The Best Episodes Directed by Matthew Diamond
#1 - The Blues Brother
Family Ties Season 6 - Episode 20
Alex becomes a deejay of his own college radio show with a program he calls "Syncopated Money", designed to "combine classic American music with an indepth analysis of the business scene". While on the air one day, Alex introduces a tune by "the late blues great, Eddie Dupre", only to discover that Dupre is alive when the legendary blues artist himself calls the station. Embarrassed and apologetic, Alex learns that Eddie is now driving a bus in Columbus and hasn't recorded in more than 20 years. He eagerly tries to persuade Dupre to guest on his radio show and finally succeeds when he assures Eddie that a fee is involved. When Dupre visits the Keatons to meet Alex prior to the show, he charms them with his stories and his talent. But he confesses that he has no money to show for all his years in the music business and swears he will never perform again in public.
#2 - Designing Woman
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 2
Mallory's enthusiasm for her job at a prestigious fashion firm quickly fades when she discovers that her design ideas are being stolen by another employee. Mallory is thrilled when she earns an apprenticeship at David Campbell Fashions, a top-notch fashion design house in Ohio. Before starting her new job, Mallory discusses what her duties will be with the firm's star designer, Jamie Carter. When Mallory timidly asks whether the designs she's done for school will ever be made into David Campbell fashions, Jamie reacts somewhat coolly. Although Jamie seems pleased by Mallory's designs, she explains that the apprentice still has a lot to learn. Eager to succeed, Mallory throws herself into her work. Before long, however, Mallory is stunned when she discovers that Jamie has stolen her design ideas and pitched them to David Campbell as her own. What's more, Campbell likes "Jamie's" designs so much, he plans to feature them in his upcoming fashion show.
#3 - There Goes the Bride (2)
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 17
Totally against Dorothy and Stan's impending nuptials, Sophia vows to not let the ceremony go off. Meanwhile, Blanche begins interviewing for a new roommate since Dorothy is planning to move out.
#6 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...Before They Die
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 10
Both Sophia and Rose take advice from Blanche that lands each of them in hot water. Due to a drought in St. Olaf, Rose swears to be celibate and Blanche advises her not to tell Miles the truth. While Sophia takes Blanche's tips to lure a man to bed but when she tells him she loves him, he doesn't respond with what she hoped.
#10 - How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 8
After the death of a friend, who had been a nun, Sophia decides she would like to become one. So she joins a convent and moves out. Meanwhile, Blanche gets into a car accident with Rose's car which leaves Rose with a lawsuit.
#11 - Sisters of the Bride
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 14
Blanche's gay brother Clayton, makes a visit to Miami with a surprise, he has found the right person to make a commitment to, but Blanche still can't get over Clayton's sexual orientation. Meanwhile, Rose expects to win a Volunteer of the Year award.
#12 - There Goes the Bride (1)
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 16
Dorothy has been sneaking around so that Sophia doesn't discover that she's been dating Stan. However, when Stan proposes, Dorothy must reveal the truth to Sophia.
#13 - Bed, Bat & Beyond
Men in Trees Season 1 - Episode 14
While Marin moves into her rustic mountain cabin and finds some unexpected visitors, Jane unintentionally neglects Sam ("PlowMan"). In the meantime, Sara fills in at the Chieftain while Theresa takes care of Ben. Patrick is concerned he will not be able to give Annie the wedding of her dreams, and Celia admits to dating her boss, Richard.
#16 - Dude, Where's My Husband?
90210 Season 5 - Episode 17
Naomi meets up-and-coming mogul Jordan Welland, who hires her to plan events for his media empire, while Annie, Adrianna and Silver plan a girls’ night out for Naomi, which ends with disastrous results. Dixon starts to develop feelings for Michaela, and Liam finds out that the Cronus brothers plan to blame Navid for the cheating ring and is forced to befriend them to clear Navid’s name.
#17 - Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 5
Blanche gets an unexpected visit from her childhood "mammy" (nanny) but Blanche is reluctant to even speak to her since she deserted her when she was a child. Meanwhile, Sophia hires a matchmaker for Dorothy who experiences a date with a convict.
#18 - Versa Day
Phil of the Future Season 2 - Episode 1
Phil and Pim have been fighting all week. Lloyd and Barbara couldn't take it any longer so he called for a Versa Day. For one school day Phil and Pim have to switch lives. Meanwhile Lloyd wants to get Curtis a job....if only he could find a place that will hire him.
