The Best Episodes Directed by David Von Ancken

The Last Waltz

#1 - The Last Waltz

Californication Season 1 - Episode 12

As Karen's wedding to Bill nears, Hank struggles with accepting what appears to be inevitable. Bill informs Mia that he will not allow her book to be published and Hank has a unique solution to dealing with Becca's surprise visitor.

star 8.33
646 votes
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#2 - Derailed

Hell on Wheels Season 1 - Episode 8

Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.

star 8.14
694 votes
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Exile on Main St.

#3 - Exile on Main St.

Californication Season 4 - Episode 1

Just as Hank is released from a 72 hour jail period for assault he is picked up by Charlie and dragged off to show the recent events of F&P with Mia becoming public and dropped into a meeting with a young actress that wants to capitalize on the publicity, and make a movie out of F&P. whom which he later re-enacts F&P in her hotel room. The episode ends with Hank hearing from his lawyer that the assault charges have been dropped and he is then arrested for statutory rape.

star 8.14
720 votes
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Diagnosis of Exclusion

#4 - Diagnosis of Exclusion

Code Black Season 1 - Episode 15

The doctors are questioned following a violent incident inside the hospital that leaves two doctors gravely injured. Neal and Christa make their relationship to the next level after officially disclosing their romantic relationship to HR.

star 8.13
747 votes
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The Devil's Workshop

#5 - The Devil's Workshop

Code Black Season 2 - Episode 15

The ER is quarantined when a viral outbreak jeopardizes the lives of the doctors and patients at Angels Memorial. Also, Ariel, the young girl Leanne bonded with a year ago when she lost her father, returns to Angels.

star 8.12
1104 votes
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God of Chaos

#6 - God of Chaos

Hell on Wheels Season 1 - Episode 10

In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.

star 8.11
702 votes
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#7 - Done

Hell on Wheels Season 5 - Episode 14

The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

star 8.10
1184 votes
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In the Clouds

#8 - In the Clouds

Californication Season 6 - Episode 6

Karen asks Hank to intervene with Becca. Later, the boys board Air Force 69 with Atticus Fetch to fly to NYC to present the songs for the Broadway adaptation of "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Charlie faces a serious case of aerophobia. Atticus is surprised by Faith, while his wife surprises Hank.

star 8.10
803 votes
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Hero Complex

#9 - Hero Complex

Code Black Season 2 - Episode 6

Malaya must inform a college student who regains consciousness at Angels Memorial that she's the victim of a rape. Meanwhile, Willis and Campbell butt heads over a terminally ill woman who wants to end her life on her own terms; and a comedian is treated after he collapses on stage during a performance.

star 8.08
1052 votes
Polk Salad Annie

#10 - Polk Salad Annie

Memphis Beat Season 1 - Episode 4

The attempted murder of a BBQ king brings suspicion upon someone in his inner circle, requiring Sutton to go undercover as a ladies man to get the true story. And Lt. Rice has to show some tough love when her college-age son gets in trouble with the law.

star 8.05
22 votes
The Raw and the Cooked

#11 - The Raw and the Cooked

Californication Season 2 - Episode 4

Hank proposes to Karen right before a dinner party, to which Mia, Charlie, Marcy, Lew Ashby, Sonja and Julian are invited. Drugs and special circumstances turn the evening in an unexpected direction.

star 8.01
634 votes
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Blue Code

#12 - Blue Code

Person of Interest Season 1 - Episode 15

Reese discovers there’s more to the story after he infiltrates a smuggling ring to get close to his latest POI.

star 7.99
1716 votes
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Doctors with Borders

#13 - Doctors with Borders

Code Black Season 1 - Episode 5

Neal clashes with his neurosurgeon father over how to treat his gravely ill mother, whose mysterious symptoms force Angels Memorial to quarantine Trauma One.

star 7.97
746 votes
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Blood Sport

