The Best Episodes Directed by Michael Nankin

Shutt Down

#1 - Shutt Down

Chicago Hope Season 1 - Episode 6

Aaron, the staff, and the patients are caught in the crossfire when Antoine Metcalf, a gangbanger and career criminal, follows his latest victim into the E.R. to finish off the job he started, and sprays a room with automatic gunfire before hospital security shoots him down; Karen joins the staff, and successfully teams with Paula to remove hematomas that are preventing Marcus Lavelle from walking, but the trauma of witnessing his mother's being injured in the E.R. shooting leaves the little boy afflicted with hysterical paralysis and still unable to move although the surgery has left him physically fine; reluctantly operating on the shooter, Aaron jokes about how easy and perhaps appropriate it might be to cause Metcalf's death through a surgical hiccup, a remark which comes back to haunt him later when Metcalf dies soon after surgery and his family sues Aaron and the hospital for failure to provide adequate care; Arthur engages in a little ex parte communication to put in a good word

star 8.21
14 votes
I Almost Prayed

#2 - I Almost Prayed

Defiance Season 2 - Episode 13

The fate of Defiance hangs in the balance; Nolan must fight against the republic and old friends to stop Irisa.

star 8.13
1371 votes
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Sometimes a Great Notion

#3 - Sometimes a Great Notion

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 4 - Episode 11

Kara struggles with the foreboding prediction of the Cylon Hybrid, while Adama and the Colonial fleet face despair over their shocking discovery.

star 8.02
3097 votes
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All Things Must Pass

#4 - All Things Must Pass

Defiance Season 2 - Episode 12

Nolan races to save Tommy’s life and stop Irisa before her growing forces can put their devastating plan into motion. Meanwhile back in town, Amanda learns the heart-breaking truth about her sister’s murder leading to a daring showdown between Amanda and Stahma.

star 7.99
1831 votes
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Chapter Three: Let 'Em In

#5 - Chapter Three: Let 'Em In

The Exorcist Season 1 - Episode 3

Kat struggles to confront the realization that her friend, Julia, is dead. Shopping for a dress to wear to Julia's memorial service, Casey is given a sexy, expensive and slightly inappropriate dress by a salesman at the store. Seeking permission to conduct an exorcism, Marcus and Tomas take footage from the Rance home to papal emissaries, only to be met with shocking news that will change Marcus' life forever.

star 7.94
2767 votes
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The Railroad Job

#6 - The Railroad Job

Hell on Wheels Season 2 - Episode 5

Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.

star 7.93
2046 votes
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Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

#7 - Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 - Episode 8

Cromartie kidnaps Sarah and races to Mexico to find John. When Derek, Cameron and Ellison discover what has happened, they come to their defense, which leads to one final deadly confrontation with Cromartie.

star 7.91
1638 votes
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Flight of the Phoenix

#8 - Flight of the Phoenix

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 2 - Episode 9

Sharon informs Adama that the Galatica has been infected with a computer virus that is tampering with the basic ship functions and is scanning them for weaknesses. All this is preparation for a major assault by the Cylon Raiders. So with the clock ticking

star 7.90
3076 votes
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#9 - Faith

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 4 - Episode 6

The dying President Roslin and the aggressive Viper pilot Kara Thrace try to accept the new terms of the relationship with the Cylons.

star 7.90
2961 votes
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The Cord and the Ax

#10 - The Cord and the Ax

Defiance Season 2 - Episode 3

Irisa’s terrifying black-outs escalate, driving a wedge of secrecy between her and a worried Nolan. Meanwhile, the Tarr family business thrives under Stahma’s self-appointed direction while an increasingly suspicious Datak remains in jail.

star 7.85
2089 votes
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In My Secret Life

#11 - In My Secret Life

Defiance Season 2 - Episode 2

Irisa returns to Defiance and is arrested; Mayor Pottinger offers Nolan her release in exchange for capturing those responsible for nearly killing him; Stahma plots to keep Datak behind bars.

star 7.84
2189 votes
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#12 - Irradiator

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 10 - Episode 17

When the CSI team investigates the brutal murder of a family, they trace the killer to the house next door, which might belong to the "Dr. Jekyll" serial killer.

star 7.80
1818 votes
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Chapter Two: Lupus In Fabula

