The BEST episodes directed by John F. Showalter

97 votes

#1 - Volcano

Without a Trace - Season 3 - Episode 13

When Ian Norville disappears on a field trip to a museum in Manhattan, the team gets involved, but it isn't long before Jack turns his suspicion to his father, Daniel, who soon admits that he didn't take the necessary precautions with his son, who happens to be autistic.

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Inherit the Earth
987 votes

#2 - Inherit the Earth

Supernatural - Season 15 - Episode 19

Everything is on the line as the battle against God continues. A familiar face returns to join the fight.

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Two Families
122 votes

#3 - Two Families

Without a Trace - Season 2 - Episode 21

When a father who goes missing while trying to prove that his son a death-row inmate who is scheduled to die in two days is innocence, The past 11 years of the missing Mans life have been devoted to proving that his son, was wrongly convicted of killing a young married couple in front of their daughter during a convenience story robbery. While the team does not rule out that the despondent man could have brought harm upon himself, the team members find themselves wondering if the man is right about his son innocence.

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Push Comes to Shove
164 votes

#4 - Push Comes to Shove

Without a Trace - Season 7 - Episode 9

The team must decide whether or not a doctor's past is a factor in her disappearance.

Body of Evidence
165 votes

#5 - Body of Evidence

Memphis Beat - Season 2 - Episode 7

Dwight and Whitehead search for a body that goes missing from a funeral.

Friends and Neighbors
165 votes

#6 - Friends and Neighbors

Without a Trace - Season 7 - Episode 14

The team tries to hunt down the person who kidnapped two neighbors from a suburban home. The case takes a surprising turn when the agents discover the identity of the abductor.

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Fire and Brimstone
2903 votes

#7 - Fire and Brimstone

The Mentalist - Season 6 - Episode 6

With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining Red John suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity.

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Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy
419 votes

#8 - Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy

The Defenders (2010) - Season 1 - Episode 13

Seventeen years after disappearing on the eve of his wife's murder trial, a man from Nick's past returns to Vegas looking to prove his innocence by relying on new technological tools.

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I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
3258 votes

#9 - I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here

Supernatural - Season 9 - Episode 1

Dean is frantic after Sam collapses and the doctor tells Dean his brother won't make it. Desperate, Dean sends out an all points bulletin via prayer to every angel in the area, asking them to help his brother. In exchange, Dean will owe that angel a favor. Numerous angry angels race to find and kill Dean, but one, Ezekiel, gets to him first. Meanwhile, Sam fights for his life and must face some familiar demons to do so. Castiel struggles to survive without powers.

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Nickel and Dimed (2)
163 votes

#10 - Nickel and Dimed (2)

Without a Trace - Season 3 - Episode 7

To find a missing young mother who was recruited as a drug mule, Samantha goes undercover to lure the drug trafficker who recruited the young woman.

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Who We Are
3257 votes

#11 - Who We Are

Supernatural - Season 12 - Episode 22

Caught in a dangerous situation, Sam and Dean only have each other to rely on. Meanwhile, the fight between the American Hunters and the British Hunters comes to a head.

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5277 votes

#12 - Spacewalker

The 100 - Season 2 - Episode 8

Clarke returns to Camp Jaha with devastating news. Finn struggles with the aftermath of his actions. Abby gathers information from an unlikely source and prepares for a fight. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal Finn and Raven’s relationship on the Ark.

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The General
1417 votes

#13 - The General

Timeless (2016) - Season 2 - Episode 9

When the Mothership jumps to South Carolina in 1863, the Time Team partners up with a courageous Union spy and military leader, Harriet Tubman - AKA "The General" - to thwart Rittenhouse's plan to alter the outcome of the Civil War. Back in the present, Rittenhouse hits the team where it hurts the most.

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Advanced Thanatology
2524 votes

#14 - Advanced Thanatology

Supernatural - Season 13 - Episode 5

While working on a case involving the ghost of a demented doctor, Sam and Dean get assistance from an unexpected source - Billie. Castiel finds his way back to the Winchesters.

