The Best Episodes Directed by Joe Napolitano


#1 - Bloodlines

Picket Fences Season 4 - Episode 11

Matthew's classmate shoots himself. A bear is loose in Rome and Kenny assumes the role of Mayor Bey's Lamaze partner.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Wrong Stuff

#2 - The Wrong Stuff

Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 7

January 24, 1961: The fates make a monkey out of Sam when he leaps into Bobo, an astro-chimp who must avoid succumbing to the experiments of an Air Force neurologist.

star 8.37
271 votes
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The Leap Home (1)

#3 - The Leap Home (1)

Quantum Leap Season 3 - Episode 1

November 25, 1969: As himself at the age of 16, Sam has the opportunity to both win the high school basketball championship and save his family from their sad fates.

star 8.34
468 votes
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First Degree (1)

#4 - First Degree (1)

The Practice Season 2 - Episode 5

Ellenor and Lindsay face disbarment proceedings for their unethical conduct. Bobby defends a man accused of murdering his lover's husband. Eugene represents a police officer applying for disability, claiming the job made him a racist.

star 8.32
90 votes
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A House Divided

#5 - A House Divided

The District Season 4 - Episode 7

Mannion investigates the death of a man during a Civil War reenactment. While Temple takes the matter personally when one of the suspects turns out to be a big time racist, it's Noland who, trying to find a connection between him and a man in an old picture, discovers a rivalry between the prime suspect and the victim that dates back to the Civil War days. Meanwhile, Debreno and Regan are out testing a new bait car that almost causes the death of a car thief.

star 8.25
4 votes
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Freezer Burn

#6 - Freezer Burn

Picket Fences Season 3 - Episode 11

The probe of a masseur's murder uncovers a scandal among his women clientele.

star 8.17
6 votes
Shock Theater

#7 - Shock Theater

Quantum Leap Season 3 - Episode 22

October 3, 1954: Leaping into Sam Bederman, a mental patient who is suffering from acute depression, Sam receives an overloaded electroshock treatment, which causes his Swiss-cheesed memory to be replaced by personas from previous leaps. Al, finding himself visible to the mentally absent, must try to complete Sam's mission, and convince him to take another shock treatment, in order to leap Sam out before contact is lost forever.

star 8.12
257 votes
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#8 - MIG-89

Viper Season 2 - Episode 2

Cameron uncovers an illegal arms-smuggling ring---but not before Allie and a visiting scientist are kidnapped and forced to develop a highly advanced fighter jet.

star 8.10
31 votes
The Deciders

#9 - The Deciders

Cashmere Mafia Season 1 - Episode 4

Caitlin can't resist flirting with the opposite sex. Mia tries to make her ex-fiance jealous with a new man. Juliet discovers another secret between her husband and his mistress. Zoe finds that she has some trust issues with her colleagues that she needs to address.

star 8.00
5 votes
Tango Blue

#10 - Tango Blue

M.A.N.T.I.S. Season 1 - Episode 2

The MANTIS plans to destroy all the assault weapons, ex-seals and warheads, so that The City would finally be clear.

star 8.00
2 votes
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Moments to Live

#11 - Moments to Live

Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 19

May 4, 1985: Sam is a soap opera heart surgeon and the obsession of a love-struck, if somewhat deranged fan. He must escape from the woman and her husband who kidnap him for reproductive purposes.

star 7.95
170 votes
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The Boogieman

#12 - The Boogieman

Quantum Leap Season 3 - Episode 5

October 31, 1964: Things do more than go bump in the night when Sam leaps into Joshua Raye, a horror novelist on Halloween. Although Ziggy claims he's there to prevent the death of a church deacon, things get even stranger when two more people die without warning.

star 7.94
327 votes
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The Curse of Ptah-Hotep

#13 - The Curse of Ptah-Hotep

Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 20

March 2, 1957: It's almost as though Sam were on vacation when, as Egyptologist Dale Conway, he gets to read hieroglyphics, search lost tombs, and, of course, visit Egypt. But between an encroaching sandstorm, computer glitches back at the Project, the suspicious deaths of the guides, and a 3000-year-old curse to round things off, Sam has very little time to play in the sand.

