The Best Episodes Directed by Ray Austin
#1 - Defection to Paradise (1)
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries Season 3 - Episode 7
When the daughter of a Russian official defects to the U.S. by hiding in one of the rock band Bread's speaker cabinets sent to Hawaii, the Hardy Boys must track her down before the KGB does.
#3 - Target!
The New Avengers Season 1 - Episode 6
In an attempt to break Steed's perfect shooting-range record, Purdey tackles the range with all her grace and skill. However, it's not enough as she misses one tiny percentage and gets hit with a mark. But other agents begin to die who have performed similarly, and Steed and Gambit start putting the clues together and find that they must work fast to save their friend and colleague before she succumbs to a nasty poison.
#5 - Did You See the Sunrise? (2)
Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 2
Conclusion of this feature-length / two-part story. As Magnum, T.C. and Nuzo plan to get to Ivan before he kills them, the Navy – inparticular Colonel Greene and Admiral Hawkes – have their own concerns in the situation and questions regarding Mac’s death. But things are not as previously thought about Nuzo, and not only is T.C.’s life in great danger, but many other people’s too as a result, in part of an assassination plot of a Japanese prince...
#6 - You Can Always Find a Fall Guy
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) Season 1 - Episode 25
Jeff is charged with a break-in at an electronics company. He's obviously been set up, given that the first thing he saw when he walked into his apartment after an all-nighter was a nun telling him the electronics company was a convent. Everything has been made to look totally unbelievable, which is why Jeff has difficulty trying to convince the police to give him time to prove he has been framed.
#7 - Three Handed Game
The New Avengers Season 1 - Episode 13
Steed's plan to have 3 memory experts memorise a third of each of the Allied defence plans for courier purposes seems to have been a perfect success until Juvenator arrives with a machine capable of draining minds.
#8 - Ghost Writer
Magnum, P.I. Season 2 - Episode 12
Magnum is hired by an attractive “ghost writer” who is writing a biography of eccentric millionaire Harold Farber – whom she has never met in person, communicating only via phone – when all her notes on Farber are stolen, in an obvious attempt to stop the book ever being written. As they investigate, they find themselves in the middle of a highly mysterious situation. Meanwhile, T.C. has landed himself a highly lucrative but shady piloting job delivering chemicals to a high-rise, but the building he is making the deliveries to turns out to be at the centre of the mystery...
#9 - Memories Are Forever (1)
Magnum, P.I. Season 2 - Episode 5
While working on a routine divorce case, Thomas catches a brief glimpse of a woman on a passing boat that he is certain is Michelle, the girl he married during the Vietnam war seven years ago, and whom he previously believed to have been killed shortly afterwards in a bombing raid. All he has of the brisk sighting is some blurred photos he managed to take, and T.C. and Rick, whilst not completely convinced, help as he scours the local area looking for her. But there are several parties that intend to see that Thomas is unable to make contact with Michelle, and the search sees them stumbling into dangerous political territory.
#10 - When the Spirit Moves You
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) Season 1 - Episode 16
Calvin P. Bream is a cocky con artist, until his boast of an unlimited number of bearer bonds puts him in contact with a ruthless criminal by the name of Miklos Corri. Desperate to save his own neck, Bream says he's only the ""middle man"". Bream finds the name of a detective agency in the classifieds and heads there to throw Corri off his own trail. The agency he picks is Randall and Hopkirk.
#11 - Did You See the Sunrise? (1)
Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 1
First part of what was originally shown as a feature-length story. Nuzo, an old war comrade of T.C. and Magnum's, suddenly arrives in Hawaii, and finds T.C. to warn him that Colonel Ivan, a sadistic Russian agent who once held them captive and tortured them in a P.O.W. camp in Vietnam, is after them. At first, T.C. puts his old buddy's fears down to delayed stress, but it gradually begins to seem that there might be some truth in his claims. Meanwhile, Lt. MacReynolds resigns from the Navy, and Magnum lets him stay with him for a few days, but a fatal accident meant for Thomas - as yet unaware of Nuzo's warnings - adds ground to the fears that maybe Ivan is on the trail after all...
#13 - Little Girl Who
Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 7
Magnum's ex-wife Michelle leaves her five-year-old daughter Lily to be safeguarded by Thomas, as she escapes Vietnamese assassins out to kill her and her husband, General Hue. As Thomas watches over the child, he begins to wonder why Michelle has suddenly left Lily with him and if Lily is his own daughter, and once again sets about trying to track down his elusive former wife.
