The BEST episodes directed by Michael Fresco

Operation: Deliver the Case
star
9.00
2 votes

#1 - Operation: Deliver the Case

The Knights of Prosperity - Season 1 - Episode 4

The Knights try to find their way inside Mick Jagger's security company. Rockefeller has an interview for a position with Burton Security and the Knights attempt to get Rockefeller a fake ID.

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Operation: Ralph
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9.00
2 votes

#2 - Operation: Ralph

The Knights of Prosperity - Season 1 - Episode 5

Eugene is persuaded by the other Knights to date Ralph, a Burton Security Guard, an alpha-male who hides his homosexuality extremely well, and to seduce Ralph into revealing information about Mick Jagger.

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I Could Have Danced All Night... But Didn't
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8.60
5 votes

#3 - I Could Have Danced All Night... But Didn't

China Beach - Season 4 - Episode 10

McMurphy meets a sympathetic drummer at a 1983 wedding and recalls the 1969 wedding of Lila and Sarge Pepper, as well as the end of her relationship with Dr. Richard.

Twilight
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8.30
10 votes

#4 - Twilight

China Beach - Season 2 - Episode 13

Wayloo Marie's digging results in a medal ceremony for Boonie and an unwelcome investigation into his lost jungle patrol. McMurphy sees Dodger again as he prepares to go back into action. Frankie befriends a captured deserter.

The Rainy Day Women
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8.21
362 votes

#5 - The Rainy Day Women

The O.C. - Season 2 - Episode 14

Rain - and it seems there are as many problems as raindrops. Kirsten, Sandy...and Rebecca. Julie, Marissa...and Alex. Lindsay, Ryan...and Chicago. Summer, Seth...and Italy. Can't rain forever, can it?

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Chapter Twenty-Three
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8.20
41 votes

#6 - Chapter Twenty-Three

Murder One - Season 1 - Episode 23

Ted meets with Julie to ask for her help in getting Richard to testify that the tape of the murder is authentic. When she refuses, Chris begins playing the tape. After viewing it for a few minutes, she tearfully agrees to help them. To be lucid enough to testify in court, Richard will need to take a drug which will also further weaken his immune system. In response to his initial resistance, Julie tells him that he owes it to her and Jessica, and he finally relents. Chris is approached by a man who represents a judge on the Court of Appeals who is willing to convince two other judges to overturn Neil's verdict and to get him released on bail immediately in return for $100,000. Chris refuses, telling him that the firm is not in the practice of bribery, to which Ted agrees when Chris fills him in about this encounter. Judge Bornstein grants Ted a hearing where he presents expert testimony that the tape has not been doctored. Richard takes the stand and testifies that he installed a video

Mr. Sandman
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8.16
114 votes

#7 - Mr. Sandman

Northern Exposure - Season 5 - Episode 12

The aurora borealis causes the residents of Cicely to swap their dreams, exposing secrets. Maggie has Holling's dream about being a cab driver in Quebec, driving his overbearing father around. Ron has Maurice's dream about blue pumps. Joel sleepwalks in search of candy, having a child's dream. Holling has Dave's dream about kayaking with a spatula. Walt has someone's dream (Joel's?) about climbing a never ending tower.

Rights of Passage
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8.15
13 votes

#8 - Rights of Passage

Picket Fences - Season 1 - Episode 20

A group of heavily armed Chippewa Indians declares war on Rome and takes over the courthouse, as a dispute over enlarging the golf course gets violent. Ginny accuses Jill of discrimination when she agrees to give an abnormally young boy a controversial growth treatment. Matthew stands up for Zach against the school bully.

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Love Octagon
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8.07
947 votes

#9 - Love Octagon

My Name Is Earl - Season 3 - Episode 19

When Earl finally wakes up from his coma, he believes in Karma again and considers Billie his soul mate.

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Jabberwocky
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8.03
1361 votes

#10 - Jabberwocky

Better Off Ted - Season 1 - Episode 12

Ted creates a phony project for Linda after she hears that Veridian is going green, which becomes problematic when other staffers want to join the cause.

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The Countdown
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7.97
463 votes

#11 - The Countdown

The O.C. - Season 1 - Episode 14

As the New Year looms, Ryan doesn't know how to respond when Marissa says those three meaningful words. Sandy and Kirsten are wallflowers at a swingers' party. And at home, Seth thinks of what might have been.

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Up River
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7.94
130 votes

#12 - Up River

Northern Exposure - Season 6 - Episode 8

Maurice sends Ed after Joel, who's moved up river; and Joel tells Ed of the few days he and Maggie spent together, where every time they got together, there was gunfire. Chris hires a contractor to improve the lot around his trailer and it turns his world upside down. When Walt goes away to check his traps, Ruth-Anne realizes that she's fallen in love and tries to fight it.

