The Best Episodes Directed by John Polson

Heroine (2)

#1 - Heroine (2)

Elementary Season 1 - Episode 24

As Sherlock reels at the reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler, a series of flashbacks unravel the tumultuous events that led to his downfall into addiction. Sherlock and Joan once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.

star 8.36
2022 votes
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#2 - M.

Elementary Season 1 - Episode 12

Sherlock is reunited with "M." a British criminal who appears to have followed Sherlock to New York. Meanwhile, Joan has reservations about leaving Sherlock and taking on a new client.

star 8.02
5460 votes
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#3 - Closure

Without a Trace Season 7 - Episode 1

A man, whose daughter went missing years ago, also goes missing, and the team tries to connect his desire to help another couple missing their son. Meanwhile, Jack is trying to adjust to his new boss, Clark Medina.

star 8.01
208 votes
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Lost Boy

#4 - Lost Boy

Without a Trace Season 6 - Episode 1

The four-year-old adopted son of a celebrity couple is kidnapped, and the team must determine if the reason has to deal with the parents' status or the boy's own Sudanese origin.

star 7.98
184 votes
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Hurt Me, Hurt You

#5 - Hurt Me, Hurt You

Elementary Season 5 - Episode 24

Holmes and Watson pursue an elusive criminal as a gang war erupts in New York City. While the NYPD works to contain the violence, the two investigate the murder that appears to have ignited the city-wide conflict, and discover that a familiar face is pulling the strings.

star 7.91
3072 votes
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Blood Is Thicker

#6 - Blood Is Thicker

Elementary Season 2 - Episode 8

When a beautiful young woman is murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate her ties to a billionaire CEO. Mycroft makes a case for Sherlock to move back to London.

star 7.89
4555 votes
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Step Nine

#7 - Step Nine

Elementary Season 2 - Episode 1

Holmes and Watson travel to London to help track down an old mentor and investigate an unsolved mystery. Meanwhile, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's estranged brother, reunites with Sherlock and reveals some secrets of his own.

star 7.88
4862 votes
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The Deductionist

#8 - The Deductionist

Elementary Season 1 - Episode 14

Sherlock pursues Martin Ennis, an unpredictable criminal, before he strikes again. During the investigation, Sherlock is forced to work alongside Kathryn Drummond, the FBI profiler who literally wrote the book on Ennis. Meanwhile, Watson faces eviction from her apartment.

star 7.85
4963 votes
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Red John's Friends

#9 - Red John's Friends

The Mentalist Season 1 - Episode 11

Patrick Jane, enticed by the promise from a convicted murder that he'll reveal information about Red John upon his release, becomes singularly focused and quits the CBI in order to prove the prisoner is innocent.

star 7.85
3088 votes
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A Difference in Kind

#10 - A Difference in Kind

Elementary Season 4 - Episode 24

Holmes and Watson’s lives are threatened by an influential, worldwide criminal network connected to the murder attempt on Morland Holmes. Also, Sherlock’s grievances with his father threaten their alliance to bring their mutual adversary to justice.

star 7.82
2952 votes
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The Grand Experiment

#11 - The Grand Experiment

Elementary Season 2 - Episode 24

Rising tension between Sherlock and Joan brings their partnership to a crossroads, but they endeavor to put their differences aside while they help Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, who faces accusations of treason and murder.

star 7.81
3367 votes
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Future Shock

#12 - Future Shock

FlashForward Season 1 - Episode 22

It's D-Day - April 29, 2010 - and while everyone waits to see if their flashforward visions come true, Mark uncovers the date of the next blackout, and Simon, with Demetri, attempts to stop it from happening by breaking into the NLAP mainframe.

star 7.81
5170 votes
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#13 - Parenthood

Blue Bloods Season 2 - Episode 14

When a man’s family is robbed and beaten in front of him, and the assailant is shot and killed, the Reagan’s debate about how far they would go to protect their family. Meanwhile, when a college student is arrested at a rally, Frank wrestles with her sentence due to her identity.

star 7.80
926 votes
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Trouble Dolls

#14 - Trouble Dolls

Chicago P.D. Season 8 - Episode 13

The shocking murder of a young pregnant woman leads the team on a desperate hunt for the killer, revealing something even darker than expected. Burgess has to make a tough decision about Makayla.

star 7.79
387 votes
Friendly Fire

#15 - Friendly Fire

Blue Bloods Season 2 - Episode 2

When Danny is put on modified assignment after an incident in which a cop--who failed to identify himself--is shot, he faces Internal Affairs investigators, who are looking to his state of mind on that day for further implications.

star 7.78
1210 votes
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Hard Reset

