The Best Episodes Directed by Matthew Penn

Less is Morte

#1 - Less is Morte

NYPD Blue Season 9 - Episode 18

Clark Jr. readies himself for next week's fight with Laughlin. Sipowicz meets with Rodriguez and tells him what Martens told him. Sipowicz leaves promising to be in touch. Sipowicz and company start investigating an armored car robbery, where one of the drivers was killed when one of his drivers gets into a shootout with the three criminals. Clark Jr.'s informant, Julian Pisano is brought in to see if he's heard anything about the armored car robbery. Before he tells them anything, he wants them to see if they can recover his video equipment for his "Guys Gone Nuts" videotape. They tell him about the reward and he mentions a guy who was looking for a shotgun. McDowell and Ortiz start looking into the death of a woman whose body was found in a garbage truck. Sipowicz tells Clark Jr. about his upcoming vacation plans and then they talk about his relationship with McDowell. Then they spot Julian seemingly playing on the other side of their case. McDowell reports to their interim

star 8.65
65 votes
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Twin Petes

#2 - Twin Petes

NYPD Blue Season 5 - Episode 13

Bobby, Diane (and later Andy) investigate two stickup murders held at ATMs. When they get a line on a possible suspect, they use Jill to appeal to his mother to help them reach out to him. Meanwhile, Greg attempts to sort out a case where he can't determine if there really is a twin, when a man comes in to report that his twin brother has threatened violence against his former girlfriend. All along, Andy contends with a medical problem involving his prostate and he is less than forthcoming with what the doctor has told him about his condition. Sylvia tells Andy that she is ready to get back to work.

star 8.57
129 votes

#3 - Cicatriz

Queen of the South Season 1 - Episode 13

Teresa risks her life to protect Güero’s book by any means necessary. Camila’s takeover becomes rocky and Epifanio gets new intel that changes everything.

star 8.03
1413 votes
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Road to Nowhere

#4 - Road to Nowhere

Detroit 1-8-7 Season 1 - Episode 13

When a respected philanthropist is found dead in his car, Detective Fitch is the main suspect; three murder victims are found on a bus.

star 8.02
265 votes
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Seminal Thinking

#5 - Seminal Thinking

NYPD Blue Season 5 - Episode 21

Bobby and Diane talk about making a long-term commitment to each other. At a murder scene a couple of bodies are found and Medavoy is disgusted by the amount of semen found on one of the corpses. One body belongs to a car salesman and the other to a prostitute. Simone and Sipowicz look into the car salesman's death. The other detectives look into the prostitute's death. While Andy seems to be fully recovered from his surgery, the results of a recent blood test are not entirely favorable and he is nervous about telling Sylvia. The MO of the suspected perp in the prostitute's murder is to buy used condoms from a prostitute and then mix the spent semen with his own to cover his crime. However, Medavoy gets tough and is clever with the perp during the interview. Meanwhile, the uniforms bring a man into Simone and Sipowicz. They can tie the man to their victim, but are convinced that the man's honest account of the event leading to the shooting is true. Realizing that the man wasn't capable

star 7.99
68 votes

#6 - Borderline

Fairly Legal Season 2 - Episode 11

Kate and Ben settle a dispute in Lake Tahoe; Lauren helps Justin with an impossible case.

star 7.96
690 votes
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Sleep Over

#7 - Sleep Over

NYPD Blue Season 7 - Episode 14

Sipowicz and Sorenson investigate a robbery that's turned into a murder. A former traffic cop, who is now working as a security guard for the daughter of the victims, makes their investigation. Sorenson's street informant J.B. has info about the case and Sorenson is still disappointed by J.B.'s continued drug use. A wealthy woman, Kathleen Gallagher, comes to the squad to report to Medavoy and Jones that her former housekeeper has been evasive about the circumstances regarding her baby's death. With Russell and Kirkendall they interview the housekeeper who claims that she and her husband don't know where the baby is buried. The husband says that he doesn't know where the baby is and it didn't matter to him as the baby wasn't his, but rather the baby was the son of his wife's boss. J.B.'s information is good and the case is easily put down. Later, Danny takes J.B. to stay in his apartment in an attempt to help him get clean again; however, Mary, who was waiting in Danny's apartment for

star 7.91
100 votes
All in the Family

#8 - All in the Family

Royal Pains Season 6 - Episode 2

Hank worries a rising tennis star’s health may prevent her from taking her career to the next level, while a fellow pro at her club may have fallen ill from an unexpected source. Later Hank and Evan adjust to a startling revelation about Eddie’s past. And Evan and Paige reach a new milestone. Elsewhere Jeremiah finds peace in an odd place.

