The Best Episodes Directed by Michael Zinberg
#1 - Life Sentence
The Practice Season 4 - Episode 22
Ellenor defends a deaf woman who shot and killed the man who allegedly murdered her young daughter. The client's crime is captured on video in front of dozens of witnesses, leaving no doubt as to who committed the act. The only to way to exonerate the client is to manipulate the jury's heartstrings. Meanwhile Lindsay learns that Bobby hates weddings and decides to spring a surprise elopement.
#3 - Pro Se
The Practice Season 6 - Episode 13
Ellenor is ordered to appear as co-counsel for murderer Ray McMurphy, who insists on defending himself in his latest trial. The trial turns ugly for everyone involved, as McMurphy will do whatever it takes to keep himself from going back to prison. Meanwhile, the firm try to support Bobby as he comes out of hospital and he tries to come to terms with being victimised.
#5 - New Evidence (1)
The Practice Season 4 - Episode 12
Lindsay takes the firm to Los Angeles to defend an acquaintance who's on trial for murdering his on-line girlfriend. As evidence mounts against their client, Bobby and the rest deal with a controlling judge, an antagonistic detective and the victim's sister, a nun with issues.
#8 - Control
Franklin & Bash Season 3 - Episode 7
Peter and Jared attempt to silence a relentless heckler who’s singled out a major league prospect. Rachel reluctantly handles her family’s litigation against a bull semen distributor, and Karp’s quest to judgeship hits a roadblock when his mentor is found dead on a golf course. Meanwhile, Peter’s future with Charlie takes a back seat to her potential career commitments.
#9 - The Leap Home Part II - Vietnam
Quantum Leap Season 3 - Episode 2
April 7, 1970: As a Navy SEAL in his own brother's squad, Sam must determine whether he is there to save Tom's life or ensure the success of the mission on which his brother was killed. Also Al from 1970 was a P.O.W.
#10 - Burning Down the House
Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 - Episode 15
When a warehouse fire kills a firefighter, Jane and Maura must investigate whether it was arson or an accident. But the investigation hits a snag when a hit-and-run leaves someone in the hospital. FBI Agent Gabriel Dean returns, hoping to rekindle his relationship with Jane.
#11 - Whistle Stop
In Plain Sight Season 3 - Episode 4
Mary and Marshall try to help FBI Agent Mike Faber convince his informant to enter WITSEC. Despite their best efforts, the informant refuses their protection and gets himself into a heap of trouble. After Mary, Marshall and Agent Faber save the informant from certain death, he and his family join Witsec.
#13 - Friends and Ex-Lovers
The Practice Season 5 - Episode 10
Despite a restraining order, William Hinks continues to harass Lindsay, as more questions arise as to whether or not he's the real serial killer. Meanwhile, Bobby blames himself for Scott Wallace's latest offense.
#15 - The Next Day
The Good Wife Season 5 - Episode 6
Alicia and Cary represent a client who changed firms and Will and Diane delay turning over the case files. Marilyn tries to give advice to Alicia.
#17 - Good Morning, Peoria
Quantum Leap Season 2 - Episode 6
September 9, 1959: Rock 'n' roll is about to become big, but not in Peoria. That is, unless Sam, as DJ Howlin' Chick Howell, can manage to keep the radio station where he's employed from being shut down by overly conservative town elders.
#18 - We Don't Need Another Hero
Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 - Episode 1
After taking a bullet during a siege of the precinct, Jane Rizzoli is honored as a hero at a public event. The celebration is short-lived, however, when disaster strikes. The ensuing case reunites Jane with an old high-school flame, Sgt. Major Casey Jones, who may be just the person she needs to heal her emotional scars.
#19 - Dark of the Moon
The Unit Season 2 - Episode 17
The Unit is sent to Pakistan to retrieve three suspected terrorists when they run into trouble with the local forces. They find a U.S. base with a small force of troops that do not respect their commanding officer. Jonas takes control of the combined group and prepares them for the impending attacks.
#20 - The Leap Back
Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 1
June 15, 1945: Struck by lightning, Sam and Al find their roles reversed, as Sam returns to the future, and to a long-lost love, while Al leaps back to 1945 to prevent the death of a returning World War II hero and his former girl friend.
