The Best Episodes Directed by Paul Lazarus


#1 - Petra-Gate

Ugly Betty Season 1 - Episode 20

After seeing her working relationship with Daniel, her close friendship with Christina, and her chance to date Henry all fall apart, Betty is left with no choice but to turn her back on all three. Meanwhile, romance is in the air: At MODE, Alexis catches the attention of a guy and he asks her out; Amanda flirts with a designer who she believes is gay; and Wilhelmina finds her latest advances very tiring. Over at the Suarez's, Santos gives Hilda a little surprise.

star 10.36
27 votes
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Three Weddings and a Funeral (2)

#2 - Three Weddings and a Funeral (2)

Las Vegas Season 5 - Episode 19

Mike's omission of his nuptials to his family prompts him to put together a wedding for his mother's sake, as well as his family, which sparks Danny to do something sudden. Sam's deceased ex-husband's brother shows up with surprising plans of his own.

star 8.55
135 votes
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Big Time Halloween

#3 - Big Time Halloween

Big Time Rush Season 2 - Episode 5

Things become very strange around the Palm Woods during Halloween.

star 8.32
56 votes
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State of Need

#4 - State of Need

Melrose Place Season 1 - Episode 31

Billy and Alison's new relationship is torn apart when Amanda discovers that she is pregnant with his child. She insists that he is not obligated to take care of her, but he feels that he must take responsibility for his child. Michael breaks off his affair with Kimberly, and enlists Alison's help to arrange a meeting with Jane. He begs Jane to give him another chance, and she agrees to attend couples' therapy. Jo's nights out partying with Karen come to an end after she makes passes at both Jake and Jo.

star 8.05
38 votes
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Racial Sensitivity

#5 - Racial Sensitivity

Better Off Ted Season 1 - Episode 4

Ted discovers that Veridian has a problem when their new motion detection system proves unable to recognize black people.

star 7.98
1605 votes
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Big Time Break

#6 - Big Time Break

Big Time Rush Season 1 - Episode 8

The boys are relieved to finally be able to spend some time apart after finding out that Gustavo is taking the day off. Logan is determined to get into a math lecture taught by Phoebe Nachee, but is disappointed when he finds out that the lecture is at an all girls school. Carlos panics when he realizes his helmet is missing, but gets a surprise visit from his father, a policeman, who accompanies him on the mission to retrieve his helmet. James decides to spend his day off trying to set off his acting career with the help of Camille. Kendall is desperate to spend time with his crush, Jo, but is discouraged when she continuously reminds him she has a boyfriend. However, when Katie finds out that Jo does not have a boyfriend, she tells Kendall, and he is determined to get the truth out of her.

star 7.89
35 votes
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Frank, the Writer

#7 - Frank, the Writer

Everybody Loves Raymond Season 1 - Episode 6

When Frank gets a few anecdotes published in Reader's Digest, he submits his writing samples to Ray's editor, hoping to get his own column in the newspaper. Frank, feeling he has a new lease on life, convinces Ray to submit his story ideas for the column, which he plans to call "I Was Just Thinking." Ray then has to break the news to his father that the editor thinks Frank's writing is the most embarrassing work he's ever read.

star 7.85
506 votes
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Foreign Exchange

#8 - Foreign Exchange

The Middle Season 2 - Episode 5

Against the family's wishes, Frankie invites a Japanese foreign exchange student to live with them, in the hopes of exposing him to American life; however, the Hecks get frustrated when he shows no interest in them or America.

star 7.85
943 votes
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Jimmy's Got a Gun

#9 - Jimmy's Got a Gun

Grounded for Life Season 1 - Episode 11

Walt gives Jimmy a BB gun for his birthday, prompting an all-out war between him and Sean, which ends up with Walt in the hospital, shot in the rump.

star 7.82
61 votes
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Is She Really Going Out with Walt?

#10 - Is She Really Going Out with Walt?

