The Best Episodes Directed by Rachel Talalay
#1 - Natural Disasters
Life As We Know It Season 1 - Episode 6
After Jonathan and Dino find out about Ben's relationship with Ms. Young, Ben grows weary of living in secrecy and begins to develop feelings for someone his own age- to which Ms. Young reacts badly. Jackie makes a new friend from an unlikely place.
#2 - Heaven Sent (1)
Doctor Who (2005) Season 9 - Episode 11
Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…
#3 - Hell Bent (2)
Doctor Who (2005) Season 9 - Episode 12
If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts...how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?
#4 - World Enough and Time
Doctor Who (2005) Season 10 - Episode 11
Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy...
#10 - Blowin' in the Wind
Ally McBeal Season 5 - Episode 9
Ally impulsively buys a house, to which Dr. Milter concludes is a way of her to take care of herself, since Ally sees herself as a 'work in progress'. Richard gets the others to help paint the house as a surprise for Ally, who hires the handyman Victor to fix the house for her. Meanwhile, Ally handles a case of a man who spent too much money buying gifts for his wife until they went bankrupt. And Jenny has some back problems, to which Coretta recommends a chiropractor who has a special chair. Glenn gets extremely jealous that a chair is giving Jenny more pleasure than him, while Nelle tests the chair.
#11 - The Present
The Flash (2014) Season 3 - Episode 9
With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris. Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick. Wally wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R, which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante, old wounds are reopened.
#12 - Death in Heaven
Doctor Who (2005) Season 8 - Episode 12
With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.
#13 - The Six Thatchers
Sherlock Season 4 - Episode 1
One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard, but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work?
#15 - Hands on a Hybrid
Kyle XY Season 2 - Episode 11
After finding a photo of himself and Jessi locked in Baylin’s box, Kyle and Declan realize that the best way to crack the mystery of Jessi is to get close to her is at the high school charity event. Once there, Kyle uses the opportunity to talk to the already vulnerable Jessi. Meanwhile, other secrets are revealed during the event as Lori finds out the identity of her attacker.
#16 - Welcome to Earth
Supergirl Season 2 - Episode 3
An attack is made on the President as hot-button, alien vs. human rights issues heat up in National City. Supergirl and the DEO are assigned to protect the President and bring in the responsible party. Alex teams up with Detective Maggie Sawyer to investigate the case while Kara searches for a recently escaped Mon-El, who she fears may be the alien behind the assault.
#18 - Fast Lane
The Flash (2014) Season 2 - Episode 12
Barry teams up with Wells to figure out a way to close the breaches, but they are distracted by a meta-human nicknamed Tar Pit who can transform into liquid asphalt. Iris is concerned for Wally's safety after she finds out about his drag racing hobby. When he refuses to stop she makes a bold move that puts her in danger.
#20 - Sacrifice
Reign (2013) Season 1 - Episode 10
When a plot to kill Bash goes wrong, Queen Catherine is suspected of orchestrating it. Mary offers to help free a wrongly imprisoned pregnant peasant named Isobel who has a mysterious tie to Bash. Meanwhile, Lola blackmails Queen Catherine to keep her from trying to ruin Mary and Bash, whose bond continues to grow.
#21 - Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night
Riverdale Season 3 - Episode 22
After receiving mysterious invitations, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead band together to confront the evils of their past once and for all. Meanwhile, chaos ensues at The Farm after Edgar makes a chilling announcement.
#22 - Time's Up
Continuum Season 1 - Episode 6
Kagame pursues the first step of his new agenda – winning over the intellectuals and the grassroots dissenters. When Liber8 kidnaps the CEO of a major corporation, Kiera and Carlos must race an actual ticking clock to save the CEO from public punishment.
#24 - Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine
Riverdale Season 2 - Episode 12
As preparations for her confirmation ceremony get underway, Veronica becomes concerned that Archie, who’s agreed to be Hiram’s “intern,” may be learning too much about her family’s secret business dealings. Jughead and FP lead the charge after an incident at Pickens Park leads to increased tensions among the Serpents. Meanwhile, Chic helps Betty deal with her inner darkness, while Archie finds himself in over his head after a high-stakes poker game with Hiram’s shady inner-circle goes awry.
#25 - Fine China
jPod Season 1 - Episode 9
Ethan and Cowboy are detained in Beijing when 50 bags of heroin are found in their luggage.
