The Best Episodes Directed by Daniel Sackheim
#2 - Come Back Soon
Judging Amy Season 3 - Episode 24
Although Amy tries to make the best of it, she and Lauren are still miserable in their small apartment; unable to avoid running into Jared and his date at the diner while looking and feeling her worst, Maxine gives him the cold shoulder, but Jared remains undeterred in his affection for her and finally gets her to accept an engagement ring; Michael sues for full legal custody of Lauren; just as Amy is prepared to ask her mother if she can move back in, she discovers that Maxine has puts her house up for sale; Bruce pleads no contest on his assault charge and receives a suspended sentence; Amy hears a case of a woman who locked her children in the trunk of her car because she had no one to care for them while she was at work; Maxine ends her medical leave after her dentist asks her to investigate the possible abuse of a teenaged patient; Bruce is fired and the dreaded Ian Jankowski is promoted to C.S.O. and assigned to Amy's courtroom.
#5 - Fill It Up
Life (2007) Season 1 - Episode 11
Crews and Reese investigate a murder in which it looks like the wife shot her husband, but no murder weapon was found, what they do find is illegal drugs. Crews asks Reese and Stark to cover for him during the search because he has to take care of something. Crews is in for a shock as he tries to track the man he thinks actually committed the murders he was in jail for.
#6 - Voodoo Undo
The Finder Season 1 - Episode 12
Xavier Obispo, a mob boss in Miami, asks Walter to find a voodoo doll he is convinced was created to be used against him. Willa and Walter visit a witch who is annoyed by the fact that Walter does not take her art seriously, but decides to help them find the person that could have created the doll.
#8 - Echo
The Americans (2013) Season 2 - Episode 13
No one is safe as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete the mission. Stan holds Nina's future in his hands.
#10 - The Garveys at Their Best
The Leftovers Season 1 - Episode 9
Kevin tries to suppress his bad habits while tracking down a marauding deer in Mapleton. Laurie receives some not-unexpected news amidst a rising sense of foreboding. Tom connects with his past, against his better judgment. Nora has a job interview; Kevin Senior receives an honor.
#11 - G'Day Melbourne
The Leftovers Season 3 - Episode 4
Kevin and Nora travel to Australia, where she continues to track down the masterminds of an elaborate con, while he catches a glimpse of an unexpected face from the past, forcing him to confront the traumatic events of three years earlier.
#12 - An Orphan Walks into a Bar
The Finder Season 1 - Episode 1
After recovering one of John Fogerty’s beloved guitars, Iraq veteran Walter Sherman helps a teenage boy locate his missing father, a military pilot and war hero whose plane vanished after embarking on an undisclosed mission.
#13 - March 8, 1983
The Americans (2013) Season 3 - Episode 13
Elizabeth and Paige take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory. After an emotionally charged mission, Philip turns to an unlikely source for solace. Stan’s plan to save Nina culminates in unforeseen ways.
#14 - God Has Spoken
Chicago Fire Season 1 - Episode 11
Eaten up by his guilt over Flaco’s death in the fire, Cruz goes to Casey to confess. While Shay recovers from a head injury sustained in the ambulance crash, Severide asks Dawson for her help in dealing with his own injury. Casey is caught in the middle of a family conflict between his mother and sister. Elsewhere, Herrmann finds a business deal hard to stomach.
#15 - Dead and Gone
NYPD Blue Season 2 - Episode 4
A baby in a car is the innocent victim of an apparent drive-by shooting. Lois contacts Andy because a cop she was entertaining died in a compromising position. Andy moves the body to a less conspicuous location. Lesniak's ex-lover keeps harassing her. Kelly's future with the police department is decided as IAB comes to the precinct to reinvestigate some of his old cases. Haverill has Kelly transferred to borough dispatch duty. Kelly's reaction is to quit.
