The BEST episodes directed by John Dahl

This is the Way the World Ends
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8.55
8023 votes

#1 - This is the Way the World Ends

Dexter - Season 6 - Episode 12

In the season 6 finale, Dexter and Homicide race against a lunar eclipse to catch the Doomsday Killers before their final gruesome act; Debra struggles with a new emotional reality.

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Are You...?
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8.46
7532 votes

#2 - Are You...?

Dexter - Season 7 - Episode 1

Deb tries to cover up involvement in Travis' murder; Detective Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in; Quinn and Batista make amends; LaGuerta rethinks the Bay Harbor Butcher case.

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Surprise, Motherfucker!
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8.32
6939 votes

#3 - Surprise, Motherfucker!

Dexter - Season 7 - Episode 12

Dexter must protect himself when LaGuerta closes in on his secret.

Hop a Freighter
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8.22
9734 votes

#4 - Hop a Freighter

Dexter - Season 5 - Episode 11

Dexter must do damage control; Debra's speculation begins to take shape; Quinn becomes involved in a homicide.

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A City Upon a Hill
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8.22
1363 votes

#5 - A City Upon a Hill

For All Mankind - Season 1 - Episode 10

Season finale. Ed handles a trespasser. Ellen and Deke chart a new course without Mission Control.

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The Oath
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8.20
3224 votes

#6 - The Oath

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 4 - Episode 13

Loyalties are made clear when Gaeta orchestrates a coup d'état of the Adama regime. Both prisoners and lives are taken as many of the fed up people work to take over Galactica.

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AKA Sin Bin
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8.15
5059 votes

#7 - AKA Sin Bin

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 1 - Episode 9

Just when Jessica has Kilgrave right where she wants him, Hogarth's involvement complicates the situation. Details of Kilgrave's past emerge.

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Go Your Own Way
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8.14
6275 votes

#8 - Go Your Own Way

Dexter - Season 3 - Episode 10

A series of chess-like moves ensues when Dexter and Miguel vie for the upper hand, with Miguel winning Rita's affection by presenting her with a lavish wedding gift. Elsewhere, Debra wonders if her relationship with Anton is worth the trouble.

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A Horse of a Different Color
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8.13
8456 votes

#9 - A Horse of a Different Color

Dexter - Season 6 - Episode 4

Much to his own surprise, an emergency with Harrison and a new tableau from Gellar and Travis has Dexter leaning on Brother Sam and an unexpected winged messenger for support as he questions the idea of faith; with proof of a religiously motivated killer, Homicide hunts for a zealot, with Debra giving her first official press conference.

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Jubilex
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8.11
449 votes

#10 - Jubilex

The Bridge (2013) - Season 2 - Episode 13

Marco’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test. Sonya attempts to tie up loose ends. Eleanor yearns for closure. Frye and Adriana land an insider source.

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Sunny
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8.09
2568 votes

#11 - Sunny

Ray Donovan - Season 2 - Episode 8

Lee Drexler returns from his honeymoon, only to be confronted by Cookie Brown, who demands the rights to Marvin's music. Ray arranges the deal, but then Lee reneges on it. Peggy Shaughnessy plants a seed of doubt in Kate's mind about the story that she published; Kate reopens her investigation but is threatened by a pair of Southie thugs on the street.

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Do You See What I See?
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8.06
6927 votes

#12 - Do You See What I See?

Dexter - Season 7 - Episode 11

It's Christmas time, and Debra learns it may be better to receive when she gets a tip from Hannah's father... one that could lead to incriminating Dexter in a crime. Meanwhile, Dexter discovers that the man behind his mother's death has been released from prison.

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Run
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8.06
7047 votes

#13 - Run

Dexter - Season 7 - Episode 4

After capturing a deadly killer, things go awry for Miami Metro, sending Debra into a tailspin. In an effort to help his sister, Dexter enters into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, while the Ukrainian mob continues to seek revenge.

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Baby
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8.05
1156 votes

#14 - Baby

Ray Donovan - Season 6 - Episode 10

With Ray on the run, Radulovic and the Staten Island cops take a drastic measure: a move that sends Ray on a warpath. Mickey confronts his son. Sam makes her final move to win the election.

