The Best Episodes Directed by John Patterson

Target Practice

#1 - Target Practice

The Practice Season 3 - Episode 17

Jimmy represents a couple suing a gun manufacturer for indirectly causing their daughter's death. Jimmy argues that the company targeted advertising at criminals and also circumvented gun laws by selling mail-order build-it-yourself assault weapons. Eugene is stunned to learn his son Kendall is selling drugs.

star 8.39
31 votes
The Day of the Dead

#2 - The Day of the Dead

Carnivàle Season 1 - Episode 11

With Management's blessing, Lodz hatches a devious plan to "reach" Ben, who is vulnerable after letting his guard down after his night of seduction with Ruthie. Rita Sue upstages Catalina's debut routine in the Gay Paree tent. Meanwhile, Sofie reads Stumpy's cards and doesn't like what she learns, and Ben learns that some wounds aren't easy to heal. In Mintern, Reverend Balthus is concerned about the influences surrounding Brother Justin, as well as some fiery allegations that Tommy Dolan threatens to make public that the fire that burned down Chin's was an inside job. For her part, Iris proves she'll do anything to advance her brother's career and reveals that she was the one responsible for the fire in order for Justin to turn to his dark side.

star 8.20
148 votes
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All Due Respect

#3 - All Due Respect

The Sopranos Season 5 - Episode 13

Tony faces pressure from his own crew to give up his cousin to Johnny Sack. Tony does some soul-searching on Melfi's couch and finally decides on a course of action. A.J. proves himself to be a schemer, while Christopher tells Carmela that he and Adriana have ended their relationship. Tony meets with Johnny Sack to restore peace between Jersey and New York, but the Feds play a surprise card that sends Tony fleeing to safety.

star 8.19
841 votes
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#4 - Funhouse

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 13

Tony is stricken by a nasty bout of food poisoning and has a strange dream conversation with Pussy in his delirium. When Tony wakes up, his suspicions are aroused. The FBI catches Livia at the airport with incriminating evidence against her son. The Feds decide to move against Tony just before Meadow's graduation.

star 8.19
1031 votes
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#5 - Whitecaps

The Sopranos Season 4 - Episode 13

Tony and Johnny Sack prepare to move against Carmine, but Tony second-guesses the deal and considers another option. Meanwhile, Tony haggles with a lawyer when he decides to buy a beach house as a gift for Carmela. Junior finds that his legal worries are over when the judge makes a ruling in his case, and Christopher returns clean and sober from rehab. Carmela reaches the breaking point and throws Tony out of their home when Tony's ex girlfriend taunts her over the phone. Tony resists at first, but eventually decides that its best for his family if he leaves.

star 8.15
886 votes
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I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano

#6 - I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano

The Sopranos Season 1 - Episode 13

Tony begins to retaliate for the attempt on his life, but he is stunned when he learns that his mother and uncle were behind it. Junior tries to escape when he suspects that Tony will come after him, but the Feds intervene before Junior can get away. Livia pits Artie against Tony in a last-ditch effort to save herself. Carmela finally lays down the law with Father Phil.

star 8.13
1199 votes
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Employee of the Month

#7 - Employee of the Month

The Sopranos Season 3 - Episode 4

Ralphie introduces Jackie Jr. to the muscle end of his business, which doesn't go over well with Tony. Janice gets in over her head with the Russians when she won't back down in her feud with Svetlana. After a session with Tony, Melfi is brutally raped in the parking garage of her building. She struggles with the idea of using Tony as a weapon against her attacker.

star 8.06
1083 votes
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The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr.

#8 - The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr.