#13 - Chapter Two: Lupus In Fabula

The Exorcist Season 1 - Episode 2

When Bishop Egan denies Tomas permission to perform the exorcism on Angela's daughter, Father Marcus breaks out of Saint Aquinas and joins forces with Tomas, though he urges him to get his ex, Jessica, out of his life and heart. The Rance family's relationship with the demon deepens and when Marcus catches Angela stealing holy water, he instructs her on how to use it. On Chicago's south side, a series of bizarre ritual killings begin taking place.

star 7.78
2964 votes
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Love Bites

#14 - Love Bites

Van Helsing Season 2 - Episode 3

Vanessa makes a horrific decision to save her daughter; Axel and a former ally struggle to survive in the wild; a group of juvenile delinquents come face to face with a sadistic vampire.

star 7.76
1277 votes
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Everything is Broken

#15 - Everything is Broken

Defiance Season 1 - Episode 12

The citizens of Defiance prepare to cast their votes for mayor; Nolan’s past violently rears its head; Irisa must decide whether or not to embrace her destiny.

star 7.75
3123 votes
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The Cage

#16 - The Cage

Roar Season 1 - Episode 12

Conor, Catlin, Fergus & Molly moments travel to Molly's villiage to welcome the village's help in the Confederation.

star 7.75
4 votes
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#17 - Finale

The Agency Season 1 - Episode 22

A CIA Agent is taken Hostage.

star 7.75
4 votes
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Someone to Watch Over Me

#18 - Someone to Watch Over Me

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 4 - Episode 17

Kara feels lost while she struggles to cope with Sam's continued coma, meanwhile Boomer faces charges of treason from the Cylons onboard the base ship who blame her for voting against her model during the civil war causing the deaths of thousands of Cylons.

star 7.74
3389 votes
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The Quick and the Dead

#19 - The Quick and the Dead

Alphas Season 2 - Episode 2

On the hunt for a killer, the team realizes the search has lead him directly to them with a deadly consequences.

star 7.74
2671 votes
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Under Color of Law

#20 - Under Color of Law

Hell on Wheels Season 4 - Episode 8

Cullen makes a decision to ensure his family's safety. Campbell hires a new federal marshal to clean up the streets.

star 7.74
1373 votes
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Here Be Dragons

#21 - Here Be Dragons

Caprica Season 1 - Episode 17

The Graystones' search for Zoe leave them oblivious to the danger of Clarice and her two husbands invading their home. At the same time, the Adamas are targeted by the Ha'la'tha. One family will finally begin the move forward, while the other will experience yet another tragedy.

star 7.73
2075 votes
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Past is Prologue

#22 - Past is Prologue

Defiance Season 1 - Episode 11

Amanda’s mayoral campaign is threatened when Nolan is involved in an accident on the eve of the election, prompting the town to question Amanda’s decision to appoint him as Lawkeeper.

star 7.73
3360 votes
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Dog Day

#23 - Dog Day

The Last Ship Season 3 - Episode 6

Chandler's mission comes to a head as he prepares the final part of his plan. President Michener ponders the fate of his presidency.

star 7.71
4188 votes
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I Awake

#24 - I Awake

Van Helsing Season 3 - Episode 3

Vanessa relives the memories of her ancestor, Lily Van Helsing, in Colonial Hong Kong. There, she learns to control her dark side and fights the B'ah, the second vampire Elder.

star 7.70
713 votes
Two Soldiers

#25 - Two Soldiers

Hell on Wheels Season 5 - Episode 8

The Swede's murderous rampage on the Hatch homestead results in a long overdue showdown with Cullen.

star 7.70
1606 votes
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The Old Man and the Key

#26 - The Old Man and the Key

Witches of East End Season 2 - Episode 3

Ingrid prepares to move out while Freya tracks down Killian. Dash discovers the identity of his blackmailer and plans revenge. Wendy and Joanna follow Frederick to figure out what his motives are since reconnecting with the family.

star 7.69
577 votes
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The Opposite of Hallelujah

#27 - The Opposite of Hallelujah

Defiance Season 2 - Episode 1

Nolan's search for Irisa leads him to New Chicago and AngelArc. Meanwhile, back in Defiance, the Earth Republic appoints a charming, calculating, and ambitious man named Niles Pottinger as mayor.

star 7.69
2427 votes
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The Fourth Man

