The Best Episodes Directed by Laura Innes

The Wake-Up Call

#1 - The Wake-Up Call

The West Wing Season 6 - Episode 14

Valentine's Day starts badly when the Iranian air force shoots down a British airliner, killing 100 passengers. The U.K. Prime Minister threatens to retaliate by bombing nuclear reactor sites, which could doom future support for political reformers in Iran. But C.J. has made an agreement with Abbey to allow the President to get more rest, and she is reluctant to awaken him at 5 A.M. to deal with the crisis. Meanwhile, Toby and a visiting law professor answer questions from a foreign delegation that is trying to write a new constitution for the former Soviet Republic of Belarus, and harried staffers pass the buck of Leo's traditional meeting with the new Miss World.

star 8.20
613 votes
Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

#2 - Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

The West Wing Season 1 - Episode 19

Mandy's old memo about Bartlet administration weaknesses surfaces; Josh tries to get administration nominees appointed to the Federal Elections Committee; Sam works to get a better policy on gays in the military.

star 8.14
916 votes
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The Night Lila Died

#3 - The Night Lila Died

How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 - Episode 14

In flashbacks, we start to piece together what really happened the night of Lila's murder. In present day, Annalise takes on a priest who is accused of murdering another priest. Meanwhile, Connor and Oliver take things to a new level in their relationship, and Wes and Rebecca continue to grow suspicious of each other.

star 8.12
2119 votes
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Say Hello to My Little Friend

#4 - Say Hello to My Little Friend

Awake Season 1 - Episode 11

An unusual dream disrupts Britten's ability to switch realities, and a mysterious man causes him distress; Captain Harper becomes increasingly concerned over Britten's erratic behavior.

star 8.10
1288 votes
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Two Weeks Out

#5 - Two Weeks Out

The West Wing Season 7 - Episode 14

There are only two weeks left before Election Day and both candidates must make difficult choices at a time when they are both extremely tired. Vinick meets a famous athlete who greets him with a welcome that sings possible campaign trouble. Santos doesn't have such trouble with the athlete. Both candidates are campaigning in California with the hopes of stealing the election from the other guy in the hopes of thereby winning the election. Santos' briefcase falls into the hands of the Vinick campaign.

star 8.06
673 votes
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The Brooklyn Potash

#6 - The Brooklyn Potash

Sneaky Pete Season 3 - Episode 10

Marius and the Bernhardt's take part in a con to free Julia. Marius and Lizzie square off as Julia's life hangs in the balance.

star 8.03
344 votes
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Constituency of One

#7 - Constituency of One

The West Wing Season 5 - Episode 5

Will Bailey receives an offer to become Vice President Russell's top aide. Amy Parker does some skillful lobbying for domestic violence prevention which gets the wrath of Bartlett. A conservative democratic senator switches parties.

star 8.02
729 votes
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The Dover Test

#8 - The Dover Test

The West Wing Season 6 - Episode 6

The peace mission suffers its first American casualty, whose father is sharply critical of the administration; Santos breaks ranks with the party by signing onto Republican legislation for a patient bill of rights when his own bill dies in committee; Margaret searches for a new office for Charlie; Leo struggles to recover his health, his strength, and his appetite with the help of his nurse, who looks after both his body and his soul with wisdom and determination; Donna, out of her wheelchair and onto crutches, is besieged by the media for interviews; C.J. has harsh words for Toby when he lets his personal feelings take him off-message in the briefing room; Leo contemplates a post-recovery job offer in the private sector before his nurse reminds him why he left there in the first place; Will calls Josh out about the staff's disrespect for Russell's candidacy; as Annabeth finds a way to turn around a bad news cycle, Toby admonishes C.J. about micro-managing the press office.

star 7.95
728 votes
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Gone to Pieces

#9 - Gone to Pieces

Prime Suspect (US) Season 1 - Episode 9

When a hit-and-run case looks unsolvable, Duffy tries to hand it off to Jane. Clues point to a porn king as the suspect in a case that Jane and Evrard are working. Sweeney receives some advice from Duffy.