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Candy Wars
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7.91
662 votes

#13 - Candy Wars

Raising Hope - Season 3 - Episode 7

Jimmy tries to win a candy-selling contest so that Hope can ride on a float in a Thanksgiving parade.

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The Trial
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7.91
970 votes

#14 - The Trial

My Name Is Earl - Season 2 - Episode 23

Things are finally looking up for Earl with a GED, a job, a new apartment and love interest however it may all come crashing down during Joy's trial date. Earl's shocking testimony could help Joy but at what cost?

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Pilot
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7.90
192 votes

#15 - Pilot

Missing - Season 1 - Episode 1

Hotshot FBI agent Brooke Haslett's search for a missing woman brings her to Indianapolis, where she follows a hunch about a U.S. senator's involvement in the disappearance of a young woman. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when Jess Mastriani, a young local woman, begins having dreams about a missing girl after getting struck by lightning. She is shocked to learn that the dreams are giving her metaphorical clues to the girl's location but an impulsive decision ruins the situation for all involved. When the FBI finds out about her dreams they ask her to work for them as a special consultant & Brooke is made her partner. She also dreams about the missing woman Brooke is searching for. But Brooke finds it difficult to take these clairvoyant dreams seriously as each one points toward events in the past.

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The Showdown
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7.88
273 votes

#16 - The Showdown

The O.C. - Season 2 - Episode 22

Dynamite with a lit fuse: Kirsten goes on a bender now that Carter's gone, Ryan can't figure what's up with Marissa, Caleb hits Julie with divorce papers, and the Seth-Zach rivalry turns into War of the Weirds.

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Old Tree
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7.85
115 votes

#17 - Old Tree

Northern Exposure - Season 4 - Episode 25

The town's oldest tree is dying. Shelly wakes up and finds that she can't talk, but she can sing. The town asks Joel to diagnose Old Vicki. Chris goes wireless and is freed from the confines of the broadcast booth. Shelly's singing starts to get on Holling's nerves. Maggie tries to be pleasant to Joel and the result of all this kindness is that Joel keeps getting injured. Maurice is intent on bringing the tree down. Shelly becomes worried that she may never talk again. After the felling of Old Vicki, the town has a wake. Maurice feels remorse after the felling of Old Vicki. Maggie and Joel cut a deal to try keeping Joel injury free.

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Chapter Four
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7.84
45 votes

#18 - Chapter Four

Murder One - Season 1 - Episode 4

Melissa confronts Hoffman about the tape, and Hoffman refuses her offer. Melissa sells it for $100,000 to a tabloid-news show, where Hoffman is interviewed and says that the tape could have been easily doctored by Melissa to make money. After the tape airs, Garfield files a motion for Avedon's bail to be revoked, but the motion is denied, on the condition that Avedon enters a different rehabilitation center. Avedon passes a lie detector test and reveals that he was drunk both the night the tape was made and the night of the murder, and can't remember anything. Hoffman meets up with Francesca'a divorce attorney, who offers Hoffman information about Cross which could get Neil cleared of the charges in an attempt to blackmail Cross into a quick and tidy divorce. When Francesca finds out, she drops him and hires another recommended by Hoffman.

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Tranquility Base
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7.84
122 votes

#19 - Tranquility Base

Northern Exposure - Season 6 - Episode 23

Maurice's plans to ask Barbara to marry him while spending the weekend at his new summer home are in jeopardy when her style clashes with the way he wants his guests treated. Phil and Michelle continue to try to work out their differences and Ed (in his Shaman capacity) and Joel's Rabbi offer some advice. Chris is on the loose when Maggie doesn't make the journey to Maurice's but soon realizes that he is a changed man. The Vincoeurs stay locked up in their room when Holling is in heat.

The Impertence of Communicationizing
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7.84
1141 votes

#20 - The Impertence of Communicationizing

Better Off Ted - Season 2 - Episode 8

When a typo in a memo about inappropriate behavior at Veridian Dynamics orders employees to now engage in offensive language, Ted tries to convince the company to correct the error, but not before the insults start flying. Meanwhile, Veronica is afraid, and guilty. If the company can make such a stupid mistake, can it be that her own promotion is the result of a typo on a memo meant for W. Palmer and not V. Palmer?

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Pest Side Story
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7.79
87 votes

#21 - Pest Side Story

Family Tools - Season 1 - Episode 9

When Jack is bullied by "the bug guys," Tony offers Jack advice on how to handle them, even though Jack is determined to handle them on his own. Meanwhile Aunt Terry is out to win the local art show.

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Camdenites (1)
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7.78
894 votes

#22 - Camdenites (1)

My Name Is Earl - Season 3 - Episode 21

When relational problems arise between Earl and Billie, he is forced to choose between Karma and her.