star 7.89
352 votes
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About Face

#9 - About Face

Royal Pains Season 4 - Episode 6

HankMed treats an absentminded country club manager while Evan, with Paige's help, lands the business opportunity he's always dreamed of.

star 7.89
509 votes
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A Man Called Grandpa

#10 - A Man Called Grandpa

Royal Pains Season 3 - Episode 5

In order to save Eddie's chance at parole, Evan attempts to curry favor with his newfound grandfather at the horse races, but his luck runs out when he and Hank discover the real reason they've never met Ted.

star 7.88
756 votes
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#11 - Punk

Law & Order Season 9 - Episode 8

The murder of a corrections officer leads detectives to a women's prison where a guard was linked to an inmate Carmichael put away on drug charges and a confrontation with defense attorney Danielle Melnick.

star 7.87
125 votes
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#12 - C.O.D.

Law & Order Season 14 - Episode 24

Briscoe bids farewell to the 27 as the prosecution of two women for killing each other's husbands comes to a successful conclusion.

star 7.85
136 votes
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Born to Run

#13 - Born to Run

Rizzoli & Isles Season 1 - Episode 7

The Boston Marathon turns into a crime scene when a shooter begins targeting runners. Racing to catch the killer before another shooting, Jane and Maura must conduct their investigation in secret so as not to cause a mass panic.

star 7.84
1499 votes
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Crazy Like a Witness

#14 - Crazy Like a Witness

In Plain Sight Season 4 - Episode 2

Mary's paranoid witness wants to reconnect with his son.

star 7.83
484 votes
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#15 - Invaders

Law & Order Season 16 - Episode 22

The family of a man who once turned his customers into the police is slain, and the ensuing fracas pits McCoy against a corrupt D.E.A. agent.

star 7.83
141 votes
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Raphael's Inferno

#16 - Raphael's Inferno

NYPD Blue Season 6 - Episode 14

Sorenson's sister, Lori comes to town and spends the day in the city trying to hook up with him. However, he and Sipowicz are investigating the murder of a nine-year-old girl who was found murdered in the basement of the building where she lived. The building's superintendent is only interested in getting his tools back. Sipowicz and Sorenson find the tools in the possession of a tenant of the building who has his own passageway into the basement. Meanwhile, Medavoy and Martinez investigate the case of an elderly man who comes to the precinct claiming he's been embezzled by his young girlfriend through influence by a friend of hers. The detectives debate about how to tell the old man about the nature of "girl" who's been giving him great pleasure. Dolores Mayo's long estranged father comes looking to visit her, Diane and Jill give him the news of her death.

star 7.82
100 votes
Open Season

#17 - Open Season

Law & Order Season 13 - Episode 7

A defense attorney who managed the acquittal of the defendant in the attempted murder of a cop is gunned down outside a Manhattan restaurant. The detectives start with police officers in the precinct of the injured officer, then to his brother, before they are led to a white supremacist who is part of a national network. McCoy is faced with the unlikely prospect that the defendant's attorney, his friend of 20 years and a friend of the slain lawyer, played a part in the murder of a Florida district attorney following the defendant's arrest. McCoy is able to make a deal that perserves the integrity of his adversary, but not without a cost.

star 7.75
108 votes
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#18 - Empire

Law & Order Season 9 - Episode 20

The death of a corporate mogul caused by an overdose of a sexual performance-enhancing drug leads to a case with a witness that puts Curtis in a compromising position.

star 7.75
114 votes
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#19 - Saviors

House Season 5 - Episode 21

Cameron postpones her vacation with Chase in order to ask House to accept the case of an environmental radical who collapsed at a protest with unexplainable symptoms. Although suspicious of her motives, House agrees. Since she pushed him to take the case so emphatically, House forces Cameron to take the lead and run many of the tests on the patient. Meanwhile, House is unsure of Wilson’s new healthy diet.

star 7.73
3213 votes
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The Haircut

#20 - The Haircut

Unforgettable Season 3 - Episode 3

After releasing a salacious story about the director of the NSA, a reporter is murdered; Agent Simms comes back to help Carrie; Al reconnects with an ex who might be able to assist with the case.

star 7.73
712 votes
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#21 - Fluency

Law & Order Season 15 - Episode 14

Fontana and Green are baffled by a series of flu-related deaths until they discover that the victims were given fake vaccine. McCoy goes after the con man who distributed the vaccine for murder.

star 7.71
135 votes
The Shaw/Hank Redemption

#22 - The Shaw/Hank Redemption

Royal Pains Season 3 - Episode 4

On a trip to Florida to attend Eddie's parole hearing, Hank and Evan find him in the company of an ex-con seeking spiritual salvation whose erratic behavior has Hank worried.

