The Best Episodes Directed by Robert Iscove

7th Avenue Freeze Out

#1 - 7th Avenue Freeze Out

Wiseguy Season 2 - Episode 6

When garment manufacturer Eli Sternberg cannot get a loan to bail out his business, he turns to mobster Ricky Pinzolo for the money. David goes to the OCB for help when he finds out Eli is in debt to the mob. Vinnie meets with David, then reluctantly agrees to take the case, running into opposition from Eli, who doesn't want a hood working for him. Pinzolo demands that Vinnie keep him apprised of everything going on. Vinnie wins Eli's trust when he gets a delayed shipment released from customs.

star 8.14
6 votes
A Rightful Place

#2 - A Rightful Place

Wiseguy Season 3 - Episode 1

While keeping vigil over Rudy, Vinnie learns that Grosset's father-in-law was also hit, setting up a power struggle within the mob. Albert courts Vinnie's alliance by letting him in on his plan to smuggle millions of dollars worth of heroin into the country. Vinnie goes to the Commission and demands Rudy's seat at the table. (source:

star 8.12
7 votes
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Dirty Little Wars

#3 - Dirty Little Wars

Wiseguy Season 1 - Episode 21

With Mel and Susan out of the picture, Frank considers the case closed. However, Vinnie wants to find out where Roger fits into it all and goes to Vancouver to find him, but instead, he witnesses Preet's murder and links it to Herb. Frank and Vinnie go to Stockton, where Roger is training mercenaries for the coup. Roger kidnaps Frank and tells Vinnie he'll be released after the operation, then Vinnie tells Roger that Herb is using him. Roger overhears Lelond assuring a major corporation that they can get all the cheap labor they need once he takes over Isle Pavot and realizes the coup is just an excuse for Herb to regain acceptance in Washington. Roger works with Frank and Vinnie to set up Herb and sabotage the coup. (source:

star 8.11
9 votes
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#4 - Hero

Profit Season 1 - Episode 2

Joanne Meltzer and Jack Walters search into Profit's past, while Profit sets up a key plan to dislodge Jack Walters from his senior position at G&G and clear the way for his own promotion.

star 8.05
37 votes
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Last of the True Believers

#5 - Last of the True Believers

Wiseguy Season 2 - Episode 4

Knox Pooley realizes Calvin is insane and kicks him out, causing Calvin to go off the deep end and take a famous black leader hostage. Richie becomes disenchanted when he realizes Pooley was only in it for the money. Paul Beckstead takes over as director of OCB when Daryl cracks under the pressure and is dismissed for making obscene phone calls. (source:

star 8.00
5 votes
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#6 - Forgiveness

Profit Season 1 - Episode 8

Profit's manipulations come to a head: A secret from Nora's past may hold the key to derailing a hostile takeover of G&G; Joanne and Sykes come close to finding who the real Jim Profit was and Bobbi faces a near-death experience that makes her realize what she really wants.

star 8.00
13 votes
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School of Hard Knox

#7 - School of Hard Knox

Wiseguy Season 2 - Episode 2

Vinnie hesitantly goes back to work for the OCB under the promise they will help find Pete's killer, but Daryl is more interested in getting his star agent to work on a ""real"" assignment. Ritchie digs himself in deeper with the Pilgrims of Promise when he uses Vinnie's car to help rob an armored car. Depressed over Pete's death, Vinnie turns to Angie for consolation, but they both agree they don't want to risk their special friendship by becoming lovers. Vinnie talks Daryl into giving him weapons to sell to the Pilgrims, then he throws the bust when he sees they have Ritchie with them. (source:

star 7.87
7 votes
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No One Gets Out of Here Alive

#8 - No One Gets Out of Here Alive

Wiseguy Season 1 - Episode 10

While Vinnie tries to reassure Sonny of his loyalty, Aldo calls to warn Sonny the cops are on the way, causing Sonny to flee, with Vinnie right behind him. They end up locked in a closed theater where they fight, drink and try to justify their lives. Meanwhile, Frank is distraught over Vinnie's disappearance as he tries to get information from the other mob bosses. After he finds out Vinnie's location, he arranges a rescue, which culminates in Sonny committing suicide and Vinnie being arrested to protect his cover. (source:

star 7.82
10 votes
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Battle of the Barge

