The Best Episodes Directed by Michael Nankin
#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
#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.
#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.
#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.
#9 - 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
#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.
#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.
#17 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - 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.
#28 - 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.
#29 - 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.
#32 - 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.
#43 - 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.
#45 - 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.
#48 - 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.
#49 - 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.
#52 - 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.
#59 - 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.
#60 - 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.
#61 - 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.
#63 - Saint Zach
Picket Fences Season 3 - Episode 20
All of Rome is in an uproar after stigmata appear on Zach's hands.
#65 - 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.
#66 - 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.
#67 - Rocks and Hard Places
Blood & Oil 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.