The Best Episodes Directed by Eric Stoltz


#1 - Nationals

Glee Season 3 - Episode 21

The glee club travels to Chicago, to compete in Nationals against the best show choirs in the country, including Vocal Adrenaline, for celebrity judges including Lindsay Lohan and Perez Hilton.

star 8.61
456 votes
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Prom Queen

#2 - Prom Queen

Glee Season 2 - Episode 20

When the entertainment for prom falls through, Principal Figgins asks New Directions to perform at the dance much to prom coordinator Sue’s dismay. Things get heated as the competition for prom king and queen draws closer, and Jessie St. James returns.

star 8.33
423 votes
Mash Off

#3 - Mash Off

Glee Season 3 - Episode 6

Congressional hopeful Sue Sylvester starts a smear campaign to ruin the candidacy of her biggest rival. Puck falls in love, and glee club directors Will and Shelby encourage some friendly competition between their clubs

star 8.31
444 votes
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Blame It on the Alcohol

#4 - Blame It on the Alcohol

Glee Season 2 - Episode 14

Principal Figgins teaches the student body about the danger of underage drinking, and the glee club is personally touched by the message. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste indulge in a little fun of their own.

star 8.17
449 votes
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#5 - Yes/No

Glee Season 3 - Episode 10

When Will tries to plan a special surprise for Emma, he enlists the glee club to help him sweep her off her feet. Meanwhile, Becky sets her sights on Artie, and Finn makes an announcement about his life plans after high school that surprises the glee club.

star 8.13
416 votes

#6 - Duets

Glee Season 2 - Episode 4

Finn and Rachel plan to throw the competition so Sam can win when club members are assigned duets; Mike, Tina and Artie find themselves in a love triangle.

star 8.08
429 votes
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#7 - Prom-asaurus

Glee Season 3 - Episode 19

Brittany goes into high gear as class president to spearhead the prom. Then, after prom king and queen nominations are announced, the kids kick into campaign mode, and some of the outcasts organize a rival celebration.

star 8.02
421 votes
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Guilty Pleasures

#8 - Guilty Pleasures

Glee Season 4 - Episode 17

The New Directions tackle an assignment, meaning the songs as well as groups that everyone is too embarrassed to admit that they love.

star 8.01
491 votes
Ice Breaker

#9 - Ice Breaker

White Collar Season 5 - Episode 6

Peter and Neal must go undercover as ice skating pros to expose a counterfeit passport ring in Little Odessa.

star 7.98
982 votes
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Love Song

#10 - Love Song

Californication Season 5 - Episode 6

When Samurai Apocalypse hits a lyrical roadblock with his protege, he calls on the best writer he knows: Hank Moody, who unites with Kali to imbibe, bear his soul, and write a song that takes Hank back in time to an era when he, Karen and Charlie were happier and life was simpler before "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love." But the present comes roaring back when Karen shows up at Hank's door, worried that she made a mistake.

star 7.95
725 votes
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Dumping Bella

#11 - Dumping Bella

Boston Legal Season 3 - Episode 13

Denny finds it unusually difficult to break up with Bella when she asks him to represent her in her claim against an animal-rights group who is harassing her cosmetic business.Meanwhile, Alan opens up to Vanessa when she shows up in a yellow dress, and Brad and Jeffrey continue their feud at Paul's mandatory costume party.

star 7.92
228 votes
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Take These Chains From My Heart

#12 - Take These Chains From My Heart

Nashville (2012) Season 1 - Episode 18

Liam invites Rayna to run away with him to finish her album, and Deacon is surprised by his own reaction, as well as Stacy’s accusations; Jolene warns Juliette about Dante’s loyalty, which only drives the two women further apart; Teddy faces off with Peggy about the leaks, and in the wake of her father’s illness, Tandy proposes a new alliance to Coleman. Meanwhile Gunnar tries out some new music, and Avery and Scarlett reconnect.

star 7.91
292 votes
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He Deserved to Die

#13 - He Deserved to Die

How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 - Episode 7

Annalise and the team are focused on Rebecca’s case, but when the judge enforces a gag order, Rebecca takes things into her own hands. Meanwhile, Michaela is surprised by a pre-nup, sparks fly between Laurel and Frank, and in flash-forwards, we find out more about Wes and Rebecca’s relationship.

star 7.89
1982 votes
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There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