#19 - The Heart Will Go On
90210 Season 4 - Episode 19
Dixon collapses while arguing in the recording studio with Adrianna. In the hospital, they run into Liam who is with Silver to support her during a test to detect if she has the breast cancer gene. Ivy finds out Raj still has cancer and is in the hospital, while Annie meets a new guy Caleb and discovers he is a priest.
#20 - Melodrama
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 19
Blanche wants to intensify her relationship with her infamous one night stand man, Mel Bushman. Meanwhile, Rose tries her hand at TV reporting, her assignment, a dog show.
#23 - Luke Can See Her Face
Gilmore Girls Season 4 - Episode 20
Liz returns to Stars Hollow to announce that she's getting married in the town square in a week. Rory tries to hide her discomfort when Lorelai tells her about overhearing a fight between Dean and Lindsay. A self-help tape helps Luke clarify his thinking, and a talk with Jess gets him started on the path to having the relationship he's been looking for all along.
#24 - Stand By Your Man
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 11
Blanche meets a man at the library and only after they make a date does she realizes he's in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Rose wants to keep one of the puppies from Dreyfuss' litter despite Blanche's feelings.
#25 - Blanche Delivers
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 1
Blanche's daughter wants to give birth in a birthing center while Blanche is preoccupied by the possibility of Rebecca delivering in a local hospital. Blanche doesn't want to be embarrassed by the fact that her daughter was artificially inseminated.
#26 - Chapter Thirty-Nine
Jane the Virgin Season 2 - Episode 17
Jane’s bachelorette party doesn’t go as she envisioned thanks to input from Xo and Lina. Rogelio’s plans for Michael’s bachelor party disrupt Michael’s evening with his friends. Rafael attempts to unearth Derek’s true motives.
#28 - Ebbtide's Revenge
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 12
Dorothy must give the eulogy at her brother (a cross dresser), Phil's funeral. Meanwhile, a feud between Sophia and Phil's widow reaches a peak leading Sophia to reveal her hidden feelings about her son's alternative lifestyle.
#29 - The Things We Do for Love
90210 Season 5 - Episode 9
When Alex approaches Max about forming a new company with him, Naomi intervenes by attempting to persuade Bryce to rehire Max at his company. Naomi convinces Navid to take Bryce out for drinks, and after a few cocktails Navid uncovers the truth about Max’s termination, which leaves Naomi pondering the fate of her marriage. Then, Liam receives a blackmail letter about Vanessa’s accident, and Annie agrees to lend him the money to help trap his blackmailer. But when Adrianna tells Ashley that she spotted Vanessa at the beauty salon, Ashley wrongly suspects that Liam was headed for a secret rendezvous with Vanessa. Meanwhile, Silver is distraught when Teddy refuses to sign over his parental rights and tries to convince her to let him co-parent the baby.
#31 - Dress Big
Desperate Housewives Season 3 - Episode 17
Susan meets her in-laws and finds out some family. Victor is still taking his chances with Gabrielle, while she has a devastating catastrophe at her home. Lynette is encountering new problems at the pizzeria while an unexpected relationship develops on Wisteria Lane.
#32 - Escape Claus
That's So Raven Season 1 - Episode 19
In this special Christmas episode, Raven opens her beautiful Christmas present early, but after wearing it at school, she breaks it. She must sacrifice all her favorite Christmas traditions to mend the trouble she caused, even if it means skipping school.
#33 - Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant!
Gilmore Girls Season 5 - Episode 6
Desperate for a story idea for her features assignment after several concepts fail to pan out, Rory uncovers a secret Yale society which counts Logan as a member, and enlists his cooperation in getting a story on the group.
#34 - Welcome Back, Carter
Eureka Season 3 - Episode 9
A new sheriff arrives in Eureka that turns out to be a robot that can change into human form (with mixed results). The town really needs the new sheriff as the town's gravity seems to be acting up.
#35 - An Affair to Remember
Gilmore Girls Season 4 - Episode 6
Emily offers Lorelai and Sookie the job of catering the party to launch Richard's new business venture, then runs them ragged with demands. At school, Rory finds that her roommates' activities are preventing her from studying.
#37 - Chapter Fifty-Six
Jane the Virgin Season 3 - Episode 12
When Jane is offered a book deal, she thinks her prayers have been answered and debates quitting her awful publishing job. After suffering from panic attacks, Jane is ready to get to the root of the problem. Rogelio and Xo are working on fixing their friendship until Xo finds out that Rogelio has been lying to everyone all this time. Petra is running damage control on the Marbella’s reputation after a grisly discovery is found on the property. Rafael is ready to be involved again in the Mirabella and his first order of business is finding the perfect person to manage the hotel lounge.