#26 - The Best of Smallville
Superman & Lois Season 1 - Episode 5
As Smallville celebrates its first Harvest Festival since Martha’s passing, Clark is reminded what his mother meant to him and learns a lesson that will help him move past her death. Meanwhile, Lois makes a breakthrough in the investigation of Morgan Edge. Lastly, Kyle tries to reconnect with Lana, but it seems like he might be falling back into his old ways.
#27 - Last Refuge
DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 - Episode 12
The team is targeted by The Pilgrim, a deadly assassin who wants to erase the Legends from the timeline by killing their younger, non-superhero selves. As a protective countermeasure, Rip decides Sara, Snart, Rory, Professor Stein and Jax need to kidnap their past selves first before The Pilgrim gets to them. Coming face-to-face with the younger versions of themselves proves to be both a physical and emotional challenge for certain members of the team who would rather forget their past. Rip tells them he has a refuge for their precious cargo – an orphanage that raises future Time Masters and where he himself grew up.
#28 - Sherry Darlin'
Cold Case Season 1 - Episode 9
Lilly gets an anonymous phone call from a man claiming he killed an elderly woman back in 1989 and buried her body in the basement of a house. When Lilly checks the dwelling, a body is recovered, but the alleged murderer refuses to identify himself.
#30 - War Relief (2)
Touching Evil Season 2 - Episode 4
Traumatised serial killer Jim Keller has escaped and is widening his scope of victims to include anyone who gets in his way. The OSC must find him and stop him before he kills again and DC Mark Rivers, determined to put past mistakes behind him, finds his own life in danger as he tries to persuade Keller to end the carnage.
#31 - Hunted
Supernatural Season 2 - Episode 10
Sam meets a woman who shares his ability to have visions, and she warns him that she has seen the future... where he dies in an explosion.
#32 - Prime Suspect
Ally McBeal Season 3 - Episode 15
Cage's 'oddball' client (from the previous episode) is accused of murdering his old boss and the firm gets involved in their first murder trial. Suspecting he's been set up, Ally plays detective and goes snooping for additional information. Meanwhile, back at the office, Nelle has a few surprises up her sleeve.
#33 - Suspicious Minds
Supergirl Season 4 - Episode 10
Colonel Haley is upset after Supergirl responds to a distress call from a Navy ship that turned out to be a deadly alien attack. Colonel Haley reclaims the site as DEO territory and demands that Supergirl step aside. After Supergirl refuses to be told what to do, Haley refocuses her energy on finding out Supergirl’s true identity and begins to interrogate all DEO agents, including Alex.
#35 - Four Fathers
Crossing Jordan Season 1 - Episode 14
With the morgue pinching pennies the staff wonders who will be “pink slipped”. Elsewhere Jordan works a case involving the son of an old family… friend, while Max struggles to get licquor suppliers to his new bar. Trey’s father comes to visit, much to Trey’s annoyance.
#38 - Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter
Riverdale Season 3 - Episode 6
After confronting the parents, who were part of "The Midnight Club" twenty-five years ago, Betty follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is. Meanwhile, Veronica's attempt to prove Archie's innocence lands her in hot water. Finally, Archie turns to Kevin for help making things right.
#40 - Breakout
XIII (2011) Season 2 - Episode 7
XIII, Betty and Mozambique rush to free Vargas before he’s deported to Guantanamo, as they believe he must have information about the letters. Synequanon’s tests of their newest technology have unforeseen, cataclysmic results.
#42 - Fifth Column
Bomb Girls Season 2 - Episode 8
Gladys spends a night out with the ladies dealing with unwanted attention from a mystery man and an inquisitive redhead. Elsewhere, Lorna persuades Kate to volunteer with her at the hospital where Shelia works; and Betty's budding relationship intensifies.
#43 - Separation Anxiety
Greek Season 1 - Episode 8
Couples are coming together. Couples are splitting apart. There’s Casey and Ashleigh—best friends and sorority sisters since freshman year, now they’re on the outs. Lack of support—Casey for Ashleigh—is the issue. But someone’s waiting in the wings to show Ashleigh she can be a friend, and that someone is Rebecca.
