The BEST episodes directed by Dennis Smith

The Verdict
star
9.21
61 votes

#1 - The Verdict

The Practice - Season 6 - Episode 23

Lindsay stands trial for shooting Lawrence O'Malley, who became obsessed with her after her firm defended him in his murder trial.

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Suffer The Little Children
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9.18
66 votes

#2 - Suffer The Little Children

The Practice - Season 6 - Episode 8

After promising the mother of a murdered teen that he'll find the drive-by shooter responsible, A.D.A. Lowe adopts a ""whatever it takes"" attitude towards the prosecution of the young gang member he thinks did it — who is defended by Ellenor. Meanwhile, Lindsay is moved to help a mentally retarded man find the daughter he lost touch with years ago as a result of being wrongfully incarcerated for over a decade.

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The Thin Line
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9.17
67 votes

#3 - The Thin Line

The Practice - Season 5 - Episode 13

Tensions at the firm are at an all-time high when Bobby is tried for the murder of William Hinks. Bobby is acquitted, though there is little to celebrate when a mysterious cassette recorder is sent to the office. Lucy and Rebecca hear Hinks' voice on the recorder, just before it triggers an explosion.

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Loser's Keepers
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9.00
104 votes

#4 - Loser's Keepers

The Practice - Season 4 - Episode 3

Tensions flare when the 'male nun' starts infiltrating the office. Ellenor buys a gun for protection. Rebecca suspects that a wealthy man has bought a client's guilty plea.

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Day in Court
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8.78
103 votes

#5 - Day in Court

The Practice - Season 4 - Episode 10

Tempers flare over a particularly tough case. Bobby defends old cling/drug dealer Eddie against the murder of an addict. Eddie claims it is self-defense. D.A. Helen brings the coroner to testify that it wasn't. The coroner's testimony is damaged by prior odd behavior. Eddie attacks Helen to try to force the judge into a mistrial. Bobby & Swackheim nearly come to blows. Each of the participants, Bobby, Helen & Swackheim, express their outrage with the legal system.

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Privilege
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8.62
65 votes

#6 - Privilege

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 1

The strain of Lindsay's incarceration begins to affect her marriage and she lashes out at Bobby. Meanwhile, a zealous law-school grad who seeks to join the firm has a run-in with Ellenor; and Jimmy is embroiled in a 16-year-old child-kidnapping case that hinges on lawyer-client confidentiality.

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Hammerhead Sharks (2)
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8.61
101 votes

#7 - Hammerhead Sharks (2)

The Practice - Season 4 - Episode 13

Dennis Mills maintains his innocence. The firm continues the trial, striving against all odds to exonerate Mills.

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Appeal and Denial
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8.38
73 votes

#8 - Appeal and Denial

The Practice - Season 5 - Episode 4

Bobby takes the Scott Wallace case to appeals, hopefully proving that prosecution witness Kyle Barrett perjured himself. Helen faces Rebecca in the courtroom in an emotional case when an abused spouse claims that she was mistaken in identifying her husband as her attacker. Bobby and Lindsay announce that they're expecting a child but Lindsay suspects she may not be the only pregnant woman in the office.

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Crossfire
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8.38
97 votes

#9 - Crossfire

The Practice - Season 3 - Episode 18

Eugene battles his ex-wife Sharon for custody of Kendall. Sharon claims Eugene's profession and questionable tactics are sending the wrong message to their son. Helen prosecutes a young man for stealing a girl's car, but begins to doubt the alleged victim's story when the accused makes a very credible witness. The witness claims she was car-jacked. The accused adamantly maintains that the girl loaned him the car. Rebecca represents a psychologist fired from his job after suffering a head trauma that left him cross-eyed.

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Public Servants
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8.25
70 votes

#10 - Public Servants

The Practice - Season 5 - Episode 22

Helen is enraged by Richard Bay's execution and determined to punish Jackie Cahill and all other responsible parties. She makes a deal with Cahill, offering him immunity on Bay's murder plus the added bonus that she won't announce that he's a snitch and release him into the general prison population if he gives up the shooter. He agrees. After the shooter has been killed by police, Helen reneges on the deal, claiming Jackie hasn't fulfilled the terms of the agreement. Jackie's lawyer protests and drags Helen into court. Meanwhile, Rebecca and Jimmy defend a man on charges that he strangled his wife. Rebecca is adamant about the man's innocence, arguing that the only reason he's being prosecuted is because he was stunned by his wife's death and gave the investigating officer erroneous information. Rebecca and Jimmy are shocked to later learn that their client has a history of strangling both women and chickens.