Grounded for Life Season 2 - Episode 9

The Finnertys' plan to push Walt (Richard Riehle) back into the social scene backfires when he's social with a lady they don't like. Meanwhile, Lily fears that her bad behavior has thrust Brad into Kristina's arms.

star 7.80
25 votes
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The One with the Dozen Lasagnas

#11 - The One with the Dozen Lasagnas

Friends Season 1 - Episode 12

Rachel and Paolo's relationship hits a snag when he makes a pass at Phoebe. Ross refuses to find out the sex of his baby until it's born. Chandler and Joey go shopping for a new kitchen table.

star 7.76
3550 votes
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Super Freak

#12 - Super Freak

Dream On Season 4 - Episode 9

It's summer, and New York is experiencing a chronic heatwave. Martin is sweltering in his apartment due to broken air-conditioning. He seeks out his building's new super, a gorgeous woman named Debra. After fixing the fan, the two of them go all the way in torrid fashion, and all is well until . . .

star 7.73
30 votes
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Castles in the Sand

#13 - Castles in the Sand

Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 3 - Episode 6

Andrea and the children nearly catch Dylan and Kelly sleeping on the beach. Kelly tells Dylan that they must forget their summer romance, but he doesn't want to do this. Brenda and Donna come home from Paris and are greeted with a party. Jim and Cindy agree to let Brenda resume her relationship with Dylan. Kelly tries to avoid Brenda and Dylan, and is annoyed when he continually inquires about her well-being. Brenda suspects that Dylan cheated on her. She confesses her fling with Rick, but they decide to move forward with their relationship. Brandon dumps Brooke because of her constant stereotypical comments about other races and religions. In danger of being fired as David's manager, Steve engages in bribery to get him a gig at the beach club's end-of-season dance. Music: 'Dancin'' by Chris Isaak; 'Be My Love' performed by Brian Austin Green.

star 7.72
158 votes
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I Love You

#14 - I Love You

Everybody Loves Raymond Season 1 - Episode 2

When newlywed friends make a public display of their affection, Debra wonders why reticent Raymond has trouble saying those three little words.

star 7.72
838 votes
Wet and Wild

#15 - Wet and Wild

Baywatch Season 5 - Episode 22

Hobie is thrilled when the "Johnny Danger Stunt Show" comes to the beach, but Mitch finds Johnny has questionable morals and is worried Hobie may follow his example. Matt is accused of sexual harassment by bad girl lifeguard Neely.

star 7.67
14 votes
Paul in the Family

#16 - Paul in the Family

Mad About You Season 1 - Episode 5

An unexpectedly long visit by Jamie's parents, Gus (guest star Paul Dooley) and Theresa Stemple (guest star Nancy Dussault), turns her into a raving lunatic who bribes Lisa with cold cash and cab fare into sharing the experience.

star 7.60
233 votes
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Super Sunday

#17 - Super Sunday

The Middle Season 2 - Episode 13

As the Super Bowl approaches, Mike is thrilled when Brick takes his advice and studies up on football in order to understand and talk the sport. But Axl thinks his little brother is taking over his turf by being Mike's football buddy - a position Axl used to cherish. Meanwhile, Frankie thinks her professional career is looking up when Mr. Ehlert chooses her to accompany him to a managerial seminar, and ex-boyfriend Brad asks Sue to be his dance partner for the school's annual Square Dancing with the Stars.

star 7.54
967 votes
The Badass Seed

#18 - The Badass Seed

Pretty Little Liars Season 1 - Episode 18

As their doubts, fears and suspicions grow, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer start to wonder what the true face of evil looks like. Is it the girl who holds a grudge and will do anything to keep her loved ones near? Is it the new brother-in-law who might have a darker side beneath the surface? Or is it an unknown stranger who is playing puppet master with four girls' lives? Only time will tell who the Bad Seed is. Meanwhile, Aria sees the school play as an opportunity to get closer to Ezra. But will her plan backfire and put her relationship in jeopardy?