star 7.95
375 votes
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Be Still My Heart

#10 - Be Still My Heart

ER Season 6 - Episode 13

The staff prepares for Valentine's Day. Romano brings his dog into the OR for surgery. The rivalry between Chen and Malucci hurts a patient of theirs. Abby treats a former patient of Carter's and learns that not every story in the ER has a happy ending. Luka must tell two children that both of their parents are dead. David Greene and Isabelle Corday meet and hit it off. Lucy seeks advice from Carter while treating a young law student who may have schizophrenia, but he keeps brushing her off. When he finally gets around to checking on Lucy, he finds her lying on the floor, stabbed in the chest, just after being stabbed himself…

star 7.95
263 votes
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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

#11 - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Animal Kingdom (2016) Season 2 - Episode 5

As the boys put the megachurch heist in motion, Craig has second thoughts. Javi surprises Smurf with a visit.

star 7.85
1486 votes
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The Son

#12 - The Son

Secrets and Lies (2015) Season 1 - Episode 8

All alone on Christmas Eve, Ben must face the fact that Detective Cornell has uncovered damning video evidence that practically guarantees he will be charged with Tom's death -- unless he can remember what happened that fateful night. Along with Dave, a desperate Ben retraces his steps, searching for any clue that might jog his memory and clear his name. Meanwhile, the Crawford's marriage is falling into total disarray, and Natalie and Abby are caught in the crossfire of Christy and Ben's increasingly nasty verbal battles. Ben's lawyer, John Garner, comes up with an alternative theory of the murder, which leads to a shocking discovery and more secrets and lies from those closest to Ben.

star 7.84
594 votes
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It Was the Worst Day of My Life

#13 - It Was the Worst Day of My Life

How to Get Away with Murder Season 5 - Episode 5

After Annalise chooses Gabriel as her second chair, the unexpected duo puts all of their efforts into Nate Sr.’s murder re-trial as they try to convince a jury to grant an insanity plea. Bonnie struggles to rebound after a dark part of her past resurfaces.

star 7.83
850 votes
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The Little Sister

#14 - The Little Sister

Sneaky Pete Season 3 - Episode 7

In the wake of nearly connecting with Lila, the family struggles to come to terms with the idea that she may in fact be alive and in serious danger. Audrey and Otto become unwitting participants in both of Marius' cons.

star 7.79
341 votes
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NICU

#15 - NICU

ER Season 10 - Episode 12

Neela and Abby face their toughest rotation ever after being assigned to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, where Weaver and Sandy come needing help with their newly born son, Henry. A case involving a very ill infant tests the souls of all the doctors. Abby does well whereas Neela struggles, but both ultimately decide against going into neo-natology.

star 7.79
187 votes
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Family Sucks

#16 - Family Sucks

How to Get Away with Murder Season 6 - Episode 6

Annalise intervenes in Michaela’s relationship with her father and asks for his help in return. Because Nate still doesn’t trust Tegan, he attempts to get in good with someone who was once close to her. After Asher reunites and has an unpleasant conversation with his estranged mother, he shares a meaningful moment with Michaela. Connor finally learns why he was originally picked for the Keating 5.

star 7.77
553 votes
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Informed Consent

#17 - Informed Consent

House Season 3 - Episode 3

House puts a well-known medical researcher through a battery of tests to determine why he collapsed in his lab. When the team is unable to diagnose the problem, the doctor asks the team to help him end his life. House is forced to use his cane again after the ketamine has worn off as he deals with a clinic patient's teenaged daughter who has a crush on him.

star 7.75
2678 votes
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Shibboleth

#18 - Shibboleth

The West Wing Season 2 - Episode 8

Toby encourages the President to appoint Leo's controversial sister to a national education post, against Leo's objections; Bartlet must decide what the do with 83 Chinese citizens who stowed away on a freighter ship and seek asylum on the grounds of religious persecution; CJ has to decide which one of two turkeys the President should "pardon" but then tries to save the other from the chopping block; Charlie is tasked with buying the President a new carving knife which is not as easy as it sounds.