#16 - The Finder
Bones Season 6 - Episode 19
The remains of a maritime museum security guard are found in the Florida Everglades after an attempt to steal an obsolete 17th century nautical chart fragment used to find treasures. In order to solve the crime, Booth seeks out Walter Sherman, a former Iraqi soldier with an uncanny gift to unearth anyone and anything. With Sherman's help, as well as that of his colleague, Ike Latulippe, and his legal advisor, Leo Knox, the team is led to tattoo artist who points them in the direction of a tough young woman. But when the woman is found murdered with remnants of the map lodged in her remains, the team discovers centuries of history linked to the map and the suspect behind the crimes. Meanwhile, Brennan puts Sherman's remarkable skill to the test, and Booth harbors cold feelings toward his former military comrade.
#18 - Find Your Happy Place
Life (2007) Season 2 - Episode 1
In the season two premiere, detectives Charlie Crews and Dani Reese are on the hunt for a serial killer when three numbered trunks containing suffocated bodies are found scattered across Los Angeles. With their new boss New York transfer Captain Kevin Tidwell pressuring them to get answers, Crews and Reese race to find a connection between the murders before the killer strikes again. Meanwhile, Ted and Crews attempt to track down the daughter, the lone survivor, of the family Crews was wrongly convicted of killing.
#19 - The Final Country
True Detective Season 3 - Episode 7
Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell’s best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.
#20 - Cane & Able
House Season 3 - Episode 2
House and the team treat a young boy who claims there is a tracking device in his neck and believes he has been the subject of alien experimentation. Cameron is outraged when she learns Cuddy and Wilson have been lying to House about the diagnosis on his last case.
#21 - Funhouse
Lie to Me Season 3 - Episode 9
Emily seeks Cal's help for her friend who is worried about her dad, who has been in a psychiatric facility for 5 years. Cal is immediately suspicious of the facility and puts his own sanity on the line when he gets himself committed so that he can work the case from the inside.
#22 - Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure
NYPD Blue Season 4 - Episode 7
Simone and Sipowicz investigate the sexual assault of schoolgirl. Gina comes downstairs and Geri goes upstairs. A strange man that Andy had committed to Bellevue four years ago appears in the squad room and makes a minor scene. Diane watches Jimmy turn violent for a minor mishap that occurred while rollerblading. Jimmy sees that Greg has recognized Diane on the street; she plays it off and may have been successful. The strange man returns and Andy thinks that he might be trying to communicate something about his mother. The schoolgirl commits suicide in front of Andy, Bobby, her mother and numerous witnesses. Diane talks with her former and now temporary boss about undercover work, Bobby and things in general. Andy takes the strange man to his building and finds his mother in a dumpster, dead from a heart attack. Despite the fact that no legal recourse can be taken against them, Sylvia reads the schoolboys the riot act. The man that Jimmy beat up comes to the squad to file a complaint.
#24 - Hunters in the Dark
True Detective Season 3 - Episode 6
Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten over the years. Among those being reevaluated is Tom Purcell, as well as Lucy Purcell’s cousin, Dan O’Brien. The glitter of Amelia’s book release is tarnished by a voice from the past.
#25 - Trust Me
The Americans (2013) Season 1 - Episode 6
A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.
#26 - Cursed
House Season 1 - Episode 13
A 12-year-old boy believes he's cursed after a Ouija board tells him he's going to die, and his father makes increasing demands on House as they try to diagnose the boy's pneumonia-like symptoms and incongruous rash. Meanwhile, Chase's estranged father, a renowned doctor from Australia, visits and House invites him to sit in, much to Chase's discomfort. When House diagnoses the boy's illness, the young patient is forced to face the idea that his father may not be everything he believes.
#28 - The Host
The X-Files Season 2 - Episode 2
A.D. Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but by Skinner's own admission, what he discovers is a true X-File.
#29 - Black and White
Lie to Me Season 2 - Episode 22
After Cal's journalist friend, Julie, is murdered over an investigative piece she was writing on political corruption in Baltimore, Cal decides his team should continue her work and finish the story.
#30 - The Core of It
Lie to Me Season 2 - Episode 1
Cal is approached by a young woman who claims she saw a murder in a vision, but the police won't believe her. Meanwhile, Ria interviews a Supreme Court nominee for the White House to determine if there are any skeletons in his closet.
#31 - Tear Asunder
Life (2007) Season 1 - Episode 2
When a new bride is murdered her husband is the prime suspect. Crews has his doubts and becomes determined to help, not wanting to send an innocent man to prison. Crews goes back to the crime scene that put him in prison and discovers something.