star 7.52
1805 votes
Token Friend

#19 - Token Friend

Mad About You Season 1 - Episode 7

Paul is suddenly reluctant to use the subway because a former fellow film school student turns up as the token clerk at his station.

star 7.50
201 votes
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Rob-a-Bye Baby

#20 - Rob-a-Bye Baby

Psych Season 2 - Episode 8

Shawn and Gus want to be put on Lassiter's burglary case, but a sleep-deprived Chief Vick orders them to find her a nanny instead. Unfortunately, at least from Lassiter's view, the two teams keep crossing paths, and Shawn sees an opportunity to horn in on the more interesting case.

star 7.45
1213 votes
Wide Awake and Dreaming

#21 - Wide Awake and Dreaming

90210 Season 1 - Episode 5

As the opening night of the school play "Spring Awakening" approaches, Ty reveals to Annie his plans for a one-on-one after-party in his hotel room with her. Others at school are concerned about how fast Annie and Ty's relationship is developing. Meanwhile, Naomi won't accept her parents' divorce and Adrianna is confronted about a substance abuse problem, which gives Annie a chance to be the lead in the play.

star 7.45
346 votes
I Wish I Were Gus

#22 - I Wish I Were Gus

Everybody Loves Raymond Season 1 - Episode 3

It seems "even dead people love Raymond," as reticent Ray learns when he's chosen to deliver the eulogy at his great uncle's funeral. It's an occasion that serves as a reunion for Ray's mother and her feuding sister, Alda.

star 7.44
667 votes
Hot and Bothered

#23 - Hot and Bothered

Melrose Place Season 2 - Episode 6

Billy and Alison cannot get Jake and Jo back together. Amanda forces Jake to work with Jo on a photo shoot, where they bicker. The Mancinis' divorce is finalized. Michael fears that Jane is stealing his friends, so he throws a party at the beach house. Jane goes drinking with Alison and Jo; then sleeps with her lawyer, Robert. Kimberly is irritated when a drunken Michael flirts with every woman at the party. Sydney passes out drunk and spends the night on Michael and Kimberly's couch. Jake tries to invite himself to Amanda's apartment, but she slaps him. Katya asks Matt to marry her so that she and her daughter Nikki won't be deported.

star 7.40
10 votes
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All About Defining Yourself

#24 - All About Defining Yourself

Privileged Season 1 - Episode 8

Megan has been compiling research on Laurel with the intention of presenting a book proposal to her, but Sage discovers Megan's notes and emails them to Laurel before Megan has a chance to explain. Megan is pleasantly surprised to find that Laurel likes the idea of a biography, but when Laurel takes over the project and hires an experienced ghostwriter, Megan feels dismissed. Continuing her research, Megan inadvertently discovers a shocking secret about Laurel's past. When Megan comes clean to Laurel about what she has learned, Laurel reacts by freezing Megan out. Meanwhile, Sage is sure her modeling career is about to kick into high gear when she meets with high-powered publicist Patricia Kingston, but Patricia makes it clear she is only interested in representing Sage if Rose is also involved. Tension mounts between the twins when Rose rejects modeling in favor of her school work. Charlie realizes that Mandy the girl he has been casually dating, may be better suited for him than Megan ever was.

star 7.38
40 votes
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Love in Bloom

#25 - Love in Bloom

L.A. Law Season 6 - Episode 18

A multimillionaire tries to buy his way out of a murder charge; parental concerns compound for the Brackmans and Benny when Alexander and Sam end up in juvenile court; and an INS review interrupts Bloom's marital bliss.

star 7.33
2 votes
The Dog

#26 - The Dog

Samantha Who? Season 2 - Episode 11

When Sam feels her biological clock ticking away and realizes her desire to be a mother, she tries to probe her own motherly instincts by borrowing Dena's dog to find out if she's nurturing enough to care for and love it. Meanwhile, Regina attempts pilot lessons when she learns that Howard's late step-brother has willed them a plane, and Andrea continues to fuel the tabloid fires while she dates famous pro-basketball star Tony Dane.

star 7.30
161 votes
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Cold Turkey