star 7.75
831 votes
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A Hopeless Wound

#19 - A Hopeless Wound

ER Season 9 - Episode 5

On a busy Halloween night, Carter and Abby are the only staffers in costume when victims of an apartment building fire pack the ER. Corday takes on a new med student for a surgical rotation--Paul Nathan, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and only decided to pursue medicine after his diagnosis. Despite a difficult first day, both professionally and medically, Nathan makes a difficult diagnosis. Romano's rehab lags behind his expectations, and he begins to doubt his role if surgery is no longer an option. In a moment of personal weakness, he tries to express his feelings for Corday. Weaver continues to display erratic behavior, raising staff suspicions she might be going through menopause. Luka's affair with Chuny is revealed, and tensions rise when he treats a patient with a perpetual erection.

star 7.74
208 votes
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From the Ashes

#20 - From the Ashes

Mr. Mercedes Season 1 - Episode 8

A critical error puts Brady in the center of a crisis of his own making. Holly and Jerome make a pivotal discovery. After a tragedy sends Hodges reeling, he goes to visit his daughter, Allie.

star 7.74
1547 votes
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Lieutenant Bernhardt

#21 - Lieutenant Bernhardt

Sneaky Pete Season 1 - Episode 7

As they struggle to save the family business, Audrey strategizes with Marius, while Otto insists on doing things his way. Confronted by Carly's discoveries, Marius pays visits to both his old mentor and his former cellmate to backstop his identity as Pete. Taylor gathers evidence about the incident that left him suspended from the force, and Winslow follows Marius' trail to Katie and her family.

star 7.71
1585 votes
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Power

#22 - Power

ER Season 5 - Episode 20

The hospital suffers through a series of power outages. Carol's decision to send Doug a fax about her pregnancy is thwarted by the power outages. The staff is on alert after a raped and beaten patient is found in a hallway. Romano begs Corday to stay in trauma. Carter and Roxanne break up. Carter and Lucy treat a pheromone saleswoman.

star 7.71
225 votes
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Let's Get to Scooping

#23 - Let's Get to Scooping

How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 - Episode 4

Annalise and her students uncover a shocking truth while investigating the case of Marren Trudeau, founder and CEO of a major brokerage firm, who has recently been arrested for insider trading. Meanwhile, Wes discovers a cell phone hidden by Rebecca whose contents reveal an unsettling clue in the Lila Stangard murder case.

star 7.69
2302 votes
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Great Balls of Fire

#24 - Great Balls of Fire

Mr. Mercedes Season 3 - Episode 5

Lou's trial continues in earnest. Bill is called as a hostile witness for the prosecution and complicates matters. Holly and Finkelstein draw closer together whilst Morris closes in on Peter. Alma destroys her incriminating evidence. Both Lou and Bill converse with their respective personal ghosts.

star 7.68
449 votes
What Happened to You, Annalise?

#25 - What Happened to You, Annalise?

How to Get Away with Murder Season 2 - Episode 10

A few weeks have passed since Wes shot Annalise. Wes and The Keating 5 deal with the fallout from that night, as Annalise is faced with a complicated road to recovery.

star 7.67
2264 votes
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11 Million Reasons You Can't Go Home Again

#26 - 11 Million Reasons You Can't Go Home Again

Sneaky Pete Season 2 - Episode 6

Maggie's return to the Bernhardt homestead leads to family tensions resurfacing. As Marius tries to pry the location of the money from Maggie, they are grabbed by FBI agents. Taylor and Shannon's relationship begins to drift, just as he sparks a connection with Roby. Frustrated by their inability to find his money, Luka shows Frank and Joe that he's not playing games.

star 7.65
618 votes
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Proximity