#14 - Blood Sport

Code Black Season 1 - Episode 18

Mario confronts Angus about his Adderall abuse and Christa is surprised to learn how romantically involved Neal and Grace were before she left for Haiti. Also, Dr. Mark Taylor returns to help Leanne find the money in their budget to keep Jesse and the nurses from walking out.

star 7.96
728 votes
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Corporeal Form

#15 - Corporeal Form

Code Black Season 2 - Episode 3

Willis defies Campbell’s orders when he helps Mario and Heather perform a radical procedure on a maintenance worker stuck under a boiler that exploded. Also, Angus’ father, Dr. Desmond Leighton, tries to seize Power of Attorney over Mike, who is still in a coma, even though Mike granted that right to his brother, Angus.

star 7.96
1058 votes
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#16 - Trials

Without a Trace Season 3 - Episode 9

When a juror disappears, the initial belief is that his disappearance is connected to the trial that is being covered, where a young man named Terrell Brooks has accused of murdering Janelle Billingsley. When the team investigates further, they learn that not only did Ducek change his will to leave his younger lover a fortune, but he has been rather mysterious about a painting from his youth in Czechoslovakia. The team soon begins to believe that Ducek is really a former Nazi soldier named Klaus Reinhardt.

star 7.95
62 votes
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Big Bad Wolf

#17 - Big Bad Wolf

Hell on Wheels Season 3 - Episode 1

After a hard winter, Cullen and Elam travel to New York to secure their positions on the railroad as Durant fights for his legacy from prison.

star 7.95
769 votes
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Turn the Page

#18 - Turn the Page

Californication Season 1 - Episode 11

Charlie and Dani represent Mia after she wrote a book that seems to have come out of Hank's feather. Becca decides to move out of Bill and Karen's home to live with her dad Hank.

star 7.95
658 votes
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Pink Champagne on Ice

#19 - Pink Champagne on Ice

The Mentalist Season 4 - Episode 19

While investigating the murder of a casino employee, Jane runs into a stage magician he used to tour with during his time as a mentalist and discovers he is hiding a shocking secret.

star 7.94
741 votes
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Immoral Mathematics

#20 - Immoral Mathematics

Hell on Wheels Season 1 - Episode 2

Lily encounters natives in the wilderness. Cullen is questioned in regards to his recent actions against others. Meanwhile, Durant continues his push for political gain through his persuasions.

star 7.94
913 votes
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The Hen House

#21 - The Hen House

Cold Case Season 3 - Episode 21

The 1945 case of a murdered newspaper reporter is reopened when new evidence suggests that the woman was thrown in front of a passing train by someone she knew.

star 7.93
311 votes
Sister's Keeper

#22 - Sister's Keeper

Hostages Season 1 - Episode 6

When Ellen's sister, Lauren, shows up unexpectedly at their house intending to stay, Duncan forces Ellen to get rid of her without making it look suspicious. Meanwhile, when the secret service calls Ellen in for questioning again, she must play it cool when Duncan is there to help do the questioning.

star 7.91
428 votes
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Hell Bent for Leather

#23 - Hell Bent for Leather

Californication Season 6 - Episode 4

Hank and Charlie's meeting with Robbie Mac isn't as promising as they hoped; and later, Hank reconnects with an entertainment exec he'd worked with. Meanwhile, Marcy, Ophelia and Karen swap tales over dinner, while Becca proves she's her father's daughter at a reading of her work.

star 7.90
821 votes
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After School Special

#24 - After School Special

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 - Episode 10

Appearing unexpectedly at Mystic Falls High, Rebekah wastes no time trying to force Stefan, Elena and Caroline to answer her questions about the search for a cure, leading to a bombshell piece of information from Elena. When Bonnie’s father, Rudy Owens, accepts the role of Interim Mayor, he makes it a priority to protect his daughter, who isn’t at all comfortable with the role he suddenly wants to play in her life. Professor Shane continues to encourage Bonnie to believe in her powers, but he soon finds himself in danger when he reveals too much to the wrong person. Later, Caroline does her best to comfort Tyler after a violent confrontation. Meanwhile, at the lake house, Damon and Matt train Jeremy, trying to raise his game as a hunter, but Klaus is impatient with their progress and intervenes to speed up the process.