#27 - Cold Turkey

Melrose Place Season 2 - Episode 12

Alison has to miss Thanksgiving dinner when Amanda sends her to San Francisco to check on the details for a presentation on Steve's account. Billy, aware that Steve will try to romance her, threatens to break up with Alison if she makes the trip. She ignores his ultimatum. A suddenly sympathetic Amanda urges Billy not to give up on Alison. He calls her room, but hangs up when Steve answers the phone. The FBI orders Jake to assist them with a sting on Palmer. Jake skips Thanksgiving dinner (or in Jo's words, ""Amanda's Thanksgiving tribute to the men in her life"") to hang out on the stairs and talk with Jo. Lauren apologizes to Sydney for misinterpreting her interest in her ""business."" She assures her that she and her girls can be her new family. Syd offers to cook Thanksgiving dinner for Jane, but gets rejected. Jane later offers Sydney a holiday truce, but Syd decides to dine with the girls. Kimberly's mother has her daughter shipped home to Cleveland.

star 7.29
7 votes
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The Family Vacation

#28 - The Family Vacation

Samantha Who? Season 2 - Episode 9

After the breakup between Owen and Sam, The Newlys, Dena, and Andrea decide to pack it up and head out for an overdue family vacation to a lodge. Sam is met by an unexpected friend at the lodge, Brad, who was her childhood sweetheart. Things get turbulent when Andrea makes a pass at him.

star 7.19
190 votes
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Frozen Stiff

#29 - Frozen Stiff

Murder, She Wrote Season 12 - Episode 10

What is the secret ingredient in the ice cream? Jessica means to find out and see that the donation for the literary foundation is paid as promised.

star 7.11
69 votes
In My Room

#30 - In My Room

Grounded for Life Season 1 - Episode 2

Sean inadvertently finds a fake ID in Lily's bedroom. Sean and Claudia confront their daughter about her rebellious behavior, but they get few answers. They decide to hack into her e-mail to find out more about Lily's trouble-making friends. While they are checking, an e-mail comes in from a ""SweetandNastee."" Sean responds, pretending to be Lily. SweetandNastee gives Sean an address to a rave party in Yonkers. Sean and Eddie go to the address which turns out to be a dry cleaners. Convinced the rave is really at the dry cleaners, Sean and Eddie try to gain access to the party but end up getting beaten up by the dry cleaners' owner. Back at home, Sean and Claudia confront Lily, but she slams them for invading her privacy. Turns out she knew they broke into her e-mail account because she was online at a friend's house when she saw her name logged in. Lily made up the rave to teach her folks a lesson about snooping.

star 7.11
177 votes
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The Car

#31 - The Car

Samantha Who? Season 1 - Episode 8

Sam gets her father's car into an accident and pushes it into a lake, making him think it was stolen. He feels so bad for her that he ends up buying her a new car. Regina discovers clues about the accident and uses that as blackmail to force Sam to model at a party.

star 7.03
192 votes
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The Affair

#32 - The Affair

Samantha Who? Season 1 - Episode 14

Samantha is suspicious about Regina's action, which lead her to believe she is having an affair. But she's not alone. Todd is cheating on Chloe, who is none the wiser, with Samantha. Dena and Regina are contemplating opening up their own coffee shop.

star 6.74
190 votes
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The Nut Before Christmas

#33 - The Nut Before Christmas

L.A. Law Season 6 - Episode 8

C.J. takes a personal interest in a case involving a friend, a divorcée whose lesbian affair foments a custody battle for her kids; Brackman can't seem to muster staff enthusiasm for the annual holiday party.