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Just Let Go
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8.04
8374 votes

#15 - Just Let Go

Dexter - Season 6 - Episode 6

Dexter is caught up in a very personal case that awakens the needs of his Dark Passenger; Debra feels overwhelmed by her new Lieutenant duties, made all the more complicated when she finds out Quinn slept with a witness in the Doomsday case.

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The Third Ortolan
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8.04
2032 votes

#16 - The Third Ortolan

Billions - Season 3 - Episode 6

Axe tracks down a critical piece of evidence that could destroy him. Both Axe and Chuck reckon with just how far they're willing to go to protect Wendy. The Ice Juice case comes to a head when a judge gives Connerty a difficult deadline.

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Going Back to Cali
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8.02
1439 votes

#17 - Going Back to Cali

Yellowstone (2018) - Season 3 - Episode 4

Beth shares a personal secret with Rip. John and the boys deal with some hostile trespassers from out of state. Rainwater reaches out to a powerful woman to help secure the future of Broken Rock.

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Woke Up Lonely
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8.01
424 votes

#18 - Woke Up Lonely

Kingdom (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 13

The day of Jay and Ryan's fight finds everyone taking on new roles: Nate corners for Jay; Alicia and Ava host the afterparty; and Alvey takes a breather. Of course, before that can happen, Ryan has to decide whether he's ready to fight.

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Dead Reckoning
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8.00
5320 votes

#19 - Dead Reckoning

Person of Interest - Season 2 - Episode 13

Reese is captured by a former acquaintance planning a massive and potentially deadly act of cyber-warfare.

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Chinese Algebra
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7.99
3200 votes

#20 - Chinese Algebra

Ray Donovan - Season 4 - Episode 11

Ray's latest attempt to save Avi and square his debts to the mob takes a hit when FBI agent Frank Barnes nabs him before he can pull it off, so Ray must send Mickey to Las Vegas to place a hefty bet on the boxing bout between Hector and Whittaker. Later, in exchange for Federal protection, Barnes offers Ray a chance to turn informant against Dmitri.

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Hungry Man
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7.99
7839 votes

#21 - Hungry Man

Dexter - Season 4 - Episode 9

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for traditions and family. But for Dexter, it’s an opportunity to get closer to his most dangerous adversary yet. As Dexter gains insight into Arthur’s psychology by studying those closest to him, he finds himself drawn into a bizarre and twisted world.

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Bent Bird
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7.98
1348 votes

#22 - Bent Bird

For All Mankind - Season 1 - Episode 9

A crisis in space puts the Apollo 24 and 25 crews in peril.

Dex Takes a Holiday
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7.97
7783 votes

#23 - Dex Takes a Holiday

Dexter - Season 4 - Episode 4

Dexter gets some much-needed R&R time with Rita and the kids out of town, leading to his stalking of a new victim until he unexpectedly begins to empathize with his target, a cop that murdered her family.

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Can I Have a Mother
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7.96
3802 votes

#24 - Can I Have a Mother

Shameless (US) - Season 2 - Episode 6

Grammy Gallagher shows up on a medical furlough and tries to track down a former meth lab protege that owes her money; Sheila plans Karen's wedding reception; Fiona double dates with Steve and his Brazilian girlfriend, and discovers that Steve is married; Ethel reacts to Clyde's death; Frank discovers the identity of Eddie's insurance beneficiary.

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Those Kinds of Things
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7.94
8693 votes

#25 - Those Kinds of Things

Dexter - Season 6 - Episode 1

Dexter shows up at his 20th high-school reunion with the intention of confronting the former prom king. Elsewhere, an investigation into a heinous murder with religious overtones leads Dexter to ponder spiritual matters and wonder about his son's legacy. And an unexpected situation results in Debra becoming a hero.

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The Devil's Threesome
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7.94
3314 votes

#26 - The Devil's Threesome

Californication - Season 1 - Episode 10

A new threesome including Hank and Charlie evolves from a meeting at the gym, while Karen and Marcy have a girl's night out at which they decide to surprise Hank and Charlie.

