an injury. Elliot goes to see his divorced father Charlie who is in town. Charlie introduces him to a woman friend, Roberta Sessions, in a bit of an awkward meeting. When they go to Elliot's sister Ruthie's house for dinner, she gets irritated because her dad won't stop talking business with her husband. Ruthie takes Elliot aside and warns him to not give their dad money or get involved in his schemes. She reveals that Dad never paid for her college like he promised. Charlie tells Elliot he regrets some things in the past, but just looks to the future now. Soon Charlie has Elliot involved in doing some presentation work for a business idea he has. Elliot has Ethan with him at Charlie's hotel room when Charlie shows up with a sitter and says he's taking Elliot out to dinner. Elliot goes reluctantly. While there, they run into Nancy out on a date with Matt Enwright. She and Elliot have a big fight about leaving Ethan w
#80 - Whipped Doggie
Huff Season 2 - Episode 3
Huff is less than pleased with where Teddy choses as his assisted-living facility. Russell ends up asking Huff to give a professional opinion of his new client's behavior. Teddy has a moving moment with Byrd and Beth's mother's health dramatically changes.
#82 - Red Meat
Huff Season 2 - Episode 6
Huff gets an unexpected visit from his father. Teddy ends up meeting a very attractive young lady while down at the beach. Izzy finds herself arrested on a DUI charge. Beth decides that she will host a meeting of Paula's prayer group. Russell tracks down his young client, who is at a drug house, and then ends up joining in the festivities.
#83 - Pictures
Once and Again Season 3 - Episode 10
Amid complete chaos, a surprise Christmas Eve delivery of Tiffany and Jake's baby unites the Manning and Sammler families like never before. Meanwhile, Judy's first encounter with Sam's eleven-year-old son doesn't go very smoothly.