#28 - The Fourth Man

Somewhere Between Season 1 - Episode 7

Laura convinces Nico that they need to find the fourth man from the tattoo photo; while doing so, they learn more about the case 10 years ago against Danny. Also, Laura gives Tom a chance to explain his actions and must decide whether she – and Serena – can trust him.

star 7.69
328 votes
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Whatever Happened to Maggie Rennie

#29 - Whatever Happened to Maggie Rennie

Ghost Wars Season 1 - Episode 5

The town leans on sceptical and steadfast handyman Doug after Port Moore's social structure begins to collapse. But when Doug's dead daughter persuades Roman to deliver a message, Doug's well-being rapidly deteriorates, sending him over the edge.

star 7.68
543 votes
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Charm School

#30 - Charm School

Taken (2017) Season 2 - Episode 6

When the wife of a war hero senator is taken, Bryan and the team must determine if her disappearance was orchestrated by a foreign government or someone closer to home. Meanwhile, Christina's meeting with an old friend brings up painful memories.

star 7.63
827 votes
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Novissima Solis

#31 - Novissima Solis

Van Helsing Season 5 - Episode 13

Vanessa, Violet, and Jack face off with The Dark One in the ultimate battle to save humanity.

star 7.62
248 votes
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One Blood

#32 - One Blood

Killjoys Season 1 - Episode 6

Top Killjoys are pitted against each other in a race to find a rogue Killjoy; Khlyen uses Dutch.

star 7.62
1908 votes
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There is Another Sky

#33 - There is Another Sky

Caprica Season 1 - Episode 5

The avatar of Tamara Adama wanders V-World, unaware that she died nearly a month ago in the MagLev bombing and discovers a new side to V-World -- New Cap City, a place where people live random lives of violence and crime in search of the game’s elusive meaning.

star 7.61
2771 votes
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The Last Temptation of Barry Allen (2)

#34 - The Last Temptation of Barry Allen (2)

The Flash (2014) Season 6 - Episode 8

With The Flash freshly infected by the monstrous Bloodwork, Iris and Cisco battle to help Barry take control of himself before he’s lost forever to Ramsey’s influence. The rest of Team Flash fight to reclaim control of Central City from Bloodwork’s growing army.

star 7.61
1529 votes
The Dredge

#35 - The Dredge

Invasion (2005) Season 1 - Episode 9

Russell is suspected of committing a double murder. Larkin discovers Russell's criminal history and wonders about who he really is. Mariel insists that she saw a body in the water and demands that the bay be dredged.

star 7.61
372 votes
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#36 - XIV.

Black Sails Season 2 - Episode 6

Eleanor brokers a peace. Rackham learns the hard way. Flint breaks a promise. Bonny loses control.

star 7.57
3141 votes
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The Ties That Bind

#37 - The Ties That Bind

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 4 - Episode 3

Kara Thrace seeks her own path in the search for Earth while the Cylons face the threat of sentient Centurions. A member of Galactica's crew learns a dark secret about a loved one.

star 7.57
3103 votes
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A Well Respected Man

#38 - A Well Respected Man

Defiance Season 1 - Episode 4

Kenya is kidnapped, while Rafe moves a step closer to learning the truth about his son's death.

star 7.56
4191 votes
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Crossed Wires

#39 - Crossed Wires

Trauma Season 1 - Episode 18

Communications breakdown throws everyone into chaos and scrambling to the wrong locations.

star 7.56
313 votes
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Try, Try Again

#40 - Try, Try Again

Eureka Season 2 - Episode 2

Carter requests Stark's help after Fargo accidentally activates a personal force field, which causes mayhem.

star 7.56
2903 votes
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Hair of the Dog

#41 - Hair of the Dog

The Dresden Files Season 1 - Episode 3

A series of ritualistic murders starts to look a lot like werewolves so Harry, of course, gets dragged in. Thing is, it looks like the lycanthropes aren't the killers... they're the victims.

star 7.55
476 votes
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#42 - Icicle

Stargirl Season 1 - Episode 3

After a dangerous run-in with the Injustice Society of America, Pat warns Courtney to back down from her attempts to go after them. Barbara impresses her new boss, Jordan.

star 7.53
1144 votes
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The Pain Connection

#43 - The Pain Connection

Ghost Wars Season 1 - Episode 10

Lambda's attempts to use their confiscated pod lead to disaster as they bring back a grotesque Norm from the ghost vessel and he unleashes havoc.

