The Best Episodes Directed by John F. Showalter


#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.

star 8.60
87 votes
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Two Families

#2 - 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.

star 8.33
112 votes
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Body of Evidence

#3 - Body of Evidence

Memphis Beat Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.22
164 votes
Fire and Brimstone

#4 - 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.

star 8.18
2819 votes
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Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy

#5 - 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.

star 8.10
418 votes
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I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here

#6 - 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.

star 8.06
3144 votes
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Nickel and Dimed (2)

#7 - 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.

star 8.05
153 votes
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The General

#8 - 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.

star 8.00
1348 votes
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Advanced Thanatology

#9 - 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.

star 7.98
2366 votes
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The Miracle of Christmas (2)

#10 - 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.

star 7.95
829 votes
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#11 - 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.

star 7.92
921 votes
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#12 - 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?

star 7.91
274 votes
Red Rover, Red Rover

#13 - 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.

star 7.87
3882 votes
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Slash Fiction

#14 - 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.

star 7.84
3594 votes
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Freaks and Geeks

#15 - 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.

star 7.84
2989 votes
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Back and to the Future

#16 - 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.

star 7.83
1141 votes
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American Nightmare

#17 - 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.

star 7.80
3354 votes
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A Feast of Friends

#18 - 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.

star 7.79
2401 votes
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The Miracle of Christmas (1)

#19 - 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.

star 7.75
893 votes
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The Capture of Benedict Arnold

#20 - 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.

star 7.75
3644 votes
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If It Bleeds, It Leads

#21 - 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.

star 7.74
3263 votes
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The Tinder Box

#22 - 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.

star 7.74
5949 votes
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#23 - 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.

star 7.73
1685 votes
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The Murder of Jesse James

#24 - 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.

star 7.70
3260 votes
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Our Little World

#25 - Our Little World

Supernatural Season 11 - Episode 6

Castiel seeks out Metatron’s help to stop the Darkness. However, Metatron is pretty happy with his new life as a freelance videographer for the local news and isn’t inclined to help the Winchesters or Castiel. Meanwhile, Crowley is losing his hold on Amara.

star 7.68
2261 votes
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For the Triumph of Evil

#26 - For the Triumph of Evil

Sleepy Hollow Season 1 - Episode 3

Another soldier in the army of evil, the Sandman, seeps into the dreams of the residents of Sleepy Hollow. By infiltrating their minds at night, he tortures them to the brink - all because they, at one time, turned a blind eye to justice. When the Sandman seemingly sets his sights on Abbie, she is forced to begin to face her past - and her institutionalized sister Jenny. With Ichabod by her side, and her life at stake, the duo must try to defeat the Sandman and continue their fight against evil.

star 7.67
3778 votes
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Back to Normal

#27 - Back to Normal

The Flash (2014) Season 2 - Episode 19

A meta-human with super strength named Griffin Grey mistakes Harry for Earth-1 Harrison Wells and kidnaps him, demanding that Wells cure him from his current condition. Realizing another brilliant Wells could help track Griffin’s location, Barry asks Jesse to help. Meanwhile, Wally corners Joe about The Flash.

star 7.66
6631 votes
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Pretty Red Balloon

#28 - Pretty Red Balloon

The Mentalist Season 4 - Episode 3

A former client, who still believes that Jane was a psychic, asks for help when her son is kidnapped.

star 7.65
4414 votes
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#29 - Showdown

Without a Trace Season 4 - Episode 1

Martin and Danny are ambushed by Emil Dornvald, who ends up killing the prisoner they are transoprting. Martin is in serious condition, and a barely wounded Danny is at the end of his rope as he tries to find the man who put Martin in the hospital in critical condition. Jack has his hands full with keeping Danny in check and hunting down Emil Dornvald, the mercenary who had previously worked for General Gamba. Things get sticky when Victor Fitzgerald and Tom Banes of Homeland Security get involved, determined to make a deal with Nuru, whom Jack believes isn't the friendly that Homeland Security believes he is.

star 7.64
176 votes
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Memorial Day

#30 - Memorial Day

Revolution Season 2 - Episode 21

United by their desire to take the Patriots down, Neville and Monroe form an uneasy alliance. As Rachel comes face-to-face with the nano-tech while searching for Aaron, things don't go according to plan for Miles, Charlie and Gene when they try to steal the Patriots' supply of mustard gas.

star 7.64
2363 votes
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S#!& Happens

#31 - S#!& Happens

Revolution Season 2 - Episode 19

As Miles, Monroe, Charlie and Connor rush to escape Austin, a confrontation with Texas Rangers separates Miles from the group. While out searching for Miles, Charlie is confronted by Neville who demands information on Jason’s whereabouts. As a wounded Miles faces increasingly hopeless circumstances, Aaron learns that the nanotech has been busy.

