The BEST episodes directed by Joshua Butler

The Fillorian Candidate
1282 votes

#1 - The Fillorian Candidate

The Magicians - Season 3 - Episode 12

The political situation in Fillory comes to a head. Julia makes amends and Alice makes a confession.

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3235 votes

#2 - Klaus

The Vampire Diaries - Season 2 - Episode 19

Stefan and Damon are angry when they find out that Elena has taken matters into her own hands in the battle against Klaus. Tensions also rise between the brothers over the best way to protect her.

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By the Light of Dawn
1215 votes

#3 - By the Light of Dawn

Shadowhunters - Season 2 - Episode 10

The New York Institute is under attack as Valentine's plan for The Soul Sword is getting dangerously close to coming to fruition. The Shadowhunters must act fast to save their loved ones and the rest of the Downworld. Meanwhile, some of the Downworlders have their own plan to stop Valentine and their target is Clary.

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Salt in the Wound
619 votes

#4 - Salt in the Wound

Shadowhunters - Season 3 - Episode 7

With the Owl’s identity revealed, Alec, Isabelle and Clary head to Alicante to try to find a way to stop him. Luke and Simon team up to track Lilith’s latest possible victim. Maia reflects on her past.

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Reigning Pain in New Orleans
1799 votes

#5 - Reigning Pain in New Orleans

The Originals - Season 1 - Episode 9

Klaus tries to get adapted to his new duties as he became the king of the city. He offers Marcel a compromise and he fixes his relationship with his siblings. Davina feels betrayed by Marcel. She finally finds an allay, Cami.

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The Reaping
1971 votes

#6 - The Reaping

The Following - Season 2 - Episode 13

Ryan's mission to infiltrate the Korban compound and capture Joe doesn't go as planned; Claire asks Carrie to give Joe a message; Weston makes a life-changing decision.

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The Beast Within
464 votes

#7 - The Beast Within

Shadowhunters - Season 3 - Episode 18

A demon outbreak in New York City on Halloween becomes a top priority at the Institute, but as the Shadowhunters hunt the demons, Jace becomes more worried about Clary. Meanwhile, Alec has to juggle the outbreak with his deep concern about Magnus’ depression.

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3328 votes

#8 - Homecoming

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 9

On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah opens up to Elena about why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. Caroline and Matt are both shocked at Tyler’s behavior throughout the evening. The night takes a surreal turn when Klaus puts his latest plan into action. Determined to outsmart Klaus, Damon enters into a dangerous partnership, leading to a terrifying turn of events.

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Deep Waters
92 votes

#9 - Deep Waters

Reckless (2014) - Season 1 - Episode 7

When an affluent Charleston socialite goes missing after a boating accident, Jamie and Roy face off over the ensuing wrongful death suit brought against the city. Meanwhile, the tension between Jamie and Roy heats up when they share a dance at the Mayor’s ball. Also, Lee Anne finds support from an unlikely ally, as her case is threatened when another woman brings similar charges of sexual harassment against the city.

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Fade Into You
1300 votes

#10 - Fade Into You

The Vampire Diaries - Season 6 - Episode 8

Elena gets some hopeful news from Alaric and Stefan regarding the Gemini Coven; Tyler tries to help Liv and Luke after learning of disturbing plans the coven has for them; dinner takes a drastic turn for Jo; Kai makes a dangerous discovery.

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You Do Not Know War
994 votes

#11 - You Do Not Know War

Crisis - Season 1 - Episode 9

After the president pays a visit to FBI headquarters, Olsen allows Dunn and Finley to share their theories with him.

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The Hybrid
3283 votes

#12 - The Hybrid

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 2

Damon and Alaric reluctantly go along with Elena's new strategy to find Stefan, leading Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy.

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Daddy Issues
3672 votes

#13 - Daddy Issues

The Vampire Diaries - Season 2 - Episode 13

Johnathan Gilbert's return to Mystic Falls is an unhappy surprise to Elena, Jenna and Damon. Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused Tyler.

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Home Improvement
920 votes

#14 - Home Improvement

The Magicians - Season 4 - Episode 8

Penny licks an egg. Alice is jealous of a flower.

