The Best Episodes Directed by James A. Contner
#1 - 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
#2 - 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.
#5 - War Stories
Firefly Season 1 - Episode 9
Jealous of Zoe's relationship with Mal, Wash insists (thanks to a bit of scheming) that he go with Mal to try to sell some of the medical supplies the crew stole from the Alliance. In the middle of the deal Mal and Wash are kidnapped by men working for Niska the crime lord, who wants revenge against Mal for the botched train heist. He tortures Mal and Wash until Zoe shows up offering money in exchange for the prisoners. Niska says that the money is only enough for one person and Zoe chooses Wash. Wash realizes that Mal's antagonizing him while they were being tortured was to help keep him alive and kicking. This inspires him to do everything he can to help Zoe rescue Mal from Niska. The rest of the crew jump on board to save the Captain. Meanwhile Inara extends her services to a council member. To the crew of Serenity's surprise, it's a woman. And Simon continues to treat River with some of the medicine he stole but she suffers the occasional relapse as well as displays a penchan
#8 - The Devil You Know
The Invisible Man Season 1 - Episode 7
The Official is forced to resign because of Darien's screw-up, and he and Hobbes have a new boss to deal with.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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...
#15 - 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 Juliet to Berkeley where the Hive is infiltrating the growing antiwar movement, John insists that he go along, to, 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. And as John and Juliet question antiwar activist Jerry Rubin about here whereabouts, back in Washington Bach sees that the Vietnam War can be used to increase funding for Majestic.
#19 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#26 - 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.
#27 - 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.
#29 - 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.
#30 - Stairway to Heaven
Wiseguy Season 2 - Episode 11
Frank shows up at Vinnie's house in the middle of the night and states than his wife is dying and he can't afford the liver transplant she needs to save her life. Vinnie leaves a box containing a million dollars on the front seat of Frank's car. Frank confronts Vinnie about the money and Vinnie confesses it's money Roger gave him as a ""parachute"" in case he ever needed to bail out of undercover work. After arguing with Vinnie about the ethics of using the money, Frank finally decides he'd rather save Jenny's life, so he pays for the operation. Frank and Vinnie turn themselves into Paul for using the money, but Paul dismisses it when he can't find any record of Roger or the money in his files. After Jenny recovers, she tells Frank that their stale marriage is what almost caused her to die, so she insists he move out before she gets home from the hospital. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
#34 - Art Attack
Dark Angel Season 1 - Episode 11
Normal is kidnapped by a gang of art thieves and the Jam Pony folks realize they have been tricked into transporting stolen paintings. Meanwhile, Logan asks Max to be his date at a family wedding. She is snubbed at the only store that sells gowns. She decides to return to the dress store and steal the dress she has put on hold. When Logan is suspicious of how she got such a nice dress, Max confesses and says she plans on taking it back. Later, Max enlists Logan's help to rescue Normal from the art thieves
#35 - 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.
#36 - 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.
#39 - 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.
#40 - 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.
#42 - 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.
#44 - 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.
#46 - 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?
#48 - 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.
#49 - 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.
#52 - 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.
#53 - 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.
#54 - Witchstock
Charmed Season 6 - Episode 11
Paige finds herself transported back in time to an era of free love and free magic, where she discovers Grams, a peace-loving hippie, who is on a crusade to rid the world of evil through the magical power of love.
#55 - 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.
#56 - Empty Places
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 - Episode 19
Buffy takes another beating from Caleb, the tries to lead the troops back to the wine cellar. Instead, she gets kicked out of her house as the gang decides Faith would make a better leader.
#58 - Swimming with Boyd
Point Pleasant Season 1 - Episode 8
Christina and Judy take drastic steps to get the goods on Boyd, whose wicked ways leave a Point Pleasant local in dire straits. Meanwhile, Jesse gets a glimpse of his miraculous past; Terry and Paula grow closer; and poor Meg's grip on reality continues to fade.
#59 - Cool
Smallville Season 1 - Episode 5
He's the coolest guy in school - and a stone-cold danger to everyone he meets. A fall into icy, Kryptonite laced Crater Lake turns a student into a hypothermic monster who seeks to rob others of their body heat.
#61 - Greed for a Pirate's Dream
seaQuest DSV Season 1 - Episode 16
When a top-secret UEO project shows the approach of a catastrophic volcanic eruption, the crew of seaQuest must convince treasure seekers on the island to abandon their lifelong search or face certain death.
#62 - The House
The Dead Zone Season 1 - Episode 6
Johnny moves into his new house and starts having visions of a tub filled with blood. He also sees visions of his dead mother, and comes to believe that Rev. Purdy killed his mother. The facts seem to suggest that Purdy did indeed engage in a cover-up concerning the death of Johnny's mother. In a final confrontation Johnny touches Purdy and gains a vision of Purdy finding Johnny's mother dead by suicide. Realizing what the death of a child can drive a parent to do, he goes to the aid of a local neighbor girl whose brother died on a military mission and whose mother is preparing to kill herself.
#63 - Honeymoon in Metropolis
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 1 - Episode 12
Lois and Clark go undercover as honeymooners to a Metropolis hotel in an attempt to find out about a possible conspiracy which seems to involve a powerful congressman. They also need to learn how to share their lives with someone.
#64 - Brisco in Jalisco
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Season 1 - Episode 4
Brisco and Socrates head south of the border when the Westerfield Club orders them to recover some stolen guns. Not only is Dixie involved with both the evil general and the revolutionaries the guns are heading for, but it turns out Pete Hutter (previously thought killed in the pilot) is behind the gun-smuggling operation. The guns are blown up in a massive explosion Brisco engineers to keep them out of everyone's hands. The revolutionaries promise to name a county after Brisco.
#65 - Twin Streaks
The Flash Season 1 - Episode 18
A scientist and his business partner are trying to develop a being with super speed, their attempts fail. They manage to clone the Flash. Their creation learns quickly, but is emotional moral equivalent of a child. Barry must stop his twin.
#67 - Under the Broken Sky
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Season 2 - Episode 6
Beautiful Lucina was the main attraction at the unsavory pleasure palace in Enola. But she was also the wife of Atticus, the farmer who loved her. Wracked with guilt, Lucina had run off after a deadly fever took the lives of their two young sons. The dangerous Pilot was not inclined to let Lucina leave the palace, even when Hercules and Salmoneus got involved. But Hercules successfully defended himself against the attack by Pilot's thugs, and Lucina vanquished Pilot. Reunited, Atticus and Lucina departed to start a new life together.
#69 - His Master's Voice
Wiseguy Season 3 - Episode 17
When the bodies of two missing deputies turn up, it points to a serial killer who has been terrorizing the northwest. Volchek assigns the investigation to Vinnie when Stem loses control. Frank warns Vinnie he has to leave after Dan tells him there's a 40 man task force on the way to Lynchboro. As Volchek tries to eliminate possible suspects, Stem confesses to the murders, then electrocutes himself. Vinnie flashes back to Sonny killing himself, then snaps and takes off, stealing Frank's car.(source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
#72 - Let Them Eat Cake
Wiseguy Season 3 - Episode 19
Vinnie takes a job hauling hospital waste as he continues to hide out in Seattle. Frank finds out Volchek is going to bribe a state official to get the license for his hospital and plans to arrest them after dinner. Roger uncovers Volchek's cryogenic vault. Lacey talks to Roger about how important Volchek is to the town, causing him to throw the arrest. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
#73 - Day of the Covenant
The Equalizer Season 4 - Episode 5
Scott learns first hand about the anti-apartheid movement when his girl friend becomes the target of a zealous Afrikaner who believes she's a terrorist.