The BEST episodes directed by Jack Bender

The Door
star
8.46
18888 votes

#1 - The Door

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 5

Tyrion seeks a strange ally. Bran learns a great deal. Brienne goes on a mission. Arya is given a chance to prove herself.

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Drawing the Line
star
8.25
8 votes

#2 - Drawing the Line

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 17

Amy must decide if a brain-injured woman is fit to be a mother; Maxine discovers that a teenaged client is being abused by his therapist; Leisha meets Amy, and faces her ire for piercing Lauren's ears without permission; Vincent and Maxine clash over his journalism career; Amy faces a class of insufferable law students when she's asked to teach a seminar at Yale; Donna takes modeling herself after Amy a bit too far when she begins to show up for work dressed and coiffed exactly like her mentor; it's all bark and no bite when Amy decides to dismiss the case of a drug dealer sniffed out by a four-legged member of the neighborhood watch.

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Through The Looking Glass (2)
star
8.18
3145 votes

#3 - Through The Looking Glass (2)

Lost - Season 3 - Episode 23

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Exodus (2)
star
8.18
1337 votes

#4 - Exodus (2)

Lost - Season 1 - Episode 24

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The Incident (2)
star
8.16
3708 votes

#5 - The Incident (2)

Lost - Season 5 - Episode 17

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The Constant
star
8.10
3650 votes

#6 - The Constant

Lost - Season 4 - Episode 5

Sayid and Desmond hit a bit of turbulence on the way to the freighter, which causes Desmond to experience some unexpected side effects.

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Phase One
star
8.10
674 votes

#7 - Phase One

Alias - Season 2 - Episode 13

Sydney and Jack are confronted by the new director of SD-6 who replaces Sloane, whose whereabouts and intentions are unknown. Meanwhile, romantic sparks begin to fly between Francie and Will.

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There's No Place Like Home (2)
star
8.09
4191 votes

#8 - There's No Place Like Home (2)

Lost - Season 4 - Episode 13

The face-off between the survivors and the freighter people continues, and the Oceanic Six find themselves closer to rescue.

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Short Calendar
star
8.07
27 votes

#9 - Short Calendar

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 2

Short calendar day drops 54 cases on Amy's docket, and the long day stretches into night when she's forced to make a life and death decision about the fate of an abused child; Maxine decides to return to work; Amy's confrontation with Lauren's obnoxious new teacher leaves her with yet another responsibility in an already jam-packed calendar.

Sentenced to Life
star
8.06
69 votes

#10 - Sentenced to Life

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 5 - Episode 16

Steve succeeds in eluding his community service assignment at a retirement home but reconsiders after encountering Saul Howard, a famous actor who worked on Samantha's sitcom. Saul is a vibrant and funny man who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. Steve's friendship with Saul causes him to appreciate what he has and stop whining about his legal difficulties. Saul also encourages Steve to let go of his anger against Rush, as he relates his rocky relationship with the daughter he tragically lost. Dylan does not wish to contest the drunken driving charge against him, but Jesse urges him to plea bargain. He receives probation and a suspended license. Andrea has another meeting with Peter at the laundromat. They learn each other's marital status when Peter is on-call during Hannah's medical emergency, yet still seem attracted to one another. David and Clare take over as organizers of the Peach Pit: After Dark. Ray balks at an opening night gig; he confesses to Donna that he has stage fright. Kelly continues to mistrust Valerie, whose phone call later saves her from sleeping through their psychology final. Music: 'There Goes My Baby' by the Drifters, 'Drive Me' / 'I Know the Game* by Jamie Walters.

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Jibber-Jibber Chicken Dinner
star
8.05
1489 votes

#11 - Jibber-Jibber Chicken Dinner

Mr. Mercedes - Season 1 - Episode 10

When another murder victim is discovered, suspicions about Brady are confirmed. As the police prepare for another massacre, Hodges fears for the safety of those he loves.

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Blood of My Blood
star
8.05
17713 votes

#12 - Blood of My Blood

Game of Thrones - Season 6 - Episode 6

An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly meets Sam’s family. Arya faces a difficult choice. Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow.

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The Incident (1)
star
8.01
4347 votes

#13 - The Incident (1)

Lost - Season 5 - Episode 16

Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

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Live Together, Die Alone (2)
star
7.99
2850 votes

#14 - Live Together, Die Alone (2)

Lost - Season 2 - Episode 24

After discovering something odd just offshore, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch.

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LA X (1)
star
7.98
5813 votes

#15 - LA X (1)

Lost - Season 6 - Episode 1

A parallel universe, in which the crash never happened, is revealed as an aftermath of the bomb's detonation. Meanwhile, Sawyer blames Jack for the loss of Juliet and the true identity of the monster is revealed.

