The Best Episodes Directed by James Frawley

The Arrow That is Not Aimed

#1 - The Arrow That is Not Aimed

Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 14

Higgins sends Magnum to collect a valuable Kenzan porcelain plate, newly purchased by Robin Masters, from the airport, but the artefact, which was entrusted to the care of a Samurai warrior while in transport from Japan, has been stolen. At first, Thomas thinks the whole thing is a joke, especially when the Samurai, Tozan, claims that the plate was stolen by a ninja, but the situation is for real, and the pair team up to try and find the stolen artefact. But they must work fast, as Tozan’s centuries-old culture dictates that he must commit sepuku – which means taking his own life – if the precious plate isn’t retrieved...

star 8.92
159 votes
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Part IV

#2 - Part IV

The Practice Season 1 - Episode 4

A nervous Lindsay prepares for her first appearance before a jury in a wrongful death case against a tobacco company. Elsewhere, Bobby is stunned by the unexpected results of the Ronald Martin murder trial, involving a grieving father, the man's rabbi and the defendant.

star 8.88
114 votes
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Victimless Crimes

#3 - Victimless Crimes

The Practice Season 4 - Episode 7

Jimmy defends a remorseless rape victim who murdered her attacker. Lucy is bitten by her dentist while under anesthesia.

star 8.68
94 votes
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Victim Soul

#4 - Victim Soul

Judging Amy Season 1 - Episode 4

Amy must determine if a comatose boy who is believed to have healing powers is being abused by his grandmother; Maxine clashes with her supervisor over taking an underfed little girl away from her anorexic mother; Vincent begins a relationship with an older woman.

star 8.33
15 votes
The Bridge

#5 - The Bridge

Dirty Sexy Money Season 1 - Episode 5

Nick finds he has a lot in common with Simon, Tripp's nemesis. In a case of sibling rivalry Jeremy and Juliet decide to try and outdo each other for their separate birthday parties. Brian Jr. wants to tell Brian's wife the truth. Karen tries to get Freddy into a fancy country club.

star 8.15
319 votes
Rembrandt's Girl

#6 - Rembrandt's Girl

Magnum, P.I. Season 4 - Episode 14

Magnum is hired by a bank teller from Robin Master's bank to investigate her father, world-famous counterfeiter Herbie "Rembrandt" Norton, who has recently been released from penitentiary and whom she suspects has returned to counterfeiting after coming into large amounts of money since his release. Before starting investigations, the pair go to retrieve a book for Higgins from a safe deposit box at the bank, but the woman accidentally locks them in the vault, and with the time-release door and a slowly dwindling air supply, the pair are trapped inside... Meanwhile, spurred on by getting the potentially lucrative case, Thomas had promised to take Rick and T.C. for a luxurious weekend away, but unaware that Magnum is trapped in the vault at the bank, they are annoyed to presume that he has gone without them, and - with T.C. having problems with his girl-friend - they decide to hold a party at Magnum's guest house - which does not go down well with Higgins, who is holding a meditation we

star 8.08
145 votes
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Suspicious Minds

#7 - Suspicious Minds

Melrose Place Season 1 - Episode 32

The apartment building goes up for sale. Lucy resigns from D&D, and tells Amanda and Alison that promotions may be in their future. Amanda asks Alison to keep her pregnancy under wraps, but Alison lets it slip while out drinking with a colleague to make Billy jealous. Amanda denies the man's allegations. She later suffers a miscarriage while working late with Alison. Billy and Amanda grow closer as he consoles her, and he is torn between the two women. An unidentified individual begins harassing Alison. Keith returns to Los Angeles, completely obsessed with Alison. Michael and Jane rekindle their romance during a weekend getaway. Jo tries to dodge Jake's discussions of commitment. She is arrested for carrying a concealed weapon while working on a photo essay about the homeless. Jake is enraged to learn that she went back on her promise to get rid of the gun. Rhonda proposes to Terrence. Keith stakes out Alison's apartment, and attacks Billy from behind with a tire iron. While Billy is

star 8.03
38 votes
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Lost in the System

