The Best Episodes Directed by Jason Ensler

Strange Brew

#1 - Strange Brew

Franklin & Bash Season 2 - Episode 1

In the Season 2 opener, Peter and Jared seek a promotion by trying to sign a beverage-company bigwig as a client. Elsewhere, Peter is attracted to a sightly lady police officer.

star 8.35
174 votes
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Election Night (1)

#2 - Election Night (1)

The Newsroom (2012) Season 2 - Episode 8

In the wake of Leona's refusal to accept the resignations of three top ACN talents, 'News Night' goes forward with its 2012 election coverage, featuring Will in the unlikely role of director of morale. Sloan is perturbed that her book was auctioned off with a forged signature, while Mac tasks Neal to fix a faulty Wikipedia page. Mindful that Charlie wants a screw-up-free evening, Jim weighs the cons of retracting a call he made too soon. The team deliberates whether to hold off on a story that might affect a tight Senate race.

star 8.33
966 votes
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Pilot

#3 - Pilot

Franklin & Bash Season 1 - Episode 1

Peter Bash and Jared Franklin are young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants lawyers and partners in the law firm Franklin & Bash. Their nontraditional approach to the legal profession keeps things interesting in the office and the courtroom. The duo's use of questionable legal tactics draws the attention of Stanton Infeld, partner of the prominent law firm of Infeld Daniels. He makes an offer for them to work for him with a promise of certain creative liberty. With work and play frequently intermingling, days and nights are anything but traditional when spending time with Franklin & Bash.

star 8.28
210 votes
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She Came Upstairs to Kill Me

#4 - She Came Upstairs to Kill Me

Franklin & Bash Season 1 - Episode 2

Franklin and Bash hold court when a woman is accused of using sex as a means to kill her husband. The two young-gun lawyers suspect the judge or jury is on the take, so they apply unconventional methods to deliver justice.

star 8.27
192 votes
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Go Tell It On the Mountain

#5 - Go Tell It On the Mountain

Franklin & Bash Season 1 - Episode 10

When Stanton Infeld is charged with murder, he selects Franklin and Bash to lead the defense; Damien puts his career on the line to defend his uncle; Hanna represents a wrestler.

star 8.25
152 votes
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Bro-Bono

#6 - Bro-Bono

Franklin & Bash Season 1 - Episode 4

Peter represents Jared's old frenemy in a legal dilemma. With things never what they seem to be, the guys begin to see their client a different way. Jared is also asked to run lead on a divorce case when it becomes clear Karp and Hanna's history prevents them from working together.

star 8.17
165 votes
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Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami

#7 - Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami

Chuck Season 1 - Episode 9

Not all of Sarah's feelings for Chuck may have been a cover, as she finds out, when Chuck begins to date Lou, a sandwich maker. When things couldn't get even more complicated, Lou turns out to be part of a smuggling ring.

star 8.15
786 votes
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Chuck Versus the First Date

#8 - Chuck Versus the First Date

Chuck Season 2 - Episode 1

Chuck must prevent a menacing operative from obtaining a device that would ultimately lead to a new intersect. Meanwhile Chuck asks Sarah out on a real first date as Casey deals with a difficult assignment.

star 8.15
788 votes
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Jango and Rossi

#9 - Jango and Rossi

Franklin & Bash Season 2 - Episode 3

Peter and Jared run into the B-list version of themselves (Seth Green and Eric Mabius) while defending one of Infeld's ex-wives (Cybill Shephard), who has been accused of kidnapping a client's dog. Meanwhile, Karp is left to work with Pindar on a robbery case, but Pindar's quirks threaten to derail the partnership.

star 8.14
157 votes
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Chapter Ten: Three Rooms

#10 - Chapter Ten: Three Rooms

The Exorcist Season 1 - Episode 10

Season Finale. Everything has led to this moment. Forty years ago, the demon was denied its prize. Now it will stop at nothing to destroy Angela Rance and her family. Their only hope lies in two men: Marcus and Tomas. But with the enemies of the church mobilizing against Pope Sebastian, time is running out for everyone.

star 8.12
1899 votes
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Bachelor Party

#11 - Bachelor Party

Franklin & Bash Season 1 - Episode 9

Following the events of his bachelor party, Janie's fiancée (guest star James Van Der Beek) finds himself seeking the legal counsel of Peter Bash to get out of a precarious legal snafu. Jared heads back to his high school alma mater for a case involving a teacher charged with sleeping with her underaged student.