#22 - Yours, Mine and Ours
Private Practice Season 2 - Episode 22
As Violoet chooses between Pete and Sheldon, she must also deal wtih a grief-stricken patient. Meanwhile, Dell worries about his daughter when Heather returns to town and Naomi debates moving to Pacific Wellcare.
#25 - Apocalypse Not
Charmed Season 2 - Episode 21
When a vanquishing spell goes awry while the Halliwells try to destroy the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Prue and one of the Horsemen become trapped in a vortex. Piper and Phoebe enlist the help of the three remaining Horsemen to free Prue and the fourth Horseman before the vortex closes, and both are killed.
#26 - Sub Rosa
NCIS Season 1 - Episode 7
A decomposed body is discovered in a tub of acid at a naval base and Ducky and Abby learn that the victim was a submariner. Gibbs discovers that there have been no reports of a sub crewmember missing, so he deduces that one of the subs has an imposter on board. With this new information, the team must find out which sub the man posing as the victim is in and what intentions he may have towards the sub.
#27 - Sailor Man
Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 - Episode 3
Shortly after sailors invade the streets of Boston for Fleet Week, a young girl is found dead. Frost's father, a Navy Admiral, comes to town, causing tension with his son. And, Maura goes on a date with Angela's mechanic.
#29 - Missing Persons
Terriers Season 1 - Episode 7
Hank and Britt help an amnesiac college student with the case of his missing identity.
#30 - The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation
The Middleman Season 1 - Episode 8
Wendy goes undercover as a sorority sister to investigate ghost sightings at a university. Meanwhile, Tyler resurfaces and mistakes Lacey for the woman he met on the day of the Lucha Libre attack.
#31 - Peak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece
Psych Season 1 - Episode 3
Shawn and Gus become wedding crashers at a posh ceremony in order to retrieve a stolen antique engagement ring inexplicably taken from an inpenetrable vault under surveillance. And theft turns to murder when things start to come unraveled.
#32 - I Kissed a Girl
Rizzoli & Isles Season 1 - Episode 6
Jane and Maura investigate what appears to be a hate crime, the brutal assault and murder of a woman leaving a lesbian bar. With Jane going undercover, they hope to lure the killer out in the open. Off the job, Maura hooks Jane up with a handsome yoga instructor.
#43 - M.I.A.
Quantum Leap Season 2 - Episode 22
April 1, 1969: When Sam leaps into the life of an undercover cop, Al explains that his mission is to convince a navy nurse that her MIA husband is still alive, and to prevent her from marrying a lawyer she meets on the day Sam leaps in. But a series of coincidences causes Sam to wonder about the true nature of his mission.
#45 - Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather
Monk Season 3 - Episode 5
When five members of the West Coast Mafia are shot down in a barbershop, Monk is pressured by mob godfather Salvatore Lucarelli and his nephew "Fat Tony" to solve the case. But the FBI in the person of Agent Colmes is pressuring him, too. Despite Captain Stottlemeyer's insistence that Colmes is not to be trusted, Monk accepts his offer of reinstatement on the police force if he can bring down the whole gang. The only clues are a partially completed crossword puzzle and a gumball machine that was apparently used to break a back window so the killer could escape. With a Mafia bodyguard named Vince as their "babysitter", Monk and Sharona interview the sole witness, Phil Bedard, a young U.S. mint employee who tells them that he saw three men running from the scene, one of them wearing a jacket with a strange-looking number 15 on the back. Bedard also explains the heightened security at the mint: someone has stolen five double-headed pennies. Associating the numbers on the jackets with a Ch...
#47 - House of the Rising Sun
Lost Season 1 - Episode 6
Walt and the others are shocked when Michael is brutally beaten, but only the non-English-speaking Jin and Sun know the truth behind the attack. Meanwhile Kate, Jack, Sawyer and Sayid argue about where the survivors should camp -- on the beach, where they're more likely to be seen, or in a remote inland valley where fresh water abounds.