#8 - Lost in the System

Judging Amy Season 4 - Episode 1

Amy and Michael agree to work out Lauren's custody with a mediator; Maxine and Kimberly clash over a child lost in the system; Jared returns from China to get an answer from Maxine; Lauren fears that their apartment is haunted and Amy begins to agree with her; appearing before Amy in court as the caseworker for a teenaged mother, Maxine gives an impassioned plea which provides Amy with food for thought about not only the girl, but Amy's relationships with Maxine and Lauren; Bruce runs into Amy and spurns her offer of friendship, but later relents most emphatically.

star 8.00
10 votes
Escape From Death Island

#9 - Escape From Death Island

Tales of the Gold Monkey Season 1 - Episode 6

Jake and Corky are imprisoned on an island penal colony when they try to free the son of an Englishman.

star 8.00
6 votes
Pilot

#10 - Pilot

Ed Season 1 - Episode 1

Ed Stevens has just been fired for misplacing a comma in a 500 page contract, which cost his law firm employer millions of dollars. When he arrives home to give his wife the bad news, he finds her in bed with the mailman. He decides to pack it all in and head back to his hometown of Stuckeyville, Ohio. When he runs into Carol Vessey, the girl of his high school dreams who is now an English teacher at Stuckeyville High School, he decides to stick around and purchase the local bowling alley, where he sets up a law practice. Ed moves in with his best friend Mike and Mike's wife Nancy who are adjusting to life with a new baby. Still intent upon winning over Carol, Ed dons a suit of armor and enters her classroom carrying flowers and seeking a date. Although she is dating another faculty member, Carol agrees.

star 7.97
93 votes
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Accountability

#11 - Accountability

Judging Amy Season 6 - Episode 1

With all three of her children living once again under the same roof with her, Maxine finally decides to let them be the grownups that they are (horseplay notwithstanding) and fix their own breakfasts; the ceiling in Amy's courtroom collapses, and she is sentenced to a stint in Accountability court, which she deems a punishment for her ruling in the Casey Ives matter; shortly after his return from New Mexico, David is devastated to discover that the man who holds the secret to his wife's murder has died; Ignacio asks Amy to plead his case with Maxine; Sean asks Maxine to track down the missing placement records on a little boy, and they discover that there's no trace of him anywhere; Heather visits Kyle to ask his forgiveness, announce that she's entering into a treatment program, and tell him about their son, but he doesn't believe any of it; Maxine relents her stance on Ignacio a little by allowing him to fix the broken sprinklers in the garden; Amy tries to figure out what's behind

star 7.89
9 votes
End Game

#12 - End Game

Melrose Place Season 1 - Episode 26

Billy's father dies of a heart attack. Amanda tries to exploit Billy's vulnerable state to seduce him, and then shows up at the funeral in an attempt to score points with her ex. Alison flies back from Seattle to comfort Billy. Billy feels that he let his father down, and decides to take over the furniture store. His mother says that she has sold the store to the employees, and that she wants Billy to use his writing gifts. She gives Billy a letter in which his father expressed his pride in him. Billy drives Alison to the airport, but she decides to move back to Los Angeles. Michael tries to convince Kimberly to move in with Billy, but she declines. She explains that seeing the death of his father reminded her of how much involvement she would have in his life if they were roommates. Michael lies about going to the hospital and instead helps Kimberly with a plumbing problem. She offers him dinner and tries to come on to him, but he resists. Billy's family tragedy prompts Matt to

star 7.82
11 votes
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The Song That Never Ends

#13 - The Song That Never Ends

Judging Amy Season 5 - Episode 17

Kyle disregards Maxine's advice at his own peril when he bends the rules for a new mother who wants to hold her newborn baby just once before she's returned to prison; when the tension and awkwardness between Amy and David as they keep bumping into each other in the court house becomes more than she can bear, Amy withdraws her consent to the breakup and they decide to reconcile; Matthew asks Gillian out on a date, and she nervously turns him down until she seeks out Donna for some single mother bonding and realizes what she really wants to do; Maxine asks Ignatio to family dinner, and is surprised when he shows up with a disapproving Isabel in tow; Kyle is wary when Todd offers a hand in friendship; Amy devises a creative way to allow a young mother to retain custody of her children as she struggles to earn a living hampered by idiotic provisions of the ""Welfare to Work"" program.