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Alamogordo, NM
star
7.98
528 votes

#16 - Alamogordo, NM

Carnivàle - Season 2 - Episode 2

Ben travels on his own to Alamogoro to seek out Father Kerrigan, a former preacher residing in a lunatic asylum, and who knew his father who tells him to beware of a mysterious tattooed man that both Ben and Brother Justin see in their dreams. Back at Carnivale, Stumpy continues his pursuit of Rita Sue and Libby's well being by gambling. Ben finds a distraught Sofie wondering on the road and brings her back to the troupe, while nobody realizes that although Sofie's mother is dead, her ghost (whom only Sofia and see and hear) still lingers around her. Still worried about the missing Lotz whereabouts, Lila looks through his trailer and finds that he couldn't have left at all. Sofie's comes to a decision about where she stands with Carnivale by doing some manual labor, which upsets the other men in the company. Meanwhile, Stroud breaks out of prison to begin his mission for Brother Justin. In Mintern, Justin and Iris start to make groundwork on the location of his latest ministry, the Temple of Jericho, while Dolan continues investigating the Dignity Ministry fire. Also, Justin starts paying late-night visits to Mintern's Chinatown, to a tattoo artist...

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Man of Science, Man of Faith
star
7.97
3976 votes

#17 - Man of Science, Man of Faith

Lost - Season 2 - Episode 1

Jack, Locke and Kate explore the mysterious hatch but Jack decides to wait before going down into the hatch. Kate and Locke aren't so patient. When Shannon chases after Vincent the dog, she encounters a familiar face in the jungle.

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A More Perfect Union
star
7.96
3288 votes

#18 - A More Perfect Union

The Last Ship - Season 2 - Episode 13

Season Finale- With their mission now fully dedicated to spreading the cure, Nathan James puts a call out to civilians to meet at pre-selected ports across the country, where all will receive the cure. However, small Immune factions remain active in their quest to fight the cure and fulfill Ramsey's dreams.

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Insomnia
star
7.94
520 votes

#19 - Insomnia

Carnivàle - Season 1 - Episode 9

Ben tries to stave off the torments of his dreams by staying awake, but the lack of sleep is taking its toll. Meanwhile, Samson looks to drum up new business by resurrecting several tried-and-true scams, including "turtle boy" and "man eating chicken". Lodz warns a distrustful Ben about the dangers of not practicing his "gift." Sofie worries that her mother is losing touch with reality after she has a vision about her father raping Apollonia. Ben marvels at Ruthie's new snake-charming routine, and Lodz's psychic act gets a jolt from a mysterious source. In Mintern, Iris reaches out to Brother Justin over the radio airwaves who's still in the asylum, and Tommy gets a surprise reaction when he makes a pass onto Iris.

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Fade to Blue
star
7.92
768 votes

#20 - Fade to Blue

Mr. Mercedes - Season 2 - Episode 10

The community reels from recent news about Brady, and the Mercedes Killer's future lands in the hands of the few people who have survived him.

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The Candidate
star
7.92
8009 votes

#21 - The Candidate

Lost - Season 6 - Episode 14

After the remaining survivors are reunited, Sawyer and Jack hatch a plan to divert the Man in Black's attention and leave the island without him on Widmore's submarine, but disastrous consequences await them. In the flash sideways, Jack investigates the cause of Locke's paralysis and offers treatment.

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Happily Ever After
star
7.90
7960 votes

#22 - Happily Ever After

Lost - Season 6 - Episode 11

Desmond wakes up to discover he's back on the island.

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Burning Man
star
7.90
552 votes

#23 - Burning Man

Mr. Mercedes - Season 3 - Episode 10

Hodges gets an unexpected call. Pete has a plan, and Morris starts to feel the heat.

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Remnants
star
7.89
714 votes

#24 - Remnants

Alias - Season 3 - Episode 10

The identity of the mysterious "St. Aidan" forces Sydney to pull a stunned Will out of witness protection. But the pursuit sends the two old friends on a collision course with Allison -- the woman who ruined both their lives. Meanwhile, a zealous Lindsey arrests Jack and Vaughn as conspirators in Sydney's escape from NSC custody, Sloane, still under pressure from Lindsey, puts a plan in motion to eliminate Sydney, and Dr. Brezzel has an unpleasant run-in with Sark.

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Live Together, Die Alone (1)
star
7.89
3335 votes

#25 - Live Together, Die Alone (1)

Lost - Season 2 - Episode 23

After discovering something odd just offshore, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch. Lastly, Desmond returns and he sheds some more light on his experience on the island in the three years prior to when Locke came down into that hatch.