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M. Premie Unplugged
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8.24
61 votes

#11 - M. Premie Unplugged

The Practice - Season 6 - Episode 16

Eugene and Rebecca go head-to-head with Helen Gamble on a case involving a father accused of an unthinkable act of child abuse. Meanwhile, A.D.A. Mitchell Wheeler (Scott Cohen), who previously made an indecent and unethical proposal to Ellenor, returns, this time with a different kind offer for her.

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Silent Partners
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8.22
59 votes

#12 - Silent Partners

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 10

Bobby has been benched due to his erratic behavior, so Eugene must take his place as lead counsel in a controversial murder case. Meanwhile Lindsay defends a killer, against her own better judgement, and Jamie is placed in a compromising situation involving a judge

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Swearing In
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8.18
65 votes

#13 - Swearing In

The Practice - Season 3 - Episode 8

Rebecca is faced with an ethical dilemma in the days leading up to her swearing-in ceremony; turn in a client she suspects of being a serial killer or fulfill her legal obligation. The firm prepares to defend itself against Tommy Silva, naming Jimmy as lead counsel. Bobby prepares to defend a babysitter against charges that she shook a baby to death.

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Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)
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8.17
91 votes

#14 - Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)

The Practice - Season 8 - Episode 15

Fireworks erupt at Dr. Stewart's trial when shocking testimony is elicited from the defendant's strong-willed mother, a conflicted priest and a crackpot.

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Touchdown
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8.14
251 votes

#15 - Touchdown

JAG - Season 9 - Episode 5

A CIA mission sends Harm & Beth O'Neil to Libya to pull an agent out of that country. But when the agent wants Harm to transport the entire family, Harm has to modify his mission while avoiding contact with the Libyan authorities. When that fails and their plane comes under attack, Harm & Beth must land on the only available landing strip...the U.S.S. Seahawk. At JAG, a Marine is accused of being involved with the Al-Queda terrorist organization and Mac is assigned to defend him against the charge.

Hot Water
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8.09
1436 votes

#16 - Hot Water

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 8 - Episode 13

The mole has once again compromised the NCIS team as planted evidence results in the arrests of Callen, Sam, Granger and Deeks, on the day Under Secretary Duggan returns for Hetty’s resignation.

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Passing Go
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8.04
45 votes

#17 - Passing Go

The Practice - Season 3 - Episode 1

Bobby is hit by a car while his mind is involved on other matters. Meanwhile, Ellenor becomes disillusioned with the law when she comes to the realization that underhanded behavior has become second nature to her. Eugene defends a young man on murder charges. Bobby visits his father. Rebecca shocks the firm when she announces she's passed the bar exam.

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Pyramid
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8.04
3150 votes

#18 - Pyramid

NCIS - Season 8 - Episode 24

The lives of NCIS members are in jeopardy when they come face-to-face with the infamous Port-to-Port killer, on the eighth season finale of NCIS.

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The Honorable Man
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8.01
102 votes

#19 - The Honorable Man

The Practice - Season 4 - Episode 21

Eugene is disgusted by his client, a homeless man accused of murdering a woman and raping her corpse. Jimmy represents an old friend who's being sued for notifying employees that one of their co-workers has AIDS.

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Shabbat Shalom (1)
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8.00
2346 votes

#20 - Shabbat Shalom (1)

NCIS - Season 10 - Episode 11

While the NCIS team investigates the link to a dead journalist and a Navy petty officer, Ziva is taken aback by the sudden emotional visit by her father, who she hasn't seen in more than two years. While Ziva questions the purpose of her father's visit as the Director of Mossad, her father insists he is in the U.S. strictly to see his daughter for Shabbat dinner.

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King's Ransom
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7.97
350 votes

#21 - King's Ransom

King & Maxwell - Season 1 - Episode 4

When a supposed Columbian kidnapping ring abducts a 13-year-old boy, King and Maxwell team up with the FBI to find him before it’s too late. Meanwhile, a blast from Sean’s past puts a damper on the search.

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Homefront
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7.95
1807 votes

#22 - Homefront

NCIS - Season 13 - Episode 22

When a 14-year-old foils a home invasion, Gibbs suspects the teenager is withholding pertinent details. Also, Director Vance and Senior FBI Agent Fornell travel to London as part of the ongoing escaped British spy case.