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The Miracle of Christmas (2)
899 votes

#15 - The Miracle of Christmas (2)

Timeless (2016) - Season 2 - Episode 12

As Christmas arrives in the Bunker, the Time Team is inspired by a visit from their future selves to find a way to try to save Rufus. But when the Mothership jumps to 1848 California, they're forced to put those plans on hold and chase Rittenhouse back to the Gold Rush, where they encounter one of the era's most dangerous villains. Then chasing the Mothership to Korea in the winter of 1950, our team helps a stranded, pregnant refugee attempt to escape a tragic fate. Stuck with no way out, our team faces its toughest challenge yet, and in the process, come to terms with their feelings for each other.

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144 votes

#16 - Requiem

Without a Trace - Season 4 - Episode 22

The team searches for Ted Jordano and his teenage children after the three turn up missing and their house is a veritable bloodbath.

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930 votes

#17 - Benched

Fairly Legal - Season 1 - Episode 3

Kate’s nemesis Judge Nicastro assigns her to mediate a case between a high school football coach and the angry parents who claim his old school methods border on abuse. When the videotaped evidence doesn’t make sense to her, Kate unearths the real reason for the coach’s controversial actions.

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276 votes

#18 - Vigilante

Threshold - Season 1 - Episode 12

When a number of infectees and seemingly innocent people are killed, it becomes apparent that someone is going after people affected by the alien signal, and is locating them via their heightened brain waves. How is the killer linked to Bighorn crewman Manning, and does his method of finding his victims mean that Molly, Cavennaugh or Lucas could be next on his list?

Mommy Dearest
4070 votes

#19 - Mommy Dearest

Supernatural - Season 6 - Episode 19

Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel track Eve to a small town in Oregon. The guys discover the townspeople have been converted to demons, but surprisingly, they all appear to be dying. When they finally do meet Eve, she decides to torture the brothers by bringing back their mother.

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Red Rover, Red Rover
3972 votes

#20 - Red Rover, Red Rover

The Mentalist - Season 4 - Episode 23

Red John taunts Jane on the ninth anniversary of his wife and daughter's death. With Jane's attention diverted and his concentration wavering, the current investigation and his CBI career are put at risk.

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169 votes

#21 - Primed

Without a Trace - Season 5 - Episode 14

When a young artist disappears, the team is concerned that one of her subjects may have been unhappy with her work.

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Inclement Weather
5740 votes

#22 - Inclement Weather

The 100 - Season 2 - Episode 2

A suspicious Clarke confronts President Dante Wallace and demands answers. Kane interrogates one of The 100, and Abby performs emergency surgery. Meanwhile, Octavia resorts to violence to find Lincoln.

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Slash Fiction
3727 votes

#23 - Slash Fiction

Supernatural - Season 7 - Episode 6

Sam and Dean are once again on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list when two Leviathans clone the brothers and go on a killing spree. The subject of a nationwide manhunt, Sam and Dean need to drop off the grid so Bobby sends them to Frank Deveraux, a quirky surveillance expert, for help. Meanwhile, Bobby continues to search for a way to kill the Levianthans, or at least slow them down, so the real Winchesters can stop their evil doppelgangers.

1595 votes

#24 - Distress

Criminal Minds - Season 2 - Episode 17

The BAU travels to Houston to investigate a series of murders that have occurred near construction sites and abandoned buildings. Because the murders appear to be random, the team believes the killer could be a homeless person. Meanwhile, everyone is noticing an apparent change in Reid's behavior.

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Punk is Dead
1461 votes

#25 - Punk is Dead

Forever (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 19

While Jo and Isaac are at a punk rock club, a mummified body is found in the wall.

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The British Invasion
3247 votes

#26 - The British Invasion

Supernatural - Season 12 - Episode 17

Sam and Dean get a lead on Kelly Kline’s whereabouts. Mick drops by the bunker unexpectedly and decides to join the hunt.

The Thing
1959 votes

#27 - The Thing

Supernatural - Season 13 - Episode 17

Sam and Dean continue to collect the pieces necessary to open a rift to the other world in order to save their family. Their latest quest leads them to a Men of Letters bunker from the 1920s and a hungry God from another dimension. Meanwhile, Ketch makes a shocking decision about Gabriel after an unruly encounter with Asmodeus.