#32 - The Count of Montecito
Las Vegas Season 2 - Episode 2
Danny, Mike and Sam scurry to solve the tactics of a ring of card counters. Meanwhile, Nessa is faced with the return of Fred Puterbaugh (guest star Jon Lovitz) who professes his love and admiration to her, much to her dismay. Elsewhere, Ed and Danny deal with an archeologist's find near the hotel pool that leads to a scam, while Mary, has to give orientation to topless women, employed by the hotel to entertain guests.
#33 - ER Confidential
ER Season 1 - Episode 9
Lewis is caught in the middle as both Cvetic and Chloe have problems. Carter tries to help a suicidal transsexual. The ER tries to save two boys who killed a girl in a car accident. Benton invites Carter to Thanksgiving with his family. Hathaway confesses her feelings about Ross to Tag after Ross begins a new affair.
#35 - French Connection
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1 - Episode 2
Jack and Greer decode a fresh piece of intel that takes them to Paris and one step closer to the elusive Suleiman. Hanin's husband returns home with a renewed fervor for his secretive mission, leaving her unsure of their family's future.
#37 - A Civil War
Life (2007) Season 1 - Episode 7
Crews and Reese investigate the murder of two Iranian Americans and kidnapping of another. Not sure if this is a hate crime or not they try to work with the kidnappers. What they uncover is a boy trying to his mother's love. Earley becomes concerned about Crews' impulsiveness when he wants to buy a solar farm after having a dream.
#38 - Black Friday
Lie to Me Season 2 - Episode 7
Cal and Gillian help a teenager who believes he was abducted as a baby. Meanwhile, a store owner hires Eli and Ria to help determine if the store was negligent after a stampede of holiday shoppers leaves two people dead and several others injured, triggering a $20 million lawsuit.
#39 - I Heart Mom
Life (2007) Season 2 - Episode 15
A con-man is found dead with his mouth full of money in a house without a roof; Crews has a confrontation that sheds some light on the conspiracy against him.
#45 - Deep Throat
The X-Files Season 1 - Episode 2
Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behavior. While on the case, Mulder meets a mysterious man dubbed "Deep Throat" who claims to have classified information about his investigations into the paranormal.
#47 - The Big Never
True Detective Season 3 - Episode 3
Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as some cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married and had children. Ten years after the Purcell crimes took place, new evidence emerges, giving Hays a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.
#48 - Forever
House Season 2 - Episode 22
A young mother has a seizure while bathing her newborn son and nearly drowns him. House and the team have two cases at one time as they try to save the infant and determine the cause of the mother's seizures.
#49 - In the Red
Lie to Me Season 3 - Episode 1
Cal tries to thwart a bank robbery from the inside by forcing his way into the gang, and tries to talk one of the robbers out of seeking revenge for the bank erroneously foreclosing on his home.
#50 - Travelers
The Man in the High Castle Season 2 - Episode 3
Fighting to acclimatize to the strange new world of Nazi New York, Juliana seeks out the one person she thinks she can trust: Joe Blake. Angry and defiant after Juliana's departure, Frank is drawn to the Resistance movement and its charismatic leader. Joe confronts his own identity when he finally meets his father.
#51 - Whac-A-Mole
House Season 3 - Episode 8
An 18-year-old teenager is brought to the hospital after having a heart attack. House reviews the boy's file and believes he has the diagnosis. He then turns the case into a game by sealing his opinion in an envelope and challenging Cameron, Foreman, and Chase to guess House's diagnosis on their own. Meanwhile, Tritter's actions against Wilson continue to strain the oncologist's relationship with House and destroy his ability to practice medicine.
#52 - Tonight We Improvise
Ozark Season 1 - Episode 4
Marty hires Ruth to pull off a heist. Agent Petty forges a relationship with a member of the Langmore family. Jonah exhibits disturbing behavior.
#53 - Kitsunegari
The X-Files Season 5 - Episode 8
Pusher returns as Robert Patrick Modell escapes from the mental hospital and the FBI promptly organizes a manhunt, assuming that he will continue where he left off. But is he really trying to get revenge on Mulder, or does he want to warn him of another evil?
