The Best Episodes Directed by John Wells


#1 - Fever

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 5

In 1970, McMurphy returns home to Lawrence, Kansas to make peace with her mother and try to settle down into civilian life, but finds both goals beyond her grasp.

star 8.57
7 votes
Hello, Goodbye (2)

#2 - Hello, Goodbye (2)

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 17

McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

star 8.57
7 votes

#3 - Juice

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 6

In 1972, Dr. Richard and his nurse take a romantic trip to Florida, where they run across a hard-livng McMurphy working at an orange-juice factory.

star 8.50
6 votes
Welcome to Camelot

#4 - Welcome to Camelot

Third Watch Season 1 - Episode 1

Two new recruits join the emergency services and work with older, wiser partners. Davis becomes a policeman, like his father, and Carlos a paramedic. Two other Paramedics, Bobby and Kim, find themselves rushing from emergency to emergency. Bosco and Yokas, the other police officers, and Jimmy and his fellow Fireman have their own crisis' to deal with.

star 8.43
383 votes
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On the Beach

#5 - On the Beach

ER Season 8 - Episode 21

Mark decides to use his remaining time to help "fix" Rachel and takes her to Hawaii to show her where he grew up. He teaches her how to surf, and how to drive a stick shift. Mark catches her chasing one of his Vicodin with a shot of vodka and confronts her about wasting her life. One day after surfing, he has a seizure, and Elizabeth arrives with Ella in tow. She wants to take him home, but he refuses. Early in the morning, he dies. After the funeral, Rachel tells Elizabeth she'd like to visit Ella, and Elizabeth agrees.

star 8.35
239 votes
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Hello, Goodbye (1)

#6 - Hello, Goodbye (1)

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 16

McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

star 8.33
6 votes

#7 - Found

Shameless (US) Season 9 - Episode 14

As the Gallaghers decide what to do with a bedridden Frank, Fiona has to make a decision about her future. Carl and Debbie share their heartbreak together. Lip has to deal with a distressed Tami.

star 8.22
1274 votes
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#8 - Ghosts

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 4 - Episode 12

The Cody family sets off on Smurf’s mysterious heist, unaware of the surprises that await them when they arrive, which will change the family forever.

star 8.15
613 votes
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You, Babe

#9 - You, Babe

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 3

In Saigon in 1967, KC gives birth with McMurphy's help and gives the baby over to a foster mother.

star 8.14
7 votes
Requiem for a Slut

#10 - Requiem for a Slut

Shameless (US) Season 7 - Episode 12

The Gallaghers grapple with the loss of one of their own. As Lip takes steps to improve his future, Debbie, Carl and Liam get roped into Frank's new scheme. Meanwhile, Kev and V get their revenge on Svetlana.

star 8.13
4029 votes
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Such Sweet Sorrow

#11 - Such Sweet Sorrow

ER Season 6 - Episode 21

Carol resuscitates a terminal cancer DNR to say goodbye to her family, and realizes that life is too short. She runs out of the hospital after saying a quick goodbye to Luka and Mark and hops on a plane to Seattle to see Doug. Carter's mental status is dissipating rapidly to the point where he almost kills a woman. Chen notices and tells Mark her concern that Carter is bipolar. Weaver goes on the warpath after noticing ER staff taking shortcuts in their work, including Abby, who discharges a woman prematurely without running extra tests. Corday offers Malucci a sobering assessment of his performance. Mark prepares to bury his father and enjoys his daughter's company.

star 8.13
230 votes
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#12 - Betrayal

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 2 - Episode 13

As the second season concludes, Smurf realizes she may be in jail a lot longer than expected, so she pits her sons against one another, the consequences be damned.

star 8.11
1282 votes
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What Have You Done

#13 - What Have You Done

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 1 - Episode 10

Puzzled by Catherine's disappearance, Baz hunts down all leads. With J caught in the middle, the cops close in on the Codys and threaten to take them all down.

star 8.05
1559 votes
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The Show Must Go On

#14 - The Show Must Go On

ER Season 11 - Episode 22

Carter's last day at County General is marked by the "surprise" party being thrown for him. Ray takes charge when a balcony collapses at a party that he's attending. With all of the attendings at Carter's party, he talks Abby into taking 4 trauma patients while the hospital is closed to trauma. Pratt briefly visits his dad. Alex doesn't know his dad is in jail and is upset when Sam won't let him visit him, so he steals her credit cards and hitches a ride out of town.

star 8.02
142 votes
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#15 - "Gallavich!"

