The Best Episodes Directed by Leo Penn
#1 - Any Portrait in a Storm
St. Elsewhere Season 3 - Episode 18
A violent storm brings down a news helicopter; Dean takes off for Florida, leaving Maddy alone to face the future; Myra gives birth to a son, Peter; Hufnagel haggles over her latest bill; Rosenthal struggles with life in the ER; the phone repairman is electrocuted; Dr. Auschlander, angry about his portrait, cancels the dedication ceremony; and Martin returns to medical practice.
#3 - The Way You Look Tonight
Jake and the Fatman Season 3 - Episode 4
A young lady is acquitted for killing her mother, and wants to hire Jake privately to find the killer. Jake turns it down because he's on his way to a vacation, but then McCabe refuses to let him take any days off. So Jake quits his job and takes the assignment.
#4 - The Wedding March
Cannon Season 5 - Episode 11
Cannon and a female vice squad officer who's on leave after being viciously beaten while undercover posing as a prostitute go after this same man who has previously beaten prostitutes to death while playing the music "The Wedding March".
#6 - Therapy in Dynamite
Kojak Season 1 - Episode 21
A psychopathic bomber (Steven Keats) targets people who hurt his friends.
#8 - Blindfold
Starsky & Hutch Season 4 - Episode 3
Responding to a jewellery store robbery, Starsky is distraught when he accidentally shoots an art student caught in the cross-fire, costing the girl her sight. Guilt-stricken, he forcefully strikes up friendship with the blinded young woman, without confessing that he's the law officer that caused her to loose her vision. But their subsequent relationship soon proves to be very dangerous, as someone seems determined to keep him away from her, and Hutch comes to question just how much of a chance by-stander she really was in the incident...
#9 - Ninety Pounds of Trouble
Starsky & Hutch Season 4 - Episode 16
When a contract is put out to kill a top union official, Starsky and Hutch go undercover as hit men to protect him. But while Hutch rehearses his performance as a trigger man, Starsky is plagued by a young admirer who may compromise his cover.
#10 - I May Be Wrong
Jake and the Fatman Season 4 - Episode 13
A South African diplomat is killed by a car bomb with the mark of an extreme South African racist group know as ""the Order of Blood"" near by. South Africa sends a black cop to LA who immediately goes after Vanessa Kruger, the leader of a group allied with the Order.
#12 - Heal Thyself
Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 12
When Karen Harmon, a nurse whom Magnum knew in Vietnam whom was once traumatised when a wounded soldier she was treating was killed in a bombing, and is now a doctor, is accused of the murder of three patients in her care, he is determined to help her clear her name. All but one of the entire hospital board believe her to be guilty, and when his offer of help is rejected by Karen and her now husband, Thomas feels compelled to look into the case anyway. A hounding reporter determined for a story does not help the issue; and the whole matter only serves to trigger off delayed stress syndrome for Karen from that fateful bombing in 'Nam...
#13 - The Dare
Matlock Season 9 - Episode 4
To prove that Matlock could not solve the perfect murder, a demented millionaire (Terry O'Quinn) kills Ben's friend and challenges Ben to solve the crime.
#14 - The Game
Starsky & Hutch Season 4 - Episode 2
When they blow the capture of a wanted felon, Starsky and Hutch each blame the other, and lay down a bet to see whether or not Hutch can successfully elude Starsky for a whole weekend. But the exercise in hide-and-seek becomes more than just a game when Starsky realises that Hutch has unknowingly eaten contaminated soup, and could die from the potentially lethal botulism poisoning. It's a race against time as Starsky struggles to locate Hutch to warn him, but Hutch, unawares to the poisoning, assumes it's all part of Starsky's attempts to draw him out, and dons a number of disguises in order to stay one step ahead...
#15 - Press Pass to the Slammer
Cannon Season 2 - Episode 23
A columnist faces contempt charges; Cannon takes the case.