#48 - Always Kiss Them Goodbye
The Unit Season 3 - Episode 3
The Unit is back together and ready to take on their next assignment when a bomb filled with a nerve agent stolen from a nearby base is discovered to be on its way to their home. On the home front, Jonas and Molly make plans to spend time together, Mack is ordered to move out of his home, and Kim proposes a new show for the station but ends up handling a crisis.
#49 - We've Got Magic to Do
Gilmore Girls Season 6 - Episode 5
Rory organizes a fabulous D.A.R. party for Emily but the evening doesn't turn out so well when Richard confronts Mitchum Huntzberger, Logan's father, about his opinion on Rory's journalistic talents. Emily and Richard find out Lorelai was right about Logan's parents.
#50 - Noble Causes
Burn Notice Season 3 - Episode 12
Michael is caught off guard by a visit from his drug dealing neighbor Sugar. But to Michael’s surprise, Sugar isn't looking for trouble; He needs Michael's help fending off a crew of notorious thieves. Meanwhile, Michael struggles with working beside an unexpected partner.
#53 - Hail & Farewell
NCIS Season 16 - Episode 20
NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime.
#55 - VIP Treatment
The Good Wife Season 2 - Episode 5
Alicia and the partners must decide whether to take on the case of a VIP massage therapist who accuses a Nobel Peace Prize winner of sexual assault. Peter and Eli try to figure out what Wendy's candidacy means for their campaign.
#56 - An Old Accustom'd Feast
Star-Crossed Season 1 - Episode 8
Roman invites Emery inside the sector to celebrate Dinaskyu, an Atrian holiday that celebrates the family. Emery asks Sophia for tips on how to impress her mother. Vega tells Drake that with Zoe missing, they’ve tapped him to be their new undercover operative, which means he’ll be leaving town and getting his markings removed. When Roman goes to Vega and asks her to reconsider sending Drake away, she offers him a way out. Meanwhile, Eva approaches Julia with an offer. When Julia refuses, Eva takes her mission to a dangerous place. Finally, Grayson confronts Emery about her feelings for Roman.
#59 - Louie Moves Uptown
Taxi Season 5 - Episode 13
Louie decides to buy a luxury co-op apartment with some help on the down payment from the newly wealthy Jim. Unfortunately, Louie first has to convince a snooty co-op board that he is right for their building (as he comes in, they are rejecting actress Penny Marshall because they don't approve of the actress lifestyle). Bringing Alex for support, Louie has his work cut out for him when he sees that the board is bigoted. Alex goes on a tirade against their discriminatory process, and the board accepts Louie just to spite Alex.
#66 - Simka Returns
Taxi Season 4 - Episode 15
Latka is eagerly anticipating a reunion with his ex-girlfriend from the old country, Simka. She arrives at the garage and while Latka is in the bathroom, Alex warns her of Latka's multiple personalities. Sure enough, at Latka's apartment later, Vic Ferrarri makes his appearance and seduces Simka. Much to Latka's dismay, soon his alter-ego, Vic, and Simka seem to be an item. Alex encourages Latka to fight Vic for Simka, which he does in hilarious fashion and Vic never returns.
#70 - Babes In Toyland
90210 Season 4 - Episode 17
Naomi’s sister Jen arrives with her son for a surprise visit. Adrianna and Dixon land a meeting with a major movie producer to discuss music on his next film, but are sabotaged by Vanessa. Meanwhile, Silver gets accepted into New York University and Ivy attracts attention in the underground scene when she switches to a less conventional style of art..
#71 - Mr. Monk and the 12th Man
Monk Season 2 - Episode 9
When a rash of unusual attacks and murders strike, Monk is called upon to find the link between the victims and stop the killer before the next murder.
#74 - Hell on the High Water
NCIS: New Orleans Season 3 - Episode 12
After Pride travels to a deep sea oil rig for a murder investigation, the team uncovers a gas leak that's on the verge of causing a catastrophic explosion. Also, Sebastian starts his NCIS special agent training at FLETEC.
#77 - Cooked
The Good Wife Season 7 - Episode 3
Alicia and Lucca work together on a complicated case involving a designer drug dealer. Meanwhile, Eli persuades Alicia and Veronica to participate in a mother-daughter cooking show to help Peter's campaign, but things don't go as planned.