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Rule Fifty-One
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7.95
2681 votes

#23 - Rule Fifty-One

NCIS - Season 7 - Episode 24

Gibbs heads to Mexico to face his demons and make a startling decision.

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The Fix
star
7.94
7231 votes

#24 - The Fix

Person of Interest - Season 1 - Episode 6

Reese becomes romantically involved with the newest Person of Interest: an attractive woman who isn't all that she seems.

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Code of Conduct
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7.93
278 votes

#25 - Code of Conduct

JAG - Season 7 - Episode 13

Harm defends a Navy SEAL accused of disobeying orders when his return to a hostile area in Afghanistan to retrieve a wounded comrade results in the death of another officer. Complicating the issue is the dead officer's pregnant widow who is determined to have justice served even though the accused man was her husband's best friend. Meanwhile, Admiral Chegwidden is asked to resign when he's charged with slapping a high school student.

SWAK
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7.93
1525 votes

#26 - SWAK

NCIS - Season 2 - Episode 22

When Tony opens a mysterious letter thinking it's for him, a small puff of white powder comes out and it releases a possible deadly virus. Kate calls for help and soon she and Tony are isolated in a bio-hazard isolation room for precausion. McGee and Gibbs work to discover who sent the envelope and how to cure their friends before its too late for them. Tony's health gets worse.

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Double Blind
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7.91
2140 votes

#27 - Double Blind

NCIS - Season 10 - Episode 23

A Department of Defense investigator scrutinizes the NCIS team’s response to the Bodnar case involving the murder of Ziva’s father and Vance’s wife. Meanwhile, the team examines whether a Petty Officer is suffering from paranoia or if his claims of being followed are tied to a matter of national security.

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Mother
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7.91
546 votes

#28 - Mother

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 11 - Episode 10

Akhos Laos, a former black ops agent originally recruited and trained by Hetty Lange, returns to seek revenge on Hetty for the life she introduced him to.

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False Flag (1)
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7.90
660 votes

#29 - False Flag (1)

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 10 - Episode 24

Callen and Sam work with Navy Captain Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr. to locate a group of ISIS sympathizers aboard the USS Allegiance. Also, Hetty enlists her friend, Navy Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie, to help obtain information from a Russian diplomat.

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Truth or Consequences
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7.88
2650 votes

#30 - Truth or Consequences

NCIS - Season 7 - Episode 1

As the hunt for Ziva's replacement begins, Gibbs and his remaining team members must head back to work with the past still weighing heavily on their minds.

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Dirty Little Secrets
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7.88
1608 votes

#31 - Dirty Little Secrets

Bull (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 22

Bull works with J.P. Nunnelly on the first of three cases to repay her for defending his brother, Benny, at trial. However, they clash over their client, a computer cloud company that is battling the F.B.I. to retain privacy over their client files that could help identify the source of a recent eco-terrorist attack.

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Signs of Change
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7.87
316 votes

#32 - Signs of Change

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 12 - Episode 16

When military grade technology is stolen, a deaf engineer, Sienna Marchione, who always wanted to serve her country, and the only member of her team to survive the theft, helps Kensi and NCIS track down the tech before it's taken out of the country.

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Aliyah
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7.86
1886 votes

#33 - Aliyah

NCIS - Season 6 - Episode 25

Ziva's homecoming to Israel with Gibbs and the team is not a happy reunion with her father, the enigmatic and powerful head of Mossad. As tensions rise, Gibbs is forced to make a decision that sends shock waves through NCIS.

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Hiatus (2)
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7.85
1464 votes

#34 - Hiatus (2)

NCIS - Season 3 - Episode 24

The NCIS team must work on an assignment against a terrorist group without Gibbs, who is still recovering from the explosion. Gibbs has to fight with memory loss, while he's visited by his mentor and his former boss. His help is needed, expecially when the team discovers that Gibbs is the only person who has informations about the terrorists' plans, so he needs to retrieve his memory before the terrorists attack.

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The Human Kind
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7.85
6372 votes

#35 - The Human Kind

Fringe - Season 5 - Episode 8

Olivia encounters a very intuitive and oracle-like person named Simone as she looks to recover a key piece of equipment for Walter. Meanwhile, Peter finds himself in a perilous situation as he observes Windmark.

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Neighboring Species
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7.85
31 votes

#36 - Neighboring Species

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 5

Political, religious and moral issues surface in a trial involving medical research. Also, Lindsay, now on her own, defends a client whose singing gives a neighbor the blues.