star 7.78
9 votes
Last Tango in Hartford

#14 - Last Tango in Hartford

Judging Amy Season 1 - Episode 5

A death threat, coupled with Maxine's disapproval, puts a crimp in Amy's blossoming relationship with Tracy; Vincent begins to feel like he's Chris's pet project; Maxine rekindles an old friendship; Amy officiates at Donna's wedding to a convict; Maxine helps a second generation foster teenager keep her infant son out of the system.

star 7.77
13 votes
The Eighth Part of the Village

#15 - The Eighth Part of the Village

Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 4

After narrowly avoiding being shot during a case, a fortune cookie has convinced Thomas that it’s time to repay his friends and associates. As a favour to Higgins in one such payback, he heads to collect a crate of books from the docks, only to find that the crate contains a Japanese stowaway, and promptly upon the discovery he his is attacked by two goons. The stowaway woman is the daughter of an old war comrade of Higgins, who claims to have hidden in the crate to escape from her father in Japan, whom she claims is nowadays a cruel man. Although finding it hard to believe that his old acquaintance has now turned so cruel, Higgins feels obliged to help the girl, who is searching for her American fiancée. Magnum however, is more sceptical, but investigates for himself in case Higgins is becoming entangled in some sort of trap...

star 7.72
195 votes
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Speed Demon

#16 - Speed Demon

Ghost Whisperer Season 2 - Episode 14

Melinda's Jeep breaks down on a deserted road and a young woman who owns an auto shop comes by to help. Melinda meets a ghost who comes to her in the form of a skeleton. Melinda must first decipher the mysterious code that is linked to the drag racing society. Melinda finds that Ned is involved with the society and needs his help. Ned lies to his mom and sneaks out to go to the drag races. At the end the ghost finds closure and crosses over into the light.

star 7.70
336 votes
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High Stakes Lady

#17 - High Stakes Lady

Tales of the Gold Monkey Season 1 - Episode 15

Jake acts as a bodyguard to a lady gambler during a high stakes poker game.

star 7.67
3 votes
Helpless

#18 - Helpless

Law & Order Season 3 - Episode 6

Dr. Olivet accuses her gynecologist of rape, but Stone finds his case in trouble when he discovers that Olivet tape-recorded the crime.

star 7.66
248 votes
The Greatest Love Story Never Told

#19 - The Greatest Love Story Never Told

Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 15

Miles from nowhere, Danziger crosses the frozen tundra looking for food, severely unprotected from the harsh weather. Suddenly, a mysterious hooded figure appears.

star 7.64
170 votes
Motion Sickness

#20 - Motion Sickness

Judging Amy Season 5 - Episode 1

When Amy is transferred to criminal court, Bruce stays behind in juvenile court, and she inherits Spencer, an insolent clerk; Lauren has an extremely unhappy first day at junior high, but things brighten up on day two when, much to her mother's dismay, she finds a boyfriend who is a year older; after accepting Stuart's proposal, Amy begins to have nightmares about the wedding; recently unemployed as a result of budget cuts, Donna helps Peter care for his sons while Gillian languishes in a coma; Ellen, D.C.F.'s newest employee, uses her experience as a former foster child to help Maxine deal with a teenager who's run away from her foster home; fed up with his impudence and disloyalty, Amy fires Spencer and hires Donna, who's recently graduated from law school; Amy's predecessor in the criminal division threatens her with retribution after she considers overturning his decision to suppress evidence in a capital murder case; Gillian finally emerges from her coma.

star 7.64
11 votes
Shock and Awe

#21 - Shock and Awe

Judging Amy Season 4 - Episode 24

A stressed out public defender goes ballistic in Amy's courtroom; Maxine tries to figure out why a woman who lost her son wants to give up her foster child; Kyle tells Lily how he feels, but it doesn't go as he hoped; Amy is confused about whether or not Stu actually proposed marriage; Gillian goes into labor with unexpected and seemingly tragic results.

