The BEST episodes directed by James Hayman

Sofia's Choice
star
8.53
107 votes

#1 - Sofia's Choice

Ugly Betty - Season 1 - Episode 12

Betty meets a look-a-like -- Ruthie, an editorial assistant at MYW Magazine who dresses and looks like her. Meanwhile, Daniel is in for a surprising revelation from Sofia that leaves everyone stunned.

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East Side Story
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8.42
108 votes

#2 - East Side Story

Ugly Betty - Season 1 - Episode 23

Betty and Henry's romance heats up. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina makes great strides in her ambitious power play, as Daniel descends further in a downward spiral. The Suarez family trip to Mexico takes a dangerous turn, with old ghosts creating new problems. Explosive secrets will be revealed, and everything will be tied together by a beloved Broadway musical.

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Lost and Found
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8.33
6 votes

#3 - Lost and Found

Judging Amy - Season 4 - Episode 11

Maxine incurs the wrath of the mothers in Lauren's carpool; Amy fears her parenting skills will be called into question when a family-relations officer visits her home as part of Michael's custody suit; Kyle and Lily try to locate a man Lily misdiagnosed and prematurely released from the hospital; Maxine feels Sean's new relationship with a new foster mother is inappropriate; substituting in probate court, Amy rules on whether a mother can have her son declared legally dead despite the father's hope that the boy, who disappeared four years earlier, is still alive.

Derailed
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8.30
105 votes

#4 - Derailed

Ugly Betty - Season 1 - Episode 16

Daniel reconnects with Grace Chin, a girl he once stood up for a date in college, and who is now New York City's top lawyer. Meanwhile, Betty befriends Charlie, an out-of-towner she meets at the Mode cafeteria, whom she later discovers to be Henry's girlfriend.

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Queens for a Day
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8.30
176 votes

#5 - Queens for a Day

Ugly Betty - Season 1 - Episode 3

Betty uses her Queens connections to lure big time photographer Vincent Bianchi to shoot for the magazine. When Bianchi insists that Betty meet him at a posh restaurant, she gets a makeover but things don't quite turn out as planned. In the mean time, Bradford tries to get his hands on Fey Sommers' death car and Wilhelmina primps for a big date.

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How Betty Got Her Grieve Back
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8.25
201 votes

#6 - How Betty Got Her Grieve Back

Ugly Betty - Season 2 - Episode 1

Betty's life is turned into turmoil after the numerous upsetting events that have recently occurred. Despite all this, she refuses to accept the fact that Henry's leaving has deeply affected her. Meanwhile, Amanda has a hard time coping with the news she recently discovered about who her real mother is and Wilhelmina plans to use all the recent tragedies to her advantage.

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Fake Plastic Snow
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8.15
114 votes

#7 - Fake Plastic Snow

Ugly Betty - Season 1 - Episode 10

While everyone at Mode is celebrating Christmas, Betty is questioning her relationship with Walter and the feelings she has for Henry. Meanwhile, Daniel is sure of his love for Sofia, and Amanda, in order to get Betty's position, is planning a perfect Mode holiday party that fills the office with Styrofoam snow and holiday wishes.

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Trial By Jury
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8.10
20 votes

#8 - Trial By Jury

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 3

Sitting in for a friend who's undergoing chemotherapy, Amy presides over her first jury trial and clashes with a former law school classmate who represents the parents of a murdered girl who are suing the parents of her teenaged killer; Maxine shops for a new car for the first time in her life; Vincent feels that Maxine doesn't take his writing seriously after she interrupts his work to ask him to babysit the six rambunctious first graders attending Lauren's sleepover party.

A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding
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8.07
159 votes

#9 - A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding

Ugly Betty - Season 2 - Episode 7

As Wilhelmina prepares for her flamboyant wedding, she quickly realizes that her maid of honor, Victoria Beckham, is stealing all her thunder. Meanwhile, Betty is filled with guilt about her pact with Wilhelmina to keep the latter's affair a secret and Ignacio prepares for his big day as he is about to become an official U.S. citizen. However, when Betty moves in with Henry the father/daughter relationship is strained.

