The Best Episodes Directed by Mark Pellington

Blood Ties (3)

#1 - Blood Ties (3)

Homicide: Life On The Street Season 6 - Episode 3

The Wilsons go on television to offer a reward. The newspapers are making the Homicide unit look bad and Barnfather wants quick resolution to the case. The man (and his wife) who gave up Junior Bunk are murdered; Falsone and Lewis investigate. The only survivor, their young son, is brought in to find out what he remembers. His memories-- and a recorded phone message-- lead Stivers to believe a former member of the Narcotics unit is involved. The officer cops to a deal that implicates Georgia Rae Mahoney, though Giardella doesn't want to pursue that yet. Falsone's questioning of the Mahoney shooting leads Cox to doubt her actions at the time of the investigation. Incriminating evidence leads the detectives to Hal Wilson being their prime suspect. Frank goes to interview Felix and Hal Wilson; son and father confront some long-standing issues. Hal's confession is inadmissible in court, the Wilsons leave the Baltimore area, and the case remains officially open.

star 8.28
29 votes
Best Friends

#2 - Best Friends

Cold Case Season 2 - Episode 22

When an old truck containing human bones is pulled from the Delaware River, the team re-opens the case of a missing and possibly murdered girl who disappeared unexpectedly in 1932.

star 8.14
154 votes
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Shuffle, Ball Change

#3 - Shuffle, Ball Change

Cold Case Season 4 - Episode 17

When a body is found in a dumpster, the team re-opens the 1984 case of a murdered teenage boy who wanted to become a dancer against his father's wishes.

star 8.06
117 votes
Look Again

#4 - Look Again

Cold Case Season 1 - Episode 1

Kathryn Morris stars as Philadelphia homicide detective Lilly Rush, who investigates long-unsolved crimes, otherwise known as Cold Cases. In the pilot episode, Lilly investigates a 1976 case involving a teenage girl who was beaten to death on a tennis court during a party at a plush estate. A maid to a wealthy family, Bonita Jakarta (Lillian Hurst), claims she witnessed the murder of teenager Jill Shelby (Kate Mara). Now dying of cancer, the maid who remained silent, wants the killer brought to justice. Rush reopens the case, in which two brothers were originally suspected but not charged due to their powerful society family. Lilly interviews several witnesses: Jill's best friend Melanie (Lisa Waltz), and her boyfriend, Todd Whitley (D.W. Moffett) (who is now married to Melanie) and his troubled brother Eric (Michael Reilly Burke). The evidence points mostly to Eric, now a troubled alcoholic, but lawyer Todd has secrets of his own. Determined to uncover the truth, Lilly must force the Whitleys to confront their dark past despite resistance from everyone involved in the case, including the victim's mother (Elizabeth Franz).

star 7.90
439 votes
Rampage

#5 - Rampage

Cold Case Season 4 - Episode 1

In 1995, two teenage boys went on a shooting spree at a local mall and committed suicide shortly afterwards. The team is prompted to re-open the case when new evidence suggests that there may have been a third shooter who got away.

star 7.88
151 votes
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Family

#6 - Family

Cold Case Season 3 - Episode 1

When a young girl is contacted by a man claiming to be her father, Det. Rush and her team reopen a 1988 case of a teenaged boy, killed on the same night the girl was born.

star 7.86
194 votes
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Churchgoing People

#7 - Churchgoing People

Cold Case Season 1 - Episode 4

Lilly re-investigates the case of a murdered church organist (John Walcutt), when his Alzheimer's-stricken widow (Isabella Hofmann) begins having flashbacks of the night in question. Lilly's investigation has both Mitchell's son, Ryan (Jimmi Simpson), and daughter, Tina (Daisy McCrackin), demanding Lilly close the search.

star 7.82
307 votes
8 Years

#8 - 8 Years

Cold Case Season 3 - Episode 11

Four close high school friends each went their separate ways in 1980. Eight years later, in 1988, one of them was murdered. The homicide team receives a tip about the murder, prompting a re-investigation of the case and an examination of the friends' lives, hopes and dreams after high school.

star 7.75
148 votes
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Woe Has Joined

#9 - Woe Has Joined

Blindspot Season 1 - Episode 1

[Who is Jane Doe] A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, which begins to follow the road map on her body into a larger conspiracy of crime, while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

star 7.72
6350 votes
Split the Law

#10 - Split the Law

Blindspot Season 1 - Episode 5

[The Past Will] After a seemingly straightforward hostage situation turns out to have deeper international implications, the CIA and FBI find themselves racing against each other to apprehend the same criminal with a dark history. Carter expresses concern about Jane's trustworthiness, causing friction with Mayfair and testing Reade's loyalty to the team. Meeting Weller's family proves overwhelming for Jane as she grapples with her identity.

star 7.63
4414 votes
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A Stray Howl

#11 - A Stray Howl

Blindspot Season 1 - Episode 2

The team unlocks a cryptic tattoo that points to Major Arthur Gibson, an Air Force pilot with a painful past and a lethal agenda. Jane continues to search for clues to her identity and is haunted when flashes of a disturbing memory force her to question her past. Meanwhile, Weller thinks he might know Jane's true identity.

star 7.62
5401 votes
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