Hill Street Blues Season 5 - Episode 19

An anti-abortion agitator sends a woman into premature labor; Jablonski can't get his 300 game sanctioned by the Bowling Congress; LaRue and Washington tape a home security video; Fay and Garibaldi resent Goldblume's relationship with Gina Srignoli.

star 8.00
11 votes
Kiss of the Sabre

#9 - Kiss of the Sabre

Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 11

Robin's friend and aspiring writer Betty comes to the estate for a quiet place to overcome her case of writer's block as she works on her mystery adventure novel. In short order, she convinces Higgins to hand over the keys to the Ferrari and to relocate Thomas to the main house while she works in the guest house, much to Thomas's extreme displeasure. After Thomas is forced by a lack of transportation to let her observe his investigation of a hit-and-run insurance case, she begins to churn out a story inspired by Thomas's case, featuring Thomas as dashing international investigator Sebastian Sabre, Higgins as his faithful servant Boris, T.C. as his pilot Winston, Rick as club owner Swift, and herself as Sabre's glamorous girlfriend Collette. Her wild imagination unwittingly breaks open Thomas's investigation and plunges them both into danger.

star 8.00
35 votes
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Nice Guys Finish Dead

#10 - Nice Guys Finish Dead

The Rockford Files Season 6 - Episode 7

Jim and Lance White help Fred Beamer when he is charged with murder of a Senator while attending an awards banquet...

star 7.94
18 votes
Days of Swine and Roses

#11 - Days of Swine and Roses

Hill Street Blues Season 7 - Episode 19

A radio promotion spawns trouble for everyone; Hill and Renko are assigned to a computerized patrol car; Buntz helps Sid get out of an arm-breaking assignment for a shylock; Hunter's return to action as the EATer commander fizzles; and LaRue, Washington and Joyce work on opposite sides to protect the rights of a mentally disturbed young man and his frightened mother and sister.

star 7.92
13 votes
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Army of One

#12 - Army of One

The Sopranos Season 3 - Episode 13

Tony and Carmela quarrel over the prospect of sending A.J. to military school after he is expelled. Ralphie is forced to make a decision about Jackie, while Meadow reflects upon her life as a Soprano.

star 7.91
962 votes
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Ingram, TX

#13 - Ingram, TX

Carnivàle Season 2 - Episode 3

When Carnivale sets up show in Ingram, Texas, Ben sets out to find some people who knew Scudder and stumbles into a bizarre moonshiners camp which proves both painful and revealing. Meanwhile, Stroud continues his quest to find Scudder by investigating the mining accident in the ghost town of Babylon. At Carnivale, Sophie still refuses to read Ben's future through the tarot cards, but the cards soon reveal something without Sofie's assistance. Ruthie's luck with her snake charming skills seem to be turning against her. Stumpy pitches Rita Sue and Libby to an underage audience, and he later gets a visit from a menacing bookie looking to collect. In Mintern, Tommy Dolan continues his investigation into the arson incident, while Brother Justin takes the catatonic Reverend Balthus under his wing, as well as takes advantage of his young and naive new housekeeper, Celeste.

star 7.88
132 votes
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Marco Polo

#14 - Marco Polo

The Sopranos Season 5 - Episode 8

Carmela invites Tony to participate in her father's surprise birthday party, and the evening ends in a romantic encounter. Two of Little Carmine's men try to recruit Tony B. for a retaliation against Johnny Sack's crew. Tony B. is reluctant, but his boredom soon gets the better of him.

star 7.87
800 votes
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Bust Out

#15 - Bust Out

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 10

Tony begins gathering cash for a possible getaway when he learns of an eyewitness to the Bevilaqua hit. The Feds turn up the pressure on Pussy when they learn of his involvement in the murder. Richie tries to enlist Junior in a move against Tony. Carmela has a romantic encounter with her paperhanger.

star 7.85
1085 votes
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The Cookie Crumbles

#16 - The Cookie Crumbles

Hill Street Blues Season 7 - Episode 17

Renko erupts in jealousy over Daryl Ann's business partner; Flaherty allows his feelings for Russo to interfere in a bust; Calletano returns to Hill Street when a Spanish speaking citizen is shot by a cop unable to understand him; and Kate McBride relives her father's death at an awards ceremony.

star 7.85
13 votes
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#17 - Meadowlands

The Sopranos Season 1 - Episode 4

When Jackie Aprile loses his battle with cancer, Tony and his crew agree to give Junior what he wants. However, they have ulterior motives. Christopher goes from fear to anger when he discovers Brendan's fate. Tony sends a cop on his payroll to investigate Dr. Melfi, while Carmela gives him an ultimatum about his therapy.