#14 - Memories Are Forever (2)
Magnum, P.I. Season 2 - Episode 6
In the conclusion of this feature-length / two-part story, Magnum's desperate search for Michelle faces being forced to a halt after he has been called up for active Navy duty and ordered to testify in Washington. Thomas suspects that is just a political smoke-screen to try and get him off Michelle's trail. Briefly re-united with Michelle, who is married to Vietnamese General Hue, who is involved in delicate negotiations regarding the returning remains of M.I.A.s and P.O.W.s from Vietnam. But Michelle is suspected of being a traitor agent and is in great danger...
#15 - One Picture is Worth
Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 3
A gifted deaf painter is the only eye-witness to a bank robbery in which four people were slaughtered. Carol persuades Magnum to secure the young woman on the Masters Estate and act as her body-guard when her life is endangered after identifying one of the perpetrators in a Police line-up...
#16 - Money to Burn
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) Season 1 - Episode 20
Just at a time when Jeff could use some money an old friend shows up with a money-making proposition. Not so much money ""making"" as money ""taking"": he suggests to Jeff that they steal old notes that are en route to the incinerator. Jeff watches from a distance to see if his friend shows up and ends up in jail charged with the crime when the police prove he was in the vicinity and his alibi falls through.
#18 - House of Cards
The New Avengers Season 1 - Episode 2
When Steed has a hoard of screaming teenagers rescue his intended victim, spymaster Perov seemingly commits suicide. But days later his system of sleeper agents, the House of Cards, activates, and Steed, Purdy & Gambit find themselves fighting trusted friends.
#19 - To Kill in Plain Sight
Quincy, M.E. Season 6 - Episode 16
An explosion kills a man who is discovered to be the advance scout for a hitman. Quincy is in a race against time to find the assassin and thwart the plot to kill a government official at a hotel convention.
#20 - Beauty Knows No Pain
Magnum, P.I. Season 1 - Episode 18
Thomas is hired by Barbara Terranova, a financially broke woman who can only afford his services for one day, to find her missing fiancé Roger. But the case has several tangles in store when Magnum finds there are others searching for Roger too; And matters are complicated even further when T.C., desperate for some much-needed publicity for Island Hoppers, collars him into competing in the upcoming swim-run-bike Ironman triathlon. Fitness trainer Barbara trains him for the event in exchange for his extended help in locating her fiancé...
#21 - Medium Rare
The New Avengers Season 2 - Episode 3
Mason is the paymaster to a group of informants, but all is not what it seems: the informants are a single man. When Mason suspects this, he is murdered by Wallace, who has been lining his own pockets. Steed begins to investigate, and Wallace decides that the only option left is to frame Steed and kill him.
#22 - Ms. Jones
Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 19
A reluctant Magnum is hired by Ms. Jones – the clerk at the Hall of Records who often aggravates him with excessive red tape – to help her find her husband Ray. He is an expert computer programmer who has disappeared after completing work on a valuable new Artificial Intelligence formula, which could potentially be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands...
#23 - The Love-for-Sale Boat
Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 17
Mac's latest shady money-making scheme has landed him in trouble with the Japanese Yakuza, so he convinces Rick to buy a sailboat from him, complete with a crew of three Japanese women who barely speak a word of English. Rick is furious when Mac skips town just before the boat is impounded because Mac didn't own it in the first place, leaving Rick unable to repay Ice Pick the $20,000 he borrowed to buy the yacht, now that he can't make the money he planned by renting the boat out for charters. To get Rick's money back and keep the Yakuza and Ice Pick from doing him harm, Thomas sets out across the mainland to track down Mac.
#24 - Dead Man's Channel
Magnum, P.I. Season 2 - Episode 2
After her archaeologist father's boat is found deserted at sea in the Nehoa Channel, a young marine biologist student hires Magnum to find out what happened to him. Ancient superstitions say that the channel is "cursed", and local natives warn Magnum to stay away, but he is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to the missing man, and so, with aid of Rick's yaught, they go hunting for both sunken treasure, and whoever was behind the girl's father's disappearance...
#25 - The House on Haunted Hill
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) Season 1 - Episode 9
For once, business is booming at the Randall and Hopkirk office. An insurance company hires Jeff to investigate the disappearance of a shipment of diamonds. At the same time a real estate agent hires Jeff to sort out rumors about Merston Manor, a house scheduled to go on the real estate market, being haunted.
