The BEST episodes directed by Robert Totten

59 votes

#1 - Recovery

Mission: Impossible - Season 2 - Episode 25

Paul Shipherd, a defector from the U.S., has been put in charge of dissecting a SAC bomber fail-safe at the Vatzia Institute. The IMF must steal the fail-safe and recover Shipherd. As the pilot of the bomber, Jim plants the idea Shipherd should talk to the manufacturer in Duluth, and conveniently a wheelchair-bound Rollin and his "wife" Cinnamon are from the factory in Duluth. Jim is released and Rollin and Cinnamon are captured and forced to defuse the explosive device on the fail-safe. Rollin fakes a heart attack to get Shipherd away from his guards. Jim sneaks into the building after Barney fouls the disposal system, gets the fail-safe, and gives it to Barney, who has knocked out Shipherd. Rollin substitutes himself for Shipherd, and they wheel the "dead" Shipherd-as-Rollin out in the wheelchair in which the fail-safe is hidden. Rollin-as-Shipherd then strolls casually out with Cinnamon.

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The Phoenix
63 votes

#2 - The Phoenix

Mission: Impossible - Season 2 - Episode 23

Former internal security director Stefan Prohosh has been demoted to director of a museum. He has stolen an experimental metal alloy and concealed it in a modern sculpture at his museum, and plans to sell it to a foreign power to get them to back his bid for power. The IMF must recover the metal and stop Prohosh. Rollin fakes an attempt on Prohosh and his call is interecepted by Barney, who sends Jim, Barney, and Willy. Jim reveals Cinnamon as Rollin's accomplice, and Prohosh is obliged to interrogate the two of them. This is a distraction that lets Barney and Willy secretly dismantle the sculpture, remove the alloy, and replace it with explosives. Jim slips a detonator into Prohosh's pocket and then detonates the explosive himself to make it look as if the chairman was responsible. No one is harmed in the ensuing blast but the chairman finds the detonator in the unwitting Prohosh's pocket and has him arrested.

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The Gun
10 votes

#3 - The Gun

Daniel Boone - Season 2 - Episode 20

Boone heads to Pennsylvania to have a new gun made, but meets two scoundrels seeking a guide to the Mississippi.

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Nowhere to Run
44 votes

#4 - Nowhere to Run

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 18

A teenage burglar involved in a murder is shot and left to die by his partners.

Major Glory
48 votes

#5 - Major Glory

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 8

Two deserting soldiers stab their hated Sergeant and frame Festus.

8 votes

#6 - Stark

Gunsmoke - Season 16 - Episode 3

Adam Bramley, an immature selfish young man, has escaped from prison. Lewis Stark is a bounty hunter who catches him, then blackmails him for money with Bramley's father, John, a rancher with a serious heart condition. Adam's strong-willed sister Glory, has the ranch hands beat up Stark, while John pays him off to leave. Adam finally has an epiphany just as his father is dying of a heart attack.

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Double Jeopardy
236 votes

#7 - Double Jeopardy

Magnum, P.I. - Season 2 - Episode 19

Magnum returns from a case out of Honolulu, to find that the Masters Estate is being used by a film team to shoot a new movie, based on one of Robin's books. What's more, he is employed to be the stunt double for one of the film's stars, Jack Martin - something which Thomas is highly unenthusiastic about, until he learns that Martin's wife Olivia Ross, of whom Thomas has always greatly admired, is also starring in the film, and relishes the opportunity to get close to her. But things take a dramatic turn when, during filming of a key scene, Olivia shoots Jack with a prop gun, but the bullets turn out to be real instead of blanks, leaving Jack in critical condition. With his idol Olivia the prime suspect in trying to kill her husband, Magnum investigates the "accidental" shooting to find just how the bullets came to be changed, and by whom...

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50 votes

#8 - Stryker

Gunsmoke - Season 15 - Episode 2

Former Dodge Marshal Josh Stryker arrives in town just being released from prison for killing a outlaw in cold blood. He holds Matt responsible for the loss of his arm and the years he spent in prison.

15 votes

#9 - Murdoch

Gunsmoke - Season 16 - Episode 20

A former lawman tries to go after a gang of outlaws and gets a shock of his own.

The Hoots
116 votes

#10 - The Hoots

Kung Fu - Season 2 - Episode 10

Caine meets a group of Hutterite settlers, who must reconsider their pacifist background when attacked by bigoted cattlemen, and teaches them how to defend themselves without compromising their principles.

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The Tong
109 votes

#11 - The Tong

Kung Fu - Season 2 - Episode 7

Caine help a young Chinese orphan boy gain his freedom from a brutal master. The master goes to the Tong for help against Caine.

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The Secret of Brynmar Hall
8 votes

#12 - The Secret of Brynmar Hall

The Virginian - Season 2 - Episode 26

Betsy Garth is driven by Randy to Brynmar Hall, a large mansion, where she meets several other old acquaintances and invitees (Brooke Bundy, Tom Skerritt, Mark Goddard). All knew Mildred Brynmar, a young woman who was killed in a fire two years before, and have been invited to the house by Mildred's mother (Jane Wyman). A masked figure spies on the proceedings and several mysterious events occur which culminate in death.