star 8.10
141 votes
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Till Jeff Do Us Part

#12 - Till Jeff Do Us Part

Sirens (2014) Season 1 - Episode 7

Johnny steps up for his friend when Hank gets an invitation to his Ex’s wedding, while Theresa has trouble seeing eye to eye with a wedding guest. Meanwhile, Brian learns a new job skill.

star 8.08
167 votes
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The Finger

#13 - The Finger

Sirens (2014) Season 1 - Episode 6

Johnny introduces Theresa to his father and is taken aback when his Dad drops a bomb of a secret on him. Elsewhere, Brian struggles to find the right moves to put on his work crush, while Hank gets a new father figure that he never planned for.

star 8.08
170 votes
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Chuck Versus the Tango

#14 - Chuck Versus the Tango

Chuck Season 1 - Episode 3

Chuck needs the help of Morgan and the Nerd Herd to prove that he is ready to become the store's assistant manager. Sarah and John assign Chuck his first undercover spy mission to foil a terrorism plot.

star 8.06
960 votes
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La Palabra

#15 - La Palabra

The West Wing Season 6 - Episode 18

Santos is campaigning in California during the last few days before the all-important "Super Tuesday" primary elections, but he is out of money and he trails both Russell and Hoynes in the polls. When even "La Palabra", a Latino voters group, is all set to endorse Hoynes instead of Santos, Josh urges Santos to take a stand on the new bill that denies driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, Donna tries to figure out why Hoynes suddenly isn't campaigning in California, and advances her position in the Russell campaign by becoming the Vice President's official spokesperson.

star 8.05
208 votes
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Pilot

#16 - Pilot

Hart of Dixie Season 1 - Episode 1

Fast-talking New Yorker Zoe Hart has her life all figured out until she is turned down for a prestigious fellowship she had been certain she would get. Desperate, she decides to finally accept the offer of a kindly stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, whom she met at her medical school graduation, and who had proposed she join his small medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama.

star 8.04
506 votes
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Back in the Saddle

#17 - Back in the Saddle

Ed Season 4 - Episode 13

Ed's ex-wife, Liz is back in town and tries to get Ed to help her get a new restaurant up and going. Meanwhile, Eli is trying to come to grips with his girls 'desires'

star 8.00
4 votes
The Old and the Restless

#18 - The Old and the Restless

Psych Season 2 - Episode 12

A missing persons case from a posh retirement community turns into a family affair when Shawn and Gus must team up with Henry to solve the case.

star 7.97
311 votes
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Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault

#19 - Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault

The Exorcist Season 1 - Episode 5

The exorcism begins. As the storm of the century descends upon Chicago, Father Tomas and Marcus engage the demon in spiritual warfare. But the demon is ready and waiting with a few secrets of its own. Meanwhile, the demon's manipulations slowly begin to drive a wedge between members of the Rance family. Loyalties will be tested and lives will be forever changed.

star 7.97
2369 votes
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The Debarted

#20 - The Debarted

Gossip Girl Season 3 - Episode 12

On the anniversary of Bart Bass’ death, Chuck wrestles with an issue from the past and a serious car accident rocks the Upper East Side. Dan and Vanessa attempt to navigate their newly complicated friendship. When Jenny is accused of beating up one of her classmates, Eric is faced with a tough dilemma.

star 7.93
256 votes
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Invisible Leash

#21 - Invisible Leash

Hostages Season 1 - Episode 2

Duncan promises to kill a member of Ellen's family when she refuses to assassinate the president during surgery. Duncan also informs the family to go about their normal lives for the next two weeks until the commander in chief's operation.

star 7.90
557 votes
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Parades & Pariahs

#22 - Parades & Pariahs

Hart of Dixie Season 1 - Episode 2

Zoe tries to win over residents of Bluebell by participating in the Founder's Day parade, but an unfortunate incident only makes matters worse.

star 7.86
417 votes
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Can I Get a Witness?

#23 - Can I Get a Witness?