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I Do
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8.06
178 votes

#10 - I Do

The Fosters (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Stef and Lena try to maintain calm when their parents descend on the Foster house for a very special celebration. Lena’s dad, Stewart, has agreed to officiate the ceremony while her mother Dana and Stef’s colorful, talkative mom Sharon, attempt to keep things civil while disagreeing on floral arrangements. Sharon tries to strong-arm Frank into attending. Stef avoids telling Lena she plans to return to work as soon as she is cleared. Meanwhile, when Callie’s case against Liam boils down to her word against his, she must decide whether or not to lie in order to get some justice out of the situation. Callie and Jude get some news they've been hoping for, but Callie makes an emotional slip that could destroy any chance they finally have at happiness.

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9½ Hours
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8.03
468 votes

#11 - 9½ Hours

ER - Season 1 - Episode 8

Greene calls in sick so he and Jennifer can spend the day together, leaving Ross in charge of the ER. Carter works on a high school wrestler that starved himself to make weight. Hathaway counsels a young rape victim. Benton is dealing with his senile mother, and butts heads with Ross. Lewis is worried about Cvetic's growing temper problem.

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Gray vs. Gray
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8.00
6 votes

#12 - Gray vs. Gray

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 21

Maxine gets a new supervisor at D.C.F.; Donna becomes stressed when Oscar's attorneys petition to have his conviction reversed; Amy and Maxine are at odds over having Maxine's terminally ill client testify in a case that Amy is hearing; Vincent counsels Donna against telling Oscar about her attraction to other men, and reassures her that her feelings are normal.

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The Wee Hours
star
8.00
8 votes

#13 - The Wee Hours

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 16

Amy gears up for the custody battle over Lauren; Vincent takes a job at the local newspaper to help him overcome a severe case of writer's block; Amy suffers from a bad bout of insomnia that's coupled with some interesting dreams in the few hours that she's able to sleep; Maxine investigates why a boy from a loving family persists in sleepwalking far from home; Amy decides the fate of a teenaged athlete when her parents disagree on how her gymnastics training is affecting her life; Lauren and Amy have an ongoing battle over bedtime; Amy must decide if she'll allow the children of combative parents to be represented by their own attorney.

Sleeping with the Enemy
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7.97
1029 votes

#14 - Sleeping with the Enemy

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 2 - Episode 24

The NCIS team uncovers a mole in the ranks while working with the Department of Homeland Security to locate 900 missing pounds of explosives that pose an imminent threat to New Orleans.

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A Cornfield Grows In L.A.
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7.94
63 votes

#15 - A Cornfield Grows In L.A.

Huff - Season 2 - Episode 8

Huff and Beth end up getting into a major fight at their therapist's office. Teddy and Alyssa's relationship begins to heat up. Also, Russell decides to pay a visit to Kelly.

Presumed Innocent
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7.92
13 votes

#16 - Presumed Innocent

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 11

Amy takes it personally when Stuart appeals her decision to overturn the jury's verdict; Maxine arrives at a creative solution in placing an extremely gifted teenager who chronically runs away from his foster placements; Donna becomes Vincent's new roommate; Amy must decide whether to remove a child from the care of a mother suspected of suffering from Munchausen by Proxy syndrome; after her verdict is upheld, Stuart asks Amy out on a date, and she royally disses him as she turns him down flat.

Miss Cheyenne
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7.90
803 votes

#17 - Miss Cheyenne

Longmire - Season 3 - Episode 3

Walt splits his time working on a murder investigation and serving as a judge for a local pageant; Cady hopes an old friend can help with Henry's case.

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Timeless
star
7.88
8 votes

#18 - Timeless

Night Stalker - Season 1 - Episode 9

Carl and Peri investigate similar deaths that have occured every 35 years since the Beacon was founded.

