The Best Episodes Directed by Danny Leiner

Friendly Fire

#1 - Friendly Fire

Everwood Season 1 - Episode 3

Andy's neighbor and friend Nina (Stephanie Niznik) is ostracized by the townspeople when they discover she is a surrogate mother for a woman in her mid-50s. Andy's clumsy attempt to come to Nina's defense backfires, but she turns to him and Ephram for help when the baby makes an unexpectedly early arrival. Meanwhile, Ephram is dealt an emotional blow when Amy disinvites him to a party in order to gain the approval of her friends; and Delia attempts to befriend the school bully, Magilla (guest star Bret Loehr).

star 8.23
255 votes
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We've Got Spirit

#2 - We've Got Spirit

Freaks and Geeks Season 1 - Episode 8

Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team’s most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks from the rival school, Lincoln High. Lindsay tries to figure out the best way to break up with Nick.

star 8.08
684 votes
Run Away, Little Boy

#3 - Run Away, Little Boy

Gilmore Girls Season 2 - Episode 9

Lorelai receives a late wedding present without a card attached, and insists that it be returned. Rory, Paris, Madeline and Louise are assigned to present the death scene from "Romeo and Juliet" as part of ther class participation.

star 7.95
900 votes
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Out on a Limb

#4 - Out on a Limb

Arrested Development Season 2 - Episode 11

Just as Michael's relationship with Sally starts to flourish, Maggie Lizer returns nine months pregnant, and Michael immediately assumes he's the father. George Michael attempts to break up with Ann, and Buster learns he's being deployed to Iraq.

star 7.78
2135 votes
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Luxury Lounge

#5 - Luxury Lounge

The Sopranos Season 6 - Episode 7

Chris meets and beats the stars, while Artie turns violent after having his hospitality abused.

star 7.64
1735 votes
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Feather in the Storm

#6 - Feather in the Storm

Strangers with Candy Season 1 - Episode 7

Jerri finds her calling on the debate team, but can she make it through the dangerous physical training for the big competition?

star 7.60
20 votes
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The Friction

#7 - The Friction

How to Make It in America Season 2 - Episode 7

Ben and Cam debate CRISP's future; Rene tracks down the origin of the Rasta Monsta tincture; Rachel celebrates a setback.

star 7.59
365 votes
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WUPHF.com

#8 - WUPHF.com

The Office (US) Season 7 - Episode 9

Michael tries to save Ryan's company by encouraging co-workers to invest. Meanwhile, Dwight has big plans for the office at Thanksgiving.

star 7.59
2800 votes
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Draft Day: Part II - The Fall of Ryan O'Brian

#9 - Draft Day: Part II - The Fall of Ryan O'Brian

Sports Night Season 2 - Episode 18

As NFL draft day unfolds, relationships unravel. Jeremy anguishes over Jenny's visit to the studio, where she and Natalie discover common ground and she and Jeremy come apart. After giving him a talking-to behind closed doors, Casey is stunned when Dan humiliates him in front of millions.

star 7.55
203 votes
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Couples

#10 - Couples

The Tick (2001) Season 1 - Episode 3

The Tick and Arthur run into Fiery Flame and his sidekick, Friendly Fire. Arthur is shocked to see how badly Fiery treats Friendly. Friendly is also surprised to see that The Tick doesn't treat Arthur like his maid. After a little chat with Arthur, Friendly leaves Fiery, and temporarily moves in with Arthur and Tick. Arthur and Tick are having enough problems of their own (the toothpaste cap, for example) and Friendly suggests Arthur put his foot down regarding his relationship with The Tick. Friendly takes him out to meet other underestimated sidekicks, but Arthur insists he's not a sidekick; he's part of a duo. Finally, Fiery shows up drunk asking for Friendly to go back to him, and Tick and Arthur establish that no one wears the pants in their house. Meanwhile, Captain Liberty attempts to find a companion. She tries to buy a Chow puppy, but the store clerk won't sell it to her, so she asks Batmanuel to buy for her. He buys a bulldog, which not only destroys her house, but also has

star 7.53
93 votes
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Jerri is Only Skin Deep

#11 - Jerri is Only Skin Deep

Strangers with Candy Season 1 - Episode 9

Desperate to become homecoming queen, Jerri concocts some unique strategies to eliminate the competition.

star 7.38
16 votes
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Stick in the Mud

#12 - Stick in the Mud

Selfie Season 1 - Episode 12

Eliza's long lost sister Bethany arrives for a visit and with her brings a host of unresolved issues that challenge Eliza's progress. Meanwhile, Henry attempts to beat Freddy in the company's Tough Mudder for charity, and their long-simmering feud comes to a head.

star 7.27
252 votes
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Thanksgiving

#13 - Thanksgiving

Felicity Season 1 - Episode 9

Felicity plans to fly home for Thanksgiving, but then decides to stay on campus so that Julie will not have to be alone. Julie is not yet ready to face her parents, as she cannot bring herself to tell them about the rape. Ben learns that his parents don't want him to come home for the holiday. Elena visits her father, who irritates her by revealing his plans to have Thanksgiving dinner with his girlfriend. Tired of being ignored, she returns to the campus. Noel entertains his visiting girlfriend, Hanna. He behaves very strangely around Felicity, and angers her by introducing her as one of the ""kids"" on his floor. Hanna announces that she may be moving to New York to enroll in a special music school. Noel agrees that it would be a good idea. Noel and a jealous Felicity have a confrontation in the bathroom. Ben catches them kissing. Hanna confesses that she has been seeing someone at Northwestern. Noel and Hanna decide to break up, but agree to remain friends. Felicity's lovably ecc

star 7.19
93 votes
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Connections

#14 - Connections

Felicity Season 1 - Episode 20

Abby, Dean & DeLuca's officious new manager, leaves Felicity in charge while she is away. If she does a good job, she will be promoted to assistant manager. Abby orders Felicity to fire Danny, an irresponsible employee. Felicity does this, but Danny keeps showing up for work anyway. Ben is unable to pay off his debt to the campus bookie, who asks him to collect from others. He refuses to do this. Ben learns that he will soon be kicked out of school unless he can find a way to pay his tuition. Sean agrees to co-sign a loan, but the bank refuses to approve it because Sean owes money to one of his suppliers. When Julie learns of his problems, Ben angrily refuses her suggestion that he call his parents for help. Barry, the bookie, comes to the bar and harasses Ben. Ben embarrasses him by knocking him down in front of everyone, so the guy calls his frat brothers and has them beat up Ben. After the assault, Ben vanishes for 24 hours. He finally resurfaces on Felicity's doorstep. S

star 7.02
82 votes
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The Declaration of Co-Dependence

#15 - The Declaration of Co-Dependence

Party of Five Season 6 - Episode 13

Joe tells Bailey that he's been stealing money from the restaurant to pay for his divorce. Bailey covers for him taking money from his account to pay the others, but when Joe tells them, they want to solve the situation. Bailey meets a girl at na AA party, and she asks him to be her sponsor, and he says no because he's been having a beer for the last two weeks. Gus offers Charlie the factory. He talks to Kristen and decides to take it. Joe pressures Bailey to tell the others about his beer. Julia tells Adam she just wants to be friends with him and also says that but later he tells her how he really feels about her and kisses her. Daphne tells Charlie that she's moving to Texas and taking Diana with her.

star 6.71
7 votes
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