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Bioshuffle
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7.74
1232 votes

#23 - Bioshuffle

Better Off Ted - Season 1 - Episode 9

When Veronica, Linda, and Ted end up having to share offices, tensions grow between them.

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Dream Hoarders
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7.74
1562 votes

#24 - Dream Hoarders

Raising Hope - Season 1 - Episode 3

The family baby-proofs the house as Hope learns to crawl. Jimmy visits the grocery store in hopes of seeing Sabrina.

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Love Blurts
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7.74
1444 votes

#25 - Love Blurts

Better Off Ted - Season 2 - Episode 1

Veridian Dynamics tries matchmaking employees based on their genetic compatibility in hopes of saving on health insurance bills from imperfectly bred children. Ted and Linda balk at this until they meet their supposed matches -- Greg for Linda and Danielle for Ted -- and are instantly attracted despite themselves. Meanwhile, after Veronica finds out Lem is her perfect genetic match, she hounds him to make a donation to a sperm bank

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The Ex-Factor
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7.73
330 votes

#26 - The Ex-Factor

The O.C. - Season 2 - Episode 9

The ABC's of Love. When Alex wants to spend time with her ex, Seth says "X" must make room for "I" and "U." But there's something Seth doesn't know. Julie has a makeover idea for the Newport Group.

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Ghosts
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7.71
7 votes

#27 - Ghosts

China Beach - Season 3 - Episode 6

K.C. avoids dealing with unpleasant memories of her father stirred up by a trunk of his belongings; Dr. Richard faces his ex-wife's remarriage with a ""black wedding""; Beckett ends his relationship with Mai; and McMurphy learns more about Dr. Bernard's life.

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The Men of New Natesville
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7.71
1091 votes

#28 - The Men of New Natesville

Raising Hope - Season 2 - Episode 9

After being encouraged to be more of a daredevil by Burt, Jimmy jumps at the chance of showing off his bolder side at a party at Frank's house. Frank and Jimmy realize they have shared a common high school bully, and when they try to take him down, they realize their old bully has changed.

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Pilot
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7.69
1941 votes

#29 - Pilot

Better Off Ted - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ted Crisp works at Veridian Technologies in the research and development department and loves his job. However, Ted is taken aback when he learns the company has cryogenically frozen one of the scientists in his department.

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Camdenites (2)
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7.69
484 votes

#30 - Camdenites (2)

My Name Is Earl - Season 3 - Episode 22

When relational problems arise between Earl and Billie, he is forced to choose between Karma and her.

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Pilot
star
7.69
2032 votes

#31 - Pilot

Raising Hope - Season 1 - Episode 1

A 23-year-old man must enlist his family to help him raise a baby that is the result of a one-night stand with a wanted felon.

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The New Era
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7.67
310 votes

#32 - The New Era

The O.C. - Season 2 - Episode 4

It's not a date, it's a group hang. So Seth goes with Lindsay, but looks for Summer. Ryan goes with Alex, but would rather be with Lindsay. And Julie... well, stay tuned. That new CEO has a style of her own.

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Strange Brew
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7.67
6 votes

#33 - Strange Brew

China Beach - Season 3 - Episode 22

With everyone else away for a distant USO show, K.C. and McMurphy indulge in an alcoholic binge that takes them to a dreamy landscape where a Native American guide tries to help them heal past and present wounds.

Trust and Consequence
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7.65
1422 votes

#34 - Trust and Consequence

Better Off Ted - Season 1 - Episode 10

Veridian blames Linda for a perfume with unexpected side effects, and friends fall out when they're forced to testify.

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Killer Hope
star
7.65
948 votes

#35 - Killer Hope

Raising Hope - Season 2 - Episode 5

After discovering that Hope hit a boy at daycare, the family becomes worried that Hope is following in her mother's footsteps. Meanwhile, the Chances run into some problems when they camp out in tents due to their home being fumigated for termites.

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The Perfect Couple
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7.63
485 votes

#36 - The Perfect Couple

The O.C. - Season 1 - Episode 10

Work keeps Sandy and Kirsten apart, Rachel makes a play for Sandy, Julie's secret lover is revealed and - omigod! - Summer realizes she likes Seth (but don't ever tell anyone).

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My Name Is Inmate 28301-016 (1)
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7.63
1079 votes

#37 - My Name Is Inmate 28301-016 (1)

My Name Is Earl - Season 3 - Episode 1

Earl begins his prison sentence. Meanwhile, Joy tries to repay Earl by taking care of Randy (who is struggling to adjust) and a prison bully is looking for Earl.

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South of the Border (1)
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7.62
988 votes

#38 - South of the Border (1)

My Name Is Earl - Season 2 - Episode 10

In the first half of this special one hour episode, Earl and Randy face problems in their quest to take Catalina off Earl's list and bring her home after she was deported because of Earl. Joy's friendly attitude causes the neighbors to get closer and Darnell doesn't like it at all.

