The BEST episodes directed by Rob Thompson

Attack of the Green-Eyed Monster
17 votes

#1 - Attack of the Green-Eyed Monster

Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season 1 - Episode 15

Jealousy comes between Doogie and Wanda, and it also brings a silence between Dr. and Mrs. Howser.

Spring Break
247 votes

#2 - Spring Break

Northern Exposure - Season 2 - Episode 5

Things get a little crazy as the town waits for the annual ice breakup and the annual "running of the bulls" down the streets of Cicely. Joel and Maggie find themselves irresistibly drawn together, Maurice is attracted to a dominating state trooper sent to uncover the villain behind the annual rash of petty thefts and Holling challenges all the customers to a fight.

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The Unsterile Cuckoo
3 votes

#3 - The Unsterile Cuckoo

L.A. Law - Season 4 - Episode 1

Sifuentes reluctantly represents a wholesale furrier suing an animal rights group whose disruptions at his fashion shows caused him a million dollar loss; Hackett becomes concerned about the possibility of becoming a grandfather when he learns that his daughter and Stulwicz are having sex, and it takes McKenzie's powers of persuasion and a promise to talk to Stulwicz about contraception to convince Hackett not to have his daughter sterilized; Markowitz is torn between his dreams of glory as the star third baseman at the McKenzie Brackman annual softball game and his promise to attend Lamaze class with Kelsey; Kuzak buys a motorcycle.

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The Grass Ain't Always Greener
14 votes

#4 - The Grass Ain't Always Greener

Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season 1 - Episode 25

Now free to date other women, Doogie enjoys a few evenings with a trendy philosophy student before realizing that something's missing - Wanda.

A Good Convict Is Hard to Find
77 votes

#5 - A Good Convict Is Hard to Find

Wildfire (2005) - Season 2 - Episode 3

Kris is put in an awkward position by a former inmate friend while she is helping out at a charity event at the prison. Matt and Junior decide to open their club without Pete, who is out of town. Meanwhile, Dani discovers that Isabelle lied to her.

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The Name of the Game Is Five-Card Stud
32 votes

#6 - The Name of the Game Is Five-Card Stud

Dream On - Season 2 - Episode 13

Gibby informs the crew that they are all fired, just to soften the blow that there will not be bonuses (not really fired). Martin is talked into a nickel and dime porker game with his co-workers. They play in Martin's apartment. Expecting pizza, Martin finds Gibby at the door. Carter, the brown nose, had told Gibby about the game. Gibby lays down a large pile of $100s (the firm is doing financially badly, not him). All but Martin want to play high stakes, until Martin sees his cards. After losing big ($12,000), Gibby starts betting vacation days. Eventually clothing and household appliances get bet.

199 votes

#7 - Cicely

Northern Exposure - Season 3 - Episode 23

Joel meets an old man who's returned to Cicely after many years. The man tells him the story of two remarkable women, Roslyn and Cicely, whom transformed the town into "the Paris of the North" back in 1909.

Burning Down the House
207 votes

#8 - Burning Down the House

Northern Exposure - Season 3 - Episode 14

Maggie receives an unexpected visit and some unwanted news from her mother. Meanwhile, Chris searches everywhere for just the right cow to fling for his conceptual art piece and Joel becomes obsessed with a local chimney sweep that he believes is a former pro golfer.

Whose Mid-Life Crisis Is It Anyway
16 votes

#9 - Whose Mid-Life Crisis Is It Anyway

Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season 1 - Episode 21

When Doogie's dad decides to retire, discouraged that his research failed to make a splash in medical journals, Doogie prescribes an attitude adjustment.

Mr. Monk and the Airplane
624 votes

#10 - Mr. Monk and the Airplane

Monk - Season 1 - Episode 13

Monk braves the unfriendly skies–and finds murder in the air. No one believes him except for Randy, who provides aid back in San Francisco. While in the air, Monk must deal with his fear of flight, a flight attendant (Brooke Adams), a zealous extension cord salesman (Garry Marshall), and Tim Daly.

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Placenta Claus Is Coming to Town
3 votes

#11 - Placenta Claus Is Coming to Town

L.A. Law - Season 4 - Episode 7

Kuzak makes a last-ditch try to have his client's sentence lightened; Markowitz panics when Kelsey goes into labor early; Benny has a holiday surprise for Alice; the holidays could be lonely for Becker.

A Job Well Done
88 votes

#12 - A Job Well Done

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 3

Carol and the new principal face off on ""The Great Gatsby""; Mike and Nancy debate over whether to try for Baby #2; Phil goes all out to find a missing bowling ball, ""The Devastator"", which magically reappears; Warren reveals to Carol the secret of the class ""Bingo"" game; Molly objects to Ed defending a sleazebag salesman, but Ed maintains that said sleaze has done nothing illegal.