star 7.91
236 votes
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Black on White on Fire

#14 - Black on White on Fire

Quantum Leap Season 3 - Episode 7

August 11, 1965: Sam leaps into a black med. student engaged to a white woman in order to ensure that he and his fiancée survive the Watts Riot together.

star 7.90
311 votes
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Sea Bride

#15 - Sea Bride

Quantum Leap Season 2 - Episode 21

June 3, 1954: Aboard an ocean liner, Sam must stop the marriage of a young man's ex-wife to a mobster. In the process, he finds himself in one heck of a mess in the ship's garbage compartment.

star 7.88
299 votes
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Pool Hall Blues

#16 - Pool Hall Blues

Quantum Leap Season 2 - Episode 18

September 4, 1954: In order to help his granddaughter save a small bar from the slimy loan shark holding a note on the place, Sam has to play pool like a pro...with a little help from Al and Ziggy.

star 7.87
335 votes
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Feat of Clay

#17 - Feat of Clay

Birds of Prey Season 1 - Episode 12

After a robber, Chris Cassius, breaks into a chemical factory and drinks a mixture that gives him the power to turn people to stone, Barbara cancels her vacation with her boyfriend, Wade. Unwilling to allow Barbara to continue neglecting her personal life, Alfred the Butler brings Wade to the clock tower and exposes her secret. Meanwhile, Helena goes to Arkham Asylum and interrogates a villain named Clayface, who possesses the same abilities as Chris, and learns a shocking fact about her past. She must race to prevent Chris from killing New Gotham's most powerful people at a charity fashion show.

star 7.82
175 votes
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Against All Enemies

#18 - Against All Enemies

JAG Season 3 - Episode 7

International tensions mount as Harm, Mac and Bud board an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan to investigate the accidental shooting down of a North Korean civilian airline by Navy jets. While negligence on the part of the Navy fliers is indicated, Harm and Mac uncover evidence of a spy aboard the carrier. Meanwhile, the threat of war becomes real when a U.S. salvage vessel is sent to the site to help with the investigation and two North Korean warships threaten to sink it if both U.S. ships don't leave the area immediately.

star 7.80
273 votes
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Darkness Falls

#19 - Darkness Falls

The X-Files Season 1 - Episode 20

When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find themselves trapped in a cabin surrounded by flesh eating insects that only attack at night.

star 7.74
1956 votes
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Devil's Eyes

#20 - Devil's Eyes

Birds of Prey Season 1 - Episode 13

Having discovered that Helena is Huntress, Harley Quinn uses a machine that gives her metahuman hypnotic powers. She then hypnotizes Helena and persuades her to knock Barbara unconscious and steal an access disk. Barbara recovers and uses her subneural device to enable her to stand and fight Helena, eventually neutralizing the trance. But Harley uses the disk to gain complete control of the clock tower and, after killing Wade, she broadcasts the hypnotic signal to every television set in New Gotham. Working together with Alfred, Dinah, and Reese, Helena must infiltrate the clock tower and battle Harley and her cohorts before they gain control of the entire city.

star 7.72
89 votes
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Washington Holiday

#21 - Washington Holiday

JAG Season 2 - Episode 9

Harm is assigned to escort a rambunctious and ravishing Romanian princess, whose life has been threatened if her father petitions to join NATO. Meanwhile, Bud wrestles with starting a romance with Ens. Harriet Sims.

star 7.72
402 votes
The Church of Morgan

#22 - The Church of Morgan

Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 8

The marriage of Bess and Morgan is threatened. Julia sees Uly's arm sink into the earth and senses an unknown power in him. Frightened he calls his mother, but in her presence the earth remains solid.

star 7.71
206 votes
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#23 - Water

Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 7

With the Grendlers stealing reserves, the colonists must scan for bodies of much needed water. Danziger decides to head out in search of water and Devon insists on joining him.

star 7.66
210 votes
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Play Ball

