The Best Episodes Directed by Ellen S. Pressman

A Child of God

#1 - A Child of God

Jack & Bobby Season 1 - Episode 19

Missy and Jack go to the school nurse and find out she's pregnant. They eventually tell both their parents and they meet up at the Belknap house to discuss the matter, but does not go well at all with her father, Rev. Belknap (guest-star Ed Begley Jr.) threatening to disown her if she has a child out of wedlock leaving Missy frightened and alone. She eventually goes to an unlikely person, Grace, and both go together to a clinic for a ""procedure."" Bobby decides he wants to go further into religion by wanting to be Baptized and joining the church as he's been taking a few classes and being guided by Rev. Reinhart, but needs a family member to accompany him since he doesn't have a godparent. Rev. Reinhart tries to talk to an uncooperative Grace later on. Bobby is reluctant at the thought of his mom, but eventually Jack and Peter go with him.

star 9.00
2 votes
The Home Front

#2 - The Home Front

American Dreams Season 1 - Episode 9

As the Christmas season takes hold, Meg decides to spend more time with Luke, venturing to the rough streets of North Philly (with Roxanne) to hear him play with a local Church choir. Meanwhile, JJ catches the eye of a slightly older and more experienced country club employee and sneaks out of the house, just as Meg is sneaking in. Catching on to both of his older children's escapades, Jack implores a slightly uneven standard of discipline, by grounding Meg, but saying virtually nothing to J.J. Angering the family's growing feminist Helen. Patty finds out that Will broke the Virgin Mary, and replaces it with a slightly larger version. Elsewhere, Henry enjoys the recent success his advertising ideas have brought the store, but a few choice words from an over-eager friend leaves Jack concerned he might leave.

star 8.43
6 votes
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Judgment Day

#3 - Judgment Day

Party of Five Season 5 - Episode 19

The fight between Charlie and Bailey for the custody of Owen continues. They go to a judge. After leaving him, Ned starts to haunt Julia around. The whole family goes to court so the fight would finally be over.

star 8.00
9 votes
Happy Place

#4 - Happy Place

New Amsterdam (2018) Season 1 - Episode 19

When a NYPD officer is hit by a car in the line of duty, the hospital is turn upside down trying to save her. Meanwhile, Kapoor and Iggy work with a patient struggling with a previous surgery.

star 7.91
910 votes
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The Substitute

#5 - The Substitute

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 6

Liberty High deals with the issue of censorship when a substitute English teacher encourages students to write liberal poetry for the school paper.

star 7.86
125 votes
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Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

#6 - Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

Riverdale Season 2 - Episode 5

When Alice publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register blasting the Southside, Jughead is forced to take matters into his own hands to try and keep the peace. Betty turns to Archie for help after receiving an ultimatum that could potentially destroy some of her closest relationships. With their SoDale open house fast approaching, Hiram and Hermoine enlist the help of an unlikely ally to get some potential investors on board. Finally, Veronica welcomes her old friend Nick St. Clair to Riverdale, but his plans for a wild night with the gang quickly takes an unexpected turn.

star 7.83
1682 votes
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When It Rains, It Pours!

#7 - When It Rains, It Pours!

Station 19 Season 2 - Episode 12

While struggling to help victims of a crash on a desolate road, Vic finds the courage to confront a difficult situation. Meanwhile, Ben prepares to go out for Medic One, causing some concern over his current Station 19 responsibilities, and Pruitt spends time with a special someone.

star 7.81
481 votes
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Plus It Up

#8 - Plus It Up

The Bold Type Season 3 - Episode 2

Jane begins her fertility treatments in preparation for freezing her eggs and is assigned an article to write about her experience, but with a very personal twist. Kat learns that a prominent lesbian bar is being closed down and replaced with condos and decides to throw a Queer Prom to fundraise its rescue. Sutton moves in with Richard but struggles to accept his help when Oliver’s mysterious absences force her to put in more hours at work.