#26 - The Black Orchid
Magnum, P.I. Season 1 - Episode 16
Magnum has been hired by a woman to act out some of her rich, bored sister's fantasy dramas, concocted from 1930s Dashiell Hammett films. Although growing to enjoy the world of fantasy, Magnum has a hard time keeping up with the eccentric woman, and when he finds out that her husband is a wealthy, infamously jealous and bad-tempered business man, he decides to cut his loses and finish the arrangement. But he is just informing the girl that he is calling a halt to his participation, when they are attacked by real thugs, and soon after the girl is poisoned. With the woman still caught up in her world of fantasy, Magnum must thrust himself back into reality to find out just what is really going on...
#27 - Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) Season 1 - Episode 8
A criminal gang is feeding Marty false information (which he gives to Jeff, who in turn tells the police) to keep the cops away from real burglary targets. Once Marty has served his purpose, he will be exorcised by a clairvoyant gang member, who has been working on Jean's emotions to make her an unwitting participant in the plan to dispose of Marty.
#28 - Revenge is Sweet
Highlander Season 1 - Episode 10
Seeking revenge for the apparent death of her lover, Walter Reinhardt, Rebecca Lord toys with MacLeod before she attempts to kill him with Reinhardt's sword. Rebecca knows nothing of Immortals or their combat, and she believes MacLeod murdered Reinhardt. Unbeknownst to her, Reinhardt is still alive, and is using Rebecca in a cat and mouse game to draw out MacLeod for their final confrontation.
#29 - Firestorm
Airwolf Season 2 - Episode 2
Eddie, a friend of Dominic's, was once a pilot until a air crash in which his passengers were killed, causing him to lose his nerve and turn to drink as a result. Living alone in his trailer in the desert, Eddie's alcohol problem has recently become even worse after supposedly seeing lights in the sky in the middle of the night. Though trying to help his friend, Dominic is as skeptical as everyone else, blaming the sightings on Eddie's drunken state, until one night he sees the lights too... The next morning, Hawke arrives to find that the pair of them have vanished, and in searching for them, stumbles upon a fanatical militarist's organization, who is planning to launch his own nuclear missile against Russia...
#30 - Inn at the End of the Road
Airwolf Season 2 - Episode 14
A pilot who escaped from terrorists who stole an experimental aircraft guidance computer leads the Airwolf team to the remote community where the terrorists are holed up.
#32 - A Little Bit of Luck, a Little Bit of Grief
Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 20
T.C. and Magnum are fighting the demolition of T.C.’s club-house for underprivileged and troubled youths, which has been ordered to be destroyed by a greedy, obnoxious local land developer – even though he doesn’t use the land. Their seemingly no-win struggle only results in a brush with the law. Meanwhile, unbeknown to them, Rick, on a trip away, wins the $1,000,000 jackpot in the Western States Lottery. Now a rich man, he meets a young woman who becomes his fiancée, but with his new wealth, he begins to neglect his responsibilities at the King Kamehameha Club, and gets mixed up with a couple of crooked poker players. Rick is so wrapped up in his whirl-wind new life that he risks loosing his job, and even more importantly, his friends, not to mention his newly acquired wealth...
#33 - Conundrum (3)
Zorro (1990) Season 4 - Episode 9
The Alcalde blames Zorro for Hidalgo's death and tries to use Victoria to bait a trap. When Zorro goes after Victoria, Toranado is taken captive. Ricendo tries to put a rift between Don Alejandro and his son by using forged letters, but Alejandro isn't fooled. When Zorro attempts to rescue Toranado all does not go smoothly and he ends up injured while Ricendo falls from the rooftops. While the Pueblo celebrates Ricendo's death, his mother arrives in Los Angeles to see the final distruction of the De la Vegas. She is determined that the De La Vegas must die.
#34 - A Disturbing Case
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) Season 1 - Episode 2
Jean and sister Jenny arrive at the office to find Jeff in the middle of a knock-down, drag-out argument with Marty over the use of Jean's car (which Marty, although dead, still considers his). The combination of lack of work, impending bills and Jeff's car stolen and used in a robbery that the police suspect him in lead Jean and Jenny to think that Jeff has snapped. They plant a tape recorder in the office to gather evidence, which they present to a psychiatrist who is behind a crime spree. The psychiatrist must reprogram Jeff to forget about Marty in order to prevent Marty from relaying information about the crime spree.
#37 - Alpha Child
Space: 1999 Season 1 - Episode 7
The first baby is born on the moon and brings great joy for the first time in a long while to theAlphans. However, terrifying events follow with an outer space battle between spaceships that could decide the fates of hundreds.