#9 - Battle of the Barge

Wiseguy Season 3 - Episode 2

The tension mounts between Cerrico and Grosset over control of the garbage collection business. Grosset forms an uneasy alliance with Chinatown mobster Chin. Carlotta urges Rudy to get better and get Vinnie out of the middle of the impending mob war. The OCB closes down the explosives factory in Chinatown. Gina Grosset kills Chin. After an assassination attempt at the opera, Amber tells Vinnie to move out. (source:

star 7.67
5 votes
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The Birthday Surprise

#10 - The Birthday Surprise

Wiseguy Season 1 - Episode 5

Vinnie nearly blows his cover when he becomes obsessed with finding out who killed his cousin, causing Frank to threaten him with dismissal. Frank desperately wants Vinnie to concentrate on nailing the Zaratzos, who are trying to arrange a drug smuggling deal with Sonny, because they killed one of Frank's agents.

star 7.64
13 votes
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#11 - Pilot

Profit Season 1 - Episode 1

Jim Profit joins the Gracen and Gracen executive team just as a public scandal erupts from an unethical baby food decision - sparked by a press leak that Profit orchestrated.

star 7.58
19 votes
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Where's the Money

#12 - Where's the Money

Wiseguy Season 2 - Episode 9

Raglin uncovers evidence that Carole is working with Pinzolo to bankrupt Eli. David confronts Pinzolo and forces him to take him to the bank to give him the money he cheated Eli out of, culminating with David getting killed as a suspected robber. David's death sends Raglin into a tailspin, digging up memories of a past case where another innocent bystander was killed. (source:

star 7.37
7 votes
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#13 - Healing

Profit Season 1 - Episode 4

Joanne and Profit's rivalry comes to a head when Chaz announces that they will both take a lie detector test. Profit tries to mess with Joanne's mind by blackmailing her psychiatrist.

star 7.30
10 votes
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#14 - Pilot

The Flash Season 1 - Episode 1

A laboratory accident endows a police scientist with the ability to move at superhuman speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero.

star 7.20
850 votes
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The Hill

#15 - The Hill

Tour of Duty Season 1 - Episode 21

Goldman and Nikki have a great time on a brief R&R that they spend together on China Beach. Their reunion is marred by the fact that Nikki refuses to marry him, fearing he will be killed in combat. Goldman returns to Firebase Ladybird to find that his unit has been assigned to help take Hill 1000. They've taken it before and lost it before. And this battle promises to be the worst. Even after the bunker is finally taken, it is found empty. They go back down so that a plane can spray a defoliate. They must go back and take that hill yet again. Horn has, in the meantime, gotten in trouble with a young -- and new -- officer. Sitting at the bottom of the hill and awaiting the court-martial, he sees a wounded Taylor and he decides to go back with his buddies and fight. Horn is seriously wounded and sent home.

star 7.12
104 votes
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Man on the Edge

#16 - Man on the Edge

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) Season 2 - Episode 3

A troubled young man threatens to jump from the 28th floor of a hotel as police officers attempt to stop him.

star 7.03
34 votes
Conversation Over a Corpse

#17 - Conversation Over a Corpse

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) Season 2 - Episode 2

Two sisters plot to keep their home after they already agreed to sell it.

star 6.97
32 votes
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The Initiation

#18 - The Initiation

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) Season 2 - Episode 1

When a shy student pledges a Greek House, the fraternity brothers plot a prank against him.

star 6.91
33 votes
The Icarus Factor

#19 - The Icarus Factor

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 - Episode 14

Stardate: 42686.4 Riker is promoted to Captain of another Federation ship. Worf must confront his past and his Klingon heritage.

star 6.82
1849 votes
Leap of Faith

#20 - Leap of Faith

Miami Vice Season 5 - Episode 20

Agent Joey Harden returns to assist Crockett as part of a new division, Youth Crime Unit, that was formed by a previous partner. The YCU investigates a college professor that has created a new designer drug, Bliss.

star 6.28
83 votes
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