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The Girl Who Told Time
2463 votes

#15 - The Girl Who Told Time

The Magicians - Season 2 - Episode 10

Quentin helps Julia with her search; Eliot attempts to win over his people as Margo tries to keep a devastating secret; Penny and Kady become caught between two magical factions.

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Do Not Go Gentle
2940 votes

#16 - Do Not Go Gentle

The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 - Episode 20

The 1920s Decade Dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and Bonnie to undo a spell that could be devastating for everyone.

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2876 votes

#17 - Homecoming

The Magicians - Season 1 - Episode 10

Penny travels to the world of The Neitherlands, and Quentin and Alice work together to save him; Julia joins an eclectic group of magicians.

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The Silence of E. Lamb
666 votes

#18 - The Silence of E. Lamb

Pretty Little Liars - Season 5 - Episode 7

Aria begins her volunteer work at Radley and quickly gets down to business finding any answers she can about a patient of interest to the Liars. But she quickly hits a snag when she comes across an aggressive patient that may be the key to what the Liars are looking for. Also searching for answers, Spencer takes a note from Ezra’s play book by borrowing some of his spy equipment to keep a closer eye on the home front. Meanwhile, Hanna is caught at odds when Ali and Caleb butt heads, and Emily seeks help from her friends when her mom invites Ali over for dinner.

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Poached Eggs
1386 votes

#19 - Poached Eggs

The Magicians - Season 3 - Episode 7

Margo makes a bold stand against the Fairy Queen. Quentin and Penny try to retrieve a lost item.

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The End Is Near
3278 votes

#20 - The End Is Near

The Following - Season 1 - Episode 14

Weston, Parker and Ryan plan to storm the mansion, but Joe has already orchestrated his escape; followers create a diversion at the town evacuation center, causing panic and leading to the abduction of an FBI official.

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For Joe
2564 votes

#21 - For Joe

The Following - Season 2 - Episode 2

Ryan receives mysterious phone calls that lead to an encounter with a major threat; revelations about Joe's new life come to light.

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The Five
2942 votes

#22 - The Five

The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 - Episode 4

At a fraternity costume party, Damon gives Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Klaus reveals an encounter with a group of vampire hunters - flashing back to 12th century Italy.

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True Lies
2076 votes

#23 - True Lies

The Vampire Diaries - Season 5 - Episode 2

A fellow Whitmore student named Jesse gives Elena some intriguing information about Professor Wes Maxfield. Damon asks for help finding Stefan.

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1310 votes

#24 - Lucky

The Secret Circle - Season 1 - Episode 16

Cassie catches Blackwell sneaking around the abandoned house. After confiding in Adam, he tells her he knows Blackwell was looking for a device to drain witches’ powers and clearly back to his old ways. Faye shows up at Lee’s house to invite him to the school fundraiser, but is taken aback when Eva greets her at the door claiming to be Lee’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, Melissa encourages Diana to date a normal guy and points her in the direction of a new, handsome guy in town. Dawn runs into Blackwell at the school but the reunion isn’t quite what she expected.

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A Few Good Men
3238 votes

#25 - A Few Good Men

The Vampire Diaries - Season 1 - Episode 15

Recurring guest star Melinda Clarke appears as Kelly, Matt's long-lost mother. Sheriff Forbes asks Damon to be part of a fundraising bachelor auction.

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Cheat Day
2690 votes

#26 - Cheat Day

The Magicians - Season 2 - Episode 5

Quentin adjusts to his new life; Penny seeks help from an unexpected source; Eliot and Margo contend with the dangers of ruling; Julia and Kady discover another consequence of Reynard's attack.

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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
1186 votes

#27 - A Bird in a Gilded Cage

The Vampire Diaries - Season 6 - Episode 17

Elena and Damon enter the 1903 prison world to bring back his mother. Stefan intends to exact revenge on Caroline. Bonnie cannot forgive Kai.

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1290 votes

#28 - Fire/Ice

The Secret Circle - Season 1 - Episode 11

Cassie asks Adam for help when she wants to look into her father's past, and their search leads them to an eerily familiar place. It also rekindles an old flame when Adam, thrilled to be spending time with Cassie again, asks her to the Fire and Ice dance. But because of her friendship with Diana Cassie is forced to give a surprising response. In an effort to be a better father, Ethan offers to chaperone the dance, much to Adam's dismay. Faye asks Lee to help her with a spell that would grant her individual magic. Unfortunately, the spell has some terrifying side effects that nearly destroy the Circle.