#17 - Torah, Torah, Torah
Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 21
Higgins asks Magnum to collect an old friend, Asher Solomon, from the airport â€“ who Magnum finds is a Rabbi, arriving in Hawaii with a sacred Torah that was recently returned by the Antiquities Department of Taiwan. But on the journey back to the Estate, they are ambushed and the valuable Torah is grabbed from the Rabbi. As Magnum helps the Rabbi try to recover the sacred artefact, their search leads them to a ring of smugglers...
#18 - The Big Payoff
Matlock Season 6 - Episode 16
Michelle helps an insurance investigator prove that a man killed his wealthy wife to collect on the insurance money.
#20 - On a Bed of Harts
Hart to Hart Season 4 - Episode 1
Jonathan purchases their Honeymoom bed, but the wrong bed is delivered. In their search for the ""real"" bed, the Harts become entangled in an international art smuggling scheme through San Francisco and the Napa Valley.
#24 - The One That Got Away
The Fugitive Season 4 - Episode 17
Ralph Schuyler is a government agent who goes undercover as a boat captain to spy on Felice Greer, the wife of an international embezzler hiding out in Mexico and she's presumably coming down to him with the stolen money. Kimble happens to be on the boat too as a hired deck hand. When Ralph learns that Kimble's identity is false, he takes Kimble's fingerprints and after an 'emergency' landing, the agent leaves the fingerprints with a local Mexican shopkeeper and notifies the authorities of Felice's whereabouts. But when Ralph is badly burned in a engine room fire, Kimble tries to save him and takes over the boat's steering to safely make it to their destination. But when Kimble intercepts a cable with the incriminating report on his fingerprints, Kimble is torn between fleeing or staying to help Ralph, while Kimble also discovers that Felice's husband is up to no good concerning the stolen money.
#30 - This Island isn't Big Enough
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 16
When Rick's boat returns from a cruise deserted, Magnum searches for the answers to what has happened to his friend and the passengers on-board, who are all presumed dead. His hunt is somewhat hampered by the separate investigation of a law officer who models himself on John Wayne, but as they both try to get to the bottom of the strange disappearance of the boat's passengers, they stumble upon a plot involving mobsters and two million dollars in counterfeit money...
#31 - The Power of Life and Death
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 5
A man called Davis has shot Colonel Clayton and escapes on horseback. Joe and Ben join the posse that sets out to find Davis. Ben and Joe volunteer to cross the desert. Ben and Joe find Davis hold up at a water hole, when Indians attack and Ben is wounded in the leg, and steal the horses. Joe unties Davis, who tends to a wounded Ben, who is suspicious that Davis will try to escape. After playing a game of cat and mouse, Ben and Davis come to an agreement: survival. Joe makes the decision to cross the desert on foot, while Ben and Davis are at the water hole, both men in need of medical help and justice.
#32 - The Competition
Matlock Season 7 - Episode 18
Matlock refuses to believe that a young piano player committed suicide, nor does the father of the girl who hires Matlock to find out what really happened.
#33 - Outlaw Champion
Hardcastle and McCormick Season 2 - Episode 1
Hardcastle and McCormick must help protect a famous race car driver who is in danger of losing his claim to fame as well as his life.
#36 - Anyone for Murder?
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Season 2 - Episode 20
James Parkerson is a psychology professor who places an ad in the newspaper offering advice on how to murder one's spouse. He gets a response from the police, but manages to convince them that he is merely gathering research for an experiment. Later, he is contacted by a man named Robert Johnson who is searching for a way to kill his lover's husband. From Johnson's description of his lover and her husband, Parkerson realizes that Johnson is talking about his wife Doris and himself. Johnson is planning to kill him, but doesn't seem to realize that his target and the man on the phone are one and the same. Parkerson hires a hitman named Bingham to kill Johnson. Unfortunately, Johnson kills the hitman. Johnson realizes that Parkerson knows about him so he contacts Doris. He tells her that they should kill Parkerson and then make it look like the hitman did it. Unfortunately, Doris still loves her husband and has no plans to kill him. She only began her affair because of her husband's lack
#37 - The Dame
Matlock Season 6 - Episode 6
While dining with Julie, a chance meeting with a woman causes Ben to relate the story of his investigation, many years earlier, of a widow that Ben's father (played by Andy Griffith) believes may have been involved with the death of his friend - her husband.
