The Best Episodes Directed by Pete Michels
#1 - A Rickle in Time
Rick and Morty Season 2 - Episode 1
Rick, Morty, and Summer get into trouble when time is fractured by a feedback loop of uncertainty that split reality into more than one equally possible impossibilities. Meanwhile, Beth and Jerry go to extreme lengths to save a deer struck by their vehicle.
#5 - Brother From Another Series
The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 16
When Sideshow Bob is released from prison, his brother Cecil puts him in charge of building Springfield's new hydroelectric dam.
#6 - Das Bus
The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 14
When Otto drives the school bus off a bridge, the kids wind up on a deserted island, fending for themselves in a “Lord of the Flies” parody. Back in Springfield, Homer takes on Bill Gates.
#7 - Treehouse of Horror X
The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 4
In "I Know What You Diddily-Iddly-Did" the SImpsons fear they have killed Ned Flanders. "Desperately Xeeking Xena" satirizes superheroes of yore with "Stretch Dude" Bart and "Clobber Girl" Lisa. And "Life's A Glitch, Then You Die" depicts the upcoming horror of Y2K.
#8 - Livin' on a Prayer
Family Guy Season 10 - Episode 12
When Stewie's new best friend falls ill, Lois takes him to the hospital where she finds out he has a critical, but treatable, disease. However, the boy's parents refuse treatment due to their religious beliefs, leaving Lois no choice but to take drastic measures to seek treatment for the boy herself. Meanwhile, Peter has a religious experience of his own.
#9 - The Cartridge Family
The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 5
Alarmed by a soccer riot, Homer buys a handgun. His reckless behavior drives Marge and the kids out of the house, and even his new gun club buddies desert him.
#11 - Homer to the Max
The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 13
A new TV series features a suave and debonair character named Homer Simpson. Homer capitalizes on his new namesake, until the character is rewritten to be a bumbling fool. Trying to recapture the positive attention he enjoyed, Homer changes his name to "Max Power."
#14 - Brake My Wife, Please
The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 20
At the Springfield Aquarium, Marge accompanies the kids on a school field trip. Lisa spots penguins flying and after Bart has shown off his "flawless pearls," which results in him being taken the hospital, where a lack of insurance card keeps him prisoner. Homer has the insurance card, but is nowhere to be found. As a solution, Homer gets a mobile phone and a few extra unnecessary accessories, which only leads to him not paying attention to where he is driving. That is until it is much too late and he drives off of a pier. Judge Harm takes his license away and Homer is no longer able to drive. Marge picks up the slack and starts becoming "Stresserella." Homer walks to Moe's, but much to Moe's dismay he decide to keep on walking and starts getting healthy. Homer walks to work and is the only employee to arrive, everyone else is caught in a traffic jam. Marge is frazzled from all her driving, meanwhile Homer sings and walks about the virtues of walking when he is stuck by a car; the driver of the car was Marge. Marge, who cares so much for Homer, tries to help in his recovery, but Homer perceives that she might be trying to kill him. It leads to fight, which in turn leads them to see a marriage counselor. After Marge leaves, the counselor suggests that Homer perform one unselfish act of love to win Marge back, in other words take her to dinner. Homer decides to one up that suggestion and invites everyone in Springfield (except the Flanders family) to a backyard barbeque in Marge's honor. Homer joins Jackson Browne in a duet to sing his praises of Marge.
#15 - Business Guy
Family Guy Season 8 - Episode 9
When Peter gives Lois’ father the bachelor party he never had, Mr. Pewterschmidt slips into a coma and not even Dr. House (guest voice Hugh Laurie) can bring him out of it. With her father incapacitated, Lois is given control of Pewterschmidt Industries. Peter convinces Lois to let him run the operation, but he gets power-hungry and fires the board. Mr. Pewterschmidt soon bounces back and tries to regain control of what he’s built – even though it may be more difficult than Christmas shopping for Peter
#16 - Chick Cancer
Family Guy Season 5 - Episode 7
Stewie ties the knot with his old flame Olivia, but their relationship quickly turns, and becomes normal dull marriage. It all escalates when they go on a double date with Brian and Jillian. Meanwhile, Lois introduces Peter to chick flicks, so he decides to make his own movie with a plot based on every chick movie ever.
#18 - Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure
Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 30
Stewie finds out that his life in the future is miserable. So he decides to go back in time and change events for the better.
#19 - Stewie B. Goode
Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 28
After losing at a swim competition, Stewie trys to eliminate his rival by blowing up a lifeguard tower. His plan backfires though, and Stewie has a near death experience that seems to change him.