star 7.83
1521 votes
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The Happy Wanderer

#18 - The Happy Wanderer

The Sopranos Season 2 - Episode 6

Tony organizes and runs the executive poker game, but must put the strong-arm on his old high school buddy when he loses big. Richie puts himself at odds with Tony when he causes a disturbance at the game. Meanwhile, Janice starts putting ideas in Richie's head about a power play.

star 7.81
1110 votes
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Concours d'Elegance

#19 - Concours d'Elegance

CHiPs Season 5 - Episode 11

Jon and Ponch investigate a scam designed to skim profits from auction sales of rare antique motor cars.

star 7.80
10 votes
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Pax Soprana

#20 - Pax Soprana

The Sopranos Season 1 - Episode 6

Tony's crew is unhappy when Junior refuses to respect old arrangements. Junior shows reckless behavior by taxing long-time members and ordering hits on top earners. Tony brings in Johnny Sack from New York in hopes of tricking Junior into relenting. Carmela is frustrated when she learns that Tony's therapist is a woman. Her anger grows when Tony is rendered impotent by his medication.

star 7.78
1362 votes
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What are Friends for?

#21 - What are Friends for?

Hill Street Blues Season 6 - Episode 9

Belker goes to the dogs working undercover at the pound; Furillo chases down the reason he's been denied mortgage insurance; LaRue and Washington bust a former baseball star for drunken driving; and Buntz is held hostage by a vicious parolee.

star 7.76
17 votes
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Save The Mule

#22 - Save The Mule

The Practice Season 2 - Episode 9

Lindsay is hired by a drug dealer to defend his ""mule"" who's been caught smuggling drugs over the border. Jimmy takes on a case of a community stricken by cancer. Bobby must decide with whom he wants to pursue a romance.

star 7.76
45 votes
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#23 - No-Show

The Sopranos Season 4 - Episode 2

Meadow clashes with her parents when she decides to drop out of college and travel to Europe. Tony sends her to a psychologist, but it only makes things worse. Christopher is made a capo in Paulie's crew while Paulie serves a jail term, but Christopher shows a lack of talent for leadership. Danielle's under cover work with Adriana falls flat. The Feds then bring Adriana in for a meeting, threatening to send her up for drug possession if she doesn't turn on the Sopranos.

star 7.75
916 votes
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The Best Defense

#24 - The Best Defense

Hill Street Blues Season 7 - Episode 3

Chaos reigns as the P.D.'s job action continues; Hunter faces his demotion and takes over as roll call sergeant for the ailing Jablonski; the detective LaRue tried to bust as a fence transfers to the Hill; Flaherty and Bates try to defuse a man who promises to blow himself up for money; and Joyce walks a tightrope as she tries to end the job action and cut a deal for her client that would put away the violent mugger.

star 7.75
12 votes
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Watching Too Much Television

#25 - Watching Too Much Television

The Sopranos Season 4 - Episode 7

Tony and Ralph enter into a shady real estate deal with a crooked Assemblyman, but things get complicated when Zellman admits to Tony that he's seeing his old girlfriend. Adriana pushes Christopher toward marriage in the hopes that it will nullify the FBI's hold over her. Paulie gets out of jail and has another meeting with Johnny Sack.

star 7.74
895 votes
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The Foot

#26 - The Foot

Six Feet Under Season 1 - Episode 3

Thomas Alfredo Romano May 16, 1944 - January 21, 2001 The Fishers have decided to sell, but then back out at the last minute because Nate cannot stand Gilardi. Claire finds a rather interesting way to get back at Gabe for spreading rumors about her. Gilardi find his own way of payback. He tells the Fishers that he is buying the rundown house across the street from them in order to provide a cheap alternative to Fisher & Sons. However, mysteriously, the house catches on fire after Nate and Brenda fool around in it.

star 7.72
444 votes
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Where's Johnny?

#27 - Where's Johnny?