star 7.71
854 votes
A Hit is a Hit

#23 - A Hit is a Hit

The Sopranos Season 1 - Episode 10

Tony has a disheartening experience when he tries to strike up new friendships in the civilian world. Christopher and Adriana try their hand in the music recording business, but their plans backfire in their faces.

star 7.70
3048 votes
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A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough

#24 - A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough

Royal Pains Season 6 - Episode 3

Hank, Evan and Paige try to help Eddie have a relationship with Emma; Hank treats a private investigator; Divya must find a nanny; Jeremiah makes a friend.

star 7.70
378 votes
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#25 - Amends

Law & Order Season 11 - Episode 7

Under pressure from the department's top brass, a 20-year-old murder case, initally investigated by Briscoe's now retired boss, is reopened involving the slaying of a teen-age girl with the spoiled son of a politically connected family as the prime suspect.

star 7.69
159 votes
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You Want to End This Once and For All?

#26 - You Want to End This Once and For All?

Damages Season 5 - Episode 1

A whistle-blower case puts Patty and Ellen against each other.

star 7.64
900 votes
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All That Crap About Your Family

#27 - All That Crap About Your Family

Damages Season 3 - Episode 11

Patty's star witness is arrested, forcing her to strike an unusual deal with the D.A.'s office. Frobisher reveals a little too much about his past.

star 7.63
1078 votes
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Blood Donut

#28 - Blood Donut

Orange Is the New Black Season 1 - Episode 7

Piper wants the prison's outdoor running track reopened, but in order to get it, she'll have to give her corrections officer something he wants.

star 7.63
4851 votes
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The All-American

#29 - The All-American

Bluff City Law Season 1 - Episode 6

Sydney and Elijah try two separate cases for ex-college football star Marcus Wright, who is dying. Della is presented with a lifetime achievement award from the LGBTQ community.

star 7.61
219 votes
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Cuarenta Minutos

#30 - Cuarenta Minutos

Queen of the South Season 1 - Episode 2

Teresa has to prove her worth to Camila. Meanwhile, Epifanio gets closer in his hunt for Teresa. Back in Mexico, Brenda desperately tries to find Teresa and hide from the cartel.

star 7.60
1918 votes
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#31 - Ramparts

Law & Order Season 9 - Episode 11

Briscoe and Curtis reopen a case that was closed in the '60s when a vehicle is dredged from the Hudson River containing the remains of a murdered man.

star 7.60
107 votes
Cruel and Unusual

#32 - Cruel and Unusual

Law & Order Season 5 - Episode 19

The death of an autistic youth in custody reveals a multitude of unusual and possibly illegal therapies being used, but also parents reluctant to pursue a prosecution.

star 7.59
213 votes

#33 - Locomotion

Law & Order Season 15 - Episode 24

After a man causes a massive train crash that results in multiple deaths, McCoy tries to prosecute him for murder despite his insanity defense. But McCoy finds himself hampered by a defense attorney whose own agenda may undercut that of his client.

star 7.58
130 votes

#34 - Paradigm

Law & Order Season 15 - Episode 1

An Iraqi immigrant who murders a former military policewoman in retaliation for torturing her brother at Abu Ghraib prison claims that she is covered as an enemy combatant under the terms of the Geneva Convention.

star 7.57
152 votes
Bad Rap

#35 - Bad Rap

NYPD Blue Season 4 - Episode 19

Simone and Sipowicz catch a very early morning case involving a shooting with a rap artist who refuses to cooperate in identification of the perp. His lack of cooperation and a very tired (and a sometimes slaphappy) Andy makes for a very interesting investigation. Abby tells Greg what was on her and Kathy's mind; they are looking for a donation that will get Abby pregnant. Off. Szymanski implies that Fancy was one of the ones responsible for his being set-up and caught in the alleged theft of a drug dealer's money. Fancy conducts his own investigation. Later, Bobby is propositioned by the Feds to help them with their ongoing investigation into the affairs of Joey Salvo. Greg tells Abby his decision concerning her proposal.

star 7.57
42 votes

#36 - Corruption

Law & Order Season 7 - Episode 5

Curtis, angered by the attitude of an old colleague of Briscoe's, looks beyond the findings of an IAB investigation and turns up evidence of police corruption that puts the DA's office into competition with an ambitious judge and Briscoe under investigation for stealing evidence from a police lockup.

star 7.55
163 votes
Role Models

#37 - Role Models

Golden Boy (2013) Season 1 - Episode 4

When a police officer who worked with Owen and Arroyo is killed while moonlighting for a rap mogul, Clark is called to investigate. Meanwhile, Clark threatens to expose Arroyo and McKenzie's relationship.