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Joy in a Bubble
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7.62
1138 votes

#39 - Joy in a Bubble

My Name Is Earl - Season 4 - Episode 3

Earl's attempt to give Joy the hot tub she's always wanted backfires and she is forced to stay in a makeshift bubble because of a flesh eating toe infection. While she is out of commission, Earl must fill in as the new Joy. Between gossiping with the ladies at the salon and shopping for meat out of some guy's trunk, Earl learns about the Turner family. This includes the fact that Dodge and Earl Jr. might have a social disorder that causes them to have no friends. Can Earl fix this problem too?

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The Swells
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7.61
263 votes

#40 - The Swells

The O.C. - Season 3 - Episode 6

Party by night. Surf by first light. The Dawn Patrol beach blast is the backdrop for a developing Marissa-Johnny attraction. Meanwhile, Taylor has a crush on...Seth?! And Ryan again lets his fists do the talking.

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Through Rose-colored HAZMAT Suits
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7.60
1590 votes

#41 - Through Rose-colored HAZMAT Suits

Better Off Ted - Season 1 - Episode 3

When Ted's nanny calls in sick, he is forced to take his daughter Rose to work where Veronica bonds with her. Meanwhile, Ted learns where he stands with Linda when her ex-boyfriend arrives in town.

Earl and Joy's Anniversary
star
7.59
1098 votes

#42 - Earl and Joy's Anniversary

My Name Is Earl - Season 4 - Episode 10

Earl remembers his first wedding anniversary and the events that finally lead to their break up, involving Earl's cousin Blake and an invasion of killer bees.

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Win Some, Dose Some
star
7.59
1544 votes

#43 - Win Some, Dose Some

Better Off Ted - Season 1 - Episode 5

Linda is accidentally dosed with an experimental drug that has some unusual side effects.

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Pilot
star
7.58
2015 votes

#44 - Pilot

Suburgatory - Season 1 - Episode 1

Tessa and her father experience culture shock when they move out of New York and into a house in the suburbs.

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Dead Tooth
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7.58
1736 votes

#45 - Dead Tooth

Raising Hope - Season 1 - Episode 2

Jimmy asks Sabrina's cousin to baby-sit Hope so he can return to work. Burt tries to persuade Virginia to quit smoking.

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Night of the Living Bed
star
7.57
7 votes

#46 - Night of the Living Bed

St. Elsewhere - Season 6 - Episode 5

It's Halloween at the new and improved St. Eligius, and the craft-matic bed where Mrs. Hufnagel was crushed to death is apparently haunted. Meanwhile, Wade, Craig, and Ehrlich look for a heart transplant recipient and Chandler sucks up to Gideon in order to get promoted.

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Toy Story
star
7.56
1255 votes

#47 - Toy Story

Raising Hope - Season 1 - Episode 11

Jimmy finds out about his father's annual Christmas scheme where he sells the most wanted toy for a lot of money, which always left Jimmy disappointed when he was a child. Virginia wants the family to be a part of the living nativity scene at their church to gain the respect of the members.

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Good Intentions
star
7.55
196 votes

#48 - Good Intentions

JAG - Season 9 - Episode 13

When a female Naval officer is found brutally murdered, its up to Mac to defend the suspect - a male petty officer who was intoxicated and has absolutely no recollection of the entire evening. Also, a Navy SEAL Commander finds himself facing charges of larceny and fraud - his victim: the United States.

Chapter Two
star
7.55
83 votes

#49 - Chapter Two

Murder One - Season 1 - Episode 2

Richard is arraigned and denied bail. Beverly Nichols visits Ted, bringing an alibi for Richard. She tells Ted that she was out clubbing with Richard the night of Jessica's murder and was with him when he discovered Jessica's body. When Ted wonders why Richard didn't come forward with this information when he was arrested, Beverly claims that he was protecting her from her jealous husband, who had beaten her once before when he found out that she was with Richard. Although it's apparent that Ted doesn't believe her story, he accompanies her to Parker Center when she gives her statement to Polson. Polson doesn't believe her either, but he can't shake her story. Based on Beverly's statement, and over Polson's strenuous objections, Garfield drops the charges against Richard and orders him released from custody. Polson then arrests Neil after matching a DNA sample Neil gave in an earlier paternity suit to the DNA found at the crime scene. Neil begs Ted to represent him, but Ted declines, r

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The Barbecue
star
7.54
1574 votes

#50 - The Barbecue

Suburgatory - Season 1 - Episode 2

Surprised Tessa realizes she is attracted to her jock suburban neighbor; George feels pressured to throw the perfect barbecue.

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