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The Graduate
star
7.87
93 votes

#19 - The Graduate

Northern Exposure - Season 6 - Episode 17

Maggie outbids Maurice for the ownership of the town's rundown theater, which she begins to run with help of Ed and Heather. Two professors come to Cicely for the oral examination for Chris' master's degree; instead they clash over Chris' dissertation. A young Canadian Air Force lieutenant claims that Holling is his father, something proven because Holling sent his mother money every month for 25 years; however, that is just covering up a secret from his past. The theatre business causes stress for Maggie.

Sound and Fury
star
7.87
950 votes

#20 - Sound and Fury

Longmire - Season 2 - Episode 7

After Henry overhears a disgruntled husband try to order a hit on his wife, Walt and the team must use what little information they have to prevent her murder. Vic is wary when an ex-cop from Philly shows up in Durant.

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The Unforgiven
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7.86
7 votes

#21 - The Unforgiven

Judging Amy - Season 2 - Episode 18

Maxine contemplates ending her relationship with Jared after meeting his son again, while Amy oversees a case involving a mother who wants to deny visitation rights to her daughter's grandparents; Vincent's decision to quit his job to write a novel unsettles Carole.

Part 1
star
7.83
6 votes

#22 - Part 1

Marry Me - Season 1 - Episode 1

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After Hours
star
7.82
134 votes

#23 - After Hours

Ugly Betty - Season 1 - Episode 7

Betty takes a break from her escalating family troubles when she's assigned to review a posh new hotel. Meanwhile, Daniel is dismayed when Sofia Reyes and her team take up residence in the Mode conference room, and Wilhelmina goes a little bit country to woo a mega rich Texan to advertise his stores in Mode.

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My City
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7.80
780 votes

#24 - My City

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 1 - Episode 23

Pride suspects a mole among the ranks as NCIS and local law enforcement continue to track the Broussard Syndicate after new intelligence suggests a breach at the ports.

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Return of the King
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7.78
1296 votes

#25 - Return of the King

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 3 - Episode 13

After thousands of classified government files are stolen, the NCIS team searches for an underground group of hackers co-founded by Pride’s old contact, Elvis Bertrand, who are known for exposing corruption among prominent people in New Orleans. Also, Sebastian joins the team as a newly minted NCIS Special Agent.

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Feb. 5 '95
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7.76
307 votes

#26 - Feb. 5 '95

ER - Season 1 - Episode 15

Morgenstern surprises Greene with a new job offer. A terminally ill breast cancer patient asks Greene to help her die. An armed boy threatens the hospital staff.

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Rogue Nation
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7.76
1188 votes

#27 - Rogue Nation

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 4 - Episode 1

While Pride remains on probation six weeks after his rogue takedown of the corrupt Mayor Hamilton, his team is closely monitored by Supervisory Special Agent Paula Boyd. Also, when the FBI arrives to run lead on a case involving a stolen big rig of nuclear waste, the team must secretly investigate from the sidelines.

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The Honeymoon
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7.75
159 votes

#28 - The Honeymoon

The Fosters (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 11

The repercussions of Callie’s decision to run away impact every member of the Foster family, including newlyweds Stef and Lena, who had offered to adopt the troubled teen. Both Jude and Brandon struggle with their own personal guilt about her running away. Mariana inadvertently discovers the whole story about Lexi’s upcoming trip to Honduras.

The Golden Hammer
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7.75
2847 votes

#29 - The Golden Hammer

The Mentalist - Season 6 - Episode 12

Jane and the FBI investigate the murder of a high-tech cartographer who may have unearthed a spy ring before his death. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Van Pelt find themselves on the trail of an alarming conspiracy.

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Judgement Call
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7.74
483 votes

#30 - Judgement Call

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 6 - Episode 1

Pride must cut his vacation short when Hannah is suspended for breaking protocol during a joint investigation with the FBI.

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Ties That Bind
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7.73
858 votes

#31 - Ties That Bind

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 4 - Episode 13

A petty officer’s murder leads the team to a family-owned night club where Pride’s mother used to perform weekly. Also, Lasalle must urgently return home to Alabama after receiving an unexpected call from his family.