star 7.90
2494 votes
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The House of Pain

#25 - The House of Pain

Salem Season 1 - Episode 10

Increase gets closer to understanding who really runs Salem. Anne finds herself in danger, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale realize that Alden may be the only one who can save her.

star 7.90
644 votes
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30 Minutes or Less

#26 - 30 Minutes or Less

Californication Season 7 - Episode 8

Hank has problems with Hashtag Black. Stu's offer leads to fisticuffs.

star 7.88
1135 votes
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Rock and a Hard Place

#27 - Rock and a Hard Place

Californication Season 6 - Episode 5

Ken discovers Charlie’s secret. Atticus sends Hank and Charlie on a hunt, so they enlist the help of Hank’s daughter Becca. Marcy makes a decision about Stu that is influenced by her man-hating spiritual guide, Ophelia Robbins.

star 7.87
811 votes
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The Great Ashby

#28 - The Great Ashby

Californication Season 2 - Episode 2

Hank finds himself in jail after assaulting a mouthy police officer. Karen, still upset at Hank for his accident at the party, refuses to bail him out. Meanwhile, Charlie gets fired after his former assistant, Dani, plays the agency president a montage of Charlie’s self-pleasuring office sessions.

star 7.87
643 votes
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The White Spirit

#29 - The White Spirit

Hell on Wheels Season 2 - Episode 7

In the aftermath of tragedy, Lily and Cullen struggle to maintain order in Hell on Wheels. Meanwhile, Elam makes plans for the future.

star 7.87
601 votes
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Verities & Balderdash

#30 - Verities & Balderdash

Californication Season 3 - Episode 3

Hank attends a university mixer and consoles his jilted assistant; Charlie celebrates his first talent signing.

star 7.86
609 votes
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In Utero

#31 - In Utero

Californication Season 2 - Episode 10

Hank awaits test results and reflects on his early days with Karen; Charlie begs Daisy to move out.

star 7.84
586 votes
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Delta Force

#32 - Delta Force

Intelligence (2014) Season 1 - Episode 8

While in Bolivia with Riley to protect a presidential candidate from assassination, Gabriel is shocked to learn his best friend is the suspect.

star 7.83
687 votes
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A Failure to Communicate

#33 - A Failure to Communicate

Oz Season 6 - Episode 4

Glynn receives some good and bad news on the toxic-poisoning case. Meanwhile, Rebadow's relationship with Stella hits a snag; Keller and Beecher work out a mutually beneficial arrangement; Poet and Redding nearly come to blows; Hoyt is transferred from Death Row; and Robson finally gets some redemption.

star 7.81
175 votes
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Wonders of the World

#34 - Wonders of the World

House of Lies Season 2 - Episode 8

During a consultation with an adult-toy company, Jeannie meets an interesting suitor, while Doug comes up with a racy gift idea for his new girlfriend. Later, Marty's brother Malcolm drives a wedge between their father and Marty.

star 7.81
445 votes
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Slow Happy Boys

#35 - Slow Happy Boys

Californication Season 3 - Episode 5

Hank has the apartment all to his bad self when Becca visits Karen in New York. Hank's old buddy from Long Island pays a visit. Hank shows him an epic time. Hank and his talented pupil Jackie take their student / teacher relationship to the next level. Charlie and Marcy are finally hitting the sheets again.

star 7.79
601 votes
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Personal Foul

#36 - Personal Foul

CSI: NY Season 4 - Episode 19

As the search for the taxi cab killer continues riding a cab gets very deadly. The team must figure out how to keep New York City safe. Also Danny, Lindsey, and Flack investigate the murder of a man who made a half court shot during a game that both Danny and Flack were attending.

star 7.78
88 votes
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On the Job