star 7.53
239 votes
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Blood Money

#38 - Blood Money

Law & Order Season 10 - Episode 8

A taxi driver finds that his passenger is dead, leading the detectives to a case involving an insurance scam and Holocaust victims.

star 7.53
154 votes
Double Blind

#39 - Double Blind

The Closer Season 4 - Episode 15

Brenda and Fritz's attention is diverted by problems on the job even though their wedding day has finally arrived, and bad blood between the members of the Priority Homicide Division threatens to cause one of the officers to leave the department.

star 7.52
645 votes
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Suicide Box

#40 - Suicide Box

Law & Order Season 13 - Episode 16

A media-savvy attorney defends a black teenager accused of shooting an off-duty policy officer.

star 7.52
122 votes
Attorney Client

#41 - Attorney Client

Law & Order Season 12 - Episode 22

The wife of an attorney with many disgruntled clients is killed but the detectives believe that he was the intended target as he was willing to reveal information despite confidentially agreements. As the investigation continues, his tumultuous love life is exposed and the prosecutors are suspicious of his desire to return to the courtroom.

star 7.50
130 votes
Talking Points

#42 - Talking Points

Law & Order Season 17 - Episode 13

The shooting of university student Jason Miles at a political rally hosted by controversial speaker Judith Barlow leaves any number of suspects, but after Green and Cassady prove that two of the people they've questioned are lying about their alibis, they turn their attention to Malcom Yates, a grad student who claimed to be with Jason's girlfriend at the time of his death. McCoy and Rubirosa realise that Yates went after Barlow because of her open criticism of stem-cell research, something that Yates had high hopes could help find a cure for his own Parkinsons.

star 7.50
130 votes

#43 - Humiliation

Law & Order Season 6 - Episode 7

The investigation into a prostitute's murder leads to a married plastic surgeon as the obvious suspect, but Kincaid has a hunch that an elaborate frame-up is in play.

star 7.49
169 votes

#44 - Justice

Law & Order Season 10 - Episode 5

Jamie Ross returns as a defense attorney to represent a previous client who has key evidence concerning a prisoner on death row.

star 7.48
187 votes
Red Ball

#45 - Red Ball

Law & Order Season 16 - Episode 1

A young girl is abducted in broad daylight, and the only link to the girl is an ex-convict who wants a deal before he's willing to talk.

star 7.47
189 votes
Model Behavior

#46 - Model Behavior

Blue Bloods Season 1 - Episode 19

Danny and Jackie investigate the cut-throat world of fashion after Linda’s runway model niece and a reporter are poisoned at a fashion show.

star 7.47
1312 votes
Look What He Dug Up This Time

#47 - Look What He Dug Up This Time

Damages Season 2 - Episode 12

Ellen convinces the FBI to radically change their approach in the investigation. Meanwhile, Daniel Purcell reenters Patty's life and becomes critical to her case against UNR.

star 7.46
996 votes
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#48 - Medusa

Royal Pains Season 2 - Episode 4

Boris flies Hank to another country, where he and another doctor research potentially life saving gene therapies. Back in the Hamptons, Hank's temporary replacement, Dr. Emily Peck, rubs Divya the wrong way.

star 7.45
1183 votes
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#49 - Encore

Law & Order Season 6 - Episode 15

A jogger killed in Central Park turns out to be the second wife of a former comedy club owner, who was acquitted of killing his first wife. And convicting him this time may hinge on tracing the path of a Columbian coin used as a subway token slug.

star 7.45
213 votes
Mano A Mano

#50 - Mano A Mano

Royal Pains Season 2 - Episode 5

Hank saves a hand; Boris' health quickly fails after Marisa's treatment; Divya clashes with Dr. Peck.

star 7.43
1179 votes
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#51 - Bounty

Law & Order Season 14 - Episode 2

The investigation into the murder of a bounty hunter leads to a reporter with compromised ethics and a dubious defense strategy.

star 7.40
149 votes

#52 - Sacrifice

Golden Boy (2013) Season 1 - Episode 10

Clark and the unit hunt for the murderer of an aspiring young model found floating in the bay. Meanwhile, Clark becomes a suspect when someone from inside the investigation leaks information about the latest case to Margot Dixon, a reporter Clark has been secretly seeing.

star 7.39
220 votes
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#53 - Shadow

Law & Order Season 8 - Episode 8

The murder of a bail bondsman looks fairly routine until the chance words of the chief suspect uncovers possible case-fixing between a shady lawyer and an unknown contact within the judicial system.