star 7.63
8 votes
CSO: Hartford

#22 - CSO: Hartford

Judging Amy Season 4 - Episode 22

On ""Take Your Daughter to Work Day"", Lauren learns how lucky she is when she spends the afternoon with Maxine, and Rebecca becomes seriously injured after she falls during a seizure; Kyle continues to drink; Stu reassures Amy that she's a permanent part of his life after she fails to make a fabulous first impression during lunch with his opinionated mother; Bruce struggles to get a boy discharged from probation; after begging Lily to rehire Heather, Kyle is shocked when she refuses to return; Heather and Zola let the men in their lives know that they've got romance on their minds.

star 7.60
10 votes
Scars and Souvenirs

#23 - Scars and Souvenirs

Grey's Anatomy Season 3 - Episode 18

Alex grows closer to Jane Doe as he continues to work on her case. Helen Crawford flies into Seattle for surgery. She knows someone on the staff. Colin Marlow enters the race for Chief of Surgery. George faces more problems with Callie and Izzie. Callie reveals a big secret. Someone treats a WWII veteran. Also Derek treats a patient near and dear to him.

star 7.57
1228 votes
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Murder, Smoke and Shadows

#24 - Murder, Smoke and Shadows

Columbo Season 8 - Episode 2

An egocentric film director resorts to his mastery of special effects to murder a vengeful friend who discovers the director's role in the movie stunt death of the friend's sister years before.

star 7.57
274 votes
Maxine, Interrupted

#25 - Maxine, Interrupted

Judging Amy Season 4 - Episode 15

Maxine's reunion with Sally Godwin, her college classmate and former co-worker in the social work trenches, comes under strain after the up-and-coming politician reveals that she's back in town to evaluate Maxine's performance, and they clash over the case of a child with a sexually transmitted disease; a father testifies on behalf of his teenage daughter who appears before Amy for conspiring in his attempted murder; Bruce utilizes Donna's assistance in a creative approach to mediating the divorce of an elderly couple fighting over custody of their pet parrot.

star 7.56
9 votes
How to Dial a Murder

#26 - How to Dial a Murder

Columbo Season 7 - Episode 4

A famous psychiatrist uses an appointment with his doctor as his alibi while he calls his house, where his dead wife's lover is. The call serves as the first step in a conditioning reflex on the psychiatrist's dogs. The other part is the word Rosebud as uttered by the victim. When Columbo arrives on the scene, the psychiatrist is very understanding when police say they may have to put his dogs to death. But Columbo notices how friendly the dogs seem, and then there's the telephone that's hanging from it's hook.

star 7.55
287 votes
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X-Ray

#27 - X-Ray

Smallville Season 1 - Episode 4

Clark is startled to discover he has the power of X-ray vision - a power that may be useful when he confronts a changeling-like student who can take on the appearance and emotional traits of anyone.

star 7.53
1237 votes
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Dead Man's Ridge

#28 - Dead Man's Ridge

Ghost Whisperer Season 1 - Episode 16

Andrea’s friend has gone missing during a hike and Melinda’s called in so she can use her abilities to find him.

star 7.51
324 votes
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Life During Wartime

#29 - Life During Wartime

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 - Episode 6

The chief gives Bailey new power and responsibility. He also gives her a very difficult surgical assignment: remove a girl's inoperable tumor. Meanwhile, new trauma chief Owen (Kevin McKidd) challenges the attendings' methods and the residents' skills.

star 7.50
1622 votes
Losing My Mind

#30 - Losing My Mind

Grey's Anatomy Season 4 - Episode 15

Dr. Wyatt refuses to let Meredith give up on therapy. Alex learns something else about Rebecca. The Chief wants Erica to perform a daring surgery. Christina continues to act strange.

star 7.49
1218 votes
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Love/Addiction

#31 - Love/Addiction

Grey's Anatomy Season 4 - Episode 2

A patient is in the hospital because they fell asleep in a hazardous situation. A patient's home laboratory blew up in an apartment building and the victims flood the hospital. Alex investigates the cause of the incident by talking to a really old guy who lived in the building. Jane Burke shows up to deal with what her son left behind. Lexie tries to talk to Meredith. Callie is overwhelmed by her new position while Bailey is searching for things to do.