Between the Lines
star
7.85
1253 votes

#37 - Between the Lines

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 5 - Episode 17

When an undercover agent is identified and executed by a local gang, the NCIS: Los Angeles team must locate the mole before other agents’ lives are put in danger. Meanwhile, Granger begins to worry when Kensi disappears in Afghanistan.

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Monsters and Men
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7.85
2031 votes

#38 - Monsters and Men

NCIS - Season 11 - Episode 14

The murder of a port authority officer reveals Parsa’s possible whereabouts, as the team continues their tireless hunt. Meanwhile, Bishop reveals her past association with the elusive terrorist.

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Patriot Down
star
7.84
2886 votes

#39 - Patriot Down

NCIS - Season 7 - Episode 23

When a colleague's murder sends shockwaves through the team, Gibbs uncovers a surprising link to the crime.

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Angel of Death
star
7.84
1602 votes

#40 - Angel of Death

NCIS - Season 4 - Episode 24

When Jenny returns from her European trip, the entire NCIS team will be forced to take a Homeland Security polygraph test, and the deepest secrets of each agent are about to be revealed. Plus, an unarmed Tony and Jeanne are held hostage by a ruthless drug dealer.

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Deep Trouble (2)
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7.83
1132 votes

#41 - Deep Trouble (2)

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 6 - Episode 1

Callen and Sam are trapped in an armed submarine that terrorists have aimed to hit an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Meanwhile, Hetty defies orders and forgoes her trip to Washington, as the team tries to locate and save Callen and Sam and prevent the terrorist attack.

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Enemy on the Hill
star
7.83
2853 votes

#42 - Enemy on the Hill

NCIS - Season 9 - Episode 4

The NCIS team searches for the person and motive behind a contract killer targeting a Navy Lieutenant Commander. Meanwhile, Abby uncovers new information about her family after undergoing tests for a kidney donation.

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We the People
star
7.83
109 votes

#43 - We the People

The Practice - Season 8 - Episode 1

Eleanor defends a man accused of killing his wife and unborn son. He contests that it was suicide. Eugene and Jimmy defend a woman who shot a crack dealer on her street. Alan Shore comes to Eleanor looking for a job after he was fired for embezzlement. He is given a case where a woman files charges against a homeless man who ""Halle Berry'd"" her (came out of nowhere and kissed her). He uses insurance fraud to coerce her into dropping the charges.

Spider and the Fly
star
7.83
3637 votes

#44 - Spider and the Fly

NCIS - Season 8 - Episode 1

Gibbs must take desperate measures to protect his loved ones with Paloma Reynosa still on the loose.

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The Monster
star
7.82
925 votes

#45 - The Monster

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 9 - Episode 17

While investigating a missing person’s case, the team uncovers a killer who puts on shows for high-paying voyeurs. Also, Mosley assigns Callen as her partner on a joint ATF mission to apprehend someone from her past.

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Let the Right One In
star
7.82
3357 votes

#46 - Let the Right One In

The Vampire Diaries - Season 1 - Episode 17

Stefan is forced to make a frightening decision. Matt is hopeful that his mom, Kelly, will stay. And, after Caroline's car breaks down in a storm, she makes a horrific discovery that shocks everyone in town.

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Day in Court
star
7.82
1455 votes

#47 - Day in Court

NCIS - Season 13 - Episode 9

In order to clear his name, a petty officer volunteers to be court martialed if NCIS agrees to conduct its own investigation after his murder case is dismissed due to a mishandled warrant. Also, Bishop and Jake discuss their marital problems.

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Praesidium
star
7.81
1115 votes

#48 - Praesidium

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 6 - Episode 3

The NCIS: LA team takes action to protect one of their own while being interrogated by the Department of Justice. Meanwhile, Nell goes undercover as Hetty, and Director Leon Vance gives Hetty disturbing news while she is in Washington.

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But for the Grace
star
7.81
766 votes

#49 - But for the Grace

Bull (2016) - Season 3 - Episode 8

Bull takes on a pro bono client who was poorly advised by his public defender to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and is now facing felony manslaughter after the victim dies.

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The Queen's Gambit
star
7.80
1479 votes

#50 - The Queen's Gambit

NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 8 - Episode 3

The NCIS LA team investigates an abduction case while down two members, with Hetty being held in D.C. for questioning, and another still in the ICU following the mission in Syria.

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