The Sopranos Season 5 - Episode 3

Feech begins to overstep when he moves in on Paulie's landscaping deals. Tony worries about Junior's mind when Junior wanders around his old neighborhood searching for long-dead friends. As the hostility in New York intensifies, Johnny Sack dispatches the Leotardo brothers to send Little Carmine a clear message.

star 7.72
849 votes
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Thief of Budapest

#28 - Thief of Budapest

MacGyver Season 1 - Episode 3

MacGyver travels to Budapest to meet with a Russian double agent who is in possession of a watch containing information about other Russian spies. However, before MacGyver can take the watch, the agent is killed and the watch is stolen. Now MacGyver must work with the Gypsies to get it back.

star 7.67
235 votes
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And Then There Were None

#29 - And Then There Were None

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 2 - Episode 9

Grissom and his team investigate a casino heist during which innocent victims were shot, while Catherine and Sara are called to the scene of a murder in a remote part of the desert.

star 7.64
194 votes
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Dr. Hoof and Mouth

#30 - Dr. Hoof and Mouth

Hill Street Blues Season 5 - Episode 14

Belker temporarily moves into Hunter's RV; Joyce introduces a new PD to the Hill before leaving to become an ADA; LaRue gloats over the videotape evidence of Mayo's undercover visit to Dr. Ted Rose; Fabian's mother reclaims him; and Hill and Renko deal with a man who has several outstanding warrants and who has just lost his whole family to a hit and run driver.

star 7.60
15 votes
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Seoul on Ice

#31 - Seoul on Ice

Hill Street Blues Season 6 - Episode 3

A runner trying to raise money for cancer research is victimized; Daniels asks Furillo to head up an internal investigation of corruption arising out of Keenan's death; Garibaldi's death shakes the station house; Lee Cleveland comes to the end of his rope; and Howard gets a shock from his latest love.

star 7.57
14 votes
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A Wasted Weekend

#32 - A Wasted Weekend

Hill Street Blues Season 7 - Episode 12

Buntz reassures Officer McBride about her shooting of an armed robber; Goldblume is kidnapped while trying to start a short vacation; and Hill, Renko, and Jablonski take a disaster-prone hunting trip.

star 7.57
14 votes
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Look Homeward, Ninja

#33 - Look Homeward, Ninja

Hill Street Blues Season 6 - Episode 20

A prostitute anxious to shield her pimp lodges a complaint of sexual harassment against officer Kate McBride; Goldblume takes his frustrations out on a rookie who lost a jumper; Ballantine freaks out again; and Buntz confronts Donahue about the murder of Dellaberti.

star 7.54
13 votes
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Operation Murder

#34 - Operation Murder

Hart to Hart Season 2 - Episode 18

Jennifer, flying a kite in the park, falls and hits her head. She's hospitalized with a slight concussion. While in hospital, she witnesses the murder of another patient and tries to convince Jonathan of the strange crime is being covered up.

star 7.50
2 votes
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Everybody's Favorite Bagman

#35 - Everybody's Favorite Bagman

Law & Order Season 1 - Episode 6

The mugging of a councilman leads the detectives to arrest a mobster, who in turn leads Stone and Robinette to corrupt city officials.

star 7.45
203 votes
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The Crystals

#36 - The Crystals

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Season 2 - Episode 8

Buck, Wilma, and Hawk are confronted with a bizarre riddle on an alien planet they are exploring for crystals to power the Searcher. Part of the riddle is the connection between a young woman and an eerie, mummy-like creature they encounter on the planet. Meanwhile, on the Searcher, the android Crichton believes he has discovered the link -- one that is crucial to the success of their mission.

star 7.30
37 votes
Love Is the Word

#37 - Love Is the Word

The Rockford Files Season 6 - Episode 6

Jim meets with Megan who asks for his help in clearing her fiance of murder charges...

star 7.15
13 votes
What Murder?

#38 - What Murder?

Hart to Hart Season 2 - Episode 2

Jonathan witnesses a murder. In his rush to approach the scene of the crime, he is hit by someone on a mo-ped. The blow to his head causes temporary amnesia and the killer must get rid of Jonathan before his memory returns.

star 6.80
5 votes
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