#38 - Jews and Chinese Food
Gilmore Girls Season 5 - Episode 15
Luke volunteers to build the sets for a school production of "Fiddler on the Roof," knowing that Lorelai is doing costumes, in hopes that their paths will cross. Meanwhile, at Yale, Rory plans to reconnect with Marty to watch Marx Brothers movies, but Logan interrupts their day by inviting them to dinner with his group.
#39 - Driven to Insanity
That's So Raven Season 1 - Episode 13
Raven goes out with an older boy, against her parents' wishes. As always, the night turns into a disaster when Raven's date turns out to be a disgusting and rude slob, and her parents turn up at the restaurant. Meanwhile, Cory is doing everything in his power to spend some time with Chelsea. Also when Cory goes up stairs to the bathroom he replaces Eddies clothes with his pajamas.
#40 - The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles
Gilmore Girls Season 4 - Episode 3
To help meet the expenses of opening the inn, Lorelai and Sookie decide to become caterers on the side, with their first assignment being a "Lord of the Rings" theme party. At Yale, Rory returns from class to find that Emily has redecorated the apartment. Meanwhile, Richard ponders a proposal to take on a new business partner.
#41 - A Mother of a Problem
Ugly Betty Season 3 - Episode 18
Betty meets Matt's mother, but the meeting turns into a disaster. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina comes up with a way to solve the company's cash problem; Daniel deals with his relationship with Molly; and the Suarez's work together to set Hilda up with Archie.
#42 - Mr. Hillman
A Different World Season 1 - Episode 17
Whitley enters the Miss Hillman pageant in order to win the approval of her mother, a former pageant winner whom Whitley can never seem to please. Denise decides to fight the elitism of the pageant by convincing Dwayne to enter. The Gilbert Hall residents infuriate Whitley by backing Dwayne as their representantive in Miss Hillman. A fraternity sponsors Whitley; its members, along with other students, constantly mock Dwayne and play cruel pranks on him. Ron and Walter encourage him to save face by dropping out of the pageant. Dwayne refuses, and declares that the harassment he has received has prompted him to reconsider the way he treats women. Although Whitley receives more votes than Dwayne, she loses badly to another girl. Lettie and Denise recognize her disappointment and urge her to live her own life, without worrying about her mother's opinion.
#43 - My Student
Scrubs Season 1 - Episode 17
J.D., Elliot and Turk are receiving their first medical students, and now they finally get a chance to see what it feels like to be on the other side. Turk's student is a very attractive young woman, to whom Dr. Cox is immediately attracted. But he doesn't know his way around women and needs Turk to give him a little help. J.D. doesn't know how to handle his student and Elliot's turns out to the be son of an important CEO.
#44 - My Nickname
Scrubs Season 1 - Episode 10
J.D. begins a new relationship with Carla. J.D. gains a new nickname - "Scooter" - and his relationship with Nurse Carla evolves as he begins to out-distance her medical knowledge, while Turk trembles, when he learns that his secret lunch spot was claimed years ago by the territorial Dr. Kelso. Elsewhere, Dr. Cox gives Elliot the evil eye when she won't discharge a troublesome patient.
#45 - Snap Out Of It
The Golden Girls Season 6 - Episode 4
Dorothy decides to help Sophia with the Meals on Wheels program and runs across a reclusive man who hasn't stepped out of his apartment since the 1960's. Meanwhile, Blanche's birthday is coming up and Rose becomes determined to find out her real age.
#46 - Team Chemistry
My Boys Season 1 - Episode 3
When Mike's friend Amad is introduced to the gang, PJ thinks he'd be a love match for her girly pal Stephanie. Alas, Amad thinks otherwise. Meanwhile, Mike grows jealous of Bobby and Kenny's budding friendship; and Brendan dates one of his fans.