star 7.80
100 votes
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Witness for the Persecution

#9 - Witness for the Persecution

Party of Five Season 5 - Episode 12

Julia is still shocked by Ned's behavior and she won't talk to anyone about it. Griffin tries to get Claudia to join his band and play the violin, but he forgets about his other band members. Charlie has some hard time trying to cope with the fact that Daphne left. Bailey and Sarah go to a restaurant, where a robber attacks them and steals some money & Sarah's necklace. Sarah is afraid that the robber will return, so she's in constant danger. Julia decides to talk to Ned.

star 7.70
10 votes
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Primal Instincts

#10 - Primal Instincts

Siren (2018) Season 2 - Episode 5

Ryn continues to try to teach the other mermaids to be more human in order to better assimilate, but some are starting to resist her, causing Ryn to wonder if she herself is becoming too human. Maddie finds herself in a dangerous situation trying to help her mom. Meanwhile, Ben and Xander reconcile in order to work together to get the mermaid pack back into the water.

star 7.68
585 votes
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Long Night's Journey into Day

#11 - Long Night's Journey into Day

Grand Hotel (US) Season 1 - Episode 8

The Mendozas begin to recover after an accident disturbs the family; Danny discovers a bombshell that would jeopardize his relationship with Alicia.

star 7.61
156 votes
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Sisterhood

#12 - Sisterhood

Once Upon a Time (2011) Season 7 - Episode 15

When the Candy Killer attacks, Ivy will have to risk what remains of her family, while Jacinda and Henry grow closer and Roni questions her relationship with Samdi. Meanwhile, Drizella faces an unthinkable challenge in her attempt to join the Witch’s Coven.

star 7.61
649 votes
Two Sparrows in a Hurricane

#13 - Two Sparrows in a Hurricane

Nashville (2012) Season 6 - Episode 10

As Brad's country music singing competition begins, he and a singing coach instantly recognize Daphne as a star in the making. Avery's relationship with Alannah deepens.

star 7.60
263 votes
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Drawing the Line (1)

#14 - Drawing the Line (1)

Felicity Season 1 - Episode 7

Ben gives Felicity the cold shoulder after the cheating incident. She whines about the situation to Noel, who becomes very uncomfortable. He seeks advice from his fellow resident advisors, pretending that it is one of his advisees who is in this predicament. They recommend that he bar Felicity from discussing Ben with him. Noel shares his decision with Felicity, but ends up leaving her hurt and angry. He repeatedly tries to rectify the situation, only to make things worse. The other resident advisors tell him to just be a good friend to Felicity for the time being, as there is no chance that she will ever date him unless they maintain their friendship. Blair learns that Elena may have to leave school. She will not open up to him, so he persuades Felicity to look in her file. They discover that Elena is experiencing financial problems, but discover a scholarship that will end all her worries. She angrily refuses because the scholarship recipient must be African American and of low

star 7.55
87 votes
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Thank You for Not Morphing

#15 - Thank You for Not Morphing

Charmed Season 1 - Episode 3

The sisters' estranged father returns, but he trouble arises when he teams up with the new neighbors, who are actually shape-shifters trying to steal the Book of Shadows. Meanwhile, a handyman comes to the manor to help the girls.

star 7.50
736 votes
The Puppet Show

#16 - The Puppet Show

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 - Episode 9

The new principal forces Giles to run Sunnydale High's annual talent show and Buffy, Willow and Xander have to perform against their will. Things get worse as the talent show proves to be a deadly place when one of the participants is found with her heart removed and the clues all point to one boy and his ventriloquist puppet.

star 7.47
1111 votes
The Ides of March

#17 - The Ides of March

Party of Five Season 1 - Episode 22

After Jill dies because of overdosing, Bailey refuses to believe that she's dead. In the meantime, Griffin Holbrook; Jill's brother; comes in and does not wants to have any business with Julia, so he trie to avoid her. Finally, Charlie and Kirsten get engaged.