#20 - Bango Was His Name Oh!
Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 29
Stewie convinces Brian to go on a road trip with him to San Francisco to search for a man Stewie believes is his real father.
#21 - They Saved Lisa's Brain
The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 22
Mayor Quimby flees Springfield, leaving the town chapter of Mensa in charge. As the group's new power goes to their heads, they take their utopian plans too far and the townspeople revolt.
#22 - Tea Peter
Family Guy Season 10 - Episode 21
When city hall threatens to close Peter's business, he joins the Tea Party and campaigns to shut down the government.
#23 - No Chris Left Behind
Family Guy Season 5 - Episode 16
After Chris is expelled from school, he is sent to a boarding school that his grandfather Carter attended, but Chris doesn't exactly fit in. Meanwhile, the chicken returns to pick a fight with Peter.
#24 - Pig Trouble in Little Greenpoint
Bless the Harts Season 1 - Episode 6
When Jenny enters Wayne into the Greenpoint barbecue festival without his permission, nothing about his cooking goes as planned. Meanwhile, Violet tries to deal with the moral dilemma of eating meat and Betty runs into an old fling.
#25 - Screwed the Pooch
Family Guy Season 3 - Episode 13
Peter and Lois go to the Pewterschmidts for the weekend, bringing Brian along. Brian, meanwhile, has some "issues" of his own to work out. Find out if Brian's future is to make puppies or become "less" than he is.
#26 - Papa's Got a Brand New Badge
The Simpsons Season 13 - Episode 22
Springfield is in the midst of a heat wave. The nuclear plant is at capacity and when one of its crack employees, Homer Simpson, plugs in just one appliance too many, the city has a blackout. Looting begins and the police are ineffective. In an attempt to try doing something right for a change, Homer starts his own security company to help keep order. Chief Wiggum finds himself without a job, when Mayor Quimby decides that "Spring Shield" security should become the city's new police force. Homer shuts down one of Fat Tony's operations and with that crime is non-existent. Fat Tony makes a public announcement that he is going to gun down Homer if he isn't out of town by tomorrow at noon. Homer appeals for help, only no one of importance offers to help. The following day, Fat Tony and New Jersey associates a la The Sopranos go to the Simpson home. Shots ring out, effectively wounding Fat Tony and friends. Homer decides to give his badge to the next person he sees, which happens to be Clancy Wiggum. He comments that's the way he got the job in the past, he also disavows any knowledge of the shots; but we know who the shooter is, it's Maggie Simpson.
#27 - When You Dish Upon a Star
The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 5
After a chance encounter with Hollywood celebrities secretly living in Springfield, Homer becomes their friend and gofer... until he spills the beans to the gang at Moe's.
#28 - New Kidney in Town
Family Guy Season 9 - Episode 8
Peter needs a new kidney after his energy-drink addiction causes renal failure. Meanwhile, Chris is chosen to introduce United States President Barack Obama at his school after winning an essay contest. Trouble is, Meg wrote the essay.
#29 - Brian's Got a Brand New Bag
Family Guy Season 8 - Episode 4
When Brian begins dating an older woman, the family begins to make fun of him. After Brian's new fling breaks her hip, he gets the pleasure of becoming her errand boy.
#30 - Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High
Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 2
Brian becomes a substitute teacher at Chris' school after his teacher wins the lottery. When Brian is moved to teach a class of troubled kids, Chris falls in love with his new teacher, Mrs. Lockhart, who promises to love Chris only if he kills her husband. When Lois finds out, she and Stewie decide to teach Chris a lesson.
#31 - Strong Arms of the Ma
The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 9
Marge gets mugged outside the Kwik-E-Mart and she starts feeling vulnerable and becomes scared to leave the house. Dr. Hibbert diagnoses her with agoraphobia. The family tries to help her get back out of the house, but their efforts drive into living in the basement. In the basement she finds their unused weight set and she begins working out. Two weeks later she is stronger than she ever was and realizes that she can leave the house. In fact while celebrating her release from her fears, she confronts and beats the crap out of her mugger. While out working out, Marge runs into Ruth Powers, the neighbor she once went on the lam with. Ruth tells her about how steroids can help her to get bigger. Marge starts taking the supplements and gets into a women's bodybuilding competition. She takes 2nd place, which only entices her to do better next time. At Moe's she tears the place apart when she suffers from steroid rage. Homer makes her realize that she has become everything that she can't stand and she destroys the weight set.