star 7.47
1354 votes
Early Winter

#32 - Early Winter

Judging Amy Season 6 - Episode 7

Frantic with worry, the Gray siblings quarrel like two year olds, and Sean is wracked with guilt, as Maxine lies in an ICU bed recovering from a heart attack; Amy finally gets a new clerk, whose ability to speak Spanish is an invaluable aid in the sentencing hearing of a teenager charged with burglary and assault; Ignacio gives Vincent some wise insight into Maxine; reminiscing about the beginning of their relationship brings Gillian and Peter back together; after Maxine hallucinates about her mother's death in the same hospital, she checks herself out and returns home despite her doctor's recommendation that she undergo bypass surgery.

star 7.44
9 votes
Try and Catch Me

#33 - Try and Catch Me

Columbo Season 7 - Episode 1

A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaiming him for her niece's murder.

star 7.42
326 votes
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The Wrong Man

#34 - The Wrong Man

Judging Amy Season 5 - Episode 5

Still grieving over the loss of Jared, Maxine finds it difficult to listen to Amy and Stu plan their wedding; Bruce is less than thrilled working for Judge Bell; Gillian is sad and irritable that she's having difficulty bonding to Walt, and can't seem to talk to Peter about what's troubling her; Kyle feels betrayed when Lily makes her decision about the new attending physician; Amy teaches Lauren and her friends a harsh lesson about popularity, friendship, and the cruelty of cliques; after Zola seeks Amy's help in reaching out to Bruce, he confesses that her role in the Jason Darby case may have put an end to their relationship; Kyle is put in legal jeopardy when he saves the life of a man injured in a bar fight; Maxine overcomes her initial skepticism about the latest claims coming from a young boy known for filing false complaints against the men in his mother's life, and discovers that this latest accusation may have merit, much to the dismay of the boy's mother, who doesn't wa

star 7.40
10 votes
Tempting Faith

#35 - Tempting Faith

Private Practice Season 2 - Episode 7

Addison's brother makes a surprise visit, causing trouble for her, Sam and Naomi; Meg comes back to try and make it work with Pete; a patient accused of a crime angers Violet and Dell.

star 7.37
516 votes
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Things To Do Today

#36 - Things To Do Today

Ed Season 2 - Episode 14

A beautiful, off-beat woman blows into town and sweeps Ed off his feet, while encouraging him to face his fears and live life to the fullest; everyone gets more than they bargained for when Carol gives her students a journalism assignment to videotape and report a news-breaking story at Stuckeyville High; Ed discovers an unpleasant truth about Jim and forces him to tell Molly, who is devastated by the revelation.

star 7.36
86 votes
Right to Counsel

#37 - Right to Counsel

Law & Order Season 3 - Episode 12

After Stone accepts a plea bargain from the much younger and poorer lover of a wealthy older woman found murdered in her apartment, he begins to have doubts that he has sent the right man to prison, especially as he learns more about the attorney who handled the woman's estate.

star 7.33
221 votes
Rebirth

#38 - Rebirth

American Gothic Season 1 - Episode 11

Merlyn borrows an unborn child's spirit and reappears as Halle. Both Lucas and Caleb realize what has happened, and while Lucas tries to keep Merlyn in his world, Caleb knows she must return the spirit to the baby before it's too late.

star 7.33
79 votes
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Make Me a Perfect Murder

#39 - Make Me a Perfect Murder

Columbo Season 7 - Episode 3

Mark McAndrews a top network programmer is promoted to a New York position. His assistant, who is very ambitious and his lover, expects to get his old job. But of course he feels she is out of her league and needs more experience. Kay, feeling betrayed, decides to seek revenge.

star 7.30
286 votes
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Ally McBeal

#40 - Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal Season 1 - Episode 1

Ally McBeal, 28, and a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, is harassed on the job by a senior associate. When she confronts the partners, it backfires and she loses her job. On the street, she literally bumps into an old classmate, Richard Fish, who offers her a position working for his new firm. She accepts, despite her misgivings about his ethical standards. While being introduced to her new fellow associates, she receives the shock of her career.

