The Best Episodes Directed by Phil Traill
#4 - Breaking Out
Breaking In Season 1 - Episode 6
After the team botches their assignment to secure KFC's Secret Recipe, Oz orchestrates a team-building exercise, trapping the gang inside Contra Security over the weekend, forcing them to work together in order to break out of the office. Cameron's feelings for Melanie come out in the open, and Cash becomes jealous when Josh dates a co-worker.
#5 - Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie
Life in Pieces Season 1 - Episode 21
Tim thinks wearing a Cinderella dress during March Madness is good luck, so he refuses to take it off in hopes his alma mater will win. Also, Greg fantasizes about what to write in a birthday card for his boss, Tyler goes to prom and must withstand unsolicited advice from his parents and grandparents, and Jen sets Matt up on a blind date with her coworker, Dougie.
#8 - The Wedding
The Middle Season 3 - Episode 24
The Hecks are pleased to learn that Mike's brother, Rusty is getting married. However, the joy is short-lived, when they discover that the wedding is to be held at their house. Meanwhile, Brick cannot attend a party that same day, due to the nuptials.
#11 - The Royal Flush
The Middle Season 9 - Episode 21
Determined to end the family tradition of giving Frankie a lame gift for Mother's Day, Sue and Brick try to win a trivia contest in which the top prize is a trip to London to view the Royal Wedding. When their effort falls short, they come up with a gift idea that's almost as good. Meanwhile, Axl tells Mike about a job opportunity at a national sporting goods chain that has more advancement potential than his current position, but the job is in Denver. To keep Frankie from finding out, Mike has to make up one lie after another to cover for Axl's absence when he travels to Denver for the interview.
#14 - Please Don't Feed the Hecks
The Middle Season 9 - Episode 2
Frankie gives away unused items from the house in the hope of getting food in return; Sue and Lexie find their apartment is being inhabited; Axl's new job as a school bus driver gives him the opportunity to look after Brick.
#17 - Mommapalooza
The Middle Season 9 - Episode 13
Frankie decides that she needs to find something new that she's passionate about – life's third act - and Reverend TimTom offers the perfect solution. Meanwhile, tired of hearing Sue and Brick argue because of the giant hole between their bedroom walls, Mike orders them to fix it; and after Axl refuses to let rich girlfriend Lexie pay for some extravagant outings, Lexie finds a way to fool him into thinking he's becoming lucky when money and other high priced items suddenly make their way into his hands.
#18 - How to Be an All-Star
Men of a Certain Age Season 1 - Episode 9
Desperate to buy a house after his son develops anxiety issues related to their family situation, Joe decides to bet $25,000 on a basketball game. Terry is forced to face the dire condition of his acting career when he agrees to take a bit part on a B movie. And Owen’s father decides it’s time to cut back on his work load and let Marcus take over more of the day-to-day management of the dealership.
#19 - A Germ of a Story
Raising Hope Season 1 - Episode 13
When Sabrina points out to Jimmy just how many germs are lurking around his house, the Chance family becomes obsessed with cleanliness. Finding it impossible to keep Maw Maw clean, they move her to the backyard greenhouse, but after watching some old family movies, they discover a surprising secret that has kept them healthy all these years.
#21 - Vacation Days
The Middle Season 5 - Episode 15
Brick makes it hard for Mike to relax during the vacation he was forced to take; Frankie is furious when she learns that Axl was in town without letting her know; Sue tries extra hard to please her customers after receiving a bad review.
#22 - Risky Business
The Middle Season 7 - Episode 4
Mike surprises Frankie when he wants to be involved in his brother's crazy business scheme; Axl goes to extreme measures to prove he can handle Mike's new motorcycle; and Sue begins living in her car to avoid her horrible roommate.
#23 - Find My Hecks
The Middle Season 7 - Episode 23
Frankie figures out a way to secretly track Sue and Axl after they refuse to abide by their curfew while they're home for the summer. Meanwhile, Brick's determined to discover who else could be class valedictorian as middle-school graduation approaches.