#24 - Play Ball

Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 2

August 6, 1961: A pitcher on a minor league baseball team, Sam must decide if he's there to help a fellow team member, get his host back into the major leagues, or baby-sit the porcine team mascot, all while resisting the amorous advances of the women in his life.

star 7.66
298 votes
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Love's Labour Mislaid

#25 - Love's Labour Mislaid

Northern Exposure Season 4 - Episode 17

Maggie forgets about having sex with Joel. Holling and Ruth-Anne go out to find a Siberian Tit, a bird rarely seen in Alaska. Ed's uncle arranges a marriage for Ed; however the bride already has a boyfriend.

star 7.65
173 votes
Desert Son

#26 - Desert Son

JAG Season 1 - Episode 4

During a maneuver, transposed digits lead to a fatal bombing of a unit's own men. This causes several seriously wounded and eventually one dead soldier. Lt. Rabb and Lt. Austin are assigned to investigate this case because the responsible man is none other than Jay Williams, the son of Gen. Williams. But it seems the case is clear since Jay confesses that this mistake was his fault. Locations: MCB Twenty-Nine Palms

star 7.63
526 votes
Heart of a Champion

#27 - Heart of a Champion

Quantum Leap Season 3 - Episode 20

July 23, 1955: The heart of a champion belongs to Ronnie, a professional wrestler, who will die if he competes in the title match. Sam, as his brother and new partner Terry, must convince him of his hidden health problem, while avoiding his own health problem - the jealous wrestler-husband of a woman who has taken an amorous interest in Sam.

star 7.62
243 votes
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Crime and Punishment

#28 - Crime and Punishment

Dawson's Creek Season 3 - Episode 15

Pacey seeks revenge after a vandalism attack on the mural Joey made at school; Andie's guilt for being unfaithful intensifies after learning the results of her college entrance exam.

star 7.59
124 votes
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The Last Gunfighter

#29 - The Last Gunfighter

Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 14

November 28, 1957: Sam finds himself in the life of Tyler Meanes, a teller of tall tales who faces death at the hand of an old friend in a shootout at high noon.

star 7.59
204 votes
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The Woman in the Tunnel

#30 - The Woman in the Tunnel

Bones Season 1 - Episode 16

Brennan and Booth stumble upon a subterranean world of homeless people when they find the remains of a filmmaker in the ventilation shaft of an underground tunnel.

star 7.55
2079 votes
Promises, Promises

#31 - Promises, Promises

Earth 2 Season 1 - Episode 5

Alonzo Solace has often been visited by the Terrians through his dreams. This time it is a Terrian who needs the space pilot's help.

star 7.52
217 votes
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Scott Free

#32 - Scott Free

The Pretender Season 2 - Episode 2

MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE - Jarod intercepts the role of a real safecracker to help a man who's being forced to participate in one more heist. Jarod also starts to feel the need of a father figure and turns to Sydney. Meanwhile, Brigitte tries to take control over Miss Parker's role in the capture of Jarod.

star 7.48
151 votes
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Baby Love

#33 - Baby Love

The Pretender Season 1 - Episode 20

WYOMING(?) - After a close call with getting caught by Miss Parker, Jarod stumbles upon a baby who was thrown into a dumpster. Jarod takes the child and nurses it until he can find his parents while avoiding sinister authorities. At the same time, Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots all follow clues that Jarod has dug up in reference to the meaning of SL-27.

star 7.44
178 votes
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Chapter Thirty-Two

#34 - Chapter Thirty-Two

Boston Public Season 2 - Episode 10

Lauren asks Guber to go to a concert with her on the night of his three-month anniversary with Meredith and he accepts. Which causes Meredith to be extremely angry. Danny is having problems with religion in school. One of Ronnie's students attempts suicide and is pregnant because of a sex crime after she is pregnated for the purpose of having the child for her parents. Harvey moves onto the state finals with his speech and places in the top three.