#16 - Hard Reset

Without a Trace Season 6 - Episode 13

Jack goes missing after taking a case into his own hands which soon becomes intertwined with a human trafficking prostitution case that Vivian is working on.

star 7.75
224 votes
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Got a Friend in Me

#17 - Got a Friend in Me

Chicago Med Season 5 - Episode 5

Dr. Choi and Dr. Marcel don’t see eye to eye over the treatment of a patient’s chronic pain. Rumors circulate about Maggie. Dr. Manning works to help a young boy, but she is challenged by his parents, who believe in only using holistic remedies.

star 7.74
621 votes
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Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons

#18 - Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons

Chicago Med Season 6 - Episode 8

Ethan hires an old Navy colleague to join him in the ED. A final custody hearing threatens to separate Daniel and his daughter. Maggie must make a choice that will change Auggie's life.

star 7.74
323 votes
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A View With a Room

#19 - A View With a Room

Elementary Season 4 - Episode 12

Captain Gregson’s colleague from Narcotics asks Holmes to orchestrate the perfect heist inside the heavily armed and virtually impenetrable compound of a drug-dealing biker gang. Also, when Watson assists Fiona Helbron, who helped her on a recent case, she makes a surprising discovery about Holmes.

star 7.73
2826 votes
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Old Wounds

#20 - Old Wounds

Blue Bloods Season 3 - Episode 3

Danny believes a serial killer is on the loose when two separate murder victims are identified as members of a group charged with a gang rape. Meanwhile, Erin’s ex-husband, attorney Jack Boyle, resurfaces in her life as they face off in court.

star 7.71
990 votes

#21 - Leverage

FBI Season 3 - Episode 9

When a political reporter is kidnapped and held without a ransom demand, the team must dig into her past relationships in order to pin down her assailant’s motive. Isobel’s relationship comes under fire when the case makes a connection to her boyfriend.

star 7.71
559 votes
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The Outlaw Eddie Wagner

#22 - The Outlaw Eddie Wagner

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 - Episode 3

While Jet steps into the field to secure necessary intel for the team, Bell considers a proposition from Congressman Kilbride. Albi takes drastic measures to keep a secret safe. Stabler and Benson air some long-standing grievances.

star 7.70
155 votes
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Crash and Burn

#23 - Crash and Burn

Without a Trace Season 5 - Episode 21

A former soldier, now stuntman, goes missing and the team learns that he changed his will only short time before he went missing which makes them wonder who needed the money.

star 7.70
161 votes
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A Controlled Descent

#24 - A Controlled Descent

Elementary Season 3 - Episode 24

Holmes and Watson take on an investigation of a personal nature when Holmes’ recovery sponsor, Alfredo, suddenly disappears. As they delve into Alfredo’s life for clues, Holmes questions whether their friend has been abducted, or worse, if he suffered a relapse into addiction.

star 7.70
2442 votes
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Seed Money

#25 - Seed Money

Elementary Season 3 - Episode 10

While Kitty tries to find a runaway teen, Sherlock and Joan work a case in which the murder of a brilliant bioengineer looks to be at the hands of a drug cartel. Also, Joan makes a major life decision but worries it will impact Sherlock negatively, not knowing that Sherlock has big news of his own.

star 7.68
2376 votes
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Rip Off

#26 - Rip Off

Elementary Season 3 - Episode 5

Holmes and Kitty investigate the murder of a postal store owner whose death is connected to the illegal diamond trade. Meanwhile, Gregson's career is placed in jeopardy when he hits a fellow NYPD officer.

star 7.67
2913 votes
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#27 - Hustler

FBI: Most Wanted Season 2 - Episode 14

The team heads to D.C. to protect Ortiz’s former informant after a hitman tries to kill her. Sarah helps Jess’ family prepares for Byron and Marie’s last-minute wedding on Jess’ farm.

star 7.67
369 votes
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Enough Nemesis to Go Around

#28 - Enough Nemesis to Go Around

Elementary Season 3 - Episode 1

Sherlock returns to New York with a new apprentice and a renewed interest in working with the NYPD after being fired by London’s MI6. However, Gregson won’t let him resume consulting for the department without permission from his former partner, Joan, the NYPD’s new go-to private investigator.

star 7.65
3344 votes
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Ends and Means

#29 - Ends and Means

Blue Bloods Season 3 - Episode 20

When two Wall Street brokers are killed in drug deals, Danny looks to question a wounded accomplice at the hospital but he is stopped by Linda, who won’t let Danny see him until after surgery. But when the accomplice dies during the procedure, Danny and Linda battle over the judgment call.

star 7.65
909 votes
The Dead Come Back

#30 - The Dead Come Back

Tell Me Your Secrets Season 1 - Episode 10

Emma fights to survive John. Mary attempts a rescue that sees both women fight John to the death. In the coverup Mary learns the painful truth about Theresa. Mary reneges on her promise to clear Emma’s name and Emma has to flee. Finding her daughter has been taken by Theresa, Emma vows to find her. The killer of Jess is revealed and brutal justice is delivered to the Lord family.

star 7.65
130 votes
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What's Your Story?