star 7.60
2501 votes
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The Song Remains the Same

#32 - The Song Remains the Same

Revolution Season 1 - Episode 13

Neville faces danger and hard choices as Monroe doubts his loyalty, he disowns his son Jason and gets captured by Miles. Rachel and Charlie begin slowly patching their relationship only to be pulled apart again as Rachel suddenly embarks on a quest to restore the power and her self-respect. She must make a dangerous journey to the mysterious Tower as it holds her only chance at redemption.

star 7.59
3671 votes
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Always Bet on Red

#33 - Always Bet on Red

The Mentalist Season 4 - Episode 11

Jane and the CBI team narrow down the long list of suspects after a high-end divorce attorney, with many enemies, is killed on his speed boat. Meanwhile, Jane is questioned by Agent Darcy about whether Red John was responsible for Panzer's murder.

star 7.57
4261 votes
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Code Red

#34 - Code Red

The Mentalist Season 2 - Episode 16

When Dr. Alicia Seberg, a government research scientist, is exposed to a deadly toxin while at work and has only hours to live, she calls Patrick Jane and the CBI to find her murderer.

star 7.56
4225 votes
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Pas de Deux

#35 - Pas de Deux

Reverie Season 1 - Episode 6

Mara tries to save a young dancer whose recent tragedy has sent her spiraling into deep despair. The case leads Mara to a surprising reunion with Chris, the love she left when her life fell apart.

star 7.49
528 votes
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The Red Ponies

#36 - The Red Ponies

The Mentalist Season 3 - Episode 5

Patrick Jane and the CBI team hit the horse track when a jockey is found murdered and suspects abound.

star 7.45
4492 votes
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Red Letter

#37 - Red Letter

The Mentalist Season 2 - Episode 22

Romantic sparks begin to fly when Patrick Jane and supposed psychic Kristina Frye cross paths again during the CBI investigation into the murder of a charismatic head of a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking.

star 7.37
4444 votes
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Toy Soldiers

#38 - Toy Soldiers

E-Ring Season 1 - Episode 6

When JT challenges his superiors' reasons for unexpectedly placing a known terrorist on the capture/kill list, he learns that politics in the Pentagon can be deadly.

star 7.31
163 votes
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Life Rules

#39 - Life Rules

Without a Trace Season 2 - Episode 13

The team Search for a missing motivational speaker only to find that there is an abundance of suspects,The find out that they man is no who he appears to be.

star 7.28
111 votes
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The Burning

#40 - The Burning

Threshold Season 1 - Episode 4

A patient at an psychiatric hospital in Ohio escapes and Molly believes he may have been infected by the alien signal after paintings of glass trees are found in his cell. After further investigation, it is suspected one of the missing Big Horn crew might be involved.

star 7.23
257 votes
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#41 - Freefall

Without a Trace Season 4 - Episode 9

Max Cassidy vanishes after leaving a message on his wife's voicemail, with both Jack and Ann frantic to find him. While investigating, Jack realises that Max was having an affair, and that he's gotten much deeper into a case than he should have following the murder of his partner, Jimmy, a man Max had felt was too green for undercover work. Both Jack and Ann fear the worst as the team tries to hunt down Max.

star 7.13
168 votes
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The Stranger

#42 - The Stranger

Without a Trace Season 4 - Episode 15

When Leah Robinson goes missing after a confrontation with a young man at an art gallery, the team mvoes in to investigate and soon become suspicious of Leah, suspecting her of murdering young women that she believed to be involved with her husband, Ken. Ann isn't quite ready to take her romance with Jack public, and their relationship gets rocky when their different methods of handling the case tip off the suspect.

star 7.11
169 votes
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Off the Tracks

#43 - Off the Tracks

Without a Trace Season 3 - Episode 21

Danny is skeptical when the pregnant girlfriend of his missing estranged brother, Rafael "Rafi" Alvarez, and mother of their 9-year-old son, tells him that Rafi has transformed himself into a responsible family man, who recently obtained a loan to open his own body shop. But Danny's investigation uncovers that Rafi has been seen with a convicted car thief, and the large sum of cash he'd been flaunting for his purchase of a body shop didn't come from the bank. Though Jack makes the point that Rafi may have legitimate explanations for the suspicious circumstances, Danny braces himself for the very real possibility that his brother may have put himself in harm's way.

star 7.07
116 votes
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Don of the Dead

#44 - Don of the Dead

In Plain Sight Season 1 - Episode 8

A member of the Program under Mary's watch is in a car accident and Mary has to find out if it was an accident or related to his former life.

star 7.04
359 votes
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