#37 - On the Job

CSI: NY Season 1 - Episode 21

While processing a crime scene, Danny is suddenly attacked by a suspect hiding in the victim's closet. The ensuing chase leads them to a crowded New York subway where the suspect, an undercover cop and Danny all fire shots. When the smoke clears, the team is left with a dead cop, a missing suspect and Danny under investigation for the possible murder of the officer. Mac must prove who killed the cop in order to save Danny's job. Meanwhile, Stella investigates the death of a nanny killed in a Central Park restroom.

star 7.78
98 votes
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Crying Wolf

#38 - Crying Wolf

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 - Episode 14

Stefan and Elena get away for what they hope will be a romantic weekend at the Gilbert family lake house, not realizing that they’ve been followed. Jenna starts to worry that Alaric isn’t being honest with her. Jules explains the importance of the sun and moon curse to Tyler, but leaves out an important detail. Damon attends a tea at the Historical Society in order to talk to Elijah, but Elijah isn’t giving up any secrets. With help from Caroline and Jeremy, Bonnie uses deceptive measures to get shocking new information out of Luka. Finally, Tyler offers Matt some relationship advice.

star 7.78
3515 votes
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Bonfire of the Vanity

#39 - Bonfire of the Vanity

Gossip Girl Season 2 - Episode 10

Blair sets out on a mission to break up her mother and Cyrus Rose, her new man. Jenny moves in with Agnes as the two continue with their plans for their own fashion line. As Serena continues to fall for Aaron, she learns something that may derail their relationship forever while Dan interviews Bart Bass for an article for New York Magazine.

star 7.77
290 votes
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#40 - Dicks

Californication Season 7 - Episode 4

Hank and Levon help Julia celebrate her new role. Meanwhile, financial trouble adds to Charlie and Marcy's marital unrest, but a new client may put Charlie back in the black; and Levon tries to get some alone time with Melanie, but the Director keeps getting in the way.

star 7.76
1194 votes
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Factory Girls

#41 - Factory Girls

Cold Case Season 2 - Episode 2

On the eve of the 60-year reunion of women who worked in a weapons factory during World War II, Lilly is asked to re-investigate the death of Alice Miller, one of the worker girls. The death was deemed accidental at the time, but her friend pleads to Lilly to look closer into the case.

star 7.76
488 votes
Our Own Private America

#42 - Our Own Private America

Salem Season 1 - Episode 7

When a shakeup within the coven leaves Mary with more power than ever, she hatches her most nefarious plan yet to bring the witches closer to achieving the Grand Rite. Alden and Cotton, reeling from the aftermath of their interrogation, question the efficacy of the trials. Alden finds himself weaker by the day, as a victim of Mary's dream spell. Anne makes an eerie discovery about her father’s activities. When Increase Mather makes an unanticipated entrance, Salem and its coven faces the arrival of the most feared witch hunter.

star 7.76
687 votes
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The Curse

#43 - The Curse

The Following Season 1 - Episode 12

Ryan finds a follower who may be able to lead the way to Joe Carroll; Agent Weston returns, possibly more affected by his run-in with the cult than anyone realized; Claire and Emma come together for the first time since Joey's abduction.

star 7.75
3483 votes
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Comings & Goings

#44 - Comings & Goings

Californication Season 3 - Episode 11

Karen drags Hank to an end of the semester goodbye luncheon at Felicia’s. Hank realizes he’s walked into a hornet’s nest as Felicia, Jackie and Jill all gang up on him. The Hank bashing is interrupted when Richard Bates, the novelist / professor Hank replaced at the college, pays a surprise visit.

star 7.75
578 votes
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Judas Priest

#45 - Judas Priest

The Shield Season 4 - Episode 12

Vic and his crew track down the Russian who was involved with the cop murders, but they lose control during his interrogation and the hit man dies in an explosion before they can get any answers. Meanwhile, Aceveda is blackmailed by the man who assaaulted him. Plus, Rawling's seizure is on the verge of being shelved.

star 7.74
1157 votes
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#46 - Vector