star 7.47
17 votes
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Falsies

#18 - Falsies

Party of Five Season 2 - Episode 2

Claudia feels out of place in junior high school. Will, along with Bailey, checks out an Eastern college. Julia and Justin take action to a new rule that prohibits kissing in school and they organize a protest to convince Principal Stickley to change the rules. Charlie tracks down Pamela. It turns out that Spencer isn't Charlie's son at all and she was desperate for money. Kirsten wonders if he'll be happy with her, knowing that she can never have children. To reassure her, they decide to adopt Owen.

star 7.33
15 votes
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Sleepless Near Seattle

#19 - Sleepless Near Seattle

Life Sentence Season 1 - Episode 8

Stella vows to keep things strictly professional with Dr. Grant. Lizzie and Diego learn that their son is being bullied. Aiden makes a new friend.

star 7.32
118 votes
Inca Mummy Girl

#20 - Inca Mummy Girl

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 4

While on a visit to the local museum one of the students accidentally breaks an ancient seal buried with an Inca Mummy. Without the seal to hold her, the mummy rises and must consume the life force of the living in order to stay alive. When she consumes the identity of Ampada, an exchange student, Buffy have to stop her from seducing Xander into her death list.

star 7.26
1065 votes
Short Cuts

#21 - Short Cuts

Party of Five Season 3 - Episode 3

Bailey meets a guy at his first day of college. This guy convinces Bailey to take easy classes so he can take good grades and have time to have fun. Bailey faces a very difficult computer test and finds cheating as the only way out. Sarah, Julia and Justin are seniors. They're all competing for a writing competition that gives a college spot. Sarah and Julia are writing about their family dramas and Justin decides to write about Julia's pregnancy, which makes her really furious. But Justin doesn't have to take care of her anymore so he decides to stick to it. After Kristen's boss discovers that she copied her essay from a book, Charlie decides to help her and accidentally finds her anti-depressives prescription. She took it after the wedding. She loses her PhD and her job.

star 7.22
9 votes
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Who Cares?

#22 - Who Cares?

Party of Five Season 1 - Episode 18

Bailey urgently travells to L.A. to find missing Jill. In the meantime, everyone is too occupied with Claudia's 12th birthday. Julia spends some time with Danny, a male who is HIV positive.

star 7.07
14 votes
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I Do

#23 - I Do

Party of Five Season 3 - Episode 11

Joe is getting married, which reminds Charlie of his own wedding. If he and Kristen got married, they would be celebrating their first anniversary. Charlie asks Grace to the wedding, but she gets confused when he makes a speech that is definitely about Kristen. She tells him to make decisions about his life. Sarah wants to fix Callie with her cousin, but Callie turns it into a double date right away. She feels like Bailey and her are getting apart, and she decides to sleep with him, but Bailey can't do it. They promise to give it another try, but Bailey sleeps with Callie again. Sam doesn't want anything with Julia and Claudia says she's pathetic, but Julia insists and Sam decides to go back to the house.

star 6.97
35 votes
Analogies

#24 - Analogies

Party of Five Season 2 - Episode 6

Kristen's parents arrive suddenly to spend some time with them. They're staying in the house, and they drive Kristen crazy. Charlie tells her that she is like her mother, and she says she's not. Ellie tells Charlie that he's just like Gene, a dreamer, but he says he knows exactly where he is. Claudia doesn't like Griffin, so he tries to win her heart. Julia gets jealous and Griffin tells her that he misses a little sister, while Claudia develops a crush on him. Bailey gets 900 points at his SATs and his teacher offers him private lessons, flirting. He takes it again and make the same points. Charlie tells him how it was when their parents were still alive, so Bailey decides to apply for college, writing about his mom in his essay.