Shameless (US) Season 10 - Episode 12

Liam out-Gallaghers Frank, Lip works to convince Tami to stay in Chicago with their baby, Debbie turns over a new romantic leaf and Kev’s new business takes off, but V wonders where the money is going.

star 8.02
838 votes
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History: Part II: She Sells More than Sea Shells

#16 - History: Part II: She Sells More than Sea Shells

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 2

Still in 1985, Karen learns how her natural mother, KC, coped with her pregnancy by turning to Boonie for help.

star 8.00
6 votes
One Giant Leap

#17 - One Giant Leap

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 7

In 1969, China Beach watches from afar as the first men land on the moon. McMurphy simmers jealously as Dr. Richard falls for a new nurse. Beckett entertains a group of USO singers in his G.R.U. hut. A disturbed Boonie meets with a tragic accident.

star 8.00
6 votes
Fiona Interrupted

#18 - Fiona Interrupted

Shameless (US) Season 2 - Episode 12

A lonely Frank schemes to break Monica out of the psychiatric facility. Jimmy earns his way back into Fiona's good graces and she asks to meet his family while Ian runs into Ned again.

star 7.97
3401 votes
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#19 - Sleepwalking

Shameless (US) Season 8 - Episode 12

Fiona taps into her roots to get the homeless family out of her apartment; Ian hides from the authorities; Lip makes a difficult decision; Carl wants to return to school; Frank wants to take advantage of Liam's friend.

star 7.96
2214 votes
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The Lost

#20 - The Lost

ER Season 10 - Episode 2

Carter reunites in the Congo with Charles and Gillian. Through flashbacks, we see Luka after Carter left 22 days before. He has caught malaria, and is soon captured by Mai Mai, who begin to murder the people he's with. Gillian introduces Carter to Debbie, a worker for the Red Cross. They search for Luka, and when finally shown the body, it's not him. Carter learns that the rebels mistook Kovač for a priest and left him alive. Carter, Debbie and Gillian find Luka, nearly dead, and put him on a plane back to Chicago. Carter gives him a letter to give to Abby and the news that he's going to stick around in the Congo for a while.

star 7.83
166 votes
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The Killing

#21 - The Killing

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 3 - Episode 1

Baz fights for his life as the Cody boys figure out what their next move is in the aftermath of the shooting. Smurf gets some surprising news in jail and fields an offer from Pearce.

star 7.79
849 votes
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You'll Never Ever Get a Chicken in Your Whole Entire Life

#22 - You'll Never Ever Get a Chicken in Your Whole Entire Life

Shameless (US) Season 7 - Episode 7

Fiona learns that owning a laundromat is costlier than expected. Frank helps Liam get into a plush new school after his old one is permanently shut down. Meanwhile, Debbie cleans up her act and grows closer to Neil.

star 7.79
4109 votes
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A Walk in the Woods

#23 - A Walk in the Woods

ER Season 7 - Episode 14

Weaver spends an evening with Legaspi and her lesbian friends. Greene is furious to learn about his competency review; Corday screams at Weaver about ordering it. Chen returns from maternity leave and treats a young boy with measles. Benton struggles to get a young med student applicant an interview after learning that he was only accepted due to affirmative action. Bishop Stewart returns in even worse condition.

star 7.79
154 votes
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#24 - Janine

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 4 - Episode 1

Season 4 starts as the Codys pull off a risky robbery. Smurf and Pope remain at odds even as Pope finds a new outlet for his anger. Deran involves Adrian in the family business, and J tests the waters of his new identity outside the family.

star 7.77
707 votes
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The World (1)

#25 - The World (1)

China Beach Season 2 - Episode 16

Wayloo Marie prepares to return the world and a new job at BBC news. She's unexpectedly joined by McMurphy, who's returning to her unsettled family in Kansas following her father's heart attack.

star 7.75
8 votes
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Carter's Choice

#26 - Carter's Choice

ER Season 4 - Episode 13

Carter faces a dilemma during a blood shortage when a serial rapist is in need of a transfusion. Carol and Kerry deliver the baby of a mentally challenged couple who fear a relative is going to take the child away. Benton turns down Corday's romantic offer. Kerry actively campaigns against Synergix. Doug comes to grips with his relationship with Carol and tells her that he'll wait for as long as she needs.

star 7.74
222 votes

#27 - Angela

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 4 - Episode 2

J reconsiders his relationship with Smurf after he gets bad news about Morgan's death. Frankie lures Craig with the promise of another big score. The arrival of an old family friend surprises Pope.

star 7.71
656 votes
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The Storm (1)

#28 - The Storm (1)

ER Season 5 - Episode 14

Doug faces possible criminal charges after Ricky Abbott dies when Ross bypasses system lockouts to enable Joi to give Ricky a lethal dosage of dilaudin. Doug is delegated to desk duty, Carol's clinic is shut down for acquiring the P.C.A. machine for Ricky, and Greene and Weaver face future disciplinary action for not reporting Doug's tampering with the double blind study. Carter and Lucy discover a mutual attraction. Benton studies with a sign language instructor.