#31 - What's Your Story?

Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 - Episode 1

A lone traveler’s wearying journey is interrupted by new acquaintances, some who become friend, others who become foe.

star 7.65
3026 votes
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My Funny Valentine

#32 - My Funny Valentine

Blue Bloods Season 1 - Episode 14

When a girl is kidnapped, Jackie and Danny suspect her drug-addicted boyfriend is responsible; Erin’s relationship with her boss takes a step forward.

star 7.64
1373 votes
Henny Penny the Sky is Falling

#33 - Henny Penny the Sky is Falling

Elementary Season 5 - Episode 4

Captain Gregson lobbies to include Holmes and Watson when his unit is selected to receive a city commendation for its exemplary work. As Holmes and Watson consult on the investigation into a financial analyst’s murder, they are drawn into the world of asteroid research.

star 7.64
3405 votes

#34 - Devotion

Without a Trace Season 7 - Episode 22

The team searches for a missing teen who's abductor left behind an amateur tape with her appearing on it.

star 7.64
156 votes
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Up to Heaven and Down to Hell

#35 - Up to Heaven and Down to Hell

Elementary Season 4 - Episode 15

When Watson runs into Captain Gregson and his secret girlfriend, a former NYPD officer, she inadvertently sets the couple’s breakup in motion. Also, Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a wealthy woman who left her considerable estate solely to a beloved dog.

star 7.63
2625 votes
Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight

#36 - Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight

Chicago Med Season 6 - Episode 2

Goodwin announces a new ED Chief, and the choice doesn't make everyone happy. Dr. Manning takes a stand for her patient and finds herself dealing with the repercussions. Dr. Charles tends to family affairs.

star 7.62
375 votes

#37 - Unorthodox

The Good Wife Season 1 - Episode 7

Alicia, representing a daughter of one of the partner in the firm, finds herself very attracted to her co-counsel, mostly because of his unorthodox approach of defending their client.

star 7.61
2093 votes
The Past Is Parent

#38 - The Past Is Parent

Elementary Season 4 - Episode 1

As Holmes faces criminal charges in the aftermath of his recent violent behavior and relapse back into heroin, his position with the NYPD is put in jeopardy. Holmes concentrates on the case of a missing wife believed to have been killed by her husband to try to get back in the department’s good graces, while at the same time expecting a visit from his father.

star 7.61
3056 votes
Wild Things

#39 - Wild Things

Zoo Season 1 - Episode 12

Chloe tries to bring light to the rising threat from the animals. Jackson is taken to a hospital and while they are there Mitch works to create a cure. However, there are many obstacles they must overcome.

star 7.59
888 votes
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One Watson, One Holmes

#40 - One Watson, One Holmes

Elementary Season 3 - Episode 19

Holmes and Watson find themselves in the middle of a civil war being fought on the Internet when a member of Everyone, the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with, is murdered.

star 7.57
2640 votes
Blood Brothers

#41 - Blood Brothers

The Mentalist Season 1 - Episode 22

Patrick Jane, Agent Lisbon and the CBI Team investigate the murder of a student in a wilderness program for troubled kids. Patrick Jane must find a clever way to convince the troubled kids at a wilderness program to confide in him about what really happened surrounding the death of one of their peers.

star 7.56
2799 votes
Maggie's Drawers

#42 - Maggie's Drawers

The Code Season 1 - Episode 5

When two Marines are accidentally killed in a weapons test, Abe and Harper square off against Trey as prosecution and defense for the soldier who is accused of tampering with the system. Also, Abe helps out his best friend’s widow, Alex, and Col. Turnbull gives Maya an important assignment.

star 7.56
311 votes
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Blood and Sand

#43 - Blood and Sand

The Mentalist Season 4 - Episode 5

The CBI team investigates the murder of a woman whose corpse washed up on an island off the coast of California. Rigsby worries that his relationship with a public defender will create awkwardness between him and Van Pelt.

star 7.55
4420 votes
All in the Family

#44 - All in the Family

Body of Proof Season 1 - Episode 7

A father is found stabbed to death in his home in the Philadelphia suburbs; Kate takes a consulting role in a case with Megan's ex-husband.

star 7.55
1420 votes
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Blood In, Blood Out

#45 - Blood In, Blood Out

The Mentalist Season 2 - Episode 14

When a member of Cho's former gang, the Avon Park Playboys, is found murdered, Patrick Jane insists on helping Cho with his off-the-books investigation.