Lethal Weapon Season 1 - Episode 8

When a million dollar casino heist takes a deadly turn, Riggs befriends the only credible witness, an eight-year-old boy, and takes him into his care. Murtaugh pulls some dangerous stunts in an attempt to prove to everyone that he can be a motorcycle guy. Riggs contemplates what to do with the money he received from selling his home in Texas.

star 7.85
3937 votes
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There Goes the Neighborhood

#24 - There Goes the Neighborhood

Lethal Weapon Season 1 - Episode 4

A string of burglaries hits close to home for Murtaugh when one occurs in his own neighborhood, and it gets just as personal for Riggs when another break-in ends in a casualty. Meanwhile, Roger Junior connects with an old friend who might be twisted up in some criminal action of his own.

star 7.83
4262 votes
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The Vulture

#25 - The Vulture

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 - Episode 5

A detective from Special Crimes, takes over Jake’s nearly solved murder case and steals his thunder. Over a few drinks, Jake enlists the precinct to get revenge and find the murder weapon before “The Vulture” does. Across town, Captain Holt and Gina help Terry get re-certified to carry a gun.

star 7.80
2803 votes
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That Never Should Have Happened to You

#26 - That Never Should Have Happened to You

The Passage Season 1 - Episode 3

Brad strikes a deal with Sykes and Richards to stay with Amy at Project NOAH, as they begin to test the virus on her. Upon learning the harsh truth regarding the state of inmates in 4B, Brad forms an alliance to get more information. Babcock sheds light on her past.

star 7.78
751 votes
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Early Release

#27 - Early Release

My Name Is Earl Season 3 - Episode 12

When Earl finds out that the Warden has destroyed all the certificates that would grant him early release from prison, he seeks the help of his friends to escape.

star 7.77
228 votes
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Why're You Hitting Yourself?

#28 - Why're You Hitting Yourself?

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 1 - Episode 4

Barry and Adam bond over the discovery of a TV channel; Beverly involves herself in her father's dating life.

star 7.77
858 votes
His Story II

#29 - His Story II

Scrubs Season 3 - Episode 18

Turk has to confront a young patient of his, when he accidentally cuts a nerve and the boy (who happens to be a concert pianist) loses use of one of his hands. Meanwhile, one of Elliot's patients unintentionally teaches her a lesson about her relationship with J.D.

star 7.72
451 votes
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The Goodbyes

#30 - The Goodbyes

Grace and Frankie Season 2 - Episode 9

Coyote reveals unexpected news; Frankie and Sol host a family brunch; Grace has to make a tough decision about Phil.

star 7.69
548 votes
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Pilot

#31 - Pilot

The Passage Season 1 - Episode 1

As an imminent flu epidemic threatens the U.S., Federal Agent Brad Wolgast is tasked with bringing in the experiment's latest chosen test subject—ten-year-old Amy Bellafonte. After meeting Amy, Brad's loyalties to Project NOAH are tested.

star 7.68
988 votes
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You Owe Me a Unicorn

#32 - You Owe Me a Unicorn

The Passage Season 1 - Episode 2

Amy and a wounded Brad continue on the run from Richards and attempt to seek refuge with an elusive, ex-military instructor of Brad's, while Lila tries to help from afar. Dr. Lear reflects on the decisions that compelled him to involve Fanning in his research. Testing of the virus on Anthony Carter begins, as the epidemic in China spreads and the race for a cure intensifies.

star 7.67
827 votes
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Janus

#33 - Janus

The Exorcist Season 2 - Episode 1

Season two picks up six months after leaving Chicago with Father Tomas continuing his training to become an exorcist under the watchful eye of his partner Marcus Keane. Their travels lead them to a troubled young woman in rural Montana, where their investigation puts them in the crosshairs of her extended family. But as Tomas' skills continue to grow, Marcus begins to worry that his apprentice is taking unnecessary risks. The action then switches to a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle, where Andy Kim runs a group home for at-risk foster children, whose lives are disrupted when the state sends a social worker to determine whether the foster home should be closed. Little do they know the true danger is yet to come: a malevolent presence that has set its sights upon one of the children in Andy's care.

star 7.66
1378 votes
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And the Riverboat Runs Through It

#34 - And the Riverboat Runs Through It

2 Broke Girls Season 6 - Episode 12

As Max and Caroline's road trip misadventures continue, their lack of money finds them stowing away and waitressing on a riverboat to New Orleans as Max tries to reach Randy in Texas. Back at the diner, Oleg and Sophie rake in big bucks when they sell pony rides with Chestnut.

star 7.34
1490 votes
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