star 7.52
412 votes
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The Heavens Will Rise

#44 - The Heavens Will Rise

Caprica Season 1 - Episode 16

As the "Avenging Angels" change code inside New Cap City, Daniel is able to track them down, but an early snafu in trying to reach out to Zoe leave the Graystones to enter the game only under its strict rules. With only one chance, Daniel asks help from Sam who has no interest in disturbing his brother's peace of mind.

star 7.52
2238 votes
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In Redemption

#45 - In Redemption

Van Helsing Season 2 - Episode 2

Vanessa fights to get her daughter out of the citadel; Dmitri and Antanasia hatch a plot to stop Vanessa; Mohamad risks his life to save Vanessa and Dylan.

star 7.51
1377 votes
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Bump and Grind

#46 - Bump and Grind

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 11 - Episode 7

When shredded remains of a man are discovered, evidence leads to multiple possible suspects.

star 7.51
2140 votes

#47 - Maelstrom

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 3 - Episode 17

Kara continues to have dreams about Leoben Conoy and the mandala she painted at her old apartment on Caprica. While on patrol in her Viper, she encounters a Cylon Heavy Raider. When Tyrol cannot verify Kara's claim that the Cylon ship struck the Viper, Admiral Adama and Lee become concerned about her mental stability.

star 7.50
2574 votes
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The Giving Time Is Here

#48 - The Giving Time Is Here

The Purge Season 1 - Episode 8

Lila grapples with rejection. Miguel and Penelope seek the safety of the Cantina.

star 7.49
684 votes
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61 Degrees

#49 - 61 Degrees

Hell on Wheels Season 5 - Episode 10

Cullen's nitroglycerin experiment provides an explosive backdrop for the railroad life in Truckee. Durant's plan turns deadly.

star 7.48
1482 votes
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A Space Oddity

#50 - A Space Oddity

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 9 - Episode 20

When the producer of the reboot of a classic SF show is murdered at a Las Vegas science-fiction convention attended by both Hodges and Wendy (both, unknown to each other, fans of the original show), they find a connection with each other as the team investigates the crime.

star 7.44
909 votes

#51 - Veronica

Lie to Me Season 3 - Episode 7

Lightman tries to out-trick the tricky memory of a woman with Alzheimer's disease.

star 7.44
3149 votes
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#52 - A561984

FlashForward Season 1 - Episode 10

Against Wedeck's orders, Mark and Demetri travel to Hong Kong in search of the woman claiming to know details of Demetri's fate; Lloyd tries to come clean about his and Simon's involvement in the global blackout - against Simon's better judgment -- and Zoey discovers the true meaning of her flashforward.

star 7.42
3711 votes
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The Paper

#53 - The Paper

Early Edition Season 1 - Episode 4

Gary is invited to the office of the Sun-Times, and he falls for one of the paper's star reporters.

star 7.41
172 votes
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Know Thy Enemy

#54 - Know Thy Enemy

Caprica Season 1 - Episode 6

Tomas Vergis confronts Daniel over the theft of the meta-cognitive processor and the two workers who were murdered in the robbery. However, his means of revenge aren't quite what Daniel expects.

star 7.40
2648 votes
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The Passage

#55 - The Passage

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 3 - Episode 10

The Colonial fleet faces starvation when the food-processing machines are contaminated. Kat plays a vital role in the success or failure of the "Passage" through space.

star 7.40
2843 votes
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#56 - Scar

Battlestar Galactica (2003) Season 2 - Episode 15

A crazed Cylon Raider attacks the Colonial fleet in a series of hit-and-run attacks. Overworked Viper pilots must defend a mining operation from this Raider that they nickname "Scar."

star 7.39
3173 votes
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Black Market

#57 - Black Market

The Mentalist Season 7 - Episode 4

The team investigates a murder linked to a counterfeit diamond operation, but an illness forces Jane to direct his colleagues from the office as he recuperates. Meanwhile, Abbott is concerned that transgressions in his past could harm his wife’s chance to obtain a prestigious job in Washington, D.C.

star 7.39
1852 votes
Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go

#58 - Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go

Defiance Season 1 - Episode 2

Nolan and Datak clash over an ancient ritual, while the hunt for a killer is on.