star 7.36
189 votes

#54 - Homesick

Law & Order Season 6 - Episode 22

After an infant is found dead in his crib, it's determined he was poisoned, and all evidence points to the child's au pair.

star 7.35
177 votes
The Collar

#55 - The Collar

Law & Order Season 12 - Episode 11

The death of a cleric leads the detectives to a priest who was given information by a murder suspect outside of the church but insists that he can't discuss anything about it, bringing McCoy to question whether the confessional seal should apply.

star 7.32
146 votes
The Dog Is Happier Without Her

#56 - The Dog Is Happier Without Her

Damages Season 3 - Episode 2

Patty and Tom continue to dig into the Tobin family's sordid past, while Joe Tobin must decide between his family and his integrity. Ellen aids Tom in his investigation of the Tobin's, but in doing so receives some bad news of her own. While locked in the midst of a bitter divorce, Patty and Phil find one piece of common ground in the form of their beloved dog.

star 7.29
977 votes
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Over the River and Through the Woods

#57 - Over the River and Through the Woods

The Mist Season 1 - Episode 7

The gang finds unlikely sanctuary in the psych wing of the hospital; tensions at the mall escalate about the remaining food rations; Nathalie and Romanov have a final confrontation.

star 7.26
1981 votes
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The Family Hour

#58 - The Family Hour

Law & Order Season 17 - Episode 22

When Nicole Bailey, the ex-wife of a respected former senator, is found murdered and brutalised in her home, Green and Cassady look first at the senator, but follow the trail of clues to a dysfunctional family with a number of potentially embarrassing secrets. McCoy finds himself in the hot seat when he is forced to argue the case in front of a judge more interested in public relations than justice.

star 7.22
156 votes

#59 - Entrapment

Law & Order Season 7 - Episode 9

The case against Huey Tate, a young man accused of shooting the well-known leader of the African-American Congress comes undone when the New York authorities learn that their chief witness was once an informant for the FBI, and is still under their protection.

star 7.19
175 votes
Don't Throw That at the Chicken

#60 - Don't Throw That at the Chicken

Damages Season 3 - Episode 4

Patty drills Louis Tobin about his fraud while his son Joe makes a decision that will determine the fate of the Tobin family forever.

star 7.19
962 votes
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Love Bites

#61 - Love Bites

Private Practice Season 3 - Episode 14

When Naomi refuses to help plan Maya's wedding, Sam convinces Violet to help her. Meanwhile the tension between Addison and Sam deepens when they treat a suicidal patient and Cooper and Pete treat a girl with a questionable bite mark.

star 7.00
754 votes
Crazy, Cupid, Love

#62 - Crazy, Cupid, Love

Gossip Girl Season 5 - Episode 15

It’s Valentine’s Day and Blair can’t resist playing cupid for someone she loves. Georgina is intent on stirring up more drama and decides to crash Nate’s Valentine’s Day party. Serena is shocked by something she witnesses at the party.

star 6.96
1006 votes

#63 - Harvest

Law & Order Season 8 - Episode 4

A discrepancy concerning the time of death of a drive-by shooting victim leads McCoy and Ross to initiate prosecutions against both the shooter and the doctor who harvested her organs as transplant donations.

star 6.94
226 votes
Don't Kill the Messenger

#64 - Don't Kill the Messenger

NYPD Blue Season 5 - Episode 15

Bobby and Andy investigate the murder of a nurse. Suspects include an actor, a crazy man and eventually a uniform, Tommy Richardson, from the 15th precinct. During their investigation, Andy's doctor comes to the squad to see Andy, who won't return his calls. He wants to help Andy confront what's happening to him; however, Andy goes off him because he would rather not deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Greg and Jill look into the death of a bicycle messenger who was just trying to help a man whose backpack was stolen. They determine that the backpack contained drugs. When they get a suspect in custody who won't talk, Jill figures out a clever way to get an ID. At the end of the day, Andy and Bobby's investigation points toward Richardson.

star 5.61
89 votes
Movin' On Up...

#65 - Movin' On Up...

Lucky 7 Season 1 - Episode 7

Bob offers his Gold Star “family” an investment opportunity in his vision of a new and improved Gold Star even as his own health is crumbling. When Samira auditions for a famous violin teacher to help her chances of getting into Julliard, Nicky is suspicious that he wants more than just her talent. Meanwhile Matt and Mary not only disagree about how to handle their future finances, Mary is determined to keep Matt out of Leanne’s life. Finally, a desperate Leanne summons her courage and goes after Emma’s birth mother in an attempt to keep her daughter.

star 5.00
4 votes
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