Freaks and Geeks
3102 votes

#28 - Freaks and Geeks

Supernatural - Season 8 - Episode 18

Sam and Dean investigate some recent vampire kills and are surprised to learn Krissy Chambers is involved. They find Krissy and learn her father was killed and she’s been taken in by a man named Victor, who has taken in a group of orphan kids to teach them how to hunt. Victor is helping the teenagers find the vampires who took their parents so they can get revenge. Sam is intrigued by Victor’s method of giving the teenagers a home life as well as a hunting life, but Dean is suspicious of Victor’s motives.

House vs. God
2750 votes

#29 - House vs. God

House - Season 2 - Episode 19

House treats a 15 year old faith healer, while Wilson feels left out when he finds out House has a weekly poker game.

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Family of Rogues
5381 votes

#30 - Family of Rogues

The Flash (2014) - Season 2 - Episode 3

When Barry and the team find out Captain Cold has been kidnapped, they form an uneasy alliance with his sister, Lisa. However, Barry feels double-crossed when he finds out Snart is working with his father, Lewis Snart on a heist. Meanwhile, Joe is faced with a difficult decision.

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Live to Regret
170 votes

#31 - Live to Regret

Without a Trace - Season 7 - Episode 6

The team finds a secret to a bank manager's past after she vanishes, which may just hold a clue to her disappearance. Meanwhile, Jack is named head of the department once again.

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What's Up, Tiger Mommy?
3616 votes

#32 - What's Up, Tiger Mommy?

Supernatural - Season 8 - Episode 2

Kevin talks Sam and Dean into checking in on his mother. When they arrive, they see that Crowley has surrounded her with demons so they rescue her and take her along on their quest to find the tablet. However, they soon discover Kevin wasn’t kidding when he said his mother was a strong-willed woman after she tries to take on Crowley.

Sharp Teeth
2835 votes

#33 - Sharp Teeth

Supernatural - Season 9 - Episode 12

After finding out that Garth is in the hospital, Sam and Dean go to check on him. Still carrying the guilt over Kevin, Dean lays into Garth about disappearing and demands to know where he's been. Garth makes an excuse and then hightails it away from the guys. Confused as to why Garth would run from them, Sam and Dean do some investigating and are stunned by what they find.

American Nightmare
3488 votes

#34 - American Nightmare

Supernatural - Season 12 - Episode 4

Sam and Dean investigate a case that leads them to a devout religious family that lives off the grid. The brothers realize that the parents are hiding a huge secret that could destroy them all. Meanwhile, Dean struggles to accept Mary’s latest decision.

A Feast of Friends
2477 votes

#35 - A Feast of Friends

Constantine - Season 1 - Episode 4

When Constantine's old friend Gary Lester accidentally releases a powerful demon in Atlanta, John is forced to determine exactly what he is prepared to sacrifice in his battle with the underworld.

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The Woman of His Dreams
360 votes

#36 - The Woman of His Dreams

Ghost Whisperer - Season 2 - Episode 6

Jim has a ghost who died during surgery come to his dreams. Melinda and Jim find that the ghost, a supermodel, cannot cross-over as she wants to save her little sister from suffering the same destiny. Jim's friends are frightened by the crazy events that occur at his house.

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The Miracle of Christmas (1)
977 votes

#37 - The Miracle of Christmas (1)

Timeless (2016) - Season 2 - Episode 11

As Christmas arrives in the Bunker, the Time Team is inspired by a visit from their future selves to find a way to try to save Rufus. But when the Mothership jumps to 1848 California, they're forced to put those plans on hold and chase Rittenhouse back to the Gold Rush, where they encounter one of the era's most dangerous villains. Then chasing the Mothership to Korea in the winter of 1950, our team helps a stranded, pregnant refugee attempt to escape a tragic fate. Stuck with no way out, our team faces its toughest challenge yet, and in the process, come to terms with their feelings for each other.