What Lies Beneath
1566 votes

#29 - What Lies Beneath

The Vampire Diaries - Season 5 - Episode 20

Damon and Caroline suspect Stefan and Elena of keeping a secret while they hide from the travelers, unaware of the dead man out for revenge. Meanwhile Matt, Jeremy and Bonnie help Tyler get rid of Julian.

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1509 votes

#30 - Sideswipe

Nikita - Season 3 - Episode 6

Nikita and Michael capture Cyrus, an arms dealer, who is purchasing a weapon-jamming device for Ari. Nikita convinces Ryan to let them use Cyrus as bait to capture Amanda but Cyrus manages to escape the trap. However, when Amanda double crosses Cyrus, his only hope for survival is Nikita. Meanwhile, Birkhoff is hot on the trail of Amanda’s mole and Alex starts to unravel.

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3433 votes

#31 - Guilt

The Following - Season 1 - Episode 10

Joe sends followers to capture Claire; Jacob's stress over recent decisions affects his reunion with Emma.

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Personality Crisis
2941 votes

#32 - Personality Crisis

Limitless - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brian learns a shocking secret about Rebecca's late father but worries that telling her will land him in legal trouble. Also, Brian accidentally meddles in Rebecca's personal life while learning self-defense from her secret boyfriend, FBI Agent Casey Rooks.

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Separation Anxiety
4 votes

#33 - Separation Anxiety

The Invisible Man - Season 1 - Episode 10

Hobbes starts trailing his ex-wife, and gets arrested as a stalker. Hobbes believes his ex-wife Vivian's new fiance is a crook. Darien thinks he's jealous, but it turns out Hobbes is right, and they're assigned to the case. It turns out that the fiance is an undercover agent for Naval Investigations. They all team up to find the culprit in an illegal arms sale. They get captured but Darien manages to escape with his invisibility, and capture the bad guys. Hobbes is impressed with the fiance, Brock, and reconciles with Vivian.

Welcome Home
3405 votes

#34 - Welcome Home

The Following - Season 1 - Episode 8

Ryan and Parker are upset when the FBI makes Nick Donovan (Mike Colter) lead investigator as the search for Joey Matthews and Joe Carroll continues; a follower and Joe Carroll form a deadly plan.

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Sleeping with the Frenemy
269 votes

#35 - Sleeping with the Frenemy

Twisted (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 4

Lacey's mom Judy invites Jo to a sleepover, much to Lacey's dismay. Despite the promise of an incredibly awkward evening, Jo seizes the opportunity to get closer to Regina's friends and uncover potential evidence that points to another suspect in her murder. Tess persuades Karen to reconnect with her old friends, only to have it end in humiliation when Regina's mother Gloria viciously confronts Karen about Danny. Meanwhile, Danny has his first soccer match and struggles to stay on civil terms with Archie and his teammates, and Kyle steps up his investigation.

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11 votes

#36 - Impetus

The Invisible Man - Season 1 - Episode 6

Darien encounters a bizarrely-aged woman and soon becomes infected with the same disease, causing him to rapidly age.

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The Other Invisible Man
6 votes

#37 - The Other Invisible Man

The Invisible Man - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Official is assault by an invisible man and Fawkes is suspected - Darien and Hobbes work to clear Darin and find the true assailant.

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Cat & Mouse
8 votes

#38 - Cat & Mouse

The Invisible Man - Season 1 - Episode 14

Unable to craft their own invisiblity gland, the Chinese government sets out to steal the American one. Unfortunately, they have the idea that Bobby Hobbes is the invisible member of the team. Fawkes and Hobbes go into hiding, but Bobby gets nervous. After several chases, Hobbes apparently dies in a car crash. It's a set-up, but he turns up at his own funeral to look on from a distance, and is captured there by the Chinese. The Agency tracks him to the Chinese embassy, and Fawkes goes in to rescue him. It turns out the whole operation is a ploy to lure out the real American Invisible Man. Fawkes manages to escape with Bobby before they can drain the Quicksilver out of the gland, setting the place on fire.

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