#24 - Christmas Help
The Middle Season 4 - Episode 9
Mike helps his brother Rusty move some furniture into the Heck family's garage, only to realize the furniture is stolen; Frankie hopes to land a part-time job in a department store so she can get a discount on Christmas presents.
#27 - Parade Duty
Enlisted Season 1 - Episode 7
After Cody assigns the platoon “Parade Duty,” Pete tries to inspire his team, but finds he is being sabotaged by his own brother. After things go terribly wrong, all three brothers learn a bit more about what it means to be a soldier in Rear D.
#28 - Sorry Not Sorry
The Middle Season 8 - Episode 14
Frankie and Mike frantically attempt to shut off the water and save some treasured items when the pipes burst in the basement. But after freaking out and bickering amongst each other, Axl, Sue and Brick call a family intervention meeting to let their parents know that their constant fighting and bickering is negatively affecting them. But while the kids feel like they can benefit from their parents’ newfound realization, Frankie and Mike start to think that the kids’ lack of support makes them the ones who should be sorry,
#31 - The Concert
The Middle Season 3 - Episode 16
Frankie pulls out all of the stops in an effort to get an over-excited Sue tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, Mike is thrilled over Brick's enthusiasm to win the school's spelling bee and coaches him for the event, and Axl and his friends attempt to break a road sign's 15-mile-per-hour speed limit - on foot.
#32 - Alive Day
Enlisted Season 1 - Episode 13
The Hill brothers celebrate Pete's one year anniversary of almost dying in Afghanistan, otherwise known as his "Alive Day." After the funding has been cut for the annual ball, which was going to honor Major Cody, Pete enlists the platoon to create their own ball to honor him.
#33 - The Smell
The Middle Season 5 - Episode 18
Bill backs out of coaching the girls soccer team; Frankie tries to teach Brick better hygiene; Cassidy's painting confuses Axl.
#34 - Pilot
Uncle Buck (2016) Season 1 - Episode 1
Uncle Buck is a charismatic hustler who has gotten by on his charm for years. But when his brother Will and sister-in-law Alexis move to town and need help with their kids, he steps up to become their “manny.” Their lives will never be the same.
#35 - Pestilence War Famine Death
Life in Pieces Season 1 - Episode 19
John and Joan disagree with their neighbors, Jerry and Pam, about who gets to use the hot tub when new property lines are drawn. Also, Greg and Jen invite their exterminator and his wife over for dinner, Matt and Colleen make an effort to be friends, and Tim is terrified to perform minor surgery on John.
#36 - Managers' Conference
Superstore Season 4 - Episode 8
Amy and Jonah get a taste of how the other half lives when they attend a managers’ conference. Mateo unwittingly reveals a secret about himself. Garrett and Dina face the trials and tribulations of the gift-wrapping station.
#37 - The Real Spring Fever
The Real O'Neals Season 1 - Episode 5
On the first warm day of spring following an endless Chicago winter, Eileen decides it’s time to get a fresh start in her life by applying for her first job since her kids were born. Shannon ultimately overhears her mom’s plan and riles up the rest of the family after misinterpreting Eileen’s true intentions. Meanwhile, Pat realizes he might not be ready for the single life just yet, even though his patrol partner, Archie, thinks otherwise. And as Kenny wonders who he will date next, Jimmy takes it upon himself to help him explore the newfound world of online dating
#38 - Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery
The Middle Season 9 - Episode 4
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago, and Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike's chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.
#39 - Thunk in the Trunk
Modern Family Season 7 - Episode 13
Phil feels unappreciated as Claire is busy running the closet business. A life-size standee of Gloria for her hot sauce display receives some unsavory attention. Cam and Mitchell are suspicious of their new renters.