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Passport and a Gun
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7.92
846 votes

#27 - Passport and a Gun

Ray Donovan - Season 7 - Episode 8

Gary O’Malley seeks justice from the Sullivans, while Ray and Smitty must cover for their own actions. Daryll calls Jasmine with an opportunity that lands them face-to-face with Declan Sullivan. Terry and Bunchy head back upstate to settle some unfinished business with the Shaman.

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Circle Us
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7.92
9144 votes

#28 - Circle Us

Dexter - Season 5 - Episode 7

Dexter is called to investigate a horrifying crime scene; the Santa Muerte case leads to a violent standoff between Debra and the Santa Muerte killers.

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A Little Reflection
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7.92
6045 votes

#29 - A Little Reflection

Dexter - Season 8 - Episode 6

Dexter monitors a young psychopath to see if he is suited for his table. Dexter and Debra finally get back to normal.

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Agua Caliente
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7.92
518 votes

#30 - Agua Caliente

Terriers - Season 1 - Episode 8

Hank and Britt both work with their ex-partners to make it out of some hot water south of the border.

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The Oath
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7.91
3567 votes

#31 - The Oath

The Americans (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 12

One of Elizabeth's agents has key intel for sale, but she and Philip find themselves taking increasingly greater risks for what could well be a set-up. Meanwhile, Stan's pursuit of Directorate S suddenly begins to yield unexpected results.

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Take the Ride, Pay the Toll
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7.90
1071 votes

#32 - Take the Ride, Pay the Toll

The Bridge (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 11

Showdown on the bridge as the Killer reveals his endgame.

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Outlaw
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7.90
2072 votes

#33 - Outlaw

Justified - Season 4 - Episode 8

Bodies start dropping and no one is safe as the search for Drew Thompson enters its home stretch.

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Touching Your Enemy
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7.90
1744 votes

#34 - Touching Your Enemy

Yellowstone (2018) - Season 2 - Episode 5

Jamie tries desperately to walk back a previous mistake. Kayce tracks down evidence. Monica and Martin attend a traditional Indian horse relay.

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The Ties That Bind
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7.90
3395 votes

#35 - The Ties That Bind

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 12

Bonnie believes her recurring dreams about Klaus’ coffins will tell her how he can be killed. The dreams also lead Bonnie to a reunion with her mother, Abby, whom Bonnie hasn’t seen for 15 years. At Abby’s remote farmhouse, Bonnie and Elena meet Jamie, the young man Abby took in years earlier. Bonnie’s sudden appearance catches Abby off-guard, but she does her best to explain the past. Tyler turns to an unexpected ally in his quest to regain his free will. Damon is intrigued by Alaric’s new friend, Dr. Fell, and Klaus continues his bitter negotiations with Stefan over control of the coffins containing his family members.

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Blood the Boy
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7.87
1712 votes

#36 - Blood the Boy

Yellowstone (2018) - Season 2 - Episode 6

John prepares to partner with a former pair of foes. Jamie makes a drastic move to protect the ranch. Jimmy takes a shot at a bull riding competition.

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Hell of a Ride
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7.87
2140 votes

#37 - Hell of a Ride

Billions - Season 3 - Episode 4

Axe explores the new arena of venture philanthropy and looks to neutralize old accomplices. Connerty’s scrutiny of Chuck intensifies. Chuck tries to reconcile with his father. Wags pursues an intensely personal real estate acquisition.

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Buffet Froid
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7.87
4129 votes

#38 - Buffet Froid

Hannibal - Season 1 - Episode 10

The BAU investigates a murder in which two victims' faces are similarly mutilated; given a "Glasgow Smile." For the first time, Will contaminates a crime scene thinking he committed the first murder and an MRI shows he suffers from Advanced Encephalitis. But Hannibal intimidates the attending physician, Dr. Sutcliffe, into telling Will he's okay. Meanwhile, the team doubts Will who says, while revisiting the crime scene alone, he saw a mysterious, "dead-looking" woman who may be involved. With his fears fed by Hannibal, Will returns to Dr. Sutcliffe for more mental health tests, when the doctor is murdered.