#47 - They Can't Take That Away From Me (1)
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 19
Alex's relationship with Lauren is tested when he becomes infatuated with a young music student. While Lauren's out of town attending a psychology conference. Alex begins teaching a freshman seminar in economics at Leland College. As he begins his first lecture, he is interrupted by a late arrival, music major Marty Brodie, a rather scattered young woman. When she disrupts his class twice more, first with a blast of classical music from her tape player and then with a muffled sob, Alex dismisses the class early and awkwardly attempts to determine what's wrong. Admitting that she's had a terrible week, during which she broke up with her boyfriend. Marty also confesses that she's terrible in economics and convinces Alex to tutor her for $15 an hour. When Alex arrives at Marty's dorm room for their first lesson. he tries to divert her attention away from her piano. Unable to get excited about the concept of supply and demand. Marty soon teaches an enthusiastic Alex the basic melody line t
#48 - They Can't Take That Away From Me (2)
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 20
Alex finds himself on an emotional rollercoaster when he's forced to choose between Lauren and Marty. When Lauren returns from her psychology conference, she notices that Alex is acting distant and distracted. After an uncomfortable silence, Alex admits that he has become interested in another woman and needs time to sort out his feelings, a revelation that leaves Lauren angry and confused. Things become even more awkward the next day when Alex accidentally runs into Lauren and Marty in the school cafeteria. After an embarrassing confrontation, both women leave the dining room in a huff. Alex returns home to work on his valedictory address for graduation, but remains preoccupied with how he's going to work his way out of his love triangle. Conjuring up the images of Freud, Sartre and Shakespeare, he calls upon the great minds for advice in matters of love. Ultimately, when Alex realizes that his immediate plans cannot include either Marty or Lauren, he approaches both women individuall
#49 - Jack Vents
Just Shoot Me Season 4 - Episode 5
Nina discovers that she can overhear Jack's private therapy sessions and blackmails him into using the company limo. Maya writes a story about gambling and goes a little too far.
#50 - Hello Goodbye
Just Shoot Me Season 4 - Episode 6
Finch realizes that he and Adrienne are very different from one another and begins to doubt their marriage. Meanwhile, Jack asks Maya to do the annual employee evaluations.
#51 - My Guy
Sister, Sister Season 4 - Episode 18
In exchange for tickets for a sold-out Boyz II Men concert - which Roger failed to get - Tamera promises Elliot, the school nerd, to get Tia to date him. During his make-over, helping Tamera herself starts to see Elliot as the perfect guy. Lisa goes different ways when she expands to dog fashion which soon leads her to the top - and stress.
#52 - All in the Neighborhood (1)
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 17
The Keatons are shocked to realize that racism is alive and well when their black friends move into a house across the street. During dinner with Steven's colleague Gus Thompson and his wife Maya, the Keatons learn that the couple is having trouble finding a house to buy. When Elyse informs them that the house across the street is up for sale, Gus and Maya (who are black) gently raise the subject of race. Although Steven admits that there are no black families in the neighborhood, he believes race to be a non-issue. The Keatons face a rude awakening, however, when they accompany the Thompsons on a tour of the house. The realtor, Christine Chadway, is barely able to conceal her shock when she realizes that the Thompsons are black. Completely reversing the sales pitch she had earlier given the Keatons, Christine is sternly reminded by Gus that housing discrimination is illegal and she must present his full-price offer to her clients. To Steven and Elyse's dismay, the Thompsons begin rece
#53 - Invasion of the Psychologist Snatchers
Family Ties Season 6 - Episode 8
Alex and Lauren face the first real test of their budding romance when one of Lauren's former loves comes for a visit and Alex finds himself feeling uncharacteristically insecure. While turning a "foolproof" meal of frozen TV dinners into a complete disaster, Lauren gets a call from her handsome and brilliant ex-boyfriend, Eric Matthews, who announces that he's flying in from New York and wants to take her to dinner. Careful to avoid any possible misunderstanding, Lauren consults with Alex before accepting Eric's invitation, and is reassured that Alex doesn't mind at all. When the big evening arrives and Alex meets Eric at Lauren's apartment, he is overwhelmed by Eric's credentials. He discovers that Eric, a former Economics major himself, excelled at school and received all the same awards and scholarships as Alex. Worse yet, Eric has already established himself in one of the most exclusive investment firms on Wall Street and is the proud owner of a black Porsche.