#40 - Andre From Marseille
black-ish Season 1 - Episode 14
When Zoey brings home her first “serious” boyfriend, a boy from school also named Andre, Dre takes an instant dislike to him for many reasons, including the fact that he’s white, from France and rather worldly for a kid. He’s thrilled when they break up...until he learns that Andre dumped Zoey because she’s too shallow, something Dre takes as a personal affront.
#42 - Valentine's Day IV
The Middle Season 4 - Episode 15
As Valentine's Day nears, killjoys Axl, Sean and Darrin offer their services to help guys who want to break up with their girlfriends. Mike's romantic text to Frankie erroneously gets sent to a co-worker. Brick has a problem with Frankie's handling of his school artwork collection. Sue gets a surprise when ex-boyfriend Matt invites her to the school's Valentine's Day dance.
#44 - Paint Cart 5000 vs. The Mondo Spider
Enlisted Season 1 - Episode 9
Second Lieutenant Tyson Schneeberger tricks the platoon into being test dummies for his experimental automobile, “Mondo Spider,” causing its victims to run for the latrine. So Pete attempts to rescue them. Meanwhile, Sgt. Major Cody asks Derrick to take his self-portrait, but he turns out to be a very difficult subject.
#45 - Mind's Eye
Men of a Certain Age Season 1 - Episode 3
Joe tries to connect better with his son, Albert, by teaching him golf. But when the school golf team is ready to compete in a tournament, Albert is reluctant to get on the bus. Owen is determined to get his sales figures up while at the same time not feeling bad about himself for ripping customers off. And Terry gets into his character a little too much when a coworker asks him and an actress to pretend to be an interested homebuyer at an open house.
#47 - Don't Give Up
10 Things I Hate About You Season 1 - Episode 5
Kat tries to break the stereotype of girls doing everything a boy can do by joining a class to fix cars. Bianca and Joey become lab partners. Chastity makes a deal with Bianca for the top spot as a cheerleader provided Joey passes his Chemistry paper and plays for the team.
#48 - Major Anxiety
The Middle Season 6 - Episode 3
In an effort to be more social, Brick decides to go to the fall dance; Axl panics when he realizes the deadline to declare a major is looming; Sue starts drinking coffee in order to appear more sophisticated.
#49 - Phillip Goldstein
Fresh Off the Boat Season 1 - Episode 8
Eddie tries to befriend the only other Chinese kid in school, but he's in for a letdown after he finds out that they have nothing in common; Louis feels betrayed when Mitch accepts a job at the rival Golden Saddle.
#50 - Good Morning Orlando
Fresh Off the Boat Season 2 - Episode 6
Louis goes on a local morning talk show to promote Cattleman's Ranch and fears he humiliated himself and poorly represented his culture. Meanwhile, Eddie and his friends are confused about who their girlfriends are and attempt to sort it out during a group date at the skating rink.
#51 - College Stealing Santa Caroling
Life in Pieces Season 1 - Episode 11
Colleen joins John and his Air Force buddies for his annual tradition of dirty Christmas caroling. Also, Joan tries to hijack Lark’s first Christmas from Jen and Greg, Samantha sneaks out with her friends and is caught when a photo of her and a mall Santa is posted online, and Tyler announces his plans for college,
#52 - We're Not Fun Anymore
I Feel Bad Season 1 - Episode 11
When Emet grows tired of her and David's life being overrun by kid-centric events, she contrives a weekend without the kids to rekindle the fun in their relationship - only to find out his idea of fun isn't the same as hers anymore. Chewey and Norman are stuck caring for Griff after he injures himself.
#53 - The Masters
Fresh Off the Boat Season 3 - Episode 20
Upon learning that Tiger Woods is half Thai, Louis and Jessica get inspired to groom Eddie and Evan into becoming the next great Asian golf prodigies. Meanwhile, Emery is determined to publicize the fact that Tiger Woods is half Asian.
