The BEST episodes directed by James A. Contner

The Kingdom of Money
star
8.44
9 votes

#1 - The Kingdom of Money

Crime Story - Season 1 - Episode 17

Torello and Krychek join the Federal Task Force planning to raid Luca's new gambling business in Las Vegas.

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Skin and Bones
star
8.43
236 votes

#2 - Skin and Bones

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 1

Max and the others must rescue Michael after he is arrested for murder; Liz takes a job with a congresswoman who has a hidden agenda.

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Grave (2)
star
8.27
863 votes

#3 - Grave (2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 - Episode 22

Giles faces off with Willow, but she drains him of his powers. This much power causes her to feel all the suffering in the world, so she decides to end it — the world, that is.

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War Stories
star
8.23
4550 votes

#4 - War Stories

Firefly - Season 1 - Episode 9

Tensions begin to run high on board the Serenity when Wash finds himself feeling threatened by the closeness between Mal and Zoe.

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Reunion
star
8.21
647 votes

#5 - Reunion

Angel - Season 2 - Episode 10

The newly revamped deadly duo of Drusilla and Darla hit the streets of L.A. Angel is frantic, searching for the terrible twosome.

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Five by Five
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8.12
888 votes

#6 - Five by Five

Angel - Season 1 - Episode 18

Rogue slayer Faith comes to town, and when she partners up with Wolfram and Hart , Angel's life is in danger.

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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
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8.02
1037 votes

#7 - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 - Episode 16

Xander tries to use Valentines Day to further his relationship with Cordelia but she succumbs to peer pressure and breaks up with him. With the help of Amy (who is exploring her mother's witch powers), he puts a love spell on her which goes horribly wrong, turning him into every woman's desire; except Cordelia's.

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Vallery of the Dolls
star
8.00
2 votes

#8 - Vallery of the Dolls

V.I.P. - Season 1 - Episode 9

Rogue magazine centerfolds are being kidnapped so V.I.P. is hired to guard the remaining centerfolds at the mansion and find the missing ones. Val feels it's her fault when the first one is kidnapped because it's right out of her commercial for V.I.P. All the models stay at the mansion so when Quick sees one leaving suspiciously he and Tasha follow her to a hotel only to discover she's there with her husband because they never had a honeymoon. So Quick and Tasha wait outside the door when two gunmen create a diversion by opening fire on them. When the gunmen leave Tasha and Quick check the room and find the model kidnapped and her husband knocked out on the ground. Val and Kay find out that the kidnappers are copying scenes from movies to kidnap the models. When Val and Kay go to tell the rest of the team Val gets kidnapped in the process. Turns out the kidnappers are working for Chloe, a Rogue employee. She plans to make money off their beauty and sell them on the Asian market. Chloe

Awakening
star
7.99
529 votes

#9 - Awakening

Angel - Season 4 - Episode 10

Angel agrees to try to bring Angelus back... but after the first attempt fails, he and his friends discover a magic sword that might do a better job of getting rid of the Big Bad beast.

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The Initiative
star
7.98
1137 votes

#10 - The Initiative

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 - Episode 7

Spike, after being captured by the commandos, is being held hostage by them in a hi-tech facility underneath the University. He manages to escape and heads to find Buffy, whom he assumes is behind this. Instead, he finds Willow...

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Power Play
star
7.91
657 votes

#11 - Power Play

Angel - Season 5 - Episode 21

As Angel's behaviour grows increasingly hostile, his friends learn he's associating with members of an evil secret society, and may have deliberately engineered Fred's death.

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The Replacement
star
7.88
898 votes

#12 - The Replacement

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5 - Episode 3

Confusion reigns when Xander is split into two Xanders, each representing different sides of his personality.

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Release
star
7.88
676 votes

#13 - Release

Angel - Season 4 - Episode 14

As Faith and Angel continue their battle, the voice of the Beast's Master invades Angel's mind.

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First Impressions
star
7.86
704 votes

#14 - First Impressions

Angel - Season 2 - Episode 3

Angel encounters an amorous Darla in his dreams; Cordelia vows to protect Gunn after she experiences a vision depicting him in mortal danger.