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Shadow Unit
star
7.72
998 votes

#32 - Shadow Unit

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 2 - Episode 2

The NCIS team investigates the murder of a blogger dedicated to exposing government corruption and cover-ups and discovers a Navy Seal and CIA humanitarian mission with a dark secret.

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See You Soon
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7.72
658 votes

#33 - See You Soon

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 5 - Episode 1

While Pride fights for his life in the ICU, the team scours the city for the hit woman who attempted to assassinate him.

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Blast From the Past
star
7.71
7 votes

#34 - Blast From the Past

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 23

Vincent is injured in an explosion when he attempts to dissuade an old friend threatening to blow up the court house after he loses custody of his sons in Amy's court; Charles accuses Maxine of being a golddigger; Donna discovers that she's pregnant; after Ian files a complaint against Amy and Bruce, alleging that they have an improper relationship, Bruce transfers to another courtroom for the duration of the investigation; Maxine's efforts to reunite a mother with her children are sabotaged by her client.

The Cook of the Money Pot
star
7.71
7 votes

#35 - The Cook of the Money Pot

Judging Amy - Season 3 - Episode 13

Amy hears the case of a disturbed teenager who successfully impersonated a police officer at a high school for several months, carrying a loaded gun, and who was only discovered after being arrested for severely beating a student he suspected of being a drug dealer; while Maxine is deciding whether a mother who is being released from prison for killing one of her children should be returned to her family, Kyle helps her uncover some medical information that may give credence to the woman's claim of innocence; Kyle and Brian have a run-in over Kyle's way with Teen Harbor's clients, and Kyle learns an expensive lesson about street kids; as Amy is about to rule in the matter of two teenagers accused of stealing a stop sign and contributing to an accident which seriously injured a man and left him in a coma, she receives word in open court that the man has died, prompting a startling admission from one of the accused; after Lauren walks in on Kyle having sex, Gillian volunteers to help hi

Looking For Quarters
star
7.71
7 votes

#36 - Looking For Quarters

Judging Amy - Season 4 - Episode 18

Maxine unwittingly provides Amy with the information she needs to decide whether promoters are responsible for the death of a teenager who died from an ecstasy overdose during one of their raves; Maxine and Sean join forces to persuade a couple to take back their former foster child after she's released from work camp; Amy and Maxine disagree about Amy's being overprotective of Lauren; Sean lets Maxine know he's angry about her judgemental attitude toward Eric; after conferring with Martin, Kyle decides to pursue a romance with Heather; Kyle goes off the wagon when he and Heather throw a party to celebrate their successful evaluations; after Lily sees them kissing at the party, she decides not to reveal that a random drug test is being conducted the next day, and Heather is fired; Bruce distances himself from Amy in an effort to convince Zola that there's nothing going on between them.

Pilot
star
7.71
631 votes

#37 - Pilot

Drop Dead Diva - Season 1 - Episode 1

When beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe Deb has a fatal car accident, she suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven’s gatekeeper, Fred, who declares her a self-centered "zero." Outraged, she attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum. A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant, Teri, Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.

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Control Factor
star
7.65
3191 votes

#38 - Control Factor

Lie to Me - Season 2 - Episode 3

While on vacation in Mexico, Lightman and Emily become involved in the case of a missing American woman. Back home, Foster investigates tainted blood in D.C. area hospitals with Lightman's rival, Jack Rader.

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Aftershocks
star
7.65
1318 votes

#39 - Aftershocks

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 3 - Episode 1

The NCIS team partners with several federal agencies to track a sniper who is targeting crowded events in the city. Also, FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio arrives to investigate Pride and his team.

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Careful What You Wish For
star
7.64
909 votes

#40 - Careful What You Wish For

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 1 - Episode 14

After an NCIS agent is killed during a security detail for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the team must determine if this was an assassination attempt or if someone is targeting one of their own. Meanwhile, Agent Brody is placed under investigation and her mysterious past is reevaluated.