Numb3rs Season 1 - Episode 3

Various people in the L.A. area with seemingly nothing in common start to become extremely sick and die on the same day. Don fears bioterrorists may have released a deadly virus into the environment. While he tries to discover whether anyone is behind the outbreak, Charlie tries to locate the point of origin.

star 7.74
250 votes
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#47 - Kickoff

Californication Season 7 - Episode 6

A "Santa Monica Cop" kickoff party is hosted by Rath, where Hank conducts an intimate notes session with the show's leading lady, and Hashtag Black eyes Julia. Meanwhile, Charlie manages head-case client Goldie; and Stu makes Charlie an offer.

star 7.73
1141 votes
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One Small Step

#48 - One Small Step

Cold Case Season 6 - Episode 7

The team re-opens the case of a 12-year-old boy who died in 1969 when the retired detective who originally worked the case receives a new clue -- a toy rocket bearing the victim's name.

star 7.73
464 votes
Viva La Mexico

#49 - Viva La Mexico

Hell on Wheels Season 2 - Episode 1

In the Season 2 premiere, Durant and Lily steer the railroad further west, while Cullen and Elam land on opposite sides of the law.

star 7.72
682 votes
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#50 - Epilogue

CSI: NY Season 6 - Episode 1

Danny and Mac have yet to get any leads on a cop killing when Danny gets an impromptu call from a young woman who claims she's got information about the case...

star 7.72
113 votes
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#51 - Sandhogs

Cold Case Season 4 - Episode 3

When the remains of a sandhog miner who disappeared in 1947 are found in a subway service tunnel, the team is prompted to re-open the case when they suspect the victim might have been murdered for being a union activist.

star 7.72
470 votes

#52 - Survivors

Salem Season 1 - Episode 4

An old nemesis of Alden's arrives in Salem with secrets that could destroy him. Mary loses her grip on Mercy.

star 7.71
827 votes
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#53 - Pilot

Hell on Wheels Season 1 - Episode 1

A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.

star 7.70
1115 votes
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Under Control

#54 - Under Control

The Vampire Diaries Season 1 - Episode 18

While Stefan struggles to control his new situation, Elena and Jeremy are surprised by a visit from their uncle, John Gilbert. Alaric has an awkward talk with Elena about Isobel. At a Founder’s Day event, Stefan displays a rare party attitude and Damon’s attempt to find out why Uncle John has returned to town takes an ugly turn. An incident at the party causes trouble between Matt and Tyler... and the relationship between Matt and his mother, Kelly, reaches a new low. Meanwhile, Elena’s effort to comfort Jeremy falls short and he decides to take matters into his own hands.

star 7.70
3410 votes
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#55 - Revenge

Cold Case Season 2 - Episode 16

Lt. Stillman's priest informs him of a long ago confession where a man confessed being involved in the 1998 kidnapping of a 9-year old boy. The case is reopened with this new lead, and it turns out the truth is closer to home.

star 7.69
416 votes
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What If She's the Key?

#56 - What If She's the Key?

Day Break Season 1 - Episode 12

Hopper finds out that his girlfriend Rita plays an important role in the whole conspiracy.

star 7.65
43 votes
And Here's To You, Mrs. Azrael

#57 - And Here's To You, Mrs. Azrael

CSI: NY Season 3 - Episode 9

The next case takes us back to Dr. Sheldon Hawks' past and the reasons he chose to change jobs in the medical profession. The CSI team may find it extremely difficult to find out who committed the murder of the 19-year-old woman who recently started recovering from an accident.

star 7.63
81 votes
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The Past, Present and Murder

#58 - The Past, Present and Murder

CSI: NY Season 5 - Episode 21

When a man falls 20 stories to his death, and his body goes missing after it hits the ground, with no body to process, the CSI's must treat this strange development as a missing persons case.