star 7.43
14 votes

#35 - Games

seaQuest DSV Season 1 - Episode 5

The crew of seaQuest rescue a warden and his only prisoner from beneath the ice cap. The prisoner escapes and reveals that he holds a deadly toxin which will be released unless the crew does as he says, which is launching the seaQuest's missiles against the UEO.

star 7.43
187 votes
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The Reluctant Hero

#36 - The Reluctant Hero

Dawson's Creek Season 2 - Episode 8

Joey's "semi-date" with Jack prompts a resentful Dawson to join Jen at a bash where he saves her from doing some things she'll regret. Pacey proves his worth when Andie's mom has a psychotic break during their study session. Mitch cannot understand Dawson's views on their divorce.

star 7.34
115 votes
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Chapter Fifty-Three

#37 - Chapter Fifty-Three

Boston Public Season 3 - Episode 9

A teen's pregnancy sensitizes Guber; a gang slaying deeply affects Kimberly and her prize student; romantic liaisons have differing impacts on Ronnie and Hanson.

star 7.33
12 votes

#38 - Silence

The Pretender Season 2 - Episode 16

EL PASO, TEXAS - Jarod becomes a child psychologist to help a little boy, who witnessed the murder of a DEA agent, break out of his wall of silence. Back at the Centre, Mr. Raines is under tower review, thanks to Miss Parker. Things get worst for him when an old patient / project comes back to haunt him.

star 7.30
138 votes
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Who Turned Out the Lights?

#39 - Who Turned Out the Lights?

Chicago Hope Season 2 - Episode 6

A violent storm on Halloween night knocks out the hospital's power immediately following the arrival of several auto-accident victims. Nyland and Atkisson briefly renew their romance. A new doctor shows up for duty, and is immediately put to work delivering a baby.

star 7.25
8 votes

#40 - Recovery

JAG Season 1 - Episode 19

An evacuation training for a Space Shuttle team ends with a dead pilot caused by a broken cable. Harm and Meg investigate and soon determine that the cable was sabotaged. Harm's first suspect is promoted pilot Lt.Cdr. Lowry. As this is an important mission (repairing a spy satellite monitoring Southwest Asia) it can't be canceled. And since there isn't another eligible pilot, Lowry cannot be removed from the team. A training flight with Lowry and Harm on board has a fatal system malfunction - again sabotage. Lowrey can now be crossed out but the person responsible for these incidents must be found as the scheduled mission must proceed as planned. It is highly possible that there will be another 'unpleasant surprise' to stop this mission. Locations: AFB Vandenberg; Space

star 7.18
374 votes
The Jersey Devil

#41 - The Jersey Devil

The X-Files Season 1 - Episode 5

The murder of a homeless man that is very similar in detail to a murder committed in 1947 leads Mulder and Scully to a legendary man-beast roaming in the forest near Atlantic City.

star 7.14
2811 votes
Sammo Blammo

#42 - Sammo Blammo

Martial Law Season 2 - Episode 1

The MCU gets a new chief, Amy Dillon, after Winship retires. As soon as she takes up her appointment Sammo is kidnapped by a recently released thief and has a very complex bomb strapped to his chest. Daniel Darius, the thief, was part of a team who managed to steal over $50 million worth of art from an auction house. He was the only one who was caught and now he wants his share of the money. Problem is he has no idea who the rest of the team were and has only very brief descriptions of them. The MCU has only 8 hours to solve a 15 year old case before Sammo goes Blammo!

star 7.11
38 votes
Chapter Sixteen

#43 - Chapter Sixteen

Boston Public Season 1 - Episode 16

Security tapes of the girls' shower room are missing... with footage of Lauren on them. Marla sends her entire class to the principal's office. Anthony's hit list is found. Lauren and Harry break up.

star 7.04
46 votes
Deep in the Heart of Dixie

#44 - Deep in the Heart of Dixie

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Season 1 - Episode 11

A ruthless assassin, Winston Smiles, is on the trail of Dixe Cousins because of vital evidence that she has against his employer. Brisco and Bowler come to her aid, and the trail leads to a nunnery where Dixie hid the evidence.

star 6.97
62 votes