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Bullet Bump
star
7.64
3799 votes

#41 - Bullet Bump

Lie to Me - Season 2 - Episode 17

Lightman deals with professional liars while investigating an incident at a political rally.

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Skin Deep
star
7.63
2923 votes

#42 - Skin Deep

House - Season 2 - Episode 13

House uncovers a startling secret when he treats a teenage supermodel for heroin addiction. Meanwhile, Wilson hopes the increased leg pain in House's leg is an indication his leg nerves are regenerating.

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Silver Wings of Time
star
7.62
2655 votes

#43 - Silver Wings of Time

The Mentalist - Season 6 - Episode 17

Jane and the FBI take up the cause of a death row inmate who has two days to prove his innocence before his sentence is carried out.

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The Game
star
7.62
374 votes

#44 - The Game

NCIS: Hawai'i - Season 1 - Episode 11

When evidence to put away a drug kingpin is stolen, Lucy goes undercover at an underground poker tournament to find out which high-roller is behind the crime. Also, Lucy’s feelings are in turmoil when Whistler’s ex-girlfriend arrives in town.

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Drowning Girl
star
7.57
323 votes

#45 - Drowning Girl

Switched at Birth - Season 3 - Episode 1

Senior year means big changes for Bay and Daphne, as the Carlton School for the Deaf receives an influx of hearing students who are not happy to be there. Daphne begins working at a free clinic as part of her probation from the Senator Coto blackmail scandal, and bonds with a pre-med student with a spinal injury. Bay is inspired by her art teacher and surprised by her jock classmate, when she takes an art class at a local college. Toby tries to unite a divided Carlton by coaching girls' field hockey, and Kathryn dips her toes into new territory when she makes friends with a gregarious tap dancer.

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Watch Over Me
star
7.56
954 votes

#46 - Watch Over Me

NCIS: New Orleans - Season 1 - Episode 7

The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Officer with the highest level top secret clearance who was recently assigned as a tech liaison with a private developer. Also, Pride transforms the carport into an auto shop as he works on the first car he ever gave his wife.

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Eloise
star
7.54
2255 votes

#47 - Eloise

The Sopranos - Season 4 - Episode 12

Furio resigns from the Soprano crew and goes home to Italy, leaving Carmela depressed and angry. Paulie tries to prove his loyalty to the Soprano family, but his burglary scheme ends on a violent note. Tony's feud with New York begins to hit him in the pocketbook, but Johnny Sack makes Tony a proposal that may solve their problems.

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Pilot
star
7.53
40 votes

#48 - Pilot

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 1

Amy Madison Gray struggles to adjust to the new circumstances in her life as she separates from her husband and becomes a single mother to her young daughter, Lauren; moves from Manhattan to Hartford, CT to live with her opinionated mother Maxine, a retired social worker; and starts a new career as a superior court judge in family court. The first case on her docket, the placement of a child abandoned by a drug addicted mother, introduces her to the shortcomings and political realities of the juvenile justice system.

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Get Out of My Life
star
7.52
1979 votes

#49 - Get Out of My Life

Desperate Housewives - Season 8 - Episode 14

Susan discovers the identity of the father of Julie's baby, and Orson makes it his duty to nurse Bree back to health. When Mrs. McCluskey throws Roy out of the house, Gabrielle takes him in and is reluctant to help get them back together when he proves to be an invaluable disciplinarian to her kids. Meanwhile, after getting used to her alone time, Lynette is furious when Porter and Preston are evicted from their apartment and try to move back home, and Mike informs Renee of Ben's dire circumstances with a loan shark.

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Clock
star
7.52
309 votes

#50 - Clock

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 8 - Episode 2

Stabler and Tutuola pair up to investigate when two teens go missing while their school is on a field trip to a local museum. Their investigation soon turns up evidence that the disappearance was staged to help Janey, who suffers from Turner's Syndrome, be with her older boyfriend, a man with a prediliction for young girls, and to help the boy, Connor, make good on a gamlbing debt. Stabler experiences a rift with his daughter, Kathleen, who is upset over the way that he has handled her relationship with a young man named Kevin.

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