#14 - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

Nashville (2012) Season 1 - Episode 13

Rayna finds comfort in the arms of an old friend after revealing to Daphne and Maddie her plans to divorce. Juliette is invigorated by the response to her new sound and takes steps to reinvent herself -- against the guidance of her management. Things are looking up for Scarlett and Gunnar when Rayna makes an offer to sign them to her label. While their hard work begins to show signs of success, Avery struggles to find his old sound and is forced to consider an attractive offer.

star 7.87
293 votes
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#15 - Jerusalem

Black Box Season 1 - Episode 5

Catherine shares a moment of tenderness with Esme when she turns to her for help with winning over the heart of a boy. A close friend comes to Bickman at the Cube after she discovers her husband Jacob gave away his car, liquidated his assets, and has given his penthouse away to his maid. During an examination with Dr. Black, Jacob reveals symptoms of a centuries old condition called Jerusalem Syndrome. Catherine and Owen use unconventional methods to help Dr. Reynaud deal with his crippling fear of death so that he can be at peace in his final days.

star 7.86
94 votes
The Linchpin

#16 - The Linchpin

Madam Secretary Season 3 - Episode 2

With Algeria on the brink of a civil war, Elizabeth delicately negotiates a regime change, but her plans go awry when Roy Curtis, the trusted U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, dies unexpectedly. Also, Henry fights to save religious antiquities in Algeria when he discovers they are being destroyed by Hizb al-Shahid, and the McCord children get their own security detail after Jason’s computer is hacked.

star 7.84
1236 votes
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#17 - War

Private Practice Season 3 - Episode 21

After Violet files for joint custody of Lucas, an embittered Pete voraciously fights back by hiring a tough attorney for the trial, forcing their fellow friends and co-workers to choose sides and have their personal lives dragged onto the stand and into the public eye.

star 7.84
139 votes
The Race

#18 - The Race

Madam Secretary Season 3 - Episode 10

When a possible Israel-Iran war threatens the House’s imminent vote on the U.S. presidential election, Elizabeth attempts to bring the two reluctant countries to the negotiation table in an effort to broker a peace between them. Also, Russell’s life hangs in the balance after a heart attack.

star 7.82
1316 votes
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Hanky Panky Woman

#19 - Hanky Panky Woman

Nashville (2012) Season 2 - Episode 8

Rayna joins Scarlett on the road for her first tour date with Luke Wheeler and is blindsided when Deacon confronts her about putting too much pressure on Scarlett too soon. Jeff goes to war against Rayna on control of the album she produced with Liam, and Juliette makes a decision about Charlie Wentworth. Gunnar struggles to write a song for a major artist, and gets help from Scarlett-sparking an idea for Rayna that could potentially be liberating for her and life-changing for Gunnar.

star 7.81
313 votes
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E Pluribus Unum

#20 - E Pluribus Unum

Madam Secretary Season 5 - Episode 1

In the aftermath of a deadly attack on the White House, Elizabeth tries to keep a major nuclear disarmament deal from falling apart while a manhunt for the attackers brings D.C. to a halt. For advice, Elizabeth turns to former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.

star 7.79
580 votes
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Eyes Wide Open

#21 - Eyes Wide Open

Private Practice Season 3 - Episode 19

When famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ginsberg and her team pay a visit to St. Ambrose to save the life of Kayla, Addison is shocked to see Amelia Shepherd - Derek's younger sister on the team. But Amelia's presence causes strife between Addison, Sam and Pete when she claims she can save Kayla's life after Dr. Ginsberg declares nothing can be done. Meanwhile Charlotte seeks from Cooper's with a sex education seminar for the elderly that only leads to more tension between the two, as they try to figure out how to work together.

star 7.77
138 votes
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The Purple Piano Project

#22 - The Purple Piano Project

Glee Season 3 - Episode 1

The glee kids are down in the dumps following their disappointing showing at Nationals, so Will assigns them a project to get them back on track. Meanwhile, Ms. Sylvester wants to go to Washington: Sue's running for Congress.

star 7.77
466 votes
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Off the Record

#23 - Off the Record

Madam Secretary Season 4 - Episode 2

While Elizabeth is in Libya to help negotiate an end to their civil war, a tragic accident with her chauffeured car embroils her in an urgent situation to secure medical care for a gravely wounded local girl.

star 7.76
989 votes
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#24 - Requiem

Madam Secretary Season 5 - Episode 4

When the remains of U.S. soldiers who served in World War II are uncovered in Southeast Asia, Elizabeth’s hopes of bringing them home quickly fade when a stubborn leader stands in her way. Also, Henry and Stevie find themselves publicly targeted by a restaurant owner who is angry about Elizabeth’s policies, and Alison volunteers for a local congressional campaign.