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Ill Wind
156 votes

#13 - Ill Wind

Northern Exposure - Season 4 - Episode 16

After breaking his nose, twice, Joel and Maggie have a wild fling in her barn. Chris saves Maurice's life, a debt that he is set on repaying. After witnessing that event and surrounded by psychic instability, Ed thinks about death in its many forms. A shepherd's flock wanders into town and he talk to the locals about his problems, Ruth-Anne thinks he is having a mid-career crisis.

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Try it Without the Porsche!
77 votes

#14 - Try it Without the Porsche!

Wildfire (2005) - Season 2 - Episode 1

After barely losing the Sandpiper, due to a dirty trick by Tina, Kris and Wildfire attract attention in the media and from a sports agent. Dani has a hard time coming to terms with the truth about her mother and Junior's departure. Meanwhile, Matt and Kris search for Junior.

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Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale
789 votes

#15 - Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale

Monk - Season 1 - Episode 4

When a local judge is found murdered, all the evidence points to one man: an 800 lb (360 kg) reclusive tycoon named Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck (Adam Arkin). However, due to his extreme obesity, he is unable to leave his bed.

Tina Sharp
48 votes

#16 - Tina Sharp

Wildfire (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 11

While recovering from her broken arm, Kris tries to earn a chance at riding Wildfire in a upcoming race. Tina gives Kris prescription painkillers to help cope with the pain of riding with a broken arm. Also, Matt asks Tina if he can escort her to a party and Dani meets with a woman who she thinks may be her mother.

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Crime and Punishment
155 votes

#17 - Crime and Punishment

Northern Exposure - Season 4 - Episode 10

Chris is taken into custody for an extradition trial to bring him back to West Virginia, where he currently has a parole violation. Chris knows he is guilty and really isn't interested in his defense. Mike comes up with an angle that he can prove to the judge that the Chris Stevens that skipped bail is different from the Chris Stevens standing before her.

It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World
148 votes

#18 - It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World

The Wonder Years - Season 4 - Episode 5

Kevin has to cancel a date with Winnie to finish a homework assignment with Madeline, who has already kissed him once. To make matters worse, when he flees Madeline's, he drops a bracelet that Winnie had engraved for him.

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Blowing Bubbles
155 votes

#19 - Blowing Bubbles

Northern Exposure - Season 4 - Episode 5

Cicely's newest resident, Mike Monroe, is confined to live in a plastic bubble because of M.C.S. (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), which makes him allergic to nearly everything manufactured in the twentieth century. After Maggie meets Mike she becomes interested in him. Ruth-Anne's son Matthew, the investment banker, comes to Cicely to try to get away from it all when he is fired from his job. Maurice's prospectus on making Cicely a place for sick people to move to and recover from their illnesses draws Matthew back into thinking about money.

Who's Aunt Rose?
103 votes

#20 - Who's Aunt Rose?

The Wonder Years - Season 4 - Episode 13

Kevin learns the importance of family when Grandpa Arnold returns to town for Aunt Rose's funeral.

My Mother, My Sister
170 votes

#21 - My Mother, My Sister

Northern Exposure - Season 3 - Episode 18

An abandoned baby gets attention from the whole town and helps awaken Adam's paternal instincts while Shelly's life is unsettled by a visit from her youthful, giddy mother and her new boy friend.

The Big Feast
174 votes

#22 - The Big Feast

Northern Exposure - Season 4 - Episode 21

When Maggie distributes the invitations for Maurice's 25th Anniversary Bash for Minnifield Communications an event "everyone" is attending Joel doesn't get one. Shelly accidentally breaks one of Maurice's expensive bottles of wine and tries to find a way to replace it. Adam and Eve return with the baby, Aldrich, and Adam takes over the food preparation of a special dish.

Memory Lane
88 votes

#23 - Memory Lane

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 21

The news that Dennis and Carol have moved in together has Ed scrambling to find the perfect way to revisit the past and win her back; Dennis decides to run for president of the senior class after disapproving of the frontrunner; Warren embarks on his first real date with Diane, only to find that the feelings they have aren't exactly romantic.

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Urine Trouble Now
3 votes

#24 - Urine Trouble Now

L.A. Law - Season 3 - Episode 18

Sifuentes represents a brewery owner who's being forced out of business by vicious rumors spread by a racist competitor; hip hop meets doo wop when singing groups battle it out in court over trade name and performing rights; after duking it out in heated depositions, Becker and Ganz work out a settlement in Meyer vs. Melman; Moses puts the brakes on Rollins, both professionally and personally; Perkins skillfully renegotiates her return to the firm; a heartbroken Meyer finally accepts that his marriage is over.