#83 - Mr. Monk and the Blackout
Monk Season 3 - Episode 3
Three deaths during a city-wide blackout result in a joint investigation by Stottlemeyer, Monk, Sharona, and Disher, with the unprecedented cooperation of the FBI and the help of power company spokeswoman Michelle Rivas, an attractive brunette who is inexplicably attracted to Monk. While Sharona and Dr. Kroger pressure Monk to call Michelle, Disher follows up on Monk's suggestion that the power outage is connected to a '90s radical named Winston Brenner. Everything fits--the handwriting in the note, the phrasing, even a pair of photographs. Everything except one small detail at the end of the report--Brenner died in 1995. When the FBI acknowledges the possibility that Brenner may have faked his own death to avoid a trial, Captain Stottlemeyer presents a tree-hugging former friend of Brenner's with the evidence that Brenner is still alive and reminds him that this particular power outage is also a homicide. When the tree-hugger is murdered, it becomes clear that the killer is indeed Bre
#87 - Kim Just Wants to Have Fun
Yes, Dear Season 1 - Episode 21
After getting a babysitter, Greg, Kim, Jimmy and Christine go out to a bar, The Frolic Room, for some free time. Greg tries to get Kim to go out with them again, but Kim thinks the place is too dumpy for her tastes and doesn't want to go back. Until she gets ticked off after Greg tells her she's not fun like Christine, that is. So Kim goes to Jimmy and asks him how to be fun. Jimmy takes her back to the bar and helps her loosen up around other people -- particularly Greg.
#88 - Pulp Friction
Gilmore Girls Season 5 - Episode 17
Rory and Logan are still dating, however not exclusively. Emily and Richard assume that since Emily gave instructions to Luke to get back together with Lorelai everything must be all set now. However, they are surprised to see only Rory show up for Friday dinner.
#91 - Fighting In-Laws
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 5 - Episode 9
While celebrating Thanksgiving, Debra discovers that her seemingly contented parents are really not very happy with each other. When Ray accidentally overhears his in-laws going at it with each other, he relays the news to Debra... who has always believed her parents' relationship to be a lot healthier than Frank and Marie's. But, when things come to a head at the Thanksgiving table, it's apparent that there really isn't that much of a difference between the two older couples – much to Debra's dismay.
#93 - Every Picture Tells A Story
The Pretender Season 1 - Episode 2
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - Miss Parker and Sydney once again miss Jarod at the Y.M.C.A., who is now posing as a member of the Coast Guard trying to figure out the truth behind the death of a man who died at sea waiting for rescue. Jarod also befriends a hermit who lives out at sea and refuses to come back to land.
#94 - Another Second Chance
Private Practice Season 3 - Episode 11
Desperate to help his pregnant daughter, Mark (Eric Dane) follows Addison back to Oceanside Wellness, Dell and Naomi struggle to raise their children under the same roof, and Violet and Cooper heatedly disagree on how to treat a patient on.
#96 - Contact
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 1 - Episode 19
After seven young women in a six month time span are raped by a flash and dash assailant on the city subways, the brass calls in a psychiatrist to help the team get into the head of the perp. When he is caught, he possesses the driver's license of a new victim who could put him away. Jeffries decides to keep a very close eye on the man they believe is guilty of the crimes until the others can talk to her. [ Recap available. ]
#97 - Chapter Fifty-Four
Boston Public Season 3 - Episode 10
Anne Archer plays willful and sultry Patricia Emerson, whose daughter Becky is a student in an English class taught by Colin Flynn. At a home-tutoring session for Becky, Mrs. Emerson comes on to Flynn. It's an attempted seduction that really heats up when Emerson---who says she's related to the poet-essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson---begins interpreting Emily Dickinson's ""The Sea"" for him as a poem rich in sexual metaphors. Elsewhere, Winslow's basketball coach denies charges that he illegally recruited a star player---who's enamored of Harper's daughter.
#98 - Elyse D'Arc
Family Ties Season 1 - Episode 22
In her zeal for good causes Elyse devotes so much energy to committee work that a neglected Steven feels shortchanged. Ecstatic to have won an award for his public television documentary, Steven arrives home eager to celebrate, but every effort is foiled by Elyse's obligations to her various projects. Finally, the over-extended wife-mother-architect-committee volunteer begins to realize she's neglecting her most important committee.