star 7.63
99 votes

#59 - Entropy

Touching Evil (US) Season 1 - Episode 11

Creegan's friend Cyril is arrested on suspicion of being involved in a spate of fatal knife attacks on smartly dressed men, but a lack of evidence hampers the investigation - until an eyewitness account places him at the scene of one stabbing.

star 7.63
8 votes
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Summer in the City

#60 - Summer in the City

CSI: NY Season 2 - Episode 1

Stella and Danny investigate when a jewellery designer is found dead, wearing the eight million dollar bra he created, and investigate the model he had shot and her bodyguard. Aiden begins to take the rape case she has been working on a little too personally, and is determined to stop the man before he can rape again. Hawkes gets to go into the field for the first time as he assists Mac in investigating the death of a man who liked to climb skyscrapers.

star 7.61
117 votes
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#61 - Chinatown

Cold Case Season 7 - Episode 8

The team re-investigates Lt. Stillman's cold case from 1983, the death of a Chinese-American teen whose girlfriend had been killed by Chinese gang members only three months earlier.

star 7.59
398 votes
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The Stone Child

#62 - The Stone Child

Salem Season 1 - Episode 2

With witch fears rising, Alden seeks the truth of what’s really going on in Salem while Cotton continues to wrestle with his guilt and Mary looks to execute a plan. The witches get closer to finding out who interrupted the ceremony, but Mary continues to find her emotions for Alden affecting her focus. A clue in the woods leads Cotton and Isaac to find more evidence that the witches may indeed be real.

star 7.58
1095 votes
Would You Want Me To Tell You?

#63 - Would You Want Me To Tell You?

Saving Grace Season 1 - Episode 5

Grace and Ham play cops and robbers with toy guns. Grace’s favorite Aunt Cathy comes to town – has a run in with Earl, clashes with Betty – and reveals some shocking news. But first-- Rhetta, Grace, and Aunt Cathy get drunk and remember old times. Meanwhile, cattle tycoon Alvin Green’s world begins to crumble after his lucky bull statue is stolen. He insists Major Crimes take the case. When Grace’s father has a fire station named after him, Grace’s family comes together for the dedication ceremony. Henry’s cat dies and Grace comforts him the only way she knows how.

star 7.56
18 votes
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Can You Hear Me Now?

#64 - Can You Hear Me Now?

CSI: NY Season 4 - Episode 1

As the fourth season begins the team find themselves investigating something that isn't usually on the Statue of Liberty. Can a musician's life be saved before time runs out?

star 7.55
105 votes
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#65 - Wings

Cold Case Season 6 - Episode 11

In an episode featuring songs by Frank Sinatra, the team re-opens the 1960 murder of an airline stewardess whose remains are found in an old hotel.

star 7.51
442 votes
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Uncertainty Principle

#66 - Uncertainty Principle

Numb3rs Season 1 - Episode 2

Charlie accurately predicts where a band of bank robbers will strike next. But when Don and his team confront them, a massive shoot-out occurs leaving four people, including an officer, dead. The outcome disturbs Charlie and he retreats into the family garage to work out an unsolvable math problem that he also plunged into after his mother became ill a year earlier. But Don needs his brother's help and tries to get Charlie to return to the case.

star 7.51
288 votes
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Lost Souls

#67 - Lost Souls

Body of Proof Season 3 - Episode 3

Megan and Tommy investigate a murder that appears on the surface to be a case of severe child abuse. But the girl's parents claim that their daughter was killed by the Devil after being possessed. The team must try to separate fact from fiction when the victim's mother begs Megan to help her stop the same thing from happening to their surviving daughter.

star 7.47
932 votes
Death's Door

#68 - Death's Door

Ghost Wars Season 1 - Episode 1

Troubled medium Roman prepares to leave the small Alaskan town of Port Moore. However, his plans are waylayed by an earthquake that awakens supernatural forces.

star 7.39
948 votes
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The Urge to Purge

#69 - The Urge to Purge

The Purge Season 1 - Episode 3

Penelope prepares for her sacrifice. Rick and Jenna weigh the cost of closing their business deal.

star 7.37
792 votes