star 6.92
13 votes
Grownups

#25 - Grownups

Party of Five Season 1 - Episode 13

Bailey meets Jill Holbrook, a pretty waitress who he falls for and ends up sleeping with her. Morgan begins to drink after his club is closed down and he is forced to pay a fine. Julia wants to help, but he doesn't accept her apology or her money to pay the fine. Claudia receives her first period. Kirsten's family wants her to return home to Chicago.

star 6.86
21 votes
Fathers and Sons

#26 - Fathers and Sons

Party of Five Season 1 - Episode 6

At work, Julia runs into P.K. and he later shows up on her doorstep sporting a black eye and seeking refuge from his abusive stepfather. As the family takes in P.K., they worry that hiding P.K. could get them in trouble with social services. Joe promotes Charlie from bartender to night manager, but Charlie's not interested. Bailey tries to impress Kate's stern father.

star 6.84
31 votes
Once a Mermaid

#27 - Once a Mermaid

thirtysomething Season 3 - Episode 14

CAPSULE: Ellyn restarts her affair with Richard, this time in earnest. Ellyn seems to be putting her flirtation with Jeffrey behind her, as she talks with Melissa about men and has a blind date with Billy Sidel arranged by Hope and Michael. Bur while leaving the gym one day there's a knock on her car window--and it's Jeffrey, who is willing to start the whole affair over again. She leaves him there, but later at home is thinking about him. Jeffrey calls and leaves a message for her to meet him tomorrow at a park. The next day Ellyn is there waiting in a torrential rainstorm, but before Richard arrives who should appear on the scene but Gary. Barely having avoided being seen, Ellyn lets Richard kiss her. At the sauna Ellyn and Melissa talk about the blind date. Ellyn reveals she's about to start up with Richard again, though she knows it could be trouble. Melissa tells her to do what she thinks is good for her. Ellyn and Jeffrey meet for dinner and he tells her some of his marital histo

star 0.00
0 votes
Control

#28 - Control

thirtysomething Season 4 - Episode 3

CAPSULE: Melissa starts a fledgling relationship with Miles. Ellyn and Jeffrey look for a new apartment. Melissa gets a job photographing five notable Philadelphians for a magazine. She's a bit apprehensive, though, when she finds out that one of her subjects is Miles Drentell. As an interviewer from the magazine questions an expansive Miles, Melissa does her job. After the session, Miles and Melissa talk and there seems to be some surprising attraction. He asks to see her portfolio--over dinner. Elsewhere, Ellyn and Richard are rushing around, late for work. To Ellyn's surprise, Jeffrey agrees to her suggestion that they find a new place to live together. Ellyn tells Michael she's not going out with Miles, but she does. At the restaurant things are awkward at first, but soon Melissa relaxes. She begins to talk about Michael and herself when they were younger, then catches herself. She tells him he's not what she expected. Later at DAA, Michael thinks that Miles let him take the rap fo

star 0.00
0 votes
Photo Opportunity

#29 - Photo Opportunity

thirtysomething Season 4 - Episode 7

CAPSULE: Melissa gets a big photo assignment at the same time that her mother breaks her leg. Melissa is ecstatic about a job she's up for, doing a photo shoot in New York for Vanity Fair magazine. After she tells Hope, she lunches with her mother Elaine, who glosses over the news rather quickly, seeming more concerned about her daughter Jill in New York and her own role in a community theatre production. Melissa travels to New York City and stays at her sister Jill's apartment. When she mets photo editor Megan Alexander the next day, Melissa is told that the job is photographing writer Brendan Norris, who is so tempermental about publicity that ""everyone"" else has turned down the job. When she returns from the interview, Jill informs her that their mother has broken her leg. Melissa returns from Philadelphia and takes over care of her mother from Aunt Muriel. Elaine insists that her husband Murray, who is out of town, not be called back. Elaine doesn't pay much attention to the news o

star 0.00
0 votes
Melissa in Wonderland

#30 - Melissa in Wonderland

thirtysomething Season 4 - Episode 22

Melissa goes to Hollywood to photograph a sitcom star who comes to rely on her advice.

star 0.00
0 votes