star 7.70
242 votes
Summer Loving

#29 - Summer Loving

Shameless (US) Season 2 - Episode 2

Frank seeks new financial footing in fellow bar patron Dottie, whose declining health and city pension makes her attractive; Fiona juggles her job, kids and a burgeoning love life; Jasmine tries to help by setting her up with a sugar daddy.

star 7.69
4013 votes
Frank the Plank

#30 - Frank the Plank

Shameless (US) Season 1 - Episode 2

Frank has a drunken run-in with Karen's father and takes it out on Ian. The family starts a manhunt when Frank is nowhere to be found on disability check day.

star 7.69
5151 votes
Simple Pleasures

#31 - Simple Pleasures

Shameless (US) Season 4 - Episode 1

Frank returns, disrupting life; Lip attends college; Ian is missing; Fiona tries to connect with Debbie and Carl.

star 7.68
3112 votes

#32 - Escape

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 4

While attending his father's funeral in 1985, Beckett reflects on his childhood and his tour of duty in Vietnam with the Graves Registration Unit.

star 7.67
6 votes
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We Don't Hurt People

#33 - We Don't Hurt People

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 1 - Episode 2

The Codys must deal with the aftermath of the heist, as they discover all did not go as planned. Smurf dispatches her boys to tie up loose ends, but her efforts are complicated by Baz and Pope’s growing rivalry. As Pope gets increasingly volatile, J finds himself in the middle.

star 7.65
2109 votes
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We Few, We Lucky Few, We Band of Gallaghers!

#34 - We Few, We Lucky Few, We Band of Gallaghers!

Shameless (US) Season 10 - Episode 1

Frank milks his injury for all its worth as Debbie, now the self-elected leader of the Gallagher family, cooks up a scam of her own. Lip and Tami get a surprise. Carl returns home from military school and Liam faces an identity crisis.

star 7.64
999 votes

#35 - Pilot

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 1 - Episode 1

After his mother dies of a heroin overdose, Joshua ‘J' Cody moves in with his estranged grandmother, Janine ‘Smurf' Cody in Oceanside, California. He finds himself drawn into a dark world funded by criminal activities that he's been shielded from for years, as she and his uncles plan their upcoming heist. J must prove his loyalty to stay alive, all the while learning that Smurf is the intense, beguiling, and complicated matriarch, who rules over "her boys" with a borderline incestuous love.

star 7.63
2555 votes
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The World (2)

#36 - The World (2)

China Beach Season 2 - Episode 17

McMurphy reassesses her life as she tries to decide whether or not to return to Vietnam following her father's death.

star 7.63
8 votes
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Old Times

#37 - Old Times

ER Season 15 - Episode 19

Neela and Sam are shocked when they arrive back to the airport with transplant organs only to find that their plane has left them. Dr. Carter gets a surprise visit from an old friend while waiting for his kidney transplant. Dr. Banfield bonds with an abandoned baby boy that is left at the ER.

star 7.57
136 votes
History: Part I: The Big Bang

#38 - History: Part I: The Big Bang

China Beach Season 4 - Episode 1

In 1985, a reunion between Boonie and Dr. Richard stirs up memories of their first meeting in Vietnam in 1966. It also brings up questions for Boonie's 18-year-old adopted daughter, Karen.

star 7.50
6 votes
Adam 55-3

#39 - Adam 55-3

Third Watch Season 3 - Episode 4

Even though his co-workers want to nominate him for the "Paramedic of the Year" award, a pensive Doc is disheartened as he considers his unfulfilled life. He later teams with Kim as they try to save a heart attack victim while fending off a woman who's wielding a meat cleaver. In addition, Doc tries to minister to a chronic old drunk and a teenaged girl who attempts suicide in her bathtub. Meanwhile, Faith secretly undergoes a procedure to determine if the lump in her breast is cancerous, leaving an unsuspecting Bosco assigned to a nervous rookie cop; Kim reluctantly consults a lawyer about Jimmy's intention to claim custody of Joey.

star 7.43
68 votes

#40 - Jigsaw

ER Season 13 - Episode 7

A belligerent young man with the flu presents a challenge to Morris and Sam when he refuses treatment, and later turns out to be more than he seems to be. Luka and Abby’s childcare emergency means balancing baby care with patient care in the ER until a nanny can be found, but the candidates prove less than satisfactory. Luka has an uneasy encounter with Curtis Ames at the hospital, and later Abby and Baby Joe have a "chance" encounter with Ames at the park. Pratt discovers a local church's risky drug exchange program. Neela and Gates square off at an M&M.

star 5.66
99 votes