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Crunch Time
star
7.88
538 votes

#26 - Crunch Time

Mr. Mercedes - Season 3 - Episode 9

Hodges and Jerome have a breakthrough in the Rothstein case; Holly gets a strange inheritance; Morris makes a frightening discovery.

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Fell On Black Days
star
7.87
779 votes

#27 - Fell On Black Days

Mr. Mercedes - Season 2 - Episode 7

Hodges and Donna look toward a new future. Jerome contemplates his place in the world. Under pressure from Cora and Vitalta, Babineau performs brain surgery on Brady. Montez and Hodges effort to get Brady transferred out of Mercy General.

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The End (1)
star
7.87
8591 votes

#28 - The End (1)

Lost - Season 6 - Episode 17

Jack, the new protector of the island, meets with Locke and they go past the bamboo field with Desmond to visit the heart of the island. The Man in Black's final fate is determined, and one survivor must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the island. Meanwhile, in another life, the ones who might have been the survivors gather for a final time.

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Exodus (1)
star
7.87
3544 votes

#29 - Exodus (1)

Lost - Season 1 - Episode 23

The French woman shocks the survivors by showing up to the camp with a dire warning about "the Others". Meanwhile, Michael and Jin ready the raft for sailing. In flashbacks, we see the survivors final moments before they boarded their fateful flight.

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Through The Looking Glass (1)
star
7.85
3285 votes

#30 - Through The Looking Glass (1)

Lost - Season 3 - Episode 22

The castaways are preparing for an invasion by the slightly less mysterious Others, while Charlie and Desmond find more than they were looking for in the underwater "Looking Glass Hatch".

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Trials
star
7.85
4146 votes

#31 - Trials

The Last Ship - Season 1 - Episode 9

Rachel and Chandler ask for six volunteers to participate in human trials of her vaccine, but the tests could be a living hell as the virus and the vaccine do battle inside their bodies. Meanwhile back in the States, Chandler’s wife and father are doing everything they can to keep their family alive.

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The Shape of Things to Come
star
7.85
3435 votes

#32 - The Shape of Things to Come

Lost - Season 4 - Episode 9

Jack tries to discover the identity of a body that has washed ashore. Meanwhile, Locke's camp is attacked by Ben's adversaries.

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The Lions
star
7.84
296 votes

#33 - The Lions

Dirty Sexy Money - Season 1 - Episode 2

Nick searches for his father's killer. When the family has a photo shoot Juliet refuses to be there. Patrick has to deal with his father who wants him to run for the senate.

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The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
star
7.84
4244 votes

#34 - The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Lost - Season 5 - Episode 7

Locke's mission off the island as Jeremy is revealed.

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LA X (2)
star
7.83
3864 votes

#35 - LA X (2)

Lost - Season 6 - Episode 2

Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Miles and Hurley, struggling to save Sayid, face an ancient secret. Meanwhile, a fake Lock exits the chamber to everyone's awe.

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Walkabout
star
7.82
4314 votes

#36 - Walkabout

Lost - Season 1 - Episode 4

The survivors are jolted awake in the middle of the night when wild island beasts (which are wild boars) invade the beach encampment. Kate and Michael join the mysterious Locke on a hunt for food -- and a shocking secret about Locke is revealed. On the hunt for food someone is injured. Meanwhile, some survivors are horrified by Jack's plan for the dead bodies still scattered among the wreckage -- he wants to burn them. Jack sees someone that's not there, and we find out that one of the survivors was not able to walk but now he can.

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Culture Clash
star
7.82
11 votes

#37 - Culture Clash

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 15

Amy is assigned to a Judicial Conduct Commission panel which will decide the fate of a judge accused of demanding sexual favors from a prostitute in exchange for a reduced sentence; Maxine faces a culture clash when she tries to help a Yemeni teenager who was stabbed after being accused of dishonoring her family; Amy presides over the case of a woman who fears that her ex-husband may have abducted their children; Vincent's book is published and reviewed by The New York Times; Evie moves in temporarily with Maxine and Amy, and proves to be quite a handful; Michael's parents come to visit Lauren, and rebuff Amy's attempts to discuss the divorce.

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Fight the Ship
star
7.80
3407 votes

#38 - Fight the Ship

The Last Ship - Season 2 - Episode 2

After the horrifying revelations and reversals of fortune in Baltimore, Chandler and his fractured team join forces with an underground resistance in an attempt to defeat Amy Granderson. With doses of the cure running low, Rachel tries to do some good for the sick while remaining a prisoner at Avocet. Meanwhile, Slattery and the crew of Nathan James are in a race against time to save an injured Dr. Tophet and regain control of their ship.