#27 - Proximity

Mr. Mercedes Season 2 - Episode 6

A visit from Lou elicits an unprecedented response from Brady, and Dr. Babineau pushes him to communicate. Holly begins to come around to Hodges' thinking about Brady. Armed with new intel, Hodges reaches out to Babineau and Cora

star 7.65
663 votes
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Nearlyweds

#28 - Nearlyweds

Brothers & Sisters Season 4 - Episode 10

Justin and Rebecca's beachside wedding has the Walker family stunned. Tommy risks everything to have his daughter beside him.

star 7.64
253 votes
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Tell Me No Secrets…

#29 - Tell Me No Secrets…

ER Season 13 - Episode 10

A teenaged girl is found in front of her school, bleeding and apparently raped. As Luka and Gates treat her, Abby and Neela try figure out the truth about what happened, while Luka must help the girl's mother, a colleague. When the police are no help with Ames, Luka decides to confront the problem. Abby's friend from Ike's returns. Pratt struggles to cope when his brother comes out. There’s a new nurse on the floor, but can he handle the ER? Meanwhile, Ray’s got a secret and Gates pours on the charm, but Neela’s not impressed.

star 7.61
74 votes
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Sailing Away

#30 - Sailing Away

ER Season 7 - Episode 19

Corday goes into labor and delivers a baby girl named Ella. Benton treats his junior high school science teacher. Numerous college students come into the ER, victims of fraternity/sorority pledging pranks and hazing rituals. Carter and Abby take a road trip to Oklahoma to pick up Maggie, who has locked herself in a motel room. Rena dumps Carter over the phone. Maggie steals sleeping pills from a convenience store and attempts suicide.

star 7.60
173 votes
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The Feast of Epiphany

#31 - The Feast of Epiphany

Brothers & Sisters Season 2 - Episode 10

Secrets are the order of the day when the Walkers gather for a family dinner because Nora is too shy to ask Isaac out on her own. Meanwhile, Becca is trying to play matchmaker for her mother.

star 7.58
358 votes
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Episode 208

#32 - Episode 208

The Affair Season 2 - Episode 8

On the college campus where they first met, Helen is amazed to see Noah in a new role, and bewildered by Whitney's future plans. Meanwhile, Noah is in danger of spinning out of control as his fame and related temptations escalate.

star 7.51
1112 votes
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If I Should Fall from Grace

#33 - If I Should Fall from Grace

ER Season 8 - Episode 7

A new med student assigned to Carter finds all sorts of surprises in store for him on his first day. Elizabeth spends her day searching for the angel of death, finding that all signs point towards Dr. Babcock. Nicole has a rough day training to become a nurse's aide, and draws Abby's ire after Luka invites her into a trauma. Puzzled by his grandmother's fainting spells, Carter discovers that she is at great risk for a heart attack or stroke. He and Susan treat a law student/med student who has been cutting herself. The two grow closer, as Carter finally tells her about his stabbing and drug addiction. Mark picks up Rachel at school after she's suspended. Peter is sued by Roger for custody and takes a DNA test to determine whether he is Reese's real father. Despondent over badly injuring a young skateboarder, a mall security guard tries to hang himself.

star 7.48
235 votes
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Strange Bedfellows

#34 - Strange Bedfellows

ER Season 12 - Episode 18

A case involving two teens injured in a car accident proves baffling as the doctors try to determine why the girl is unconscious and why her male companion is so hostile toward the police, before Ray discovers he's deaf, and the cops jumped him. Neela copes with a visit from Gallant's bickering parents and Morris gets a tempting job offer from a pharmaceutical company. Olivia learns of Pratt's philandering. Kovač tells Abby that he is going to Darfur to help Carter, but when he realizes Abby is worried, he orders Pratt, who is just returning from suspension, to go. Sam enjoys the perks of working for Elliott. Ray struggles with some unresolved feelings for Neela as she decides to move back to Abby's apartment.

star 7.45
77 votes
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Episode 205

#35 - Episode 205

The Affair Season 2 - Episode 5

Alison is thrown by a shift in behavior from her hosts, and furious with Noah after a chance discovery. Cole rejects Scotty's plan to make money - but not before Scotty catches him in a situation best kept secret.