#38 - Money Crop
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 21
A college-educated farmer named Joe moves to Walnut Grove with his pregnant wife. He tells the Walnut Grove-area farmers of a new hybrid of corn that would produce good crops, to which the farmers are very enthused. They decide to buy some of this new seed. While on the way back to Walnut Grove with the seed, Joe gets into an accident, as the farmers wait for his return.
#39 - Any Old Port in a Storm
Columbo Season 3 - Episode 2
Wine producer Adrian Carsini discovers that his younger brother Enrico plans to sell the family vineyards to pay his playboy-life debts, and sets out to murder him. He locks him in a wine vault and turns off the air and conditioning, then drags the body out to the ocean and makes it look like Enrico died during a scuba-diving accident. Columbo is suspicious of the contradictions that show up in the autopsy, and soon realizes that Adrian is the murderer. The final clue is the wine that was spoiled when the vault's air conditioning was turned off. Only Adrian could tell the difference, so Columbo secretly gets him to sample the wine and declare it unfit. Once Adrian realizes his wines were ruined, he is forced to throw them over a cliff, as Columbo looks on. In the end, Columbo takes in a relieved Adrian, confessing that Carsini is one of the few killers he was reluctant to bring in.
#40 - Santa Claus is Dead
St. Elsewhere Season 4 - Episode 11
Axelrod tries to keep Santa Claus alive after he collapses at a children's party; Ehrlich tries to brighten the holiday for his only obstetrical patient; Lizzie's boy friend finds the Westphalls' Christmas depressing; and Dr. Craig overindulges at his Christmas party.
#44 - Ma's Holiday
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 8
Charles and Caroline decide to go on a second honeymoon and leave Mr. Edwards in charge of the children. The honeymoon doesn't turn out very well because Caroline keeps worrying about the children. Back at home, Mr. Edwards has his hands full with Carrie.
#45 - The Strangler
Matlock Season 6 - Episode 3
Serial killer Jeffrey Speidel strangles his victims. When Matlock gets inovlved in the case, Speidel makes a point of turning Matlock into his next target...his goal is to ruin Matlock publicly before killing him.
#46 - Down a Long and Lonely River
Kojak Season 1 - Episode 19
A young psychologist goes to Kojak for help after her finacee (Paul Michael Glaser) who is also on parole, attempts to settle an old score with the people who left him to take the fall for the entire crime in which sent him to prison.
#48 - Road Kill
In the Heat of the Night Season 1 - Episode 3
The affair between the husband of a wealthy woman and her distant cousin leads to her murder. Virgil immediately suspects the pair.But he has a difficult time persuading Gillespie, who is a long time friend of the man and Bubba, who has been seeing the cousin.Bubba and Virgil clash again and Virgil is frustrated when the Chief rejects his theory about the crime.
#50 - The Voice of Tinker Jones
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 11
The town becomes divided when Mrs. Oleson offers to buy a bell for the church, but only if she can put up a plaque. The differences and arguing begin to affect the school children. A mute craftsman, Tinker Jones, steps in and with the help of the school children, is able to make a bell.
#52 - Die Before They Wake
Kojak Season 1 - Episode 14
A prostitute with a drug addiction (Tina Louise)holds the key to solving the murders of her roomate and a local TV reporter.
#54 - The Don (2)
Matlock Season 1 - Episode 7
Even though they've lost a key witness, Matlock keeps defending Nicholas Baron. Daniel tries to convince Matlock that his father just can't handle any stress due to his heart condition, but Nicholas continues to beg Matlock to clear his name. While Matlock investigates a suspect closer to home than Baron would want, Charlene blows her chance at a relationship with Paul when she can't separate the man from the legend.
#56 - The Dirty Detail
Tales of the Unexpected Season 7 - Episode 1
Fred Pearson is a Vietnam war veteran, but he came out with a miserable service record, thanks to the bullying of Guedo, his sergeant, who constantly gave him dirty detail punishments and broke his nerve. Since discharge, Pearson hasn't been able to keep a job and feels the world is against him. Years on from Vietnam, and after an unsuccessful day of looking for work, Pearson goes to his favourite bar to drown his sorrows and finds Guedo boasting about his time in the army. Pearson sees a chance of revenge...