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42 votes

#13 - Jenny

Gunsmoke - Season 16 - Episode 15

A judge interferes when Newly allows an outlaw to make arrangements for his 10 year old daughter, and to surrender afterwards.

The Lost
42 votes

#14 - The Lost

Gunsmoke - Season 17 - Episode 1

Kitty is in a stage wreck and dazed and confused she sets out in the wild. Meeting up with a wild girl who does not speak, she winds up at a shack where a family takes her and the wild girl hostage. Intent on turning the child into a sideshow, they tie Kitty up but are stopped before they can get too far.

Blood Money
45 votes

#15 - Blood Money

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 19

The father of a young gunfighter tries to end his son's career by wounding his gun hand.

The Scavengers
46 votes

#16 - The Scavengers

Gunsmoke - Season 16 - Episode 10

In order for a black man to save his life he must say that indians held up a wagon train.

The First People
41 votes

#17 - The First People

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 23

Matt has to intervene when a honest, but strict Indian agent charges an innocent Indian of murder of his assistant.

A Hat
48 votes

#18 - A Hat

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 6

Tough Texas cattleman Red Conniston is headed to Dodge to kill Clint Sorils, who killed Conniston's son Ben in a gunfight.

Hill Girl
44 votes

#19 - Hill Girl

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 20

Hillbilly girl Merry Florene comes to town to get some schooling to better herself. Meanwhile her two cousins also arrive in Dodge and force her to rob Mr. Jonas' store.

Saturday Night
41 votes

#20 - Saturday Night

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 16

A cattle-drive, led by Virgil Powell, helps a sick Matt Dillon get his prisoner to Dodge. But the prisoner has made a deal with a cowboy on the drive to avoid a certain hanging.

The Newcomers
44 votes

#21 - The Newcomers

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 11

Petter Karlgren, a Swedish immigrant, and his father arrive in the untamed west to settle in Dodge. When Petter is baited into a fight, they will find that the west is more untamed and unforgiving than they ever thought.

My Father's Guitar
39 votes

#22 - My Father's Guitar

Gunsmoke - Season 11 - Episode 21

A talented guitarist impresses all who hear him on an instrument that is more precious to him than a man's life.

A Matter of Honor
40 votes

#23 - A Matter of Honor

Gunsmoke - Season 15 - Episode 9

Louie Pheeters is found at the scene of a murder, the dying man's last words implicate the town alcoholic, who is too drunk to remember what he had just seen.

The Good People
43 votes

#24 - The Good People

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 5

A bounty hunter is falsely charged with murder, when he lies about killing a lynched man he thought was wanted by the law.

The Wrong Man
45 votes

#25 - The Wrong Man

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 7

Hootie Kyle felt cheated in a card game by Tenner Jackson. Later, he punches Jackson and takes his thirty dollars back. The next Hootie returns the money to the Marshal only to be told that Jackson had been murdered.

Mistaken Identity
38 votes

#26 - Mistaken Identity

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 26

A drifter tries to settle in Dodge after switching identities with a man he found who had been bit by a rattlesnake, but his plans are complicated when that man is brought into town still unconscious.

Nitro! (2) (Tiger by the Tail)
40 votes

#27 - Nitro! (2) (Tiger by the Tail)

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 29

The man extracting nitroglycerin from dynamite for the gang, begins to lose his nerve in the extremely dangerous process.

Nitro! (1) (Tiger by the Tail)
38 votes

#28 - Nitro! (1) (Tiger by the Tail)

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 28

A gang hires a jobless man to extract nitroglycerin from dynamite, so they can much more effectively blow open safes.

Prime of Life
38 votes

#29 - Prime of Life

Gunsmoke - Season 11 - Episode 32

Kyle Stoner is fast with a gun and likes to prove it. When he mixes with the wrong crowd and goes up against Matt, his father gets involved and he is a friend as well as an ex-lawman.

My Father, My Son
34 votes

#30 - My Father, My Son

Gunsmoke - Season 11 - Episode 30

Fast gunman Jim Barrett kills a man in self defense. Now the man's father and brothers are gunning for him, in addition to a young man who wants Barrett dead for a different reason.

Mail Drop
37 votes

#31 - Mail Drop

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 19

A young boy comes to Dodge looking for his father. What he finds is that his father is a wanted outlaw on the run.

The Wreckers
46 votes

#32 - The Wreckers

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 1

With a well earned vacation disturbed by the arrest of a hardened criminal, Matt and Kitty head back to Dodge. The stage they are on is sabotaged and end up wrecking. Kitty is quick witted enough to switch identities between Matt and the prisoner before the outlaws get to them. Thinking Dillon is dying and Matt is really Monk Wiley, they go on planning to extort money from Dodge to get Dillon back alive.

A Natural Wizard
5 votes

#33 - A Natural Wizard

Bonanza - Season 7 - Episode 13

Hoss finds a kindred spirit in Skeeter Dexter, a lonesome young man who feels closer to animals than most people.

Dead and Gone
1 votes

#34 - Dead and Gone

Bonanza - Season 6 - Episode 27

Adam tries to find the good in Howard Mead, a talented troubadour who refuses to stay on the right side of the law. Dramatic debut of singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton. Last episode Pernell Roberts worked on, although he appears in the next two, that were made prior to this episode and aired afterwards.