#44 - Tastes Like Chicken
Wolf Lake Season 1 - Episode 4
When a serial killer strikes again in Wolf Lake after over 30 years, Sheriff Donner and Deputy Molly withhold critical information about the case from John Kanin to keep him from finding out about the town's secret. Meanwhile, Tyler brings dinner to Ruby at the secluded cabin where she's being held captive. We learn that Willard Cates has promised Ruby to Tyler for marriage, which is why she originally left Wolf Lake. A stroke leaves Willard gravely ill and Luke struggling to deal with the fact of his father's imminent death. We later discover that Vivian is actually Ruby's stepmother. After Luke takes Sophia to a wild lakeside party and tries to seduce her, Sophia heads home through the woods and is picked up by the killer who turns out to be the owner of a local hair salon with a taste for human hearts and kidneys. When Sheriff Donner discovers that his daughter is missing, he pulls out all the stops to find her. Vivian offers to help Matthew find Sophia, but also criticizes him for not having his children with her. After doing his own investigation, Kanin provides the clues that allow Sheriff Donner to save Sophia from the killer just in time. Tyler takes Ruby to the lake and tries to convince her to follow through on her arranged marriage to him so that he can take over as lead wolf after Willard Cates dies. She refuses.
#45 - Chapter Five
Boston Public Season 1 - Episode 5
It's Thanksgiving week, but no one seems particularly grateful. Guber, for example, is still upset over his onstage serenade at the charity show. Football player Jason Harrelson broke bully Malcolm White's arm during a fight in the hall. Buttle is starring in yet another Sheryl Holt original online humiliation cartoon. Last, but not least, Lauren discovered a senior sex posse which awards senior guys points for sex. In response to the sex posse scandal, Principal Harper organizes a sophomore assembly to preach the benefits of chastity. The teachers draw straws, and Lipschultz is chosen to head up the event. Later at the assembly, Lipschultz' boring speech turns shocking when he confesses to catching his beloved late wife in bed with another man. In his office, Harper confronts Jason Harrelson about the fight. Harrelson says he used a fighting technique that Harper taught Anthony in order to defend Anthony's honor. Repercussions ensue -- including a lawsuit by Malcolm's family and a con
#48 - Cars
Played Season 1 - Episode 7
Maria shows nerves of steel edging her way into an auto-theft ring that specializes in brutality and luxury cars. However, she's not nearly as brave in her private romantic life. On the play, she risks her safety and that of her colleagues by trusting one of the gang members with her true identity.
#49 - The Betty and Veronica Syndrome
jPod Season 1 - Episode 10
The Podsters have their first meeting with the new heroin-addicted Steve.
#51 - Meat: The Legends
DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 6 - Episode 2
The Legends find themselves tracking an Alien in 1950s San Bernadino and having to figure out what is making the town go on a feeding frenzy. Meanwhile, after crash landing, Sara tries to figure out a plan and runs into none other than Amelia Earhart.
#52 - Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key
Riverdale Season 5 - Episode 8
A big announcement forces everyone to take stock of their current lives. Cheryl sets a risky plan in motion after learning some surprising news about Toni. Jughead tries to make sense of a strange encounter he had. Kevin and Fangs make a big decision about their future together.
#53 - Masquerade
The Flash (2014) Season 7 - Episode 13
Cecile is forced to confront her past in order to break free from a psychic prison. Meanwhile, Chester takes over for Cisco but makes a mistake that puts Barry in serious danger. Joe investigates Kristen Kramer's old military ties and discovers an unsettling truth.
#54 - Shaman
The Dead Zone Season 1 - Episode 12
While travelling out in the wilderness Johnny is plagued by visions of a meteor hitting a mountain and people vanishing. To find out which mountain it is he goes out into the wilderness and injures his leg. Taking refuge in a cave, Johnny picks up a fragment and has a vision of an Indian shaman in the past...who can see Johnny as well.
#56 - Saving Santa
Ally McBeal Season 3 - Episode 7
The first case Georgia brings to Renee's new firm pits them against Cage and Fish. Georgia defends Newman's, an upscale department store against Steve Mallory, who worked as the store's Santa for seventeen years. Cage represents Mallory, who claims that he was wrongfully fired because Newman wants to hire a younger, thinner Santa. Meanwhile, Ally is haunted by visions of herself as a little girl. Ally manages to bring Georgia and Billy together to talk, and Billy sees that he wants Georgia back. But Georgia is not as eager to work things out yet.
#58 - Mousetrap
XIII (2011) Season 2 - Episode 8
Betty and XIII both question the reality of their situations: concealing his true identity, XIII sails to China, searching the ship for the final letter which has been hidden somewhere on board; Betty is abducted and delivered to her father in London, who claims that her experiences with XIII and the Veil have been nothing but the narcotic-induced hallucinations of a runaway.