#32 - Foreign Affairs
Family Guy Season 9 - Episode 17
Bonnie and Lois take a little trip to Paris, but Bonnie crosses the line in the City of Love. Meanwhile, Peter home schools Chris and Meg using some unorthodox teaching methods.
#33 - Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard
Bless the Harts Season 1 - Episode 9
When Louise invites the Harts and Brenda to her annual Christmas party in lieu of a bonus, the extravagance makes Jenny feel insecure about her own family's Christmas. Meanwhile, Betty tries to figure out how to give the family the best Christmas presents on a budget.
#34 - Padre de Familia
Family Guy Season 6 - Episode 6
Peter starts an anti-immigration group, however, he quickly changes his mind when he finds out that he was born in Mexico. Unable to prove his citizenship, pass the naturalization test or convince investigators that his marriage to Lois is for real, he ends up working for Carter as a landscaper, all the while fighting for immigration rights.
#35 - The Former Life of Brian
Family Guy Season 6 - Episode 11
Brian, afraid that he may have lost his last chance at love, searches for a former flame, Tracy. To his surprise, he discovers that he is the father to her son, Dylan. Tracy decides that Brian should raise the boy, and she drops him off at the Griffin's house. When Dylan runs rough-shot in the house, Brian's attitude towards parenting doesn't settle too well with Lois and Peter.
#36 - The Kiss Seen Round the World
Family Guy Season 3 - Episode 8
When Meg, due to her crush on Tom Tucker, the newscaster, applies for an internship at the local television station and gets the job, she is disappointed to find that her news partner is the most reviled nerd in school, Neil. Caught in a life-threatening news situation, Meg laments that she never had a first kiss and agrees to kiss Neil only to find that he taped the whole thing in order to broadcast it across the world. Meg broadcasts her own news that she has no interest in Neil, sending him to the ledge on top of Town Hall. She breaks his fall, only to find out that he had no intention of jumping and was just trying to get her attention again. Stewie's prized new tricycle is stolen by the neighborhood bully, but the bully soon learns not to screw with Stewie.
#37 - It’s Actually Better for Anal
Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 6
“Super Happy Fun Time American School Presents: Winter Blunderland!” – It’s a hot time on the ski slopes, all fun and unwanted advances! But Shin finds himself shackled to Miss Katz… That is, until the teacher’s hormones have her distracted. Free at last and ready to party, the little trouble maker stirs up some action of his own on the triple black pass! “Winter Blunderland: Part 2!” – The school trip gets even hotter as things move over to the spa! But when Shin insults Mr. Ench’s half-inch, the principal’s forced to drastic measures! And he’s not the only one out of sorts, as Georgie finds himself outsmarted and Shin takes one for the team… Saving the school from the monkey crotch and from the noodle stretcher?!? “Lucky Bastard Fever Episode 2: Inflatable of Doom!” – Lollipop’s gone off in search of the Flying Pecker, convinced she can save Felipe from himself. But when she finds herself at the madman’s mercy, as well as the center of his plot to flood the earth, Lollipop calls for reinforcements! It’s Bruce… Er, Action Bastard to the rescue!
#39 - FOX-y Lady
Family Guy Season 7 - Episode 10
Lois gets a job working for FOX News and has to do a report on a liberal filmmaker. However, she loses the job when her story implicates a conservative radio host.
#40 - Condescending Spanish for Heiresses
Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 25
"The Miseducation of Maso's Will" - Ai is treating Maso like a dog and Penny isn't having it. It's a crash course in manliness but the only tail Maso's chasing is his own. "The Horrible Secret of Count Ench the Magnificent" - Principal Ench displays his skills in prestidigitation and nobody is safe. Look it up. "Ai Yi Yi!" - Ai uses Maso to make Shin jealous… but it's hard to compete with snail poop.
#41 - Chuckie Loses His Glasses
Rugrats Season 2 - Episode 30
Angelica plays a hide and seek game with the babies, but its all a plan to steal Chuckie's glasses. Chuckie tries to look for them but he can't see so he tries to find his "eyes", but breaks Grandpa Lou's instead. In the end Angelica literally gets sick of them and Tommy gives them to Chuckie.
#42 - Chuckie Gets Skunked
Rugrats Season 2 - Episode 31
The adults are trying to catch a skunk and Tommy and Chuckie join the hunt and Chuckie ends up being skunked. The babies and grown ups try everything to get rid of the smell, but the real cure is Minka's porche soup.