#54 - Two Gunslingers
Cougar Town Season 1 - Episode 8
Mad because her two best friends don't get along, Jules tries to have fun at her birthday. She finally convinces Ellie and Laurie to go with her on a wild birthday weekend, and they accept. But Jules encounters her nemesis with her flirtatious husband.
#55 - Randy Get Your Gun
Enlisted Season 1 - Episode 2
When Randy questions his place in the Army after his marksmanship test, Derrick helps him embrace a new mindset in order to pass... but at what cost? Meanwhile, Pete and Jill compete in an unorthodox series of challenges to determine who the better soldier.
#56 - Flirting with Disaster
The Middle Season 6 - Episode 16
Frankie fears that her innocent flirtation with Axl’s friend has been misinterpreted, and Frankie’s dad, Tag, secretly asks Mike to help him study for his driver’s test so that he doesn't lose his license.
#57 - Dollar Days
The Middle Season 4 - Episode 20
Frankie has a difficult time describing herself during a job interview; Sue dispenses unwanted advice to Axl and his band mates; Brick joins the Prairie Scouts.
#58 - The Body
Suburgatory Season 1 - Episode 14
When Tessa realizes that she's failing gym class, she decides to run for student body president in hopes of changing Chatswin High's obsession with sports. During the election, Lisa steps in as Tessa's campaign manager against Kenzie and Kaitlyn. Meanwhile, Ryan is injured during a wrestling match and finds himself mourned by his family, and George takes Ryan under his wing and introduces him to people who have moved forward from setbacks.
#59 - College
Fresh Off the Boat Season 6 - Episode 2
Y2K is on the horizon. While Grandma Jenny, Emery and Evan look to the future, Louis and Jessica take a trip down memory lane. Eddie, on the other hand, is stuck trying to navigate the present after his first college visit doesn’t exactly go according to plan.
#60 - Dedicating This One to the Crew
The Grinder Season 1 - Episode 6
When Ethan chooses to audition for the school play instead of following in his father's footsteps by joining the tech crew, it highlights the differences between those who seem destined for the spotlight and those who live their lives in the shadows. Meanwhile, Stewart confronts Dean Sr. about how he gave his two sons very different life advice.
#61 - Un-Tag My Heart
Selfie Season 1 - Episode 2
Eliza’s fling with her co-worker Freddy gets complicated, and Henry explores Facebook for the first time with disastrous results.
#64 - Cupid's Crossbow
Fresh Off the Boat Season 5 - Episode 14
On Valentine’s Day, the mood is anything but romantic as Jessica competes with Louis to see who can give Evan the best advice on how to celebrate with new girlfriend, Sicily. Eddie asks Honey for help to find out who his secret admirer is after he’s passed a love note on a Cattleman’s delivery run.
#65 - How to Survive Your Emotional Baggage
Cooper Barrett's Guide To Surviving Life Season 1 - Episode 11
A potential buyer for Barry's Grandma's Hangover Cure turns out to be an old classmate of Cooper and Neal's, with whom Neal refuses to work, due to an issue from their past. Meanwhile, after a pipe bursts in her apartment, Kelly stays with Josh and Leslie and becomes obsessed with discovering what's behind a secret door in their home.
#66 - How to Get Involved
How to Live with Your Parents Season 1 - Episode 9
When Polly is apprehensive about putting herself up for a promotion (wine and cheese manager) and Natalie announces that she's playing a "hillside" in the school play, Elaine and Max decide to get involved in order to make sure that Natalie and Polly are living up to their full potential.
#69 - Pilot
Enlisted Season 1 - Episode 1
After striking a superior officer, bona fide super-soldier Sgt. Pete Hill is reassigned from Afghanistan to a Rear Detachment Unit stateside where he is given the seemingly sisyphean task of whipping a platoon of misfits (which counts his two younger and clearly less gung-ho brothers among its members) into shape. While Pete’s time is spent trying to turn the dysfunctional band of oddballs into viable soldiers, their impact on him may turn out to be even more worthwhile.