#99 - The Prisoner
JAG Season 1 - Episode 20
On a sailing trip near Hong Kong, Harm is captured by the Chinese military. They want him to reveal the United States' position in case the Chinese should take two islands (which are claimed by Taiwan) by force. To get this information, the Chinese employ various mind games including placing Harm's father in a adjacent cell. Cdr. Krennick and Lt. Austin are offered a deal which includes Harm's freedom and asylum for a Chinese military person. Locations: Hong Kong; Nantou, China
#100 - But I'm a Gilmore!
Gilmore Girls Season 5 - Episode 19
Rory finally realizes that she's not a casual dater and tells Logan that she wants to be friends. Luke fills in as Head Chef at the Dragonfly while Lorelai looks for a temporary replacement for Sookie, who must remain in bed. Paris learns the real reason why Doyle hasn't returned her calls lately.
#104 - A Portrait for Troian
Quantum Leap Season 2 - Episode 11
February 7, 1971: Sam leaps into a renowned parapsychologist where he must prevent a young widow from joining her husband at the bottom of a lake, while proving that she's not crazy, despite her claims of hearing her dead husband calling to her.
#105 - Red Meat
The Good Wife Season 6 - Episode 16
Alicia’s political future is on the line when Peter gives an interview that could influence voter turnout on Election Day. Meanwhile, a weekend getaway with Kurt and his affluent hunting buddies could lead Diane to a prosperous new client for the firm.
#106 - A New Dawn
NCIS: New Orleans Season 4 - Episode 14
The NCIS team investigates the murder of a petty officer who was in town to help a refugee family being recruited by terrorists. Also, Wade works on the special election campaign for Mayor Zahra Taylor that takes place during Mardi Gras.
#108 - Meant to Be
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 5 - Episode 4
Robert finds himself in the most unlikely position of having to choose one of three women girlfriend Amy, ex-wife Joanne or Italian bombshell Stefania to share the future with him. Robert decides that "honesty is the best policy" when it comes to his relationship with Amy, so he foolishly tells her about his recent reunion with ex-wife Joanne. To make matters worse, when Amy runs to Debra for consolation, Debra mistakenly spills the beans about Robert's recent tryst with Stefania. Suddenly, Robert is not in a position to decide which woman he wants. It's a matter of which one, if any, is going to want him.
#112 - The List
NCIS: New Orleans Season 1 - Episode 18
After a sailor is murdered in the champagne room of a strip club, the NCIS team links the murder weapon to two additional unsolved cases and discovers that the names of all three victims appear on a mural in a dilapidated part of town. Also, Brody’s ex-fiancé pays her a surprise visit.
#114 - Chapter Twenty-One
Boston Public Season 1 - Episode 21
Steven's remarks prevent Scott from getting a job as a headmaster. Lauren finds out Daniel is stalking her. Marla worries when a convicted sex offender asks a younger girl to the senior prom. Marilyn suspects Jeremy has done something to his mother.
#115 - Life's a Beach
90210 Season 5 - Episode 16
Liam decides to open his own custom surfboard shop for women, but things get complicated when he becomes romantically involved with his first investor. Naomi tries to convince Mark to stay in Los Angeles after he receives an offer to be head chef at a restaurant in New York, while Dixon convinces Silver to direct Michaela’s first music video before she gets pregnant.
#116 - I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend
Family Ties Season 1 - Episode 3
Peer pressure to shun the opposite sex causes 9-year-old Jennifer to give up her friendship with Justin Perkins, but thanks to her mother Elyse, the kids come together at a jitterbugging ""Nifty Fifties"" birthday party. Jennifer is upset by threats from little girls who say they won't be her friend as long as she associates with Justin. Finally she capitulates. In a mother-daughter talk with Jennifer, Elyse explains the importance of developing good friendships with boys. Jennifer's ""Nifty Fifties"" birthday party begins with the boys on one side of the room and the girls on the other, but with a little encouragement from Steven and Elyse and a ladies' choice dance, the kids get into the swing of things.