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Helpless
star
7.86
1157 votes

#15 - Helpless

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 - Episode 12

For her upcoming 18th birthday, Buffy declines the scooby gang's offer of a big party, hoping to celebrate with quiet reflection and a traditional trip to the ice show with her father. But unbeknownst to Buffy, preparations are being made for a life-threatening rite of passage that drains the slayer of her powers and then entraps her with a powerful vampire foe that she must defeat in a defenseless state in order to pass the test.

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Carbon Creek
star
7.84
2227 votes

#16 - Carbon Creek

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 2

After Archer and Trip become curious about a visit she made to a Pennsylvania mining town called Carbon Creek, T'Pol explains to them that Vulcans actually had their first contact with humans in 1957. That year, a Vulcan ship crashed on Earth and three crew members survived, including T'Pol's great grandmother. They pose as humans in Carbon Creek and take on jobs while waiting for rescue and soon find themselves becoming more involved with the town's residents.

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Primeval (2)
star
7.84
1102 votes

#17 - Primeval (2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 - Episode 21

Adam tells Riley that he has a behavior modification chip wired to his central nervous system behind his heart. Through the chip Adam has control over Riley. When Buffy find Spike in Adam's cave she figures out that he intentionally tried to split up the gang. Buffy tells the rest of them and the find that Adam wants Buffy to go to the Initiative as part of his plan. Xander suggests that they need the power of all the gang members combined to defeat Adam and Giles agrees. The gang all break into the Initiative.

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Dead End
star
7.83
629 votes

#18 - Dead End

Angel - Season 2 - Episode 18

Cordelia's visions get worse and the gang fears for her health. Meanwhile Lindsey is granted a new hand that has a murderous mind of its own.

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The I In Team
star
7.82
1050 votes

#19 - The I In Team

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 - Episode 13

Buffy becomes familiar with the Initiative and begins to work with them although they are still unaware of her true power as a Slayer. After Buffy abandons her friends at the Bronze for a mission with the Initiative, Buffy and Riley consummate their relationship unaware that they are being watched on a hidden camera by Walsh. Meanwhile, Giles and the rest of the gang remove a tracking device the commandos shot into Spike's back.

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Faith, Hope and Trick
star
7.80
1101 votes

#20 - Faith, Hope and Trick

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 - Episode 3

The new Slayer Faith arrives in town and seems like a fun-loving wacky teenager who integrates herself into the gang. While Buffy is getting 'Single White Female-d' she notices that Faith is becoming more mysterious and discovers that she has been followed by an ancient vampire who murdered her watcher.

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Same Time, Same Place
star
7.79
877 votes

#21 - Same Time, Same Place

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 7 - Episode 3

Buffy, Xander and Dawn are unable to find Willow, who has inadvertently made herself invisible to her friends, and vice versa. Willow's return to Sunnydale is marred further by a demon, Gnarl, who relishes the skin of his victims.

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Both Sides Now
star
7.79
24 votes

#22 - Both Sides Now

Dark Skies - Season 1 - Episode 17

As Steele works on Sayers to willingly accept returning to the Hive, Loengard seeks anyone he believes can lead him to his wife. So, when Bach sends Juliet to Berkeley where the Hive is infiltrating the growing antiwar movement, John insists that he go along with her, unaware that he's being used to locate Kim. Although John spots her, he is unable to stop Kim from Joining Steele on a trip to visit her son. While John and Juliet question antiwar activist Jerry Rubin about Kim's whereabouts, back in Washington Bach sees that the Vietnam War can be used to increase funding for Majestic.

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Potential
star
7.78
877 votes

#23 - Potential

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 7 - Episode 12

Buffy and Spike establish a boot camp to prepare the potential slayers for combat with the First, while a spell from Willow reveals another potential living in Sunnydale.

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Meet the Dupes
star
7.77
231 votes

#24 - Meet the Dupes

Roswell - Season 2 - Episode 8

Duplicate versions of Michael, Isabel and Tess come to Roswell after killing their king Zan, to urge Max to attend an important interstellar summit in New York City, but they have their own agenda; Ava stays behind in Roswell.

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Entropy
star
7.76
802 votes

#25 - Entropy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 - Episode 18

Anya, secretly a demon again, attempts to get vengeance on Xander but fails. She finds comfort by sleeping with Spike, but the Geek Trio's cameras reveal the tryst to the gang. Meanwhile, Willow and Tara arrange a coffee date.