#57 - The Blues Singer
Matlock Season 3 - Episode 19
When legendary blues singer Eddie Haynes is charged with murder, Matlock agrees to defend a man he once idolized. Haynes swears that the young rock star he's accused of killing was going to write him a hit song, and Matlock soon realises that there is no shortage of people who wanted the charismatic young musician dead.
#58 - Columbo Goes to the Guillotine
Columbo Season 8 - Episode 1
Lt. Columbo delves into the world of magic, ESP and slight of hand as he investigates the death of a magician, and there appears to be a tie to a prodigal psychic supported by a government founded institute on parapsychology.
#59 - The Fortune (1)
Matlock Season 7 - Episode 10
The nephew of an eccentric millionaire is accused of murdering his uncle after they were seen arguing and Cliff is sent to work in the uncles' zoo in order to gather information to exonerate him. Meanwhile, Billy persuades Ben to defend him in court after he becomes involved in an investment scheme gone awry.
#60 - The Heiress
Matlock Season 2 - Episode 24
As a young child, Allison Tate had discovered the bodies of her parents, apparently killed by an intruder. Shortly after her twenty-first birthday, she found the body of Marsha Gold, killed in a similar matter. When this thrust her back into the Linder Sanitarium in which she'd spent most of her life since her parents murdered, Bob Ranier (her father's former business partner, like an uncle to her) hires Matlock to prove that Allison is innocent of her murder. Matlock has an unlikely ally in Warren Kreitzer, an insurance attorney who is supposed to be on vacation, but will do whatever he can to protect Allison.
#62 - The Madam
Matlock Season 5 - Episode 4
A call girl blackmails her employer to stay on the payroll, and when one of them winds up dead, it's Matlock to the rescue.
#63 - The Defendant
Matlock Season 8 - Episode 12
Leanne falls for Matlock's new client, a philanthropist accused of murdering his business partner.
#64 - The Best Judge Money Can Buy
Kojak Season 2 - Episode 9
A judge (John Randolph) whose son was also a judge was murdered and his death was made to look like he had committed suicide. Now, his father must decide whether or not he should allow a murderer (Abe Vigoda) to walk, or risk letting information out that shows his son as a corrupt judge.
#65 - A Fine Day for Dying
Mannix Season 8 - Episode 3
Out of a coma, back in the line of fire.
#67 - The Don (1)
Matlock Season 1 - Episode 6
When Nicholas Baron, a well known mobster, is accused of murdering one of his rivals, he asks Ben Matlock to represent him. Ben initially refuses, but agrees to represent Baron despite threats on his own life. He soon meets the entire family, and realises that despite what Baron has always done for a living, at heart he's a worried father who wants to clear his name.
#69 - The Divorce
Matlock Season 7 - Episode 15
Duncan and Clara Farmington seemed to have the perfect marriage. Now they want to have the perfect divorce. What starts out as a simple division of property turns nasty as Leanne represents the wife and Ben the husband. At the same time, a scam artist tries to sue Matlock for millions after injuring himself on Matlock's property.
#70 - The Naked and the Dead
St. Elsewhere Season 4 - Episode 4
Dr. Westphall tries to deal with his critical sister-in-law and a reluctant hospital board; Luther becomes Axelrod's personal trainer; Roxanne asks Chandler to her recital; Rosenthal worries over the threats of an assaulted teenager; Dr. Caldwell's questionable behavior continues at the hospital; and Dr. Craig proves to be of little help to his grieving wife.
#72 - How to Murder Your Lawyer
Diagnosis Murder Season 2 - Episode 19
After Steve's night school law teacher is nearly run down in the parking lot, he and a paralegal investigate shady dealings in their law firm.
#73 - Slow Boat to Murder
Hart to Hart Season 2 - Episode 11
Chief accountant of Hart Industries, Stanley Friesen, is set up to take a murder wrap after an evening on the town. In an attempt to clear him, the Harts retrace his steps and discover a gambling ring using the Nightlife as a cover.