star 7.76
490 votes
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Strategic Ambiguity

#25 - Strategic Ambiguity

Madam Secretary Season 5 - Episode 12

Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process. Also, Daisy gets frustrated with Matt for failing to help take care of her dog like he promised.

star 7.76
420 votes
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Big Brother

#26 - Big Brother

Glee Season 3 - Episode 15

Much to Blaine's chagrin, his big-shot Hollywood actor brother, Cooper, comes to visit.

star 7.76
406 votes
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Brave New World

#27 - Brave New World

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 - Episode 4

Meredith is sent into a state of panic when Derek finds her mother's diary in the house. Meanwhile, Callie stresses while preparing for her first date with Erica. Later, Cristina stumbles across a part of the hospital no one has ever seen before.

star 7.74
643 votes
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Winter Garden

#28 - Winter Garden

Madam Secretary Season 5 - Episode 9

Elizabeth and Jay work to keep a historic agreement between Serbia and Kosovo from falling apart, after a mass grave is discovered in Serbia dating back to the Kosovo war. Also, Henry deals with a bizarre encounter with Secretary of Defense Gordon Becker.

star 7.73
435 votes
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Whisper of the Ax

#29 - Whisper of the Ax

Madam Secretary Season 1 - Episode 14

Elizabeth is humiliated at a public budget hearing when her staff fails to find the corruption that exists in her microloan program. Also, the investigation into Marsh’s death continues.

star 7.72
518 votes
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These Ties That Bind

#30 - These Ties That Bind

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 - Episode 8

One of Meredith's oldest friends, Sadie, becomes an intern at Seattle Grace, but Mer's friends are less-than-welcoming to her.

star 7.72
628 votes
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Forget Me

#31 - Forget Me

Black Box Season 1 - Episode 6

Catherine and Joshua have different ideas about how the past unfolded after their father made the decision to leave them. Hunter Black is ready to reconnect, though Catherine is reluctant to allow him back into her life. Meanwhile, a decorated soldier is struggling with a war wound that has left him miserable. Another patient is admitted to the Cube with macular degeneration after she falls off the side of a mountain. To her surprise, she begins to see vibrant visions of snow leopards and landscapes that she could have never imagined. Elsewhere, Will discovers that he can't get rid of Delilah without risk of losing his restaurant.

star 7.71
89 votes
The Object of My Affection

#32 - The Object of My Affection

Boston Legal Season 4 - Episode 6

Denny angers the senior partners when he fires an associate for being fat, consequently bringing a large lawsuit against the firm. Alan enlists the help of Whitney in the case of Patrice Kelly whose temporary insanity plea is not going over well with the jury in her murder trial. Meanwhile, Jerry helps a client who shares his affliction of Asperger's syndrome and begins to show some affection.

star 7.69
199 votes
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Tombstone (1)

#33 - Tombstone (1)

Law & Order Season 15 - Episode 20

The bludgeoned corpse of a promiscuous lawyer is found in her office, and detectives treat her former lovers as suspects until DNA evidence points to a co-worker. (Skeleton (2) aired on Law & Order: Trial By Jury, season 1, episode 8.)

star 7.68
71 votes

#34 - Makeover

Glee Season 4 - Episode 3

Kurt gets an internship in New York at, working for Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker). At McKinley High, Blaine runs against Brittany for president and wins. Rachel starts to warm up to her new classmate Brody inviting him to her and Kurt's apartment, but Finn shows up unexpectedly.

star 7.67
464 votes
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Just Another Normal Day

#35 - Just Another Normal Day

Madam Secretary Season 1 - Episode 4

While Elizabeth works to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. Tensions rise at home between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.

star 7.63
694 votes
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Collateral Damage

#36 - Collateral Damage

Madam Secretary Season 1 - Episode 10

When the State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside the building, Elizabeth is confined with a delegation from Iraq whose translator threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA. Meanwhile, when Matt is stuck in an office with Daisy’s fiancé, Win, he spills information that he shouldn’t have.

star 7.63
614 votes
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#37 - Unvanquished

Caprica Season 1 - Episode 10

Having lost both his wife and company, Daniel approaches the Ha'la'tha with a deal to capitalise on virtual avatars as a means of defeating grief.

star 7.62
338 votes
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#38 - Refuge

Madam Secretary Season 4 - Episode 14

Jay and Kat devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their U.S. homeland security applications are processed. However, when the country closes its borders, Jay and Kat are forced to change that plan quickly, as it could now threaten their relationship with neighboring allies.

star 7.54
660 votes
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