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Everybody Falls Down
star
7.80
5 votes

#39 - Everybody Falls Down

Judging Amy - Season 2 - Episode 16

Amy must decide whether to terminate the parental rights of a couple convicted of child abuse; Maxine's disrespect rubs a building inspector the wrong way, endangering the scheduled opening for Sanctuary House and thus the federal funds needed for its operation; Amy grapples with her jealousy over Lauren's attachment to Katie; Donna decides to divorce Oscar; Bruce and his sister Winnie quarrel over where their mother should live.

Once Upon a Time…
star
7.80
1341 votes

#40 - Once Upon a Time…

From - Season 2 - Episode 10

Boyd fears he may have finally run out of answers, as the residents of town prepare for the end; Tabitha clings to the belief that the children could be the key to their salvation.

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Flashes Before Your Eyes
star
7.80
3252 votes

#41 - Flashes Before Your Eyes

Lost - Season 3 - Episode 8

After Desmond rescues Claire from drowning, Charlie gets Hurley to help him find out why Desmond has seemed able to predict the future. Desmond recalls exactly what took place in the moments after he turns the key, where he experienced a strange vision of his life prior to his Army days.

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The End of the Beginning
star
7.79
545 votes

#42 - The End of the Beginning

Mr. Mercedes - Season 3 - Episode 7

Jerome discovers a connection between Alma and Rothstein. After an attempt by Morris fails, Alma pays a visit to Second Story Books. Hodges visits the Saubers family and confirms their worst fears about Pete. Lou learns her fate.

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Nobody Puts Brady in a Crestmore
star
7.77
790 votes

#43 - Nobody Puts Brady in a Crestmore

Mr. Mercedes - Season 2 - Episode 8

After Hodges suffers an attack, Ida, Holly, and Jerome rally around him, but Donna is reminded of her deepest fears. As support of Babineau's treatment methods dwindle, Babineau goes over Montez's head.

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Willow Lake
star
7.76
1666 votes

#44 - Willow Lake

Mr. Mercedes - Season 1 - Episode 7

As Hodges helps Janey through a difficult time, their connection deepens. Realizing he still needs their help, Hodges brings Jerome and Holly back into the investigation. Deborah confronts Brady with her concerns.

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The Man From Tallahassee
star
7.76
3311 votes

#45 - The Man From Tallahassee

Lost - Season 3 - Episode 13

When Kate and Locke arrive at the Others' camp, Ben promises to tell Locke the island's secrets as long as he stops his destructive plan, and Kate's reunion with Jack doesn't go very well when she learns that the Others have offered him a deal. More of Locke's troubled past is revealed.

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Achilles
star
7.76
3267 votes

#46 - Achilles

The Last Ship - Season 2 - Episode 5

With a small group of survivors from Solace in tow, Chandler and his crew square off against an enemy of the most dangerous kind - a nuclear-powered submarine led by rogue British naval officers, Sean and Ned Ramsey. XO Slattery interrogates a captured mercenary from the hospital ship in an effort to extract information on the sub and its mission. As Nathan James engages in a perilous game of cat-and- mouse, the truth about the mercenary sub unfolds.

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Unreal City
star
7.75
3563 votes

#47 - Unreal City

The Last Ship - Season 2 - Episode 1

After the horrifying revelations and reversals of fortune in Baltimore, Chandler and his fractured team join forces with an underground resistance in an attempt to defeat Amy Granderson. With doses of the cure running low, Rachel tries to do some good for the sick while remaining a prisoner at Avocet. Meanwhile, Slattery and the crew of Nathan James are in a race against time to save an injured Dr. Tophet and regain control of their ship.

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The Beginning of the End
star
7.75
3747 votes

#48 - The Beginning of the End

Lost - Season 4 - Episode 1

The survivors feel that rescue is close at hand, but they don't know whether or not to believe Charlie's final message that the people claiming to liberate them are not who they seem to be. As unlikely alliances are formed, those they thought could be trusted may turn against them, as the enemy of their enemy becomes their friend.

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Blue on Blue
star
7.75
7052 votes

#49 - Blue on Blue

Under the Dome - Season 1 - Episode 5

The Chester's Mill residents receive an unexpected visit from their loved ones on the other side. Meanwhile, the community braces for a threat from outside the Dome.

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Prelude
star
7.75
744 votes

#50 - Prelude

Alias - Season 3 - Episode 7

Jack takes drastic measures to ensure that the NSC never finds out the truth about Sydney's murder of a Russian diplomat. But his actions place a heavy strain on Vaughn's marriage, as Lauren gets closer and closer to the truth about Sydney. Meanwhile, Sydney agrees to go on a mission with Sloane in order to thwart plans to obtain the operating system to a deadly weapon -- and she discovers an unlikely ally in the hunt for her missing two years.

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