#54 - Deja Vu
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 9
Sisterly sparks fly when Jennifer decides to date the younger brother of Mallory's former high school heartthrob. As the Keatons try to persuade Steven that he needs a relaxing hobby, Jennifer nervously awaits the arrival of her new friend, Josh Wakefield, who has agreed to work with her on a project for the French Club. When Mallory realizes that Josh is the younger brother of Jeff Wakefield, her former high school boyfriend, she becomes overprotective and reminds Jennifer how Jeff jilted her when he went to college. Mallory just assumes that Josh will do the same to Jennifer. Mallory's distrust of Josh increases when she learns that he intends to attend Jeff's alma mater, Princeton. After sharing her misgivings with Elyse and learning that Josh has asked Jennifer to the prom, Mallory decides she must confront her sister. Jennifer, who is very excited about her new relationship, resents Mallory's assumptions about Josh and the sisters begin to argue. Finally, Nick suggests to Mallory
#55 - Simon Says
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 16
Jennifer is caught in the middle when she begins working with her friend Simon. As Alex recoils at declarations of love from Marla, an 11-year-old newspaper delivery girl who has a huge crush on him, Jennifer announces that she and her schoolmate Simon have landed jobs at a local fast food store. On their first day working together, an infatuated Simon sets out to impress Jennifer but proves totally inept at his new job. Jennifer, however, saves the day and, in recognition of her hard work, the owner promotes her to assistant manager. While Alex stealthily manages to avoid Marla, Jennifer's new position creates problems. She finally warns Simon that he had better concentrate more on his job rather on her. But despite her attempts to cover Simon's mistakes, the owner fires him. Meanwhile, Alex finally manages to convince the lovestruck Marla to abandon her dreams of dating him. Jennifer, too, resolves her situation by telling Simon that even if she agrees with the boss' decision to fire
#56 - Super Mom
Family Ties Season 6 - Episode 6
As Elyse wraps up a major project for her firm, she realizes that her busy architectural career is causing her to neglect her family, especially Andy. Although Elyse feels terrible about not devoting more time with Steven and the kids, she doesn't want to give up her rewarding position at the firm. Just when she expects a breather, Elyse's boss dumps a prestigious project into her lap. Inspired by the challenge, she accepts the enormous job, despite initial misgivings. Later that afternoon, when a teacher calls to tell Elyse that no one has come to pick Andy up from school, "Super Mom" begins to feel like a failure, unable to juggle her private and professional demands.
#57 - Spring Reminds Me (a.k.a.) Rosalie's Legacy
Family Ties Season 6 - Episode 24
As Steven goes thru another one of his dreaded "magician phases" and tries to rope the whole family into participating in his magic tricks, the Keatons get a visit from Evelyn Mitchum, a former neighbor now living in New York, whose daughter Rosalie was beat friend with Mallory in junior high. The family is delighted to welcome Evelyn, but the tragic suicide of her daughter a year earlier makes for some awkward moments when they reminisce about old times. Sensing that Evelyn may need someone to confide in, Elyse makes a gentle but unsuccessful attempt to get her to open up about her devastating loss. When Evelyn turns her attention almost exclusively to Mallory, first inviting her to lunch, then on trips to the mall and the museum, Elyse begins to suspect that Mallory has become a surrogate Rosalie for Evelyn and warns Mallory she may get hurt. But Mallory insists she can and must handle the situation herself.
#58 - 'Til Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 15
Mallory's plans to buy a car are stalled when Steven refuses to co-sign her loan. As Jennifer labors over a play she's writing on the final days of the Nixon presidency, Steven anxiously waits for Mallory to return home with his car. When she arrives late and is chided by her impatient dad, Mallory suggests that perhaps it's time she bought a car of her own. Several days later, Mallory, Nick and Steven pay a visit to a car dealership run by Nick's dad, Joe Moore. When she ends up falling in love with a little convertible that's a bit too pricey for her, Steven graciously volunteers to co-sign her loan. But the deal begins to sour when Joe shows up with the final loan documents and Mallory begins talking about the cross-country trip she is planning with Nick. Steven balks at Mallory's plans and backs out as her co-signer. Angry and disappointed, Mallory resolves to buy a car she can afford on her own. She and Nick return to Joe's showroom, but not before Steven collars Joe and convinces
#59 - All in the Neighborhood (2)
Family Ties Season 7 - Episode 18
The Keatons rally behind their black friends when the issue of racial discrimination hits home. Surprised and disgusted with their neighbors' racist attitudes, Elyse and Steven apologize to Gus and Maya Thompson for ever having suggested that they buy the house across the street. The Keatons become even more disturbed when they learn that the Thompsons are considering moving out immediately. As Steven and Elyse continue to question their own naivete in matters of race, they urge Gus and Maya not to make any hasty decisions. Unfortunately, their advice is soon challenged when the couples return home after dining out to find Michael standing in the wreckage of the Thompson living room, which has been vandalized by bigots. The next day, when the Keatons help the Thompsons clean up, Michael comes across pictures of Gus and Maya at various civil rights demonstrations in the '60s and is moved to reflect seriously on the struggles his parents must have gone thru. At last he comes to realize t