star 6.60
3 votes
Inlaws and Outlaws

#34 - Inlaws and Outlaws

Melrose Place Season 3 - Episode 3

Chris warns that his company will have to cancel his deal with Jane's firm if Michael does not sign off on it. Sydney calls Matt from the mental hospital and pleads with him to investigate Kimberly. Jane and Matt visit the beach house, where she bonds with Michael while Matt snoops. He discovers that Kimberly owns several wigs, then rips off her wig during a confrontation at the hospital. Sydney accepts a plea bargain after a scummy staff member propositions her, and is released into Jane's custody. Kimberly vows revenge against Matt. Palmer and Brittany continue their plot against Jake. Palmer turns up on Amanda's doorstep. Billy and Alison break up after she learns that he took a job at D&D without consulting her. Jo receives a surprise visit from Reed's parents. She reluctantly admits that Reed is the father of her child, and is shocked when the Carters sue her for custody.

star 6.51
37 votes
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Devil with the G-String On

#35 - Devil with the G-String On

Melrose Place Season 2 - Episode 30

Amanda is furious when Jake skips work to hold a bedside vigil for Jo. Jo is not seriously injured, and learns that her baby was unharmed. Billy warns Alison to keep quiet about Amanda's rendezvous with Chas. Jake tracks down Hank at a pool hall and beats him up. He shows up late for dinner with Amanda, sporting a black eye, and storms out when she lambastes him for defending Jo. Michael throws Billy a bachelor party at a strip club, unaware that Sydney is the entertainment. When she sees Michael, she runs out of the club and is fired. A drunken Billy accidentally tells Jake about Amanda and Chas. Jake breaks up with Amanda, who fires Chas and vows to destroy Alison. Jake admits his feelings for Jo, and she agrees to take him back. Kimberly alters the chart of one of Michael's patients, prompting him to unwittingly commit an error that nearly kills the man. He is stripped of the chief resident position. Kimberly bullies Jane into turning over the $5000 in profits she had kept from Mich

star 6.41
37 votes
No Deposit, No Return

#36 - No Deposit, No Return

Dream On Season 3 - Episode 22

Ellen, a beautiful writer of Martin's, asks him to her apartment, with an unusual request that he conceive a child with her. After talking it over with Jude, he accepts under the impression that he'll get to make love to her, but she only wants him to donate semen.

star 6.40
5 votes
No Strings Attached

#37 - No Strings Attached

Melrose Place Season 3 - Episode 6

Jo and Amanda argue over who is to blame for Jake's departure. Jake meets his biological father, Vince Connors. After they resolve some of their differences, Vince convinces Jake to return to Melrose. Jake apologizes for abandoning Jo, then learns from the FBI that he is to receive a large reward for assisting with the capture of Brittany. Chris continually makes unwanted advances toward Sydney, but Jane believes her sister is just trying to cause trouble. Alison gets her new secretary fired, and picks up a guy at Shooters. She seeks revenge after he leads her to believe he wants a relationship, when he was actually just looking for a one-night stand. Peter Burns, the hospital's new chief of staff, lays down the law to Michael and Kimberly.

star 6.39
36 votes
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The Test

#38 - The Test

Melrose Place Season 1 - Episode 27

Jake and Jo are forced to submit to AIDS tests after his ex-girlfriend Peri reveals that she is HIV positive. Unable to cope with their anxiety, Jake and Jo take off on his bike and spend the night in the desert. He apologizes for the situation, and they confess their love. They declare that they will appreciate their lives more, regardless of the test results. Their tests come back negative, and Jake offers his support to Peri. Billy uses an embellished résumé to win a job at Escapade Magazine. His boss, Nancy, develops a crush on him. Alison returns to D&D and begs for her old job. Unfortunately, Amanda is in charge of hiring for the position. She lets Alison work as a receptionist, until Lucy forces her to re-hire Alison. Amanda continues to treat Alison badly, but denies that it has anything to do with Billy.

star 6.16
38 votes
Ditch Day

#39 - Ditch Day

True Jackson, VP Season 3 - Episode 12

Max takes True and Lulu out of work for the day to help a little boy named Joe fulfill his wish of conquering his lack of bravery. But while helping the little boy they all end up in mall jail. Jimmy is upset at Ryan for calling his band Fire & Ice lame, so he embaresses him by making him wear a dress at the mall.

star 4.00
0 votes
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