#75 - The Con Man
Matlock Season 4 - Episode 8
After he's conned by a group of con men, Brian Davis is accused of murdering one of them. Matlock agrees to take on the case, and while Michelle tries to get close to one of the remaining con artists, Matlock tries to prove that a previous scheme is responsible for the current predicament.
#76 - The Thoroughbred
Matlock Season 3 - Episode 16
When the manager of a thoroughbred farm is murdered, her father begs Matlock to represent the mentally handicapped man accused of the crime.
#77 - Number Eight
Tales of the Unexpected Season 7 - Episode 5
A smartly dressed driver on his own picks up a scruffy, wild-eyed hitch-hiker. As they drive off together, they hear warnings on the car radio of a dangerous serial killer on the run - the ""will-o-the-wisp"" murderer is said to be of slight build with fair hair... a description which clearly matches the hitch-hiker.
#78 - Sister Michael Wants You
Diagnosis Murder Season 1 - Episode 19
Dr. Sloan goes undercover at a convent when mysterious circumstances surround a murder.
#79 - The Cyborg
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season 2 - Episode 4
Cybernetic genius Tabor Ulrich creates a perfect mechanical duplicate of Admiral Nelson. His plot: to make the crew of the Seaview think they are fighting World War Three. In doing so, the sub will launch nuclear missiles at the China, Russia and the USA. After the holocaust, Ulrich plans to take over and usher in "the age of the cyborg".
#80 - Nine, Ten, You’re Dead
Hawaii Five-O Season 4 - Episode 12
A mob boss seeks revenge on a former boxer who smashed the hand of a novice to prevent him from ending up ruining his life in the boxing ring.
#81 - R&R -- &R
Hawaii Five-O Season 4 - Episode 24
A psychotic man named Ralston is killing the wives of members of his army unit, and Five-O, including Kono on his last case, must stop him before he commits any more crazed attacks.
#82 - Stacey
The Virginian Season 6 - Episode 23
Stacey breaks his arm and injures a nerve in his shoulder during an accident with a girl friend. When his recovery is questionable, she abandons him due to family induced emotional constraints, putting Stacey into a deeper depression.
#84 - The Iron Butterfly
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 10
Hoss takes the blame when a visiting actress kills her former boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend's father, a senator, sets out to destroy the Cartwrights and the Ponderosa as retaliation, for the killing of his son.
#85 - The Clown
Matlock Season 4 - Episode 6
Matlock agrees to defend aging clown Homer Fleming after he's charged with the murder of his long-time partner, Simon. After asking Conrad to go undercover as a roustabout at the circus, Matlock starts to realise that everyone had a very good reason to hate Simon Le Simple.
#86 - Search in Limbo
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 21
Sid Langley is a real estate broker who is not well liked in Nevada, thanks to his shady ways of doing business. An irritable Ben is barely polite with Langley when closing a land transaction. However, things soon get worse than that headache and blurred vision Ben suffers from when he learns that Langley has been critically wounded by an unknown assailant. Ben, who somehow can't remember the past 24 hours, fears he may have been the gunman and tries to reconstruct the activities of the past day to prove his innocence.
#87 - Shadow of a Hero
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 21
Ben is shocked to learn the Army general he is backing as governor, advocates a policy of genocide towards all Indians.
#88 - The Heritage
The Virginian Season 7 - Episode 7
A Shoshone Indian girl return from the East after receiving an education. She is unsure if she want to rejoin her tribe and seeks advice and help from the Graingers. Her tribe is facing threats from a land-greedy cattleman.
#89 - Last Grave at Socorro Creek
The Virginian Season 7 - Episode 16
The Virginian runs into an old friend Bill Burden who is accused of robbery and murder after their meeting. Bill's son, Dan, comes and ask The Virginian to come immediately to Socorro Creek to clear his dad. The Viriginian is delayed a day by Shiloh business but still arrives before the scheduled trial. However, when he arrives at Socorro Creek he finds his friend lynched. The Virginian is determined to learn the truth and Dan wants revenge while Kate still has feelings for the Virginian as he had for her.