star 7.55
4104 votes
Rekt in Real Life

#46 - Rekt in Real Life

Elementary Season 5 - Episode 14

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a former professional eSports video game player during a live video stream. Shinwell approaches Joan for advice when his teenage daughter asks to meet with him for the first time in years.

star 7.52
3389 votes
Revelation Zero (1)

#47 - Revelation Zero (1)

FlashForward Season 1 - Episode 11

Mark is suspended from duty at the FBI and must meet with a Bureau-appointed therapist in order to regain his badge; Demetri reluctantly teams with CIA agent Vogel to continue the search for Lloyd, while a suspended Mark resumes his own investigation into his disappearance; with Lloyd missing, Simon attempts to hack into his computer in search of clues; Janis is assigned to accompany Simon and learns some family secrets about him; and Nicole speaks with a man who was transformed during the blackout in order to help her restore her faith and understand her horrific flashforward vision.

star 7.51
4970 votes
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Bits and Pieces

#48 - Bits and Pieces

Elementary Season 6 - Episode 5

Holmes and Watson retrace Holmes’ steps after he finds himself in possession of a severed head and no memory of the past six hours or why he has it.

star 7.51
1905 votes

#49 - Countdown

FlashForward Season 1 - Episode 21

Mark continues his interrogation of Hellinger in a desperate attempt to find out when the next blackout will occur; Demetri must choose between helping Janis and Simon break into NLAP to stop the blackout from occurring, or turning the fugitive Simon in to the FBI; Lloyd finds the common denominator that can help him solve the complex equation he was working on in his flashforward; while Tracy fights for her life, Aaron discovers why Jericho was after her; and Nicole wrestles over her strong feelings for Bryce and what would happen if she told him she knew the whereabouts of Keiko.

star 7.51
5142 votes
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#50 - Nightmares

Blue Bloods Season 3 - Episode 7

When a knife-wielding attacker dressed as Baron Samedi, the Spirit of Death, stabs a man in costume on Halloween, Danny enters the world of voodoo. Meanwhile, DCPI Garrett opens up to Frank about a dark secret, and Erin and Nicky take Jack and Sean trick-or-treating.

star 7.51
967 votes
No Ordinary Mobster

#51 - No Ordinary Mobster

No Ordinary Family Season 1 - Episode 7

George asks Jim to help him take down a mobster who has eluded arrest for years. Meanwhile, Stephanie disobeys Dr. King's wishes and tries to find out more about Volson's research, and Daphne asks JJ to use his powers to help her impress a boy.

star 7.51
2384 votes
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Now You See Me

#52 - Now You See Me

Tell Me Your Secrets Season 1 - Episode 7

Faced with news of Theresa’s murder, Emma begins to fear what she may be capable of having done. A local woman with second sight triggers chilling memories that point to Emma’s involvement in Theresa’s death and lead to a disturbing discovery of further damage to girls at the group home. John draws closer to an unsuspecting Emma and Mary clears her life of everything except revenge.

star 7.50
122 votes
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#53 - Driven

Without a Trace Season 6 - Episode 17

A truck driver goes missing after saving a boy's life, and the team determines if that has anything to do with his disappearance. Meanwhile, Jack's mental health is examined by a psychiatrist.

star 7.49
193 votes
Cackle-Bladder Blood

#54 - Cackle-Bladder Blood

The Mentalist Season 3 - Episode 2

When Jane's shady brother-in-law (Kevin Rankin) comes to town and becomes a suspect in a murder investigation, Jane is forced to help him.

star 7.37
4936 votes
Burn Me When I’m Gone

#55 - Burn Me When I’m Gone

Tell Me Your Secrets Season 1 - Episode 2

Emma finds Jess’ body has gone. Pete convinces her she has hallucinated on her medication but may be hiding secrets too. But she finds her own proof that what happened in the bayou was real and vows to find the truth while further memories of a dark episode with Kit begin to resurface. Mary holds a vigil for her missing daughter that brings a new lead and John gleans insight into Emma’s past.

star 7.33
171 votes
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The No-Brainer

#56 - The No-Brainer

Fringe Season 1 - Episode 12

Olivia, Walter and Peter are called in to investigate the death of a car salesman who was found in a pool of "goo," exactly like another man across the country. When Walter discovers that the "goo" is brain matter, the trio tries to figure out how the killer can liquefy human brains. As the deaths pile up, the investigation reveals a common thread linking the victims together in an unthinkable manner. Meanwhile, Olivia is horrified when the case places a loved one in harm's way

star 7.30
6655 votes
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The King, The Widow and Rick

#57 - The King, The Widow and Rick

The Walking Dead Season 8 - Episode 6

With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop, where the consequences of the decision are life versus death.

star 7.27
7351 votes