star 7.24
815 votes
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Sex and the Married Detective

#41 - Sex and the Married Detective

Columbo Season 8 - Episode 3

A sex therapist catches her boyfriend with another woman when he thinks she is out of town. She then disguises herself and manages to kill him while in disguise, not realizing that a potential suitor saw her enter the bathroom as a dark-haired woman and exit as a blonde.

star 7.23
218 votes
Cradle to Grave

#42 - Cradle to Grave

Law & Order Season 2 - Episode 18

The discovery of a dead baby leads to a case involving a slumlord who would not provide any heat and who defends her actions by blaming the rent laws.

star 7.20
301 votes
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Sweeps

#43 - Sweeps

Law & Order Season 4 - Episode 1

A guest is murdered on-air on a controversial talk show. Meanwhile Logan and Briscoe have a new boss, Lt. Anita Van Buren, and Stone gets a new colleague. The police and district attorney attempt to prosecute the show's abrasive host.

star 7.20
286 votes
Triangle

#44 - Triangle

American Gothic Season 1 - Episode 19

Upon Gail's announcement, she faints in Lucas' office and is taken to the hospital where she is told that she is pregnant. Gail threatens to have an abortion and even attempts to kill herself because she knows that she is carrying the evil offspring of Lucas Buck.

star 7.03
71 votes
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Last Execution

#45 - Last Execution

Ghost Whisperer Season 1 - Episode 14

A hanged man's ghost follows Melinda home from a macabre art installation, haunting her into contacting his troubled daughter. A woman sues Melinda's paramedic husband, claiming he further injured her whilst performing life-saving CPR.

star 7.00
168 votes
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Dream a Little Dream

#46 - Dream a Little Dream

Judging Amy Season 6 - Episode 13

Amy oversees an emotional case involving a 13-year-old boy with a history of violent behavior who shot and killed his grandfather who was suffering from terminal lung cancer; Maxine uncovers a human smuggling operation while following up on a report of a young boy being beaten numerous times; Vincent witnesses the gunning down of a prostitute by her pimp; Meanwhile, Amy and David search for the perfect house to start their life together in.

star 6.88
8 votes
Homecoming

#47 - Homecoming

Ghost Whisperer Season 1 - Episode 6

Melinda helps an angry teenage ghost and discovers the secret that is likely to shake up the ones left behind by him.

star 6.80
280 votes
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Murder, a Self Portrait

#48 - Murder, a Self Portrait

Columbo Season 9 - Episode 1

A famous artist, Max Barsini, lives with his wife Vanessa and a beautiful live-in model named Julie at his beach house/studio. Max's ex-wife Louise lives in the beach house next door. Together, these women comprise Max's own little harem. He loves them all in different ways, but, more importantly, likes to control them. In fact, Max derives a great deal of satisfaction from the fact that they all fight for his attention and are reliant upon him financially and emotionally. The competitive jealousy between the women reaches a head at the dinner table one night when Max asks each of them what they think of the other. Their answers prove the intense rivalry between the women.

star 6.79
212 votes
Revenge

#49 - Revenge

Melrose Place Season 2 - Episode 3

Billy shows up at Keith's work site and assaults him. After Alison tells Keith that she hates him, he commits suicide while on the phone with her. Alison begins drinking and is sent home from work. Amanda tries to convince Jake to model for a beer campaign. Sydney caters to Michael's every whim, despite a warning from Jane. Matt is hired by the hospital's social services department.

star 6.54
39 votes
Damage Control

#50 - Damage Control

Judging Amy Season 4 - Episode 7

Amy hears the case of a young boy charged with obstruction of justice for not revealing the name of the man who took pornographic pictures of him; Maxine contends with a woman who allows her abusive husband to violate a restraining order; Peter and Charles negotiate a prenuptial agreement for their parents; Jason Lobdel eludes Amy's police protection as he continues to stalk her; everyone walks on eggshells as Gillian suffers through ugly hormonal mood swings; Jared gives Maxine the diner; Amy's plan to censure an attorney backfires.

star 6.33
9 votes