The Best Episodes Directed by Joshua Butler

Separation Anxiety

#1 - 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.

star 8.50
4 votes
By the Light of Dawn

#2 - 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.

star 8.08
1358 votes
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The Fillorian Candidate

#3 - 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.

star 8.06
1367 votes
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#4 - Klaus

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 - Episode 19

Stefan and Damon are furious when they discover that Elena has defied them both to make a new ally and take control of the plan to out-maneuver Klaus. Disagreement over how to protect Elena leads to growing tension between the Salvatore brothers. Meanwhile, Stefan has his hands full trying to keep a confused and frightened Jenna safe. Flashbacks to 1491 reveal Katherine’s introduction to Elijah and Klaus, along with the origin of the moonstone curse. Elena learns shocking new information about Klaus’ motives.

star 8.06
3397 votes
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The Reaping

#5 - 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.

star 8.03
2129 votes
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Reigning Pain in New Orleans

#6 - Reigning Pain in New Orleans

The Originals Season 1 - Episode 9

Marcel, deeply conflicted by recent events, is surprised when Klaus opens up to him about some of his past indiscretions. Cami tries to make sense of cryptic messages she's come across and is disturbed when she gains some insight into Klaus' past. Meanwhile, in a surprising turn of events, the human faction takes matters into their own hands, resulting in a violent confrontation. Elsewhere, when Hayley learns of a plan to harm the werewolves in the bayou, she turns to Elijah and Rebekah for help. After heading to the bayou, they run into a werewolf named Eve, who has information that leads them to a shocking discovery.

star 8.03
1936 votes
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The Beast Within

#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.

star 8.02
449 votes
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#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.

star 8.01
3508 votes
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Salt in the Wound

#9 - 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.

star 8.00
630 votes
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The Other Invisible Man

#10 - 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.

star 8.00
5 votes
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Fade Into You

#11 - Fade Into You

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 - Episode 8

As Caroline and Elena prepare to host Friendsgiving at the dorm, they receive some hopeful news from Alaric and Stefan about the Gemini Coven. Tyler is determined to help Liv after she and Luke reveal some disturbing information about their witch lineage and the impending plans their coven has for them. Meanwhile, dinner takes a drastic turn when Jo, who has revealed some painful details about her past, finds herself fighting for her life, leaving Alaric scrambling to help from a distance. Finally, Kai makes a dangerous discovery that brings him one step closer to his release.

star 7.94
1519 votes
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You Do Not Know War

#12 - 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.

star 7.92
1032 votes
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The Hybrid

#13 - The Hybrid

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 - Episode 2

Klaus puts a plan in motion that will give him even more power, but even with the unwilling participation of werewolf Ray Sutton, things don’t go exactly as Klaus had planned. Damon and Alaric reluctantly go along with Elena’s new strategy to find Stefan, leading Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy. Jeremy turns to Matt for help as he continues to try to understand what the ghosts from his past want from him. Unaware that Caroline is in need of his help, Tyler faces an emotional confrontation with his mother.

star 7.91
3481 votes
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Daddy Issues

#14 - Daddy Issues

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 - Episode 13

Johnathan Gilbert’s return to Mystic Falls comes as an unhappy surprise to Elena, Jenna and Damon. Caroline lets Stefan know about her conversation with Tyler, and Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused and conflicted Tyler. Jeremy comforts Bonnie after her disturbing conversation with Jonas. When Jules takes a hostage, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation.

star 7.87
3837 votes
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Do Not Go Gentle

#15 - Do Not Go Gentle

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 - Episode 20

Alaric finds an unexpected ally to guide him on his dangerous new path, while Damon and Meredith try to figure out what their next move should be. At the school’s 1920s Decade Dance, Bonnie asks Jamie to go with her and, at Caroline’s suggestion, Elena asks Stefan to be her date. Caroline is pleasantly surprised when Tyler shows up at the dance determined to sweep her off her feet, but Klaus does his best to come between them. The dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and especially Bonnie to undo a spell that could prove devastating for everyone.

star 7.85
3108 votes
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The Girl Who Told Time

#16 - 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.