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The Capture of Benedict Arnold
3709 votes

#38 - The Capture of Benedict Arnold

Timeless (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 10

A stunning turn during the American Revolution prompts Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus to question whether they've been fighting on the wrong side this whole time. While Agent Christopher prepares for the worst back in present day, the team encounters the Father of the Country, makes a dubious pact, and confronts the possibility they may not be a trio for long.

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Gray Line
1623 votes

#39 - Gray Line

Frequency - Season 1 - Episode 9

Raimy and Frank make a startling discovery about the Nightingale killer. Meanwhile, Frank is blindsided by a shocking betrayal.

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Back and to the Future
1470 votes

#40 - Back and to the Future

Supernatural - Season 15 - Episode 1

Picking up here we left off last season, Sam, Dean and Castiel are left to defend the world after all the souls in hell have been released and are back on Earth and free to kill again.

If It Bleeds, It Leads
3355 votes

#41 - If It Bleeds, It Leads

The Mentalist - Season 5 - Episode 7

The team investigates the murder of a reporter who may have become too close to her story, while Jane insists on pursuing his own leads to find Lorelei.

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Unhuman Nature
1508 votes

#42 - Unhuman Nature

Supernatural - Season 14 - Episode 7

Sam and Castiel track down a Shaman, who may be able to help a friend. Nick continues to spiral down a dark path as he looks for answers surrounding the deaths of his wife and son. Jack turns to Dean for help enjoying the human experience.

The Tinder Box
6133 votes

#43 - The Tinder Box

The 100 - Season 4 - Episode 5

Clarke makes a desperate plea with a former allied force in an attempt to avoid a war and ensure the survival of her people.

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Jolly Red Elf
4465 votes

#44 - Jolly Red Elf

The Mentalist - Season 3 - Episode 10

The CBI pursues two lines of investigation when a Santa is murdered: Patrick Jane goes undercover in an AA group; and Rigsby and Van Pelt question members of an authentic Santa society. Meanwhile, following the demise of a person in custody at the CBI, J.J. LaRoche is brought in to question the team when it appears to be an inside job.

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Contents Under Pressure
6503 votes

#45 - Contents Under Pressure

The 100 - Season 1 - Episode 7

Clarke and Raven make contact with the Ark, and Abby guides Clarke through a dangerous procedure in a desperate move to save one of their own. Meanwhile, on the Ark, Abby is removed from the council, and former Chancellor Diana Sydney takes her place. Jaha reveals to Abby that there are not enough drop ships for everyone on the Ark to go down to Earth, and Kane begins to deal with his guilt over his recent decision.

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Two of Us
167 votes

#46 - Two of Us

Without a Trace - Season 5 - Episode 23

A high school student goes missing after leaving her prom early to get some rest in her hotel room, leaving behind a bloody dress and a lot of questions about what may have happened to her.

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Left Behind
4211 votes

#47 - Left Behind

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - Season 1 - Episode 9

Ray, Sara and Kendra are shocked after they watch the Waverider fly off without them, leaving them stranded in the ’50s. After waiting months for their teammates to come back, the three realize they must move on with their lives. Ray and Kendra bond as a couple but Sara decides to return to the League of Assassins and Ra’s al Ghul.

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1755 votes

#48 - Hollywoodland

Timeless (2016) - Season 2 - Episode 3

When a Rittenhouse sleeper agent in 1941 Hollywood steals the only copy of Citizen Kane, Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus team up with Hedy Lamarr to get it back. Hedy Lamarr turns out to be not only a glamorous movie star but also a scientific wizard whose discoveries led to the invention of Wi-Fi.

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The Murder of Jesse James
3321 votes

#49 - The Murder of Jesse James

Timeless (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 12

Flynn teams up with legendary outlaw, Jesse James. Together they cut a bloody swath across the American frontier. Hot on Flynn's trail, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus enlist the help of an iconic Marshal to help bring the fugitives to justice.

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Keep the Faith
464 votes

#50 - Keep the Faith

S.W.A.T. (2017) - Season 5 - Episode 7

When Hondo returns as leader, the team is soon pulled into a dangerous case involving a large stockpile of cash and the Russian mob. Also, Daniel Sr. opens up to Hondo about a painful time in his past.

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