#39 - Saving Grace
Highlander Season 1 - Episode 17
Grace Chandel has been a Good Immortal, working for the betterment of mankind as a midwife, doctor, and scientist over the centuries. Her one weakness is another Immortal, Carlo Sendaro, a former lover who is obsessed with her and refuses to let her go. He slays Grace's current (mortal) lover and, when she refuses to run off with him, frames her for the killing. She turns to her old friend Duncan MacLeod for help.
#40 - Gnaws
The New Avengers Season 1 - Episode 10
2 scientists are developing a new growth drug which could end world famine. Unfortunately some of the drug has been flushed down the sink resulting in something nasty in the sewers.
#41 - For Evil's Sake
Highlander Season 1 - Episode 14
An Evil Immortal, Kuyler, has hired himself out down through time as an assassin -- the most successful killer in all of history. He strikes again in modern day Paris using his signature disguise as a mime. A French Police Detective, LeBrun, suspects that Duncan MacLeod is connected to Kuyler, but of course he cannot imagine that Kuyler once killed an eighteenth-century baron under MacLeod's protection. When LeBrun is wounded protecting Tessa from Kuyler's men, MacLeod confronts the Immortal assassin and puts an end to his centuries-old reign of terror.
#42 - Cry for Help
Quincy, M.E. Season 8 - Episode 13
The body of a young girl is found at the side of a highway. Quincy determines that the body was moved after she died. Monahan thinks that her boyfriend, Toby Kenyon, killed her but he tells the police that she killed herself. Quincy believes the boy and asks Emily to do a psychological autopsy on the dead girl. This involves talking to her friends, family and teachers about she acted and talked over the last few weeks of her life.
#45 - The Hottest Ticket in Town
Simon & Simon Season 1 - Episode 7
When their mother orders Rick and AJ to find tickets to a sold-out rock concert for their cousin, the search leads them to thousands of tickets that aren't suppose to exist, and big trouble when they try to return them.
#46 - Breakout
V Season 1 - Episode 3
Mike and Ham try to rescue Sean, but are captured and taken to a Visitor work camp. Diana threatens Bates and offers his son Kyle (Jeff Yagher) for Elizabeth. Turns out Kyle is also at the work camp, which is surrounded by a sand moat where predatory crivits live. Robin (Blair Tefkin) is also at the camp. They escape using a shorted-out wire and pieces of a garden hose, but Robin is separated from them. Diana has come to see Kyle, and he diverts her from the escape by seducing her. Once she sees what’s going on, he is able to escape. Meanwhile, Elias lets Elizabeth play the piano at the Club Creole, but a Visitor recognizes the Mark of Zon on her hand and pursues her. She uses her powers to protect herself.
#47 - Mission of the Darians
Space: 1999 Season 1 - Episode 9
A call for help reaches Moonbase Alpha from the survivors of a dying world. The world is one that has been flying through space for 900 years with contrasting inhabitants. Some have never changed while others have reverted to barbarism. Does this new planet represent hope to the Alphans or something potentially dangerous?
#49 - Semi-Catastrophe
The Fall Guy Season 4 - Episode 13
Colt helps an independent trucker who is the victim of a loan shark and a gambling habit.
#50 - Stringer
Hawaii Five-O Season 11 - Episode 17
When a photographer takes a picture of a politician making a deal with an underworld figure, he tries blackmail. However, he is not prepared for the ruthless nature of the mobsters.
#53 - Missing Link
Space: 1999 Season 1 - Episode 20
Commander Koenig finds himself in another world and another time. It is a world of light and beauty. He has to choose between life back again among his companions on the moon and the love of a beautiful girl. Love is the only weapon he can use...
#55 - Deadly Medicine
Highlander Season 1 - Episode 8
MacLeod is struck and "killed" by a speeding automobile. When he revives in the hospital, he attracts the attention of a deranged doctor, who kidnaps MacLeod for his research on a miracle cure for trauma. When MacLeod escapes from the doctor, the doctor murders a potential witness and frames MacLeod for it.
#56 - Eyewitness
Highlander Season 1 - Episode 12
Tessa witnesses the murder of a painter, Anne Wheeler, but the absence of a body leads everyone but MacLeod to doubt her story. MacLeod supports Tessa in her quest to obtain justice for Anne. It develops that Anne was killed by her Immortal ex-lover, to keep her from revealing his secret. After Tessa is taken to a police safe house, MacLeod realizes that the killer is in fact the Chief of Detectives, and he must rescue Tessa and bring justice to Anne's killer.