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Spiral
star
7.76
952 votes

#26 - Spiral

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5 - Episode 20

When Glory finds out who the real key is, Buffy and company flee. Meanwhile, the Knights of Byzantium have their own plans to deal with Dawn.

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Bad Chi
star
7.75
4 votes

#27 - Bad Chi

The Invisible Man - Season 2 - Episode 9

During a mission Darien gets a back injury, and the Official refuses to pay for treatment. Seeking out an accupuncturist, Darien inadverently reveals he can become invisible. On his next visit, the accupuncturist, Charlene, inserts needles that allow her to use electricity to put Fawkes in agony if he doesn't obey her. She needs a rare set of mystical needles to cure her mentor, and Darien to steal them. He succeeds, but the needles have ""bad chi"" because the original owner, a millionnaire, stole them. The millionnaire has to be killed to eliminate the bad chi, but Charlie can't do it without gaining bad chi. So she forces Darien to try. Needing Counteragent, Fawkes manages to leave a clue so that the Agency can follow them, and prevent the murder.

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Asian Cut
star
7.75
94 votes

#28 - Asian Cut

Miami Vice - Season 5 - Episode 7

Crockett & Tubbs use Trudy as a decoy to lure a sadistic serial killer who preys on call girls.

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Art Attack
star
7.75
423 votes

#29 - Art Attack

Dark Angel - Season 1 - Episode 11

Logan asks Max to be his date for a cousin's wedding where she meets his snobbish uncle and aunt. She also gets to meet Logan's ex-fiancée. Back at Jam Pony, Normal is taken by the mob when there is a delivery mix-up. Original Cindy and Max decide to help him retrieve the right painting to save their boss' life.

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Choices
star
7.74
1126 votes

#30 - Choices

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 - Episode 19

Buffy's acceptance to college leaves her with even more doubts about her life outside of Sunnydale with Faith and the Mayor still around. Buffy decides to take the fight to the Mayor and discovers a secret delivery for him, the Box of Gavrok which contains a mystical energy vital to the Ascension. Buffy and Angel successfully break into Town Hall and snatch the box but unfortunately, Willow is captured by Faith. Are they willing to give up their best chance at avoiding the Ascension to save Willow's life? Is there any doubt?

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I Was Made to Love You
star
7.73
850 votes

#31 - I Was Made to Love You

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5 - Episode 15

Buffy must stop a heartbroken young woman — a robot who was manufactured to be the perfect girlfriend — from destroying the city.

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Secrets and Guys
star
7.72
598 votes

#32 - Secrets and Guys

Charmed - Season 1 - Episode 14

Prue helps a young witch who has been kidnapped, and renews her own faith in having children. Meanwhile, Phoebe finds out that Leo is really a guardian angel for good witches, and this causes Leo to break up with Piper.

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Dear Doctor
star
7.70
2235 votes

#33 - Dear Doctor

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 1 - Episode 13

The crew discovers a new planet with two races, one in desperate need of medical and scientific assistance. In the course of trying to help, Dr. Phlox recalls his own Denobulan past to address the ethical dilemmas that arise in the present.

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The Harsh Light of Day
star
7.69
1049 votes

#34 - The Harsh Light of Day

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 - Episode 3

Spike returns to Sunnydale with his new girlfriend Harmony who is now also a vampire. Spike is searching for the Gem of Amara - a stone which makes vampires invulnerable, which he believes is buried somewhere under Sunnydale. Buffy is preoccupied with her budding relationship with Parker and sleeps with him but he proceeds to ignore her. Meanwhile Anya returns and throws herself at a flabbergasted Xander.

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Parting Gifts
star
7.65
929 votes

#35 - Parting Gifts

Angel - Season 1 - Episode 10

Angel and Cordelia, still coping with the death of their friend, are aided by an old friend in the pursuit of a demon bounty.

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Revelations
star
7.59
1138 votes

#36 - Revelations

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 - Episode 7

Xander finds out about Angel's return to Sunnydale and promptly informs the gang who confront Buffy with the fear that he may turn evil again, while Faith finds herself under the wing of a new Watcher, Gwendolyn Post, an outwardly prim and proper Englishwoman who was expelled from the Watcher's Council for practicing evil magic.