star 7.84
2945 votes
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Deep Waters

#17 - 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.

star 7.84
97 votes
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Home Improvement

#18 - Home Improvement

The Magicians Season 4 - Episode 8

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

star 7.83
920 votes
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Poached Eggs

#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.

star 7.78
1505 votes
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The End Is Near

#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.

star 7.77
3470 votes
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#21 - 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.

star 7.77
3421 votes
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The Five

#22 - The Five

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 - Episode 4

Damon goes with Elena and Bonnie to visit Whitmore College, where Professor Shane is taking over the Occult Studies classes formerly taught by Bonnie’s grandmother. At a fraternity costume party, Damon takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Rebekah’s attempt to buy Matt’s forgiveness falls flat, but she is intrigued by unexpected news from Klaus. When Stefan questions Klaus about Connor’s motives, Klaus reveals a long-ago encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters, but it’s Rebekah who delivers the information that stuns Stefan.

star 7.77
3200 votes
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True Lies

#23 - True Lies

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 - Episode 2

Without telling Elena that Stefan is missing, Damon turns to Sheriff Forbes for help finding his brother. Elena and Caroline try to find out who is covering up a campus murder, and a fellow Whitmore student gives Elena some information about Professor Wes Maxfield. While Jeremy struggles to return to his old life, he continues to be the only person who can see and talk to Bonnie. After learning that Silas is searching for Katherine, Damon asks Matt and Jeremy to keep her out of sight. Finally, Nadia uses violence to make a point about her own agenda.

star 7.76
2316 votes
For Joe

#24 - 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.

star 7.75
2773 votes
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The Silence of E. Lamb

#25 - 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.

star 7.74
755 votes
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Cheat Day

#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.

star 7.70
3250 votes
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#27 - 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.

star 7.70
10 votes

#28 - 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.

star 7.70
1341 votes
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A Few Good Men

#29 - A Few Good Men

The Vampire Diaries Season 1 - Episode 15

Matt and Caroline are surprised by the sudden reappearance of Matt’s mother, Kelly. Stefan and Elena are worried about Damon’s new attitude. Damon is asked by Sheriff Forbes to take part in a fund-raising bachelor auction. Alaric discovers shocking secrets from his own past. With help from Jenna and Stefan, Elena is determined to find out everything she can about her birth mother, but the truth may be more than she can handle.

star 7.70
3417 votes
A Bird in a Gilded Cage

#30 - A Bird in a Gilded Cage

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 - Episode 17

With the help of Bonnie and Kai, Damon and Elena set forth a plan to rescue Damon's mother Lily, who is trapped in the 1903 prison world. Meanwhile, when Caroline's plan for Stefan backfires, she is left to pick up the pieces. Elsewhere, back at Whitmore College, Enzo and Alaric's attempt to reel Caroline back in doesn't quite go as planned when they realize they're outmaneuvered. Lastly, an unexpected gift from Bonnie leaves Damon shaken to his core.

star 7.70
1372 votes

#31 - 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.

star 7.64
1317 votes
What Lies Beneath

#32 - What Lies Beneath

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 - Episode 20

When Tyler tell Damon that Markos’ plan to break the witches’ curse puts Stefan and Elena in imminent danger, he suggests they hide out in the remote cabin once owned by Caroline’s father. Caroline believes that Stefan and Elena are keeping a secret, so Damon comes up with a parlor game designed to expose the truth. A ghostly presence at the cabin uses violence and fire to make itself known. Meanwhile, Matt takes charge of Tyler’s plan to get information from one of the Travelers, and Bonnie continues to keep the truth about the Other Side from Jeremy, despite warnings from Grams.

star 7.63
1784 votes

#33 - Guilt

The Following Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 7.61
3621 votes
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#34 - 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.

star 7.60
1569 votes
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Personality Crisis

#35 - 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.

star 7.56
3295 votes
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Welcome Home

#36 - 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.

star 7.53
3589 votes
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Sleeping with the Frenemy

#37 - 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.

star 7.46
283 votes
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Cat & Mouse

#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.

star 6.57
7 votes
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