#117 - As if by Fate
Crossing Jordan Season 2 - Episode 5
Jordan tries her hand at dating and is later called to the scene of her would-be suitor’s apparent suicide. A near death experience leaves Nigel asking lots of questions. Dr. Macy sets out to help validate a recently departed jazz legend’s personal image.
#118 - You Can't Win 'Em All
90210 Season 5 - Episode 20
Jordan calls in a favor from his mother to help out Mark, but in exchange must end things with Naomi. Annie must deal with the betrayal Liam feels from being in her book and Michaela catches Navid and Adrianna during an intimate moment.
#119 - Conspiracy
Crossing Jordan Season 2 - Episode 16
A mysterious death captures Jordan’s attention. Meanwhile, Dr. Macy revisits his past with a current case involving a former friend.
#120 - Musician Heal Thyself
NCIS: New Orleans Season 1 - Episode 1
A case involving the murder of a petty officer, who is a former gang member and later mentored by agent Pride, is investigated. Meanwhile, agent Brody is still trying to get acquainted with New Orleans and doctor Donald "Ducky" Mallard also offers some insight.
#122 - Homefront
The Pretender Season 3 - Episode 7
Jarod steals millions from the Centre, then poses as an arms dealer selling missile launchers to a weapons merchant in Venezuela.
#123 - Junk
The Pretender Season 4 - Episode 15
Jarod goes undercover as a junkie in a rehab clinic to help a woman regain custody of her son. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and company find Jarod's connection to the woman through her father and the Centre.
#125 - Working Girl
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 3 - Episode 22
When Debra gets a job Ray isn't too happy because it means he has to help around the house. But she gets fired on first day so Ray goes and gets her job back. Debra isn't happy about this at first but seems okay with it at the end.
#126 - Young Girl
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 5 - Episode 8
Robert starts to date a 22-year old woman and Marie and Debra don't think it's right. They break up when he finds out that she's really only 19 and she finds out that he's really 43.
#128 - Travels with My Dad
Taxi Season 5 - Episode 9
Tony's dad, a merchant seaman who Tony hasn't seen much of, arranges to bring Tony on a sea trip with him. Tony is hesitant but doesn't want to disappoint his dad, so he goes along. On the trip, Tony spends much of the time seasick, but bonds with his dad and they engage in a bar brawl in Singapore, and almost get matching tattoos until they think better of it.
#129 - Tony's Lady
Taxi Season 4 - Episode 14
Tony takes a second job working as a chauffer for a wealthy but friendly woman named Christina. The two of them hit it off while he's driving her around, and Tony develops a crush on her. By the time Tony finally gets up the nerve to ask her out, it's too late-- she has just become engaged.
#131 - Jim and the Kid
Taxi Season 4 - Episode 16
Jim befriends a runaway child, who has stowed away in Tony's cab, and soon has "adopted" him. When the gang gets wind of this, they find the kid's parents and reunite them.
#132 - Get Me Through the Holidays
Taxi Season 5 - Episode 12
Alex's ex-wife, Phyllis, depressed and lonely, comes to see Alex, who takes pity on her and includes her in his holiday plans. This turns ugly, when she manages to bring the whole gang down with her self-pity. Her Christmas present to Alex is that she won't bug him for New Year's, which turns out to be the best gift she could give him.
#133 - The Visitors
Newhart Season 1 - Episode 13
Dick and Joanna cant wait for their 'fun' friends to visit, but soon become perturbed after their friends treat the Loudons not as friends, but innkeepers.
#134 - Stand Up
Quantum Leap Season 4 - Episode 21
April 30, 1959: Sam, as the singing half of a comedy team, soon finds that trying to convince two people that they're truly in love is no laughing matter, especially when one of them is the object of a sleazy casino owner's desire.
#136 - The Metamorphosis
Aliens in America Season 1 - Episode 4
All the guys suddenly get angry at Raja for encouraging the hottest girl in school to dress more decent. Meanwhile, Claire suddenly becomes the head of the A-List crowd and Franny decides to focus her attention to Gary's wardrobe once Justin tells her it's time for him to get his own clothes.