star 7.43
1114 votes
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I Was Made for Lovin' You

#36 - I Was Made for Lovin' You

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 - Episode 7

Cristina and Owen continue to figure out their relationship amidst the pending lawsuit; and Bailey argues with Ben over plans for their upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Callie recruits Jackson to help find a solution to Derek's hand, but he is preoccupied by a shocking situation with April.

star 7.42
2737 votes
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All About Christmas Eve

#37 - All About Christmas Eve

ER Season 12 - Episode 10

It’s Christmas Eve in the ER, and Kovač arrives for his first day as Chief of Emergency Medicine wearing a Santa hat, with presents for everyone. Kerry, Pratt and Abby treat a girl who is the victim of a random bullet fired by gang members, leading to a vigil outside the ER and a "scared straight" lesson, administered by Pratt, in the consequences of gun violence. Clemente’s former flame arrives, and the fires re-ignite, despite his efforts to resist. When a testy Santa insults a group of blind children, Eve’s extreme response forces Luka to bring in the nursing supervisor, and Eve is fired. Haleh auditions singers for the Christmas party and finds a surprising partner in Morris. At the end of the day, the gang gathers for the annual Christmas party. Luka and Abby exchange gifts, and Abby tells Luka she's pregnant.

star 7.39
74 votes
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S3X

#38 - S3X

Brothers & Sisters Season 3 - Episode 21

Sarah reclaims her Ojai office and meets Cal, a staffer in accounting. He helps her unpack; Even in the heat of the moment; Sarah's business savvy remains; When David, Holly, Rebecca and Ryan have dinner; David can't help but notice Ryan's behavior around his daughter; Scotty, Kevin and Chad share drinks.

star 7.34
224 votes
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

#39 - Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Brothers & Sisters Season 3 - Episode 23

When Kitty & Robert reach a crossroads in their marriage, she is forced to reflect on her father's past indiscretions and decide what's most important in life. Meanwhile, Ryan makes a discovery about his mother's death and takes a huge leap in the wrong direction to vie for Rebecca's affection.

star 7.29
219 votes
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The Science Fair

#40 - The Science Fair

Brothers & Sisters Season 4 - Episode 12

A divorced dad at Paige's school piques Sarah's interest, while Justin uncovers the key to his learning challenges. Meanwhile, Nora reunites with her eyes wide open.

star 7.23
251 votes
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Nobody's Baby

#41 - Nobody's Baby

ER Season 12 - Episode 2

Ray attends to a surrogate mother who goes into labor prematurely after being involved in a car accident. A difficult decision must be made as the baby's life hangs in the balance. Pratt gets a visit from his estranged father Charlie. A depressed Kovač copes with another failed relationship when Sam announces she's moving out, but he gets emotional support from Abby, who joins forces with Neela to put a spoiled, rude patient in her place.

star 7.18
153 votes
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The Year of the Rabbit

#42 - The Year of the Rabbit

Journeyman Season 1 - Episode 4

While Katie sets up for her big charity event, she is stunned to find that Dan has yet again disappeared. This time around, Dan travels back to the year 1995 in order to help a woman on a blind date, but when Livia arrives to assist Dan with his mission she seems more interested in Dan's relationship with Katie.

star 7.01
324 votes
It's Not Easy Being Green

#43 - It's Not Easy Being Green

Brothers & Sisters Season 3 - Episode 13

Just as Greenatopia gets the green light Sarah's business partner breaks some startling personal news; Nora rekindles a romance with an old flame.

star 6.98
219 votes
Book Burning

#44 - Book Burning

Brothers & Sisters Season 3 - Episode 2

Much to the chagrin of her mother and siblings, Kitty decides to publish a tell-all memoir about Robert's unsuccessful Presidential race and the trials and tribulations of the Walker family. Meanwhile, Justin slows his relationship with Rebecca to a near stand still.

star 6.80
353 votes
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