#55 - S.R. 819
The X-Files Season 6 - Episode 9
Mulder and Scully have 24 hours to save A.D. Skinner from being killed by a biologically engineered disease. The disease appears to be created by a shadowy government organization, but in order to save Skinner's life they must determine who wants him dead and why. With Skinner's condition worsening, Mulder seeks assistance from Senator Matheson, who he hopes can provide some answers and help him to find a cure.
#56 - Cardinal
The Americans (2013) Season 2 - Episode 2
As Philip investigates the fallout from the last operation, Elizabeth sticks close to home, concerned for her family until she gets a mysterious distress signal. Meanwhile, a walk-in arrives at the Rezidentura - providing both Nina and Stan with unique opportunities.
#58 - EST Men
The Americans (2013) Season 3 - Episode 1
Tensions simmer between Philip and Elizabeth as they disagree over handling orders from the Centre. When Elizabeth loses key intel, Philip enlists Annelise on a mission with an unexpected outcome. Stan tries a new approach to mending his marriage with Sandra amidst learning tough news about Nina.
#59 - Conduit
The X-Files Season 1 - Episode 4
As Section Chief Blevins expresses his concern with the direction of the X-Files, Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an encounter he experienced as a child - the abduction of his kid sister, Samantha.
#60 - My Dripping Sleep
Ozark Season 1 - Episode 3
Marty finds a way to control Ruth. Wendy worms her way into a job. Looking for another business to invest in, Marty digs for info on the strip bar.
#61 - Closure
Millennium Season 3 - Episode 4
Emma is haunted by memories of the death of her sister while she and Frank hunt a spree killer.
#63 - Baggage
The Americans (2013) Season 3 - Episode 2
Elizabeth and Philip come together to deal with a mission gone wrong but struggle to reconcile their increasingly opposing ideologies. Stan welcomes a Soviet defector to America. Nina acclimates to her new living arrangements.
#64 - Heirlooms
Battle Creek Season 1 - Episode 4
Russ and Milt pit the crime-solving skills of their police dogs against each other as they work to solve the murder of a local waitress. Meanwhile, Russ tries a new tactic to get Milt to admit what brought him to Battle Creek.
#65 - Tempest in a C-Cup
NYPD Blue Season 1 - Episode 8
Kelly suspects a man of murder but tries to get him to confess to the robbery of four taxicabs, so later they can link him to the murder. Sipowicz arrests a topless dancer for prostitution and she offers to help him get at the owner of the bar who is laundering money for the mob. Laura's partner has questionable ethics and she tries to protect her professional reputation. The squad room gets a new detective's administrative aide, named Miss Abandando. Sipowicz goes on a date with the ADA who he once called a "pissy little bitch."
#68 - Life Lessons
Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 4
Gaal seeks True's friendship but reveals himself as an enemy. Gaal sees young True's lack of attention from the others and turns to her to achieve his evil goals.
#69 - Imbroglio
Judging Amy Season 3 - Episode 7
Amy asks Bruce to set her up with his friend, but it doesn't go quite the way she planned; Amy hears cases involving a woman who breastfeeds her 6 year old son and a couple who can't decide whether to send their ""mute"" daughter to therapy; Maxine goes to bat for an unhappy spelling bee champ; Gillian obsesses about getting Ned into an exclusive preschool.
#71 - Skin Deep
Law & Order Season 3 - Episode 1
When a sleazy photographer is murdered, his models appear to be the most likely suspects.
#74 - The Last Word
Judging Amy Season 3 - Episode 1
After pleas from Maxine and Peter, Amy takes the first step in mending fences with Vincent; back in town with a new job working in the prosecutor's office, Stu Collins has a near-fatal heart attack after a verbal altercation with Amy, who is unable to contact any of his friends or family; Maxine tries to help a couple who cannot agree about giving up the special needs child they adopted, but is unable to avert the tragic outcome of their dilemma; the teenage son of a mobster appears in Amy's court for setting a fire which destroyed a store and maimed an employee after an argument with the store's owner; on the road to recovery, Stu confesses to Amy that he's had a crush on her for years; Amy and Bruce test the boundaries of their relationship.