#57 - When the Heat Cools Off
The Professionals Season 1 - Episode 9
The daughter of a man inprisoned by Doyle six years ago when he was a Docklands policeman turns up, claiming to have new evidence which will exonerate her father. Doyle reluctantly agrees to reopen the case, but will his budding relationship with the girl cloud his judgement, and make even himself doubt whether he jailed the right man?
#59 - Master Ninja
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 3 - Episode 22
Movie Plot: An action film about the Japanese mob and a vigilante. On the SOL: The 'bots build a model car / Joel sings the "Master Ninja" theme song. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester invents the Boil-in-a-bag intravenous dinner / The Mads try to smother each other with pillows. Original film made in 1984.
#61 - My Word Is My Bond
Zorro (1990) Season 4 - Episode 13
José Marcias is accused of stealing horses but maintains that he is innocent.
#62 - Master Ninja II
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 3 - Episode 24
Movie Plot: The Ninja travels the country fighting bad guys. On the SOL: The Crew tries improv / Joel invents Gerbilsphere II / The 'bots create custom vans. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester invents the conveyor belt buffet / Frank tries to get ABC to bring back "The Second Hundred years." Original film made in 1984.
#65 - The Lion and the Unicorn
The New Avengers Season 2 - Episode 4
Paris: Steed captures his nemesis, the Unicorn. But when the Unicorn is accidentally killed by his own men, Steed must use all his cunning to avoid open warfare.
#68 - Tell Her She's Great/Matchmaker, Matchmaker Times Two/The Baby Alarm
The Love Boat Season 4 - Episode 8
Isaac forces his friends to lie to his aunt about the quality of her performance in a local play, but his plan soon backfires. Two young people grow tired of their parents' constant attempts to push them together. A single mother hopes to find romance aboard the ship. She uses her son as a judge of character--she doesn't trust anyone who causes the baby to cry.
#69 - The Exiles
Space: 1999 Season 2 - Episode 2
A large group of objects suddenly appear in orbit around the moon and when one is retrieved by an Eagle sent to investigate, it found to contain the cryogenically frozen body of a young man. The man pleads for the Alphans to help revive his frozen colleagues though his pleas may not reveal all of his future plans.
#70 - The Discovery (4)
Zorro (1990) Season 4 - Episode 10
Inez Ricendo lied to her adopted son, leading him to believe that his true father, Alejandro De la Vega, rejected him in favour of Diego. The Alcalde and Mendoza are horrified to discover that Ricendo is alive and that their death sentence still stands. Ricendo allows them to wander free on their last day of life promising that if either of them tries to escape the other will die the most painful death he can invent. Ricendo sets a trap for Zorro, burying him alove in a rockfall. Then he goes to the Hacienda De La Vega to reveal himself to ALejandro as his first born son, convinced that he has been wronged by his father and determined to kill him.
#71 - All That Glisters
Space: 1999 Season 2 - Episode 9
Alpha' s water system needs a rare mineral named Milgonite and scanners detect quantities of it on a barren planet the moon is passing. When Koenig leads a party to the planet to obtain the mineral, the Alphans discover that the rock structures on the planet are sentient and have a need for water, which they intend to take from the Alphans themselves!
#72 - The Arrival (1)
Zorro (1990) Season 4 - Episode 7
A special emmisary from the King, Gilberto Ricendo, arrives in Los Angeles and the first thing he does is arrest the Alcalde for treason. He brings with him a troop of Royal Cavalry, sentences the Alcalde to death and imposes martial law while he collects a special war tax. When Zorro spoils his plans Ricendo decides on a new plan. Either the Alcalde and Mendoza catch Zorro or they both die instead. Ricendo's real purpose in Los Angeles, however, is nothing to do with collecting taxes. He is out to destroy the De La Vegas.
#73 - Death & Taxes (2)
Zorro (1990) Season 4 - Episode 8
Determined to get his taxes quickly, Ricendo confiscates church property. He makes it clear that he does this because wealthy land owners, like De la Vega, are exempt from paying taxes. The people insist that the De la Vega hacienda is given to Ricendo instead of the church. To add insult to injury, Ricendo impounds the De la Vega bank accounts so they cannot even buy their own lands back. While Don Diego goes to Santa Barbera to consult a lawyer, Zorro decides to teach Ricendo a lesson. But the Alcalde and Mendoza are waiting to catch Zorro as well.