#90 - The Prisoner
Gunsmoke Season 14 - Episode 25
Steven Downing is being taken to Mathison County to be hung as a murderer. Kitty believing in his innocence does all she can to stop the bounty hunter Jarvis, and finally Bob Mathison from taking him from Dodge.
#91 - Slocum
Gunsmoke Season 14 - Episode 5
Grizzily mountain man, Slocum tracks the sons of a man who tried to bushwhack his good friend, Matt Dillon.
#92 - The Weary Willies
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 3
The Weary Willies are hippie-like former Civil War veterans who are now drifters and live off the land. Despite protests from fellow ranchers and the people of Virginia City, Ben allows the traveling band to stay at the Ponderosa. The real trouble begins when a teen-aged girl is raped and the Willies are blamed.
#93 - The Raid
Hart to Hart Season 1 - Episode 17
The Harts are asked to ransom two scientist employed by Hart Industries when they are kidnapped in South America. When Jonathan, Jennifer, and Max, they wind up mounting a mid-night raid against the wealthy and powerful kidnapper.
#95 - An Execution of Trust
In the Heat of the Night Season 4 - Episode 15
A psychiatrist tells Gillespie that one of her patients has confessed to a crime that another man is about to be executed for, but she refuses to divulge his identity.
#96 - Yonder Man
Bonanza Season 10 - Episode 12
An army scout Ben once knew comes to the Ponderosa and asks Ben to stake a cattle ranch in Mira Flores, Mexico.
#97 - Random's Child
In the Heat of the Night Season 6 - Episode 6
Lana Gillespie comes to Sparta to claim her inheritance,but is stalked by a mobster who dated her mother.Meanwhile Harriet encourages Bill to talk to his daughter,but Lana doesn't seem to be interested.Officer Randy Goode helps keep the bad guys at bay by playing them a little tune on the guitar.
#98 - Shine on Sparta Moon
In the Heat of the Night Season 4 - Episode 14
A bottle of spiked moonshine leads to an accident that claims the life of one teen and blinds another.
#99 - The Silent Killer
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 22
An epidemic of influenza hits the Ponderosa and the only person who seems sure of what to do is the wife of a doctor, whom Doc Martin says is a fraud.
#100 - Home is Where The Heart Is
In the Heat of the Night Season 3 - Episode 17
Maybelle the madam returns to Sparta with her "" nieces "".And sets up shop just out of Gillespie's jurisdiction.Her return is not without controversy and soon one of her most vocal critics is found murdered.
#101 - Unfinished Business
In the Heat of the Night Season 5 - Episode 6
Bubba returns to Los Angeles to testify at a murder trial and is reunited with Pat Day as they try to protect Mike from killers sent to prevent him from testifying.
#102 - Shanklin
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 20
A band of ex-Confederate soldiers demands $25,000 from Ben. When Hoss resists their demands and tries to fight them, their leader, Shanklin, shoots Hoss in the abdomen. Hoss lingers near death, and when the doctor is unable to complete the surgery, a nearly inconsolable Ben persuades Shanklin (a confident, competent doctor) to save his son's life. Meanwhile, Jamie – who had witnessed the shooting and nearly got shot himself – searches high and low for Joe, who is involved with a beautiful starlet and intently focused on a poker match.
#103 - The Leaf in the Forest
Ironside Season 1 - Episode 3
Lonely old women are being strangled, and Chief Ironside believes that there is more to it than just a serial killer at work. Setting Eve up as a potential victim requires a little ingenuity, but it might just prove to be worth the effort.
#104 - A Home for Jamie
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 13
Just as Ben begins to formally adopt Jamie, his grandfather shows up to take him away. Ben tells the gentleman, "He's a young man with his roots in Ponderosa soil. This is the life he knows, the life he loves, the life he wants".
#105 - New Man
Bonanza Season 14 - Episode 6
In what was essentially the second part of a two-part episode centering on Griff King, the young parolee arrives at the Ponderosa and is hired as a ranch hand. Ben, Joe and the others exercise patience as they tries to help an arrogant, resentful Griff adjust to society and life an honest life.