star 7.38
4695 votes
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Stay Inside

#59 - Stay Inside

Van Helsing Season 1 - Episode 3

The hospital's power source is damaged, jeopardizing the protective UV lights. Vanessa and Axel head into Seattle to scavenge parts, leaving the others to fight against the vampires amongst themselves.

star 7.37
3037 votes
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Began Again

#60 - Began Again

Van Helsing Season 2 - Episode 1

Vanessa and Mohamad search for Dylan as Dmitri's citadel crumbles around them; Flesh acquires an unexpected ally in one of the Resistance Fighters; Taka clashes with the Vampire Elite.

star 7.37
1553 votes
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Pool Shark

#61 - Pool Shark

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 11 - Episode 2

The team investigates when a woman is attacked by a shark in the pool at a Las Vegas casino.

star 7.34
2065 votes

#62 - Pass/Fail

Heroes Season 4 - Episode 16

Hiros life hangs in the balance as his brain tumor worsens, prompting him to subconsciously deal with some of his past decisions. Meanwhile, Sylar pays Claire an unexpected visit to get answers as to why he isn't quite himself. Elsewhere, Samuels plan to impress his long-lost love, Vanessa, takes a terrifying turn.

star 7.27
2990 votes
Seen You

#63 - Seen You

Van Helsing Season 1 - Episode 2

In the days leading up to "The Rising," Vanessa is attacked and left for dead by an intruder. When Doc discovers anomalies in Vanessa's bloodwork, Axel and the marines come to retrieve the body, only to become marooned in the hospital when all hell breaks loose outside the building.

star 7.26
3350 votes
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#64 - Dice

The Cape (2011) Season 1 - Episode 5

Peter Fleming (aka Chess) and the ARK Corporation prepare to unveil a special device that may alter the fate of Palm City. Tracey Jerrod (aka Dice), a young savant and inspiration for the device, emerges and targets Chess to avenge her father's death. Realizing he must keep his enemy alive in order to fully destroy him, Vince (aka The Cape) suddenly finds himself defending his archnemesis. With the help of Rollo, Ruvi, Raia and Max, Vince attempts to master new skills and also tries to accept how his choices will affect his wife, Dana and son, Trip.

star 7.21
960 votes
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Rusty Cage

#65 - Rusty Cage

Van Helsing Season 3 - Episode 4

Sam comes to realize his dark destiny and tries to groom Mohamad to be a worthy partner. Scab and Ivory are bestowed Daywalker powers and return home to find the Sisterhood in ruins.

star 7.18
680 votes
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Saint Zach

#66 - Saint Zach

Picket Fences Season 3 - Episode 20

All of Rome is in an uproar after stigmata appear on Zach's hands.

star 7.09
32 votes
Help Me

#67 - Help Me

Van Helsing Season 1 - Episode 1

It’s Vanessa Helsing vs. vampires in post-apocalyptic Seattle.

star 7.06
4366 votes
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#68 - Believe

FlashForward Season 1 - Episode 9

Bryce begins his search for the woman in his flashforward, Aaron becomes concerned over Tracy's odd behavior, Mark attempts to track down the person responsible for texting Olivia and outing his drinking during his flashforward vision, and Demetri's co-agents try to find the mysterious caller who forewarned him about his unfortunate fate.

star 7.03
3661 votes
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Meet the Beetles

#69 - Meet the Beetles

American Gothic Season 1 - Episode 7

When Jack Drey, a South Carolina state police lieutenant, throws his weight around in the investigation of the disappearance of his adulterous brother-in-law, Hack Weller, Sheriff Buck becomes wary. Drey suspects that Weller's obsession with Selena might have driven a vicious Buck to kill him.

star 6.95
84 votes
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Rocks and Hard Places

#70 - Rocks and Hard Places

Blood & Oil (2015) Season 1 - Episode 5

Wick’s shortcomings are magnified when his sister, and potential rival, Lacey officially joins the family business. Meanwhile, Billy attempts to blackmail Hap with information Cody shared with him in confidence, further putting their marriage on the line. Unable to shake suspicions about his son, Hap pays a visit to Sherriff Tip, who reveals that Wick may know more about the robbery than he’s letting on. Later, Gary proves a continuing threat to Wick — but when Wick tries to fight back — it’s Cody who is put in harm’s way.

star 0.00
0 votes
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