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Weight
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7.85
1702 votes

#39 - Weight

Justified - Season 5 - Episode 10

Raylan and Boyd collide on the hunt for Dewey Crowe, while bad blood simmering in the Crowe family finally boils over.

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Oliver
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7.85
5220 votes

#40 - Oliver

The Good Doctor - Season 1 - Episode 3

Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Jared Kalu discover their patient isn’t being completely honest with them which may cost him his chance at a life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne must learn to communicate with Dr. Shaun Murphy as they race back to St. Bonaventure Hospital with a donated organ.

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An Acceptable Surrender
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7.84
1460 votes

#41 - An Acceptable Surrender

Yellowstone (2018) - Season 3 - Episode 3

Jamie plays cover-up and damage control with Hendon. Governor Perry hears a $6 billion pitch for a development right on the Yellowstone, and later makes some political maneuvers. Jimmy competes in a rodeo competition.

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Boasts and Rails
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7.84
3825 votes

#42 - Boasts and Rails

Billions - Season 1 - Episode 8

Axe receives a tip about a mole inside his company, throwing the US Attorney's case into jeopardy. Connerty faces a moral dilemma in how to respond, leading to conflict with Chuck, who finds himself reconsidering his position as both he and Wendy look toward a future without Axe Capital looming between them. As the investigation begins to encroach on Lara's private life, a secret from Axe's past surfaces, threatening everything he has built.

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Powerless
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7.83
1067 votes

#43 - Powerless

Life (2007) - Season 1 - Episode 6

While at an AA meeting Reese thinks she overheard someone admit to a rape. She finds herself in danger because she won't back down and keeps on investigating. Crews goes on a stakeout with Lt. Davis and learns some surprising information about his former partner Bobby Stark.

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Beholder
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7.83
462 votes

#44 - Beholder

The Bridge (2013) - Season 2 - Episode 11

Marco hits a crossroads in his relationship with Fausto. Sonya squares off with Eleanor. Linder and Eva discuss their future. Frye and Adriana uncover a rift between agencies.

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Boober
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7.83
151 votes

#45 - Boober

Super Pumped - Season 1 - Episode 4

The boardroom becomes a battle zone for how best to run the fast-growing company. Meanwhile, the Uber team attends one of the biggest events in the Valley — Code Conference — where they interact with tech legends like Sergey Brin and Arianna Huffington. While there, Travis gains an ally. He is ecstatic when it seems he’s been given his due, but his mood quickly changes when an announcement derails his plans. Austin deals with a personal matter and comes to Travis for support.

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Killer Carl
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7.82
4235 votes

#46 - Killer Carl

Shameless (US) - Season 1 - Episode 6

Fiona tries to prove the Gallagher home is suitable for rehabilitating a delinquent after receiving a letter from Carl's teacher; Lip gets busted taking the SAT for fellow students in exchange for cash; Kash and Ian are ashamed at their failure to stop a string of robberies at the Kash and Grab; Frank's poor business acumen continues to have negative consequences.

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Inside Guy
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7.82
880 votes

#47 - Inside Guy

Ray Donovan - Season 7 - Episode 6

Things heat up between Molly and Ray, but their families get in the way when Bridget, Bunchy and Jim Sullivan all need Ray to fix their problems. Terry and Smitty help Ray with some detective work. Ray struggles to stay on Mickey’s trail, while simultaneously keeping Detective Perry off of his own.

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Denmark
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7.81
249 votes

#48 - Denmark

American Rust - Season 1 - Episode 9

Harris finally finds the anonymous eyewitness. Lee decides not to return to New York. Billy is returned to the general prison population to face the consequences of his actions. The D.A. may be forced to drop the case.

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Do Not Disturb
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7.80
413 votes

#49 - Do Not Disturb

Kingdom (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 14

Alvey believes that an offer Alicia received is better than it is; Jay and Ava celebrate his championship; and Alvey makes amends for a past accident.

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Make Your Own Kind of Music
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7.80
6317 votes

#50 - Make Your Own Kind of Music

Dexter - Season 8 - Episode 9

Dexter investigates a murder that hits close to home. Meanwhile, Dr. Vogel gets the surprise of her life when someone from her past returns.

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