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Sense & Sensitivity
star
7.59
775 votes

#37 - Sense & Sensitivity

Angel - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kate's temper buys her a trip to sensitivity training, which has a strange effect on her... and those around her.

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Loyalty
star
7.58
572 votes

#38 - Loyalty

Angel - Season 3 - Episode 15

Wes dreads the fulfilment of the prophecy that Angel will kill Connor; Sahjhan becomes dissatisfied with Holtz's progress in stalking Angel and take matters into his own hands; Fred and Gunn try to figure out how to juggle working together with their new romance.

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Dead Things
star
7.57
800 votes

#39 - Dead Things

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 - Episode 13

Buffy finds out that she didn't really come back wrong. Warren kills Katrina and frames the Slayer for it. Buffy violently takes out her emotions on Spike.

Swallowed Alive
star
7.56
16 votes

#40 - Swallowed Alive

21 Jump Street - Season 3 - Episode 9

Hanson becomes an inmate in a juvenile detention hall in order to investigate the murder of one of the inmates.

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Soft Light
star
7.56
1479 votes

#41 - Soft Light

The X-Files - Season 2 - Episode 23

An experiment in dark matter accidentally turns a scientist's shadow into a deadly weapon that can unzip a person's molecules if they are touched by it.

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Just Rewards
star
7.55
658 votes

#42 - Just Rewards

Angel - Season 5 - Episode 2

Angel and Spike challenge a necromancer who is unhappy with Wolfram and Hart's new leadership.

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Carpe Noctem
star
7.55
675 votes

#43 - Carpe Noctem

Angel - Season 3 - Episode 4

An old man uses an ancient incantation to switch bodies with Angel.

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New Moon Rising
star
7.54
1054 votes

#44 - New Moon Rising

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 - Episode 19

Tara and Willow's relationship seems to be progressing when Oz returns to town. Through his travels Oz has found a combination of charms, potions and meditation that allows him to avoid turning into a werewolf. When Oz discovers that Willow and Tara are more than friends he loses control and as a werewolf chases Tara.

The Truth is Out There and It Hurts
star
7.53
682 votes

#45 - The Truth is Out There and It Hurts

Charmed - Season 1 - Episode 8

Acting on Phoebe's premonitions, the sisters race to stop a mysterious killer from striking again. Meanwhile, Prue finds a truth spell and uses it to find out what Andy's reaction to her being a witch would be.

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Doomed
star
7.50
1083 votes

#46 - Doomed

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 - Episode 11

Buffy and Riley have to work out their relationship given their new understanding of what they do. An earthquake rocks Sunnydale and Buffy worries that it could signify the end of the world. They find out about a group of demons who are in town collecting sacred items which together have the power to end the world. When the plans of the demons are uncovered, the gang must return to their former sanctum inside the dilapidated Sunnydale High School (the library) to stop the Hellmouth from opening.

Lonely Heart
star
7.50
1069 votes

#47 - Lonely Heart

Angel - Season 1 - Episode 2

Angel, with the aid of a new friend, tracks a serial killer whose hunting ground is L.A.'s single bars.

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Give Me a Sign
star
7.46
551 votes

#48 - Give Me a Sign

Charmed - Season 2 - Episode 15

Phoebe helps Piper cast a spell in order to help her choose between Dan and Leo. Meanwhile, Bane is broken out of jail and kidnaps Prue.

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Minefield
star
7.41
2075 votes

#49 - Minefield

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 - Episode 3

When attempting to explore a new planet, Enterprise triggers a cloaked mine. While the crew deal with the resulting damage, it's discovered another mine is stuck to the hull. During Reed's attempt to disarm it, a spike is driven into his leg, trapping him out there. While Archer goes out on the hull to help him, the rest of the crew learn they are in a minefield belonging to the Romulan Star Empire, who demand Enterprise leave or face destruction.

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The Boone Identity
star
7.41
570 votes

#50 - The Boone Identity

The Dresden Files - Season 1 - Episode 2

A grieving father asks Harry to help put his daughter's spirit to rest. This should be easy. All Dresden has to do is track down the killer and make sure that justice has been done. There's only one catch: the killer died only hours after the murder.

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